Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Primitive Quilts & Projects summer 2020 project

Our social distancing continues....the shop remains closed.....we are still more than happy to meet you at the shop if you need quilting supplies or some human interaction.  We also can be available for quilting drop off or pick up.  Please text or call Darlene at 479-372-7403 to arrange meeting(s).  Hopefully it won't be long until we can erase this opening paragraph and proclaim we are open.

Since face to face interaction is not possible and many quilt shows are cancelled, we thought it would be fun to have a virtual show and share as part of our newsletter each Thursday.  Please e-mail (info@sewgracefulquilting.com) photos of what you're working on and what you've finished (it doesn't have to be something you purchased from us).  Please include your name, the pattern name and designer (if you know that info -- we realize some of you may be working on projects you began years ago).  Also, if you have a quilt or item that was to be in a quilt show we'd love to share a photo.

The spring issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine should be shipping soon.  We are ahead of the game and have kits ready for Kay's project, Granddad's Shirts, which is in the issue.  The quilt finishes 28 1/2" x 35 1/2" and features fabric from Diamond Textiles' NIKKO Geo and NIKKO Earth lines.  Your $48.95 kit includes all fabrics needed to make the top and binding.  The pattern is not included in the kit and can be found in the 2020 summer issue of the magazine. 
We expect shipment of the summer issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine around mid-April.  Once we receive our shipment, we will ship your copy.  $9.99
The sentiment on our next project is particularly appropriate in these challenging times:  "Family makes this house a home".  This fun project features easy log cabin blocks with wool applique.  It finishes 26" x 26".  Your $34.95 kit includes the pattern, fabric for the top, wool for applique, buttons and binding.
This is a great time to start preparing for gift giving.  If you're looking for a quick but practical project how about a pincushion?  Your $12.95 kit for Sew Thankful includes the pattern, Sandstone fabric for the background, wool for applique, backing cotton, fabric to make the 4-patch, decorative rick rack, the wooden spool and 2 decorative straight pins.  Please note some wool, 4-patch fabric and pins will vary from what is pictured. 
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we have one Blessed are the Quilters kit.  Your kit will include the 9-patch that has been sewn for you (9-patch fabrics in the kit are in dark fabrics).  We framed our finished piece in a 5" x 7" frame.

$9.95 - please e-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com to reserve your kit
 
We hope you'll take the time to send us photos.  We will continue our virtual show and share until we are able to get out.  So if you don't see your quilt in the newsletter next week, don't worry.....we will share it in a future newsletter.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Spring projects

Last week we mentioned our mom was in a rehab center and needed to keep the shop closed to have the flexibility to check on her.  She was released and is now back home doing well.  We have, however, decided to keep the shop closed until further notice.  We are still more than happy to meet you at the shop if you need quilting supplies or some human interaction.  We also can be available for quilting drop off or pick up.  Please text or call Darlene at 479-372-7403 to arrange meeting(s).

A quick check of our calendar reveals Easter is right around the corner, April 12.  We thought it would be fun to share spring/Easter themed projects this week.  First is Debby's tea towel of the month appropriately named "Easter Tea Towel".  Your $11.95 kit includes the pattern and tea towel.  If you'd like us to put together a thread kit containing Valdani perle cotton size 12, let us know when you place your order.
Darlene's "Garden Bunny" finishes 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" so fits on an Ackfeld table stand.  Your $16.95 kit includes the pattern, blue background wool, wool for the applique, cotton background, cotton backing fabric and buttons (flower buttons may vary from what is shown).

Stands are available for $19.95 plus shipping.
It seems like months ago since Kim taught her words class but it's only been a few weeks.  She's created a couple of really sweet spring themed runners.  You will need to purchase the book Words with Wool for $16.95.  Once you have the book, you can create an endless variety of runners.
"Hop" is $9.95.  The tray is not included in the kit. 
"Spring" is $9.95.
"Garden" is $12.95.
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we have a couple kits left for Kay's "1805 Pillow". The kit includes the pattern with full size templates, fabrics for front and back of pillow and binding.
Finishes 19" x 40"
$36.95 - please e-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com to reserve your kit
 
We hope you are staying safe and productive.  It seems the rain in our area is subsiding which means more opportunities to get out for a walk.  We will be back next Thursday.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

New spring projects

What a difference a week can make!  Last week at this time we were eagerly anticipating the Dallas show and now everything from the Dallas show to spring Quilt Market to the April AQS Paducah show have been cancelled or rescheduled.  The quilt market owner is looking at doing a virtual market and Paducah has been rescheduled for Sep 2-5.

We made the decision to close the shop until March 31 for several reasons.  Our mother had a couple of falls which put her in the hospital for a while.  She is now in a rehab center for up to 14 days.  Needing to be flexible to visit mom, the fact the grandkids are out of school and the virus led to our decision to close temporarily.  However, we are happy to come to the shop and meet you if you need a shopping experience or to drop off a quilt for quilting.  We also are monitoring our on line shop and e-mails and will continue to mail.  Please call or text Darlene at 479-372-7403 to see up a meeting.

