909 Prairie Street, Adel, IA
515-993-1170 0r
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm

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.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Snow Lady

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

Monday, December 17, 2018

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.