Wednesday, December 2, 2020

December tea towel is ready


We hope your Thanksgiving was as nice as ours.  Like many of you, we celebrated very low key but it was still nice to pause and reflect on our blessings.  

We're starting our newsletter this week with the monthly tea towel.  We meant to share it several weeks ago but it dropped through the cracks.  Your $11.95 "Oh What Fun" kit includes the tea towel and pattern.  We'll be happy to put together a thread kit of Valdani perle cotton size 12 - just let us know when you order.  
Who can resist that sweet face!
Kits for Winter Wonderland are also ready.  Your $27.95 kit includes the pattern, background cotton, wool for applique, border, binding and backing fabric.  It finishes 12" x 12" so is the perfect size for display on an Ackfeld table or to tuck in a small spot in your home.  

The designer includes instructions for how to insert the red wool flange.  We think that little addition adds a lot of interest to this sweet piece.  
Kay recently finished some super darling ornaments.  As you can see by the photo below, she chose to finish hers by stitching them to a piece of black wool and framed them.  These would also make nice hostess gifts or package decorations.  You could also mount them on a wooden dowel and arrange several with greenery as a table centerpiece. 
We have two pattern sets available.  Each pattern includes instructions to make 5 ornaments.  Inside a Snowflake includes patterns for the owl, lamb, santa, snowman and reindeer.  $10
Winter's Tale includes patterns for a whale (in the upper left corner), sleeping mouse, owl with skates, lion and lamb and rabbit.  $10
We have a few copies left of Brigitte Giblin's latest book, Feathering the Nest 3.  It features 19 projects ranging from small to large.  If you're a fan of Brigitte's unique look, this book is a must have for your library. 232 pages $53.95 
Another very nice Quiltmania book is "Cowslip Country" by Jo Colwill.  This book contains 16 projects for all experience levels and includes carefully detailed and illustrated instructions.  As an added bonus, the author has included a guided tour of her country farm.  200 pages $50.95
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring a pillow with a saying that will make many of you chuckle.  Kit includes the pattern, fabrics for front and back of pillow, and wool for applique.  $26.95

12" x 16 1/2"

Please e-mail to reserve.  

See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving


Thank you for your support and your friendship. 
Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Lots of holiday shopping ideas


We have a lot to share this week so will jump right in with both feet.  First, we need to make a correction to the price of a quilt kit we shared last week.  The correct price for The Ark kit should be $120, not $152.  Kits include the pattern, background cotton, wool, borders, binding and a button pack.  The quilt finishes 34" x 41".

Please note a few of the wools will vary from those pictured. 
Darlene has been busy creating festive fat quarter bundles.  Bundle 1 contains 6 coordinating prints.  $16.50 
Bundle 2 includes 8 coordinating fat quarters.  $22

Bundles may be ordered via our website, by emailing or calling 479-372-7403.  On a side note, we have updated our website with Diamond fat quarter bundles also.  
Next up is a cute winter themed project designed by Bonnie Sullivan using her preprinted fabric technique.  Your $29.95 "Winter Friends" kit includes the pattern, preprinted background fabric for the front and back of the banner, wool for applique, buttons and fabric for the ties.  It finishes 7 1/2" x 27".  

If you prefer to use your own materials, we have a couple of patterns which include the preprinted panel.  $18

Please note that we may not be able to get more patterns since Bonnie's home was destroyed by fire.  So don't delay in placing your order. 
The winter issue of Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher is always a favorite.  This issue contains 31 projects.  With a little creativity you could easily convert any of the projects to applique if you're not a fan of punch needle or cross stitch.  If you're on auto ship, Debby will be processing your order.  $16.99

Be sure to check out our back issues of this great magazine on our website  We are also happy to take your order via e-mail or by phone 479-372-7403.  
The winter issue of Quiltmania arrived as we are writing this.  Of course, we had to stop and flip through the magazine.  We enjoy all of the Quiltmania magazines but the winter issue never fails to disappoint us.  This issue contains 6 projects as well as the final installment of Sarah Maxwell's mystery quilt.  $14.99
Shortly after our favorite man in the brown truck dropped off the Quiltmania magazines, our favorite man in the purple and orange truck dropped off the most recent issue of Simply Vintage.  Oh my!  If we only had time to make all the projects in the issue!  It's really a good one.  18 winter themed projects.  

If you're looking for back issues of the regular Quiltmania magazine or Simple Vintage be sure to check out our website.
The final item we want to share this week is our newest Simply 9.  We designed the Simply 9 pattern many years ago as a beginning quilter project.  It's super easy to make so if you need a quick project, this one is for you.  This version features beautiful rich red, green and black fabrics.  Your $56.95 kit includes the pattern and all fabrics for the quilt top (binding is included).  It finishes 62" x 62".  

