Wednesday, December 5, 2018

More great holiday gifts

Thanks to everyone who stopped by last Saturday for our holiday open house.  It was great seeing everyone.  Judging by the number who enjoyed Sharon's wool Christmas tree demo, there's lots of pretty wooly trees in the area.  We have more wooly tree kits and are happy to mail them if you can't stop by.  Kits are $24.95.

We are so embarrassed......last week we featured a kit by Lynette Anderson but described the wrong all three of us missed that is beyond us......anyway, here's the correct info.  We have 2 Anderson's Farm kits available.  Your $199.50 kit includes the patterns with full size templates, fabrics for the top (there's a little wool on the quilt which is also included), borders, binding and hand painted buttons.  The quilt finishes 34" x 48".
If you need a quick and easy Christmas quilt, the Pine Tree Strip Quilt is for you.  It's made using a jelly roll and a background fabric.  It's a super easy easy that it was the first quilt made by Erin B. Thanks for loaning us the sample Erin!

Your $64.95 kit includes the pattern, jelly roll, background fabric, borders and binding.  The quilt finishes 57" x 62". 
We love the simple look of a two color quilt so were very excited to receive our copy of "Red and White Quilts".  Fourteen of today's top designers share their version of quilts using red and white fabrics.  Authors include Lisa Bongean, Kim Diehl, Sue Dailey, Jen Kingwell and many others.  The book includes vintage as well as modern quilts in techniques from patchwork to applique to English paper piecing.  112 pages.  $27.99
Our final project this week, "Glad Tidings", contains one of our favorite Biblical passages. The wording is stamped on sandcastle fabric so you can begin stitching as soon as you receive your kit.  Your $29.95 kit includes the prestamped fabric, thread, needle, border fabrics from Primitive Gatherings, binding and the star button.  The quilt finishes 17 1/2" x 20 1/2".

If you'd prefer to use your own border and binding fabrics, the prestamped fabric, needle & thread kit is available for $18. 
Judging by the weather reports, we may get snow Friday and Saturday.  If that's the case, please call the shop before you make a trip out.  479-372-7403
Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Mother of Pearl thread winders make a great gift

We're super excited about our Holiday Open House this Saturday, Dec 1 9:00-3:00.  We'll have refreshments and have these activities planned.
  • Wooly Christmas tree demo - if you purchase a kit to make a wooly tree, we'll give a free demo to help you get started.  With our technique, your tree will be ready for ornaments in less than 2 hours.  9:00-2:00
  • Appliquick demo - Kay will be available to demonstrate the use of the Appliquick tools 9:00-11:00
  • Select kits will be discounted
  • Kay's "Frosty Morning" tablerunner as featured in Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine is back so you'll be first to get to see it up close and personal
Since Christmas is coming quickly, we will be highlighting gift giving ideas the next few weeks.  If you are looking for a unique gift, how about a mother of pearl thread winder?  These mother of pearl winders are no longer being made so once they're gone, they're gone forever.

Each cute sheep in the Ewe Thread Winder collection is 2.25" wide and 1.5" high.  You'll receive 2 winders in each pack - $9.50 per pack.
The Hare Thread Winders are just adorable.  Each hare measures 2.75" wide and .34" high.  You'll receive 2 per pack - $9.50 per pack.
We just couldn't pass on the Blackbird Thread Winders.  Each blackbird measures 2.25" wide and .85" high.  You're receive 3 per pack - $9.50 per pack.
Perhaps you're looking for a special project to keep you busy for a while.  Lynette Anderson's Seaside Town is a combination of cotton applique, piecing, English paper piecing and embroidery.  Your $275 kit includes the patterns, hand painted buttons, fabrics for quilt top and binding. The fabrics in your kit will not be exact matches but will be close to the photo below.

Please don't hesitate too long as we have only 2 kits available.
When we saw these sheep scissors, we knew we absolutely positively must order some.  They're actually much blacker than the photo shows.  They're 3.75" high so are the perfect size for your stitching bag (they're especially darling when paired with the mother of pearl thread winders).  $11.50 each
"Santa' Treats" is the perfect size for a small nook in your home.  The quilt finishes approximately 5" x 12". Your $15.95 kit includes the background flannel (the green fabric), black wool, wool for applique, buttons and binding.

