Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Birthday party particulars

There are many things we love about having our shop in the country.  We enjoy watching wildlife and the seclusion.  One thing we absolutely do not like is when we have to call for a repair.  We have been without internet for over a week but have high hopes of being back on line later today.  We mention this to let you know if you've e-mailed and we haven't responded it's because we haven't been able to answer.
As we mentioned last week, we thought it would be fun to have an entire week of birthday celebrations.  It's hard to believe we have been open 10 years but it's been 10 years filled with enjoying what we do.  We look forward to 10 more years. 
Here's our specials for the entire week (Jan 25-Feb 1 - we will be open regular hours Jan 25, Jan 2, Jan 30, Feb 1).  Specials are for in store purchase only. 
We have a lot of skinny bolts and want to clear them out -- finish the bolt and receive 25% off the total cost.  This is a great opportunity to stock up on backing fabrics for all those unquilted tops you likely have laying around.  Sale applies to cotton fabric only, no wool.
All precent cotton fat quarters - $2 each - no wool fat quarters
Select kits - 30% to 50% off marked price
Select magazines and patterns - prices drastically reduced -- some as low as $1 each
Scrap bags - 25% off the marked price
One reminder - the marked price on most of our fabric is $9.95 per yard so a discount of 25% brings the price to $7.46 per yard.  That's a great price for quilt shop quality fabric. 
These pictures were taken almost 10 years ago......
......and these are current pics......we have been busy these past years.
Debby said she had a lot of fun stitching "Snow Sampler" designed by Kathy Schmitz.  Your $19.95 kit includes the pattern, fabric for the top, binding and backing fabric.  Kathy framed her stitched piece but we chose to quilt and bind ours.  Finishes 9" x 11".  If you'd like us to include a ball of the valdani thread we used, let us know when you place your order.

If you'd prefer to use your own materials, the pattern is available separately for $9. 
The current issue of Quiltmania magazine arrived and we absolutely adore the cover quilt.  We love it in blue but can also see it in red/cream or black/cream or perhaps in Diamond Textiles which would give it a primitive look.

The cover price of all Quiltmania magazines has increased because of rising costs from paper to transportation costs.  The regular Quiltmania magazine is now $14.99 (it was $13.99).

If you're on auto ship, Debby is processing your order (once our computers are back on line).  If you're not on auto ship and would like to be, please let us know by e-mailing or calling 479-372-7403. 
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring a kit any kitty lover will adore.  We've seen dozens of people smile knowingly when they see our "Home is where the Cat Hair" sample.  Unfortunately, the designer has chosen to discontinue this cute wall hanging.  Your $18.95 kit includes the preprinted sandcastle fabric, border fabrics, binding, perle cotton and a needle.  Please note the border fabrics may vary from those pictured.

We have only a couple of kits left so don't hesitate if you want this one. 
See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

New Jan Patek block of the month

You probably say the same thing about cooky weather where you live but.....temps in the 60s today with rain tomorrow and temps dropping to the 20s following by possibly freezing rain and snow Saturday but highs in the 40s on Sunday.  It's no wonder we dress in layers.

We are super excited to share our newest block of the month, Sleigh Bells designed by Jan Patek.  We liked Jan's pattern but once we started making it decided we didn't enjoy making the template pieced trees and houses..... did what we often do and changed the pattern.  Our version is entirely appliqued without any template piecing.  Our version finishes 68 1/2" x 78 1/2".

We are offering this as a block of the month beginning Feb.  Each month for 8 months you'll receive fabric to make a block or row along with a schematic showing the use of each fabric.  During the 8th month, you'll receive fabric for the borders, binding and buttons to complete the snowman pail faces.  You'll also receive our changes. The book, Sleigh Bells, must be purchased separately.  The book cost is $18.99.

The block of the month cost is $21.95 per month for 8 months.

If you are currently in one of our blocks of the month, Debby is happy to combine shipments to save postage costs.  Please e-mail and let us know you'd like to be added to the program.

If you haven't been in one of our blocks of the month, please call 479-372-7403 and we will get you signed up.  We will need your name, address, phone number, e-mail and method of payment (VISA, MC, Discover, AMEX). 
We've had a chance to make more kits of one of our most popular embroidery projects - Yard of Snowmen.  Our sample is stitched with red Valdani perle cotton size 12 but since we've had several requests for it in blue we have also made kits using blue thread.

