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Friday, February 28, 2020

Let the stripping begin!@

Opposites Attract! Pick up pre-cut 2 1/2 strips to make this little sample into a Queen Size quilt. First month packets are ready to pick up and never fear, we made extras so you can still register.

More Warrior Wagon Quilts

Deb and Flo have been collaborating with the crew from Warrior Wagons to make comfort quilts.

Monday, February 24, 2020

A winner!

Cindy Shelly stopped in to pick up her prize from Modville's 12 Days of Christmas give-away. Thanks, Cindy and be sure to check Modville when you come to Adel.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Class February 28

Join us at 2 pm on Friday, Feb. 28 for the Half Hexie Class!

Learn how to make easy hexagon projects using an acrylic template,  user friendly with either 5" or 10" squares. 

We will show you how to make this bag - - - - 

or this very quick quilt.

Call to pre-register. Class fee is just $10.

Quilt fronts??

It's time to reveal the fronts of our 2020 Block of the Month Quilts!

STRIP CLUB - pre-cut strips - 64 blocks - 96" x 96" - 8 months
This is a 16 block sample of "Opposites Attract" - Starts March

THE STORY QUILT - includes a love story - 42" x  54"- 6 mo.

This BOM comes with optional beginners classes. Starts April

APPLIQUE BOM - 60 x 75- do by machine or hand-10 MONTHS
Notting Hill. Starts June

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Sunday Sewday

I did a bit of chillaxin on Sunday which included making this tote from a t-shirt for a school auction.

Here's a close up to show I was able to incorporate the neckline of the t-shirt into the top edge of the tote. Using pe-made handles made quick work of it. My grands are Story City Norsemen.
And to follow up with Monday and and Tuesday sewing, I made these little zip totes to help enhance the value of this auction item. The smallest bag hangs from the handle so it can be flipped to the bag inside for keys or cell phone.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Lonnie's Jelly Roll Race Quilt

She just used up a bunch of leftover 2 1/2" strips in random lengths. Pretty. Love the vertical layout.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Charity Quilting

Here is a charity quilt Flo made.  It's from a kit, provided by the volunteers for Warrior Wagons, where they assemble wagons full of comfort gifts (including a quilt) and supplies for children and their families in treatment.

If you would like to piece one of these tops, let us know and we will get you hooked up with a pre-cut kit.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Baby got back!

We've been repurposing and getting creative with backs around here.

This is the back of a large pillow. We have these light-weight canvas panels in stock in 4 different designs. The front of this pillow is a pieced unicorn from Elizabeth Hartman Designs.

I can't show you the front until Saturday at our big reveal but - - - here is the back of our new Strip Club project. The solid color pieces were originally planned for part of the quilt front but I changed my mind and made the quilt in all blacks and whites so these leftover parts and pieces went on the back.

This is the back of a new shop sample quilt. It gives purpose to these large fabric plates I have collected during the past Row x Row events, each covered with customer autographs, both local and world-wide.
This is the back of another one you have to wait until Saturday to see! This is the back of our new applique' BOM.

The front is hand appliqued by Judy Williams but would also be cute done by machine applique'.

Diana Weirich will be here on Saturday doing demos and answering questions about machine applique'.

And here is another pieced back for a new pattern and kit we have to show you on Saturday! This quilt features a dog panel and there were a couple leftover blocks so Flo pieced them into the back. 

And remember - if you sign up for our BOMs on Saturday, the first month is FREE!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


It's just going to be too cold Thursday and Friday. We have cancelled Open Sew. Let's stay home and stitch together!

Spread the word!

Call or stop in to sign up for any of our 2020 Block of the Month programs on February 15 and the first month is FREE! 

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Saturday, February 8, 2020

OOOOpen Sew!!!

Are you ready for a winter sewing day with friends? Join us at the Adel Library Thursday and/or Friday Feb 13 and 14. Doors open at 10 am and close when the last stitch of the day is made.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Featuring Julia!

Julia Swallow, our Monday gal (when she is not kayaking the winter away in Florida) is also a very talented long arm quilter.

What you see here is a sample of her free-hand work. Isn't it lovely?

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

New Stuff

Here's a few new pieces from Gingiber, the Moda designer that brought us the timber animal panels. Always love her fresh takes.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Oven Baked Stew

This is a recipe, shared by friends, that I served at our Quilt Circle Holiday Party a couple weeks ago. I baked it in a large roasting pan and it made about 20 servings.


  • 2 pounds beef tenderloin steaks diced (I used stew meat and marinated it in the V8 juice overnight)
  • 8 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 (12 ounce) cans of V8 juice
  • 3 cups diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
  2. Stir beef, potatoes, V8 juice, carrots, celery, onion, tapioca, sugar, salt, and pepper together in a roasting pan; cover.

  3. Bake in preheated oven until beef and potatoes are tender, about 5 hours.

My notes: I baked it more like 7 hours and I added 2 bay leaves and 2 t dried rosemary. I served it with home baked dinner rolls. Now, that's comfort food.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

More Customer Show and Share

Flo created this baby quilt, using only her stash. Sweet.

And this is a special request quilt from a 4 year old granddaughter. She said she wanted blue and white and a unicorn. This grandma really delivered, didn't she?