Nature has quite a sense of humor......we have a relatively balmy
winter with days into the 60s and 70s and then the first day of spring
is very windy and chilly with snow in some parts of the country. It
probably won't be long before she catches up with herself and every day
feels like spring.
We had a terrifically absolutely fun Wednesday afternoon. We bought new hand dyed wool.......
.....and more hand dyed wool.......
......and decided to buy hand dyed velvet
because you've asked for it. We have patterns that we can't wait to try
with our new selection.
We changed out our fabric display that faces
the front door and thought it would make a pretty backdrop for
photographing some spring projects. "Spring has Sprung" is a quick and
fun project designed by Staci of Buttermilk Basin. We finished ours as a
pillow but it would be equally sweet as a wall hanging or the center of
a larger quilt. Your $10.95 kit includes the pattern, background
fabrics, wool for applique, and backing fabric.
Our shipment of Quiltmania magazines
arrived. Issue 112 is packed full of projects to please everyone. If
you're a new newsletter subscriber, you may not realize we offer an
automatic program for all our magazines. Signing up is a sure way to
make sure you don't miss an issue -- we'll reserve your copy so you
don't have to worry about whether you'll be able to get a copy. E-mail
(email@example.com) or call (479-372-7403) and we'll get you
As always, the magazine is $13.99.
Have you heard of Quilt Dots? If not, don't
feel like you're alone. We hadn't heard of them until our fabric rep
stopped by recently. Each 1" Dot has a secure magnetic back. The set
comes in a nice hinged metal box. We plan to add to our collection but
for the time being have Jo Morton designs. Set of 9 magnets (including
the box) is $18.
We sold out of Treasures from the Barn and
Ratsburg Road Quilts but have more on the way. Let us know if we can
reserve a copy for you.
As we learn about quilt events, we love to
share them with you. Last week we shared info about the Eureka!
Quilters Guild show May 6 & 7. This week we'd like to share info
about the Ozark Country Quilters' show Friday, April 1, 9-6 and Sat,
April 2, 9-3. The show theme "A Quilt Makes Your Nest a Home" sounds
very appropriate for this time of year. The show will be held at
Crowder College, 4020 N Main, Cassville MO. Admission is only $5 and
children under 12 are admitted free. If you'd like more info, please
contact Karen Mainar at 417-271-1053.
One other note before we close. If you'd like to read previous issues of our newsletter, please visit our blog http://sewgraceful.blogspot.com/
You can sign up to receive notifications when we update our blog -- we
notice we have 5 followers so are pretty excited about that.......you
have to start somewhere and 5 followers are better than 1.
With that, we will close and wish you a happy Easter.
and Kay are back from a very inspiring visit to Dallas where they met
lots of very nice quilters and saw amazing quilts. Lots of new readers
signed up for the weekly newsletter - welcome to you all.
This week we thought we'd get you in the mood for spring by sharing a
couple of spring projects. The "Simply Flowers" pincushion would be a
darling way to let a friend know you're thinking of him or her during
this spring season. It's quick to stitch and unique because it's our
very own pattern. Your $8.95 kit includes the pattern, wool for
background and applique, tape measure ribbon, and buttons (colors will
"Daffodil Delight" is a perfect spring pick
me up project. We reduced the pattern by 50% (you'll need to reduce
your pattern also). Your $36.95 kit includes the pattern, background
fabric, wool for the applique, and binding. Finishes 13" x 19 1/2"
While we were in Dallas we picked up the
newest Quiltmania titles. If you pre-ordered a copy, Kay will be
processing your order today. If you didn't and would like a copy, let
us know. We picked up a few extra.
Feathering the Nest 2 by Brigitte Giblin $45.95
Treasures from the Barn by Linda Collins, $45.95
Ratsburg Road Quilts and the stories they tell by Linda Koenig $45.95
We're excited to share information about a
quilt show that's just up the road in Eureka Springs, AR. The show is
sponsored by the Eureka! Quilters Guild and will be held May 6 and 7 at
the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center, Hwy 62. Hours are 9-4 both
days and admission is $5. For more info about the guild and show you
can visit their website at http://www.iloveeurekasprings.com/event/eureka-quilters-guild-quilt-show/
If you've been keeping up with Debby's
husband, Ken and his battle with cancer, read on. If not, we will visit
with you again next Thursday.
It's been a while since we gave you an update on Debby's husband.
Unfortunately, the optimism expressed by his doctor in September was
short lived. His cancer has returned and spread; he's currently in the
hospital with acute respiratory failure. He is undergoing chemo but the
outcome is very uncertain. We appreciate your keeping our family in your
thoughts and prayers. We know many of you have walked this very sad
path and can relate to the turmoil we are feeling.
a whirlwind of a week it's been! The winding path we mentioned last
week seems to have become a circle where we feel as though we are
chasing our tail. Because of some unexpected family commitments, we are
a day behind on processing blocks of the month. If you don't receive
your package this week, it'll arrive next week. Thanks for your
patience and understanding.
Last week we told you about Yoko Saito's
book "Past and Present". We sold the copies we had in record time.
Unfortunately, the book is no longer available; however, we contacted
Yoko and found she has a dozen copies available. You'll have to order
from Japan but wanted to pass along this information in case you just
can't live without a copy.
Since so many of you expressed interest in Yoko's book, we thought we'd
feature more of her in print books this week. All books are written in
English and are beautifully photographed.
"Houses, Houses, Houses" includes 34 projects in 113 pages. You will
learn how to design your own house block. Projects includes handbags,
pouches, carry-all, tissue case, pencil case, and more. Cost is $34.95.
"Yoko Saito's Scandinavian Quilts" contains
27 projects in 129 pages. The projects include quilts, handbags, soft
toys, kitchen items, and accessories. Cost is $34.95.
