Saturday, December 31, 2011

Are You Looking for a Project to Start??

Here is a link to a Mystery Block of the Month starting in the Feb. issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.

It is designed by Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts from Illinois.
I think her patterns, fabric line, and rulers are awesome.

The Clarke County Piecemakers would like to start a  Christmas quilt project also.
Do you have a pattern for a quilt that you think might make an heirloom Christmas quilt by 2012?
Maybe combine the two?
Bring it to the January meeting on Jan. 8th at the REC meeting room at 7 pm.

2012 dues are due also.

Saturday, December 17, 2011


As seen embroidered on a sweatshirt--
"Shopping with your husband is like hunting with the game warden!"

Are your Christmas projects almost done?

The potluck meeting held on Dec.12th was enjoyed by the membership. 
Christmas quilts and Christmas memories were shared.
Donations for the Clarke County Food Pantry were gathered and taken to the
Community Center.
Thank you for being generous and sharing.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

September Workday/Meeting

The meeting on  Monday 12th, is cancelled because of having a workday on the 17th -  Saturday  8:30 am at the REC - until the last quilter goes home.   Come and bring your UFO's, have fun and get your project finished.  Lunch will be on your own, bring a sack lunch or go for take-out or Chinese.
If you can't come and sew with us, you are welcome to drop in and see what others are working on.
This quilt is called "Outside the Box" by Toad U Sew.  I have the fabric chosen and if it is cut out I can  start sewing at the workday. 

What's new in the quilting area?
*Contact Sandy for a ride to the Des Moines quilt show on Thursday the 29th. 
*Southern Iowa shop hop- Oct. 19-22.  Robinsons will have 20% off fabric.
*Quilt with Us retreat Oct 28-30 - call them to reserve your spot.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

August meeting

The Piecemakers August meeting will be August 8 at 7pm.

The program will be  "Quilt Show at Sisters, Oregon"
Also on the agenda is the continuation of the Block of the Month with Colleen.
What project have you been working on?  Show and Tell
Sewing for Christmas - set up a date for a work day.
September meeting location to be announced- '"Back to School -Quilter's Style" program.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Adventures in Oregon Part 4

Morning at Elk Horn Valley arrived with a clear sky and 44 degrees.  We had slept with the window slightly opened enjoying the fresh, cool, mountain air from the deck.  There was a mist in the valley, a very filling breakfast of yogurt, fruit, quiche and lemon muffins.

On the drive to Sisters, the road was curvy as we went along the mountain range and was especially scenic at Detroit Lake.  Sorry no picture, in a hurry to get to the quilt show. We had read on line about limited parking during the show, and luckily the highway came in on the north side of town where there was parking at the Rec center to catch a free shuttle to the downtown area. 1300 quilts were on display hanging inside most of the buildings and outside on a wire line strung up 7:15 am is when volunteers started hanging the quilts.

It was crowded with many people. the Main Street was closed to traffic.  The town has storefronts that resemble an old Western town. Sisters draws a lot of artistic people to the area. 
From town you can see the three mountains Sisters are named for- Faith, Hope and Charity. They had a lot of snow still on them and people were able to ski. the temperature was 80 and clear.  We wore hats, sunscreen and kept drinking water.
We were lucky to snag a table for two in the air-conditioned bar of The Gallery. I ordered "killer salad" that had baby shrimp on a huge bed of lettuce, homemade roll, very very yummy.
The Stitching Post sells, charms, t-shirts, bags, cups, posters, fabric of this year's design by Cathy Deggendorfer.  a local artist.

I enjoyed a tented area called "The Teacher's Tent". It showcased the quilts from the teachers who were presenting workshops earlier in the week Monday-Friday that you need to sign up for way ahead of time.

Adventure in Oregon- Part 5

Oh my, it's Sunday already.  A bus load of women left the Bend hotel at 8 pm.  I met two women  checking out from the San Francisco bay area.  One said she had been born in Ames while her dad was in grad school.  They moved to California when she was one. 

We left Bend, to return to Sisters for a lecture by Jean Wells at 11am and arrived an hour early.  The sky was clear and we walked thru the pines to view the exibit of her quilts at the FivePine Lodge and Conference Center.  We met Fran from Salem who was looking for a ticket to the lecture even tho they were sold out.  We had an extra one so she lucked out.  Fran said her son was looking at going to college in Iowa at Grinnell.  She is also a lactation nurse in Salem. 
The pictures of the quilts in the pines are spectacular.   The lecture was "Sticks and Stones: Exploring Pattern and Color"
After the lecture we made a return trip to the Stitching Post shop and it was less crowded and easier to see the merchandise.  I got a book- Stitch 'n Flip quilts by Valori Wells (Jean's dau.) - it is out of print.  Anniversary Bouquet is one of the quilts in the book that we saw that morning.
Leaving Sisters on Hwy 126 to Redmond OR.  The GPS helped us get to Material Girls Fabrics quilt shop in a cute little house.  Great selection of unique fabric and also selling a kit of vinyl fabric to make a useful shopping bag.  I also bought 2 fat 1/8's and 1/4 yd to make a insulated water bottle holder with a free pattern included.  I was disappointed they did not have a shop pin.
Grabbed a quick lunch and started back on Hwy  26 to the Portland area.  Scenic route and stopped in a rest area at Government Camp to get a picture of snow covered Mt. Hood (11,235 elevation).

