Wednesday, May 23, 2018

No Jo Shirtings arrived

We're ba-a-a-a-ck!  We had a wonderfully relaxing vacation and feel rejuvenated and inspired.  We have to admit we were a bit apprehensive about going technology free but loved it.  We're back and ready to take your calls.

We are so excited to be participating in the Row by Row Experience again this year.  Basically, Row by Row is a worldwide shop hop with no passport and no fee.  From June 21-Sep 4 visit participating shops to get your free pattern.  While you're visiting, you may want to purchase a block kit, license plate and assorted other Row by Row goodies.  For more info, visit

If you've participated in the past, you'll notice our block size is different than in the past.  This year, shops have a variety of block sizes from which to choose.  We chose 18" x 18".

Since you must visit each shop, we are unable to mail kits until after the hibernation period (sometime later this year). 
Many of you are likely finalizing summer travel plans.  The Birdhouse Kit would make a nice project to pack.  Your $14.95 kit includes the pattern, wool, buttons and darling wooden frame.  The wooden buttons and frame are from a company in France.....we are no longer able to get these kits so once they're gone, they're gone.

These would make cute Christmas gifts for your stitching friends. 
We received our shipment of Jo Morton's "Jo's Shirtings" fabric.  We bought the entire line because good shirtings are hard to find.  We have fat quarter bundles available for $109.95 (32 fat quarters).  If you'd prefer a 1/2 yard bundle, let us know soon -- we're happy for an excuse to play with this beautiful fabric.  
With additional storage in our backyard, we were able to clean out the classroom.  We invite you and your friends to stop by any time on Tues, Thurs or Sat to sit and stitch, sew, hook or just get away from the family.  We also have a regular size frig so you can bring your lunch.

We're also happy to host your stitching group events any day of the week except Sunday. 
Before we close, we'd like to share news about a couple of quilt shows where we will be vending in June.  The Green Country Quilters Guild show will be Jun 1-2, 10:00-5:00 at the Tulsa (OK) Fairgrounds, River Spirit Expo Center, 4145 E 21st Street.  Admission is $10 for adults; free parking.

For more info, visit

If you'd like us to bring something specific, please let us know by e-mailing ( or calling 479-372-7403 NLT May 29. 
Jun 21-23 we will be vending at the Common Threads Regional Quilt Show which will be held at the Century II Expo Hall, 225 W Douglas Ave, Wichita KS.  Hours are 10:00-5:00 each day.  For more info visit

If you would like us to bring a specific item, please let us know NLT June 18.

Below is a photo of the opportunity quilt "Licorice and Lace".
We are working on lots of new samples and can't wait to share them.  We'll be back next week with more to inspire you.  See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

New Maggie and Kathy books

Hi everyone!  It's Kay filling in for Darlene and Debby while they're on their no technology vacation.  I hope they're having a wonderful time - I have had a blast keeping the shop open.  I love to putter around among pretty fabric.

I reworked the display by the front counter and am excited to share photos.  As I rolled the tea towels my mind was busy thinking of ways to use them for future projects.  If you have an itch to decorate your own towels, they're available for $4.95 each.  E-mail and I'll be happy to hold one (or more) for you.
The quilt on the second shelf (photo above) was designed by Darlene and Debby.  "Hopscotch" finishes 48" x 66" so is the perfect size to send with your college bound child or grandchild.  Your $54.95 kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, borders and binding.  The kit features French General fabric by Moda.

The photo gives the impression the white fabric is super white; it's actually a creamy white with a small print.  I'll be happy to send closeup photos if you're interested.
Quiltmania #125 arrived.  It's packed with lots of inspiration including photos of winning quilts at both the prestigious Nihon exhibition in Japan and the Road to California show.  Since I am interested in antique fabric and Baltimore album style quilts, I found Barbara Brackman's article about prussian blue particularly interesting.  The magazine also contains instructions for 7 quilts (including part 3 of the on-going mystery quilt).  All that inspiration costs only $13.99.

If you're on automatic shipment, Debby processed your order last week.  If you're not and would like to be sure you never miss an issue, send us an email and we'll get you set up.  If you'd prefer to purchase just this issue, let me know.  I run by the post office each day after I leave the shop so your magazine will go out quickly.
I checked our Moda orders and see two books we've been eagerly anticipating have been shipped.  They'll be ready for pick up on Tuesday, May 22.  If you requested shipment, Debby will work to get them shipped next week.  We ordered extra copies so let us know if you would like a copy.

