Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Plans for Lynette Anderson new Button Club

The dog days of summer have definitely arrived with no end of the hot temps in sight.  We are very content to get out during the early mornings or late evenings and stay home during the middle part of the day.  Of course, staying inside means more time to create and stitch. We always try to look for the silver lining in each of our clouds.

We're continuing our Christmas in July with a darling wall hanging.  The pattern, ABC Santa, is by Cricket Street Wool but as we often do, we changed the pattern from finishing each block as a pillow to creating a wall hanging.  Your $34.95 kit includes the pattern with our changes, background cottons, wool for applique, borders and binding.  It finishes 24" x 24". 
Our tea towel of the month, Happy Camper would make a darling addition to your campsite.  Your $11.95 kit includes the pattern and tea towel.  Let us know if you'd like us to put together a thread kit containing Valdani perle cotton size 12.  If you're on auto ship to receive a tea towel kit each month, Debby will be processing your order. 
We have finalized plans for our newest button club block of the month, Peace and Joy by Lynette Anderson.  The quilt is a mystery so we don't know what the finished quilt looks like.  If you're familiar with Lynette's style, you know she does a lot of applique and embroidery with simple piecing.  Judging by the name and the photo she shared on instagram we know the quilt will include a Santa and trees.

The quilt will include 6 of her hand painted buttons.  The finished size is 17" x 23" and the program will run for 6 months beginning Sep 1.

The monthly cost will be $23.95 per month which will include the pattern, hand painted button and fabrics (wool if required).  Lynette has also designed a special project available only to club participants.  Once we receive your confirmation and payment information, we will e-mail you the file containing the special project.  It should keep you busy until the program starts.

Please call 479-372-7403 with payment info (if you haven't ordered from us in the past) or e-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com to reserve your spot.

Photo courtesy of Lynette Anderson.
We are also offering additional items to help you stitch Lynette's block of the month.  Lynette used Valdani 6-ply embroidery floss for her stitching.  We are offering a thread kit containing the 7 threads she used for $24.

Other optional items:
Stitchery stabilizer - 1 yard - $5.25 (to stabilize blocks containing a lot of embroidery)
Apliquick rods - $42.95
Hugs & Kisses applique paper - $23.95
Fabric glue pen - $7.95 (refills $3.95 for two)
Roxanne's glue baste it - $10.95
Sewline duo marking pen - $7.95
Foxglove embroidery needles - $3.60 per tube (size 10 or 11)

We are noticing longer than normal shipping times so are trying to allow plenty of time for items to arrive for the Sep 1 start.  We also are noticing price increases on many items.  If you place your order now, you are guaranteed this pricing for the block of the month.

The photo below shows some of the optional items.  Please note the wooden thread holders are not included with the thread. 
We want to share a couple more fun gift items.  We promise this will be the last newsletter with gift items (for a while).

Please note these are on backorder until early August.

How about a charm bracelet for your special sewing buddy (or for yourself because you're special)?  The bracelet includes 4 charms.  $20
The charm holder would be nice on a garment but we think it would also look nice on your sewing bag.  $15
We also are able to order charms for the charm holder.  The silver charm pack contains 8 charms (2 of each).  $15

We think these charms would also be cute on a pincushion or small quilt. 
Enamel charm pack - 6 charms (1 of each) $20
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring a cute little piece.  It finishes 5" x 7" and can be framed or hung using an Ackfeld hanger.  Your "Kindness Matters" kit includes the pattern and fabric for $9.95.

We have only 1 kit left so don't hesitate to reserve your kit by e-mailing info@sewgracefulquilting.com
Hope to see you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Christmas in July

When 2020 began we had a shop planning meeting and decided this would be the year when we were ahead of the game....we wouldn't wait until November to show holiday or winter themed projects.  We'd planned to have a Christmas in July event complete with snacks and socializing.  Unfortunately, the virus situation caused us to cancel the socializing aspect but we do plan to share some winter/holiday themed projects with you this month.

The first project we want to share is one of the most adorable wall hangings we've seen in a long time.  Your $34.95 Ho Ho Ho kit contains the pattern (with our changes), cotton background fabrics, wool for the applique, borders, binding AND backing fabric.  It also includes the rusty jingle bell, heart and bell.  Our version finishes 14 1/2" x 24".

