Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Goodies from Circle of Friends

First let me apologize for missing Saturdays post.  I could blame it on getting old, I could blame it on being busy...and the truth would probably be somewhere in the middle.  I had writing my blog post on my calendar for last Friday, what I forgot to put on the calendar was that Little Owen was coming to visit that day. 

Now I knew that Owen was coming for an overnight visit on Friday... but because I didn't have both on my calendar the post didn't get created.  Had they both been on my calendar I would have realized how ludicrous it was to think I would be sitting at a computer creating a post with a soon to be 1 year old and a fourteen week old puppy in the house!

Lets get to Iowa Comfort business....shall we?

Last Monday I went to my quilt meeting in Adel, and I came home with goodies.

 Nancy H. brought me this bag of doggy scraps.
 Sue D. had dropped off a bag of doggy scraps at Adel Quilting and Dry Goods.  
I leave one bed at open sew, so all of the fabric can go into the doggy bed instead of the trash.  I picked it up also and closed it up.  It is the pillow in the lower part of the picture above.  Sue, Nancy and Mary's scraps filled the other two beds.  I have enough scraps cut down now to make another 2 beds, so I will try to get them done this week.
 In Sue's bag, there was this really nice, soft fabric.  I thought about putting it in the doggy beds....but thought that it could be used as something soft for smaller dogs to lay on.  So the shelter is getting these as is.  Hopefully they won't mind that the fabric sheds a little.
 Jan brought me 3 more pillowcases for the center.
Sue had a pillowcase in one of her sacks also.

With these 4 pillowcases we are at 56 for the year.  Well on the way to reaching our goal of 75.

This week I hope to trim and bind 3 comfort quilts and quilt another of the log cabin tops. We'll see how well my plan is executed this week........

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend despite the weather!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Never ending bag of flannel.

I think that perhaps flannel is related to bunny rabbits somehow. 

I am not quiet sure how...but it must be so.  Otherwise that sack of flannel that I gave the ladies from Adel Christian Church, would not be still yielding quilts.

Margret brought me the latest installment a couple of weeks ago, and I just realized that I hadn't gotten them up yet....so here they are.

 I love pink and black together.  I think it is adorable that we have kitten themed fabric, and a doggy paw border.

 These two are pretty much the same, except for the inner border.  Both very cute!

 Yes, they did their magic and was able to put together a quilt top for a little boy.  No easy feat, as that sack of flannel was mostly pink, yellow and a little bit of blue.
Here is the last of the installment.  I love the pop of the yellow in this quilt!

All of the quilts are adorable! They will provide a smile to a small child and their mother.

Thanks again to all of the ladies who are generously donating their talents and time to this project....YOU LADIES ARE AWESOME!

Monday, May 20, 2013

I am such a slacker!

This week has come and gone....and I have accomplished nothing. Puppy training is kicking my backside.  My day is starting at 5am, when Hawkeye decides it is time to go out and be feed.  I rarely feel awake enough to even try to piece or quilt.

I have been working on a quilt at night.  It is the only quilt that I will keep for myself.  I am down to all the handwork on it. I made myself a promise that this quilt would make it into the little sister quilt show in Adel, in a couple of weeks.  Actually it was suppose to be completed last year for the quilt show.

I think I will make it, but just barely.  

Hopefully I will have progress to report on Tuesday.


I have no idea why this didn't post on Saturday, when it was suppose to. Perhaps it wasn't worthy.....

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Where does the time go?

I find it hard to believe that it can be Tuesday already.  Where did the time go?

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mothers day weekend.  I was very busy, but very little of it had to do with quilting or Iowa Comfort.

I did get my son's quilt repaired and requilted with a new backing.  It is currently on the longarm waiting for me to remove it and get it bound.

At night I have been working on stitching down the pedals on my 3D folded flower quilt.  As of last night I only have 20 pedals left to stitch down...then I move on to adding the crystal bead to each flower. 125 of them to be exact, and then I can FINALLY be done with this quilt.  I am coming down to the wire on it, the quilt show is June 8th. 

At this point I am not even sure I like the quilt anymore!  It has just taken up so much of my time and been so labor intensive that I really want to just put it in a closet for a while and forget about it.  Do you ever feel that way about a quilt?

Well as far as Iowa Comfort....this week I am going to be working on getting a delivery ready for the center.  I also have the 3 quilts that I quilted last week to get bound, a few quilts that need labels....and just pretty much catch up work before I move on to other projects.  

I do plan on quilting at least 1 twin size quilt for the center this week also.

Today it is suppose to be in the 90's here in Iowa...so if you live here...enjoy!

Saturday, May 11, 2013


I received an email from Jacque owner of Adel Quilting and Dry Goods this week.  She informed me that she had a huge bag of pillowcases that had been dropped off for donation.

Last year Adel Quilting and Dry Goods sponsored the pillowcase drive for the center.  The ones donated this week had been collected last year, but not turned in. No worries, the pillowcases are going to the same place and we can use them now to meet this years goal of 75.

Take a look:
 Here they are all stacked in groups of 5.  That would be a total of 38.
 There are soft and sweet pillowcases like this one.
 And bright and cheerful ones like this.
 And even a few that are manly....those are moose and deer on the cuff of this one.

It is my understanding that Jenny O spear headed this drive at work.        
Some of these pillowcases came from as far away as California.  

Jenny told Jacque that they call their group the Stitchin Clinicians because they are all RN's.  That makes sense to me, nurses giving comfort in many forms.

With this donation we stand at 52 pillowcases donated.  The goal for the year is 75...so we are over 2/3 of the way there!  Of course if we surpass our goal again this year that will be great!

Special thanks to Jenny and the Stitchin Clinicians, your generosity will help provide comfort to someone in the very near future! 

Thank you Adel Quilting and Dry Goods for your continued support also!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Goal Achieved

I did manage to complete last weeks goal.  Never mind that I accomplished it late Sunday evening.....

I decided it was time to bring back and old habit, my scheduling book.  I do so much better with my time when I schedule my quilting.  There is just something about looking at the book, and knowing what I need to work on that day.  Somewhere between my machine being down for maintenance and my trips, we had parted ways.

This week I am working on customer quilts and my sons quilt that needs to be repaired. 

I will also work on getting a delivery ready for the center.

I guess I should get my grocery list done, so I can be home in time to work on today's customer quilt.

Have a great day and enjoy the sunshine!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

This and that

It is hard to believe it is May already!  And the Des Moines farmers market starts today.

Mom and I go every Saturday, she goes for the fresh produce.  I go to the market for the breakfast burrito's and homemade cinnamon rolls.  Some how I think her purchases are better for her than mine are for me.

I want to remind everyone that the Crisis Center is having their garage sale today at the Adel fairgrounds.  All of the proceeds will go to help those in need , so if you can go and check it out that would be great!

It has been a hectic week around here.  Especially the last couple of days.  We have a new member at our house.  His name is Hawkeye Logan.  ( my granddaughter Lexi  helped us pick him out last Saturday and she thought his name should be Logan....so we made it his middle name.  :-) )

 He is keeping me pretty busy.  With potty training and crate training at night... but there is still time for quilting!

Above you will see the log cabin that I finished yesterday.  Since it was nasty outside I took the pictures while it was still on the machine.  I plan to get the other two quilts from Tuesdays post quilted yet today and tomorrow.

Hawkeye has decided that he doesn't like the sound of Fonzie and Lenni, so he waits patiently for me at the door.

Hope everyone has a nice weekend!