If you'd like to order an Ackfeld hanger to display your quilt, let us know when you place your order.  We'll also be happy to put together a Valdani thread kit for you.
The winter issue of Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher is filled with 30 projects designed with the punch needle and cross stitch enthusiast in mind.  $14.99
See you Saturday!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Save the Date

We know it's very likely you are busy preparing for your Thanksgiving holiday so we will keep the newsletter short this week.  Mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec 1. We plan to have a Christmas open house on that day.  We are working out the details but know we will be available to help you make your very own wool Christmas tree.  We've refined the technique so it takes less than an hour from start to finish.

We'll share complete details next week but wanted to get our event on your calendar.......Dec 1.
We wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving. 
Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Lots of Christmas inspiration

The snowfall earlier this week reminded us to remind you of our inclement weather policy.  If the Rogers public schools are closed, the shop will be closed.  If snow is falling or is on the roads, please call us before you make a trip out to the shop.  As you're aware if you've been to the shop, several portions of Pleasant Ridge Road don't get much sun which means melting occurs slowly.

We will have an abbreviated newsletter next week since it's Thanksgiving week so we have a lot to share this week.

Darlene has a very limited amount of stitching time so she chooses her stitching projects carefully.  When she saw the "Bear and Snowman Wall Quilt" she knew it was on her "I absolutely must stitch this" list.  The background is a lovely mottled navy fabric by Primitive Gatherings and the applique is wool.  Each wool shape is beautifully embellished with stitching.  Your $36.95 kit includes the pattern, background cotton, wool for the applique, borders and binding.  The quilt finishes 21 1/2" x 27 1/2".

We'll be happy to put together a thread kit - just let us know you'd like to order one when you place your kit order.
Our shipment of long sleeve t-shirts arrived just in time for holiday gift giving.  These are not the usual thin t-shirts one often know the kind ..... it'll fit a normal person before washing and a 5-year old after washing.  We ordered three yummy colors:  brick, lavender and chalky mint.  Brick and lavender are pictured below - we couldn't get a good photo of chalky mint but think back to the after dinner mints grandma used to keep on her coffee table -- the green is similar.

Shirts are $28.95 each and available in a variety of sizes. 
We received notification this week that effective Jan 1 the price of Valdani perle cotton will increase.  This means the balls will go from $4.95 each to $5.45 each.  Now would be a good time to place an order to fill in holes you may have in your stash.  You can order on line, call Darlene at 479-372-7403 or e-mail ( with your order. 
We're always super excited to see boxes arrive from Quiltmania because they contain magazines filled with inspiration.  The winter issue of Simply Vintage contains 17 projects ranging from pieced quilts to embroidery to wool applique.  If you're on auto ship to receive the magazine, Debby is processing your order today.  If you're not and would like to be, please let us know.  $17.99
We are in awe of the Quiltmania magazine cover quilt.  It would probably take us a long time to make but would be a beautiful addition to our quilt collection.  The magazine is filled with a particularly wonderful selection of projects.  $13.99
Although the Simply Moderne magazine contains contemporary projects, we can visualize all of them in our primitive fabrics.  $17.99
Last but not least, we wanted to share a photo of Kay's progress on the "4 Seasons" table topper project.  Here's a portion of the spring section of the project.  We'll share updates on our Instagram page (sewgracefulquilting) and Facebook (Sew Graceful Quilting).
Last week Cox subscribers didn't receive their weekly newsletter until around noon.  We always send our weekly newsletter out at 6:00 a.m. CST.  If you're enjoying your morning cup of coffee and looking forward to reading our newsletter and find your inbox is empty, you can read our newsletter by visiting our blog

See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

New patterns from Designs by Margott

It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is only two weeks from today.  We know many of you get serious about Christmas decorating after Thanksgiving so wanted to share a very quick project to help with decorating.

"Christmas Fun Pillow" was designed by our friend Lynette Anderson.  Your $8.95 kit includes the pattern, all fabrics for the ornament (including backing), stitchery stabilizer and rustic twine for hanging.  It finishes approximately 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".  We'll be happy to put together a thread kit if you'd like.

If you'd prefer to use your own supplies, the pattern is available for $5.
"Autumn Reflection" finishes 14 1/2" x 14 1/2".  Your $36.95 kit includes the pattern, background flannel, wool for applique, binding and backing fabric. 
We received our shipment of patterns by Designs by Margott.  In addition to the patterns we normally carry, we ordered several patterns we haven't stocked before.  You may place your order by visiting our website or calling Darlene at 479-372-7403.