Maggie Bonanomi's book "Pure & Simple - 17 Primitive Projects Inspired by Seasons" looks absolutely wonderful.  I've created a collage of some of my favorite photos from the book -- it was hard to choose which to include.  As I look through photos from the book, I can see several projects created using the tea towels I rolled yesterday.  $27.99
Kathy Schmitz' book "Stitches from the Yuletide - Hand Embroidery to Celebrate the Season" contains projects sure to make you smile.  Although Kathy has embroidered each project, I think they would be equally darling converted to wool applique.  $25.99
Please let me know if I can reserve any of the items featured in this week's newsletter by e-mailing  Please include your phone number when e-mailing.  If I need payment info, I'll give you a call.

I hope you have a lovely week.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Farmyard Fun

Our vacation is right around the corner.  As we mentioned in our newsletter last week, we will be on a no technology devices vacation beginning May 11 and ending May 21.  We decided to completely get away and relax so will leave all our technology devices at home.  During that time, please e-mail as we won't be answering calls.

Kay will have the shop open and will check e-mail while we're gone so feel free to stop in for a chat or place an on line order.  She will also be making daily runs to the post office so your packages will arrive on time.

Several years ago we worked with Lynette Anderson on a very cute project.  Lynette did the stitching and Kay did the piecing for "Stitched Farm".  The quilt features 8 stitchery scenes and easy piecing.  It finishes 42" x 48".  This is a great take along on vacation sort of project.  The pattern is $26 and includes full size templates.  We'll be happy to put together a kit for the project using Diamond Textiles. 
While we're on the subject of farms....we have some adorable farm themed wooden buttons.  Barnyard Hens is a set of  5 buttons - $9.00.
Grandad's Farm includes an adorable sheep, horse, cow, pig, chicken and rooster.  $13.50
We have kits ready for Cheri Payne's "Church Cat".  Your $38.95 kit includes the pattern, background fabrics, wool for applique, border, binding and buttons for the cat eyes.  Some fabrics will vary slightly from the sample and buttons are different in each kit. 
This pre-vacation planning is holding true to many of our previous vacations......we thought we had an uneventful week but one thing led to another and the week is suddenly filled with "have to do before we leave tasks".   We bet many of you can relate.......back to packing....

Debby & Darlene

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Some quick spring projects

Everywhere we look we see signs of spring - lawn mowing has begun, irises are blooming and the pretty yellow canary birds have returned.  If you're like us, we always get a burst of spring energy and the desire to start a new project this time of year.  This week we're sharing a couple of projects that will satisfy your itch to stitch and not require lots of time.

Debby designed a cute and quick to stitch project:  Farm Treats.  Your $16.95 kit includes the pattern, background fabric, wool for applique and binding (the binding is red which we think is a perfect finish).  It finishes 10" x 18". 
"Pinwheel Garden" is another quick project composed of half square triangles and some easy embroidery.  It finishes 11" x 13".  Your $24.95 kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, borders, binding and buttons.  The border contains embroidery and the sweetest small buttons. 
It's probably not a secret how much we love unusual buttons and embellishments.  We found the cutest wooden tags from a company in France.  Unfortunately, we aren't able to get more so once these are gone, they're gone.  Each tag measures 1" x 1 3/4" and costs $2.80.

Email ( and let us know if you'd like "Made with Love" or "Love to Sew" or both.  Since we have limited amounts we won't be putting these on our website.
Spring quilt market is right around the corner but we decided to skip it this year......instead we are taking a vacation beginning May 11 and ending May 21.  We decided to completely get away and relax so will leave all our technology gadgets at home.  During that time, please e-mail as we won't be answering calls.

Kay will have the shop open and will check e-mail regularly. 
See you soon!

Debby & Darlene

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Pardon our mess please

After 6 consecutive rainy weekends, it looks like this weekend will be nice.  We are super excited as everyone in our home has a bad case of weekend cabin fever.

If you've been to the shop the past week you probably have noticed lots of cardboard boxes and everything generally in a state of disarray.  Please pardon our mess -- we have a new storage area and are reworking everything to maximize our use of space.  We know many of you can relate -- sometimes you have to make a mess to make a tidy area. 
If you're looking for a small spring applique project with fun little critters, "Forest Friends" designed by Lynette Anderson may be for you.  We modified the pattern and created a small wall hanging.  Ours finishes 8 1/2" x 25".  Your $26.95 kit includes the pattern, fabric for the top, rick rack, borders and binding.

This is an all cotton kit.
The primitive quilting world lost a wonderful designer recently.  As many of you know, Cheri Payne fought a battle with cancer but lost the battle recently.  We have a few more of her "Kitty Corn" kits available.  Your $36.95 kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top and wool for applique.  Patterns are not sold separately.

Watch the newsletter as we are working on Cheri's "Church Cat" and will have kits available in the next few weeks. If you know you want a kit, please e-mail us at and we will get you on the list.  Obviously, we have a limited number of kits as patterns are no longer available.  The pattern will not be sold separately. 
As if we weren't busy enough with reorganizing, we have started dying wool again.  We plan (hope) to dye at least once a week.  Here's a sampling of what we've been up to in the dye kitchen. 
By the time you read this, Kay will be on her way to present a trunk show to the Holiday Island Guild members.  She also is teaching Invisible Machine Applique class.  If you would like to learn a quick and easy method of applique, let us know.  We aren't offering scheduled classes any longer but will work with you to find a suitable day and time. 
See you soon!

