Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Malgorzata Jenek's designs are now available at Sew Graceful

We won't open with a weather report because we are quite sure you are getting as weary of the hot weather as least the 90 plus daily temps match weather we should expect the middle of July.

We are super excited when we find new designers.  About a year ago we discovered Malgorzata Jenek's designs; Kay promptly made two of her quilts:  All Those Simple Things & Scraps of my Life.  We have decided to add to our selection of Malgorzata's patterns.  This week we want to share the patterns we now have in stock.

We are working to make samples and will keep you updated as we finish each one.

All patterns include full size templates and detailed instructions.

It's hard to choose a favorite but the "Four Seasons" table quilt ranks very high on our favorites list.  It finishes 30" in diameter.  $22.95
"Tuscany" finishes 61" x 49"  $24.95
The "Quilted Diary" is filled with objects sure to bring a smile to you.  It finishes 57" x 51".  $24.95
"The Pillowcase Collection" is a set of 4 pillows.  They look wonderful finished as pillows but would be equally nice finished as small quilts.  $22.95
The next pattern contains patterns for 2 sewing pouches, a needle holder and an IPad Cozy.  Each piece is beautifully detailed.  Your "3 Sewing Patterns & IPad Cozy" pattern is $22.95.
"The Fairytale Cottages" is a darling wallhanging quilt featuring the Nikko fabric line from Diamond Textiles.  It finishes 34 1/4" x 25 1/4".  $21.95
We love how Malgorzata finished her "Best Friends" wallhanging.  Notice the trees along the top.  It finishes 23 1/4" x 34 1/2".  $20.95
We've been itching to start on "Warm Wishes".  It's such a beautiful winter themed quilt.  It finishes 55" x 55".  $24.95
We have patterns and kits for "All Those Simple Things" which finishes 45 1/2" x 35 1/2".  Patterns are $17.95 and the fabric pack is $46.95.
"Scraps of my Life" finishes 47" x 51 1/2".  The pattern is available for $27.95.  A fabric kit which includes all fabric needed to make the quilt top is available for $74.95.
All items are available by going to our website or by calling Darlene at 479-372-7403.  We'll be back next week to share more to inspire you.  See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Harvest Time kits are ready

We're so excited to share the 3rd in Kay's series of table runners (or wall hangings) featured in Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine.  "Harvest Time" contains our favorite fall object -- pumpkins.  The cream pumpkins are actually creamy, not stark white as this photo shows (we obviously are not trained in the art of photography).  Your $36.95 kit includes all fabric needed to make the top and binding.  The pattern is not included in the kit.  It is found in the fall issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine.

Each table runner in the series finishes 23" x 42" which makes changing them out for the season super easy.  The kit for the spring runner, Bees in the Meadow, is available for $38.95.  The summer runner kit, High on the Hilltop, is $28.95.  Patterns are not included in the kits -- you will need to purchase the corresponding issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine.
Our shipment of Primitive Quilts & Projects magazines should arrive shortly.  If you'd like us to reserve a copy for you and/or a Harvest Time kit, please e-mail ( or call 479-372-7403.  You also can order by going to our website

Magazine cost is $9.99.
The next project would be a great vacation take along project since the design is entirely embroidery.  Your $24.95 "Love is Patient" kit includes the pattern, background fabric, Valdani perle cotton #12 for stitching, binding, backing fabric and specialty rick rack.

It finishes 15 1/2" x 20. 
Next week we hope to share news of books that will be coming soon.  Meanwhile, we hope you are finding some quiet time for sewing before the hustle and bustle of back to school begins.  See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Summer Sewing

You're probably thinking the same thing as us -- where did the first half of 2018 seems like just a few weeks ago we were planning 2018 events.  We hope you had a safe and fun 4th of July.  We enjoyed a quiet celebration with family.

We love it when people share their version of our patterns.  Amy Louise Deen used Kay's "Picnic in the Park" pattern to create her beautiful version of the quilt.  Her mom chose the red fabric for the larger squares; she used her very first jelly roll for the small squares.....what wonderful memories this quilt contains!

If you would like to share your version of our patterns, please e-mail photos to or post on our Facebook page Sew Graceful Quilting.
If you'd like to make your own Picnic in the Park quilt, we have kits in the original colorway available.  Your $83.95 kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top and binding.  The quilt finishes 57" x 57".
Most of you realize we often change patterns to make them unique.  When Debby saw Bonnie Sullivan's "Itty Bitty Button Pictures" she knew she was going to make some changes.  The pattern suggests each piece be individually framed in a 4" x 6" frame.  She sewed them together to create a darling wall hanging which finishes 16 1/2" x 17".

