Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Lots of Christmas inspiration

The snowfall earlier this week reminded us to remind you of our inclement weather policy.  If the Rogers public schools are closed, the shop will be closed.  If snow is falling or is on the roads, please call us before you make a trip out to the shop.  As you're aware if you've been to the shop, several portions of Pleasant Ridge Road don't get much sun which means melting occurs slowly.

We will have an abbreviated newsletter next week since it's Thanksgiving week so we have a lot to share this week.

Darlene has a very limited amount of stitching time so she chooses her stitching projects carefully.  When she saw the "Bear and Snowman Wall Quilt" she knew it was on her "I absolutely must stitch this" list.  The background is a lovely mottled navy fabric by Primitive Gatherings and the applique is wool.  Each wool shape is beautifully embellished with stitching.  Your $36.95 kit includes the pattern, background cotton, wool for the applique, borders and binding.  The quilt finishes 21 1/2" x 27 1/2".

We'll be happy to put together a thread kit - just let us know you'd like to order one when you place your kit order.
Our shipment of long sleeve t-shirts arrived just in time for holiday gift giving.  These are not the usual thin t-shirts one often know the kind ..... it'll fit a normal person before washing and a 5-year old after washing.  We ordered three yummy colors:  brick, lavender and chalky mint.  Brick and lavender are pictured below - we couldn't get a good photo of chalky mint but think back to the after dinner mints grandma used to keep on her coffee table -- the green is similar.

Shirts are $28.95 each and available in a variety of sizes. 
We received notification this week that effective Jan 1 the price of Valdani perle cotton will increase.  This means the balls will go from $4.95 each to $5.45 each.  Now would be a good time to place an order to fill in holes you may have in your stash.  You can order on line, call Darlene at 479-372-7403 or e-mail ( with your order. 
We're always super excited to see boxes arrive from Quiltmania because they contain magazines filled with inspiration.  The winter issue of Simply Vintage contains 17 projects ranging from pieced quilts to embroidery to wool applique.  If you're on auto ship to receive the magazine, Debby is processing your order today.  If you're not and would like to be, please let us know.  $17.99
We are in awe of the Quiltmania magazine cover quilt.  It would probably take us a long time to make but would be a beautiful addition to our quilt collection.  The magazine is filled with a particularly wonderful selection of projects.  $13.99
Although the Simply Moderne magazine contains contemporary projects, we can visualize all of them in our primitive fabrics.  $17.99
Last but not least, we wanted to share a photo of Kay's progress on the "4 Seasons" table topper project.  Here's a portion of the spring section of the project.  We'll share updates on our Instagram page (sewgracefulquilting) and Facebook (Sew Graceful Quilting).
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See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

New patterns from Designs by Margott

It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is only two weeks from today.  We know many of you get serious about Christmas decorating after Thanksgiving so wanted to share a very quick project to help with decorating.

"Christmas Fun Pillow" was designed by our friend Lynette Anderson.  Your $8.95 kit includes the pattern, all fabrics for the ornament (including backing), stitchery stabilizer and rustic twine for hanging.  It finishes approximately 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".  We'll be happy to put together a thread kit if you'd like.

If you'd prefer to use your own supplies, the pattern is available for $5.
"Autumn Reflection" finishes 14 1/2" x 14 1/2".  Your $36.95 kit includes the pattern, background flannel, wool for applique, binding and backing fabric. 
We received our shipment of patterns by Designs by Margott.  In addition to the patterns we normally carry, we ordered several patterns we haven't stocked before.  You may place your order by visiting our website or calling Darlene at 479-372-7403.

"Moments" finishes 22" x 22".  $18.95
"Silent in the City" measures 29 1/2".  $20.95
"Old Townhouses" contains patterns for the bag (11" x 14" x 6") and the key case (4 3/4" x 3").  $17.95
"Quilt House" measures 8" x 23 1/2".  $13.95
We are working on a sample for 4 Seasons and Warm Wishes.  Once the samples are finished, we will have kits available.  If you'd like to reserve a kit, please e-mail ( or call 479-372-7403.  We anticipate kits will be ready early 2019. 
We realize some of you are reading this while at Quilt Festival in Houston.  If you're there, keep an eye open for new designers -- we'd love to find some new designs.  If you're like us and staying home, you can still enjoy the show by visiting  The quilts winning the big prizes are shown on the website.
If you're like us, you're super motivated to create and stitch.  Hope you're finding some time for yourself.  See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

