Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fall is in the air

Kathy Schmitz' book "Stitches from the Harvest" arrived yesterday.....just in time for the start of fall.  Now if Mother Nature would cooperate and drop our temps just a few degrees and scoot the humidity away.....the weather would feel like fall.  Kathy's book is 80 pages filled with the most charming fall themed projects.  We want to do them all -- now!  If you're not a fan of embroidery, most projects could easily be transformed into wool or cotton applique.  $24.95

Let us know if we can reserve a copy for you (info@sewgracefulquilting.com) or 479-372-7403.  You can also order on line by visiting http://sewgracefulquilting.com/index.html
"The Crow Quilt" is a perfect seasonal wall hanging.  Your $32.95 kit includes the pattern, fabric for the top and binding.  The quilt does not contain any wool.  In addition to the pattern for the crow quilt, the pattern also contains a cardinal and an eagle quilt.
We have one of our favorite quilt kits back in stock.  "Butternut" has a timeless look.  Your $99.95 kit includes the pattern, fabric to make the quilt top and binding.  If you'd like help in choosing a backing fabric, we're happy to assist with that.

The quilt finishes 60" x 74"

Please note a couple of the fabrics used in the original quilt are out of print but Kay chose substitutes that are close matches.
Hopefully you have your calendars marked and are planning to visit Kay at the Town and Country Quilters Guild show Sep 22 or 23 (9:00-5:00).  The show will be held in a new location in the Joplin (MO) Memorial Hall, 212 W 8th Street.  She will have all the items in this newsletter plus tons more to inspire and tempt you.  For more info visit http://www.townandcountryquilters.com/quilt-show

We also invite you to visit the Pryor (OK) Patchers Quilt Guild show Sep 22 or 23 (9:00 - 4:00).  Their show will be held at the Mid America Expo Center in Pryor.  For more info visit http://www.pryorpatchers.com/

Perhaps you can plan to visit Joplin on Friday and plan a road trip to Pryor on Saturday. 
We'll be back next week with more to inspire you.  See you soon.

Darlene and Debby (who is home and happy to be sleeping in her own bed)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wooly Row by Row - we are SO excited!

This recently taken photo proves fall is just around the corner even though the calendar says it'll arrive in a couple of weeks......we just know it's not going to be long before the mornings are chilly and leaves turn the beautiful rich primitive colors we love.
We had such a great time meeting everyone who stopped by the show during Row by Row, we decided to participate in the Wooly Row by Row Experience.  With our love of wool it seems fitting that we share that love with everyone.

The Wooly program differs from the "regular" Row by Row in that you don't have to visit the shop to participate.  Each participating shop designed an 8" x 8" finished wool block with the theme "Basket of Blossoms".  Our block "Basket of Blossoms" is full of beautiful flowers one might harvest from their flower garden.  The program dates are Oct 16 - Dec 15, 2017.  We'll have more details as time draws closer but wanted to give you a heads up.

Meanwhile, you can pre-order a kit for $16.95 (we can't ship until Oct 16).  We also have a Valdani perle cotton #12 thread kit available for $14.  E-mail (info@sewgracefulquilting.com), call 479-372-7403 or visit our website http://sewgracefulquilting.com/ to pre-order.
Several weeks ago we offered Cheri Payne's "Ever Thankful" kit.  At that time, we mentioned Cheri had closed her business because of her battle with cancer.  Before she closed, we were able to buy "Kitty Corn" and now have kits available.  Your $36.95 kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, wool for the applique and binding.  This project is paper pieced.  If you're new to paper piecing or haven't used the technique in a while, we recommend making a practice block with scrap fabric before tackling the kit.

If you missed out on Ever Thankful, we still have kits available.  Your $29.95 kit includes the pattern, background fabrics, wool for applique and binding.
Our Quiltmania magazine shipment should arrive any day.  The fall issues seem to sell out quickly so if you're not on automatic to receive any of the Quiltmania magazines and would like to be, please e-mail (info@sewgracefulquilting.com) or call 479-372-7403.  You can also order on line by visiting http://sewgracefulquilting.com/

Simply Vintage features 22 projects $17.99
The regular Quiltmania magazine contains 128 pages of happiness.  It's also the special 20 year edition.  We expect this will sell out quickly.  $13.99
We don't have a photo of the cover of Simply Moderne #10 but are sure it's filled with lots of inspiration.  $17.99

Please let us know if we can reserve a copy of any (or all) of these Quiltmania magazines.

Before we close we want to remind you of the Discovery Quilters of Shell Knob MO show this Sat & Sun (Sep 16-17).  The show is held at the Shell Knob Elementary School (on Hwy 39 in Shell Knob).  Saturday hours are 9:00-5:00 and Sunday 9:00-3:00.  Admission is $5. 
We'll be back next week with more projects to inspire you.  See you soon.

