Wednesday, January 16, 2019

New version of Simply 9 using Diamond Textiles' fabrics

If the forecast holds true, we may be snowed in Saturday and possibly again next Weds.  We have learned to take weather predictions with a grain of salt.....but to always have a project on hand just in case we can't make it out for a day or two.

If you're signed up for our $10 block of the month, Fairytale Cottages, you should have received your first block by now  We were delayed a few days in shipping because our sweet mom was in the hospital with a respiratory infection. She's home now and doing very well.  If you're on the list and haven't received your block, please let us know so we can research the reason.

For more info on the Fairytale Cottages block of the month, please visit our website and then call us at 479-372-7403 to sign up.
Our shipment of Quiltmania magazines arrived. This issue is packed with great patterns and lots of photos from the Houston Quilt Festival and antique quilts of the British Isles.  It also contains the first part of a mystery quilt by Jen Kingwell.  Usually the issue containing the first pattern of a mystery quilt sells out quickly so let us know if we can reserve a copy for you.  $13.99

If you're on auto ship, Debby has processed your order.  If you're not and would like to be, please let us know. 
We also received our shipment of Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine.  17 projects - all for only $9.99

We love the quilt on the magazine cover; however, we want to make it in primitive much fun to take a pattern and make it primitive.
We often get requests for quilts for men.  While this quilt isn't just for men, we think it's a great option for someone who is looking for something less feminine and cutesy.  It's made with Diamond Textiles using our pattern, Simply 9.  It's super simple and quick to make.

Your $64.95 kit includes all the fabric and binding to make the quilt.  The pattern is sold separately for $8.  The quilt finishes 64" x 80"; however, we will be happy to help you select borders or additional fabrics if you'd like to make it larger.  We also have lots of great fabrics for the back and would be happy to help you choose backing fabric.  Backing fabric is $9.95 per yard. 
We have another "last one" kit to share.  This one is perfect for that special friend in your life.  Your $9.95 kit includes the pattern, background fabric and fabric for the heart.  Once it's gone, it's gone so don't delay in letting us know that you want it. 
Stay warm during the Arctic blast that is coming this weekend.  See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

New sewing accessory series

This week we have several odds and ends of things to share with you.  It's been quite a while since we sent a long newsletter so grab your warm drink (because winter has returned) and enjoy.

While the shop was closed, Kay spent a day doing some reorganizing.  After we reopened after the holidays, Darlene's sweet granddaughter spent a couple of days helping so if you smell Pledge it's probably because she dusted everything that wasn't nailed down.

Below are photos of the mustard cabinet with small projects, the newly organized pattern wall and the Ackfeld hanger display. 
While reorganizing we ran across several onsie kits -- once the kit is gone, we won't be making more.  We will be sharing more of these in future newsletters.  Please e-mail us your choice.  If you're not local, we can contact you for payment info or send an invoice.

The week we want to share "French Wrens" by Dawn Heese.  The quilt finishes 40" x 40".  We used a Jo Morton's Gratitude layer cake to make the quilt.  The kit includes the pattern, layer cake and binding.  $52.95
If you have been searching for layer cakes of Jo's "Gratitude" line we have a couple left.  $39 each
The spring issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine should ship soon.  17 projects ranging from needle punch to rug hooking to piecing to applique. $9.99

Let us know if we can reserve a copy for you. 
Kay has created a darling sewing accessories series for the magazine.  The spring issue contains her sewing accessory case.  We love how she incorporated mother of pearl thread holders and needle minders into the project.  Your $46.95 Sewing Accessory kit includes all fabric needed to make the case, wool, stabilizer, twill measuring tape, the mother of pearl thread rings and two needle minders.  The instructions are found in the spring issue of Primitive Quilts magazine which must be purchased separately.

The photos below do not show the needle minders -- they're under the charcoal wool.  You'll see clear photos of them in the magazine.
If you'd like additional needle minders, we have them available for $9.50 each.  Let us know if you'd prefer Bee - the bee - or Buzz - the hive - (or both).  Unfortunately, the mother of pearl thread rings are no longer available so we don't have extra to sell. 
Jon our Moda man stopped by on Weds with lots of new fabric.  We have to admit it was kind of overwhelming to be looking at Christmas fabric right now.  The fabric world runs about 6 months ahead of time so we ordered fabric to be shipped in June.  We'll share some photos once the fabric is updated on the Moda site.

