Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The 3rd in Deb's series of seasonal table runners

We hope the newsletter this week finds you in the mood for fall decorating because we have a couple of table runners that will look great on any table and a quilt that would complement any fall decor.  The first table runner, Be Thankful, was designed by Debby and is the third in her series of seasonal table toppers.  The first was Spring's Promise and the second was Shooting Star.

Be Thankful features Kansas Troubles' "On Meadowlark Pond" mini charms and wool applique.  Your $17.95 kit includes the pattern, all the fabric to make the top, wool for applique and binding.  It finishes 10 1/2" x 28".  If you'd prefer to use your own supplies, the pattern is available for $9.
The second table runner, Thomas the Turkey, features one of the prettiest turkeys we have ever seen on a runner.  We think we did a fabulous job choosing just the right wool to make him come alive.

The background is from Moda's Cottonworks line - fabric that feels like wool but is cotton.  Your $26.95 kit includes the pattern (which is now out of print), background cotton, wool for applique, buttons for eyes and backing fabric.  It finishes 9" x 22".  The pattern is not available for purchase separately.
If you're like us, just looking at "Humble Hands" gets us in the mood for fall and cooler weather.  We love the rich autumn tones we chose for the quilt.  Your $99.95 kit includes Quiltmania magazine #115, fabrics for the top, borders and binding.  The quilt finishes 58" x 70".

Let us know if we can help you choose the perfect back for your quilt.
We have a few extra copies of Blackbird Designs' "Simply Vintage" book which is now out of print.  If you need this title to add to your Blackbird library, now is the time to get it.  We checked Amazon pricing and were shocked to see the title offered for $199.99......we are selling ours for the cover price of $29.95.

If you would like to reserve a copy, please e-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com ASAP.  First come, first served -- limit one copy per person.  If you haven't ordered from us in the past, go ahead and send an e-mail.  We will need to speak with you to get shipping and payment info so please include your phone number.
Kay will soon be packing for our last vending event of 2019:  the Pryor Patchers Guild show on Sep 20 & 21.  If you'd like her to bring something special for you, please e-mail your request NLT Sep 17.  The show will be held at the OSU Extension Center, 2200 NE 1st, Pryor OK, 9:00-4:00 both days.  For more info visit http://www.pryorpatchers.com/

Sometimes we have to make some very difficult decisions......the Arkansas Village Quilt Show is also on Sep 20 & 21.  Unfortunately with our little staff of 3, we can't be two places at once so will not be able to attend the show in Benton.....but hopefully we will be able to make it next time.  If you'll be in the Benton AR area, why not make plans to visit the show at the Benton Event Center.  For more info, visit http://arvillagequiltshow.com/
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we have a great book to add to your reference library.  "Mastering Machine Applique, 2nd Edition" by Harriet Hargrave contains information about invisible machine applique, satin, blanket stitch and more.  It is hardback and spiral bound which allows it to lay flat.  144 pages $29.95
See you soon.

Darlene and Debby
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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Photos from Pittsburg KS show

Kay had a great time at the quilt show in Pittsburg last week.  If you stopped by the booth you may have been somewhat surprised by the "cash box" she was using.  We received this text from her:  "Well I goofed big time....I got about 6 miles from Pitt and realized I forgot the money bag.  After my initial panic subsided I decided I'd just run to Walmart and buy something and get $100 cash.  I got my 5 - $20 bills and was able to get change for two of them at the service desk.  Knowing I needed more change, I bought 2 avocados and a nectarine -- running one through the register at a time.  The next morning I got out the cash box which contains the change and quickly realized I couldn't open it because the key is on the money bag which is at the shop........so I improvised."
Below are a few photos from the quilt show.  We thought you'd enjoy seeing the before and after photos.  If you spot something you'd like more info about, send us an e-mail (info@sewgracefulquilting.com). 
Our newest quilt uses Primitive Gatherings' Farmhouse Flannels line.  If computer screens would allow touch sensation, you would quickly realize this quilt is as soft as a box of cotton balls.  It's super quick and easy to make.  Your $49.95 kit includes the fabric for the top and binding.  We used a pretty Diamond Textile homespun on the back of ours and would be happy to help you choose a backing fabric.  Finishes 57" x 66 1/2"
Sometimes we forget to tell you about projects we complete.  Our "At Home" quilt is an example of our forgetfulness.  This is a great quilt for someone who enjoys a little hand stitching, easy applique and super easy piecing.  The quilt contains quotes such as "She looks well to the ways of her household" and "Blessed are those who dwell in your house".  Our friend Jane H made our sample and used the machine blanket stitch method of applique.

