is falling as we write this newsletter. We're trying to be optimistic
and remind ourselves at least it's not falling ice. Don't get us wrong
-- we love having four seasons but as we age seem to enjoy the brutal
cold less and less. We're sure many of you can relate.
We can't believe it but we are turning 5 years old! It seems like just a
few short months have passed since we opened our doors and hoped
someone would stop by. The photo on the left is the display right
inside our door shortly after we opened; the center photo is a recent
display. I'd say we've expanded just a little bit! The photo on the
right is one of our 3 fabric shelves shortly after opening. The quilt
hanging on the wall was our first block of the month.....we wondered if
there was any way we'd sell all we made. It's really fun to look back
and see our growth.
A birthday means a party and we've decided to have a birthday party next
Saturday, Jan 30. Hope you will mark your calendar and plan to join
Although we don't necessarily enjoy the
coldness, slipperiness, and ick that comes with snow, we do love
snowmen......we also love taking a good pattern and making it great. We
used "These Three Throws" pattern......
......to make this cutie. The top photo
shows the entire quilt and the bottom photo shows closeups of the
embroidered blocks. We used Primitive Gathering's Primitive Snowman
line. Our quilt finishes 46" x 55". Kits are $42.95 and include the
pattern with our changes, precut 5" squares, borders, and binding.
We'll be happy to help you choose a backing fabric if you'd like.
The spring issue of Primitive Quilts and
projects arrived Monday. Although we don't have a project in this
issue, it's still a great issue. If you're on automatic to receive the
magazine, Debby will get your order processed. If you're not on
automatic but would like us to reserve a copy, let us know via e-mail or
Our favorite man in brown also delivered
Quiltmania #111. We were excited to see it features photos of some of
the quilts hanging in the Primitive Quilts and Projects display at
Houston. If you're on automatic for this magazine, Debby will get your
order processed. If not and you'd like to reserve a copy, just let us
Isn't that cover quit stunning?
When we saw Bonnie Sullivan's "Pumpkin
Party" fabric we just couldn't say no to it. As many of you know we
aren't big Halloween fans but we are trying to break out of our little
box and embrace the holiday. We'll never like the creepy scary ghoulish
side of Halloween but loved this whimsical look. We ordered the panel
and several coordinates for borders and binding.
The fabric is a nice heavy Maywood flannel and is super soft. The
images are very high quality. Once it's quilted, it'll be hard to tell
that the images are stamped rather than stitched.
We expect delivery in April but are taking preorders now. Let us know how many panels you'd like to reserve.
One other note before we close. Since we
are moving into the time of year when we may receive inclement
weather.....if Rogers public schools are closed, we are closed. If you
have any doubt about whether we're open, please give a quick call.
week we were surprised at the response to the new desk lamps we
featured. We received our shipment yesterday and have plenty to fill
all orders plus some left over in case you missed out on one. Let us
know how many we can reserve for you or you can jump over to our website
and place your order now. http://sewgracefulquilting.com/
With a new year comes inventory and taxes.
As we did our inventory, we noticed we have several back issues of
Quiltmania magazines. If you're not familiar with Quiltmania magazines,
you are missing one of the best magazines on the market. We hesitate
to call them magazines -- they're more like beautiful soft cover coffee
books. We have them on our website http://sewgracefulquilting.com/ or you can give us a call or e-mail to place your order.
Quiltmania #104, #106, #107 (we have only one copy of #104 so aren't putting it on the website) $13.99 each
Quiltmania #108, #109 (we have only 1 copy of #109 so aren't putting it on the website) $13.99 each
Simply Vintage Winter 2014, Summer 2015,
Autumn 2015 (we have only one Winter 2014 so aren't putting it on the
website) $17.99 each
Simply Moderne #1, #2, #3 $17.99 each
Simply Vintage Winter 2015 and Quiltmania
#105 are both out of print. We have only one copy of #105.
Simply Vintage $17.99 and #105 $13.99
We received a couple of new books we'd like
to share. The first book is by one of our friends, Jennifer Gaston.
She's one of the three sisters who publish Primitive Quilts &
Projects magazine. Her book, Primitive Style, contains 15 projects
including a folk art sampler, hooked rug, penny rug, table topper,
pincushion, journal cover, and quilts. The book includes pullout
pattern sheets with full size templates.
