Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Friendship and Fabric

Yesterday, I had the most lovely visit with my dear friend was a much welcome break to my hectic schedule. I made the trip out to Adel (my childhood stomping ground) to spend some time with her at Ashton House (her 1885 Iowa farmhouse). We had a lovely morning chatting and catching up...and celebrating her recent birthday. We then ventured out to have lunch at a local restaurant...and of course we had to stop at Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co. - a marvelous quilt shop located just off the town square. This quaint and cozy quilt shop NEVER disappoints...there is always something fresh and new....and of course I didn't have any difficulty finding a plethora of fun items to take home. This time there were several new fabulous fabric collections from Riley Blake Designs (Good Life Cottons and Polka Dot Stitches) had just arrived earlier that day! I was also able to find some wool felts I needed, a fun potholder kit, and several fat quarters. Jacque (who owns the shop) was so friendly and accommodating....and made sure to show us all the new items and shop models - she made us feel right at home....and she was kind enough to let me take a few photos for you (of course I had left my camera at home - I know, I usually never leave home without it - so these were taken with my smart phone). If you would like some fun reading, be sure to stop by Jacque's shop blog - she updates it often and it is always interesting!

Now, truth be told, I had no business going into a quilt shop...we all know I have a decent stash...and on Monday a box from heaven arrived on my doorstep from someone VERY special...this box had yards and yards and YARDS of fabric in it - I was awestruck...beautiful fabrics (from a beautiful friend) and I have ideas galore on how to put it to good I just have to make the time. Plus, if that wasn't enough, Kimber gifted me a bag full of vintage bias tape that she had no use for....various colors and widths...yes, an entire bag FULL...along with a yard of adorable fabric. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world - I am so blessed to have friends that support and encourage my creativity!

Not to be left out, Simba decided he wanted to make a blog as I was taking photos of my new stash, he did everything in his power to be in each shot....yes, Simba photo bombed me! Here he is letting me know he deserves more attention than my new fabrics....


I leave Friday morning for New York...I will be spending a few days with members of the Buffalo Chapter EGA. I am very excited for this trip...and Stephanie (the hard working event coordinator) has made some wonderful plans to show me some of the area (how totally AWESOME is that?!), including my first trip to Niagara you know I will have a bunch to share with you next week. I am also hoping to take in a local EGA exhibit which should be quite spectacular. I will do my best to take lots of photos....


  1. I don't think I've posted before on your blog or if I have, it's been awhile - but I just had to comment it was so nice to see such a darling quilt shop! Reminds me of one where I used to live and Adel's seems the same way that everywhich way you look, there is a hidden treasure or gem to be found! Love the photo of Simba too :) I hope you have fun on your upcoming trip!


  2. It looks like a quaint little quilt shop.
    Great fabric stash there!
    Have fun on your trip, especially Niagara Falls!
    What a cute pic of Simba. lol

  3. it looks like a very sweet shop..
    lovely fabric stash.
    enjoy your trip.
    love and hugs xx

  4. a great day you had. shops like that are getting harder and harder to find. thank you for sharing.

  5. It sounds like you had a good outing with Kimber! Thanks for the snaps of the quilt shop in Adel! It is fun to take a "field trip" without leaving home. Simba is a cutie, Belinda! Have a wonderful trip to Buffalo!


  6. Hope you have a great time @ Niagra falls... would love to see it myself oneday....

  7. Belinda, Thank you for your kind words. It was nice to see you again. I had a message from one of your blog followers today who, through your blog post, found my blog and emailed me an order. Again - - Thanks!