Your $26.95 kit includes the pattern, background cottons (we used Diamond Textiles), wool for applique, borders, binding and buttons (there's lots of buttons).  Let us know if we can reserve a kit (or two) for's not too early to begin thinking about holiday gift giving.
We will keep this short as we know many of you are traveling and hanging out with family.  We'll be back next week.  See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Friends for Christmas block of the month

Kay had a great time at the show in Wichita last week.  She came home with dozens of photos of quilts to share with us.....we can see why she returned full of energy and inspiration after seeing so many pretty quilts.  Several people stopped by the booth asking where we plan to be the next few months so we thought we'd share our schedule for the remainder of the year.
Edmond OK - Aug 3 & 4
Pittsburg KS - Aug 31 & Sep 1
Benton AR - Sep 21 & 22
Fort Scott KS - Oct 19 - 21
Kay will be presenting a wool trunk show at the Little Rock Guild Oct 8

We are super excited to share our newest block of the month, Friends for Christmas by Lynette Anderson.  Our version uses primarily Jo Morton fabrics which give it a rich timeless look.  The block of the month will start this August and run for 7 months.

Each month you'll receive a pattern with full size templates, fabric for the block and buttons for eyes (if applicable).  During the 7th month, you'll receive border fabrics and binding.  Cost is $26.95 per month (plus shipping if you're not stopping by the shop to pick up your block).

To sign up give Darlene a call at 479-372-7403.  She will need your mailing address, phone number, e-mail address and method of payment.
Our newest kit, Star of Wonder, was a huge hit in Wichita.  Your $15.95 kit includes the pattern, background fabric and wool for applique.  We framed ours in an 8" x 10" frame as suggested by the designer and couldn't be happier with the result.

We stitched our piece with Valdani perle cotton #12.  Let us know if we can put together a thread kit for you.
The summer issue of Punch Needle & primitive Stitcher magazine is packed full of projects to appeal to a wide variety of readers.  This issue contains 15 projects as well as the usual article spotlighting a shop.  $8.99........if you do the math you'll find that's only 59 cents per design......what a deal!
We are working on more new samples to inspire you.  We'll be back next week.  See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

We are crazy about snowmen!

It's been so hot lately that we thought it would be fun to think cool thoughts this this newsletter is filled with kits featuring snowmen.  We must admit these are just a few of the many snowman kits we have available.  We kinda have a thing for snowmen!

"Here I am Lord" is our newest kit.  It finishes 13" x 14 1/2".  Your $19.95 kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, wool for applique, binding, backing fabric and snowflake buttons.  If you'd prefer to use your own materials, the pattern is available for $8.
"Rosie" is mostly pieced with a little applique.  Jane H made our sample and used Soft Fuse and a blanket stitch for the applique.  Your $29.95 kit includes the pattern, all fabrics for the top and binding.  It finishes 18" x 24".  The pattern also includes a larger version snowman (25" x 36") - we'll be happy to put together fabrics if you'd prefer to make the larger version.

If you'd prefer to use your own supplies, the pattern is available for $9.50.
"Snow Buttons" by Little Red Button Company is absolutely too adorable.  It finishes 10" x 12".  Your $24.95 kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, binding, buttons and backing fabric.  If you'd prefer to use your own supplies, the pattern with buttons is available for $12.95.
Lynette Anderson's "Snowball Fun" was super fun to make.  It features fabrics by Primitive Gatherings along with wool applique.  The quilt finishes 43" x 52" so is a nice wall hanging size.  Your $64.95 kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, wool for applique and binding. 
The final piece we want to share this week is "O Deer" which was designed by Erin Bush.  Your $33.95 kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, wool for applique, binding and darling hand painted Lynette Anderson button.  It finishes 14" x 14" and fits nicely on an Ackfeld stand. 
Row by Row begins today and runs through Sep 4.  You must physically visit each shop to get your free pattern (or to purchase a kit).  Once the program ends, the patterns and kits go into hibernation for approximately a month.  After hibernation, we are able to mail kits.

For a complete list of participating shops and more information, visit
Kay is all set up at the Common Threads Quilt show in Wichita KS.  She "convinced" her sweet husband to accompany her so if you see a strange man in the Sew Graceful booth, it's just Mike pitching in to help our small business.  The show is June 21-23, 10:00-5:00 at the Century II Expo Hall.  Visit for additional information.
We'll be back next week.  See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Block of the Month update

We have a lot to share this week so will jump right into it.  First, we want to update the status of our blocks of the month programs.  Several are almost full......we will not be doing any additional cuttings on any of these programs so once they're gone, they're gone.

To reserve your spot, email  If you're not a current customer, we will follow up to get your mailing address (if you're not local) and payment info.

Mary's Farmhouse - 4 spots left
Each month for 12 months you'll receive a pattern, background fabrics and wool for applique (the cream backgrounds are cotton). If an embellishment is required, it will also be included. During the 12th month, you'll receive binding in addition to the regular monthly kit. No finishing kit is required.

