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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Captive audience

Every couple weeks, I head up north to fill my soul with sweet grand kid love.
The twins and their friend Sky took a moment of down time to hear to new book. Notice Liv has on her unicorn horn because - -- why not?

Later we took their folks along for dinner out at the Iowa Stater. Always a fun time with this gang.

Friday, April 27, 2018

JoAnne's Wizard of Oz quilt

JoAnne shared this easy quilt with lots of built in character when she was in this week. The fabrics are all Wizard of Oz themed and the quilting pattern is called cyclone.

For the backing, she used Kansas sunflower print. This fun quilt will likely be donated to the Des Moines Quilt Guild auction fund raiser.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

German Sweet Chocolate Upside Down Cake

I dedicate this recipe to my brother, Bill. He would love this one!

German Sweet Chocolate Upside Down Cake

Grease a 9 x 13 pan and preheat oven to 350.
Sprinkle in bottom of pan:
  • 1 1/2 C coconut
  • 1 1/2 C chopped pecans
Mix up one box of German Sweet Chocolate Cake Mix, according to package directions and pour over coconut and pecans.

Melt together:
  • 8 oz of cream cheese
  • 1 stick of butter
To this, stir in 1# of powdered sugar (3 1/2 or 4 C)

Drop spoonfuls of cream cheese mix over cake batter. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.

As a follow up, you can try putting it in the freezer to decrease the temptation to snack at it constantly but, it is also good frozen!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

May 12

May 12

Plan a fun day with mom on Mother's Day weekend. Visit the Fiber Art Fair in Perry and look at the quilts hanging around town.
 On your way to or from, stop in Adel and sample some chocolates at the 5th annual Adel Chocolate Walk!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Riviera Bag

Lonnie made this great bag for the shop, using some of the new All Iowa Shop Hop fabric.

It has a great zipper top that customers are always asking for.

And lots of pockets, both on the outside and on the inside. Nice job, Lonnie! 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Adel City Wide Garage Sales

Saturday is City Wide Garage Sale in Adel. I've been cleaning my storage room and have a few excess display things to put out on the porch, in the spirit of the day. 
Batting stand, light, pattern racks and thread racks.

Quilt Circle of Friends

Pictures from our April Quilt Circle of Friends meeting:

Nancy H shared a pic of the wool applique she is working on. This little quilt is about 22" square. We'll be seeing more of it.

She also finished the Halloween quilt she has been working on.

Jackie O showed us these pretty place mats she made using fabrics collected on vacation.

and this beauty she made based on a picture she saw on Pinterest.

This is a fidget quilt she made for a friend in an Alzheimers unit.

Deb finished up her Fantasy panel - - - 

and she finished up this panel to donate to Warrior Wagons, a program that fills wagons full of gifts for children in treatment.

Lonnie finished up a couple of kits she's had in waiting. This one is a little comfort patch for her granddaughters to snuggle with. With a close look, you can see little folded ribbon tabs for chubby little hands to play with.

and a little cloth quiet book for the grands.

Kathy showed us her Get Er Done project - She Got Er Done!

Plus this adorable little wall quilt and - - 

This is a quilt top that will be gifted to a college grad. Kathy put this together in just a couple days. The arcs are all appliqued on with fusible web. Nice.

And Kathy shared this quilt she made for her mother. This feathered star quilt was once on display at the quilt museum in Paducah.

Trish shared this picture of a baby quilt made for her new Great Niece. We all thought the baby stole the show in this pic!

Trish also shared this big beauty, made using her half square triangle units from our exchange. Love it!

Another picture was shared. This was taken at Margaret's grandkids house. The clever quilt hanger holds quilts Margaret has made and given to these kids. Isn't it cool?

Margaret also shared table toppers she has made to decorate tables for a Woman's Club luncheon with a patriotic theme.

Nancy J is still whipping up little table toppers for our June quilt sale. Here's one and - - - 

and another.

