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Sunday, December 30, 2018

New Years Shop Schedule

We will be open on Monday, December 31 and closed on New Years Day. We hope you enjoy the day with family and friends or, have your own party - - - 

Lonnie's Baby Quilt

Lonnie just picked up this Charm quilt from her long-arm quilter.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

My Sunday Sewday included modifying this Folk Art Flannel quilt. Which version do you like best?


Friday, December 28, 2018

Wednesday, December 26, 2018


Know how to make a unicorn? Just add a horn. Without the appliqued horn, this is our lively Painted Horse panel.

Monday, December 24, 2018


And Merry Christmas to all. We will be closed December 24 and 25 to spend time with family and friends.

We'll see you December 26 to 29 during our annual end of the year 25% off sale!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

New Fabrics coming in - - -

Aren't these fun? New pieces of Farm Fresh from designer Gingher by Moda. 

These fun prints from Blend Fabrics.
And from Timeless Treasures, these fun prints featuring unicorns and fairies, a favorite of a little 5 year old girl I know!

Arriving soon  - -  several bolts of 108" wide backing fabric in a variety of colors - a favorite designed called Circle Play.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Got this on your radar?

December 26 through 29 is our annual end of the year inventory reduction sale. All regular priced fabric cut from the bolt is 25% off with just 1 yard minimum cuts!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Make it!

I love making gifts. This year it's been cosmetic bags, shown here in plaid wool. I have made about 10 of these little bags and find them fun to fill with little life necessities.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Snow Lady

Celia, known for making all things Snow Man, made this cute bag at Open Sew last week.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

New backs!

We are expanding our selection of wide backs, including this very bright and pretty batik.

Plus this fan favorite, Circle Play. We have it coming in several different colors.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Just in!

We have carried Moda's popular plush fireside for several years, it has come mostly in darker colors. Well, here it is in beautiful pastels. At 60" width, it's a perfect backing for baby quilts and lap throws. I find it easier to work with and less messy than some comparable brands.

Sunday Sew Day

This is how I spent my sewing time last Sunday. I finished up three cosmetic bags to have as gifts at a holiday luncheon with friends on Monday. These are made with the new cork cloth. We have a free pattern for this bag. Super simple and all of the seams are finished, inside and out.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Angel Gifts

Looks like a bunch of Santa bags, doesn't it? Kinda is. These pillowcases, stuffed full of gifts with more that won't even fit in the pillowcase, are ready to be picked up and delivered to folks at the Dallas County Crisis Intervention and Domestic Violence Shelter. Thank you to these gals for their generous contributions:
  • Renee Godberson
  • Jean Feller
  • Sue Denny
  • Sara (no last name)
  • Amy Brandt
  • Jenny Osler
  • Jacque Johnson
  • Pam Godwin
  • Lindsay Beaman
  • Judy Ticknor
  • Tana Belgaarde
  • Flo Welch
  • Nancy Hagelberg
  • Joyce Scott
  • Jackie Orton

Wednesday, December 12, 2018


OOOOh what fun it is.  Join us for Open Sew at the Adel Library this week, Thursday and Friday. The room opens at 10 am each day and you can stay until the last stitch is made. Bring a snack to share. Free! 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Folk Art Flannel II

Available in kit! With 2 kits, you can make the plaid borders wider and use the 10" panel print squares (like the center squares) for the outer border corner stones!  Just an idea.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Another project using a Thicket panel and half square triangle units. Flo W made this based on a request from her daughter for a big bag for transporting a lap top and file folders. Very cool.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Penoach Winery Open House

With the straps!

I followed the plaid lines in this shirt to quilt it on to Soft and Stable interfacing. Love that stuff for stabilizing bags. I also put binding around the top and top-stitched the bag handles on the outside of the bag. Super simple, free download pattern here.

We have straps, magnetic snaps and Soft and Stable interfacing in stock now.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Holiday Open House!

Our Holiday Open House is today, tomorrow and Saturday.  Visit us for 15% off Christmas fabrics, a Christmas cookie and a free pattern to make a cosmetic bag from Cork Cloth.

And don't miss  Cheers to 25 Years Sip and Sample, Friday evening. Tour Adel, sipping, sampling and shopping. Starts at 5 pm. You can pick up a Cheers (bingo) Card at Modville and play along for prizes as you shop.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Another winner!