Your $56.95 kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top and binding.  The pattern is out of print and no longer available without purchase of the kit. 
At the show someone asked about Karen K Buckley curved scissors which prompted us to place an order for a few pair.  Karen says "The benefit of a curved tip is that it allows you to clip close to your fabric without cutting into your quilt top.  These scissors are fabulous for clipping threads for machine quilting, machine applique and machine embroidery.  They have a serrated blade, a very comfortable handle, just like all of our other scissors and a right or left hander can use them with ease."

Scissors measure 3 3/4".  $23.50 - let us know if we can reserve a pair for you
While we were on the website, we noticed Karen has recently released a new multipurpose pair of scissors.  She says this "This is my second pair of straight blade scissors.  After the 5" orange handle multipurpose scissors hit the market I had lots of requests for this type of scissors but with a longer blade.  So, here they are.  They are great for cutting templates (freezer paper, Templar), fabric and fabric with fusible stabilizers.  The blades are stainless steel.  The handles have the same soft, ergonomic grip as our other Perfect Scissors™.  They cut sharp to the point and come with a plastic protective cover.  Great for both right and left hand cutting."

Scissor measure 7 1/2" $29.50 - let us know if we can reserve a pair for you
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we have one of our favorite books jam packed with fall inspiration.  "All for Fall" by Bonnie Sullivan contains projects for lap quilts, table runners, quilts, framed pieces and bags.  80 pages $26.99
We will be back next week with details of several new kits.  We are writing this at home and don't have all the pricing and size details so will wait to share next week.

See you soon.

Darlene and Debby


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Bits by Joan frames are back in stock

By the time you read this, Kay will be on the road headed to Pittsburg Kansas for the Little Balkans Day festival and quilt show.  The show will be held in the Memorial Auditorium, 503 N Pine in Pittsburg KS.  Show hours are 9:00-5:00 on Aug 30 and 9:00-4:00 on Aug 31.  For more info visit http://littlebalkansfestival.com/events/quilt-show/.  If you can't make it to the show, we will share photos on Instagram (sewgracefulquilting) and Facebook (Sew Graceful Quilting) and our newsletter next week.

This week we have three new projects to share with you.  The first two are from one of our favorite primitive designers:  Bits by Joan.  Many of her pieces are designed to fit in her custom frames -- the frames have been out of stock for many months as she searched for a source to make them to her specifications.  Fortunately, she found a source and they're back in stock.  The frames feature a flip open backing which allows for the stitched piece to be removed with the seasons.  They also have an easel back which allows them to be displayed on a table.  If you'd prefer to hang them, they also have a hanging tab......in a nutshell....she thought of everything.

"Punkin Party" finishes 8" x 15" when framed (the frame opening is 4 1/2" x 11 1/2").  Your $14.95 kit includes the pattern, Diamond Textile cotton for the background and wool for the applique.  If you'd like a thread kit, please let us know when you place your order.

The frame is not included in your kit.  It is available for $14.95. 
"Filled with Fun" also finishes 8" x 15" when framed.  Your $14.95 kit includes the pattern, cotton background (the red fabric), wool for applique and 2 small red buttons for holly berries.  If you'd like a thread kit, please let us know when you place your order.

The frame is not included in the kit.  It is available separately for $14.95.
Changing gears from whimsical to elegant.....we are over the top in love with our newest table runner.  We used French General's toweling as the background and think it gives the runner such a polished look.  Your $29.95 kit includes the pattern (with our changes), toweling and wool for applique.  It finishes 16 1/2" x 43".  If you need your runner longer, let us know and we can make a custom kit for you.

If you'd prefer to use your own materials, the pattern is available for $9.
We are excited to share a couple of new books that are right up our primitive alley.  "Autumn Bouquet" by Sharon Keightley contains a mixture of piecing and applique.  The book should arrive mid-September and as soon as we receive it, we'll let you know.  80 pages $25.99
Debbie Busby's new book "Bowl me Over" is filled with so many cute projects.  Any (or all) of these would make great stocking stuffer gifts.   80 pages $22.95

We expect our shipment to arrive around mid-September. 
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we have one of our favorite wall hanging kits, October Garden by Heart to Hand.  The kit includes pattern, background fabric and fabric for the half loops on border (all are Diamond Textile fabrics), wool for applique and binding.  Finishes 36" x 40"
Please note - a few wools have been substituted from the original sample.

We have only 2 kits left.  Please e-mail us at info@sewgracefulquilting.com to claim. 
See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

We're getting in the mood for fall

If you have children or grandchildren who headed back to school, we hope you're in your school routine.  Darlene's granddaughter started first grade this year and is enjoying her back to school structured routine.  For those who haven't any school age kids, you've probably changed your driving routes to avoid the congestion around schools.
Speaking of congestion......if you plan to visit us at the shop be aware the Frisco Festival is going on in downtown Rogers Aug 22-24 and many streets will be blocked and/or congested.  You may want to use an alternate route to avoid the downtown area.

