Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Mary's Farmhouse

We are so excited to be able to share a photo of our 2018 $10 block of the month quilt, Mary's Farmhouse.  It finishes 36" x 36".  The background fabrics are cotton and the applique is wool (the cream background is cotton).  We are taking sign ups now and hope you'll plan to join in on the fun.  The program starts in January and runs for 12 months.  At the end of the program, you'll have all fabric and wool for the top (binding is included).

As Kay made the sample, she put together a list of optional supplies to help you as you make your quilt.  Soft Fuse to fuse the wool and cream background cotton - $19.95 per roll.  Chenille needles for stitching - $2 per pack.  Brown pigma pen for marking embroidery lines - $2.95.  We also offer a Valdani perle cotton #12 thead kit.  The first month you'll receive 2 ball and 3 bobbins for a cost of $12.90; the 2nd month you'll receive 1 ball and 5 bobbins for a cost of $9.95; subsequent month costs range from $0 - $4.

Let us know if you'd like to sign up by calling Darlene at 479-372-7403.  She will also take your order for optional items. 
Our first shipment of the winter issue of Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher magazine sold so quickly we didn't have time to announce the arrival in our newsletter.  This issue is packed with 29 projects.  Some of you are probably saying to yourself "I don't punch or cross stitch so why would I want this magazine?"......we've been known to take punch needle patterns and to convert them to applique....hint....hint.  $14.99
We love it when all the Quiltmania magazines arrive in one shipment.  So much oooohhhing and aaaahhhing.  If you're on auto ship, Debby is processing your order.  If you're not and would like to be, give us a call at 479-372-7403.

Quiltmania #122 - we are loving that cover quilt!  $13.99
Simply Vintage #25 - 20 projects for $17.99.....yeah.....that works out to less than $1 per pattern.
Simply Moderne #11  - cutest Christmas ornament quilt we've ever seen.  $17.99
In closing we'd like to share a couple more photos of the shop.  When we opened 6 years ago we were in the main building with an attached carport.  We quickly outgrew our space so had the carport enclosed. It became our classroom and storage space.....you guessed it......we quickly outgrew the storage space so had an addition added for storage.  On our corporate executive brother's advice, we now refer to our storage as our warehouse (it sounds so official).

Our carport/classroom now holds our wool, sale fabric, patterns (including all of Lynette Anderson's patterns), our last call baby crib which holds kits that are almost gone and our Ackfeld hangars on a repurposed cup holder.
Be sure to put our holiday open house on your calendar for Sat, Dec 2.  We will be closed next Thursday for Thanksgiving but open regular hours Tues & Sat (9:00-3:00).

See you soon.

Debby & Darlene

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Mark your calendars for our holiday open house

Hopefully you had a chance to get out and enjoy the beautiful fall leaves this past week.  It seems like they were slow turning but once they began, the display was worth the wait. 
Last week we shared photos of a couple displays of our shop.  From the e-mails we received, you enjoyed a peek.....so we thought we'd share some more photos this week.  The first is a portion of our back wall; the second is a collage showing quilts on the large display wall near the checkout stand.  Before he passed away, Debby's husband hung all sorts of pretty rod holders.  We think they add to the charm of the shop.
This week we want to share one of the handiest storage tools we've found in a long time.  Have you ever spent precious time searching for your roll of Soft Fuse?  That wasted time will be wasted no more with your Super Roll Storage Box.  The box will hold 2 rolls of Soft Fuse or 1 roll of Soft Fuse, scissors, pencil, patterns or fabric strips or just about whatever you'd like to store.  It measures 24" x 4" x 4"

The storage box and a roll of Soft Fuse is only $34.90 - your quilting friend would love a Christmas gift.  The empty storage box is $14.95.  Let us know how many we can reserve for you by e-mailing info@sewgracefulquilting.com or calling 479-372-7403.
Many of you know in addition to owning a quilt shop and having a longarm quilting business that we are also pattern designers.  Several spotted one of Kay's creations in a photo last week and inquired about it.  Kits for "Pomegranates and Holly" are now back in stock.  Your $35.95 kit includes the pattern, fabric to make the quilt top and binding.  The quilt finishes 31" x 31".
Mark your calendars for our holiday open house Saturday, Dec 2 from 9:00-3:00.  We will have several new projects to share, holiday gift giving ideas and cookies. 
We have lots to share next week but will close for now.  See you soon.

