Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Lots of information this week

We have lots to share this week so will jump in feet first and start inspiring you.....but......before we begin.....if you recently purchased a "The Fall Guy" kit from us you may be missing black and white wool.  Please check your kit and let us know.  We'll get it right out to you.

Sometimes we feel like this silly frog juggling eggs - we love what we do but sometimes have one too many eggs in the air.
Debby recently finished the most darling pillow, Flowers in your Garden, that will be perfect for spring decorating.  Your $24.95 kit includes the pattern, fabric for the pillow, wool for applique, backing fabric, and buttons for embellishment.  We finished ours as a pillow but it would be equally charming framed (as the pattern designer suggested) or finished as a small wall hanging.  We think it would make a nice Easter surprise for your favorite stitching friend.

If you'd prefer to use our own supplies, the pattern is available for $9.50.
If you've been in the store recently you've probably noticed Kay's progress on Scraps of my Life.  For those who don't have the luxury of popping over, we'd like to share.....please excuse all the threads on our design wall......our design wall truly is used every day.
Several people have asked how Kay gets her edges so crisp and how small pieces look so smooth.......hang on......we are going to share the "secret".  Here's a sample of the crisp edges.
She uses water soluble applique paper by Hugs and Kisses.  The paper is semi-transparent which allows for easy tracing of the pattern; it's also inkjet printable.  A packages of 20 sheets is $19.95.

In addition to the paper, she uses a non-slip black mat to help as she turns the edges.  This mat eliminates the need for a sand paper board; the smooth surface won't damage tools or fabrics.  It's easy to carry and store and can be washed.  If you work with beads, this mat will become your best friend - beads won't roll and scatter all over your work surface.  $17.95
If you'd like to jump in a try this technique with Scraps of my Life, kits are available for $74.95.  The pattern is sold separately for $27.95.
We've received notice the new Blackbird Designs book is coming soon.  If you've already placed your order for it, we have you covered.  If you aren't on the list but would like to be, send us an e-mail at and we'll get you on the list.  $28
We received our shipment of Primitive Quilts & Projects Summer issue.  As usual, the magazine is filled with projects to appeal to those of us who adore the primitive look.  Kay's "Picnic in the Park" quilt pattern is contained in this issue.  Magazine is $9.99 and the Picnic in the Park kit is $74.95.

If you're on automatic shipment for the magazine, Debby is processing your order now.  If you're not on automatic but would like to be, let us know by e-mailing
We have more to share but will wait until next Thursday since this is getting quite long.  See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

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