Thursday, June 9, 2016

Life can sometimes be a bit bumpy

We know many of you can relate to what we're going to share.  We never know where life's road will take us.  Sometimes the road is smooth; sometimes it's bumpy; sometimes it takes an unexpected turn.  We had an unexpected turn on Saturday.  Debby tripped and broke her ankle.  She was rewarded with an ambulance ride, a very short notice surgery, and a night's stay in the hospital.  She is home and taking some time for herself and learning to maneuver herself via her fancy leg holding apparatus.

So......Kay is processing blocks of the month this week.  We hope you'll understand if your block arrives a few days later than normal. 
We have a couple of projects to share this week.  We finished "Sleigh Ride" as a pillow but it would be equally darling framed or finished as a wall hanging.  Your $21.95 kit includes the pattern, background flannel, wool for applique, and pillow back. 
Darlene and Kay had a wonderful time at the Green Country show in Tulsa last week.  Lots of beautiful quilts, great vendors, and a location which allowed easy loading and unloading.  As they talked with various quilters, they began to realize that Sew Graceful has a reputation of changing patterns.........we love having that reputation!  It's so much fun to take a good pattern and give it our look.

"Count Your Blessings" is a great example of a Sew Graceful makeover.  Lynette's version is very nice......
......but we wanted something a bit more primitive.  Your $22.95 kit includes the pattern, background fabric for stitchery, stitchery stabilizer, wool for applique, border fabrics, and binding.  The button is not included in the kit but can be purchased separately for $4.50.

If you'd prefer to use your own fabric, the pattern is available for $10.

Now that we look at both the original and our version we notice we put the button on the opposite side -- we really can't follow instructions!
Our newest block of the month, Winter Sampler, made its debut at the Tulsa show.  We were blown away by the positive response to it.  We plan (hope) to start this block of the month in July -- we'll keep you posted if the start date has to be moved back.  Every month for 12 months you'll receive a pattern with full size templates, background fabrics, fabric for applique (the quilt includes a little wool -- if you'd prefer an all cotton version please let us know when you sign up). The 12th month you'll also receive the borders and binding.  Cost per month is $24.95.  The quilt finishes approximately 70" x 70".

Our friend, Joan T, made the sample and we love her idea of using 2 strands of Valdani perle cotton for the embroidery.  The embroidery doesn't get lost.  We have put together a thread kit with enough thread for you to use the double strands.  When you register, let us know if you'd like to reserve a thread kit.

Since the quilt has a lot of embroidery, you may want to consider using stitchery stabilizer.  If you'd like us to send stabilizer, let us know when you register.
We are preparing for the Common Threads quilt show in Wichita KS next Thurs-Sat.  The store will be open regular hours during the show.  If you'd like more info, visit

We hope your road is nice and smooth with no unexpected turns......we are hopeful ours will smooth out soon.  See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

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