"Moments" finishes 22" x 22".  $18.95
"Silent in the City" measures 29 1/2".  $20.95
"Old Townhouses" contains patterns for the bag (11" x 14" x 6") and the key case (4 3/4" x 3").  $17.95
"Quilt House" measures 8" x 23 1/2".  $13.95
We are working on a sample for 4 Seasons and Warm Wishes.  Once the samples are finished, we will have kits available.  If you'd like to reserve a kit, please e-mail ( or call 479-372-7403.  We anticipate kits will be ready early 2019. 
We realize some of you are reading this while at Quilt Festival in Houston.  If you're there, keep an eye open for new designers -- we'd love to find some new designs.  If you're like us and staying home, you can still enjoy the show by visiting  The quilts winning the big prizes are shown on the website.
If you're like us, you're super motivated to create and stitch.  Hope you're finding some time for yourself.  See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

We're down to only 2 kits

We can't remember a prettier display of leaves than what we've seen this year.  It doesn't seem to matter whether the sun is shining or whether it's cloudy -- the leaves are beautiful.  When Darlene arrived home after work Tuesday, she snapped a pic of the leaves as they swirled around the many packages left on her many wonderful goodies!
We know many of you are disappointed when you miss out on a kit so we wanted to let you know we have only 2 kits left of a couple of great quilts.  They'd make wonderful Christmas gifts.  Both kits contain individual block packages so you don't have to guess what wool goes with what background.  Backgrounds are all homespun fabrics; appliques are all wool.  Both kits contain pattern, cottons and wools for the top, borders and binding.  We'll be happy to help you select a backing fabric for $9.95 per yard.

You can place your order on line by visiting or by calling 479-372-7403 or emailing (

Camp Runamuk finishes 48" x 56".  $159.95
Merrie Christmas by Buttermilk Basin.  Quilt finishes 47" x 47".  $169.95
"My Christmas Gift" is a Sew Graceful exclusive and finishes quickly.  It makes a great table topper for holiday entertaining or a fun wallhanging.  It finishes 42" x 42" and features a holiday fabric designed by Lynette Anderson.  The binding is a cute red check fabric sewn on the bias.  Your $19.95 kit includes the pattern, fabric for the top and binding.  We'll be happy to coordinate a backing fabric for you.
We are taking orders for Kim Diehl's newest publication.  She has created a handy journal, "Simple Reflections:  A Journal for Memories and Musings".  In addition to places to record your thoughts it contains some of Kim's favorite seasonal recipies.  It's a nice size for slipping in your stitching bag or purse (5.25" x 8.375").  112 pages  $14.99

Please note - no patterns are included.
If you're like us, you're super motivated to create and stitch.  Hope you're finding some time for yourself.  See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

We are working on our 2019 schedule

Kay had a nice time in Fort Scott last weekend at our last vending event of 2018 - pretty quilts, beautiful scenery and super friendly people were a great way to close our last road trip of the year.  We are putting together our calendar for 2019.  Email ( if you'd like us to consider your event next year.  We got brave and decided we'd venture out of our area so applied for a spot at the Mountain Quiltfest show in Pigeon Forge Tennessee.  The vendors are juried and unfortunately we were not given a spot......but we aren't giving up on travel outside our little area....
The winter issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine arrived.  The magazine is filled with all sorts of inspiration.  If you're on our auto ship program, you should have received your copy.  If you're not on auto ship and would like to be, e-mail ( or call 479-372-7403 and we'll get you set up.  The issue contains 15 projects (not 16 as stated on the cover).  $9.99
The final installment of Kay's series of tablerunners is in the winter issue of the magazine.  We have kits available for "Frosty Morning".  Your $31.95 kit includes fabric for the top and binding (the entire table runner is cotton).  It finishes 23" x 42".

Please note, the pots are a pretty charcoal/black as shown on the left side of the photo.  For some reason, the right pot photographed gold.  We should get the sample back from the publisher soon so you'll be able to see the real piece at the shop. 
Our website has been updated with Diamond Textiles' Nikko Geo and Kent Chambray lines.  If you need yardage of any of these fabrics, visit our website to place your order  Of course, you can always give us a call and Darlene will be happy to take your order over the phone 479-372-7403.
It's likely some of you are starting to think about Christmas decorating.  This week we have a fun set of primitive ornaments.  They would be pretty on your tree or equally nice tied to gift bags or would make a nice gift for your child or grandchild's teacher......your imagination is the limit on the uses.

Your $24.95 kit includes the winter 2015 issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine, background cottons, wool for applique, 2 wooden hoops and all the buttons needed for the 6 ornaments.  Of course, the magazine contains many other projects to inspire you.
Kay has finished stitching the $10 block of the month sample and we are now selecting fabrics for finishing.  We can't wait to show you the finished product.  See you soon!

Darlene and Debby