Debby & Darlene

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

We've been reorganizing

We spent a fun filled day yesterday reorganizing and tidying up the shop.  Even though many would consider such an undertaking work, we consider it play.  It's always fun to rediscover treasures we'd forgotten about.  Below are some photos of our new look.
Sometimes we overlook sharing some great kits with you.  It's kind of like you may be with items around your house - items become part of the decor and you forget about them until you do fall or spring cleaning.  "Window Pane" is one such quilt.  We've had it a while but it slipped our mind to tell you about this great quilt.  It's made using Kansas Troubles fabrics so has that wonderful primitive look we love.  The quilt finishes 52" x 75" so is the perfect snuggling size for the upcoming cooler weather.  Your $72.95 kit includes the pattern, fabric for the top and binding. 
It's the season to start thinking about quick to make holiday gifts.  Debby's "Easy Tumbler Table Runner" is very quick and easy.  She used Lori Holt's Thimble Ruler but the pattern also includes a template if you prefer not to use the ruler.  Your $17.95 kit includes the pattern (with the template), fabric for the runner and binding.  Lori's ruler is available for an additional $9.95.

The runner finishes 15" x 33".
Before we close, a few words about fall quilt market.  It had an entirely different feel than previous markets.  Many of our "go to" designers were absent:  Blackbird Designs, Bunny Hill, 1894 Cottonwood House, Bareroots, Simply Put, The Little Red Hen, Briar Roots, The Birdhouse, Hatched and Patched, Timeless Traditions.  Primitive Gatherings attended but had only a little stand near Moda with none of her products; Buttermilk Basin had a single booth but it wasn't decorated in her usual over the top full of antiques and eye candy way.

Many designers opted to purchase half booths (only 4' deep).  If you followed any social media market updates you likely saw many dozens photos of bright, contemporary booths.

Although there wasn't a lot that interested us, we did find a new wool designer and have several of her patterns on order.  We also enjoyed visiting with Bits by Joan, Little Red Button Company and Heart to Hand.

We will continue in our primitive look despite what everyone else seems to be doing.......we love our look and hope you do too. 
We'll be back next week with more to inspire you.  See you soon.

Debby & Darlene

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Lots of inspiration

Kay had a great time at the quilt show in Mountain Home last week.  Easy loading and unloading, beautiful quilts and sweet people made for a great show.  While she was away, the shop was packed with people who were in town for the craft fairs.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth and the shop.  We couldn't do it without your support.

Since the weather is supposed to turn frightfully cold this weekend, we thought it fitting to share a project that will get you in the mood for winter.  "Little Winter Wonderland" was designed by our friend from Australia, Lynette Anderson.  It features a couple of her sweet hand painted reindeer buttons.  Your $38.95 kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, buttons and binding.  It finishes 12" x 14".
Our winter shipment of Wool Works magazines arrived.  After filling our automatic ship orders, we have a few left.  First come, first served.  Visit our website https://www.sewgracefulquilting.com/index.html email (info@sewgracefulquilting.com) or call 479-372-7403 to reserve your copy.  $10.99
Several weeks ago our favorite fabric guy Jon from Moda stopped by.  Sometimes he's sneaky and saves the best for last.  He showed us a lot of fabric including a whole stack of bright fabric.....we were so disappointed there was nothing of interest to our look until.......he pulled out the most scrumptious pile of Jo Morton fabrics we've ever seen.  We couldn't help ourselves; we bought the entire line.

"New Hope" ships in January and we cannot wait.  We have a plan for the fabric and think you'll be pleased with what we've got up our sleeves.  If you spot a fabric you know you must have, please let us know and we'll be sure we have enough on hand to accommodate your request.
The winter issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine arrived.  In addition to Kay's "Sparkle" quilt, the issue contains 14 more projects.  If you haven't reserved your copy, please let us know and we'll hold a copy for you.  $9.99
We're not sure how the newest wool applique book slipped through the cracks.  "Sweet and Simple Wool Applique" looks like a fabulous book filled with designs from some of our favorite primitive designers.  Contributors include Anne Downs, Lori Brechlin, Stacy Nash, Dawn Heese, Renee Plains, Cherie Ralston (and more).  The book includes a variety of projects in a variety of sizes.  19 projects for only $21.95.....$1.16 per project.

This would make a great Christmas gift for a quilty friend.  You can pre-order via our website https://www.sewgracefulquilting.com/index.html, e-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com or call 479-372-7403.
Holiday gift giving is right around the corner and we know many of you are looking for quick projects that look like they took a long time to create.  We think anyone would be happy to receive a Cottage Clutch.  The instructions are clear and easy to follow.  Your $24.95 Cottage Clutch kit includes the pattern and wool to make the clutch.  The buttons are not included in your kit - we thought it might be fun to sort through your button box and find the perfect buttons.  If you don't have a button box and need buttons, we can take care of you. 
Kay is making a quick trip to quilt market in Houston.  Hopefully she will return with some fun new projects.  We'll be back next week with more to inspire you.  See you soon.

Debby & Darlene

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)