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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.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

September Quilt Circle of Friends

We started our evening with discussion and demo of our new Snowball Block exchange. Then it was round the circle with show and share.

Nancy H. brought this quilt to show as an idea of one thing we might do with our Snowball Block collection. - - snowballs and nine-patches.

Sue made her Snowball Blocks for the exchange and then made this pinwheel quilt from the small corners she trimmed away.
Marty brought another Archive Get Er Done quilt. This is one her mother made and she finished up.

Here is Nancy's progress on her Get Er Done. She has a collection of these Dresden Plates and is making three quilts, one for herself and one for each sister.

And - another Snowball Block setting idea, shown by Nancy H.

Joyce shared these two baby quilts, just completed plus news of a new granddaughter!

The back of Joyce's quilt is as fun as the front!

Deb drew a red Crayon for her color and shares her Snowball Block contributions here.
Deb also shared this comfort quilt and asked for helping picking the binding. I believe the final consensus was to bind in the lavender.
Theresa is just finishing up another growth chart for a baby gift.

Janet shared this block of the month she's working on and asked for some setting help. 

Diane share this picture of her Archive Get Er Done. She is doing the machine quilting herself.

Trish shared this picture of a wedding gift made for her daughter. The fabric was collected from the wedding guests and includes every type of fabric (including clothing snippets) from A to Z.

This is a block of the month shared by Abbie. It is done by machine embroidery and pieced together in a quilt-as-you-go method.

Nancy J. shared the progress she is making on this colorful quilt. It will be fun to watch this one grow.

Nancy J also shared this piece of "Convenience Cloth" she purchased recently on a European vacation.
Following show and share, Jackie O presented a program on the Adel Alumni Comfort Quilt project she manages. Members took home several bags of red, black and white fabric to cut into 5" and 10" squares for future quilts.

While enjoying a little snack, members chatted and layed out their Snowball Blocks for our swap.

Another great evening spent with my Quilt Circle of Friends.
Thanks as always to Jackie O for taking and sharing these pictures.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Last Call for Afternoon Delight!

Nan shared these pictures of her first 6 applique blocks from our Afternoon Delight BOM and a comment that this is "one fun project!" We always love that kind of feedback!

We have had a fabulous response to this bom. It just started in August and we have one extra set cut at this time so, if you have been pondering this project, now is the time.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Are you saving your selvages?

I recently ran across this designer and love her selvage patterns. We have these in stock now and will start working on shop samples soon.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Open Sew Week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This week, Thursday and Friday is Open Sew at the Adel Library - 9:30 am until the last stitch is sewn.  Bring your sewing and join us. Stay for a couple hours or leave your machine overnight in the locked room and get in two days of stitching and chatting.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Jenny's Chenille Quilt

Jenny O tried this technique for making chenille.

She started with a fabric that had a chevron print she could follow for stitching. She layered up the chevron, wrong side up with three more layers of flannel, right side up. Then she stitched all layers together, following the chevron design in the fabric.

Because she used pink flannel for the top layer, the quilt has a real pink cast. 

Here is the back. Jenny said it was a lot of stitching but, she also bought fabric to make another so, it must have been fun! The next one she is making has a diagonal stripe rather than the chevrons.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sunday Sewday!

It was a good one! I started with a deadline - 20 snowball blocks for exchange at Quilt Circle tonight. Nothing like a deadline to motivate.

Then something fun - I already had this cut out so it didn't take long to whip it up, my favorite kind of project. This is a new kit, Open House, 15" x 30". Colleen E. is cutting kits today.

Then a little chore - I quilted these three table toppers, made by Carol P. This pattern, from Jaybird Designs, is called Rock Candy. Carol said they are really fun to make - - Must be as she made three!

The other pattern shown above, Night Sky, is a quilt from the same designer. Lonnie K has made us a stunning shop sample of this quilt and Jess has it now for machine quilting.

Both patterns use a specialty ruler called Sidekick. We will be presenting demos in the shop using this ruler soon. Patterns and rulers are in stock now.

I took a break from sewing to work outside for a couple hours on a gorgeous Sunday evening. Then it was back to the sewing room to put the binding on Open House and on our Snow Time shop sample quilt. I did not wonder why I was so weary by bedtime, though.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

This is Jenny O's version of Wind Spinner. She visualized this as the sunrise over the ocean.

Carol P. also brought a Wind Spinner in to show us. This one had a much more country flair. What a fun pattern, Thank you gals for sharing.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Date Reminders

Open Sew, normally the 2nd Thursday/Friday of the month, is off regular schedule this month. Because of library availability, September Open Sew is Thursday and Friday, September 18 & 19, starting at 9:30 am.

Also, Quilt Circle of Friends will meet in the shop on Monday, September 15, 6 to 7:30 pm. Jackie Orton will tell us about her Adel Alumni Comfort Quilt program.  To help with this program, volunteers will have an opportunity to take home fabric to cut in squares or strips for future comfort quilts.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Our next adventure - - -

Start saving those selvages.  Selvage quilts and projects have been around for quite some time but I recently stumbled on to this website and saw several small quilts I want to try. In fact, there is a lot to like about this designers quilt patterns.  Take a look.

Who wants some hankies?

JoAnn called the shop to say she has 70 to 100 ladies handkerchiefs for sale.  You can call her in Waukee at 515-987-0036 if you are interested.

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Saturday Success

Thank you to all that donated part of their Saturday to help with our ConKerr Cancer event in recognition of September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
ConKerr Cancer representatives, Vickie and Jennifer, came from Ames to help organize the day. Here they are with the bolts of fabric we donated - - - - This is before.

A crew of volunteers showed up. It worked out perfectly as some were sewing, some were cutting, some were folding and some were pressing. In addition to stitching up 70 pillowcases, another 97 pillowcase kits were assembled. 

