Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Necessity Minders - we love them

What a fun time Darlene and Kay had at the show in Kansas City.  Of course, when they're out together something "unusual" always happens.......once Darlene's insulin froze and they had to drive all over Dallas to find insulin and needles.......once they left Wichita with 1/4 tank of gas thinking Joplin was only a few miles away - they made it to the only gas station for miles around running on fumes.......once Darlene got pink eye and they googled home remedies - ran all over town looking for raw honey and goat's milk......this time they went out to start the car Saturday morning only to find the battery was dead.  As luck would have vehicles were parked on both sides with a fence in front of the car so the nice motel man and Kay had to push the car up an incline and into the driveway so he could jump the car.  Note to self:  if Darlene or Kay offer to join you on a trip, politely decline.........laugh, laugh, laugh.

Welcome to all the new subscribers.  Thank you for wanting to join us every Thursday for our weekly newsletter.

We were very excited to receive our shipment of Simply Vintage.  We're convinced this is one of the best quilting magazines on the market and it's only $17.99.  It's a magazine but we view it more as a coffee table type book of inspiration.  If you're on automatic to receive the magazine, Debby has your order processed. If you're not on auto ship and would like to be, please e-mail
We have a few back issues available (beginning at the left Summer 2016, Autumn 2016, Spring 2017, Winter 2015).  Let us know if you'd like to reserve any (or all) of these.  $17.99 each.
We also received our shipment of Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher.  It's filled with 13 inspiring projects - all for only $8.99.  If you're on automatic to receive the magazine, Debby has your order processed.  If you want to be sure you don't miss an issue, please let us know by e-mailing
When we find a super handy gadget we can't wait to share it with you.  Our friend Michael D shared Necessity Minders with us before we left for Kansas City.  Of course, we have to test everything before we offer it for sale.  This gets a thumbs up.

The Necessity Minder is worn around your neck and will hold a variety of objects.  We used ours to hold our cell phones in Kansas City (simply insert the flexible holder around the phone protector).  It also would be handy for holding a small purse which would leave your hands free for shopping, keys while you walk on the beach, scissors so you're not searching for them, and so many other items. 
When you need to use the item, simply press the silver button to release the clips.
At $6 each, they make a great gift for yourself and all your pals.  When you order, let us know what color you'd prefer:  orange, blue, black, light pink, purple, white, dark pink, green, brown, red, gray, or yellow.
Before we close we must share a project with you.  We love Kim Diehl's primitive look and adore how Jane H put together Kim's "Sprigs & Twigs" quilt.  It finishes 60" x 60".  Your $76.95 kit includes fabric for the top, borders, and binding.

The pattern is in Kim's book "Simple Appeal" and is sold separately.  $28.99
The Row by Row shop hop officially began yesterday.  We hope you'll make plans to include us when you're mapping out your journey.  See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

New kits and new books

Yesterday was special - we saw our first baby deer of the season.  He'd just been born and mama was cleaning him while he nursed.  We also recently saw our first ladybug of the season.  It's those little things in life that cause us to smile.

This week we have a couple of new things to share with you.  Kay's newest design "Floral Elegance" finishes 67 1/2" x 81".  Your $104.95 kit includes the pattern, all fabric to make the top and binding.  The shapes are large which makes this a quilt that will be quick to finish. 
We can certainly relate to the sentiment expressed on this next design.   If you or someone you know feels the same way, this would make a sweet piece to stitch.  We've finished ours as a small wall hanging; your $18.95 kit includes the background sandcastle fabric (which is prestamped), a needle, embroidery floss, fabrics for borders, and binding.

Let us know if we can reserve an "I can't handle" kit (or two).
We are putting together another Quiltmania order and wanted to share several of their new books.  If you'd like to reserve a copy of any of these, please e-mail

Dawn Heese's book "From the Linen Closet" is filled with applique and pieced quilts.  Many of you are probably familiar with Dawn's work as she's visited several local guilds.  $51.95
Hat Creek Quilts by Dierdre Bond-Abel's book "Hat Creek Quilts" is filled with lots of beautiful applique projects.  We're showing a sampling of them below.  She tends to use bright fabrics.....and you know we would use our beautiful primitive fabrics.  We'll be happy to put together kits for any quilt in the book.  $49.95
If you like art type quilts, Segalaine Schweitzer's book "A Trip Around the Wool Continues" is for you.  Instructions are in both French and English.  $45.95
We're putting the finishing touches on several new projects we'll unveil at the show in Kansas City next week.  Darlene will have our newest block of the month "Simply Vintage" quilted and we'll share photos next week.  Until then, we hope you get to see something magical in nature.

See you soon.

Darlene and Debby