"Japanese Quilting Piece by Piece" contains
29 individual projects in 152 pages. The book contains concise
instructions with detailed diagrams. A large packet of fold out
patterns is included. $26.95
Yoko has a new embroidery book with a
mid-April release date. "138 Original Applique Designs" contains 20
projects in 232 pages. Our friend Priscilla at Stitch Publications
translates Yoko's books into English. The original version of this book
is selling on the secondary market for over $124.....but you can have a
copy containing everything that was in the original book for only
If you'd like to preorder the book, please e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (479-372-7403).
We are putting together an order for more
Yoko books. If you'd like to order any title(s) shown below, please let
us know by next Tuesday. We'll place the order then.
"Strolling along Paths of Green" - $34.95 - 33 projects in 113 pages
"Floral Bouquet Quilts" - $34.95 - 29 projects in 112 pages
"12 Original Embroidery Designs" - $42.95 - 20 projects in 120 pages
"Japanese Taupe Color Theory" - $37.95 - 37 projects in 147 pages
"Woolwork" - $32.95 - 34 projects in 96 pages
"Bags for Everyday Use" - $34.95 - 21 projects in 112 pages
"House Warming Patchwork" and "New Classic Patchwork" - both are $27.95 each.
We can't close without sharing a new project
with you. One of our friends, Shirley C, referred us to this pattern.
When we saw it we knew we just had to make it. It's a large pincushion
(7 1/2") so will surely hold all your pins. We think it would also
make a sweet accent pillow. Your $29.95 kit includes the pattern, wool,
and background cotton.
The first photo shows the kit pincushion; the second photo shows the
pattern (which you will see includes several other adorably cute
pincushions). The pattern is included in your kit.
Since this is getting rather long, we will
close. Darlene and Kay are at the Dallas quilt show. The show will be
held at the Dallas Market Hall, NW corner of I35E & Market Center
Blvd, March 11-13. Hours on the 11th and 12th are 10-5 and hours on the
13th are 12-5. For more info you can check out the guild website at http://quiltersguildofdallas.org/
Debby will have the store open regular hours -- it's a little bare with
many samples gone......but we are quite sure the quilters in Dallas will
be happy to see what we've brought. See you soon.
week we are pleased to share something we've been working on for quite
some time.....we didn't mean for it to take so long but life has a way
of changing and taking unexpected curves that throw monkey wrenches in
"Community Sampler" is our newest block of the month. As you can see,
it's a pieced quilt. We've been wanting to offer more pieced quilts for
those who aren't as crazy about applique as us. We used a combination
of Edyta Sitar's Hearts Content and Howard Marcus' Collection Community
fabrics to make the quilt. It is our design and finishes 84" x 84".
The block of the month includes the pattern, fabric to make the top, and
binding. Cost is $19.95 per month for 12 months. If you'd prefer to
get everything all at once, the cost is $239.40.
We plan to start this block of the month in April. Please call
(479-372-7403) or e-mail (email@example.com) to reserve your
While we're on the topic of things in the
works and super secrets......we are very excited to share some news
we've been bursting to share for over a year. Jo Morton is now
designing with Moda fabrics. We learned of her move over a year ago but
assured her that her secret was safe with us -- it was her news to
share, not ours.
Our Moda man said Jo's first line should be shown at spring market in
May. We also understand she will continue her Little Women's Club. We
realize many of you participated in the program in the past and grew
tired of it so we are apprehensive about offering the program since it
requires a financial and time commitment. If you would be interested in
participating in a Little Women's Club, let us know. If the interest
is there we'd love to offer it.
Pictured below are previous club offerings to give you an idea of what the club is about in case you're not familiar with it.
We have openings in our Anderson's Farm
button of the month program. Unfortunately, we don't know what the
finished quilt will look like (it's a mystery) but if you're familiar
with Lynette Anderson you know it's going to be very sweet.
Finished size is approximately 34" x 48". We have two options: #1 -
hand painted button and pattern for $16.95 or #2 - hand painted button,
pattern, and fabric for $19.95. The program runs for 10 months.
Kay has stitched the first month and is eagerly awaiting arrival of
block 2. If you're participating in this program and would like us to
add the thread and/or stabilizer please let us know. Debby will process
blocks of the month around March 10.
Our shipment of the spring issue of Simply
Vintage arrived yesterday. We can't say enough about how much we enjoy
each issue of the magazine. If you're on automatic to receive a copy,
Debby will get your order processed. If you'd like to be sure you don't
miss an issue, please let us know and we'll add you to the list. Price
We're very excited our friend Robin made the
cover of the magazine again. We have kits available for her "The
Bluebird Sings". The kit includes the background fabrics, wool for
applique, and binding. The quilt finishes 20" x 20". You'll need the
Simply Vintage magazine for the pattern - kit cost is $25.95.
Debby recently finished a project we're sure
you're going to love. Her "Little Critter Purse" is so cute that we
all want to stop everything and make one. She said the instructions are
very clear -- and the zipper isn't hard to install using the pattern
instructions. The bag finishes 4" x 6" so is the perfect size for
sewing notions or make up or drawing supplies for the grandkids or just
Your $19.95 kit includes the pattern, fabric for the bag, wool for
applique (you could substitute fabric if desired) and the sports
zipper.......yep, no having to hunt the zipper -- we supply it for you.
Since this is getting rather long, we will
close. We have a busy week next week preparing for the Dallas quilt
show. The show will be held at the Dallas Market Hall, NW corner of
I35E & Market Center Blvd, March 11-13. Hours on the 11th and 12th
are 10-5 and hours on the 13th are 12-5. For more info you can check
out the guild website at http://quiltersguildofdallas.org/
We'll share other shows and events as the time gets closer to the event. See you soon.