Darlene and Debby (who is still having a super fun time on vacation) and Kay (who is having a super fun time playing with fabric and wool at the shop)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

New fall projects

Thanks for the outpouring of love and support during the difficult time of saying goodbye to our sweet dad.  Things are settling back to the new normal without him.  Debby is on a well deserved vacation and Kay will be filling in at the shop -- when Darlene and Kay work together there's no telling what new projects they'll come up with.

Before Debby left, she finished the most darling fall project.  Your "If the Shoe Fits" kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, wool for applique, buttons for the shoes, binding and backing fabric.  It finishes 13" x 27" so is definitely something you could have finished and ready for the quickly approaching fall decorating season.  $26.95 for the kit

If you'd prefer to use your own materials, the pattern is available for $9.
Kay's newest pattern "Harvest Home" will fit the large oval trays we have in stock.  Your $36.95 kit includes the pattern, background cotton, wool for applique, backing fabric and rick rack.  If you'd prefer to use your own fabrics, the pattern is available for $10.

Trays are available for $48.  Since additional postage is required, we don't have them on our website.  Please e-mail (info@sewgracefulquilting.com) or call 479-372-7403 and we will quote a shipping cost.
Quiltmania 120 finally arrived.  We were waiting for the children's special issue to be added to our order....the magazines were held up in customs......but they've arrived.  If you're on auto ship, Debby processed your order on Tuesday.  If you're local, your magazine is safely in your folder waiting for your visit.  This issue is packed full of great patterns.  We've included a few of our favorites below.  $13.99
Merrie Christmas kits are back in stock just in time to get you in the mood for cooler weather.  Kits include the pattern, Diamond Textile background fabrics, wool for applique (wools may vary from the photo), borders and binding.  Finishes 47" x 47".  $159.95
As you're making your fall travel plans, be sure to include quilt shows in your travels.  Two great shows will be held Sep 22 & 23.  Both are within easy driving distance from NW Arkansas.

Since we can't be two places at once, we had to make a tough decision and choose one show.  Since we've never been a vendor at the Town & Country show in Joplin, we chose it.  We've heard really positive comments about the new location for the show - Joplin Memorial Hall, 212 W 8th St, Joplin MO.  Show hours are 10:00-5:00 both days.  For more info visit http://www.townandcountryquilters.com/quilt-show

The Pryor Patches show is also Sep 22 & 23 (9:00-4:00 both days) at the Mid America Expo Center in Pryor OK.  For more info visit http://www.pryorpatchers.com/QuiltShow.html
We'll be back next week with more projects to inspire you.  See you soon.

Darlene and Debby (who is somewhere having a super fun time) and Kay (who is planning the next great project)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

New Wool Works magazine is here

It probably comes as no surprise to you that we are a small family owned business.  When minor touch up projects need completed, our family pitches in and helps.  For quite some time we've wanted a quilt block on our building.  When Darlene and Kay were at the Kansas City show they spotted the perfect block.  Before it could be hung, Darlene's son and future daughter-in-law painted the front door.....then hung the block.  We love how it turned out.......now that we've got the nice sign it's time to tackle that awning....baby steps.....
Doing most of the mundane every day tasks ourselves means we occasionally make a mistake.  If you purchased an "Ever Thankful" kit please check it and be sure you have 3 cream background fabrics.  If your kit is short, please e-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com and we'll get fabric right out to you. 
Our shipment of the fall issue of Wool Works magazine arrived.  The collage below shows the magazine cover on the left and projects from the magazine on the right.  $9.99 per issue.

Please e-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com and we'll reserve a copy for you.  You may also visit our website http://sewgracefulquilting.com/ and place an on-line order.
Debby recently designed a fun table topper.  Your $19.95 "Merrily" kit includes instructions to make the top, fabrics for the top and binding.  This is a quick and easy project.  It would make a nice Christmas gift for the person on your list who has everything.
Kay will be soon be packing for the Little Balkans quilt show in Pittsburg KS.  Please let us know by Aug 30 if there's something you would like her to bring.  The show is Sep 1 (9:00-6:00) and Sep 2 (9:00-4:00) at Memorial Auditorium, 503 N Pine, Pittsburg KS.  A quick check of miles shows the distance between Rogers and Pittsburg is 96 miles -- perfect for a day trip with friends.

For more info about the show go to http://littlebalkansfestival.com/
As we mentioned at the beginning of this newsletter, we are a small family owned business.  We know many of you are concerned when we are facing life's challenges.  If you have enough challenges in your life and would prefer not to read about ours, we totally understand. We will close and hope you have a good week.

