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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Even more show and share - -

JoAnn S. stopped by after the Des Moines Quilt Guild meeting to show me these quilts.
Jo Ann loves blue so this one will stay with her at least for a while. Here is another one that will work nicely with the new All Iowa Shop Hop fabric, delivery due in April.

These two quilts are made from Comfort Blocks. The quilt above was made from charms (5" squares) and a jelly roll strips 
(2 1/2" x 42").

This quilt was made from all Jelly Roll strips. The beautiful scrolling feathers that JoAnn quilted on these quilt really enhanced their beauty.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Development Hearts

These are called Development Hearts and are provided to parents in hospital nic (neonatal intensive care) units.

While the mother or father is present in the nic unit to care for baby, this heart is worn on the chest like a burping cloth. When the parent is absent, this flannel heart is placed in the bed with baby for comfort.

Above, the pink heart is a finished sample. On the right is a stack of hearts we have cut. These are free to you.  If you would like to stitch and return some of these, we will make sure they are delivered. Just stop by to pick up.

Or, make from your own scraps. These are flannel, 9" wide and 7" high. Cut 2, stitch right sides together, turn inside out and top stitch near edge.

This is the poem written for this program:

Hand to hand,
Heart to heart,
Heartfelt love to share.

Place this heart against your chest,
and parent's love you'll share

Then place this heart in baby's bed,
throughout each passing day.
Another chance to show you care,
in a unique and loving way.

Your baby smells your presence,
whenever you can't be near.
It tells them that you love them,
and wish you could be here.

Your baby will always remember,
your heartfelt smell of love.
As parents you will always cherish,
this special gift of love.

Friday, February 27, 2015


Here's what I have been playing with lately.
The name of this quilt block is Patchwork of the Crosses. It's becoming so popular that it has been shortened in quilter slang to POTC.

We will learn more about this block in our July Sister's of the Cloth class (series of three classes - 3rd Saturday mornings July, September and November). Register now while there are still a few openings left.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New Shop Samples

This little wall hanging, called Frosteeze, was made for us by Jenny O and is just as cute as can be! Of course, we have kits!

And we have added two new Little Snappers to the line up. These little kits include fabric for front, back, binding, pattern, display hanger and any buttons or wool felt for applique.

Approximately 6" x 14" and just $12.99 each!

There are two more on the design wall now - one with hearts and another with a snowman  - -- - coming soon.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

More Show and Share!

This beauty was made from our patriotic prints by Sue H. She sent me this picture to share. Sue made this as a Quit of Valor for her nephew, a Marine who has served in Afghanistan.

And Sue R. sent me this picture. This is a version of our snowman kit. We have three of these kits left and then we are sending our shop sample quilt north for the summer!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

February Quilt Circle of Friends

Quilt Circle met this past week and gathered in our circle. I invite you to enjoy our favorite thing, show and share.
These quilts, above and below, are both by Margaret B. The blue and pink quilt is a stack of vintage blocks she was given and asked to bring to life in a quilt. So pretty.

Trish S. shared this comfort quilt made for a friend going through treatment.

Trish also shared this cute black, yellow and white quilt.

She quilted this, using just straight lines. Looks great.

This is a wedding quilt made for Trish's daughter and now son in law. Guests were asked to send a fabric square back with their wedding invite rsvp. They received a lot of fabric squares but also clippings from clothing belonging to elder relatives and even a doily. 

They worked it all into this quilt. The bride and groom had purple for their color so they worked that in as well. Later, they came across a pattern in a magazine, just like this quilt, titled "Trip to the Alter". hmmmmm

Nancy J showed us what she did with the heart blocks we exchanged last month. Above and below is her reversible table topper.

One was used to embellish this bag.

another went into this small wall hanging.

Nancy J also shared this darling cupcake quilt made for a niece that is graduating from culinary school.

And here's Joyce S. She made this darling applique wall quilt above and finished off a fall panel below.

Jackie O. has been busy. Isn't this nice? 

Jackie also showed us a couple comfort quilts she just finished, one above and one below.

Love this woven look. Lonnie mentioned this would look great in the new Iowa fabrics and border print.

Deb S. shared some parts and pieces that have been donated to Iowa Comfort Quilts and ask for suggestions.

Nancy J shared this Round Robin quilt made with friends(above) and a bright little quilt she made for her daughter (below)

Lonnie K. got in a groove, a rather generous one, and kicked out 10 pillowcases for Deb's pillow case challenge. Want to help make the goal of 250 pillowcases for the Dallas Co. Shelters? Just make one (or several) and drop it off in the shop. No special criteria. 

