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Open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm (Note: December Hours are 10 am to 4 pm)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Another comfort quilt ready to deliver - - -

Many of you contributed blue and white 9 patch blocks to our Comfort Quilt stash. This week, we've learned of a local gal that could use a little quilt hug so, a stack of these blocks went home with a group of friends and this is the quilt they made. After binding, it will be ready to deliver.

We like to keep about 20 blocks in store for when there is a need. Often, the quicker we can provide comfort, the better. Our supply is now depleted so, we are asking for you to send in or drop of nine-patch blocks.

In the past, we have done black and cream, red and cream, brown and cream and blue and white as shown above. How about if we do pink and white this time?

Make as many as you like, using 3 1/2" cut squares - - 5 pink and 4 white. The block will be 9 1/2" (9" finished). Ask us if you need a pattern.

Lonnie's Pine Fresh

From Sandy Gervais new panel - Pine Fresh. Isn't this lovely! Available in kit!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Customer Appreciation Days!


It's on! Come in today, tomorrow or Saturday (August 21 thru 23) and let us show you our appreciation for your business!

From each of the participating shops:
  • 15% discount!
  • Prize drawing - four $25 gift certificates

Special Hours: 
  • Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm
  • Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm

Participating Shops:  
  • Adel Quilting
  • Creekside Quilting 
  • Quilt Block
  • Quilter's Cupboard 
  • Quilt Connection

While in Adel, check out our dimensional flowers demo and grab a snack to go. We look forward to your visit.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Conkerr Cancer Event – Saturday September 6

 – - - - - 9 am to 1 pm at the Adel Library.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. 

Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co is collaborating with Conkerr Cancer Org. to host an event at the Adel Library, making pillowcases for children in treatment. 

Help is needed to cut, press and fold fabric for pillow case kits. 
Help is also needed to stitch pillow cases.

Adel Quilting is providing the fabric. 

Please stop by the library for a few minutes or a few hours on September 6 to help with this project. 

For more information on how you can help, call Adel Quilting at 515-993-1170 or contact

August Quilt Circle of Friends

Another great evening in my Quilt Circle of Friends. We started our evening by discussing the final details of our new quilt block exchange:
  • We will exchange each month for 12, starting in September.
  • Each month, each participating member will be given a Crayola color and must use it to pick their focus fabric.
  • The chosen pattern is the Snowball Block.
  • The focus fabric will be cut 6 1/2" from the crayola color and the cheater corners will be cut 2 1/2" from a off-white fabric.
  • Make 20 each month.
  • If you missed this evening, just give us a call for your Crayola color assignment.
Next, it was around the circle with our Show and Share and stories of how each spent (or did not) at least 15 minutes since our last meeting on their Archive Get Er Done project.

 Marti's found and finished.
And her mother's Bubble quilt.

Nancy is plugging away at her Archive quilt. She has a whole box of these little Dresden Plate blocks she is finishing and has just 17 to go.

Deb finished this looker and had enough fabric left over to make matching table toppers and several pillow cases.

Margaret shared this strip quilt. Lovely.
Rozetta pieced chair covers. Aren't these cute? We suggested she cover all the chairs in our quilt circle! 

Lonnie is showing us the bundle of fabric she won from the All Iowa Shop Hop drawing.

Diane shared this baby quilt that her grandmother made. It has been worn with much love.
This is the replica quilt Diane made. Now the question is, to hand quilt like the original or machine quilt? No wrong answers for this adorable little quilt.

Celia showed this quilt made from strips collected on a bus trip. Nice.

Janet and her niece have been working in tandem, each on one of these quilt kits. Such a warm looking quilt and done!!

This is one of my Archive Get Er Done quilts, a Baltimore Album started in 2006 -- - Done! Thanks to Helen Hester for helping me out with the hand quilting. She did a lovely job.

Since we had the Baltimore Album out, I did a quick demo on rushing, used in the top left block.

We ended our evening with a snack of Almond Mounds. Here is the recipe.

1 stick melted butter
1 C graham cracker crumbs
1/4 C powdered sugar
Mix, pat in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan and bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

Mix and pour over crust
1 - 14 oz can Sweetened Condensed milk
2 C coconut
Bake another 10 minutes at 350

Melt and spread over top
1 C chocolate chips
3 Hershey Candy Bars

Yummy. I had to put the leftovers in the freezer to stay out of them but then I discovered they are also good frozen!

Monday, August 18, 2014

All Iowa Shop Hop Prizes to pick up in Adel - -

All Iowa Shop Hop prizes came in the mail today!!

We have prizes for the following to pick up:

Caroline Romore ($25 gift card to Adel Quilting)

Abbie Allen ($25 gift card to Adel Quilting)

Christy Berkenbosch ($25 gift card to Brooklyn Fabric Co.)

Other prizes (FQ bundles)

Margaret Beal

Lonnie Keeran

Nancy Sharr 

Marti Klatt

Janet Ades

Pat Barrie

Congrats to all! For a complete list of all prize winners

across the state, visit

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Open Sew Show and Share

Here are just a few quilts that were floating around at Open Sew last week. This one above was made by Marti K's mother. Marti quilted it.

And documented the history of the quilt with a nice label.

Another of Marti's quilt. Such a simple design but just beautiful. This is a Double Nine-Patch block set on point but Marti has also heard it called a Single Irish Chain.

Bonnie has been busy remodeling her basement into a large quilting space so of course, she had to make a special quilt to hang on the wall. So cute.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Vintage Quilt Top Sale - - - It's on!

