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Thursday, December 18, 2014

It's here!!!!

Just in today, several customers have inquired for the holiday issue of Block so these will go fast. Add a pocket Quilter's Calendar and a gift certificate. You will be a golden gift giver!

Holiday Decor

Isn't this pretty? Colleen E. sent me this picture and I share it with you because of the story. This is a door from a home built in the 1800s where her mother grew up. This door was salvaged from that home before it burnt down. I love memory pieces like this.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

4-H Project

Monday, we visited relatives in NW Iowa. Great niece Sydney, showed us this chair she refurbished as a 4-H project. She won top honors for this and I can see why.
This is a closeup of just the seat. It is woven with leather belts and I love the little buckle adornment. Way to go, Syd!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

More new flannels!

RE: Earlier Post

Jenny O. shares what else quilting does - - - - "Makes my thumbs hurt when binding too many quilts at once, lets me give a hug to whoever is snuggles under it even if I’m many miles away, lets me be creative and let the inner “wild” at time run free, and gives me satisfaction of a job well done!"

What does quilting do for you? Share!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Angel Update

Just a reminder - - - If you adopted an Angel from our Angel Tree, they are due here December 15. We have some wiggle room but we would like to deliver them to the shelter late this week.
Here are some Angel gifts waiting to be delivered. I have already delivered 8 or 10 gifts to the office for the Domestic Violence shelter.
How sweet is this? Jenny O. got her little Angel a Tonka Truck to hold the pillowcase full of gifts.

New fabrics just in

These fun fabrics are flannels!

A few more quatrefoils to add to our selection.

This is 2 bolts of chicken and rooster fabric. 

And one more for the Valentines.

This is a close up of a new tone on tone selection of fabrics just in. We have this in 12 new fresh colors. Love this blender.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

December Open Sew

As always, we had a great time at Open Sew this week. Below are a few of the projects coming to life.
This fun batik quilt was made by Sara D.

Wanda H. was working on these blocks and having fun with the secondary design they made.

Young Ms Madelyn was sewing strips together. These pieces will be cut in long 13" segments. Every other segment will be flipped over and sewn back together to make a kind of stair-step design.

Celia made this caddy for a granddaughter.  Then she stuffed it full of fingernail equipment including adorable stick on nails. This will be a lot of fun for a little girl.

Had to take this picture because it is rare. Celia is doing hand stitching!!! She normally avoids it like the plague. 

Nancy J was working on these block of the month blocks. The background is actually the carpet so, don't let that throw off the design!

Nancy also shared this quilt made from her church supply of scraps. Quilts made by her church group are donated as comfort quilts. Some unusual combinations make some pretty special quilts.

I worked on our next Strip Club quilt. This will probably start in February. I have about half of the rows done here and there is also a stripy border to make it a full sized quilt. We will have this available in Kansas Troubles fabrics, Grey and Yellow fabrics or Brights (as shown above).

This group re-configured their tables so they could all face each other as they stitched.

And, of course, the cutting table is up on bed lifts to save our backs.

A real treat this month was the chicken noodle soup made for us by Janet V! She made enough to feed the whole group and it was delicious. Thanks again to Janet for that.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Here's a little sampling - - -

This is the calendar front and back.

Stocking Stuffers!

Need a little add-on gift? We got you covered. The 2015 Calendar of Quilts just came in today!!

This year, we made a pocket size calendar (book style, 4" x 7") with space on each month to make notes. 

Each month also features a photo of one of the quilts voted as favorites during our June Little Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show. Shown above is the quilt voted as Best of Show, made by Cyndi Craigmile.

Pick up several for gifts at just $5.95 each. We ship!

Sneak Peek

The Holiday Issue of Block should be in any day now. Here's a peek.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas was most certainly in the air Sunday. The First Christian Church hosted their annual quilt show in the sanctuary. On the left side of the aisle were new quilts.

On the right side of the aisle, vintage quilts were featured. Terry B. really supported this show by bringing her collection of 21 vintage quilts.

In addition to the quilt show, this church also hosts a soup and dessert dinner in the midst of their own Festival of Trees. It is such a beautiful event.

Above is my favorite tree. Trish S. and her daughter decorated this tree and named it "Grandpa's Shed". Look closely to see the tree is built around a wooden step ladder and chuck full of things from the workshop. At the base is a sleigh full of chopped wood. So creative.

After the festivities at this Adel church, a friend and I traveled to the Methodist Church in WDM and toured their display of Nativity Sets, over 400 in fact in the "No Room in the Inn" exhibit. 
To truly romanticize the presentation, nativity sets were embellished with all kinds of accessories from candles to dishes and lots of lighted garland. It was just beautiful.