We are more than happy to put together a custom Simply 9 kit for you.  Let us know if you'd like a custom kit by e-mailing or calling 479-372-7403.

The photo below shows the layout of the quilt (we also have kits for the version pictured using French General fabrics by Moda).  
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring a sweet kit by Norma Whaley.  Your $28.95 "Counting Sheep" kit includes the pattern, background cottons, wool for applique and binding.  Please note - the fabrics and wools will vary from the sample shown.  We have 1 kit left.  We also have 1 pattern available.  $12

Please e-mail to reserve.  

Since Thanksgiving is next week, we will take a newsletter break and be back Dec 3.  The shop will be open Saturday, Nov 28 after Thanksgiving. 

See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Our 2021 $10 block of the month


We are super excited about our 2021 $10 block of the month.  Each year since we opened over 10 years ago we've offered a $10 block of the month.  It's an affordable way to allow everyone a chance to get a surprise each month.  

For 2021, we chose "Birdsong" which a pattern by one of our favorite primitive designers, Heart to Hand.  We have made some changes to the pattern and your kits will include our changes.  The background fabrics are cotton and all the applique is wool.  The quilt finishes 35" x 35". 

The Birdsong block of the month will begin in January and run through September (9 months).  Each month you'll receive fabric and wool to make one block; during the final month you'll receive borders and binding.  The cost for the first month will be $10 for the block and $18 for the pattern (plus shipping if you're not local).  Subsequent months are $10 plus shipping.

As in the past, we will be offering a thread kit containing the Valdani perle cotton size 12 threads we used to stitch the sample.  If you sign up for the thread kit, you'll receive the balls or bobbins of thread needed each month.  We used the following threads:  PT2, 1, 4, 122, 191, 200, O154, O178, O196, O548, JP2, JP11, JP12, H207. 

Optional items:
Thread kit - Month 1 ($30.25), Month 2 ($6.45), Month 3 ($2), Month 4 ($1), Month 6 ($1).  If a month isn't listed there were no new threads.
Stitchery stabilizer - $7.88 We recommend stabilizer since we added a lot of embroidery to the quilt.
Soft Fuse - $19.95 per roll (18" x 3 yards) or $10 for a pack of 10 - 8" x 9" sheets

If you have participated in one of our blocks on the month in the past, please e-mail to sign up.  If you're new to our blocks of the month, please call 479-372-7403.  We will need your e-mail, mailing address and method of payment.  

One final note......since vending in 2021 is still up in the air, we are cutting the number of spots for this program.  We normally sell a lot of spots to people who stop by our booth but since we may not be able to visit many places we felt it was wise to decrease our offering numbers.  So don't delay in signing up.  
Kay has been busy going through our warehouse tidying it up for next year.  She found several blocks of the month and kits we were holding for people who committed but changed their mind.  We are offering these on a first come, first served basis.  Please e-mail to reserve your kit(s).  When you e-mail, be sure to let us know which kit(s) you want to reserve.

Wooly Sheep was a $10 block of the month several years ago. Cotton background with wool applique.  A button pack is also included.  It finishes 36" x 37".  Kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, wool for applique, borders, binding and button pack.  $120 - we have only 3 kits left

Pattern is out of print.
"The Animals" was designed by one of Yoko Saito's students.  The quilt features Diamond Textiles backgrounds and wool applique.  Kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, wool for applique and binding.  It finishes 48" x 48".  We have only one kit left - $238.95

The pattern is out of print.
Debby took the pattern for "The Ark" and changed it to make a darling wool applique project.  Please note, wools my vary slightly from those used in the sample. Kits include the pattern, background cotton, wool, borders, binding and a button pack.  The quilt finishes 34" x 41". 

$152 for the kit (we have 3 available).  We also have 2 patterns - $22.50 each.
If you're looking for a quick holiday project, our Vintage Christmas pattern may be the perfect project.  Piecing is quick and simple.  This would make a nice table cloth for your holiday celebrations.  It also would be a nice wall hanging, an over the couch accent piece, a lap quilt for that special someone or a darling baby get the's versatile.  Your $62.95 kit includes fabrics from Jo Morton's "Glad Tidings" line, the pattern, borders and binding.  The quilt finishes 56" x 56".
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring a great book by Norma Whaley of Timeless Traditions.  Her "Sweet and Simple" book includes patterns to make the entire 76" x 90" quilt.  If you don't want to make the entire quilt, each pattern would make a darling wall hanging or pillow.  You could also combine several to make table runners or strip quilts.  The book is spiral bound, 85 pages.  $34

Please e-mail to reserve.  

We also have a kit to make the 3- 8 1/2" x 11" winter banners.  Kit includes the pattern and wool.  $29.95

Please note the wools may differ from those pictured on the pattern.  E-mail to reserve.  
See you soon!

Darlene and Debby