Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Block of the month openings

Kay had a wonderful time sharing her love of wool applique with the Gone to Pieces quilt guild in Wagoner OK.  Welcome to all the new readers who signed up for the newsletter.  We send a weekly newsletter every Thursday morning, rain or shine.

Last week we promised to share a project that may surprise you.  The table runner "Autumn Song" pictured below contains a variety of sweet appliqued motifs......all the things that bring a smile to our face......but wait......are they actually appliqued?
This is actually a very high quality panel which has been quilted to bring the shapes alive.  To save time, we machine quilted ours but this project would be a great place to practice your hand quilting skills.  Rather than do fine quilting, we'd recommend using Valdani perle cotton to give it a primitive look.  The runner finishes 22" x 44".

A kit containing the panel, backing fabric and binding is $19.95.  If you'd prefer to choose your own backing and binding, the panel is $7.95.
We are down to less than a handful of openings in several blocks of the month so wanted to let you know.

"Spooky Hollow" is a 9 month program ($19.95 per month).  The pattern is sold separately for $20.  Backgrounds are all Diamond Textiles fabrics and the applique is wool.  The quilt finishes 46" x 58".  We have 1 spot left.

Some wools used in the project are hand dyed and may vary slightly from the photograph.
We have 1 spot left in Lynette Anderson's mystery button club, Seaside Town.  Each month for 12 months you'll receive a pattern with hand painted button and fabric to support the pattern.  The quilt is a mystery but Lynette has told us it will measure approximately 34" x 44".

Cost is $22.95 per month.  An optional thread kit is available. 
We have 3 openings left in "Winter Sampler".  The quilt background fabric is from Moda.  Most applique is cotton; berries and a few miscellaneous pieces are wool.  The quilt finishes 60" x 70"

Cost is $24.95 per month - program lasts 12 months.  Cost includes the pattern, background fabric, applique fabric, wool, borders, and binding.

We offer an optional thread kit, stabilizer, wool punch and backing fabric. 
Since we enjoy visiting quilt shows, we like to share information about upcoming shows.  Kay will be vending at the 30th annual quilt show presented by the Little Balkans Quilt Guild.  The show is Fri, Sep 1, 9:00-6:00 and Sat, Sep 2, 9:00-4:00 at Memorial Auditorium, 503 N Pine, Pittsburg KS.  Admission is $5.  For more info, visit

The Piecemakers Quilt Guild show is Sat, Sep 2, 9:00-5:00 at the North Fork Baptist Church in Eufala OK.  Admission is $5.  For more info contact Carol ( 
See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

It's feeling like Fall

What a surprise as our weather went from sweltering hot to balmy temperatures but we are loving the cooler weather.  It reminds us fall is just around the corner.  This week we'd like to share a couple of fall themed projects to help as you transition from summer to fall decorating.

If you've been a fan of the primitive look for very long you're probably familiar with Cheri Payne (Quilts by Cheri).  We were saddened to learn of Cheri's cancer diagnosis but happy to report the treatments seem to be working.  Cheri closed her web store several weeks ago but before she closed we bought several of the patterns that have been on our "to do" list for many months.

"Ever Thankful" finishes 18" x 19" so is the perfect size for a side table accent or to tuck in a small space in your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom.  Your $29.95 kit includes the pattern, background fabrics, wool for applique, borders, and binding.  Once these are gone, we won't be able to get more.  The pattern is not available separately.
"Happy Jack" is a fun little piece that can be framed, finished as a pillow or as a small wall hanging.  Your $9.95 kit includes the pattern, background cotton and wool for applique.  Please note fabric and wool in the kit is slightly different from the photo below.....but we think you'll be very pleased with our replacement choices. 
Darlene and Tami have been busy playing in the wool dye and have dyed up a pretty batch of wool.  We don't have (and don't plan) to have our wool on our website.  It's an almost full time job keeping the website updated with what is on it -- if you are looking for specific wool, please contact us.  We will be happy to be your personal wool shopper and mail it to you.
We have a full fall schedule of shows so are in preparation mode for them.  Although it only feels like fall, Kay will be at the Gone to Pieces Quilt Guild in Wagoner OK on Aug 14 where she will be sharing her love of working with wool.

We'll be back next week with a new project that we think will surprise you.   See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

New $10 block of the month begins Jan 2018

Every year since we opened, we have offered a $10 block of the month.  Our program is quite simple - you receive a pattern and a block every month for 11 months; during the 12th month you get borders and binding to complete your quilt top.  No finishing kit is required.

