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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Customer Request

Celia needs 2 - 4 1/2" x width of fabric strips of this 2013 Iowa fabric. This is not the color way called Park. I don't recall the name of this print but the quilt block motifs are dark brown (not black).

If you have a piece of this fabric you would like to sell to Celia, call her at 515-326-0240 or email at

OPEN SEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's that time of month! Open Sew is at the Adel Library this week, Thursday and Friday, from 10 am to whenever the last stitch is made.

Gather with us to relax, stitch and chat. No fee but the library always appreciates donations.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

National Teacher's Day!

Carol brought this little wall hanging in to show me. She replicated this from a picture that was given to her by a student when she was teaching. She will finish it up and give it back to him (now a young adult). What a perfect way to recognize National Teacher's Day.

Both my sister and my sister in law are retiring from public school education this spring. Big thank you to each of them and to teachers everywhere for lifetime of devotion and dedication, making a difference in the lives of their students.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Our gift to you - - - -

This week, come celebrate with my birthday discount - - - 20% off any one item. Just say "Happy Birthday" to whoever is working and the discount is yours. We will all age gracefully together, right?

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Winners Are Drawn!

Following the Adel Chocolate Walk today we gathered to draw for prizes. Each business is giving away a $50 gift basket. The winners are:
From Adel Healthmart - Mike Anglin of Adel
From Adel Quilting - Sharon Garoute of Adel
From AlDente Toffee - Jennifer Walters of Redfield
From Brick Street Books - Devin Hanson of Ankeny
From Next To New - Cara Kazor of Waukee
From Penoach Winery - Stephanie Teachout of DeSoto

Thank you to everyone that came to our Chocolate Walk. It was another great day in Adel!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Win me!

 Each of the 6 Adel businesses participating in the May 2 Chocolate Walk are giving away a $50 value basket, or jute tote bag, as in our case!

Drawing is tomorrow, right after the event ends. No need to be present to win. We will notify the winners.

Close up of bag contents - - - 

Keep for yourself or share with mom. 

Stop by the other participating shops to see what surprises they have waiting for you:

Adel Healthmart
Al Dente Toffee
Adel Quilting
Brick Street Books and Cafe
Next 2 New
Penoach Winery

Pick up your passport at any one of the participating businesses and turn it back in at your last stop. 

April Quilt Circle of Friends

After a little chit chat, it was around the circle for Show and Share.
Barb showed us this fun quilt she just finished up.

Lonnie showed us a purse pattern she picked up during the Spring Scavenger Hunt. I hear she has since made this bag.

Nancy H. shared this vintage Double Wedding Ring. So pretty.

Deb S. made this quilt as requested by her sister. It was not easy and she may not tackle another one but, it did turn out great.

Diane W. made and brought pillowcases to donated to Iowa Comfort Quilts.

This is one of Joyce S. orphan quilts for our June 20 quilt sale, library fund raiser.

And Sue R. brought this to donate to our sale.

This is one of the small quilts that Jan M. donated for our June sale.

Janet V. shared her progress on her 2015 Get Er Done project. Slowly but surely - - 

Janet also shared her progress on our blog Holy Scrap quilt project.

Jackie O. stepped out from behind the camera to share this block she made for our Just One Block challenge.
This is a block Jackie made as part of a Facebook challenge. See more about this project on our April 21 post.

Because we have had several pieces donated to our orphan quilt project that will fussy cut nicely, I did a demo for making a cute little table mat. This is an idea that was shared with us by the gals from Quilting on Main in Pocahontas.

Start with a fussy cut octagon and add, trim, add, trim your way around the center.

Hopefully, we will have several of these for sale during our outdoor quilt show on June 20.

As always, it was a lovely evening with my Quilt Circle of Friends.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Kentucky Bluebells

What a glorious spring. Our yard is just bursting with Kentucky Bluebells.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Just in!

