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April 2014 Newsletter

Are we ready for spring yet!   Are we ready for mud now!   Hopefully this phase won't last as long as winter did.

We are excited to see Jo and Kelli Kramer’s project on the cover of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.  It is a red, white and blue quilt called Red, White and Oooh. When they picked out the fabrics,  Jo and Kelli asked us if we’d like to make up kits for the quilt. Of course, we said yes. The kits are ready to go.  Be sure to check out Jo and Kelli's blog at

New fabrics that have come in are:  

Timeless Treasures has outdone themselves with two beautiful springy panels, all in vibrant shades of blues with a touch of metallics. Bluebirds shows a field scene with several bluebirds and Tiffany has the look of a floral stained glass window.

Golf Club by Blank.   There are three bolts, one with a sepia tone allover scene and one each of allover golf balls and tees and the other golf clubs.  We have done up a lap with the pattern Times Three and a runner Divided By Three.  

Bringing Home Nature is a jungle animal panel that we have done up in Just Can't Cut It.   Elizabeth's Studio Hoos Tree is a cute wild animal fabric.   We have a few coordinates from the RJR Red River III, a cowboy themed fabric.  Wilmington’s Wild at Heart is here.  It has a nice panel and stripe with three coordinates with horses.   

Kaufman’s new North American Wildlife 2 is here.   The wildlife panel is similar to last year’s but lighter colors. There are three coordinates to it. Another piece in this series is an awesome horse panel, also designed by Jody Bergsma.  Very different colors and real artsy spin on horses.  Pretty awesome.  

We have a few bolts of Kaufman’s Kalahri batiks.  We have been able to reorder Pheasant Country from Quilting Treasures.  It is the most beautiful pheasant ever!

Our new kits are Summerwind Farm in Oh Henry and Cat Tails by Clothworks is done up in the same pattern.   It looks so much like a summer pond that it's been popular.   I am sure when it's 100 degrees it will still look inviting.

We have also come up with a pattern for the big Farmall and Case panels.  Makes it a nice lap size, good graduation present.  A new blue fabric by Blank called Radiant has a fun modern pattern called Beyond Horizons.  It is very modern for us.  We did Marsha MaCloskey’s blue line, Everything Blue, in a large lap double nine patch.   It is very crisp looking.


New charm packs are Holly Taylor's batik Pine Island and her Woodland  Summer.  Laundry Basket’s Jelly Bean batiks are here too.

Kansas Troubles’ Token of Friendship charms and candys are pretty neat as are   Primitive Gatherings’ Primitive Homestead charms and candys.

Our events coming up are:

  • April  4-5, 2014 | The Central Iowa Shopping Spree
    Holiday Inn | Ames, IA  (I-35/US 30 Exit 111 West, US Hwy 30 Exit 146)
    Hours: 10-5 on Friday and 10-4 on Saturday

    14 vendors will be offering books, fabric, patterns and notions.

    Participating merchants:
    Rainbow & Calico Things, Williamsburg, IA
    The Quiltmaker's Shoppe, Manchester, IA
    Cedar Creek Quilts, Ankeny, IA
    Seams to Me, Algona, IA
    The Fabric Stasher, Tipton, IA
    Stitch'n Tree Quilts, Harlan, IA
    Debbie's Quilt Shop & Gifts, Osage, IA
    Quilter's Portable, Mallard, IA
    Forest Mills Quilt Shop, Postville, IA
    Moonlight Stitching Studio, West Union, IA
    Iowa Falls Sewing Machine Co., Iowa Falls, IA
    Adel Quilting & Drygoods, Adel, IA
    Block Party Studios, Inc., Nevada, IA
    Nolting Long Arm Quilter, Hiawatha, IA

  • April 9-12, 2014 | Northeast Iowa Shop Hop  
    Shop Hop Hours:  8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    There are nine shops this year, we have added Queen Jeans in Waukon and the Quilted Strawberry in Strawberry Point to go along with Cresco’s Quilter’s Garden, New Hampton’s Material Magic, West Union’s One Block Over and Moonlight Studio, Waukon’s Country Stitchin, Elkader’s Backstitch, and Forest Mills.  We've added a day so now you have four fun days to finish it!

  • June 1-30, 2014 | All Iowa Shop Hop
    We will be open on Sundays during the All Iowa.

We hope you all are getting ready for spring.  We can't wait.  Keep stitching!