Kay's been working on the sample for our 2018 $10 block of the month, Mary's Farmhouse.  The quilt will finish approximately 35" x 35".  It is a combination of wool applique and embroidery.  Below are 6 of the blocks - we will keep you updated on the progress.  The finished quilt will have 9 blocks and will contain applique on all borders.

Mary's Farmhouse block of the month will begin January 2018.

If you know you absolutely definitely must have this project, please e-mail us at or call 479-372-7403 to sign up.

When you sign up please let us know if you'd like us to include any (or all) of the optional items:
  • Soft Fuse $19.95
  • Chenille needles $2 per pack
  • Thread kit (cost varies but averages approximately $5 per month)
  • Brown pigma pen $2.98
We're sure many can relate to the sentiment expressed on the cute wall hanging below "Home is where the cat hair sticks to everything but the cat".  Your $18.95 kit includes sandcastle background fabric which has been prestamped with the kitty image and wording.  It also includes perle cotton floss, a needle, border fabrics and binding.  Let us know if we can reserve a kit for you - it's not too soon to be thinking of holiday gift giving.
We've been notified by Quiltmania that Irene Blanck's book "Focus on Applique" is out of print and only a few dozen remain in stock in their warehouse.  If you haven't got your copy of this beautiful book, don't delay.  You can order your copy by visiting our website Sew Graceful Quilting If you're local and would like us to put a book in your folder, email or call 479-372-7403.  $49.95
The cooler weather has us thinking of fall projects.  Hopefully it has inspired you too.  We hope you're finding some quiet stitching time these last few weeks before school starts and the holiday bustle begins.   See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Fall Guy is back

We are kind of glad for a few weeks break before Kay goes out to another show.......when she returns from a show she is super inspired and bubbling with creativity.  Back to back shows meant double inspiration.  Every show is fun and unique but one thing that made the Grove show even more unique was the fact the vehicle could be driven right up to the booth and unloaded.  Below are photos of the booth and the vehicle parked inside ready to be unloaded.
As we unpacked, we thought it would be nice to freshen up the shop.  Here's a photo of the front door area....
.....and a photo of the far right corner area.
It's no secret that we love containers -- little boxes, big boxes, wood, metal, or cloth -- anything that allows us to put stuff neatly in compartments.  When we saw the new Moda tins we knew we had to order them.  These are hinged (no more misplacing the lid) and have a nice silky smooth finish.  They're 2 3/4" x 3 1/4".  Best of all the price is only $2.45.  Let us know how many we can hold for you ( or 479-372-7403.

We're sure you can figure it out but the items shown in the container are not included.
The Fall Guy is back in stock.  We found time to dye the fox wool and kits are ready.  Your $36.95 kit includes the pattern, background cotton, wool for applique, rick rack, and backing fabric.  The sample is shown with the rustic metal tray ($48).  If you're interested in the tray, please e-mail ( or call 479-372-7403 and we'll discuss shipping options.  If you'd prefer to use your own supplies to make this cute piece, patterns are available for $10.

As an alternative to shipping, Kay can bring your tray to a future show in Pittsburg KS, Joplin MO, or Mountain Home AR this fall. 
Spring Fling is also back in stock.  Your $36.95 kit includes the pattern, sandcastle fabric for the background, wool for applique, rick rack and backing fabric.  If you'd prefer to use your own supplies, the pattern is available for $10.
Several of you have inquired as to our 2018 $10 block of the month.  Yes......we plan to continue our tradition of offering a $10 block of the month next year.  Kay is working on the sample and should have blocks ready to share in the next couple of weeks.  We're really excited about the 2018 project and are finding it difficult to keep it under wraps.

We hope you're finding some quiet stitching time these last few weeks before school starts and the holiday bustle begins.   See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Do you need a recent issue of Quiltmania?

Kay and her sister Donna had a great time at the Hot Springs show last week.  Although Donna isn't a quilter, she said after seeing all those beautiful quilts and listening to everyone's enthusiasm she just might give it a try.  In case you didn't get a chance to visit, here's a few shots of the booth.
Unfortunately, we are sold out of the sweet quilt on the left side of the left photo below (the one with the darling moose and penguin).

We have one opening left for the fall pumpkin quilt (laying on the table in the left photo) block of the month. We have recut kits for Buttermilk Basin's Merrie Christmas (the quilt on the table on the left side of the left photo).
Kay will be at the Grand Lake 'o the Cherokees show this week - July 21 (9:00-5:00) and July 22 (9:00-4:00) at the Grove (OK) Civic Center, 1702 Main.  She will be doing an Apliquick demo on Friday from 1-2.  For more info, visit the guild website at  We're sharing a photo of the guild's fundraising quilt - what a fun quilt!
While she was unpacking from Hot Springs and repacking for Grove, Kay noticed we had several recent issues of Quiltmania and realized she'd forgotten to put news of their arrival in the newsletter.  If you missed an issue and would like to reserve a copy, please e-mail ( or call 479-372-7403.