Spring issue of Quilt Sampler

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Message from Iowa Comfort Quilts

Saturday, May 2, is the only community sew day that we will have this year.  It will be held at the Adel Library starting at 10:00 am. to about 4:00 pm. 

I will have quilt tops and pillow case kits available to be worked on.  Additionally I will have a basket of precut fabric, that needs to be separated by size and color. (So don't let the fact that you don't sew stop you from dropping in)

There will be snacks available for munching on, and I will have Subway sandwiches and a couple of salads for lunch break.

Come for the day, or come for 15 minutes.  Any and all help will be greatly appreciated!

Ila's Rhubarb Pie

Many of you requested this Rhubarb Pie recipe from our bus trip to Kalona. Tis the season!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Beginner's Quilting Class

Every now and then, we get a request for a Beginner's Quilting Class. This is one we love to teach, incorporating all of our favorite tried but true techniques for CPS (Cutting, Pressing, Stitching). Class also includes straight line machine quilting and binding.

It's a challenge finding a day of the week and/or time of the day for this class that fits every one's busy life.

Give us your feedback. If you are interested in a Beginner's Quilting Class, please contact us by phone or email.  515-993-1170 or

Let us know what day and time works best for you and we will schedule a class.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

It's here!

The new Block magazine from Missouri Star Quilts came in today. We have a dozen copies but they will not last long.

See the round mat under our candy dish? That was made by Joyce S. for our June 20 library fund raiser. Members of Quilt Circle are making things to sale by re-purposing quilt parts and pieces.

This was a round vintage round that Joyce added binding to. Didn't she give it a great new life?

Watch for more fun items and plan to come shop on June 20 during our Little Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show.

Happy Rainy Saturday!

Does soup sound good? Come to Adel today for a bowl of home made soup and sandwich at Brick Street Books and Cafe. 

Al Dente Toffee has also added lunch to their menu of toffee and gelato. 

Stop by the shop for dessert (fabric, dessert, that is).

We are taking orders for the 2015 All Iowa Shop Hop Fabric. Delivery is expected any day now.

Be sure to "like" the AISH Facebook page for all the news and updates of this June event.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Say it with me - - - - HOLY SCRAP!

This is Sue H's Holy Scrap quilt (see more on our Scrappy New Year page) hanging from a clothesline.  Sue made her quilt twice as long by doubling the number of rows in each unit. Then she added some sashing strips (the long grey strips) and added another 2-patch unit to each side.

Can you see how you could start your year by sewing together leftover 2 1/2" squares, a few at a time, and just adding to it as the year evolves?

Sue worked out of past scraps but, we could go forward with this as we start new quilts.

Depending on what you dabble in most, maybe have one started in just batiks and another in just brights.

I think it would be refreshing to have no real agenda, just a place to let scraps gradually gather and become a butterfly!

When a baby, anniversary or graduation pops up, you can grab some of the scrappy units and make a very nice quilt on short notice.

Thank you for sharing Sue. My Holy Scrap is still in parts and pieces on the sewing room floor but it is slowly growing.

Send me pictures of your progress. No time frames and no pressure.

Maybe we should re-name this quilt the Crock Pot quilt. It can be in the cooker for a looooong time and then turn out fabulous.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Diana's Golden Needle

Last evening at Quilt Circle of Friends, Jackie O. shared this project from Facebook. The sponsoring FB site is Diana's Golden Needle.

Diana is a teenager with a goal of making 16 quilts to represent the 16 years she has lived in America after being adopted from a Russian Orphanage.

The quilts are all being made using Bonnie Hunter's pattern (and with her permission) called Scrappy Trips. 

The quilts will be donated to children who age out of foster care and is a Girl Scout Gold Award Project for Diana.

The request is for blocks, or piecing blocks together or machine quilting tops. Jackie is sending 7 of these blocks so they can be mixed with blocks by others (thus the Scrappy Trip Around the World pattern title). By sending 7 blocks, there can be one placed in each row. At the FB page, you will see a quilt sample using this block in a variety of fabrics.

