Wednesday, May 24, 2017

New block of the month

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the shop last Saturday for our Open House event.  We know it's a hectic time of the year with graduations, yard work, and planning for summer travels so appreciate your taking the time to stop by.

While we were tidying up the shop we ran across a couple of patterns we're no longer able to get wholesale (for some reason the designer decided to sell only on a retail basis) so we made kits for them.  We don't have a sample so you'll have to use your imagination but we think they'll be very cute.

Both kits include the pattern, background fabric, wool for applique, and binding.  The sentiment on "Best Things" - "The best things in life are not things at all" rings so true.  Kit is $12.95
"Trust" would make a great accent piece for the place where you spend most of your time thinking.  Kit is $10.95.
When we look at the quilt Cake Mix quilt Jane recently finished we can't help but want to curl up under it with a good book.  The quilt is made using Moda's cake mix papers.  In case you're not familiar with the papers, you get a pack of 44 paper "recipe cards".  You layer two fabrics together and sew the recipe cards creating blocks which will ultimately create the quilt.......hope this is making sense......if not, feel free to stop by or e-mail ( and ask questions.
Here's our quilt.  It has many possibilities:  send it with that special child as they begin college or give to grandma to use as a summer throw or how about gift to a friend for their road trips or how about you just keep it get the's a versatile quilt.  It finishes 56" x 72".  Your $79.95 kit includes the cake mix papers, all fabrics for the quilt top, and binding. 
We're very excited with how our newest block of the month, Simply Vintage, is looking.  We sometimes hesitate to share photos of works in progress because sometimes they don't look very appealing but we love how this is looking.  Kay's adding lots of stitching to help bring the motifs alive.

We anticipate a July start for the Simply Vintage block of the month.  The program will run for 9 months and you'll receive all background fabrics, wool for applique, borders, and binding.  The pattern has been reduced and you will be responsible for reducing the pattern (we will give you the percentage to reduce).  We've also made changes to the pattern and will provide those changes to you.

Cost is $26.95 per month.  The quilt will finish somewhere around 60" x 60".  We can't give a definite size because it's a work in progress.

The pattern can be found in Blackbird Designs' book "Simply Vintage".  The book is out of print so will be available only if you sign up for the block of the month.  Cost for the book is $26.95.

Please e-mail us (info@sewgracefulquilting) to reserve your spot.  If you've never participated in our block of the month program, please call Darlene at 479-372-7403 and she will get you signed up. 
Before we close we want to share a couple events with you.  Vicki Hardcastle is hosting the 12th Annual NWA Hook In June 10, 9:00-4:00 at the Berryville (AR) Community Center.  In addition to vendors and lots of hooking inspiration, she is hosting several workshops.  Admission is $25 and includes lunch and a souvenir -- you must preregister to attend.  Please contact Vicki at or 580-235-2279 for more information.

Image courtesy of Hardcastle Folk Art.
The following week, June 15-17 we'll be vending at the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival in Overland Park KS.  This is the second year for the festival and if it's anything like the first year, we expect we're in for a real treat.  To get more info, please visit
Of course, we'll remind you of the show as time draws closer.  If you plan to visit the show and would like us to bring something for you, please e-mail us before June 13.

See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

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