Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Stitcher's Priority


Last week we thoroughly enjoyed reading all the comments we received about the shop photos we included in the newsletter.  We are often humbled and overtaken with joy when we hear from you, our loyal friends.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting us for so many years.

This week we are starting with a project that makes us smile each time we look at it.  A few of you may remember seeing it at a show last year.  Kay took it to the show and sold out of kits in a few hours.  It's taken months to get the supplies needed to make more kits.  

Your $29.95 "Stitcher's Priority" kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, buttons, wool and binding.  it finishes 13 3/4" x 17 3/4".  

Probably several can relate to the sentiment stitched on it - the garden's overgrown, my house is untidy, my hair is a mess, but you should see what I've sewn.
We have two kits left for Dawn Heese's "Peace Hope Love" quilt.  Your $111.95 kit includes Simply Vintage #41 which contains the pattern, fabrics for the quilt top and binding.  The quilt finishes 52" x 52".  
As many of you know, Kay is our resident applique expert.  She has used 100 wt silk thread for hand applique for many years.  Recently she was given several spools of Aurifil size 80 thread to try.  We will update you next week with her thoughts on silk versus the Aurifil size 80 thread.  

In the interim, here is a portion of the quilt border.
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section we are featuring our last kit for Merry and Bright.  The kit includes the pattern, fabric for the top and binding.  Finishes 19" x 25".  $19.95

Please e-mail to place your order.

We are back to our normal opening hours Thurs and Sat 9:00-3:00.  Hope to see you soon.
Debby and Darlene

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Welcome 2022!


We are open and eager for you to visit us and see how we have spiffed up the shop.  We realize many of you aren't in the local area so we will share some photos.  Our area by the entrance features snowmen.  We aren't a big fan of snow but do love stitching winter themed and snowman projects.  
One of our favorite snowmen projects is Kay's "In the Meadow".  She designed it to fit in a large metal tray but it would be equally cute used as a table mat.  We have a couple of the trays available.  $46.95

Your $39.95 In the Meadow kit includes the background flannel, wool for applique, buttons, backing fabric and wool binding. It finishes 12" x 21 1/2".

Our area in the back corner now features fall projects.  We are very low in stock on many of the projects so if you see something that you want more info about, please e-mail
Our mustard cupboard features our remaining Yazzi bags and several of Kay's patterns.  She designed Friends for Life as another option for the metal tray.  

Your $36.95 kit for "Friends for Life" includes the pattern, background cotton, wool for applique, backing fabric and rick rack.  Finishes 12" x 21 1/2"
We took the reorganzing opportunity to tidy up the top of our fabric shelves.  Below are random photos of displays.
We have carried Quiltmania magazines for many years.  Judging by the response from many of our readers, you enjoy the magazines as much as us.  If you are accustomed to purchasing your Quiltmania magazines at one of the big box stores, you may be disappointed to learn the distributor for the big box stores for the magazines has filed bankruptcy.  

If you want to be sure you don't miss a single issue, you may want to consider a subscription through Sew Graceful.  Please e-mail or call 479-372-7403 to sign up.  We will take your info and make sure you don't miss one single issue.  

We have a few of the most current issues available:  #146 Quiltmania - $14.99, #41 Simply Vintage - $18.99
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section we are featuring a wool applique kit designed by Sew Cherished .  We have a couple kits of "1800 St Nick" left - $34.95 each.  Kits include the pattern, tea towel and wool for applique. 

Please e-mail to place your order.

See you soon.
Debby and Darlene

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

New flannel quilt and gift ideas


One administrative note before we jump in.  We will be closed for the Christmas/New Year holiday from Dec 19 - Jan 5.  We will reopen Thursday, Jan 6.  This will be our last newsletter of 2021 (where did that year go!?).  We will be back on Jan 6 with our regular Thursday update.  

Hopefully you are finding some time to relax during this typically hectic time of year.  This week we want to share a few projects that will hopefully inspire you.  

If you're looking for a super quick, easy and practical project, the Yuletide Gatherings Flannel quilt is just the ticket.  We visualize this in several settings including a nice "cuddle and watch TV" or an "I'm sending you back to college with a new quilt" or a "here's a fun quilt for mom or grandma in assisted living".  The quilt is made with Lisa Bonjean's Moda flannels so it is super soft.  We chose a nice Moda Grunge binding to complement the top.  We prefer to use cotton instead of flannel for our bindings.  Flannel is difficult to stitch through and always gives us a lumpy binding.  

Quilt finishes 66 1/2" x 57.  Your $54.95 kit includes the flannel layer cake and binding. 
Another easy project is Rosie.  She finishes 18" x 24".  Your $29.95 kit includes the pattern, fabric for top, and binding.