We are particularly proud of the project on page 40 of the
book.......because Darlene quilted the quilt. The editor even made a
special note of the beautiful quilting. How neat is that?!
If you're like us, you have lots of
precuts. After all, they're soooo much fun to collect. The "Quilter's
Precut Companion" will help you decide what to do with them. It
contains 25 pre-cut friendly blocks using squares, half-square
triangles, and strips. The book also contains information about cutting
borders, backings, and bindings. It's full of easy-to-use charts,
tables, and illustrations in a handy spiral binding. Best of all, it's
One other note before we close this very
long newsletter. Since we are moving into the time of year when we may
receive inclement weather.....if Rogers public schools are closed, we
are closed. If you have any doubt about whether we're open, please give
a quick call.
are over and we are looking forward to a fun 2016. We've got some
projects up our sleeves that we hope will bring a smile to your face and
inspire you. We'll share them as we finish them -- it's that only 24
hours in a day thing that's stopping us.
This week's newsletter is all about things that are coming....some are
coming rather soon and some will be coming later this year.
As many of you know, we carry Lynette Anderson books, patterns, and
buttons. We love her whimsical look and are always excited to see new
things from her. We are very excited to offer her newest button club,
Anderson Farm. It is a ten part mystery BOM combining piecing and
applique. The quilt finishes approximately 32" x 46". The program will
start in March.
Each month you will receive a pattern and a hand painted wooden button.
Since the buttons are individually hand painted, there is a very
limited number available. We are also offering an option to purchase
the pattern, button, and fabric. Cost per month for the pattern and
button option is $16.95 plus shipping. Cost for the pattern, button,
and fabric is $19.95 plus shipping.
While we're on the subject of Lynette, we
want to let you know we have a few openings left in her Love Letters
block of the month. Call or e-mail if you'd like to sign up for this
block of the month (or we can mail the entire kit all at once if you'd
Several weeks ago we told you about
Blackbird Designs' upcoming book. That was based on a conversation with
Alma at quilt market. It appears a book is being replaced by patterns.
We'd prefer a book...hint....hint...Alma....but are happy to see Alma
and Barb designing once again.
Patterns won't be out until May but we are taking preorders now.
"Secret Garden" is so typically Blackbird with the large, easy to
applique shapes. The quilt finishes 72" x 72". Pattern is $16.
We like Secret Garden but we love, love,
love The Raven pattern. We can see it made with Diamond Textiles and
some Primitive Gatherings, Kim Diehl, and Jeanne Horton thrown in the
mix. Sigh.....that 24 hour a day thing is getting in the way. The
quilt finishes 68" x 68". Pattern is $28.
Just give a call or e-mail and we'll hold either or both patterns for you. They'll both be released in May.
Hopefully Santa didn't leave a lump of coal
in your stocking. If he did and you want a really nice, inexpensive way
to soothe your hurt feelings, this next product is for you. If you
were lucky and got everything you wanted from Santa, you can still get
in on this deal 'cause it's too good to pass up.
Yesterday our sweet fabric rep from EE Schenck stopped by and showed us
this great light. It features LED lighting so is incredibly bright with
a low and high setting. It includes 4 AAA batteries but also has a
cord that allows it to be plugged directly into a USB port -- how cool
is that?! It's 1 1/2" high x 5" wide when folded; 12 3/4" high fully
extended. Currently it's offered in red, white, or black (purple won't
arrive until March). We have a shipment of red, white, and black lamps
on the way with an expected delivery next week.
If you're like us, you're thinking yeah that's a neat gadget but bet
it's way too expensive. Hold on to your hat -- it's only $14.99. For
that price you can afford to put one in each of your stitching bags, one
next to each of your sewing machines, one in your kitchen, one in each
bathroom......you get the idea.....they're very versatile.
Give us a call or e-mail with the number of lamps you'd like and your choice of colors.
Sandy, our EE Schenck lady, also showed us
the most adorable Halloween fabric. We couldn't resist and ordered
some. Since this is getting long, we'll wait until next week to share
what we ordered.
Before we go we'd like to mention the the NWA Quilt Club sponsored by
the Rogers Sewing Center. The first meeting will be Tues, Jan 12 at
5:45 with Darlene as the featured speaker. Bring your current quilting
project to share. The Sewing Center is located at 1802 S 8th St (Hiway
71B South). For more info, you can visit their website at http://www.rogerssewingcenter.com/