I just returned from the Adel Library where Julia has all of these vintage quilt tops displayed for sale. She is helping her elderly neighbor resolve some of his estate after the passing of his quilter wife.

Shown here are just a few. Most are tops but a few are finished, hand-quilted quilts and all priced reasonably.

No shortage of quilts in this house but, that did not stop three tops from coming home with me!

Sale is today only until the last top is sold.

Block rearrangement - - -

This is the original block - used in our block of the month quilt, Pinwheel Stars.

Here is the same block with just a few pieces re-arranged. Completely different look! Connie R. sent this picture to me. Isn't this fun?

Both blocks create a fun secondary design we set together with more of the same block.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Fall is coming - - - -

I am a summer girl and hate see it passing so quickly but - - the truth is, school starts in a few days and close behind comes Fall. We just as well be prepared!

This is a fun zombie fabric from Riley Blake.

And a Fall table runner made for us by Penny White.

From the Wooden Bear - Boppity Boo. This panel comes with instructions for several cute little Halloween projects.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Open Sew

On my way to Open Sew - - - today and tomorrow - - - Adel Library - - - starts at 9:30 am!!!!

A few new pieces of fabric - - - Fun new

Fun new flannel pieces in our kids fabric.

For those guy quilts - - hunting theme above and flannel northwoods in layer cake packs and on the bolt. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tote bag fun - - -

This is one of our new jute totes with a rogue quilt block appliqued - - - well almost - -  I put a little fusible web on the back side of the block and ironed it in place. I still need to stitch down the outer edges.

These 14" x 16" bags come with black, blue, red or dusty dark green trim with square bottoms and are just $9.99 each.

Estate fabric - - -

Had a call from a Grimes man today. He is handling the estate of a relative and has tubs of fabric purchased in the past 10-15 years. Interested? Call Dustin at 515-240-3466.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A few state fair ribbons!

This one by Diana Weirich - You may recognize it as a former shop sample quilt. Check out that blue ribbon!

Another blue ribbon - This one for Janeen Pearson.

And Adel's own Margaret Beal went three for three. The above blue and brown star quilt with the applique border is one Margaret entered.

The red and white one is another sample of Margaret's work.
and this is Margaret's hexie quilt. Congratulations to a master quilter!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Lickity Split

Carol's show and share - - This quilt is built by first making a block from 2 squares and one rectangle. Cut this unit and rearrange the pieces to come up with this fun quilt called Lickity Split. Thanks for sharing, Carol!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Happy Sweetcorn Day!

Now, that's how you eat an ear of sweetcorn!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Visit us during the Sweet Corn Festival - August 9!

Find this pattern in the new McCalls Quilting Magazine. The pattern is actually a table runner that we have modified to make a 12" wall hanging from one block of the table runner pattern.

Check out our Sweet Deals during the Sweetcorn Fest:
  • As a thank you for your purchase, your name will go in our sweet drawing for Sweet Corn English Toffee, from Aldente Toffee!
  • We are also offering all of our charm packs for $8 each (regular price - $9.50)
  • Plus a newly expanded selection of Bargain Shelf fabric ($6/yard) just for the Sweetcorn Festival!
Parking will be tight until after the parade (begins at 9:30 am) but will loosen up after that. Plan to park in the lot or drive behind the shop.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What's new you ask?

Here's a new wrap blankie. We've been making these soft blankies by quilting and then wrapping the plush backing around to the front. Little ones love the soft edge and these friendly monsters are fun.

Here's a new shop sample by Jenny O. The pattern is called Up Town Debbie Brown - - a pin cushion and thread bag. Jenny said it was fun to make. We have the pattern, of course!

This is an assortment of jute tote bags from Moda, just $12.95. There are also plain bags that look to be a perfect background for stenciling or stitching a left-over quilt block.

And lots of new fabric coming in.

Love these Christmas flannels!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Jackson's turn

Last weekend was Jackson's turn to come to Adel for a little vacay. He and "Nampa Frenck" were inseparable.

 Such animated observations come out of this little guy.

Grandpa actually convinced him to sit perfectly still long enough for blue jays to swoop in for a peanut.

While taking this picture, I was told by this almost 3 year old - - -  "Move, Memaw. We're trying to watch TV"

Memaw tried to balance out the idle TV time with a trip to the library, a little time spent at the Adel Water Park and lots of help in the kitchen and planting in the back yard. We had just two rules in the garden. #1 Don't step on the flowers and #2 Try not to hit Memaw in the head with the shovel -- -again. Such a fun weekend!

Couple date reminders - - - -

August 9
Sweetcorn Festival in Adel - We always have some "sweet" deals during the Sweetcorn festival. 

August 14 and 15
Open Sew at the Adel Library is Thursday and Friday, August 14 & 15, 9:30 am until the last stitch is made.

August 16
Antique Quilt Sale
From the collection of Deloris Spillers, Redfield, Iowa

Adel Library,
Saturday, August 16
10:00 until 2:00 (or until all are sold)

Includes tops, finished quilts, and blocks. pieced in the 1940’s by wives of men serving in the military.

Many styles to choose from. The quilting ladies chose a great variety of patterns. Photos show only a few.

August 21, 22 and 23
Customer Appreciation Days, 10-7 on Thursday, 10 - 5 on Friday and Saturday. Five quilt shops participating - 15% discount - drawing for four $25 gifts certificates at each shop - our time to show you our appreciation for your business.