When Jane made our sample, she used Soft Fuse and fused the applique shapes in place. She finished with a simple blanket stitch sewn on the machine.  
Sometimes the holiday activity can be overwhelming, and we find ourselves wanting a quiet escape.  Handwork is the perfect escape for us.  Yard of Snowmen is a great long-term project (at least it seemed to be a long-term project to us!).  Your $24.95 kit includes the pattern, background fabric, binding and backing.  
With the new year, many think of ways to organize themselves.  How about get a jump on organization with our zippered storage bags?  Both bags feature heavy weight plastic with a nice zipper.  The 7 1/2" x 7" is only $2.95 and is large enough to comfortably hold all your project sewing supplies.  

Items pictured in both bags are for display purposes only.  
The 8" x 10" is $3.95.  
If you're still shopping for the perfect gift, we also have gift certificates available in any amount. 
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section we are featuring the last of our Wool Works magazines.  We have Vol 2, Issue 2 (the magazine with the dragonfly) and Vol 3, Issue 2 (the magazine with the ladies) available.  Each is $9.99.

As a reminder, Wool Works magazines are no longer being printed.  
Please e-mail to place your order.

We wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a great 2022.  We are looking forward to an exciting 2022.
See you soon.
Debby and Darlene

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Our favorite notions


One administrative note before we jump in with our newsletter of notions.  We will be closed for the Christmas/New Year holiday from Dec 19 - Jan 5.  We will reopen Thursday, Jan 6.  

This week we want to share a few of our favorite notions.  They all would make great gifts to yourself or someone special.  If you're like us, you can't have too many pairs of scissors.  Unfortunately, we notice prices of these scissors have increased so when we restock the new scissors will be more expensive.

Karen K Buckley scissors are our workhorse scissors.  The first three pairs shown below all have a serrated blade.  This special blade pulls the fabric into the scissors rather than pushing it always like traditional scissors. Things you will like about these scissors...cushioned handle, easy for right or left hander to use, blades sharp to the very tip, serrated blade keeps fabric from fraying, light weight and comfortable. 

You may order via our website or e-mail
The next three pairs of scissors are also made by Karen K Buckley and are multipurpose or utility scissors.  They are great for cutting templates (freezer paper, Templar), fabric and fabric with fusible stabilizers. The blades are stainless steel. The handles have the same soft, ergonomic grip as our other Perfect Scissors. They cut sharp to the point and come with a plastic protective cover. Great for both right and left hand cutting.

Pink Handle - 7 1/2" - $29.95
Orange handle - 5 1/2" - $27.50
Seafoam handle - 4 1/2" - $21.95 -- Karen's newest style
We received some new needle minder designs:  Barnyard Party, Blackbird, Pansies and the Folkart Willow Tree.  To see all the needle minders we have available, please visit our website  

$9.50 each
With the start of a new year, how about exploring new applique techniques?  One of Kay's favorite techniques involves the use of Apliquick tools.  With these tools and a little practice you'll be able to get perfectly smooth turned applique shapes.  Includes 2 rods - both are pointed on one end; one has a forked end; one has a flat beveled end.  Made of surgical steel.  $42 per set

The photo below is an example of a project made using the Apliquick tools.  
We recommend the Hugs and Kisses Applique Paper for use with the Apliquick rods.  Kay has used several brands of applique paper and said she gets the best results with this brand.  Each package contains 20 sheets.  $23.95
While we're on the subject of learning new techniques.....maybe you've been itching to learn rug punching.  If so, we have punches.  We have both the #10 which is 1/4" and the #14 which is 1/8".  Both are made by the Oxford Company - $38.95 each
The OESD Perfect Pressing Cloth is perfect for pressing your finished applique, embroidery or cross stitch project.  Press puckers out of embroidered fabrics. Prevents embroidery texture from getting crushed. Absorbs steam to set a perfectly pressed finish. Use over and over

Use it like a traditional press cloth – place project right side up on ironing surface and place press cloth over the top of the project. Try using the Perfect Embroidery Press Cloth with quilt blocks – the texture of the press cloth is perfect for accommodating bulky seams.  20" square - $5.99
We also have gift certificates available in any amount. 
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section we are featuring a really cute wall hanging.  Your $36.95 Bear and Snowman kit includes the pattern, Moda's Primitive Gatherings navy background fabric, wool for applique, borders and binding.  Finishes 21 1/2" x 27 1/2"

We have a couple of patterns available if you'd prefer to use your own materials - $12.95

Please e-mail to place your order.

See you soon.
Debby and Darlene