We'd seen the new panels Moda is offering in the catalog but were quite shocked when we saw how large the image actually was once printed.  Notice the water bottle to the right of the panel to give you an idea of the scale.....this little snowman was huge! 
One other item before we close......Kay will be in Ponca City OK Feb 4 for a wool trunk show and Feb 5 for a wool workshop.  For more info please contact Colleen Patterson 580-761-4293. 
See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

New primitive stitching group is forming

Welcome 2019!  We're happy you're here and hope the new year is filled with health and happiness.  We realize many are still enjoying time with family and friends so will keep the newsletter short again this week....but we have a couple of items we just can't wait to share with you.

We are super excited to share the news that we have kits ready for the "Four Seasons" table topper.  Your $54.95 kit includes all fabric to make the topper (including the tabs), wool (the birds and rabbit are wool), backing fabric and binding.  The quilt finishes 30" in diameter.

The pattern is sold separately for $22.95.
Kay has wanted to start a primitive group for several years and decided 2019 is the year to kick it off.  So....every Thursday beginning Jan 10 will be devoted to anyone with a love of the primitive look.  If you're a quilter or rug hooker or needle puncher who just can't get enough of the primitive look, make plans to join us each Thursday 10:00-12:00ish.  We have a refrigerator so you're welcome to bring drinks and food and make a day of it.

It'll be a time to enjoy each other's company -- no formal class, no fee to join, no need to make a reservation. 
We will be back next week with more to inspire and some shop photos after our new year tidy up.  See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Happy New Year!

We know many of you are still in the holiday mode (as are we) so we will keep this short and sweet.  As a reminder, we will be open regular hours beginning Jan 1.  Darlene and Kay will be minding the shop Jan 1 & 3 so why not make plans to pop over and catch up with them.

Although we don't know what's behind the door to 2019, we hope the year holds health and happiness for you and your family.  We have several new projects on the drawing board for next year.

Thank you for your support and your friendship.  See you next year!
Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Last minute gift items

This week we'd like to share a couple of great last minute gift ideas.  Gift certificates are a great way to let someone know you're thinking of them.  We're happy to mail them to your loved one.  They are available in any denomination. 
I'm sure we all can agree that a fun new pillowcase makes us smile.  These are perfect for the young and young at heart.  Kit includes the pattern and fabric to make one standard size pillowcase.  $12.95
Each year Moda fabrics sends us a Christmas present.  Sometimes it's a calendar, sometimes some little stitched item, sometimes an ink get the idea.....some little something that probably gets stuck in a drawer.  This year they've gone above and beyond and sent us a quilting themed wall clock.  Apparently the interest has been so high that they've agreed to make them available on a limited basis for everyone.

So.....we are taking orders for wall clocks.  They should ship to us in April.  We'll need you to e-mail ( or call (479-372-7403) your order by Jan 1.  We will need to know whether you prefer the aqua version or the multicolor version (or both).  Cost is $19.95 each. 
Just a reminder -- we will close Dec 23-31.  We will reopen Jan 1.  Darlene and Kay will be minding the shop and hope you'll make plans to stop in for a visit.....we promise we won't even mention football games.

We wish each of you a wonderful holiday.
See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Gift ideas for all the quilters on your list

Yikes!   How can Christmas be less than 2 weeks away??!  We have our holiday decorations up and are looking forward our holiday tradition of baking cookies with the grandkids.  To allow us family time, we will be closed Dec 25-Dec 31.  We will reopen Jan 1 - we know several of you enjoy getting out of the house on New Years' Day so plan to join us then.

