Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Wooly fun has begun!

We have a lot to share this week so are going to jump right in.  The Wooly Row by Row Experience began Oct 16.  We're so excited to be a part of this program.  You're probably familiar with the Row by Row program which ran this summer - this is the wool version of the same program.....with a few changes.  Unlike the cotton version program, you don't have to physically visit the shop to participate.  We can mail the pattern, wool kit and thread kit directly to you.

For more info and a list of participating shops visit https://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/wooly.htm

We finished our block "Basket of Blossoms" to fit on an 8" Ackfeld stand. We can't wait to make a second sample and finish it as a journal cover.  If you'd like a pattern, kit and thread kit, please e-mail (info@sewgracefulquilting.com) or visit our website http://www.sewgracefulquilting.com/
Kay has made good progress on "Mary's Farmhouse", our $10 block of the month for 2018.  Starting January 2018, each month for 12 months you'll receive a pattern, background cotton and wool for applique.  During the 12th month, you'll also receive binding.  Cost is $10 per month plus shipping if you can't come to the shop.  There's no finishing kit or additional expense at the end of the program.  We also have an optional thread kit available.

Here's a photo of the quilt with borders in progress.  Finished size will be approximately 36" x 36".

Please give us a call at 479-372-7403 to sign up. 
Every time we look at "Moon Dance" we can't help but smile.  It's quirky but sometimes we enjoy a little quirky.  Ours is framed but it would be equally cute finished as a wall hanging or pillow....or how about a door hanger to great trick or treaters later this month?

Your $21.95 kit includes the pattern, background cotton, wool for applique and buttons for embellishment. 
Another fun fall project is "What a Hoot" by Erin Bush.  Your $28.95 kit includes the pattern, background cotton, wool for applique and binding.  It finishes 15 1/2" x 15 1/2".
The weather is perfect for a road trip to Mountain Home to visit Kay at the Hill 'N Hollows Quilters show.  Distance from Rogers to Mountain Home is 130 miles; you're sure to see some beautiful scenery along the way.  The show starts today (Oct 19) and ends Oct 21.  She's got several brand new projects she's eager to share.  For more info visit http://hillnhollowquilters.com/
If you're planning to visit any of the local craft shows, please plan to stop by and see us at the shop.  We'll be open today (Thurs) and Sat 9:00-3:00.  See you soon.

Debby & Darlene

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

New Mary Koval inspiration book

As we sit at the computer and write this the temperature is a chilly 58 degrees; the skies are cloudy - perfect weather for stitching or snuggling up with a good book.  Of course, our wacky weather will quickly change this weekend with projected temps in the mid-80s; however, we've noticed the warm periods are becoming shorter as we transition into fall.

If you enjoy looking at antique quilts as much as us, we know you'll enjoy Joe & Mary Koval's soon to be released book "Piece by Piece, Our Life with Quilts".  The book is published by Quiltmania so we know it'll be outstanding quality and content.  It's a coffee table book so we suspect will be oversize which may mean additional postage for those who need it mailed.  The book should be out within the next couple of weeks.  We are taking pre-orders now.  $56.95

Please note.....we haven't seen the book yet but indications are it is not a pattern book but a book of inspiration and stories.   It contains 100 photos.
We're very excited Quiltmania decided to reprint Yoko Saito's Mystery Quilt project.  It's a pattern we've studied many times and one which always causes us to smile.  We are putting together an order so let us know if we can reserve a copy for you.  The quilt finishes 56 1/2" x 57".  $29.95
We found a few more patterns so have made more kits for "Boo to You".  Easy piecing and wool applique almost guarantee you'll have this complete in time for fall decorating.  Your $24.95 kit includes the pattern, background cottons, wool for applique and binding. Finishes 14" x 16"
Several people have contacted us about whether we will be at the JQ Hammons Embassy Suites fall craft show next week (Oct 20 & 21).  Unfortunately, we will not have a booth at the show.  We can't be two places at once and chose to vend at the Hill 'n Hollows Quilters guild show in Mountain Home AR.

If you're planning to be in NW Arkansas for the craft shows, please plan to visit the shop Thurs (Oct 19) or Sat (Oct 21) from 9:00-3:00. 
The Hill 'N Hollows Quilters show is Oct 19, 20 (9:00-5:00) and 21 (9:00-4:00) at the Baxter County Fairgrounds (Education Building), 1507 Fairgrounds Drive, Mountain Home AR.  Admission is $5 with children 12 and under admitted free.  For more info visit http://hillnhollowquilters.com/

If you would like Kay to bring a specific item for you, please e-mail (info@sewgracefulquilting.com) by Oct 15.  She will be packing on the 16th and will be sure to include your special requests.  She will have several new projects to share including the newest metal tray mat and an adorable snowman project Debby created.

