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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Row x Row guests

These gals met in the shop today for the first time and became fast friends as they bonded over the adventures of Row x Row!

Becky and Richard (left) from Pella are full time RVers and plan to make it to each Row x Row shop in Iowa.

Ed and Julie are from from Onawa and are just getting started.

They made plans to buy and exchange license plates from a variety of shops.

It was fun to watch them having fun!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

New from Hoffman

Halloween prints. 

Here is a close up. I'm not sure it shows here but the silhouette is in metallic gold and they have tiny green spots in their eyes. Really cute. Hancocks of Paducah is showing a bag made using this fabric and we have that pattern in stock as well.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Two new fabulous quilts by Lonnie - - - -

A little jelly roll weaving. Isn't this stunning? Notice the piping in the binding that she added.

and playing with the new Grunge Dots to make Nellie's Hope Chest. The interesting thing about this pattern is the optical illusion. The small triangles look like they are maybe 60 degree angles, right? They are not. They are half square triangles set with white squares to make a 4 patch. Eazy Peazy, right?

Friday, August 25, 2017

It's Fat Quarter Friday

If you are a Purple Bag Quilter, bring in your bag and shop Fat Quarters today! Buy 3 get 1 free. Today's color is BLUE.

We are extending this through Saturday so, plan a trip to Adel this weekend!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

A few new pieces

A few new holiday pieces from Moda - - - We'll be making the Lovers Lane from these. It should be a very attractive Christmas throw.

And these bright new blenders. See a close up below. Fun but subtle dotty swirls.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Biker Babes!

These gals from Minneapolis jumped off the bike trail to pay us a visit. They call themselves Biker Babes with Fabric! I hear they were a lot of fun and we hope they stop by to see us again next time they pedal through.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

News from the Iowa Quilt Museum

Grinnell, Iowa, quilter Judy Martin displays her innovate re-designs of traditional patterns in this latest exhibit at the Iowa Quilt Museum and she does not disappoint. Thirty-five brilliant quilts are on display all focusing on log cabin & star designs. Don't miss this exhibit; on display through October 1st. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

New Baby Quilt

This is a new panel from Moda. I added the block sashes and the flying geese units to make this fun quilt. We have it in kit, of course!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Sweeties at the Sweet Corn Fest!

These two brought their older brother and folks out to join me for the Sweet Corn Festival. Here we are at the parade. Their little Adel Quilting bags are full of candy.

And on their way home - - - True sign that much fun was had!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Quilt Circle BOM

Quilt Circle of Friends is next Monday eve in the shop, 6 pm. This is the block pattern I will hand out. It's #12 in our series blocks.

The blocks for this group challenge have been inspired by actual barn quilts sign. The blocks are 16" and fairly basic.

Our block this month was inspired by this painted sign:
Looks more difficult than it is. These are all 4" finished half square triangles. 

We hope to offer this block of the month to everyone next year.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

State Fair Ribbons!

I did not have a chance to go to the fair to see the quilts this year but many of you shared pictures with me. Thank you!

These are winners by some of our Quilt Circle of Friends quilters. 
The biggest ribbon of the entire show goes to Bonnie Nelsen for this Best of Show quilt. Look closely to see the striped piping around each pieced circle. Julia Swallow, our Monday gal, did the extraordinary machine quilting on this.

By Margaret Beal

By Bonnie Nelsen

By Jackie Orton

Both this quilt above and below are by Marti Klatt.

And these two, above and below, are by Abbie Allen

Monday, August 14, 2017

OOOOOpen Seeeeewww!!

This week, Thursday and Friday in Adel at the Adel Library, 10 am each day until the last stitch is made!

Friday, August 11, 2017

New Stuff

It must be August! Time for Christmas fabrics. These charm squares are very pretty.

and these adorable woodland animals in soft yellow and grays, paired with some of Moda's basic essentials. Sweet.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Quilting BFFs

These gals from the Des Moines area call themselves quilting BFFs. They were having a great time traveling from shop to shop last weekend. They came back to Adel Friday and then returned for a second visit on Saturday because one of the group was absent for the first visit. We enjoyed their company both times!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sweetcorn Festival!

Are you ready for another big Sweetcorn Festival! Here it comes this Saturday, August 12. The day begins at 9:30 am with a parade followed by all you can eat free sweetcorn and a day full of festivities, vendors and entertainment.

Here is our featured Sweetcorn Potholder for 2017, available in kit while they last.

For you Purple Bag quilters, the August Friday Fat Quarter special is extended to include Saturdays so, come in on Friday or during the festival and pick up a free fat quarter with the purchase of 3 fat quarters.

This weekend, the Fat Quarter designated color is GREEN.

Festival note: We will be closed on Saturday morning until after the parade (about 11:30 am) and parking around here during that time of day of the festival is very limited. You may consider parking at the high school and taking the free shuttle to our neck of the woods.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

More Lovers Lane Quilts

Here's a follow-up to the last post. These are the quilts that were collected from the Iowa Quilter's Online group. Remember I said we were each given a 3 yard bundle with this pattern, Lover's Lane, at the 2016 retreat? Well, here they are, all made up. Seventeen quilts in all.

Why do I have them you may ask? I was absent from the retreat this year (this past weekend) due to the changes around here. The group, however, made the decision to donate all of these quilts to the Kavanaugh House in memory of my Frank. So the quilts came here for me to deliver when the time is right. What a gift.

This will be such a special gift. I learned in my 3 week stay (with my husband) that when people leave there for their next destination, the body is covered with a quilt and the staff lines up in the hall as the body is taken by. When the body is transferred to the funeral home van, the quilt is removed.

Other options for quilts at Kavanaugh House are for the patients to use and then to be sent home with families in memory of.

I am so honored to be part of this gift. Thank you so much to my friends in the Iowa Quilters Group.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Lovers Lane

This pattern, by Villa Rosa, uses 3 one yard cuts which includes binding. Carol P. made this shop sample with it. We also have this pretty line in grey/yellow comb.

The online quilt group, Iowa Quilters, had their annual retreat this past weekend. Part of the festivities include this pattern made up for comfort quilts.

At the 2016 retreat, guests were given 3, 1 yard cuts and this pattern to make. I brought home the pinks and greens to make this one for my contribution.

Saturday, August 5, 2017


Puzzles have really been popular lately. Here are several new puzzles that just came in.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A few new patterns - - -

The first pattern is made with the Cathedral Window blocks, very cool. We will put together a demo of their easy technique.

The 4th pattern, Sweet Jane, is currently under construction by Lonnie K. She is featuring the new Grunge Dots in this pattern. It will be a beauty, I'm sure.

And any pattern under the Atkinson Designs label are always excellently written and tested.