If you'd prefer to use your own supplies, the pattern is available for $10.
Who can resist that adorable face?!
Another winter themed project we are super excited about is Warm Wishes.  The quilt was designed by our sweet friend Margott and contains all sorts of appliqued motifs.  Your $94 kit contains all the fabrics needed to make the top, borders and binding.  The pattern is sold separately for $24.95.  We will be happy to help you choose a backing fabric - just let us know the color range you prefer.  The quilt finishes 55" x 55".
It's not too early to start thinking about gifts for friends and neighbors for the holiday season.  Our most recent Moda flyer has some fun items for the animal lover.  We are putting together an order so please send us an email (info@sewgracefulquilting.com) or place your preorder on line.  We'll place our order July 14.

Credit Card Cases - Sketched Cat or Sketched Dog - $6.99 each
3/4" x 3" x 4 1/2"
Glam Bag - Sketched Cat or Sketched Dog - $8.99
8" x 5.5"
Notepad with Pen - Sketched Cat or Sketched Dog - $5.99
3/4" x 4" x 8"
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring a cute pincushion.  It is large enough it could also be used as a small pillow.  Your $29.95 "The Crazy Bunch" kit includes the pattern and wool to make the angel pincushion.  It finishes 7 1/2" x 7 1/2".

The pattern includes patterns for an additional 5 pincushions (shown below).

We have only a couple of kits left so don't hesitate to reserve your kit by e-mailing info@sewgracefulquilting.com
We WILL be doing the Lynette Anderson Peace and Joy button club.  We are finalizing details and will share them next week.

Hope to see you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

New button club


Before we get into sharing, we need to let you know a couple of administrative items.  First, we will be closed Saturday, July 4 for the holiday.

Second, beginning July 6 Darlene will not be at the shop on Tuesdays.  If you need to drop off a quilt for quilting or want her help choosing fabrics for a project, please plan to stop by on a Thursday or Saturday.  This will continue indefinitely; we will let you know when things change.

Now on to the fun stuff.  We absolutely adore how our version of "Grateful, Thankful and Blessed" turned out.  Those are words we choose to live by every day.  Your $18.95 kit includes the pattern with our modifications, fabrics for the top, wool for applique and binding.  Our version finishes 16 1/2" x 18 1/2".
Since we used Jo Morton fabric for the borders and binding on the project above, it's only fitting to share photos of her new book.  "Tried and True" includes patterns for 13 quilts.  This is a follow-up to Jo's Hearth and Home book.  96 pages $28.99
Our copies of Dawn Heese's new book, Flowering Folkart arrived.  If you were on the preorder list, Debby has processed your order.  If you didn't preorder but would like a copy of the book we have some available.  The book includes patterns in Dawn's typical style including quilts, table runners, cushions and other needlework of varying difficulty.  As a bonus, Dawn shares her needle turn appliqué, wool appliqué and punch needle techniques.  $48.95
The summer issue of Simply Vintage is packed with 20 summer themed projects ranging from embroidery to applique to piecing.  The magazine will not be available at the big box stores but we bought extra copies to accommodate you.  $18.99
We have been invited to participate in Lynette Anderson's newest mystery button club, Peace and Joy.  Before we jump in and commit to it we wanted to get your reaction.  The quilt is a mystery so we don't know what the finished quilt looks like.  If you're familiar with Lynette's style, you know she does a lot of applique and embroidery with simple piecing.  Judging by the name and the photo she shared on instagram we know the quilt will include a santa and trees.

The quilt will include 6 of her hand painted buttons.  The finished size is 17" x 23" and the program will run for 6 months.

We are working on pricing but anticipate the monthly cost to be less than $25 per month which will include the pattern, hand painted button and fabrics (wool if required).  Lynette has also designed a special project available only to club participants.

If you think you'd be interested, please send an email to info@sewgracefulquilting.com.

Photo courtesy of Lynette Anderson.
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring a Lynette Anderson design.  Your $17.95 "Day Spent Sewing" kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, binding and backing fabric.  It finishes 6 1/2" x 11 1/4". 

Please note - the bird button is not included in the kit.  Also, the fabrics in your kit will be similar but not exact matches to those pictured.

E-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com to claim your kit.
Hope to see you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Just in time for July 4

The Quilters Trek Row by Row officially kicked off on June 21.  Unlike previous years, you do not have to physically visit the shop to participate.  You can do your shop hoping from the convenience of your home.  Visit https://rowbyrowexperience.com/ for all the details.

