Monday, February 28, 2011

Another President's Day Mystery -- 2/27/11

Pat Trusty, of Omaha, finished this beauty on Saturday! (is that Pat hiding behind the quilt?) She chose turkey red, gold and off white fabrics for her quilt.  The colors really pop!  Pat owns an antique store in Omaha (Florence), and a booth at the Granary Mall in Walnut.  Stop by and see her sometime-- and pick up a trinket or two!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Mary Jo Bonsall 2/25/11

I took off with Commander Club again this morning.  But before I left at 6:30 am, I stopped by the shop to see what's quilting.  Last night, Nancy Watts got this quilt started and Nancy Cook will finish it up today.  Mary Jo Bonsall brought this beautiful black & white quilt in.  She chose to have it quilted in Loops & Swirls with White thread by Signature.  It's a king-size quilt with lots of different fabrics in it.  Mary Jo, if you read this blog, would you please let me know what pattern it is?  Thanks!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

First to Finish -- President's Day Mystery

Nancy Watts, Harlan, was the first one to bring in her finished Presidents' Day Mystery Quilt.  The quilt was aptly named "Stars & Stripes" and was made from 24 Ohio Star blocks and 16 Strip-set blocks -- very easy.  Nancy used a teal paisley from her stash and supplemented it with a shrimp paisley and teal dot from our store.  The finished quilt (63x72) looks great, Nancy!

Look What's Quilting -- Sheryl Thomas 2/24/2011

That crazy cook, Sheryl Thomas, is at it again.  I think she said she picked up this panel and coordinating fabrics in Iowa Falls.  It's a quick Halloween wall hanging.  Sheryl chose to have it quilted with Charlotte's Web design in Mother Goose thread by Signature.  Sheryl's going to be all set for fall. We still have one more fall flannel to quilt for her.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Deb Fitzgerald 2/23/11

 What a beauty!  Deb Fitzgerald, Denison, constructed this complex quilt.  She used an extensive variety of batiks and bright prints.  Deb chose to have us quilt it with Multi-Spirals in baguette.  We are quilting it with Quilters Dream Green select poly batting, made from recycled soda bottles.  The finished quilt is 109x132.  I think it looks like the Christmas Pickle design, but I've put a call in to Deb to get more details to post.  Stay tuned.

Look What's Quilting -- Jill Conry 2/19/11

This bright paisley quilt belongs to Jill Conry, Beebeetown.  The picture does not quite capture the brilliant colors of this quilt.  Jill chose the Paisley Feather quilting design in iced blue.  Jill picked up her quilt on the way to Des Moines.  She also dropped off another store sample for us from the Sip & Savor line.  It looks great, and I can't wait to get it quilted.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Presidents' Day Mystery Workshop

Seven advisors arrived at Camp David to begin important work at the request of First Lady Michelle Obama.  These ladies were chosen for their extraordinary skill.  Their mission was to generate examples of green quilting to share as an example to the general American public.  Each quilter brought 6 yards of stash fabric to the workshop (okay, maybe some of the fabric was new purchase, but that supports our nation's economy). Secret Service advisor, Teresa Coenen, established the agenda at 1000 hours, and kept the group on task throughout the day.  Quilters were given information on a "need to know basis." The end result will be a throw quilt, entitled Stars & Stripes.  Throughout the day, First Lady Obama, kept track of the progress of the group, and is sure to personally commend each quilter when their projects are complete. 
Nancy Watts, Harlan
Patty Stephens, Macedonia

Jackie Dollen, Persia

Okay, this may sound a little corny, but we had a great time role-playing during the workshop.  I've posted pics of the finished blocks, but you can see all of the pics for the day on our facebook page.
Marie Sides, Harlan
DeAnne Mack, Omaha
Pat Trusty, Omaha
Marge Gubbels, Harlan

A New Bag Lady hits the highway!

Mother-daughter quilting duo, stopped by the shop today.  Jill Swanson, Shenandoah, and Carol York, of Essex, have been planning to visit our shop for some time.  Jill is a postal carrier in southwestern Iowa and had seen a postcard advertising our store.  We welcome them both to the shop, and we're thrilled to have another bag lady in our midst!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Stitch in Jefferson 2/19/2011

Robyn is checking out the large assortment of batiks.

The classroom is set up with comfy chairs.

Following the Iowa Quilters Guild board meeting, we all took a little walk down the block to visit The Stitch, owned by Suzanne Sievers. Suzanne has lots of samples and kits throughout her store.  She offers open sewing in her machine room, and she has two large quilters in the back.  We enjoyed our visit, and everyone found something to take home.  I picked up an Amy Bradley doll kit and a jacket/purse to make for my granddaughter, Addy.

Iowa Quilt Guild Board meeting 2/19/2011

Marlene Armbrecht (sec'y), Karen Willis (pres), Joan Gelder
(prog chair), Libby Stenfeldt (publicity), Karla Ridpath (web master),
Jeni Christensen (publicity)

Marlene, Karen, Libby, Karla, Jeni,
Sandy Petsche & Robyn Wohlers

Now that I am completely retired from education, I have time to become more active with the Iowa Quilters Guild.  This year, I am the program chair-elect, and I'm in the process of planning programs beginning in November 2011.  Luckily, I am able to work with Joan Gelder, current program chair, who has had a lot of experience in planning programs.  Sandi Petsche (Parliamentarian), Robyn Wohlers (Membership Chair) and I attended the Board meeting in Jefferson on Saturday.  The meeting was held in a back room at the Chinese restaurant.  We had a good group and good discussion.  After committee reports, we discussed the possibility of the Iowa Quilters Guild becoming involved with Iowa State University and the Reiman Gardens Quilt show.  It sounds very promising, and it is very likely that we will be helping with the quilt show in August.  The Iowa Quilters Guild has over 130 current members, but all quilters, quilt guilds, and corporate partners are encouraged to join.  Go to the website,, for membership information.  This is a very hard-working group of ladies, and I'm excited to be working together with them! 

