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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Snowday Sewdays!

I had the good fortune of being snowed in at a quilt retreat center during the recent Iowa blizzard. It was the most productive blizzard ever!

Those of you that came to our Fall Ladies of the Lake Retreat will recognize these blocks. These are some of the blocks made in our relay for charity game.
 I was able to put together 5 of these quilt tops. using the blocks we made at retreat. They will be donated to Warrior Wagons after a little machine quilting help from Deb Semmens and binding help from Nikki Whitney.  (I just noticed there are two of the same blocks in the top row - geez)

I also made a simple T-Shirt quilt for my grandkids school auction. This was one of those turn-it-around quickly projects so nothing fancy.

Then I finished up this Elizabeth Hartman Unicorn that I had started about a year ago. I attempted to use ombre fabric for the background and piece it to retain some of the ombre effect.


To round out my projects, I put binding on a small quilt, pieced a quilt back and I pieced a sample of our 2020 Strip Club quilt - - -  but you need to come to our Feb 15 Fresh Beginnings Party reveal to see it!

Friend Vickie was also knocking out the projects. This is her Rail Fence coming to life on the design wall - - - 

and a beautiful top she finished up for her granddaughter.

This is the Half-Hexie quilt Vickie pieced over the weekend.
Below is a scrap quilt she also started and finished using 2 1/2"
x 4 1/2" rectangles. None of her quilts were large pieces so, truly amazing accomplishments.

Under Sue's guidance, Vickie made this table topper one afternoon while I was taking a nap. 
Friend Sue was also no slacker. She pieced this very large T-Shirt quilt from her son's baseball shirts.
And she made this Half-Hexie quilt featuring ISU fabrics.

I didn't snag a picture of it but Sue also made a quilt top for Warrior Wagons featuring the What Cancer Cannot Do panel in bright childrens prints.

And Sue was churning out stars for a large quilt project. 
While all of the sewing machines were purring around her, Sue's sister, Joan, worked steadily on a color by number painting. It's important to note here that the blue paint smear was dried on the table before we arrived. :) :) 

The retreat center was in Elkhorn, IA at Log Cabin Quilting. I recommend it for any small group looking for a weekend getaway but plan ahead. They are booked for every weekend in 2020.

There are many lovely quilt samples on display through-out the quilt shop that houses the retreat center. This quilt, a close up from the photo above, really caught my eye. It is a collage quilt made by owner, Robin.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Quilt Circle Holiday Party

As is our tradition, Quilt Circle of Friends skipped meeting in December and then gathered on the 3rd Monday of January for our Holiday Party.

This party includes a potluck, show and tell, drawing for Get Er Done Gift Certificates and a sock exchange.  Here's what the evening looked like. SEW so much fun with my Quilt Circle of Friends
















Thursday, January 23, 2020

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

OOOOOpen Sew!

This week, Thursday and Friday at the Adel Library, is Open Sew. Join us from 10 am until the last stitch is made each day!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Update today

Flo was able to make it in today and will have the shop open until mid-afternoon. Take it easy and expect a nice warm welcome at Adel Quilting!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Today weather alert

Due to the weather blowing in to central Iowa, we will have the shop closed on JANUARY 17th. Stay safe and stitch.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Magnetic quilt hangers.

Have you tried a magnetic hanging system? I bought these on Amazon. There is a small magnetic plate that adheres to the wall with a 3M adhesive pull tab so no nail holes. Then you put a curtain rod through a rod pocket on your quilt and just stick it to the magnets.

This will really be handy for us where we move quilts on and off the walls frequently.

These thin curtain rods pictured are working great for small quilts. I read reviews, however, that say you may need steel rods for big quilts for more magnetic hold. You can purchase 1/4" steel rod at your local hardware store and they should be able to cut it to the length you want.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Flo's new patterns

Flo has designed a couple new pattens for us.
First, her new bag - The Half Hexie Bag. This tote is made using a 5" half hexie template and a pack of 5" charm squares. We are planning a February class for this fun bag.

And this is Flo's new pattern featuring our Zebra and Elephant panel. The pieced block is a fun and easy technique.  You start with a large half square triangle of color and background. Then slice it into 3 strips. In this quilt, after cutting the strips, Flo mixed up the colors.  Ask - - - we'll show you how.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

New Stuff

Here's a couple of bright and fun fabrics - - just in.

This bolt is unrolled a bit to show both sides of the fold. Stunning.

And I always love the city scape prints. This particular one is really beautiful in the 60 degree hexie quilts.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Weather Cancellation

I'm repeating this on all my pages to help get the word out - - - Cancellation - Dang it. Looks like we better cancel our CIFQS gathering tomorrow (January 11) due to the storm moving into the area. Stay home and stitch.

The New Quilters Trek

Row by Row has been re-invented. New name, new dates, new block sizes and new theme type. Plus they have added Fabric Tokens to the fun.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

This month's Purple Bag Winner!

Our winner this month from the Purple Bag Drawing is:
Katherine Sharr!
Katherine wins this canvas tote full of fun stuff - - thread, pre-cut strips, fat 1/8ths, quilting supplies and more. Congratulations, Katherine!

There is a Purple Bag Pop Up Special going on now as well:

  • Robinson Anton 50 weight cotton thread - 50% off
  • All Christmas kits - 50% off
  • Ghana Market Baskets - 50% off
while supplies last



Sunday, January 5, 2020

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Sunday Sewday???

Wait - - - - Today was not a Sunday, was it? I did get some quality sewing in today though. Did you?

One thing I worked on was the pattern for this bag, designed and made by Flo Welch.


Isn't this cute? After we get the pattern good to go, we will schedule a class. It may be the first class in our new "classroom".