This was the 11th year for this well-organized event. It takes volunteers a week to set up and was open to the public for 3 days, Dec 5, 6 & 7. Admission is free however, in keeping with the spirit of giving shelter, donations are accepted for Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity.

I thought this was one of the most original sets. These wise men were fashioned from cattle horns.
 David and Miriam, former owners of Atherton House, had this special exhibit on display. This whole nativity village was displayed on stacked limestone and built by David and Miriam just for this event.

I guess I am now ready to get out my nativity set and decorate my tree!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Gather with us to sit and stitch at the Adel Library this week, Thursday and Friday, 10 am to whenever the last stitch of the day is made.

Bring your machine and projects and come for an hour or for both days. The room is secured overnight to safeguard your sewing equipment, etc.

No fee - donations to the Adel Library accepted. It's optional but you are welcome to bring a snack to share.

This month, Janet V. is bringing chicken noodle soup to share. You are welcome to bring a side dish to share for lunch together. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cream Cheese Pineapple Coconut No Bake - - - - -

NO BAKE - Cream Cheese, Coconut, Snowball's Recipe
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened.
1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, well drained.
1 cup chopped pecans
3 cups flaked coconut.
In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and pineapple until combined then fold in the pecans. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Take out of refrigerator and roll into 1-inch balls; then roll the balls in the coconut. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
Yield: about 2 dozen.
***If you actually follow the instructions, and don't try "taste testing" before the product is finished, you'll love this recipe. A few helpful hints to remember when making this recipe:
a. An inch is much smaller than you think, use ruler to measure an inch.
b. After you mix the drained crushed pineapple and softened cream cheese, don't taste it. 
c. After you shape the balls, roll them in coconut, don't taste them. It is now cream cheese, pineapple, pecans and coconut.
4. If you made your snowballs SMALL, and they've chilled over night (or at least 6 hours), the pineapple and cream cheese have "married", and are delicious.
If you're expecting coconut macaroons, perhaps you should look for a recipe for coconut macaroons. These aren't really cookies, they're more like palate cleansers.
A bright little nibble, quite delicious, and a hit at the office party.

Friday, December 5, 2014

This evening - --

We had such a nice time in Adel this evening.
Businesses lined their entrance with luminaries to welcome this evenings visitors to the Adel Open House.

The weather was wonderful for roaming the streets and sampling the offerings at each business.
Meet Chelsey and her mother Renee. They brought a beautiful display of hand made jewelry. One little girl circled back and bought a Christmas gift, something her mother had admired earlier in the evening.

Phyllis Kaldenberg was here to sign her book, The Quilt That Gave a Hug, a Christmas story about a little boy that gave away his quilt. These books have been selling like crazy for gifts.

We now have 12 of these books in stock at just $9.95 and I made sure Phyllis autographed them before she left.

And then there were the kids that stopped in after they had been to the library for face painting. Aren't these guys cute?

Thanks to everyone that came out tonight. What a wonderful holiday tradition and the weekend is not over yet!

Saturday: Holiday Open House continues in the shop. 
Sunday Noon: Vintage quilt show and lunch at the First Christian Church.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

2nd Holiday Open House!

Time for our 2nd Holiday Open House!  This weekend, Friday and Saturday.

Stop in to sample our fudge, pick up a holiday panel at half price and get your gift from us! While here, be sure to do some gift shopping for yourself.

  • Meet the author - Phyllis Kaldenberg will be in the shop Friday evening for a book signing of her new children's storybook.
  • Meet the artist - Chelsey Mower will be in the shop with a large display of her hand made mosaic jewelry.

Special hours on Friday - We will be opened until 7 pm to include the evening feature of Adel Holiday Open House.
  • Follow the luminaries to participating businesses for a sample and recipe.
  • Vote for your favorite store decor with coins. Proceeds will be donated to the food bank.
  • Greet Santa at Home Care Services (9th and Main St on the square). Bring your own camera for a free family pic with Santa.
  • Visit Mrs Claus at the Adel Library where she and the Elves will be doing face-painting and animal balloons.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Karol S brought these two t-shirt quilts in to show us today. Aren't these nice?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Fun gift idea

This is a gift I made for a friend over the weekend, 6 coasters and a matching hot pad. These tumbling blocks are made from folded hexagons, stacked and woven.

The Hexagon ruler from Creative Grids makes easy work of cutting hexies in 4 sizes, 2", 4", 6" or 8".

Ask when you are in and we will show you how to make these fun coasters and hot pads.