We didn't stop in Sandy, OR so I didn't get any souvenirs with my name of them.
After checking into our hotel in Troutdale, OR, we got directions to see Multomah Falls along the Columbia River.   It was awesome and right along Highway 84.   It really was great to see it.
There are other waterfalls in the area, but this is the largest waterfall in North America.
After seeing the falls, we found a restaurant "Tad's Chicken and Dumplings"  One order of the famous chicken and dumplings fed two as served with relish tray, dinner salad, roll, and green beans with ham chunks as a side.  There was old fashion bread pudding on the dessert menu, but too full to eat it.
We returned to the Cascade Inn and Suites  Best Western to re-pack and sleep
Our flight leaves at 10:40am for our return trip to Iowa.  The post office opens at 9 am so we can send a box of fabric home. 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Adventures in Oregon - Part 3

After leaving Garibaldi, we stopped at the Tillamook Cheese Factory for a self guided tour.
They recieve milk from 150 dairy producers in the area. BFF liked "squeaky cheese" and I liked the smoked medium chedder when eating samples. Also make ice cream so sampled it too.
It is always time for ice cream.
In Tillamook is Jane's Quilt shop in a pink house on south Main St. Crowded with fabric, customers and a dog. In the backroom were 5 sewers. Met a lady from WI in the shop - she had a friend in Ames. I got a Bali batik scarf and a shop pin.
Tillamook has a quilt trail with 30 blocks 4 ft by 4 ft on their downtown businesses. This was started in 2009 and they were the first quilt trail west of Nebraska.
South of Tillamook the road goes along the coast and we stopped at the Cape Mears lighthouse to observe the ocean, saw a sea lion on a rock, and an "octopus" tree. There were ferns along the road that were huge and in spots the trees grew over the road in a canopy.
Back inland along more curvy mountain roads.
Ate lunch at , a cute little town off the main road. Two local friends bought the building and have a restaurant on the first floor and hotel rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floor.

Greenbaums Quilted Forest in Salem, is loccated in the downtown area. Modern quilts and loads of samples and kits. I found a 1/2 yard of Laurel Burch to add to my collection.

The Cotton Patch in Keiser was only 10 minutes north. BFF liked a quilt there but the kits were gone. some of the fabric still available but no pattern. The owner grew up in Mason City, IA.

Heading for Sisters Quilt show on Saturday, we stopped off in the evening at
Elk Horn Valley Inn in Lyons, OR. It is a bed and breakfast run by Robin and her son, Larry.
They made a fire in a small fire ring on the deck and there is the rushing water of the stream nearby. Meadow area and beautiful flowers. Comfortable rooms- we got a tour all the rooms as the other guests (travel writers) had not arrived yet.

Adventures in Oregon - Part 2

First stop of the day is the International Rose Garden located in Portland "City of Roses"
This is a remarkable display over looking the city and showcasing many varieties of roses.
Very fragrant. It was hard to pick just one favorite, so many colors, and sizes from minature to as big as a dinner plate. We talked to a volunteer who comes to help deadhead the flowers. Others were there to walk their dogs or photograph the flowers. The house near by were set on the hills, rose bushes and blue hydrangeas in their yards. Cute!

Next the Fabric Depot is located east of the downtown area and were having a 30% off everything in the store. Inside the door was a table with Marie Bostwick in person, autographing her books, BFF went out to the car and got the #4 book Threading the Needle she bought to read on the plane. Marie autographed it. I got an autographed bookmark as I am planning to read BFF's book when she is finished- more money for fabric that way. Marie has been a quilter for 25 years. She had been in Iowa at Ottumwa talking at a quilt guild and Des Moines at book signings. I found a bias print -black and white that I will be using for a binding.

Hollyhill Quilt shop in West Linn is where we went next. We weren't there very long when a bus arrived. It was the tour from TX shop- Stitching Heaven. One lady in the shop -not on tour -
grew up in the Cedar Rapids area. She lives in Washington now and was also traveling on to Sisters with her husband for 3 days. We got shop pins there. I found some fat quarters from Minick and Simpson that will go with some of their Prairie Paisley line I have at home. There were lots of kits/quilt samples and a lot of fabric lines.
A late lunch (too busy shopping to eat) at Coopers Mill was right down the street and not crowded.

