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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Super Bowl Specials

Have you heard?  Support your favorite team by purchasing fabric of their team colors. Guess who wins? You do!

This week, Thursday through Saturday, purchase 1 yard of any of these colors and get the 2nd/and more yards at half price.

Patriots: Red and Blue
Eagles: Green and White

New Cat Panel

So many options with this fun panel, right?

Monday, January 29, 2018

Sunday Sewday

This is a close up our new Barn Quilt Sign Block of the Month. This is all I can show you until the big reveal on Saturday, Feb 17! 
Back from the quilter and ready for binding so, that's what was on my lap during the grammys.. How about you?

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Quilt Circle of Friends annual party

In Quilt Circle of Friends, we have a tradition of skipping our December meeting and having our holiday party in January. Monday was the eve for our party.

This annual gathering always starts with a potluck. I made ham balls, Trish made cheesy potatoes and everyone else brought side dishes. It was perfect - - - and yummy.

Following dinner, we shared some Show and Tell. These are appliance covers Bonnie made for her kitchen. 
Bonnie just finished up this bright little quilt.

And she showed us this panel quilt she finished up, reminiscent of her days as a school teacher, beautifully hand quilted.

These are the blocks for our Barn Quilt Sign BOM. Quilt Circle did these blocks as a group project this past year. Here is Trish's version of them all set together with a sweet little shadow border on each block.
Lonnie showed all her most recent shop sample quilt, Shoji Screens. So bright and happy.
Marti finished up this quilt top that was donated to the Des Moines Quilt Guild for their charity project. She pointed out how pretty a quilt can be, even when the fabrics and colors are so eclectic.
And this is a quilt Marti put together using a stack of "found" blocks. The units are all like a snowball block but with cheater corners on just two corners rather than 4. By making half dark with light corners and half light with dark corners, you create this design. Such a pretty quilt to study.

Then we moved on to our Get Er Done quilts. This annual party is the deadline for completion of these projects. Many of these have been posted along the way and here they are one last time.
By Bonnie N.

Theresa H.

Lonnie K.

Margaret B.

Jackie O.

Marti Klatt

From names of those who completed their Get Er Done quilts, we drew for 3 - $25 gift certificates:

  • Abbie Allen
  • Theresa Hane
  • Deb Semmens

In accordance with the contract signed at the beginning of last year, anyone who did not complete their Get Er Done project needed to have a really, really, really good reason. Here is Joyce explaining. "My name is Joyce and I'm easily distracted". 

Jackie O shared these blocks given to her by a friend to complete a few moons ago. She is pledging these as her Get Er Done project for 2018.

2018 Get Er Cone contracts are due by our February meeting.

Then it was on to our holiday game. This year, we did the stuffed socks again. Members were asked to bring a pair of socks and stuff one with quilting notions and goodies. Here are a few.

We played a little game to exchange. 

Children in the room, please look away. This sock includes a naughty word. :) :) :)

and then each put on one new socks and posed for this picture.

As always, it was a great evening with my Quilt Circle of Friends and thank you to Jackie O for taking and sharing these pics.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Shoji Screen Quilt

Wow! Meet Lonnie's latest quilt, created with the new line of Fantasy. 
Here's a close up to show the machine quilting design by Deb S. Love it!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday Sewday

It's been a while since I posted a Sunday Sewday. Today was a good one because I finished two projects!

I put the binding on our new Strip Club quilt and I added the last border to our Barn Quilt Sign BOM 

I can't post pictures because these quilts will both be in our big reveal, February 17, at Fresh Beginnings.

I talked to Judy Williams yesterday and she thinks she will have 3 rows of our new applique BOM quilt top put together to show you on Feb 17 as well.

Make sure you have your calendar marked for that day. What the heck, go ahead and write it in ink!

Friday, January 19, 2018


Saturday, Jan 20, we are open 10 am to 4 pm. We are cutting the day 1 hr short for a company party.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New Fabrics

Cats from Dear Stella

Kidz from Moda

Cottontail Cottage from Moda

Fantasy from Timeless Treasures

Pastels with glitter from Timeless.

Friday, January 12, 2018

New Shop Samples

Here is a snowy winter panel, appropriate for this week in Iowa. 

And, looking forward to spring, another panel, this one of the USA, featuring the wild flowers for each state.

Here is a close up of the top left side of the panel, listing each state and it's wild flower.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Jan Open Saw

Baby it’s cold outside.  But, we are planning to gather for Open Sew st the Adel library  I’ll unlock at  930.


We have cancelled Open Sew for today due to the bad weather. Today we can stitch together in spirit and see how it looks out there tomorrow.  Piece!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Our Condolences

We were sad to hear of the death of retreat friend, Gwen Graw. Here she is on the left with two of her best quilting buds, Denise and Susan. Gwen came to our fall Ladies of the Lake Quilt retreat for many years and we will miss her friendly disposition. Our condolences go out to her family and friends. May she be quilting in heaven.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Bring your machine and your projects and join us for a couple days of stitching and chatting, this week, Thursday and Friday, at the Adel Library.