As we mentioned above, the Dallas show was cancelled.  We arrived in Dallas, set up our booth and went to dinner.  The next morning we were told the show was cancelled.  We were disappointed but definitely understood.....we decided to put a positive spin on the situation and look at is as good practice for future shows.  We had a lot of time to plan future projects as we drove home. 
The spring issue of Simply Vintage magazine arrived and, as usual, is filled with lots of adorable projects.  The price of the magazine has increased by $1 making it $18.99 but when you do the math you'll see each project is only 94 cents.

If you're on auto ship, Debby has processed your order. 
The first project we want to share looks difficult but actually is quite easy.  We chose to make ours using Diamond Textile's Common Thread line of fabric.  The pattern can be found in the Spring 2017 issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine.  Your $19.95 kit includes the magazine, fabrics for the top, wool for the applique and binding.  It finishes 9 3/4" x 12 1/2".
The next project is also found in Primitive Quilts & Project magazine (Spring 2016 issue).  "Simply Stated" by Briar Roots was a quick and fun project to make.  We chose to frame ours but it could easily be finished as a small wall hanging or pillow.  Your $15.95 kit includes the magazine, background fabric and wool.  Finishes 8" x 10".
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we have one kit for In the Meadow.  The kit includes the pattern, background fabric with stabilizer and binding.  We finished ours as a pillow but it would be equally nice finished as a wall hanging.

$22.95 - please e-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com to reserve your kit
 
We will be back next Thursday with projects we hope inspire you.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The perfect subtle quilt

By the time many of you read this Darlene and Kay will be headed to Dallas for the Quilters Guild of Dallas show.  For more info visit https://www.quiltersguildofdallas.org/quilters-guild-of-dallas-show.  If you're in the Dallas area (or plan a road trip), stop by and say hi.  They have several new kits they will be debuting at the show.

While they are gone, Debby will keep the shop open regular hours Thursday and Saturday (9:00-3:00). 
The most recent issue of Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher arrived.  It includes 19 designs.  Debby is our punch needle expert and is trying to decide which project to work on first.  Darlene looks at the designs and dreams of ways to convert them to wool applique.  $9.99

If you're on auto ship, Debby is processing your order.
Grandma's Girl is a quick and easy quilt to make.  Its muted colors feature Kathy Schmitz' line "Home".  The subtle colors make it a great accent quilt.  It also would be a nice graduation quilt for that special someone who may be heading to college in the fall.

It measures 62" x 70".  Kits include everything needed to make the quilt top and binding.  $64.95
If you've followed us long, you know how much we enjoy Little Red Button Company patterns.  When Darlene saw "Spring Sampler" she knew she absolutely must make the sample.  Your $24.95 kit includes the background fabrics (an assortment of 8 fabrics), borders, binding, backing fabric, wool for the applique and the button back (the flowers are actually tiny buttons).  It finishes 13" x 15".
Before we close we want to share details about our next monthly class.  Sharon will be teaching how to construct the Lazy Ewe sheep.  She has tips that will make construction a breeze.....you'll want to make an entire flock of sheep.  The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, April 2 from 9:30-12:30 at Sew Graceful.  Cost is $10 teaching fee plus $$34.95 kit fee.  In addition to the pattern and wool, the kit includes a sprig of lavender, the rusty bell and butterfly button.

Please e-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com to sign up.

Below is a photo of the sheep along with several other cute projects....we just can't help but share everything because we love everything we make!
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we have one kit of Jan Patek's "Friends are Made in Heaven".  The kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the quilt top and binding.  It finishes 46" x 22".

$32.95 - please e-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com to reserve your kit
 
See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Spring birds

Have you noticed the birds chirping lately?  Sometimes the sound is almost deafening as we enjoy our walks.  If you live near water you've likely heard the frogs also.  Birds, frogs and daffodils which are showing  means spring is just around the corner.

This week we'd like to share a few kits featuring birds.  We have seen dozens of cardinals the past week and enjoy listening to them call to each other.  We suspect baby birds will soon be on the way.  The "Spring Cardinals" quilt finishes 20" x 20" so is a nice size for a small area in your home.  It would also be a nice addition to an RV.  Your $32.95 kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the quilt top and binding.  The pattern contains two additional patterns for a fall and summer quilt.

This kit is all cotton.
"He Restores" is a combination of wool applique and embroidery on a Diamond Textile cotton background.  Your $24.95 kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, wool and binding.  Finishes 14" x 19 1/4".

If you'd prefer to use your own materials the pattern is available for $9.  Please note, we changed the pattern from entirely embroidery to wool applique and embroidery.
Kits are back in stock for Kay's "Friends for Life" kit.  It is designed to be displayed on one of the large metal oval trays; however, it would look like as a table mat.  Your $36.95 kit includes the pattern, background cotton, wool for applique, backing fabric and rick rack.  It finishes 12" x 21 1/2".  If you'd prefer to use your own materials, the pattern is available for $10.