Debby & Darlene

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Summer magazines have arrived

This week we have a variety of items to share with you.  "Lillian's Embroidered Garden" is such a sweet wall hanging.  Your $34.95 kit includes the pattern, fabric for the top and binding.  It finishes 22" x 27".  We have ours displayed on an Ackfeld hanger which is sold separately for $29.95.
Our shipment of the summer issue of Wool Works magazine arrived.  It's full of inspiration.  If we had the elusive 25th hour in our day, we'd love to take several of the hooked rug or punch needle patterns and convert them to wool applique.......if you find the 25th hour in your day, please let us know where to look.  The magazine is $10.99.
We have made many of Staci West's (Buttermilk Basin) projects through the years and always wondered why she didn't have a book.  We were super excited to hear about her book "The Best of Buttermilk Basin".  The book doesn't come out until October 2018 but we are taking pre-orders for it.  According to the publisher's website, the book contains 17 projects including small quilts, pillows, penny mats and a mug rug.  It contains 80 pages.  $26.99
Let us know if we can reserve a copy for you.
With Mother's Day right around the corner, we wanted to share a fun little tin for the person who has everything.  We have 2 styles "Be Grateful" and "30s Fun".  These would make the perfect container for chocolates or jelly beans or a couple of homemade cookies.....or how about tucking Valdani threads inside.......or perhaps a couple of mini charms.....the sky is the limit to your creativity.  Tins measure 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 1 1/2" and come with a removable lid.  $4.50 each
Our shipment of the summer issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine arrived.  As always, it's loaded with beautifully photographed pieces sure to inspire you.  $9.99

Kay's "High on the Hilltop" and Malgorzata Jenek's "Colonial Memories" are just two of many pretty projects in the magazine.

To order any of the items featured in this weeks' newsletter, visit our website, e-mail us ( or call 479-372-7403.
We hope you have a great week and we will look forward to visiting you again next Thursday.  See you soon!

Debby & Darlene

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

New kit and new book

Kay had a fantastic time at the quilt show in Cassville last week with the exception of Saturday morning when she discovered half of the SUV was coated in ice.  We thought we'd thought of everything to pack in our vending supply box but apparently we need to add one more object......maybe we will splurge and buy a heated scraper.
Since many of you couldn't visit us at the Cassville show, we're including photos of our booth for you to enjoy.  The first photo shows the before and 2 hour later shot of the booth.  The remaining photos are close ups of some of the fun samples we packed.

If you spot something that you'd like more info about, please let us know ( or 479-372-7403).
We're super excited about this week's featured item.  Our friend Malgorzata Jenek's project "Colonial Memories" is in the spring issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine.  She used Diamond Textiles to create a beautiful runner.  The magazine photographer staged it above a doorway but we think it would be the perfect size to put on a side table or chest.  The magazine also contains instructions explaining how to make two runners and sew them together to make a circular piece.

We're so proud to be offering kits for this beautiful project.  Your $22.95 kit includes the fabrics for the top and binding.  The pattern is not included in the kit -- you'll need the spring issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine.  You can order by visiting, calling 479-372-7403 or e-mailing (
Gail Pan's newest book "Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too" should arrive in a couple of weeks.  The book is in full color and contains projects that use only 8 simple embroidery stitches.  We've included a collage of some of our favorite projects from the book.  If you'd like to pre-order your copy, please let us know by e-mailing ( or calling 479-372-7403.  80 pages $25.99 
This weekend is a busy weekend for quilt shows.  Why not grab a couple of friends and plan a mini road trip?  Be sure to include a stop by Sew Graceful on your route.

Three area shows are scheduled April 13 & 14.  The Calico Cut-Ups Guild of Bella Vista AR show will be held at the Bella Vista Assembly of God Church, 1771 Forest Hills Blvd, Friday 9:00-6:00 & Sat 9:00-4:00.  For more info visit

The Muskogee Area Quilters Guild show will be held at the St Paul Methodist Church, 2130 W Okmulgee, Muskogee OK, 9:00-4:00 on Friday and Saturday.  For more info e-mail Pegge at or call her at 707-694-9468.  You can also visit the guild on Facebook  (Muskogee Area Quilters Guild).

The NW Arkansas Modern Quilt Guild show will be held at the Southside Church of Christ, 919 S Dixieland Road, Rogers on Fri (9:00-6:00) and Sat (9:00-4:00).  For more info visit
See you soon!

Debby & Darlene