Cost per month is $10 plus shipping.
Optional but recommended items include thread pack, Soft Fuse, needles and brown pigma pen.
The quilt finishes approximately 36" x 36".
Midnight Silhouette by Blackbird Designs - 6 spots left

Each month for 11 months you'll receive a fabric packet to make pieced stars or a portion of the applique.  Binding will be included with your 11th month block.  No finishing kit is required. Cost per month is $19.95 plus shipping.
The pattern is sold separately for $12.95. The quilt finishes 68" x 84".
Christmas Tree Skirt - 1 opening left (2nd cutting)

The photo below shows the original tree skirt we made.  Some of the fabrics are out of print so we have made substitutions. 
This program runs for 9 months. Each month you'll receive a pattern, wool for applique, black wool for applique background and flannel or homespun fabric for the background. At the end of the program, you'll have all the fabric to make the quilt top and binding.  We modified the pattern and added a manger scene - your kit will include pattern and material for the manger scene.

Cost per month is $19.95 plus shipping.
Simply Vintage by Blackbird Designs - 12 openings left

This program runs 9 months.  Cost is for background fabrics, wool for applique borders and binding. No finishing kit is required. This program runs 9 months. Cost per month is $26.95.

The pattern is available in Blackbird Designs' "Simply Vintage" book and is sold separately for $26.95. We have reduced the template sizes and you will be responsible for reducing your templates (we will provide the percentage amount of reduction). We also have made changes to the pattern and will provide those changes to you.

The quilt backgrounds are all Diamond Textiles cottons and the applique is wool. Quilt finishes 59" x 59".
Before we move from the block of the month topic, we want to share Patricia DeCerbo's Mary's Farmhouse blocks.  She's added a lot of embroidery and some of her own wool to make the quilt her own.  We absolutely love what she's doing. 
The summer issue of Simply Vintage arrived this week.  As always, it's packed full of inspiration.  $17.99

If you're on auto ship, Debby processed your order Tuesday so your magazine should be arriving shortly.  If you're not on auto ship and would like to be, send an e-mail to or call Darlene at 479-372-7403.
Quiltmania's Simply Moderne magazine also arrived.  Although we aren't modern pattern quilters, we love to challenge ourselves and translate a modern quilt into a primitive look.  $17.99
A couple of years ago Kay had the brilliant idea of making Heart to Hand's "My Kitty Cat Says" quilt and offering it as a block of the month.  One thing led to another and she recently discovered the blocks she had made.  She decided to go another route and finished the blocks she had made into pillows, a book bag, a pin cushion and a table mat.

She's written finishing instructions in case you prefer to make individual items.  The quilt pattern with the alternative finishing is $9.95.  Incidentally, the pattern is no longer available so once we sell our stock we will not be able to get additional patterns.

The first photo below shows the quilt; the second photo shows the individually finished items.  Moral of the story -- it's OK to change your mind during your quilting journey.
Kay will be packing for the Common Threads Quilt show soon.  Please let us know NLT Jun 15 if there is an item(s) you'd like Kay to bring.  The show is June 21-23, 10:00-5:00 at the Century II Expo Hall in Wichita KS.  Visit for additional information.
We'll be back next week with some cool projects to inspire you.  See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Travel projects

What an odd spring we've had!  April made it into the record books because of record setting cold and now it appears May will be in the records books as the second hottest May on record.  All the nice 3/4 sleeve blouses we'd moved into our summer closet have been pushed to the back to make room for sleeveless blouses.

This week we'd like to share a project that's perfect for summer travels.  E-I-E-I-O by Bits by Joan is the perfect take along project.  We prepped our project and took it along on our vacation.  Your $15.95 kit includes the pattern, background cotton, wool for applique (including the black wool background), binding and backing fabric.

We have ours displayed on a rotating metal stand which is available separately for $48.95.  We're including several photos to show the stand clearly. 
As you're putting together your summer stitching travel kit, why not include a tube of Roxanne Glue Baste It in the new Dip and Dab Bottle. It's the perfect travel size (.12 ounce) and contains the same great Roxanne's glue as in the large bottle.  It's 100% water-soluble, dries in minutes, holds firmly until you want to loosen it, and does not feel stiff when dry. Contains no dyes or waxes or harmful chemicals and is pH neutral. Best of all, the bottle is refillable.  $3.25 per tube
Many of you know we love to design our own projects.  In this and future newsletters, we will feature some of our designs.  The first project we want to feature is Kay's "Wild Coxcomb" pattern.  Your $74.95 kit includes the pattern, all fabric to make the quilt top, borders and binding.  The quilt finishes 60" x 60".  If you'd prefer to use your own fabrics, the pattern is available for $12.

Some fabrics in the kit will differ from the original quilt.  Originally we used a primitive muslin fabric but due to quality concerns, we substituted Primitive Gatherings' primitive muslin and are very happy with the results.

Wild Coxcomb was the first pattern approved for inclusion in Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine.  Since then, Kay has had many projects published in the magazine.

If you'd like a kit (or pattern), you can visit our website, e-mail ( or call 479-372-7403.  Kay will also have kits and patterns at the shows in Tulsa and Wichita.
Don't forget about the Green Country Quilters Guild show Friday and Saturday (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.  Kay packed some new samples and can't wait to share them with you.

For more info, visit
We'll be back next week with more to inspire you.  See you soon!

Darlene and Debby