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Sunday, May 30, 2021

All Iowa Shop Hop


All Iowa Shop Hop - June 1 through July 31 - Two full months!

We are excited to greet you in Adel as sponsors of this great annual event.

We are not on the passport but we do have a gift for each of you as well as an expanded selection of pre-cuts and wide backs.

For easier shopping, we have cut backing fabric in 3 yard pieces but it is also available on the bolt to be cut to any length you request.

Wide backs in cotton prints and batiks - 108" x 108"

Wide backs in flannel - 108" wide

Wide backs in Fireside plush - 60"wide

We also have new pre cut charms, layer cakes and fat quarter bundles:

Plus new patterns and kits!

Volunteers needed

We are looking for a few volunteers to help at the Adel Garden Tour, Sunday, June 27. There are 5 Adel gardens on the tour.

Responsibilities are to simply be in a yard to help monitor the traffic flow through the yard and answer questions guests may have.

The evening before (June 26 at 4:30 pm) will be a gathering of all homeowners and volunteers.  We will do our own pre-show tour of all 5 gardens together and answer your questions before the big show the next day.

If you are interested in being a volunteer for this afternoon event, please call me at 515-993-1170.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Purple Bag Special - New!

 Are you ready? It's time to add more to our list of Purple Bag Specials:

Until July 16, Purple Bag Cub members continue to shop 10 fat quarters for $20.

For the whole month of June, purchase any regular width fabric, cut from the bolt, for just $8 a yard! !

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Masked Memories

 New baby quilt kit created from a mask panel. Just $29.

It's backed with Moda's plush Fireside fabric. Actually, I pieced the back from two smaller remnants of Fireside. Eazy Peazy.

And there were left over mask pieces in the panel so I stitched them up into little zip pouches. These are 2-sided with a different mask piece on each side.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

This weeks FEATURE

This week, while supplies last, we are featuring this panel at 40% off.


Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Ten Inch Tumber

Here's a fun way to use a layer cake pack of 10" squares. Using the 10" Tumbler Template, cut the whole packet into "tumblers". 

I added some 10" squares from a 2nd pack to make the quilt even bigger, about 60" x 70".

Arrange your Tumblers in rows. I did 7 rows of 7 Tumblers per row.
Notice how the blocks are turned to oppose each other in each row. Wide ends matching and narrow ends matching.
I like to put a number sticker on the first block of each row on the design wall.

After you have the rows sewn together, you can trim the sides straight and/or add a border. I'm going to try binding it just like this. Watch for more - - maybe next week??

Of course, we have kits and Tumbler Templates.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Catch up

 When I get away for a few days of stitching with friends, I like to grab several small things that just need a little finish up.

These are little zip bags I made from leftover panel squares from my mask quilt.  

These are the back side of the zip bags. These would be nice little gifts for frontline workers.

Here's another zip bag made from a leftover piece from a stabilized t-shirt. The photo was from our back yard and was on fusible photo fabric but I don't recall why I had that. Decided this was a good place to use it though.

This is a 14" pillowcase made from a T-Shirt block.

And the back with a zipper to insert the pillow form.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Sewing with friends today


This is a T-Shirt quilt I started several years ago using son Gabe's coaching shirts.  It was done in pieces to use for teaching.  Well, hear it is at least all in one unit! 

No sashing.  I just stabilized the back of the shirts and then cut them to the sizes required to make 4 long rows the same length.

Since it is now 54" wide, I will use Moda's Fireside plush for the back.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Customer Show and Share

Kathy Hamilton's showed me these two tops recently. Both are patterns by Bonnie Hunter.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Furniture from shop for sale now!


8' Corner Unit - Birch - $100

Antique Ruby treadle sewing machine by New Home in cabinet - $125

Set of 4 dining table chairs - 3 painted and 1 unpainted - $50 for set

Mid-Century Lamp - $25

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Happy Mother's Day!


My daughter always says she cannot bake cookies. She is a healthy cook and I suspect she is substituting something more healthy than butter in her recipes.  Whatever she is doing, her son is impressed. He loves his mom's "Casserole Cookies"

Mother's Day Brunch Idea


Friday, May 7, 2021

April Temperature Quilt Block

Are you stitching along with us on this Temperature Quilt Block of the Month?  The average high in central Iowa for April was 64 degrees.

According to Moda's color chart, the April block is Tangerine.


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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Open Sew anyone???

 OPEN SEW???!!!!!!

I just heard the library large meeting room is now open for reservation. Who is interested in gathering again for a monthly Friday Open Sew?

If I hear from at least 15 who are interested in resuming this, I will contact the library to reserve dates and share details with all. 

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Customer show and share

 These are Lonnie's quilts #14 and #15 from a book of 25 quilts made using 2 1/2" strips.  She's thinking of taking a break from her sewing machine but it won't be for long.


Saturday, May 1, 2021

Tickets are here - - -


Available to purchase in the shop or give us a call to mail - - - just in time for your May 9 gift basket.  515-993-1170