Threads in Glidden 2/19/2011

Beth (cutting), Robyn, Dot, & Sandy
Robyn Wohlers, of Beebeetown, Sandi Petsche, of Harlan, and I were on our way to the Iowa Quilters Guild Board meeting in Jefferson.  Of course, we had to stop along the way.  We detoured in Glidden, Iowa, to shop at Threads, recently moved from Carroll.  Shop owner Dot, and helper Beth, are still getting organized, but the shop carries quite a variety: from wool yarn and embroidery thread, to fabric, patterns and kits for quilting. 

Friday, February 18, 2011

Shopping for Cousin's Wedding Quilt

Collie, Catie, Shiloh and Mary are choosing fabric to make a lover's knot quilt for their cousin.  The wedding colors are green and blue.  FUN!

Look What's Quilting -- Barb Schultz 2-18-11

Barb Schultz, Persia, has completed another quilt.  The blocks of this sampler quilt are set at an angle that give it a wonky appearance.  Barb picked up the fabric for this quilt at our shop.  She chose to quilt it with Berry Vine Park pattern in baguette thread.

Prepping for President's Day

Git-R-Done day gave me the opportunity to work on the store sample for Mystery Monday on President's Day.  Can you tell what the finished quilt will look like?  Stay tuned...  We'll post pics of the workshop participants on Monday, February 21.

Git-R-Done Day 2/17/11

Linda Kreifels, Harlan, dropped by for Git-R-Done Day.  She took the opportunity to come in and learn a little about free motion quilting.  Linda's Janome Memory Craft 6600 has a free motion foot, with two options for free motion stitching.  Linda just needed a couple of pointers to get started.  It didn't take long for Linda to gain confidence and regulate her stitch length while following an established pattern.  Can't wait to see Linda's first quilt!

Look What's Quilting -- Barb Schultz 2-17-11

Barb Schultz of Persia brought in this scrappy stars quilt.  She chose to quilt it with Stars & Loops pattern in baguette thread.  Barb is an avid quilter and has made many quilts for her children and grandchildren.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Coming soon to Stitchin' Tree

Hoo-Rah for Hoopla!  This new quilt kit, Hoo-Rah, was pieced by Jill Conry of Neola.  The pattern was designed specifically for these bright blue and green fabric from the Hoopla line by Moda.  The focus fabric has blue background with green dots that progress in size from small to large...  Fun, fun, fun.  This quilt is Jill's first project as a sample sewer for Stitchin' Tree Quilts, and we are excited to have her working with us (she's currently working on a table topper/wall hanging from the Sip & Savor line).  Our next task is to decide how to quilt it.  We'll be putting kits together soon, so stay tuned!

Look What's Quilting -- Jean Whitfield 2/16/11

Jean Whitfield of Harlan brought in this metallic Christmas beauty.  She chose to quilt it in black thread, using the poinsettia pattern.  Jean also chose to save the planet and use Quilter's Dream Green Poly Select batting, made from recycled soda bottles.  Each batting package states the number of soda bottles that were used to create the batting.  Dream Green batting drapes beautifully, and ,for you hand quilters, it needles well.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Costa Rican Molas

While I was on vacation in Costa Rica, I was able to find some Costa Rican molas.  A mola is an applique that is common in Latin American countries.  The stitches are teeny tiny and the detail work is very intricate.  Typically, molas are created with a dark or black background, but I saw a couple of molas in yellow.  I brought four molas home with me, with hopes that I will stitch them into a quilt to commemorate my vacation.  Stop by the shop to see the molas! 
(In case you were wondering, I looked and looked for a quilt shop in Costa Rica, but had no luck...  Do you think it's because daily temps average around 90 degrees?)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Show & Tell - Sandy Richardson 2/3/11

Oh my!  What a beauty!  With a little encouragement, Sandy Richardson, went to her car to bring in her Dear Jane quilt top, and it is simply stunning!  Sandy started the quilt over a decade ago, together with Karen Saemisch (former owner of Memory Lane Quilting, Denison) and two other quilting friends.  They divided the blocks up, and each one made four of each of the blocks they were assigned.  Sandy has finished her quilt top, and will have one of the foursome machine quilt it for her.  Thanks for bringing it in, Sandy!  What a treat!

Beautiful Embroidery -- Sandy Richardson

Sandy Richardson, Logan, dropped by the shop today to look for the right background fabric to offset her beautifully embroidered flower basket blocks.  She chose a lavender/blue mottled background by Brewer.  Sandy's handwork is extraordinary.  The pics do not do justice to her work.  Sandy chose Cosmo thread by Leceine.  Many of the threads she used were variegated.  Sandy will bead the blocks after it is quilted, but she couldn't wait, and had one beaded block to show and tell.

Show & Tell - Marilyn Anderson 2/3/11

Marilyn Anderson, Jacksonville, has been snowed in for two days.  Today, she asked her husband, Keith, to bring her to town.  She spent a little time in our work room binding two baby quilts -- two down and two to go.  Marilyn and Keith have four great grandbabies on the way!  Marilyn also brought in her latest scrappy quilt to show-and-tell.  She used the "Sewn In Time" pattern book for her inspiration and finished this lap quilt.  Marilyn & Keith are recently retired.  Keith was an over-the-road truck driver, and Marilyn was the navigator :-).  Now she has more time for quilting, and we're happy to have her as a Stitchin' Tree patron!