Hours are 10 am each day until the last stitch is made!

Monday, January 8, 2018


Fresh Beginnings Open House - Saturday, Feb 17 - 11 am to 2 pm - in the shop and extending into the back of the house.

What is a Fresh Beginnings Open House?
  • An opportunity for us to thank you for your support during Frank's illness.
  • An opportunity for you to hear about and view all of our new block of the month programs for 2018.
  • An opportunity for you to meet our applique specialist, Judy Williams, from Kansas City. She will introduce our 2018 applique program and share tips with an applique demo board.
  • An opportunity to visit with Lonnie about BOM options
  • Brunch hor d'oeuvres and gifts for everyone.
We really hope you can join us to celebrate a new year with Fresh Beginnings.

Note: The shop will be opened from 10 am to 5 pm that day as usual.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

My feedsack quilt

This little quilt is on display in the feedsack quilt exhibit at the Iowa Quilt Museum.  It has a story:

My mother gave me a whole suitcase of feedsacks that she had been gifted from an older quilter friend. I have always been hesitant to cut into these precious sacks.

However, about 20 years ago, I was part of a small group that did a Round Robin project. We each made a quilt center and put it in a paper bag along with a selection of fabrics for the next person to use in any way they wanted to.

I made the yellow applique center of this quilt and included it in my bag with several of my feeedsacks. It was passed from one member to the next, each adding to the center, and this is the quilt top that came back to me.

I always really cherish quilts that include the work of many hands.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Thw winners are drawn!

The first name we drew today was for our Purple Bag Winner of the Month. The lucky winner, drawn from our December names, is Katherine Sharr. Congratulations, Katherine! We have a jelly roll for you the next time you are in.

Next, we drew from our end of the year drawing. We combined all of the names, saved from each month in 2017, and drew 10 names for a variety of prizes.

Following are the 10 prize winners:
  • Renae Godberson
  • Jenny Osler
  • JoAnne Schnebly
  • Jan Jome
  • Colleen Smith
  • Carolyn Bollman
  • Carol Piziali
  • Gloria Risius
  • Phyllis Blood
  • Abbie Allen
Congrats to all. Stop by and pick your prize from our selection, first come first pick!

We just placed an order for more purple shopping bags so, if you have been thinking of becoming one of our Purple Bag shoppers, stop in to get your bag for $4.95 and let the fun and savings begin.

New exhibit at Iowa Quilt Museum - Today through April 15

We're really excited about our next exhibit of...

Feed Sack Quilts!

January 3rd - April 15th, 2018

Curated by Linzee Kull McCray of Iowa City

Feed sacks, flour sacks, seed sacks—cotton bags of all sorts provided the raw material for quilts both past and present. In addition to quilts, this exhibition tells the story of feed sacks through advertisements, ephemera, and the sacks themselves. Artist-bound copies of "Feed Sacks: The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric" comprise an additional exhibition element.

Meet curator Linzee McCray at the
Feed Sack Quilt opening reception

January 13th, 4-6pm

Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served
Your $10 donation helps support the mission of the Iowa Quilt Museum

Click HERE to reserve your ticket

Other Exhibits in 2018

April 16 - July 29 • Playing with Purpose: A Victoria Findlay Wolfe Retrospective
July 31 - October 14 • Blue Ribbon Quilts of the Iowa State Fair
October 16 - January 27, 2019 • Waste Not, Want Not 

Stay connected AND help support the mission of the IQM

Become an Annual Member

Your purchase of an Annual Membership helps sustain the work of the Iowa Quilt Museum in promoting the appreciation of the American quilt and the art of quilting. Plus, there are some great benefits to being a member!

Purchase your 2018 Membership today
to start receiving your benefits!
Individual Annual Membership - $50 ($45 Seniors 65+)
Free admission to the Iowa Quilt Museum for one member
1 single use guest pass
10% discount in gift shop & on classes (excludes full size quilts)
Invitation to sneak previews of exhibits
Iowa Quilt Museum pin
Special recognition on IQM website and in email newsletters
Family/Couple Annual Membership - $75
Free admission to the IQM for couple or entire family
Plus all the benefits of the Individual Membership
Donor Annual Membership - $125
All the benefits of the Family Membership
+1 additional single use guest pass (total of 2)
+IQM logo journal bound in red leatherette with magnetic clasp
+Reciprocal admission privileges at over 900 participating museums through the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association®
Patron Annual Membership - $250
All the benefits of the Donor Membership
+2 additional single use guest passes (total of 4)
+One private, guided gallery walk with curator or museum director for up to 8 people

Monday, January 1, 2018