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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Grand Re-Opening Special


To commemorate this moment, purchase the rest of any bolt for just $10 a yard!

Saturday, May 30, 2020

AISH Merch

Tote and zip bags designed to assist with your collecting while you visit all the shops June through July!

While they last, I have 3 in each size from Medium to 3X.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Gratitude Block

There's a light at the end of the tunnel! 

Please click, save and use this as an applique' pattern to commemorate this unique time we have been through and THANK YOU to all for helping us stay alive as a business! 

We also have this little wall hanging available in kit.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Coming soon - -

How cute is this? A panel of masks from Moda, I have this on order with an expected August/September delivery date.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

New Fabric

Have you seen this? This is a pattern designed for us by Kathy Hamilton and it features the panel, Cultivate Kindness.

We have this panel in both the soft gray background and the cream colored background plus here are some coordinates that just came in.

And this is a new bouquet of lovely flowers. So pretty.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Memorial Day Block

This block came to me, indirectly, from Pinterest. I did not design it so do not want to write a pattern but I am sharing the cutting and block parts info here that I came up with for you to play with. This block finishes 16" square.

Light (background)
4 – 2 1/2” squares
8  - 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” rectangles
4 – 3” squares (for half square triangles)

Dark (blue) (center and corners)
4 1/2” square – center
4 – 3” squares (for half square triangles)
4 – 2 1/2” squares

Medium (red)
8– 2 1/2” squares (cheater corners on white rectangles) - trim to 

Flying Geese Units – finish 2” x 4”
Use your favorite FG technique.

Cutting for 3 most common ways of making FG Units:
(trim each FG unit to 2 1/2" x 4 1/2")
Cutting for Eleanor Burns FG Ruler:
Cut 7” square for wings and 5 1/2” square for background

Cutting for Flying Geese x 4 technique:
Cut  3” sqs for wings and 5 1/4” sq background

Cutting for cheater corner technique:
Cut 2 1/2” squares for wings and  2 1/2” x 4 1/2 rectangles for background

Make these units and then refer to the picture to put it all together:

4 flying geese units with white wings - trim to 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
8 flying geese units with medium wings.           "           "
8 half square triangle units - trim to 2 1/2" sq
8 white rectangles with cheater corners - 4 each in mirror image - refer to picture

That time - - -

Adel Cemetery - Oakdale


Friday, May 22, 2020

News of the All Iowa Shop Hop

Are you ready? To help spread us all out, the shop hop has been extended through the end of July.
This quilt features some of the new AISH fabrics. New this year, in each shop you visit with your passport, you will receive  a pre-printed - 4 1/2" square. Each shop has their own personalized square to give you.  

See our square in the bottom left here? Of course, you will see lots of ideas as you travel the state on how to stitch with these little squares. We will have a pattern for this 16" block. 
Also new this year, passports and maps are not available online to download. They are only available in the magazine along with all of the articles, patterns and shop hours during the hop.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Auction quilt

Remember these blocks? It's been a minute. This is our auction quilt for the Dallas County 4-H programs that will be auctioned off at the Dallas County Fair Sponsors Dinner in July (maybe - everything is maybe now, isn't it?).

We make a quilt for them every other year. One year, we collect blocks and the next we make a quilt so some of you may remember donating these blocks last year.

The blocks are 16" making a nice big quilt with 1" sashing and no borders. It is going to be a beaut! You will  be seeing more of it.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Another Covid quilt done

Lonnie stopped by to show me another quilt top she has completed from her scrap stash. Love it!

Monday, May 11, 2020

Friday, May 8, 2020

Banana Coffee Cake

I have been baking this cake since the 70's. It is very similar to banana bread but is baked in a round cake pan which makes it easy to bake evenly. 

Try this for your own Mother's Day Brunch

Banana Coffee Cake
1stick butter
1 C sugar
2 eggs
3/4 C mashed ripe banana
1 1/4 C flour
3/4 t soda
1/2 t salt

Cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs and beat to fluffy. Stir in mashed bananas and dry ingredients.

Bake 350, 30 to 35 min in greased 9x9x2 pan.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Working from home - -

I'm not the only one working from home at this quilt shop! 

Lonnie has been sewing shop samples, Julia has been cutting block of the month kits and I just sent a bunch of fabric to JoAnne Schnebley to cut strips with her Accucutter for Strip Club.

We are finding new ways to get it done as we work toward our re-open date of June 1.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Lonnie's Pineapple

Lonnie stopped by to show me what she has been doing. Isn't this beautiful? Rex was working in the yard so we were able to social distance a pic.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

More on finding our way - -

I made quilts for the Texas boys to help them settle in their new home together as a family. 

My original plan was to send them in car to TX for the wedding and present them in person. Well, that didn't happen!

Then I thought it would just be a couple of weeks and this pandemic would pass through and I would drive down, maybe go for Gabe's 40th bday in April. Well, that didn't happen either!
So, I finally packed them up and shipped them. I think Bradley likes his quilt.

And here is Jack all wrapped up in his.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Finding our way - - -

One thing this pandemic is teaching us is to find new ways. 

I have been Face-Timing with the grands but had not seen them since early March or maybe even February so,  - - - it was time to find a new way.

I loaded my car trunk with a bag of cookies, books, old bricks for their timber fort and a Memaw pillow.  I let it set in my trunk for 5 days so any virus bugs would have time to dissipate, or whatever virus bugs do when they don't have a human to feed on.

Then I put a matching pillow in the front seat of the car and made a plan with the grands. 

When I arrived at their house, I would pop the trunk and they could unload and, instead of hugging me, they could hug the Memaw pillow and I would hug my matching pillow back. 

It worked great and we had a wonderful time. It fed my soul. I helped them haul the bricks down to their timber and played at the fort they have been building.

That evening at bedtime, when I was back in Adel, Olive had her momma send me this picture. She says this is the pillow I use when I stay overnight at their house.
It sounds super corny but, it kind of worked.