Rhonda Keifer - Your name has been drawn from our Purple Bag for our December. Come on in and pick up your gift!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Had to share this. Gabe and his girlfriend, Brooke, had this done by a street vendor who drew it with a pencil in his mouth. Kind of amazing, isn't it?

Monday, December 3, 2018

Cork Cloth

I've been playing with cork cloth and really finding it super easy to work with. From a half yard cut ($10), you can make 4 wallets or 4 cosmetic bags or 2 of each.

This is a shot of the cosmetic bag inside. Visit us during our Holiday Open House, Dec 6, 7 & 8 and we will give you a free pattern to make this cosmetic bag. 

Sunday, December 2, 2018

It's beginning to look a lot like - - - -

Santa stopped by Story City last weekend to check in.

He will be in Adel on Friday evening, December 7, for the Adel Holiday Open House - Sip and Sample. We will be serving chocolate, bacon covered puff corn and warm apple cider wine from Penoach Winery.  We will also feature Flo's assortment of aprons that eve, great gifts!

Olivia made this tree for the top of my tree. Sweet.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Free Quilt

Julia S calls this her Free Quilt. It's made up from leftover block parts with no new fabric added. Julia is planning a few gatherings for next spring to help you make your own Free Quilt so start gathering up all of those leftover block units, binding strips, squares and strips.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Sunday Sewday!

I know this is selfish but, I was really hoping for a little snow last Sunday. I parked my machine by a big window and was planning to sew and watch it snow all day.

Well, I did sew all day but there was no snow out my window.  I put borders on two small quilts I had been working on. Then I  started this flannel tote bag (pending straps) and made this wallet from our new cork fabric.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

This week in Adel

  • Thursday, November 29 - Essential Oil Class at 3rd Place, a business on the square. - 6 pm
  • Saturday, December 1 - River Road Winter Craft Sale, 1015 Riverside Dr in Adel. - 9 am to 3 pm. 
  • Sunday, December 2, - Quilt Show and soup/desert luncheon at First Christian Church in Adel.- Quilt show is 1 to 3:30 pm

Quilt Circle Met

Quilt Circle met on the 3rd Monday of November to sit in our circle and share. 
Jackie O started our show and tell with these pretty quilts.

And this is a sample of play time on her embroidery machine. She has made several of these little turkeys.

Then she shared these vintage quilt tops and solicited advice on how to finish them.

Nancy H whipped up two little baby quilts for our Mercy PICU service project.

Plus she shared this bright little scrappy quilt and - - 

- - - this fun tote bag she made for our License Plate Challenge.

This is Nancy's Farmer's Wife quilt - beautiful and done!

This panel may be the next thing under her needle.

Joyce S likes to make BIG quilts. This is her completed quilt using snowball blocks from our exchange.

And this one, using lots and lots of small scraps.
Lonnie cleaned her sewing room and brought several bags of fabric to donate to Margaret's church group ministry.

Kathy H is making blankets for our PICU service project and - - - 

- - -sweatshirt pillows plus pillow cases for holiday gifts.

Theresa H shared this picture of her father receiving a Quilt of Valor.

And Theresa is making these doll sleeping bags and selling them to clients at her beauty salon. 

Margaret shared this fun bag plus - - 

this block, the next in a BOM she is doing with daughter Trish.

Margaret also shared this quilt she is working on, "Share Your Path"

Love her choice of colors for the path.

Here is Nancy J's License Plate Challenge.

Sue shared a couple quilts - - done is good!

Love these bright colors!

Sue? Applique? You go girl!

Abbie A has been playing with this fusible applique
First is this small scenic qiult.
Then a small purple quilt.

And this paper piecing for a large purple quilt.

We loved the backing fabric and the label.

Abbie also showed us this fun panel and requested ideas.

Celia shared her License Plate Challenge bag. Cute.

Reminder - License Plate Challenge projects are due at our January Holiday Party where everyone with a completed project will enter a special drawing.

Bonnie N showed her Dick and Jane-ish quilt, this one she machine quilted. 

Guess where all the left over fabric went?

Flo W showed us her little  skunk quilt, an original design.

And this sweet elephant quilt made with a charm pack.

I love these two fun quilts, made from kits.

My demo for the evening was this tree skirt (potentially) made from a layer cake of half-square triangles.

And a new technique seen on Instagram called Split Star Point Block. You simply use half square triangle units in place of the small squares in the Flying Geese x 4 method of making flying geese units.

We ended our evening with giant cinnamon rolls from Adel's Brick Street Bakery and we recommend all to visit there for yummy baked goods.