The winter issue of Wool Works magazine arrived.  It contains 13 projects and 4 special articles.  If you're on auto ship, Debby is processing your order.  If you're not and would like to be, e-mail ( or call 479-372-7403.  You can also place your order by visiting
A lap app makes a great gift for yourself or a special stitching buddy.  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.  $69.95

If you can't make it to the shop, please give us a call at 479-372-7403 and we'll discuss available fabric cover choices.  We're happy to ship your lap app.
If you're been around the quilting world for long you are probably familiar with the name Alex Anderson.  She is personally working with RNK Distributing to create quilting products made specifically for quilters.  We're so excited to be carrying her line of rulers.  These rulers are available only at small Mom & Pop stores.

These are our absolute favorite rulers......those who know us know we won't promote a product we don't believe in.  Each ruler contains a nonslip coating that absolutely, positively keeps the ruler from shifting.  Rulers feature easy to read lines for marking and measuring fabric in 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 1" increments.  Rulers also have multiple angles marked and can be read from right to left and vice versa.

We have 5 sizes available:
  • 3" x 12" $16.99
  • 6" x 24" $31.95
  • 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" $27.99
  • 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" $23.99
  • 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" $37.99
Our $10 block of the month for 2019, Fairytale Cottage, is starting in just a few weeks.  The quilt is finished except for quilting (the tabs will be added after quilting -- that's why they're just pinned to the design wall).  Background fabrics are all Diamond Textiles fabrics and the applique is wool.  The quilt finishes 25" x 34".

The pattern is required and is sold separately ($21.95).  Each month for 12 months, you'll receive background fabric and wool.  During the first month, you'll receive stitchery stabilizer for the entire program.  Your borders will be included during the 12th month shipment.  No finishing kit is required.

For more info, visit our website  When you're ready to sign up, give Darlene a call at 479-372-7403.......a block of the month subscription makes a wonderful gift.
Before we close we want to offer one final gift idea for the quilter who has everything....Jane Lury's book "Meanderings of a Quilt Collector" contains over 200 photographs in 320 pages.  It's a hard cover, coffee table type book filled with stories of collecting and historical data.  $56.95
We'll be back next week with a couple more last minute gift ideas.  Until then, we hope you are enjoying this wonderful season.  See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

More great holiday gifts

Thanks to everyone who stopped by last Saturday for our holiday open house.  It was great seeing everyone.  Judging by the number who enjoyed Sharon's wool Christmas tree demo, there's lots of pretty wooly trees in the area.  We have more wooly tree kits and are happy to mail them if you can't stop by.  Kits are $24.95.

We are so embarrassed......last week we featured a kit by Lynette Anderson but described the wrong all three of us missed that is beyond us......anyway, here's the correct info.  We have 2 Anderson's Farm kits available.  Your $199.50 kit includes the patterns with full size templates, fabrics for the top (there's a little wool on the quilt which is also included), borders, binding and hand painted buttons.  The quilt finishes 34" x 48".
If you need a quick and easy Christmas quilt, the Pine Tree Strip Quilt is for you.  It's made using a jelly roll and a background fabric.  It's a super easy easy that it was the first quilt made by Erin B. Thanks for loaning us the sample Erin!

Your $64.95 kit includes the pattern, jelly roll, background fabric, borders and binding.  The quilt finishes 57" x 62". 
We love the simple look of a two color quilt so were very excited to receive our copy of "Red and White Quilts".  Fourteen of today's top designers share their version of quilts using red and white fabrics.  Authors include Lisa Bongean, Kim Diehl, Sue Dailey, Jen Kingwell and many others.  The book includes vintage as well as modern quilts in techniques from patchwork to applique to English paper piecing.  112 pages.  $27.99
Our final project this week, "Glad Tidings", contains one of our favorite Biblical passages. The wording is stamped on sandcastle fabric so you can begin stitching as soon as you receive your kit.  Your $29.95 kit includes the prestamped fabric, thread, needle, border fabrics from Primitive Gatherings, binding and the star button.  The quilt finishes 17 1/2" x 20 1/2".

If you'd prefer to use your own border and binding fabrics, the prestamped fabric, needle & thread kit is available for $18. 
Judging by the weather reports, we may get snow Friday and Saturday.  If that's the case, please call the shop before you make a trip out.  479-372-7403
Darlene and Debby