And here is a first peak at the Dallas County Fair quilt many donated blocks for. You will see this quilt again!

It's always nice to gather for a minute and catch up in our Quilt Circle of Friends!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sneak Peak

Just need to add borders to our Dallas County Fair quilt. Many of you contributed blocks to this quilt. It will be sold by live auction in July with proceeds going to Dallas County 4-H. It's a beauty!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Open Sew pics

Here's just a couple quilt tops coming together at Open Sew this week.
Sheryl O was pinning this quilt for machine quilting.

Trish S was putting together the half square triangle units gathered in a Quilt Circle of Friends exchange. Very pretty.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Millie's Quilt

Isn't this pretty? Millie K made this for her daughter's wedding quilt.

She added this fun applique. Julia S did the machine quilting.

 Millie will be our guest speaker at July Sisters of the Cloth, with a program on William Morris fabrics. Registration is open now for our 2018 Sisters of the Cloth series.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

OOOpen Sew

I am taking beef burgers to share at Open Sew tomorrow so, join us if you can! Adel Library - 10 am until - - - - - - - - 

Purple Bag Drawing

We have a winner for the April Purple Bag Drawing -- ba dum dum dum dum --- (that's my drum roll) ---- Kathy Blomquist wins a pack of jelly roll strips. Come pick it up, Kathy!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Shop Hop News!

We had so much fun during the Spring Scavenger Hunt. Thank you to everyone that stopped by!

Following the event, shop owners met to combine all of the Scavenger Hunt forms and draw for winners. Here they are!

Each shop drew a winner for a $75 gift basket. They are listed here by shop:
Adel Quilting - Ryan Osler from Redfield
Quilters Cupboard - Renae Godberson from Waukee
Quilt Block - Janice Haggen from Indianola
Woodside Quilting - Amy Emery from Bondurant
Creekside Quilting - Jean Sheets from Nevada
Quilt Connection - Millie Kehrli

And the Grand Prize of 5 yards from each shop goes to - - - - 
Cinda Stifel from Indianola.

What's next? Next Spring you can expect 2 more shops to join the Central Iowa Shop Hop (Nevada and Bondurant). Also, based on customer feedback, we tweaked the scavenger hunt game and prizes for our spring 2019 hop. We're always looking for ways to keep it fresh.

Thank you again and congratulations to the winners.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Christmas fabric??

Yep! Our first 2 bolts of Christmas fabric just arrived!
A must see! It's very pretty with tones of silver and gold.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Mini Kites

Here's another fun quilt made using the QCR (Quick Curve Ruler). Penny White made this sample for us. We plan to feature this ruler at fall quilt retreat so you may be seeing more of these little quilts!

Come in during Scavenger Hunt Shop Hop this week to get your ruler at 15% off!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Are you ready?

Our fun Spring event is almost here - - - 
Central Iowa Scavenger Hunt!

April 5, 6 and 7.
Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm - Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm

Prizes: Answer the three questions at any one of the participating shops to be eligible for their $75 value gift basket.

Here is our prize "basket". Twenty one fat quarters, a spool of Aurafil thread and a packet of Cupcake Mix papers. That's a lot of fun!
Answer all the questions for the 6 participating shops to enter the drawing for the grand prize: 5 yards of your choosing (max $60) from each shop. That's $300 worth of fabric!

Partcipating Shops:
Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co.
Creekside Quilting
Quilt Block
Woodside Quilting
Quilter's Cupboard
Quilt Connection

Start at any one of the shops. Pick up the Scavenger Hunt questionnaire at the first shop you visit and drop it off at the last one.

Other Scavenger Hunt Shop Hop fun?
  • Quilting Demos - We have some fun stuff lined up to share.
  • Refreshments - I just ordered 6 dozen cookies from Brick Street Bakery to get us started.
  • Discounts - 15% off!

Happy Easter!

From these two cute chicks.