Jackie sent these pictures to show her blocks and the steps to make them with tube piecing. 
For this project, you can use any fabrics of your choosing. Jackie decided to use this selection of bright prints. Start with 6 strips, each 2 1/2" x 15"

Stitch them together. Be sure to match ends evenly. Press rows 1, 3, and 5 down.  Press rows 2, 4 and 6 up.

Now stitch the two end pieces together to make a tube.

From that tube, cut 6 units, each 2 1/2" wide.

Next, un-sew between two squares on each tube unit. Stagger where you un-sew so that you end up with 6 pieced strips like this.
Did I just say sew so?

Stitch the pieced strips together to make this 12 1/2" block.

Note: You can make 6 blocks using 1/4 yard by width of fabric each of the 6 colors.  Using fat quarters (one of each color) you can make 8 blocks. This is a quilt where fat quarters are more efficient than width of fabric yardage.

Another tip, cut strips 16" long to give yourself a little wiggle room for straightening.

Jackie, Thanks so much for sharing! Skip on over to this Facebook page to see more.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Get out your calendar!

Here are some dates to mark and remember:
  • Monday, April 20 - Quilt Circle meets in the shop - 6 pm
  • Saturday, May 2 - Adel Chocolate Walk - 10 am to 3 pm
  • Also on Saturday, May 2 - Iowa Comfort Quilts Community Sew Day at the Adel Library - 10 am for as long as you can help  - no sewing required - see more on their blog. Scroll down to the April 7 post.
  • Thursday/Friday May 7 & 8 - Open Sew at Adel Library

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bus by Bus

This has been the weekend of buses. Yesterday, I joined a group for a bus ride tour of the Kalona Amish country. 

I did not take my camera so I could just enjoy the day as one of the gals and that I did!

Mike Zahs, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and so interesting to listen to. He took us across the countryside, pointing out places of interest and  sharing tidbits of history. Ever heard of a One Needle quilt? That's when the complete quilt is made by one person - piecing, quilting, etc.

We also visited several Amish businesses. At the Amish bakery, I had probably the best cinnamon roll I have ever eaten (sorry mom). One million calories and worth every one.

A couple other stops that specifically impressed me were the greenhouse in Kalona (They have a huge selection of plants and not a dead leaf in site) and a Kalona quilt/gift shop, Willow Creek Quilting. If you are ever in the area, it's worth the stop.

We ended the day with a wonderful Amish meal in the home of Warren and Ila Fern-Miller. They have 8 children so, cooking for a large crew is a lot of work but no challenge. The ample meal was home-grown and home-baked, including noodles, bread and pie. A definite hit.

After our meal, Ila entertained our questions about life in an Amish home. Then she and three of her daughters serenaded us with a favorite hymn. What a lovely family.

Today, we were honored to have a quilt group from Minnesota stop by the shop. They left home Saturday morning and shopped their way south to Cameron, MO. Today, they are headed back north, stopping at quilt shops along the way.

With 40 quilters on the bus, we decided to free up space in the shop by moving our demo table to the front porch. They caught us between down pours so the cool front porch was a pleasant place to hang out.

Taking advantage of our fat quarter special, guests perused and planned projects.

We also had our guests sign up for door prizes. After they were back on the bus, we drew names for one of 9 cute pin cushions.

Thank you to our rain angels. After shopping, the gals enjoyed  a little fresh air before getting back on the bus.

Special thank you to my helpers that gave up a bit of their Sunday morning. Frank and Lonnie wrote receipts and did not look up for an hour.  Julia was also helping. One of her duties was photographer so, no pictures of her. Should have had her take a selfie!

Here are pictures Julia took in our "Photo Booth".


Here's a bus load of happy shoppers, on their way to the next shop!

Thank you to the Cedar Valley Quilt Guild for making us a stop on your round trip.