had a great time at our holiday open house last Saturday - it was so
much fun catching up with everyone. We'd hoped for a crisp day but
Mother Nature sent us a day in the 70s. Here's a couple of photos from
We are very excited to share what we've been
working on for a few weeks. We now have long sleeve t-shirts and
sweatshirts. What a great unique Christmas gift for your special friend
(or for yourself!) These are not your usual t-shirts that shrink
after the first wash and almost fall apart after the 5th wash. They are
comfort cotton shirts in a nice heavy weight with a stonewashed
look.....perfect for these chilly days.
It was very difficult to choose colors but we thought brick, pepper and
denim would best suit our look. It's almost impossible for us to get a
photo with true colors so use your imagination and muddy the colors in
the photo. We have sizes ranging from medium to 3XL in both long
sleeves and sweatshirts. Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call
479-372-7403 and we'll check our inventory.
Long sleeve tees are $26.95; sweatshirts are $46.95
Our friend Jean A made us this sweet table
runner. The applique is a mixture of cotton and wool to give an added
dimension to the piece. The pattern is found in Quiltmania #98 which is
included in your kit. Your $32.95 kit includes the magazine,
background cotton and cotton & wool for applique. The black
background fabric is a wonderful new fabric from Moda - it feels like
wool but is cotton.
It's not too late to finish this for Christmas this year.....especially
if you're staying home and stitching while wearing your new Sew Graceful
If you'd prefer to use your own materials, we have the magazine available for $13.99.
Ornaments obviously work well for Christmas
trees, but how about tucking them in the bow on a holiday package? They
also work equally well when tied to a gift bag. Debby made a set of
darling ornaments which will work in a variety of applications. Your
$24.95 kit includes the Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine with
patterns, background cottons, wool, buttons and 2 small embroidery hoops
We have more holiday themed projects to
share with you. We'll be back next week with more to inspire you. See
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
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.
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).
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
email@example.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.
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
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
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
"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.
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.