Your $28.95 kit includes the pattern, stitchery fabric, binding and a ball of Valdani perle cotton thread all in a nice zipper project bag.  If you're ordering on line choose either the red or blue version.  If you're calling us to place your order, let us know which colorway you'd prefer.
We received Karen Styles' newest book, Seams like Yesterday from Quiltmania.  The book is typical of Quiltmania books -- beautifully illustrated with clearly written instructions.  The book contains patterns for 15 quilts and has 8 pages of full size templates.  168 pages

The cost is $51.99.  If you do the math, you'll discover that's only $3.47 per pattern.
It's hard to believe it is almost time for our birthday party.  This year for our celebration we have decided that rather than make it a one day event that we will celebrate the entire week Jan 25 through Feb 1 on the days we are regularly open (Jan 25, Jan 28, Jan 30, Feb 1).  We hope you'll mark your calendars and plan to join the fun.

We're still working on our celebration plans but wanted to give you some advance notice. 
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring two books about barn quilts.  Both books contain a wealth of information along with color photos.  Each is $29.95 or buy both for $49.95. 
See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2020 is off with a bang

Can you believe it's been 20 years since all the anxiety about what would happen to computers when the calendar turned to 2000?  A lot has happened in the past 20 years but we are eagerly anticipating what will happen in 2020.  We are excited to continue to bring you fun and inspiring projects.

We hope lots of happiness is waiting at the top of your staircase. 
Debby has been working to get our newest club underway.  Our "Tea Towel of the Month" club is going to be so much fun.  Each month Debby will stitch a new sample.  We'll share it with you and you can choose whether to purchase or not.  If you know you'll want them all, we're happy to automatically reserve a kit for you.

The first "Baby it's Cold Outside" pretty much sums up our feelings about the weather lately since it's been so blustery cold since Christmas.  Your $11.95 kit includes the pattern and tea towel.  If you'd like us to put together a thread kit containing Valdani perle cotton size 12, let us know when you place your order. 
Kay spent some time over the holidays at the shop moving, restocking and generally tidying up.  Here's the display by the check out stand.  We love how the tea towel is the featured sample. 
Several months ago we offered the last of our stock of Blackbird Designs' Simply Vintage book.  Someone asked us to hold a copy but decided they no longer want it so we have one more copy available.  Please e-mail if you'd like it.  $29.95
Our 2020 $10 block of the month, Blackbird Gathering has officially started.  The quilt is a combination of wool applique on cotton backgrounds along with some easy pieced blocks. At the end of 12 months, you'll have a quilt top, borders and binding. The cost is $10 per month (plus shipping) for 12 months.
The pattern which was in the 2017 issue of Simply Vintage magazine is sold separately for $17.99. When you sign up, please let us know whether you need the magazine.
The quilt measures 34 1/2" x 39 1/2".
We are also offering some optional items. Please let us know if you want us to include any (or all) with your first month's shipment.
  • Thread kit containing Valdani perle cotton #12 - Month 1 - $25, Month 3 - $2, Month 5 - $1, Month 7 - $2
  • Soft Fuse - $19.95 per roll
  • Crazy Quilt Stitches Pocket reference guide - $4.95 (we refer to this guide for several stitches we included on the project)
To sign up, please e-mail ( or call 479-372-7403.  We'll need your name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail and method of payment (VISA, MC, AMEX or Discover).
To close this first newsletter of the new year we thought you might enjoy some photos of the display inside our front door. 
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring Church Cat by Cheri Payne.  We have only one kit left.  The designer passed away so the pattern is out of print so once it's gone, it's gone forever.  Your $38.95 kit includes the out of print pattern, background cotton, wool for applique, borders, binding and buttons for eyes (buttons will vary). Some fabrics may vary slightly from the photo.  Finishes 18" x 31"
We'll be back next Thursday with more to inspire you.  We are almost finished with a new block of the month and can't wait to see what you think about it.  See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Last minute gift ideas

It's hard to believe we are approaching the end of 2019.  This will be our last newsletter of the year since Christmas is next week.  We will be closed Dec 22 - Jan 1 to enjoy some time with family and friends.  We also plan to take a day to do some cleaning and reorganizing at the shop.

