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Sunday, July 29, 2018

We have a winner!

Twila Wichentdahl came in today to claim her prize for the 2018 Row by Row challenge. Her she is with her quilt, featuring rows from 8 different quilt shops.
With her today was her mother and sister, also winners this year with their own 8-Row quilts. It's been a fun family affair.

For her prize, Theresa got to pick 25 fat quarters! Congratulations, Theresa.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

New stuff.

Here's a couple new packs of pre-cuts in from Moda:

In both 5" and 10" squares, from Basic Grey.

Customers are loving the pretty prints in this new line, Guest Room.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Need a quilt back?

We got ya covered! Ba-doom-doom.

Here are several new 108" backings just in with more to come! Who doesn't love a good back? Two star prints will make great backs for Quilts of Valor at just $12.99/yard.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

More on retreat projects - -

Another little quilt is done, this one by Jenny O. We will be teaching from the book, Mini QCR quilts, A Quilt for Every Season. Although called mini, these quilts are not tiny. This one is about 30" x 36".  You will, no doubt, see more on these retreat quilts as the fall retreat dates draw near.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Signs of a Sweet Corn Festival coming - - -

This was part of my Sunday Sewday, this year's Corn Pot Holder. Available in kit, of course!

Here are a few from previous years. Just a little sweet (corn) fun.

Sisters of the Cloth

Sisters of the Cloth kicked off their 2018 series of classes last Saturday with a very interesting program by Millie Kehrli on 1800s designer, William Morris and William Morris fabrics.

Here she models a William Morris scarf and book. 

Millie also brought a few of her own quilts to share.

This was started by a previous generation and finished by Millie.

-- a quilt top she is working on based on an Elaine Belling class.

Another Elaine Belling inspired quilt top, for this one, she was encouraged to take left over pieces and parts and stitch them together.

- - - and another "remnant" quilt. Love it

Sue D. shared this little quilt that came in the mail to her, along with a sweet note, from a granddaughter, a thank you for time recently spent together at the sewing machine.

This old quilt has been in the family for generations and has been well loved.

Just to refresh the pallet, here is a modern quilt made with the Sidekick Ruler from Key Facet fabrics. So pretty.

With this pretty back.

Jan showed us this Civil War era beauty. 

This corner cut out tells us it was made for a Four Poster Bed.

This lovely quilt center was once a quilt top, gifted to an ancestor as a going away gift from her place of employment. Marty inherited it, added the borders and hand quilted it. Beautiful.

Kris shared this block of the month quilt she recently finished. Nice!

Another contemporary quilt, this one from Tuila Pink fabrics.

Guests were offered Elongated Hexies to use for hand stitching while they listened to the program along with some William Morris Christmas fabrics to play with.

We also discussed making some outreach blocks. We will post those pictures as the blocks come back in at our September gathering.  

The meeting was closed with donuts and coffee from Brick Street Bakery and lots of friendly chatter as new friends were made an old friends reunited.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Quilt Circle July Meeting

First, I am proud to announce that, from our porch sale of quilted items, we raised $900 for our local library, a pay-back for all the days we spend stitching together there. Thank you to all who donated quilt items to sell and thank you to all who purchased them!

Now on to QC show and share:
Joyce's quilt from our half square triangle exchange.

Joyce is also a member of an online quilters group that has been challenged to make something from a panel. Joyce simply added a border to the panel for the quilt top.

Then she glammed it up a bit for the back.

Jackie shared this great Quilt of Valor made by a quilter friend and machine quilted by Jackie. 

And another quilt recently finished for the same friend.

Lonnie showed us this little shop sample she just made. She added the little flange just to give it that little extra attitude.

And her backing - more chickens. Cute.

Deb saw this on Pinterest and whipped it up. It's made with 2 1/2" strips so it is Jelly Roll friendly and maybe even a good way to use up left over Jelly Roll strips from other projects.

Read Deb's face - - "Loving the block but not loving the process on this particular block pattern."

Here is Trish's finished quilt from our half square exchange, on it's way to the Iowa State Fair. 

Margaret shared this picture of a baby quilt she made for a great grand child. Cute, long-legged birds!

Kathy shared these little Pack It In bags, a pattern from "byAnnie". Well written pattern, easy to make, practical to use AND very cute.
Here are a couple more Pack It In bags Kathy made for shop samples. These are the small and medium size bags. We have the pattern, stabilizer (Soft and Stable) and mesh in stock.

We have not done a group project for a while so, I gave each member one of our cloth license plates with the challenge to make something with it. If you are a member and missed club this month, stop by and ask me for your plate. Below is my idea for using the cloth plate.

I closed the meeting with a quick demo on the Becca Bag, a drawing for 1 yard of fabric and Orange Cake to celebrate another great year at Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co!

As always, thank you to Jackie O for taking all these pictures and  thank you to all of my Quilt Circle of Friends for being just that.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Other Fun Adel Spots

Adel is fast becoming a fun little shopping niche with all things old becoming new again. Come visit us but plan some extra time to stop by:

Restoration Harmony, 1015 Riverside (down by the old city park).
This business hosts a very nice venue for events (Harmony Hall) on one side of their building. The other side is what they call a mercantile. The owners are house flippers and stagers. Their mercantile is where you can purchase furniture and home dec items used for staging their homes.

Hours are Thursday and Friday - 10 to 5
                  Saturday - 10 to 4

Salvage This, Full of tastefully done, repurposed items. 

Hours are: Tuesday thru Thur, 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Saturday, 10 to 5 and Sunday noon to 5.

Modville: A visit back to the Mid Century Mod 50s, 60s and 70s vintage furniture and home accessories and decor.

Hours are Thursday, Friday & Sunday, 12 to 5 pm and
Saturdays, 10 am to 5 pm

Seems the best bet to catch all three open is on Thursday evenings and all day Saturday.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Whisper Double Gauze Batik

This super soft fabric from Moda is two layers of a gauzy like cotton woven together. Perfect for making swaddling blankets by just turning under the raw edges. Ive also seen it used to make a super comfy baby blankie, using a poly batt and minimal quilting.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Sew Pieceful!

You've likely seen our cloth license plate for this years Row x Row event, Sew Pieceful.

Here is a close up of a little zip tote I made using our cloth plate. It took less than an hour to make this from a Lazy Girls Designs pattern called  Becca Bags.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

4-H Project

My Great Niece (daughter of my niece but also pretty great) Sydney spent the day with me in the sewing room and we worked together on this 4-H project for the Sac County fair.

She wanted the super soft back so we backed it with Moda's Fireside plush and then brought it around to the front to make a wide faux binding.  Nice job, Syd!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

New Pattern

This is a pattern a customer showed me. I think we should order it, don't you? Perfect for our new ombre.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Bag Gals!

We love our bags, don't we! These friends were shop hopping together.

Gayla from Erling IA came in today. She made this tote from the Minnesota state shop hop fabrics. Fun to see what other states are doing.
Gayla also showed me this quilt top she made using the 2018 Iowa shop hop fabrics. Very nice.