Tuesday, September 18, 2018

New Quiltmania magazines and a fun fall project

Things are back to normal on the business side of the shop as Debby has returned from vacation.  She's been processing the auto ship orders for the Quiltmania magazines.  All three magazine titles arrived at one time so we've spent several hours browsing through and being inspired to want to make everything.

The fall issues of all 3 magazines tend to sell out so if you're not on auto ship, please let us know soon if you'd like us to reserve a copy for you.

Simply Vintage #28 features 21 projects ranging from a hooked rug to wool applique to embroidery to a stuffed mohair bear. $17.99
We adore the quilt on the cover of Quiltmania #127.  The magazine contains instructions for 7 projects as well as photos from the Sydney Quilt Show, the Vermont Quilt Festival and the International Dubai Quilt Show.  $13.99
Simply Moderne #14 contains instructions for 13 projects.  The cover quilt is very interesting -- we would probably shrink the pattern and do it in wool....just because a pattern uses contemporary fabrics doesn't mean it won't look great in our primitive look.  $17.99
To celebrate the first day of fall this weekend, we have made more kits of one of our favorite fall projects......ok.......we know we refer to many projects as our favorite project but we just can't help ourselves! 

"Autumn Time" by Norma of Timeless Traditions is so pretty it is almost a shame to pack it up after fall.  We have 2 versions available:  one version contains wool to make the ruffle; the other version contains fabric to make a binding finish instead of a ruffle.

Your $36.95 kit includes the pattern, assorted background cotton fabrics, outer border fabric, wool for applique, backing cotton and either binding fabric or wool for the outer ruffle.  The pillow finishes 12" x 22"

Please note some fabrics and wools will vary from the photo but they will be similar matches.
In the introduction of her "Wool Applique" book, Kathi Campbell writes "Maybe you have been doing wool applique for years, maybe you just got started, or maybe you have been wanting to start.....This booklet encompasses the basic tools, fibers and techniques used.....".  This 12 page booklet is a great resource.  If you're thinking of holiday gift giving, we suggest this booklet, a wool applique kit, package of needles and a set of Valdani perle cotton bobbins.
$5.95 for the booklet
By the time you read this Kay will be on her way to the Saline County Quilters' Guild show in Benton AR -- please note the show is in Benton, not Bentonville.  The show will be held at the Benton Event Center, 17322 I30 North on Sep 21 & 22 from 9:00-4:00 both days.  For more info visit http://quilttalk.org/
See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Lots of Stix projects

Could it be the cooler weather or perhaps it's the change in foliage that has us feeling like fall is just around the corner......or maybe it's the Saturday afternoon college football games.....or the quick glance at the calendar which shows the official start of fall as Sep 23.  Whatever it is, we are in the mood for stitching and sewing!

This week we want to share some fun kits from Front Porch Quilts.  These are all super easy and quick to stitch and finish.  The designer created them to be displayed on a "Stix" which is an 8", 10" or 12" metal stand.  Stix are a fun way to add height and dimension to a display.  Each is $4.95.

We have also seen these kits finished as pincushions, eyeglass holders and bowl fillers.  They'd make great Christmas gifts for friends and family.

Each finishes 3 1/2" x 7".  Kits include the pattern, background fabric, wool for applique and backing fabric.  Some kits also contain buttons.

Here's a photo of the Stix so you can visualize how these might be displayed.
Cotton Tails - $12.95
Blitzen - $12.95  Darlene's son was quick to point out he actually should be named Rudolph rather than Blitzen......and we agree.
A Winter's Morning - $12.95
Frosty - $15.95
Pumpkins - $15.95
Stix - $4.95 (sold separately)
Vintage Garden - $15.95
Watermelon - $15.95
Last but not least, we'd like to share an oldie but goodie kit - Kay designed Pumpkin Spice several years ago and it continues to be a customer favorite.  Orange fabrics set against black prints create an eye catching fall project.  Your $35.95 kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the quilt top (it is all cotton) and binding.  It finishes 31 1/2" x 31 1/2".

If you'd prefer to use your own fabrics, the pattern is available for $9.
Debby is taking a few days vacation and we can't wait to see what she comes home with.  See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

New fall needle punch magazine is here

Kay is back from another very fun quilt show.  She will return to Pittsburg Monday, April 15, 2019, for a trunk show and teaching event.  If you'd like more info about the event, please e-mail lbqguild@gmail.com.

Below are photos of the booth at the show.  As you can see, if there's a blank space Kay pretty much fills it with something.......

For those of you who are anticipating our next vending event, mark your calendars for Sep 21 & 22.  Kay will be at the Saine County Quilters' Guild show in Benton AR (that's near Little Rock).  For more info, visit http://quilttalk.org/
Several people were disappointed at the show when Kay ran out of the "Two Santas" table runner kit.  You can see the entire table runner if you look at the top photo above, right side above the cardinal quilt.  We are also including a photo from the pattern below.

Your $32.95 kit includes the Quiltmania magazine which contains the pattern, background cotton and applique materials (the leaves in the center are wool and the remainder is cotton).  It finishes 11" x 42".

If you'd prefer to use your own materials, the magazine is available for $13.99.
We absolutely adore what Bonnie Sullivan is doing with her preprinted panels.  All you have to do is add a little wool and embroidery.  "The Stocking were Hung" can be framed in a standard 8" x 10" frame or bound like ours.  Ours finishes 10" x 11 1/2".

Your $17.95 kit includes the preprinted background fabric, wool, binding and backing fabric.  If you'd like us to put together a thread kit, please let us know when you place your order.

The kit doesn't include any buttons -- the small red berries are printed on the fabric.  Debby simply stitched an "X" over them to give the impression of a button. 
Here's a photo of the preprinted background fabric.  Courtesy of All Thru the Night.
Needle punch is gaining popularity.  We are working to get more samples made.....but it's so difficult to choose what to punch.  Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher is the first needlework magazine created exclusively for primitive punch needle and cross stitch enthusiasts.  The fall issue contains 17 projects.  The photo below shows a few of our favorite punch needle projects.  The magazine also has several super cute primitive cross stitch projects.

If you're not interested in needle punch, think out of the box -- enlarge the pattern and create a wool applique project.

Let us know if we can reserve your copy.  $8.99
We're always so excited when people take our kit and change it to become their own.  When Debbie Walker bought our E-I-E-I-O kit she knew she had the perfect frame for it.  The only "problem" was the frame was a little longer than the pattern.  The photo on the left shows our version; the photo on the right shows Debbie's version (note the little E-I-E-I-O applique below the hay bale).

If you would like to make your own version, the E-I-E-I-O kit is available for $15.95.
We'll be back next Thursday with some new designs from Front Porch Designs.  See you soon!

Darlene and Debby