We're down to only 2 kits

We can't remember a prettier display of leaves than what we've seen this year.  It doesn't seem to matter whether the sun is shining or whether it's cloudy -- the leaves are beautiful.  When Darlene arrived home after work Tuesday, she snapped a pic of the leaves as they swirled around the many packages left on her many wonderful goodies!
We know many of you are disappointed when you miss out on a kit so we wanted to let you know we have only 2 kits left of a couple of great quilts.  They'd make wonderful Christmas gifts.  Both kits contain individual block packages so you don't have to guess what wool goes with what background.  Backgrounds are all homespun fabrics; appliques are all wool.  Both kits contain pattern, cottons and wools for the top, borders and binding.  We'll be happy to help you select a backing fabric for $9.95 per yard.

You can place your order on line by visiting or by calling 479-372-7403 or emailing (

Camp Runamuk finishes 48" x 56".  $159.95
Merrie Christmas by Buttermilk Basin.  Quilt finishes 47" x 47".  $169.95
"My Christmas Gift" is a Sew Graceful exclusive and finishes quickly.  It makes a great table topper for holiday entertaining or a fun wallhanging.  It finishes 42" x 42" and features a holiday fabric designed by Lynette Anderson.  The binding is a cute red check fabric sewn on the bias.  Your $19.95 kit includes the pattern, fabric for the top and binding.  We'll be happy to coordinate a backing fabric for you.
We are taking orders for Kim Diehl's newest publication.  She has created a handy journal, "Simple Reflections:  A Journal for Memories and Musings".  In addition to places to record your thoughts it contains some of Kim's favorite seasonal recipies.  It's a nice size for slipping in your stitching bag or purse (5.25" x 8.375").  112 pages  $14.99

Please note - no patterns are included.
If you're like us, you're super motivated to create and stitch.  Hope you're finding some time for yourself.  See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

We are working on our 2019 schedule

Kay had a nice time in Fort Scott last weekend at our last vending event of 2018 - pretty quilts, beautiful scenery and super friendly people were a great way to close our last road trip of the year.  We are putting together our calendar for 2019.  Email ( if you'd like us to consider your event next year.  We got brave and decided we'd venture out of our area so applied for a spot at the Mountain Quiltfest show in Pigeon Forge Tennessee.  The vendors are juried and unfortunately we were not given a spot......but we aren't giving up on travel outside our little area....
The winter issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine arrived.  The magazine is filled with all sorts of inspiration.  If you're on our auto ship program, you should have received your copy.  If you're not on auto ship and would like to be, e-mail ( or call 479-372-7403 and we'll get you set up.  The issue contains 15 projects (not 16 as stated on the cover).  $9.99
The final installment of Kay's series of tablerunners is in the winter issue of the magazine.  We have kits available for "Frosty Morning".  Your $31.95 kit includes fabric for the top and binding (the entire table runner is cotton).  It finishes 23" x 42".

Please note, the pots are a pretty charcoal/black as shown on the left side of the photo.  For some reason, the right pot photographed gold.  We should get the sample back from the publisher soon so you'll be able to see the real piece at the shop. 
Our website has been updated with Diamond Textiles' Nikko Geo and Kent Chambray lines.  If you need yardage of any of these fabrics, visit our website to place your order  Of course, you can always give us a call and Darlene will be happy to take your order over the phone 479-372-7403.
It's likely some of you are starting to think about Christmas decorating.  This week we have a fun set of primitive ornaments.  They would be pretty on your tree or equally nice tied to gift bags or would make a nice gift for your child or grandchild's teacher......your imagination is the limit on the uses.

Your $24.95 kit includes the winter 2015 issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine, background cottons, wool for applique, 2 wooden hoops and all the buttons needed for the 6 ornaments.  Of course, the magazine contains many other projects to inspire you.
Kay has finished stitching the $10 block of the month sample and we are now selecting fabrics for finishing.  We can't wait to show you the finished product.  See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

New Yoko Saito book

Judging by the large number of out of state license plates we've seen, many people are visiting the area for the annual NW Arkansas craft fairs.  If you're visiting, we hope you'll make plans to fit a stop at Sew Graceful Quilting in your shopping weekend.  As a reminder, we are open extended hours this week:   Thursday (Oct 18) 9:00-3:00, Friday (Oct 19) 9:00-1:00 and Saturday (Oct 20) 9:00-3:00.