The next shop was A Common Thread. They were open later as waiting for the same bus to arrive there. The owner gave us each a kit of "Quilt Oregon" block. It was a nice treat.
BFF got two patterns and the one I wanted by Toad U Sew was out of stock. We liked their classroom and the samples in the store. They also sell Bernina and had a lot neat sample quilts.
Rush hour traffic as we left Portland for the coast- curvy 2 lane roads when in the mountains.
Beautiful scenery. Closer to the coast is farm country and dairy farms.
We did not have time for three more shops on the list. Maybe next time.

Our final stop for the day was the Garibaldi House Inn Suites in Garibaldi near the ocean.
It is a small village that has a harbor and fleets of fishing boats. After checking in, we had to find a place to see the Pacific Ocean. It was cloudy, damp and low 50's watching the waves rolling in.
Seagulls were nearby.
Along the road was a restaurant- Pirates Cove with a view of the bay. One of the specials to eat was fresh salmon cooked on a cedar plank with citrus glaze. Always eat local cusine. Not much fresh seafood in Iowa. I could not eat all of mine and packaged it to go. Refrigerator in room was nice.
The next morning in the parking lot, I met 4 biologists who were loading their boat. They were working on a marine life study of burrowing shrimp. What a job!

Adventures in Oregon - Part1

This is really going to be fun! Off today on an adventure -flying from Des Moines to Denver and on to Portland, OR.

The stop for our first night is Oxford Suites at Portland's Jantzen Beach

This hotel is near the airport and located along the Columbia River.
The view from the plane showed "Turning Twenty" farm field quilts and "snowball blocks" in green and tan as the fields in Nebraska are irrigated in a circular pattern.
There was a delay in Denver due to a summer shower.
Rental car from @&$!? Checked out a white Malibu. Was not in the parking spot assigned.???
back to the rental desk and cheerfully reported the missing car.
The clerk appologized and said she would upgrade me and asked if I wanted a Crown Victoria and I said NO- it was too big. Her next option was a Ford Edge that she said was brand new.
So I said ok. It had less than 2,000 miles on it and is red!!! whoo hoo. As good as a convertible.
Since I am driving, I left it up to BFF to navigate and run the gadgets on the dashboard.
It has a back up camera, extra mirrors in the side mirrors to check blind spots. Very easy to handle.
The hotel offers free drinks and food at night. Salad fixings were just fine for us as the hot food was already gone.
Confortable beds and a great place to stay.

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July!
Do you have your favorite Red, White and Blue quilt out to show your patriotism?
*Picture of quilt kit from Country Threads, Garner, IA
The next quilt meeting will be Monday, July 11th at 7 pm at the REC meeting room.
Bring your favorite Red, White and Blue quilt to show and share.
Do you have any other finished projects We love seeing them!
Colleen will have the next installment of the Block of the Month for you.
Bring your June BOM block to show also.
The "Every Quilt Tells A Story" program will be held Saturday, July 22 at the Clarke County
Fair. Bring quilts and either email me or bring your story about your quilt for the program.
Linda B. will narrate the stories. Will need to have two quilt handlers to hold them up.
I plan to take photos of all quilts so I can post the photos and the stories on the blog.
Get out your calendars to make time for:
Ankeny Quilt Show- July 8-9
"Every Quilt Tells a Story" program at Clarke County Fair- Saturday, July 22 3 pm
John Willcox class at King's Canyon- Saturday, Aug. 6 2-4 pm
Des Moines - American Quilter Show- Sept. 29 - Oct.1 See link below for more information.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

JUNE meeting

Summertime is here! I have been busy being a grandma -
This is grandchild #6 - Isaac Jason E., born June 4
weighing 8#6 oz. 21 1/2 inches.
The June meeting will be held early at 6 pm for members to hold a
quilting garage sale. Bring UFO's, fat quarters, fabric, patterns,
books, notions, tools. This will be a good chance to clean your
sewing room and fabric stash locations.
The meeting will start at 7 pm.
We will discuss the Clarke County Fair program -
"Every Quilt tells a Story"
Sign up the number of quilts you can share.
Write a brief summary about your quilt: pattern, why you made it,
who is it for, etc. Linda B. will need other helpers for the program
that day. Let her know if you can help.
Other items on the agenda are Colleen's block of the month,
Clarke Co. Fair and State Fair entry deadlines.
King's Canyon announced John Willcox will be giving a class on
making a bag from recycled materials on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 2 pm.
Cost 30.00 includes most materials. Bring your own sewing machine.
See you soon.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

June Meeting

Calling all members! Clean out your sewing room.
A quilters garage sale will be held before the June 13th meeting
starting at 6 pm.
Buy, sell, swap, bargain, trade those UFO's.
Fabric, patterns, books, notions, UFO's
My sewing room does not look like this today. I better get busy.
I love my sewing table by Tracey's Tables made in Wisconsin.
It is great to sew at.

