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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Stuff

In anticipation of lots of fun traffic coming through this week with the AQS show in Des Moines, we have been very busy sprucing things up, beefing up the stock and adding new shop samples.

We have several items around the shop marked "AQS". Below are a few of our new samples and we have even more coming - - -
This cute cat, made from selvages, is reaching for the birdies in the border. Diana W. made this fun quilt for us.

Diana W also made this selvage ornaments. Adorbs!

Here's Lonnie's Night Sky hanging on the wall. It's a 100% WOW quilt. This quilt is made from solid fat quarters. During AQS, these solid fat quarters are just $2 each.

Monday, September 29, 2014

New blog page - - -

I added a page to the blog this evening for retreat updates. If you are one of our Ladies of the Lake retreaters, check this page for updates. 

In the left column here, see "Pages" and select "Retreat" to view.

My Sunday Sewday

This really wasn't even sewing. These are part of the Pine Fresh panel from Moda. I fused them to Decor Bond and cut with a pinking rotary blade. Won't these make a gift extra special?

I made this little 12 1/2" x 18 1/2" quilt Sunday as well. Nicely written little pattern and, of course, available in kit. I added the big gold buttons. What do you think? Leave them on or no?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Done in just three minutes - - - -- !

Watch this link for a fun video by long arm quilter, Angela Walters. Below is our shop sample of the same quilt. Lonnie K. pieced this one and Jessie of Threaded Quilting Studio did the machine quilting.
Night Stars from Jaybird Designs - Available in kit and pattern. Uses ruler, Sidekick. Visit us during QuiltWeek and see a demo.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

American Quilt Society Comes to Des Moines

Are you ready? Get all the details at the AQS website.  Be sure to pick up a free show book for our coupon.

Our hours will be extended in Adel during the AQS Show, 9 am to 8 pm daily.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sisters of the Cloth Class !!

Our Sisters of the Cloth met last Saturday. We were very pleased to have 38 out of our 40 members in attendance! What a great group.

Our guest speaker was Jessica Rundlett from the State of Iowa Historical Museum. She talked about the legacy of quilt historian, Mary Barton, and brought a few of the baby quilts from the Mary Barton collection to show us. 

Behind her, you will see a scrolling picture show of the Patchwork of the Crosses Block. Depending on color placement and fussy cutting, you can make quite a variety of lovely blocks from this pattern.

That is the block we featured in class this month. It is the center block seen above. Class one, we did the Dresden Plate (the top block). At class three, we will do the tumbling block (the bottom block). This little runner commemorates 2014 Sisters of the Cloth series of classes.

Below is work members completed in class. Note the differences, depending on where in the fabric design pieces were fussy cut.

To see samples of this block and quilts made using it, check out Pinterest. It's quite a treat.

Then, of course, there was lots of fun show and share. First, a couple of vintage family heirlooms.

This is what Carol did with her block from class #1.

Carol also brought this quilt to show us.  She finishes all of her quilt tops by hand quilting.

Jenny's Dresden Plate - - -

We invited members to bring vintage sewing baskets. Kathy brought this one made by her mother. It opens out flat to reveal pockets and loops for organizing sewing tools.

Then, with a pull of the handles, it closes up into a bag.

and another -- - - 

And yet another. This basket still had an unopened box of spools of vintage thread.

These two quilts, above and below, are quilts Linda spotted in a sale and bought for nearly a song.

Another treasure, Diane found and finished this utility quilt. Below is a close up of the block. Much more complicated than it looks from across the room.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Featuring Kansas Troubles fabrics

Here are several new pieces from Moda designed by Kansas Troubles, Paisley Park.
And here is the results of my most recent Sunday Sewday. On the left is Grandma's Favorite featuring the new Kansas Troubles fabric in the border.

On the right is a new penny candle mat I am currently working on. We have several from this Buttermilk Basin series of little quilts.

My trip north

I had the pleasure of babysitting these three last week for a couple days. 
Calvin is in constant motion so forgive the blurry picture but, his big adventure was learning he could climb inside the toy box - - 

and open cupboard doors then look at Memaw to see if it was going to be OK to proceed.

Looks like little Livie found Memaw's phone. That explains the new ring tone. Her shirt says, "My Heart is Made of Gold". True.

While the babies napped, Jackson and I checked out Willow's beautiful garden. The sun was in his eyes so this picture cost me a cookie bribe.

The harvest is pretty much done so, I let Jackson do a little re-arranging with the tomato cages. He is so helpful!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Open Sew

Jackie O was at Open Sew last week and sent me these pictures. 
I had to miss as I was babysitting the Grands.

Nancy got a lot of cutting done and worked on her Ladies of the Lake Quilt Retreat Quilt - "Cheers to Ten More!" This quilt commemorated our 10th retreat using 10 half yards of 10 different colors. Nancy chose to do hers in fall colors. Beautiful!

Deb and Janet compared their pieces from our on-going Mystery Quilt BOM. I can tell both of them, their quilts are going to be very pretty!

Marty and Bonnie have a confab while Marty machine stitches and Bonnie hand stitches.

Looks like Celia is working on her snowball blocks for Quilt Circle.

There is always show and share when any group of quilters gather. Rozetta is showing her chevron quilt made using ombre fabrics. Love it!

And Deb, known for donating her sewing time to charity, has a special guest. Her mother came and helped sort fabrics for future comfort quilts. I am sorry I was not there to meet her!

October Open Sew dates are Oct 17 & 18
November Open Sew dates are Nov 12 & 13
note: If you are marking your calendar, please be sure to mark a 4 pm end time on Friday, Nov 13. We have been asked to share the room with a wedding party that evening.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Half Yorkie - Half Bear

Another little  bear - -  Max

While you are in town for the AQS Show - - - -

Historic Textile and Quilt Show - October 1-5
Sponsored by Al and Ann Jennings

Take a look at rarely seen historic quilts, corsets and clothing from the nationally recognized Living History Farms quilt and textile collections! Explore the quilts and bed coverings, bolsters and pillows that kept families warm and cozy while they slept. 

Peek at the underthings women and men wore under their fashionable outer coverings! Discover how corsets, bustles, shoes and slippers changed the definitions of beauty. The Flynn Mansion hosts this display of historic quilts, corsets, clothing, and textiles. 

The show is free with regular admission to the Farms.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Three Little Bears

This is such a telling photo. Jackson (age 3) and Livie (age 1) are partners in crime. Cal (age 1) is the big sweetie.