Here's another completed quilt from our Mystery Quilt project, this one made by Janet V. We are planning a special exhibit of these at the June 20 outdoor quilt show so, if you have one not quite completed yours, here's a goal for you!

No dust gathers on Janet's sewing machine. Above is a little wall quilt she completed and below is her step one panel from our blog Scrappy New Year project. See more on the blog on the Scrappy New Year page.

This is how Janet is using up even more scrappy strips.

 More heart exchange blocks - - - Theresa embroidered names on hers to make a special gift for a couple nieces.

Here's Jan's lovely ombre quilt. Stunning, isn't it?

 We also talked about starting our 2015 Archive Get Er Done challenge. These are quilts that have been around a bit and need to be finished. Jan found this box in a closet -- - - - - - 
Marti shared this bright, happy little quilt. See what she did with the leftover pieces below - - the back!

Marty is claiming this as her 2015 Get Er Done Archive quilt. These blocks are all made using her collection of not just hankies but violet hankies.

Bonnie Nelsen made these for her bathroom walls. The background is strip pieced of different black/whites and the flowers are all needle turned applique. Beautiful artwork!

Bonnie also shared this, her first quilt, made for her daughter a few moons ago.

And even more artwork by Bonnie. Just love these!

One of my Get Er Done Archive challenges is to finish this applique BOM from about 14 years ago. I have 6 blocks done and 6 more to go.

I also claimed this as an Archive Get Er Done challenge. This is a shop sample from about 12 years ago that I just need to finish up the hand quilting. Crossing my fingers that this will be the year to Get Er Done!!!

After a demo on a new idea for trimming half square units, we snacked and chatted even more, including discussion on a comfort project for hospital Nic units, Development Hearts - more on that later.

Thank you to my Quilt Circle of Friends and, as always, to Jackie O for taking these pictures and sending them to me. It is no easy task to grab good pictures of quilts in motion!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Free Sock Knitting Class!


Free Class:   Knitted Socks for Beginners
Must know knit and purl stitches.

Teacher: Julia Swallow, quilter and knitter

Where: Adel library upstairs conference room
When: 10-12 (mornings) March 10, 24, April 7 and 21 (Tuesdays)

What to bring:
1.       Sock Yarn.
My favorite is Opal. It changes color as you knit for fabulous results. Check with Yarn Junction in Valley Junction or Heartland Fiber on the square in Winterset.
2.       Knitting needles, size 1 or 1 ½ , double pointed.
·         The size depends on your gauge. If you knit a little tighter then 1 ½ is better.
·         Needle size can be affected by how the particular type of yarn knits up. Yarn store employees can help you with this.
·         The bamboo needles are very nice since they don’t slide out of your knitting as easily.
3.       A darning needle to stitch the toes together when done.
4.       Hot or cold beverage. The library allows it, I asked.

Class size is limited to 8. Call to reserve a spot.

Julia Swallow,   515-988-2906

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sunday Sewday!

 I had the pleasure of hand sewing with a group of ladies this weekend, making Patchwork of the Crosses blocks.

You don't have to fussy cut pieces for this block but it sure does add another dimension. Above see the fabric from which the pieces for the center of this block were cut.

You can debut your pieces for fussy cutting with a window template. The acrylic template on the right is for marking and fussy cutting pieces. This type of piecing (English Paper Piecing) is easier to do with a bit wider seam allowance. This template adds a 3/8" seam allowance. Very helpful little tool.

All of these pieces are the Honeycomb Template made by Paper Pieces. I have also seen this template shape from other companies called an Elongate Hexie. Above you can see the lay out of the block.

Here are some of the blocks shared this week-end. Notice how the fussy cut shapes create a kaleidoscope.

And more blocks. To set these blocks into a quilt, there are two setting blocks, one is like a sashing row between blocks and the other a corner stone. See them above in mostly white and below in mostly black.

Here's a sample taken from Pinterest of a quilt set together using these setting blocks.

Part of the addictive quality of this block is the versatility. Here is a block that is not fussy cut but rather, scrappy.

I made this block, fussy cutting from a pre-printed panel. Since I am only making one block from this fabric, this will become an applique piece on a pillow or small wall hanging.

Thank you to the facebook group, "Our Journey, Lucy Boston's Patchwork of the Crosses" for including me. Special thank you to Cindy K. for hosting us and her dear granddaughter for being our own personal Mrs. Patmore, cooking and fussing in the kitchen. 

In addition to having a lovely and relaxing time, sitting and hand stitching, I learned several tricks and techniques and will pass them along to my quilting sisters.