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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Quilt Circle of Friends

Time for everyone's favorite monthly post! Quilt Circle of Friends.

Deb S showed us her version of the Barn Quilt Sign Blocks. Remember, this project started with Quilt Circle but they only received a block pattern each month. They chose their own fabrics and setting. We should have several of these on display at our Little Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show on June 16.

Deb is also part of an online group doing a panel challenge. This is the panel she was given to start with.
And here it is after she prettied it up!

Deb also shared this picture. Smitten by the Pinterest bug, she hopes to figure out this design on a future quilt.

Kathy H, never one to shy away from a challenge, is making this quilt - - - all set in seams. See how the blocks come together below. This will be a fun quilt to watch grow.

Nancy H showed us this little bag, made for her by a friend with an embroidery machine.

And this beautiful quilt top she recently finished!

Here is Jackie O's ugly panel conversion. This started as a panel of placemats and she made this great quilt from it.
Jackie also shared this adorable X's and O's quilt she made for a friend, complete with a wide rick rack trim.

Lonnie K shared her version of our Life on the Farm quilt. She added a 3rd row and then adorned the corners with flying geese units. Nice.

Another quilter never afraid of a challenge, Lonnie just finished Gypsy Wife. Very pretty.

And this is Lonnie's version of the Barn Quilt Sign quilt.

 Celia showed us another baby quilt she made for a new arrival coming to her church.

And this fun quilt, finished up recently on a trip to Missouri to stitch with her sister, and our friend, Rozetta. 


Kathy H is preparing for her first grandchild! She made this penguin wall quilt to hang over the baby bed. The theme of the nursery is penguins.

She also showed us this lovely teal and grey quilt, originally made to give away but she is so pleased with the way it turned out, it may just stay in her own home. Also, please notice the lovely name badge Kathy made. She whipped that up just moments before the meeting began!

Bonnie N. showed us this block made for the Perry Guild exchange. So bright and cheery!

Marty K made this quilt from 9-patch blocks donated to the shop. She trimmed the outside edge of each block off and then stitched  the trimmings to a different trimmed block. The blocks are set on point with a sashing and a little pink square for the corner stone. Isn't this cool? It will be for sale at our Little Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show library fund raiser.

Marti also converted these vintage knick knacks into pin cushions for our sale. Just adorable.

This is a quilt Marti bought for $1 when out rummaging. She is also donating it to our sale. Plan now to attend. We have several really nice quilted items for our annual library sale. 

This is a new shop sample made for us by Diana W called Cat Walk. Available in kit, of course.

We were very fortunate to have Karen Thompson visit us and do a program on temperature quilts and afghans. First she shared this bag she made from one of our panels.

---- featuring a key fob.
Temperature quilts start with assigning a range of temperatures to a color. Then chart the high of the day wherever you are and convert that to a quilt in cloth.  

Karen showed us this afghan she made. Each segment is a month and is reflective of her time spent in Iowa as well as traveling to India.
This is a temperature quilt Karen is working on using flying geese units. Each row represents one month.

Last month, we talked about temperature quilts in preparation
for our June speaker. Nancy took right up on it and made this quilt to share. Each 4-patch represents the high temperature of the day where she and each of her 3 daughters were for one month.
She organized her squares by sorting them into little baggies marked with the temperature range they represent.

So, are you intrigued now to make a temperature quilt?

As always, it was a lovely  evening spent with my Quilt Circle of Friends. Thank you to Jackie O, our volunteer photographer.

Our winner!!

Our winner from the Adel Chocolate Walk prize basket drawing, Dawn Svec from Earlham. Her basket included a nice assortment of our gift items. Plan to join us for this annual event next year, Mothers Day Weekend.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018


This handsome group of friends visited last week from Minnesota and Wisconsin. Thanks for stopping by, ladies.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Family Fresh kits

This has been a popular kit, as you can imagine. It's an original pattern for our shop by Kathy Hamilton. We quickly ran out of the light colored panel, using for 4 squares on the front and 2 on the back. The panel in this color is no longer available to order from Moda. So we re-created the kits with the darker panel.

Back. - Another option is to follow Lonnie's tip and make a third row for the quilt front, using these two blocks.

Here is a look at the fabrics in the new kits. The barn board print is the border in this kit as it goes better with this panel than the cow print.

There are just 4 of these kits left and then we will be done with this shop sample as most of the fabrics used are now gone.

Monday, May 28, 2018

We Remember

Salute to all of our loved ones, present and past. You brought us to the place we are and paved the way for our future. Bless you.

We are closed on Memorial Day to spend time with family and friends.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

New Stuff!

Lots of new stuff coming in as we prepare for the All Iowa Shop Hop, June 1 to 30.
Isn't this vibrant?

These bright coordinates go with. 
And another fun panel. We have plans to trim the top half of this panel and use the bottom half for backing. That will make it approximately 18" x 18"

Monday, May 21, 2018

Fall Retreat planning

Penny W. made this little quilt sample for our fall retreat, using the small version of the Quick Curve Ruler. This is one of the quilts we will be featuring, along with the rulers, at our fall retreats

Saturday, May 19, 2018

More Shop Hop fun plans

Every year, the All Iowa Shop Hop gets better and this year is no exception. Make your plans now - June 1 to 30.

We told you about the free fat quarters from shops in our region. Well, there will also be a free 6" block pattern to pick up at each participating shop, state wide.  Above are samples. Many shops will also cut kits from the new Iowa fabric to go with the free block pattern.
91 participating shop, 91 different patterns! Here's a glance.

Friday, May 18, 2018

A little Show and Tell

Nancy J shared this special theme T-Shirt quilt she made. Cute.

Bonnie N share this fun table runner made for her son. It started from a group that took a class to make this fish and then became a challenge to make something with this fish. Bonnie thought the background fabric resembled sea weed. Good call.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Flowers and Friends

Lonnie gave me these beautiful flowers, a birthday gift, to adorn our front porch, Double Impatiens. LOVE the color.

One of our favorite things around here this time of year are the bluebells. Friend Carol made this counted cross-stitch bluebell pillow for me as a gift. Isn't it sweet?

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Thank you to everyone who came out for the Adel Chocolate Walk! What a fun time on a rainy day.

The business owners met following the event and drew names for our 6 gift baskets. The winners are:

From Salvage This: Derek Miller, Adel
From Brick Street Books and Cafe:  Dawn Stonehocker, Earlham
From Brick Street Bakery: Jen Crozier, DeSoto
From Studio Q 360: Beverly Hurt, Redfield
From Adel Quilting: Dawn Svec, Urbandale
From AdelHealthmart: Sue DeMouth, Adel

Congratulations to the winners. Stop by and pick up your gift basket and THANK YOU to all!