Below is the guild opportunity quilt.
We'll be back next week with more to inspire you.  See you soon.

Debby & Tami (and Darlene who is traveling and can't wait to cuddle her new granddaughter)

Monday, October 2, 2017

New project in Primitive Quilts Winter 2017 issue

Since the winter issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine will arrive shortly we thought we'd share Kay's project that's contained in the magazine.  "Sparkles" is a fun quilt to make with lots of pretty stitching to add interest.  Darlene's beautiful quilting brought it to life.  The quilt finishes 41" x 43".  We have kits available for $36.95.  Please note you will need the winter 2017 issue of the Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine for the pattern.

Kay used Valdani perle cotton size 12 in colors P2 and O775.  We can include a ball of each in your kit for an additional $4.95 per ball. 
If you'd like to reserve a copy of the winter issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects, please e-mail (info@sewgracefulquilting.com) or call 479-372-7403.  We'll hold a copy for you. 
Speaking of stitching and embellishing.....we have so much fun making Crabapple Hill Designs pieces.  Getting out the box of crayons to color the piece always brings back a flood of childhood memories.  Remember the excitement of getting a new box of crayons?  And how they smelled?  Oh how exciting if the box was the giant one with the built in sharpener!  Such fun and simple times.

Debby did a fabulous job coloring and stitching "When Witches Fly".  Your $22.95 kit includes the pattern, fabric for the top and binding.  It finishes 15" x 16 1/2".  If you'd prefer to use your own supplies, we have the pattern available for $9.95.
Before we close we'd like to share news of two upcoming quilt shows.  The Country Fare Quilters Guild show will be held Oct 20 (9:00-5:00) & 21 (9:00-4:00) at the Claremore Community Center, 2301 N Sioux, Claremore OK.  Admission is $5 and children under 12 are admitted free.  For more info visit http://www.countryfarequiltersguild.org/

Below is a photo of the guild donation quilt. 
The Hill 'N Hollows Quilters show is Oct 19, 20 (9:00-5:00) and 21 (9:00-4:00) at the Baxter County Fairgrounds (Education Building), 1507 Fairgrounds Drive, Mountain Home AR.  Admission is $5 with children 12 and under admitted free.  For more info visit http://hillnhollowquilters.com/

Kay will have a booth filled with all sorts of things to inspire and entice you.  She will also be happy to demonstrate the Apliquick method of applique.  You'll be amazed at the results you can achieve using this method.

Below is the guild opportunity quilt.
We'll be back next week with more to inspire you.  See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Some fun fall projects

Kay had a wonderful time visiting with everyone at the quilt show in Joplin last week.  A lot goes into getting ready for a show.....deciding what to take is sometimes agonizing.  We want to take everything but know space dictates we leave some goodies at home.  Below are photos of the before we load and after set up.  We sometimes wonder just how we are able to cram all those goodies in an SUV!
We are loving these cooler days.....perfect stitching weather.  If you combine simple piecing and rich autumn tones you'll discover "Humble Hands".  The quilt finishes 58" x 70" so is the perfect snuggling under size.  It would be beautiful hung on the wall, draped over the foot of a large bed, as a bed covering for a small bed or neatly folded and tucked among a stack of quilts to add a spark of color.

Your $99.95 kit includes the pattern, fabric for the top and binding.  Please note the pattern is in Quiltmania #115 and the entire magazine is included in the kit. 
Autumn Grace is a quick and fun to stitch project.  Kay hand quilted hers using Valdani perle cotton #12 and the big stitch.  Quick, easy and done.  Your $21.95 kit includes the pattern, background cotton, wool for applique and binding.  Finishes 8" x 12 1/2".  If you'd prefer to use your own supplies, the pattern is available for $10.

You'll receive two designs in the pattern (as shown below).
We shouldn't have to wait much longer for the arrival of Kim Diehl's book "Simple Harvest".  If you've preordered, we have you on the list.  If you haven't preordered, please do so now so you won't miss out on this great book in Kim's unique style. You can e-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com or call 479-372-7403 to preorder.

Simple Harvest includes 19 fall themed project including lap quilts, wall quilts, kitchen towels, sewing notions, place mats and more.  It also includes recipes and decorating tips.  128 pages $28.99
We'll be back next week with more to inspire you.  See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

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)