We have been huge fans of Yoko Saito's work for many years.  Her use of textured fabrics in subdued tones are right up our alley.  We were super excited to learn Martingale publishing has released a history of her quilting life.  The book is beautifully photographed with dozens of photos of her superb patchwork and applique creations.  The book does not contain any patterns but the photos will certainly inspire you to create.

We are putting together our order for "Yoko Saito Through the Years" and will be happy to include a book for you.  The book is hard cover, 144 pages, $36.99.
We have one pattern set of Yoko's mystery quilt pattern.  You'll receive 3 issues of Quiltmania which contain the entire pattern.  $29.95
Just in time for the Halloween season is our version of "Eek!".  We changed the pattern a bit and added jumbo rick rack.  Your $21.95 kit includes the pattern with our changes, background cotton, wool for applique, rick rack and binding.  Finishes 14 1/2" x 17 1/2"
Another fun Halloween themed piece is "Candy Corn" by Cheri Payne.  Cheri passed away earlier this year so the pattern is out of print.  Your $36.95 kit includes the pattern, fabrics for paper pieced blocks, wool for applique, borders and binding. 
Kay is on her way to Fort Scott for the quilt show.  She's bringing lots of samples as well as several samples to sell.  Below are photos of some of the goodies that are for sale.  If you spot something you'd like us to reserve for you, e-mail or call 479-372-7403 and she can pull it and set it aside for you.
See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

New lap app shipment arrived

It seems like cooler weather has arrived and is here to stay for a while.  We're pretty excited about the cooler temperatures.  The weather for our final vending event of 2018 should be perfect.  Kay will be packing soon for the Pioneer Harvest Fiesta Oct 19-21 so please let us know if you'd like her to bring something specific NLT Oct 16.

If you are like us, we aren't familiar with Kansas so did a quick check of mileage.  Fort Scott is 126 miles from Rogers, 115 from Springfield, 153 from Wichita and 170 from Tulsa -- all easy drives and well worth the trip.

The area craft fairs are also Oct 18-21 in NW Arkansas.  We will be open Thursday (Oct 18) 9:00-3:00, Friday (Oct 19) 9:00-1:00 and Saturday (Oct 20) 9:00-3:00.  We hope you'll make plans to fit a stop at Sew Graceful Quilting in your shopping weekend.
Our $10 block of the month is coming along nicely.  Here's an updated photo.  We officially began taking sign ups last week -- if you told Kay at a show you want to join the block of the month, please send us an e-mail.  We didn't start taking sign ups officially until last week so your name isn't on the list.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

For details about the block of the month, please visit our website
We received a new shipment of Lap Apps.  The base measures 8" x 12" to allow it to sit comfortably on your lap.  It includes 3 thread storage spindles and a very strong magnet to hold needles.  It can be adjusted in multiple directions.  The padded cover is 100% cotton and contains a pocket for scissors.  A sewing pattern to make a replacement cover is also included.

Let us know which fabric cover you'd like us to reserve for you.  Kay will have them at the show next week which will save on shipping costs.  $69.95
Buttons - Scissors - Dots - Spools
Lynette Wash - Lynette Needles - Honeycomb - Buttons
As we were putting away samples from our last event, we realized we are down to one copy of several books.  First come, first served - send us an e-mail to let us know which title(s) you'd like us to reserve.

Another Nice Mix by Gerry Kimmel $20 or Buttonwood Farm by Maggie Bonanomi $24.95
Flannel Gatherings by Lisa Bongean $25.00 or Jo's Floral Album by Jo Morton $14.99
Our kit this week is a Sew Graceful exclusive, Welcome Winter Door Hanger.  It features fabric by Bunny Hill Designs and includes a small amount of wool applique.  Your $24.95 kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, binding and adorable snowman button nose  21" x 39"
Kay is planning to bring several quilts (and whatever else we decide to let go) to Fort Scott to sell. It's not too early to start thinking about holiday gift giving.

See you soon!

Darlene and Debby