Wednesday, September 28, 2016

New fall projects

Autumn officially began last week.  We are starting to see the leaves change and feel a chill in the air.  If you're like us, we are getting in the mood for cooler temps and fall activities.

Our first project should help you get ready for fall.  The Sunflower Pincushion is very easy to make.  As usual, we modified the instructions but your kit will include our changes.  Your $5.95 kit includes the changes we made, wool for the pincushion top and fabric for the back.  The pattern contains instructions for an additional two pincushions and is sold separately for $9.
Another project that is sure to make you think of fall is "Moon Dance".  Your $21.95 kit includes the pattern, background fabric, and wool for applique.  We finished ours as a framed piece but your kit contains enough background fabric that you could finish as a wall hanging or small quilt.

If you'd prefer to use your own materials, the pattern is available for $9.50.
As we were organizing our warehouse we ran across a few more Yazzi and craft bags.  We are down to less than a handful of each.  As a reminder, production has stopped on both these styles so once they're gone, they're gone forever.  If you want one, please let us know quickly by calling 479-372-7403 so you won't be disappointed.

Yazzi bags are $34.95 each.  Craft case is $26.95 each.
Reiko Kato's new book, The New Adventures of Billy and Sue, arrived.  It contains absolutely darling motifs....all sorts of inspiration for quilts, wall hangings, and totes.  If you pre-ordered a copy, Debby is preparing your book for mailing or putting it in your folder.  If you didn't pre-order, we have several extra copies and will be glad to hold one for you.

184 pages $42.95
It was a good week if you're as wild about books as we are.  Kathy Sullivan's book, A Change of Seasons, also arrived.  It's full of great projects in typical Kathy Sullivan style.  Great photos and clear instructions.  If you pre-ordered a copy, Debby is taking care of you.  If you didn't and would like a copy, please let us know.

112 pages $27.99
Thanks to everyone who emailed us about our mystery critter.  April L pointed us to a very interesting website to help with identifying birds.  The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a wealth of information at the touch of a button.  Cornell Lab

Mystery solved.......he's a black vulture......and as many of you commented......we must of had a tasty treat close by.

We will leave you with that bit of info and be back next Thursday.  See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Rosie the snowman quilt

Thanks for all your nice comments about our version of Blackbird Designs' "The Raven" quilt.  We are on schedule to start the block of the month in October.  As with any of our blocks of the month, you can start any time.....we're very flexible.

As many of you know, we often modify patterns but are also designers ourselves.  When we saw Bunny Hill's red and white winter line we knew we wanted to do something fun with it.  Debby designed this darling table runner.  Your "Snow Days" kit includes the pattern, fabric for the top, and binding.  It finishes 49" x 16".  Kit is $24.95.

If you don't need a table runner, it would be equally cute displayed on a wall.  What a quick and easy gift for the holiday season!
Another darling snowman kit is "Rosie".  She finishes 18" x 24".  Your $29.95 kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, and binding.  The pattern also includes instructions for making a larger version (we'll be happy to help you choose fabrics for the larger version). 
We were very excited to learn about a new magazine devoted to wool.  "Wool Works" will debut in January and will be published quarterly.  If you'd like to be sure to receive a copy, please e-mail ( or call 479-372-7403 and we'll get you on the list.

The magazine is geared to those who enjoy wool applique, rug hooking or quilting with wool.  Subjects covered will include secrets of dying your own wool, visits to quilting and hooking guilds, and how to master embroidery stitches (among many other topics).

Each issue is $10.99. 
We love living in the country but must confess we're never sure what sort of critter we will see.  The other day we were leaving the shop and spotted the oddest looking bird near our sign.  He/she had a brown head and neck and a black body.  At first we thought vulture, then crow, then raven......but we're not sure what he is.  Maybe you'll spot him next time you're at the shop.
We will leave you to think about our critter.  See you again next Thursday.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Our version of The Raven quilt

Kay and Erin had a great time at the Springfield show.  It was Erin's first time to help at a show so she was on sensory overload with wonderful booths and beautiful quilts in the show......we're quite sure she was close to the max on her phone photo memory.

Welcome to all the new subscribers.  We're so happy you are letting us share our love of what we do with you each Thursday.

We are super excited to be able to share a photo of our version of Blackbird Designs' "The Raven" quilt.  Kay's been working on the sample and it's ready for quilting.  Our backgrounds are all Diamond Textiles fabrics.  We added a border to ours and your kit will include all fabrics for the border as well as the border instructions and templates. The block of the month begins in October and lasts 11 months.  $24.95 per month which includes all fabric for the top, borders, binding, and border instructions.  The book is required and is available for an additional $28.

If you'd like to reserve a spot, give Darlene a call at 479-372-7403. 
While we're on the subject of Blackbird Designs, we have an update on the Secret Garden booklet.  Alma notified us the booklet is at the printer's office this week and should be shipped to Moda next week.  Moda processes orders quickly so we are hopeful the wait is finally almost over.

We appreciate your patience in waiting.  If you're not on the list but would like us to reserve a copy for you, please e-mail ( or call 479-372-7403.  Cost is $16
We received another new Yoko Saito book, "Yoko Saito's Traditional Block Patterns".  It includes patterns for 66 blocks and is a beautifully photographed book.  It includes patterns for triangle blocks, nine-patch blocks, basket blocks, star blocks (just to name a few)......a great additional to your library.  $32.95
Several weeks ago we shared a photo of a cute crow quilt in progress.  Jane H finished our sample and we're pleased to be able to share it with you.  Your $22.95 kit includes fabric for the top and binding.  The pattern is sold separately for $9.  The pattern contains instructions to make an additional two quilts. 
We hope you're enjoying these last few weeks of summer.  As you're putting together your fall calendar don't forget to add the Saline Quilters a Guild biennial show. "Quilting in the Heart of Arkansas" will be held Friday, Sep 16 9:00-7:00 and Sat, Sep 17 9:00-3:00 at the Benton County Event Center on I-30 in Benton, Arkansas. There will be over 100 quilts on display, vendors, and door prizes. Admission is $5. If you would like more info please visit

See you again next Thursday.