Sunday, August 02, 2015

West Union, Iowa & Kiss in the Corner!

Little pieces, precious patches, swapping strips and squares with new found friends and having a wonderful time down in West Union, Iowa!  That is what retreat is all about!

This adorable little town was founded in the 1840s.  Many of the buildings in the downtown area around the courthouse square boast the year of their building right there on their fascades.  It was a booming time in America’s heartland when immigrants were finding their way to the central states in America, willing to work and farm and earn their own piece of the promised land.

As quilters, this little retreat center holds a lot of promise for us as well!

Approximately 20 miles from where I was previously in Oelwein –we are set up here at Moonlight Stitching Studio and Sisters Retreat Center!

Kiss in the Corner came back out to play for the second time this week.


SO much scrappy goodness!

I just love working with this scale of block, and it was fun to share my love of little pieces with those who had come from far and wide.

And while it looks complicated, this quilt is made from simple shoo-fly blocks and pieced sashings….with a little Kiss in the Corner!


Cutting, Pressing, Chatting all the while!


Look at these busy gals!


By evening fall, things were taking shape!


What an awesome day, girls!


And we get to do it again today!

You can find the free pattern for Kiss in the Corner under the free patterns tab at the top of the blog.

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Kiss in the Corner, West Union, IA 2015

Last night Irene and I drove over to St Lucas for dinner, and enjoyed the most lovely drive on winding roads through Iowa corn and bean fields….SO beautiful!

But we rounded a corner to find:


MINIONS!!  Hahaha!

Someone had gone all out with their “Iowa Farm Art” and these were on an upper berm along a field.  Early decorating for THIS Halloween?  or left from last year?


It will stop you in your tracks!


Smiling drainage pipe spiders!


Don’t trespass in our fields!


SO funny!!


Evening falls on St Luke’s Church in St Lucas!


I wished this had been open!

The German American Museum, Library and Family History Center!  Next time, St. Lucas – Next time!


Sunset over West Union, Iowa.

It was just a great day, and I’m ready to do it all again.  We’ve got Midnight Flight from MORE Adventures with Leaders & Enders up on deck today –We will fill this day full to capacity with as much memory making as we can.

Tomorrow – it will be a 7am departure back to Cedar Rapids for my flight on to Denver.

Have a beautiful Sunday, everyone!

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  1. Great story and photos as always, Bonnie. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This one has my eyes fooled! The kiss in the corner looks like the main block. What fun to swap and make it more scrappy! Have a great flight to Denver. Drink lots of water so you don't get altitude sickness.


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