Each magazine contains a variety of projects in typical Quiltmania style -- beautifully photographed with easy to follow instructions.  $13.99 each

#116 Nov/Dec 2016
#117 Jan/Feb 2017
#118 Mar/Apr 2017
#119 May/June 2017
We're working on several fall themed projects and are excited to share them with you in the coming weeks.  Hope to see you at the shop or at the show in Grove (or both places).

Darlene and Debby

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Non slip mats are back in stock

By the time you read this, Kay will be on her way with an SUV full of goodies headed south to the Hot Springs Area Quilt Show.  If you're in the area or would like to plan a vacation around the show, make plans to stop by the Hot Springs Convention Center, 134 Convention Blvd, Hall A, July 14 or 15 10:00-4:00.

We were super excited to learn Quiltmania is publishing another children's magazine.  If it's like their previous children's magazines, many of the designs can be made for people like us who are kids at heart.  It contains 13 projects and cost is $22.99 (that's $1.77 per design - what a good deal).  We expect delivery early August.  Let us know if we can reserve a copy for you.
We are also very excited to let you know our nonslip black mats are back in stock.  These mats are very versatile.  We use them with the Apliquick tools but they're equally handy for anyone who is working on something that needs to stay in teeny tiny beads or tracing an applique shape.  The mat is washable.  If you were on the waiting list to receive a mat, Debby has processed your order.

Let us know if we can reserve a mat for you.  Cost is $19.95.
The fall issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine should arrive in a couple of weeks.  The fall issue typically sells out quickly so if you're not on auto ship to receive the magazine and would like us to hold a copy, please e-mail ( or call 479-372-7403.  Cost is $9.99
Kay's "Crows in the Pumpkin Patch" quilt is included in the fall issue of the magazine.  We are one step ahead of the game and have kits ready.  Your kit includes the fabric to make the quilt top and binding.  The pattern is in the Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine and must be purchased separately.  The quilt finishes 45" x 51".  Kit cost is $74.95.
We plan to be at the Grove OK show July 20 and 21.  Let us know by Tues, July 18 if you'd like us to be your personal shopper and bring something for you.

We'll be back next week with more to inspire and entice you.  See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Do you need a vacation take along project?

What a great holiday week.  Saturday we enjoyed visiting with many of you who were in town for the holiday.  We enjoyed spending time with our family on July 4 - why is it food always tastes better on a holiday?  Have you noticed how yummy potato salad tastes on a holiday versus just a regular day......or hot dogs.......or watermelon.

This week we want to share several quick to stitch, great vacation take along projects.  All kits come with background fabric, wool for the applique, and backing fabric.  All finish 3 1/2" x 7".  Some kits also include buttons.

All can be displayed on stick stands (available in short, medium and tall sizes).  Stands are $4.95 each.  If you'd prefer another use, any of these could be finished as a pincushion.  Several people have commented they'd be darling finished as an eyeglass case.  Bowl fillers are popular right now - simply stitch and stuff several and arrange in your favorite bowl.  If you need a small wall hanging, stitch 4, add sashing and a border and you've got a sweet little wall hanging.

Here's our display using the sticks.
Blue Bird - includes button - $15.95
Bee Skep - includes button - $15.95
Pumpkins - includes button - $15.95
Watermelon - includes a bee button (we were so eager to finish ours we forgot to sew the bee) - $15.95
Vintage Garden - includes button - $15.95
Hare & Seek - no buttons - $12.95
Blitzen - no buttons - $12.95
You can order any (or all) of these on our website by clicking You can also e-mail ( or call 479-372-7403 to place your order.  If you'd like to order a stand, please give us a call.  We will have to adjust postage to mail the stand.

Speaking of summer travels and stitching projects, we want to share info about a couple of upcoming quilt shows.

The Hot Springs Area Quilt show will be held Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 from 10:00-4:00 at the Hot Springs Convention Center, 134 Convention Blvd, Hall A.  If you'd like Kay to be your personal shopper and bring goodies, please let us know by Weds, July 12.  For more info, visit

Kay will also be at the Grand Lake 'o the Cherokees quilt show on Friday, July 21 (9:00-5:00) and Sat, July 22 (9:00-4:00).  The show will be at the Grove Civic Center, 1702 Main, Grove OK.  She will be demonstrating the Apliquick tools on Friday from 1:00 to 2:00.  For more info, visit
We'll be back next week with more to inspire and entice you.  See you soon.

Darlene and Debby