This is such a telling photo. Jackson (age 3) and Livie (age 1) are partners in crime. Cal (age 1) is the big sweetie.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
|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.|
|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
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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 O tried this technique for making chenille.|
|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
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.|
Friday, September 12, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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
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.
Monday, September 8, 2014
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 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 1/2 Teaspoons vanilla
Cream the above ingredients.
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
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
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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
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.
After finishing my "homework" for the day (the Sister's runner above) I got to play with fabric to make this tote, Tuscany Tote.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
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
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 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.|
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