Here is most of the crew of volunteers. Some had already come and gone before this picture. Even little Owen was very helpful as he charmed us with his ABC song and played quietly, allowing Grandma Deb lots of sewing time.

And - - - - after.

Big Thank You to all who helped and especially to the gals from ConKerr Cancer for so generously giving of their time and talents.

Not only did they come to Adel early on a Saturday morning, they also brought treats! By request, they sent me these cookie recipes to share:

                                              Cranberry Hooty Creak
1 Cup softened butter
2 Eggs
2 Teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 Cups flour
1 Cup oatmeal
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Teaspoon salt
2/3 Cup packed brown sugar
2/3 Cup white sugar
1 Cup dried cranberries
1 Cup white chocolate chips
1 Cup chopped pecans
Sugar In The Raw (for those who are not familiar with this it's in a box about the size of baking soda box and is with the baking supplies)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease your cookie sheets.  In a
medium size bowl beat together butter, egg and vanilla.  Add all other
ingredients, mixing together by hand.  Make balls and roll in Sugar In
The Raw.  Place on cookie sheets and bake 12 to 14 minutes or until
edges start to brown.  Cool on baking sheet a little bit and remove.
Makes around 60 depending on size of the balls you make.

                                        Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

1/2 Cup softened butter
1 Cup sugar
1/4 Teaspoon salt
1 Egg
1 1/2 Teaspoons vanilla
Cream the above ingredients.
Stir in:
1 1/2 Cups flour
1/2 Cup cocoa
1/4 Teaspoon baking powder
1/4 Teaspoon baking soda
 Shape dough into 1 inch balls.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Press
down the center with your thumb.  Place drained and dry maraschino
cherry in center.  Makes about 40.  In a pan combine 1 Cup chocolate chips
and 1/2 Cup sweetened condensed milk.  Heat until melted.  Stir in 4 teaspoons
of the cherry juice.  Spoon about 1 teaspoon of frosting over each cherry on
unbaked cookie - YES UNBAKED.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 10 - 12 minutes.


For more information about how you can participate, contact
Jennifer Buttolph, ConKerr Cancer/Western Iowa

Friday, September 5, 2014

Birthday Girl!

Aunt B (also known as Brookly Jean) is celebrating a birthday today! She thinks her father and I were hippies when we gave her that name but I still love the name - - - beautiful name for a beautiful girl. 

She recently went to Turkey and here are a few of the beautiful pictures she took.

Happy Birthday, Brook!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Pillowcase Kits

In the event you are not able to join us Saturday for ConKerr Cancer, you can stop in the shop and pick up a pillowcase kit to stitch and return.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Afternoon Delight Show and Tell

Jan Jome was in yesterday to pick up month 2 of our new applique block of the month, Afternoon Delight. She shared her month one applique blocks.
What a lovely job of hand applique! 

Based on feedback we have been getting, you will find that the month one pattern has you make more units for the pieced blocks than you will need for month 1. Just set those aside to use later.

Thanks for letting me share, Jan!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sunday Sew Day!

You know how some days are just more productive than others? I just had a great Sunday Sew Day. Of course, it didn't hurt that we had electricity but no signal so no TV or computer time.
I finished up this runner. These blocks, made with English Paper Piecing, are the three blocks we are featuring in our series of Sister's of the Cloth classes - - - Dresden Plate, Patchwork of the Crosses and Tumbling Blocks.  During the storm last night, I went ahead and machine quilted and got the binding on. Did the binding hand work this morning so, it is done!

 After finishing my "homework" for the day (the Sister's runner above) I got to play with fabric to make this tote, Tuscany Tote.
This is a pretty basic tote but, it is really well stabilized (one of my pet peeves) and the pattern is really well written. The inside has 16 pockets! Do you have your tote ready for October AQS Show in DM?

Following this, I went back to some homework and finished hemming curtains for my sister. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

More prize winner -

Each of the 5 shops in the Central Iowa Customer Appreciation Days drew for $25 gift certificates - 4 from each shop!  Previously, I posted winners from Adel Quilting, Creekside and Quilt Block. Here are the four winners from Ankeny and Ames:

Quilter's Cupboard - Ankeny
Marilyn Zeigler 
Vivian Storjohann
Pamela Schroeder
Constance Vandekrol

Quilt Connection - Ames
Julie Whipple of Ankeny
Becky Staedtler of Ames
Donita Link of Maxwell
Eileen Faux of Mingo

Congrats to all!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Calvie and his blankie

Calvie has not been feeling well lately. He caught a bug that settled in his eye. He's on the mend now - - - eating, running, imitating his older brother - - Over the weekend, Memaw whipped up a quick comfort blankie just for him. I think he likes it!

These are blankies I have been making lately, using a focus fabric for the front and Moda's plush Fireside for the back.

I cut the top the exact size I want it to finish. Usually about 42" x 54".  No need to even trim away the selvage because you are going to wrap the back to the front and it will be covered.

Then I layer the focus fabric with Fireside and batting. I make sure the Fireside (plush back) is at least 3" to 4" bigger than the quilt top on all 4 sides
Then I machine quilt, making sure to stitch up to the edge of the focus fabric but not beyond. Quilting beyond would quilt the batting to the backing, making it difficult to trim away excess batting later.

The final step is to cut away the excess batting and trim the edges of the Fireside to leave 2 1/2" on each of the 4 sides. I fold that 2 1/2" around to the front side, pin really well and stitch it down, stitching through all layers thus creating a wide binding of the plush. Because Fireside is a polyester product, no need to turn under the raw edges before stitching.

When I come to the corners, I fold to make a miter and stitch it down. From start to finish, it takes less than 2 hours and makes a really snugly little gift.