For the others......our father, Dallas, has fought Parkinson's Disease for many years.  Recently the disease along with dementia has caused some significant physical and mental issues.  This week we made the very difficult decision to have him moved into a hospice facility.  We are spending as much time as possible with him.  Please keep our family in your thoughts.

We'll be back next week with more projects to inspire you.  See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Block of the month openings

Kay had a wonderful time sharing her love of wool applique with the Gone to Pieces quilt guild in Wagoner OK.  Welcome to all the new readers who signed up for the newsletter.  We send a weekly newsletter every Thursday morning, rain or shine.

Last week we promised to share a project that may surprise you.  The table runner "Autumn Song" pictured below contains a variety of sweet appliqued motifs......all the things that bring a smile to our face......but wait......are they actually appliqued?
This is actually a very high quality panel which has been quilted to bring the shapes alive.  To save time, we machine quilted ours but this project would be a great place to practice your hand quilting skills.  Rather than do fine quilting, we'd recommend using Valdani perle cotton to give it a primitive look.  The runner finishes 22" x 44".

A kit containing the panel, backing fabric and binding is $19.95.  If you'd prefer to choose your own backing and binding, the panel is $7.95.
We are down to less than a handful of openings in several blocks of the month so wanted to let you know.

"Spooky Hollow" is a 9 month program ($19.95 per month).  The pattern is sold separately for $20.  Backgrounds are all Diamond Textiles fabrics and the applique is wool.  The quilt finishes 46" x 58".  We have 1 spot left.

Some wools used in the project are hand dyed and may vary slightly from the photograph.
We have 1 spot left in Lynette Anderson's mystery button club, Seaside Town.  Each month for 12 months you'll receive a pattern with hand painted button and fabric to support the pattern.  The quilt is a mystery but Lynette has told us it will measure approximately 34" x 44".

Cost is $22.95 per month.  An optional thread kit is available. 
We have 3 openings left in "Winter Sampler".  The quilt background fabric is from Moda.  Most applique is cotton; berries and a few miscellaneous pieces are wool.  The quilt finishes 60" x 70"

Cost is $24.95 per month - program lasts 12 months.  Cost includes the pattern, background fabric, applique fabric, wool, borders, and binding.

We offer an optional thread kit, stabilizer, wool punch and backing fabric. 
Since we enjoy visiting quilt shows, we like to share information about upcoming shows.  Kay will be vending at the 30th annual quilt show presented by the Little Balkans Quilt Guild.  The show is Fri, Sep 1, 9:00-6:00 and Sat, Sep 2, 9:00-4:00 at Memorial Auditorium, 503 N Pine, Pittsburg KS.  Admission is $5.  For more info, visit http://littlebalkansfestival.com/events/quilt-show/

The Piecemakers Quilt Guild show is Sat, Sep 2, 9:00-5:00 at the North Fork Baptist Church in Eufala OK.  Admission is $5.  For more info contact Carol (csbuckner@hotmail.com). 
See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

It's feeling like Fall

What a surprise as our weather went from sweltering hot to balmy temperatures but we are loving the cooler weather.  It reminds us fall is just around the corner.  This week we'd like to share a couple of fall themed projects to help as you transition from summer to fall decorating.

If you've been a fan of the primitive look for very long you're probably familiar with Cheri Payne (Quilts by Cheri).  We were saddened to learn of Cheri's cancer diagnosis but happy to report the treatments seem to be working.  Cheri closed her web store several weeks ago but before she closed we bought several of the patterns that have been on our "to do" list for many months.

"Ever Thankful" finishes 18" x 19" so is the perfect size for a side table accent or to tuck in a small space in your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom.  Your $29.95 kit includes the pattern, background fabrics, wool for applique, borders, and binding.  Once these are gone, we won't be able to get more.  The pattern is not available separately.
"Happy Jack" is a fun little piece that can be framed, finished as a pillow or as a small wall hanging.  Your $9.95 kit includes the pattern, background cotton and wool for applique.  Please note fabric and wool in the kit is slightly different from the photo below.....but we think you'll be very pleased with our replacement choices. 
Darlene and Tami have been busy playing in the wool dye and have dyed up a pretty batch of wool.  We don't have (and don't plan) to have our wool on our website.  It's an almost full time job keeping the website updated with what is on it -- if you are looking for specific wool, please contact us.  We will be happy to be your personal wool shopper and mail it to you.
We have a full fall schedule of shows so are in preparation mode for them.  Although it only feels like fall, Kay will be at the Gone to Pieces Quilt Guild in Wagoner OK on Aug 14 where she will be sharing her love of working with wool.

We'll be back next week with a new project that we think will surprise you.   See you soon.

Darlene and Debby