May Meeting

The May meeting was held on the 9th with the program "My Trip to Lancaster" with Colleen narrating the pictures of her trip to the AQS show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Colleen had entered a quilt in the show.
She also visited New York City and Philadelphia. The pictures showed the view from the Empire State Building, Ellis Island and the statue of Liberty. While in New York, she also visited the American Folk Art Museum.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Missouri Bus Trip

Calling all quilters! Dana H. has organized a bus trip to Missouri quilt shops that will be leaving on June 4. Cost is $62.00 and includes breakfast and lunch. Call her for a reservation at 342-4143 Stops will be Cameron, Excelsior Springs, Jamesport, Hamilton, Kearney. The proceeds will go to Freedom for Youth center in Osceola.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

April Meeting

Purple Tulips - this photo is from

I am impatiently waiting for spring and now wished I had taken the time to plant more

tulip bulbs last fall. You can never have too many.

APRIL MEETING: Mark your calender for April 11 at 7:00pm at the REC meeting room.

The meeting will start promptly with a guest speaker: Brenda Weed from Bedford, IA who will be bringing her antique quilts, patterns and stories to share with us. Guests are welcome.

Brenda offers quilt retreats at her home and has a blog at

Bring $10.00 for the club t-shirt if you ordered one. they are finished.

Show and Tell - bring your block of the month and other finished projects that are completed.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Red and White Quilts

New York City is the location of the American Folk Art Museum that currently has an exhibit of 650 American quilts that are all red and white. Take a peek at them at the following link from Martha Stewart's blog. Martha will also feature the exhibit on her television show on the Hallmark channel if you have cable. The quilts are all from the collection of Joanna Rose who wanted to celebrate her 80th birthday. This is the largest quilt exhibit ever held in New York City. Check out the quilts at this link:

Friday, March 4, 2011

Quilts of Valor Presentation

The three quilts completed by Clarke County Piecemaker's Red, White and Blue teams will be presented to local veterans on Wednesday, March 9 at 7:00 pm at the American Legion.
All members are invited to attend this celebration.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

February Meeting

Quilt Pattern- "Evening Star" by Debbie Maddy. Quilt and photo by Sandy

The February meeting is Monday the 14th at the REC - 7pm

  • Come see the Quilts of Valor quilts made by the Red, White and Blue team.

  • Colleen will have block of the month quilt instructions for members to make in your own choice of fabric/colors. Maybe this will be a stash-buster.

  • Check out Robinsons this week for 30% off all fabric and 60% off of sale fabric.

  • Don't forget show and tell. Let's see what you have been working on.


Dr. Deb Kimball will be signing her book "International Sue" at Creekside Quilting on Saturday, Feb. 12 from 11-1 pm.
Read more about it:

Friday, February 4, 2011

Iowa Quilt Boggers - Part 7

Jean's Page is a blog from a
Council Bluffs quilter and quilt teacher. Check out her homework
assignments, the English paper piecing flower quilt blocks she is making
and watch the quilt as it grows fast.

Quilts and a Mug is another Iowa quilter blogger from northern Iowa.
She has been blogging for two years and is celebrating with two
super giveaway gift packages. Leave a comment by Sunday to be in the
drawing. I am impressed with the 153 followers she has.
Also look at the right hand side of the blog to see some other quilt blogs
she is following.

I am still learning more about blogging and having fun. I know
it is cutting into my sewing time, but reading other blogs and seeing
quilts is educational and inspiring.

Coming up in February, I am showing the quilts we have made for
the Quilts of Valor to the area's veterans at the American Legion on
Wednesday the 9th at their soup supper and meeting. Anyone is welcome
to attend.

Next quilt meeting is Feb. 14 at 7:00 pm. Come early if you want to sew.
Don't forget show and tell. The Quilts of Valor from the Red, White and Blue
Teams will be there. Pat C. is collecting pillowcases. See you (weather permitting)!!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Iowa Quilt Bloggers- Part. 6

When it is snowing and blowing outside, my computer keeps me entertained because I am reading quilt stories and enjoying quilt pictures on several quiling blogs.

Do you know your favorite (and mine) fabric and pattern designer from Iowa has a blog?

That would be Sandy Gervais from Algona, Iowa who was discovered by Moda in 1994.
Her blog often has previews of her up coming fabric line.
Check out her blog right now as she is participating in a blog hop that Moda is sponsoring. There are prizes!! One blog site (designer/designers) are highlighted each day with 20 participants. Join in the fun at
Sandy's pattens are available at

Keep warm. Keep upright. Keep quilting.