This week we want to share a couple of projects to get you in the mood for fall.  The first, Harvest Blessing, finishes 14" x 14".  We have ours displayed on an Ackfeld table stand but it would be equally nice displayed on the wall.  Your $18.95 kit includes the pattern with our changes, background fabric, stitchery stabilizer, borders, wool for applique and binding.

To order visit our website https://www.sewgracefulquilting.com/, email info@sewgracefulquilting.com or call 479-372-7403.

If you'd like a thread kit of Valdani perle cotton size 12 to complement the kit, please let us know when you place your order.
We were organizing our pattern drawer and ran across out of print patterns by Briarroots Primitives so we decided to make a sample and kits.  Your $19.95 kit for "Hoot the Owl" includes the pattern, background fabric, wool for the applique (please note some wool may vary slightly from the photo) and backing fabric.

The pattern is not available separately.

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One of the handiest gadgets we've seen is the Stash 'n Store.  It's great for storing marking tools, scissors, stilettos, and rulers in an easy to grab upright position.  The silicone pockets are smooth, offer a sturdy grip and it is also simple to clean.  1.5" x 8.25"  $10.95

When you place your order, please let us know your color choice:  mint, pink, gray, aqua, navy, red or ruby. 
Kay will be at the Little Balkans festival and quilt show in Pittsburg KS Aug 30 & 31.  If you'd like her to bring any special item for you, please e-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com NLT Aug 28.

The show will be held in the Memorial Auditorium, 503 N Pine in Pittsburg KS.  Show hours are 9:00-5:00 on Aug 30 and 9:00-4:00 on Aug 31.  For more info visit http://littlebalkansfestival.com/events/quilt-show/
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we have a great book containing patterns for 56 table toppers.  You're sure to find something to inspire you in the 240 pages.  $27.99

To claim, please e-mail us at info@sewgracefulquilting.com.
See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Lots of snowmen

Since we recently endured the hottest day of the year so far, we though we'd begin by sharing a few projects featuring snowmen.

The first project, Aubrey Lou, is just too cute.  We finished ours to fit on a Stix stand but it would be equally cute finished as a pincushion, small wall hanging or a bowl filler.  Your $14.95 kit includes the pattern, background cotton, wool for applique and buttons.  Ours finished 4" wide x 8" tall.  If you'd like a thread kit, let us know.  We'll be happy to pull the same threads we used on our sample.

The Stix are available in 3 heights:  8", 10" or 12" -- each is $4.95. 
Snowball Fun features easy piecing along with wool applique.  Your $64.95 kit contains the pattern by Lynette Anderson, fabrics for the top, borders, wool for applique and binding.  It finishes 43" x 52".

We have only 2 kits left and will not be making more so don't delay if you're interested in buying it.  We do not have the pattern available separately.
Another fun snowman themed quilt is "Bear & Snowman".  If you enjoy doing hand work, this is a great project for you.  The designer has included many embroidery stitches for the wool.  Your $36.95 kit includes the pattern, navy blue background cotton by Primitive Gatherings, wool for applique and binding.  It finishes 21 1/2" x 27 1/2".

We'll be happy to put together a thread kit containing Valdani perle cotton size 12.  Let us know when you place your order and we will get threads pulled.

If you'd prefer to use your own fabrics, the pattern is available separately for $12.95.  
 
The new Rebekah L Smith book is on the way to us.  Rebekah partnered with her daughter Kelsey to create 16 projects using embroidery, rug hooking and punch needle.  Let us know if we can reserve a copy for you by e-mailing info@sewgracefulquilting.com or calling 479-372-7403.  96 pages  $24.95
Kay will be at the Little Balkans festival and quilt show in Pittsburg KS Aug 30 & 31.  If you'd like her to bring any special item for you, please e-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com NLT Aug 28.

The show will be held in the Memorial Auditorium, 503 N Pine in Pittsburg KS.  Show hours are 9:00-5:00 on Aug 30 and 9:00-4:00 on Aug 31.  For more info visit http://littlebalkansfestival.com/events/quilt-show/
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we have a snowman ornament designed by Lynette Anderson.  Your $8.95 "Merry Christmas" kit includes the pattern, stitchery background, and all fabrics needed to complete the ornament.  We've also included a piece of jute to use to make a hanger for your ornament.  We have 2 kits left.  We will be happy to put together a thread kit or you.

If you'd prefer to use your own materials, we have 1 pattern left ($5).

To claim, please e-mail us at info@sewgracefulquilting.com.
See you soon.

Darlene and Debby