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