The first kit we want to share is for those who love to embroider.  "Heart of Christmas" contains patterns for 3 hearts.  Your $12.95 kit includes the pattern for all three hearts, stitchery fabric and backing fabric for one heart and a red star button. 
We had a few extra minutes with nothing to do so did one of our favorite mindless tasks and looked at the Moda website for new products.  We couldn't wait to call Kay and let her know Aurifil now has a gorgeous assortment of 80 weight thread.  She's been using it for hand applique and loves it -- the stitches are almost invisible.  So......if you want to treat yourself to a super special gift, let us know and we'll get an assortment ordered for you.  The Moda warehouse is closed through Christmas but the order will be waiting for them to process upon their return.

45 spools of 100% cotton thread, 306 yards per spool, $360 for the entire set
The next kit, Snow Angels, features one of our favorite winter themes -- snowmen, of course.  The designer designed these cute snowmen as ornaments, each holding a letter to spell out "Joy".  We thought it would be cute to change the pattern and create a wallhanging featuring the little guys spelling out Joy.  Your $32.95 kit includes the pattern with our changes, cotton fabrics by Lynette Anderson, wool for applique and binding.

Quilt finishes 22 1/2" x 22 1/2".
If you need a last minute stocking stuffer how about a cute metal tin with a hinged top?  These little tins are the perfect size to tuck in your stitching bag, purse or pocket.  We keep one in our stitching bag containing a small bottle of Roxanne's glue, a needle and a small pair of scissors.  The one in our purse has M&Ms (of course!).  If you'd like us to help you fill your tin(s) just let us know when you place your order (we even have M&Ms we can include).

2 1/2" x 3", $2.45 each
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring a cute Christmas wallhanging, Merry Christmas.  The kit is regularly priced $16.95 but we are offering it at a 30% discount ($11.87).

Kit includes pattern, fabrics for the top, binding and backing fabric.  It finishes 13 1/2" x 18 1/2".

Only 2 kits are left so don't hesitate if you want this.
As we mentioned, this will be our last newsletter of 2019.  It's been a busy but exciting year.  We are eager to share 2020 with you. 
See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Star of Wonder kits

We know this is a super hectic time of year for many of you so will jump right in with what we'd like to share this week.

The first project, Star of Wonder, is one of our winter favorites.  It combines wool applique with easy embroidery to create a timeless classic.  Your $15.95 kit includes the pattern, background cotton and wool for applique.  It finishes 8" x 10" - we repurposed an old frame we had on hand.....perhaps you can do the same or visit a second hand store to find the perfect frame.

If you'd like a thread kit containing Valdani perle cotton size 12 (the same thread we used for ours), please let us know when you place your order. 
The next set of patterns are finished as stockings but we think they would be darling set together as a quilt. You could use cotton or wool for the applique.  Each $10 pattern contains patterns for 2 stockings.

If you'd like us to put together kits for any (or all) of these patterns, please let us know.  We are always happy to put together kits. 
The 2019 Christmas - Winter mega issue of Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher arrived and it is packed with all sorts of goodies.....30 projects for $14.99.

Don't let the fact the magazine is geared toward punch needle and cross stitch deter you if you work in wool -- many of the projects can be adapted to wool applique or rug hooking.
We realized we neglected to share the fall issue of Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher magazine.  The fall issue contains 19 projects and is $8.99.
We realize the next project is out of season but we wanted to let you know we have made kits for our very popular "Midnight Silhouette" quilt designed by Blackbird Designs.  Your $174.95 kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the quilt top, borders and binding.  Your fabrics may vary slightly from the photo shown but we have assembled a beautiful selection of black, rust, gold and green fabric.  The quilt finishes 68" x 84".

If you would prefer to use your own fabric, the pattern is available for $12.95.
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring "Primitive Christmas" by Lynette Anderson.  Your $39.95 kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, wool for the star, borders, binding, hand painted Santa and star buttons and Primitive Gatherings' triangle paper.  It finishes 10" x 13".

Since this is a pattern we will not be carrying in the future, the pattern and/or buttons are not available for purchase separately. 
See you soon!

Darlene and Debby