We will be happy to send the metal tray; however, additional shipping fees will be required.
We are very excited to share our friend Deborah Rubles' book, Quilters' Cutting Guide.  If you do much piecing this is a must have resource.  She has figured out the math and provides more than 30 charts to guide you through cutting strips, squares and rectangles.  The book is written for both left and right handed quilters.  As you can see, it's spiral bound (yay!!).  Best of all, no specialized rulers are required.  $28.99
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring a sewing case designed by Lynette Anderson. We have one kit left for the Willowhouse Needlecase.  The kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the case, wool for applique and tape measure which you will learn how to cover.  

$29.95 - please e-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com to reserve your kit
 
We will soon be packing for the Dallas show.  We are happy to be your personal shopper.  Please e-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com by March 10 with items you'd like us to bring.

See you soon.
Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

New spring goodies

We have several things to share this week so will jump right in with the goodies.  Debby finished the March tea towel -- it is adorable.  It features so many of the spring motifs we love:  bunnies, chicks, flowers and sheep.  Your $11.95 kit for "Hello Spring" includes the pattern and tea towel.

As you may recall, we have released a new tea towel each month since January so are including photos of previous ones in case you would like them also.  Each kit is $11.95.  If you'd like a thread kit for any (or all) of the tea towel projects, please let us know. 
Darlene has also been busy making samples.  Easter and Mother's Day are both right around the corner -- this would be a great project for that special someone.  Your $14.95 "Sew" kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, wool for applique, binding and backing fabric.  Finishes 5" x 7". 
According to Kay it's never too early to start thinking about fall colors....rusts, tans, creams and browns.  When our Moda man showed us Jo Morton's "Lancaster" line last year we were tempted to buy the entire line but space kept us from doing so.  We received the bolts we ordered and are very pleased with the warm tones.  Most of these are sold out at Moda and won't be reprinted so if you are looking for beautiful earthy tones, don't delay in placing your order.

To order any of these, please send an e-mail to info@sewgracefulquilting.com or call 479-372-7403.  We'll need the item number (all 7 digits) as well as the amount you'd like.  We are happy to cut as little as a 1/4 yard or as much as what we have left.  $9.95 per yard plus shipping
Our first monthly workshop is sold out but we will have kits available after the workshop on March 5.  Kits are $27.95 (the tray is not included in the kit but is available separately). 
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring our Bluebird of Happiness.  Darlene created this pincushion specifically for a Pieces and Patches Quilt Group workshop.  She had 4 kits left after the workshop and is offering these on a first come, first served basis.  We are not able to get any more of the pretty crocheted trim so once these are gone, we cannot replicate them.  

$12.95 - please e-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com to reserve your kit
We will soon be packing for the Dallas show.  We are happy to be your personal shopper.  Please e-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com by March 10 with items you'd like us to bring.

See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Our 2020 vending schedule

If you stop by the shop and notice us with our nose to the grindstone it's probably because we are gearing up for an exciting vending/teaching season.  We'd like to share our schedule with you so you can watch for us this year.

Dallas TX Quilt Show - March 13-15
Russellville AR - March 18-19 - Trunk Show & Invisible Machine Applique Workshop
Tulsa OK Quilt Show - May 29-30
Wichita KS Quilt Show - Jun 25-27
Clinton OK - July 27-28 - Trunk Show & Invisible Machine Applique Workshop
Quilt Congress Bella Vista AR - Sep 11-12
Woolkeepers Hook In Danville IN - Sep 11-12
Saline County Quilters' Guild Benton AR Quilt Show - Sep 25-26
Fort Smith AR Quilt Show - Oct 9-10
Last week we received several e-mails inquiring about the cute tea towel that was shown in one of the shop photos.  Since there was such interest in it, we thought we'd feature it this week.  Your $24.95 "Bee Humble" kit includes the Simply Vintage magazine #27, tea towel and wool.  The magazine contains the pattern for the tea towel as well as over 14 more patterns.  The hangar is available separately for $3.95.
Debby recently finished a cute wall hanging that is perfect for year round decorating.  It features the preprinted background by Bonnie Sullivan.  Your $29.95 Be Bowl Fillers kit includes the pattern with our changes, the preprinted background, wool for applique, borders and binding.

The first photo shows the pattern cover; the second photo shows our changes; the third photo shows the hanger we used for hanging ours.  Our quilt finishes approximately 20" x 20".  The Bird on a Branch Hanger is available for $18.

If you'd prefer to use your own supplies, the pattern with the preprinted fabric is available for $18.
We have finalized plans for our first monthly workshop.  The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, March 5 from 9:30-12:30 at Sew Graceful.  Cost is $10 teaching fee plus $25 kit fee.  Kim created the sample and will be teaching how to make this darling runner.   It features wool applique on Diamond Textile fabrics.  She will also bring samples of other projects using the same technique.  Once you make one, you won't want to stop!

Please e-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com to sign up (or let us know when you stop by the shop). 
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring the last "Farmyard Friends" kit by Lynette Anderson.  Pattern for both pincushions and materials to make both pincushions (embroidery background, stitchery stabilizer, border, backing, wooden button and the button needed for the back of the pincushion). You will need to supply your own pincushion filling and threads.

$19.95 - please e-mail info@sewgracefulquilting.com to reserve your kit.
See you soon.

Darlene and Debby