Each shop had to design 4 - 9" blocks using blue as the focal fabric.  We had our choice of setting options and chose to set our project together to make a darling wall hanging.  We are offering the kit which includes the pattern, fabrics for the blocks and stitchery stabilizer for $19.95.  Since some of you will probably choose to finish yours as a wall hanging, we also have the binding and backing kit available for $5.95.  We used Valdani perle cotton size 12 for our embroidery and have thread kits available for $10.  Finally, we have the Believe hanger available for $19.95.

Due to event rules we are not able to sell the pattern by itself. 
Since July 4 is just around the corner, we wanted to share a few of our favorite patriotic themed kits.  The first, Choose Ye Liberty, features wool applique on a pretty black homespun background.  Your $26.95 kit includes the pattern by 1894 Cottonwood House, wool for applique, fabrics for the top and binding.

It finishes 19" x 19 1/2".
Bowl fillers and pincushions are very popular right now.  A bowl filler is basically several little pincushions or mini pillows which are placed in a bowl.  We made Stitch in Time as a pincushion but it can double as a cute bowl filler.  Your $14.95 kit includes the pattern, wool, button and backing fabric. 
"Liberty" by Sew Cherished was designed to fit in one of the large metal trays but works equally well as a table topper.  Your $36.95 kit includes the pattern, wool for the project (the background is wool) and cotton backing fabric.
Finishes 12" x 21".  The dimensions of the metal tray are 20" x 28" outside dimensions and 12" x 21" inside dimensions. Please call 479-372-7403 to order the tray.
We are almost out of Buttermilk Basin's "Wool" tea towel kits.  While supplies last you have your choice of the red stripe or blue stripe towel.  Your $16.95 kit includes the pattern, tea towel and wool for applique. 
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring a patriotic themed wall hanging.  Your $19.95 America kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, wool for applique, buttons and binding.  It finishes 13 1/2" x 13 1/2".

We have 1 kit left.  E-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com to claim your kit.
Recently we've had several small quilting groups who were doing their own shop hop/retreat event stop by the shop.  If your group would like your own private shopping experience, please let us know.  We will work with you and are happy to open the shop during a day when we are normally closed.  Please e-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com or call or text 479-372-7403. 
Hope to see you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Wool Bundles are on the way


Debby has been busy stitching and sewing two adorable projects we are sharing this week.

The first, Mr Owl, finishes 14" x 16".  It's small enough to finish in time for fall decorating (which is just around the corner).  Your $17.95 kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, wool for applique, binding and backing fabric.  If you'd like us to put together a thread kit containing the Valdani perle cotton we used, let us know when you place your order. 
We designed the next project as a baby quilt but we think it would be equally loved by a toddler, a teenager or anyone who is young at heart.  The quilt is made using a layer cake which means it is super easy to piece.  Your $46.95 kit for The Jungle includes the pattern, fabrics for the top and binding.

We'll be happy to help you select a backing fabric for the quilt.  Just let us know if we can help. 
We are super excited to share the next few items with you.  For a long time, we've asked our Moda man Jon to please beg Moda to offer wool bundles. We are going to pat ourselves on the back and think that's why we are able to offer wool bundles to you.

Since we aren't sure of the response to these bundles, we are going to place our order for them after everyone has had a chance to read the newsletter.  We'll place our order Jun 22.

Please keep in mind these bundles contain wool which has not been washed and felted; however, we will be happy to share info about how we felt our wool so you can take care of that.

Bright Fat Quarter bundle containing 12 fat quarters - $113.99
Bright 1/2 yard bundle containing 12 - 1/2 yard pieces - $227.99
Warm Fat Quarter Bundle containing 12 fat quarters - $113.99
Warm 1/2 yard bundle contains 12 - 1/2 yard pieces - $227.99
We are also able to order 1 yard wool bundles which include 12 - 1 yard cuts of wool.  One yard bundles are $455.99.

This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring a cute primitive table runner.  Your $24.95 Heart and Home kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, wool for applique and binding.  It finishes 12" x 26".

Please note the fabrics in your kit may not be an exact match to the photo.  E-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com to claim your kit.
We are disappointed to report two more shows we had scheduled for the fall have been cancelled.  The Woolkeepers event in September and the Belle Point Guild in Fort Smith in October have both been cancelled but both event organizers have plans to reschedule for 2021.

As we make kits this year, we are making extra kits in anticipation of visiting many quilt shows in 2021.  We may unofficially designate 2021 as "The Year of the Biggest and Best Quilt Shows".....sounds like a good plan to us.

We are open our normal hours; however, if you'd like to arrange curbside pick up please don't hesitate to e-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com or call or text 479-372-7403 to make arrangements.

Darlene and Debby