Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Feb tea towel

Our birthday celebration continues through Saturday, Feb 1.  We've sure enjoyed celebrating with everyone and especially like having a bit more space on our shelves for new fabric arriving soon.

Debby's tea towel for February is ready to ship (or hold if you're local).  "Hugs and Kisses" seems especially appropriate for February.  Your $11.95 kit includes the pattern and tea towel.  If you'd like a thread kit, please let us know when you place your order. 
If you are on social media you've probably read about the beautiful exhibit of blue quilts featured in Houston last fall.  Lisa of Primitive Gatherings' recently released a line featuring stunning creams and blue tones.    Unfortunately, we hesitated a bit in ordering and were sad to learn most of the fabric is sold out with no plans to reprint.  We did manage to get two bundles of fat 1/8s of Indigo Gatherings (that's a piece of fabric 9" by approximately 20").  $72 per bundle

Please e-mail ( to place your order.  First come, first served. 
We often feel bad for those of you who don't live locally and can't just run over to visit we are offering some of our birthday specials to you via our newsletter.  We are down to 1 of most of these items so we ask that you order via e-mail (

Quiltmania magazines and Missouri Star magazines - $1.00 each -- this is a great way to expand your guild library. 
Books by Renee Nanneman, Buggy Barn and Whimsicals - 25% off.  Some of these books have a little shelf wear but the contents are not affected. 
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring the Rabbit and Hen quilt, one of our favorite spring quilts.  If you enjoy wool applique and embroidery, this is the quilt for you.  Your $38.95 kit includes the pattern, background cottons, wool for applique, borders and binding.  Finishes 21 1/2" x 27 1/2".

If you would like a thread kit, please let us know.   We'll be happy to put one together for you. 
As a reminder, our birthday specials are good through Feb 1.  See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine arrived

It seems like winter has finally settled in our area for a few weeks.  It's really hard to believe we are approaching the last week of January.  Our birthday party starts Saturday, Jan 25.  We hope to see you one during our week long celebration (Jan 25, 28, 30, Feb 1).

Our first kit this week has a sentiment we often think about as we begin a new year.  Your $29.95 "Out of Scraps" kit includes the wording preprinted on Sandcastle fabric, fabrics for the borders, binding, needle and perle cotton floss.  It finishes 16 1/2" x 16 1/2".

The fabrics in your kit may vary slightly from those pictured but will have the same primitive feel.
The new issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine arrived.  It contains 14 projects including a pattern for a hooked rug and lots of applique patterns.  $9.99

Unfortunately Kay does not have a project in this issue but she should be back in the summer issue with a quick and easy wall hanging. 
The response to our version of Jan Patek's Sleigh Bells quilt has been overwhelming.  We have two openings left in the block of the month.  We will likely make a second cutting since the block of the month program sold so quickly; however, fabrics in the second cutting will not be exact matches.  If you've been on the fence about joining, it's probably about time to jump off the fence and join us.

Specifics about the program can be read on
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring a kit that has been very popular.  We have one kit of Churning Fourteen left.  The kit contains the pattern, fabrics for the quilt top and binding.  The quilt finishes 54" x 68".  $74.95.

We also have a few patterns left.  $12 each
Hope we see you at our birthday party.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Birthday party particulars

There are many things we love about having our shop in the country.  We enjoy watching wildlife and the seclusion.  One thing we absolutely do not like is when we have to call for a repair.  We have been without internet for over a week but have high hopes of being back on line later today.  We mention this to let you know if you've e-mailed and we haven't responded it's because we haven't been able to answer.
As we mentioned last week, we thought it would be fun to have an entire week of birthday celebrations.  It's hard to believe we have been open 10 years but it's been 10 years filled with enjoying what we do.  We look forward to 10 more years. 
Here's our specials for the entire week (Jan 25-Feb 1 - we will be open regular hours Jan 25, Jan 2, Jan 30, Feb 1).  Specials are for in store purchase only. 
We have a lot of skinny bolts and want to clear them out -- finish the bolt and receive 25% off the total cost.  This is a great opportunity to stock up on backing fabrics for all those unquilted tops you likely have laying around.  Sale applies to cotton fabric only, no wool.
All precent cotton fat quarters - $2 each - no wool fat quarters
Select kits - 30% to 50% off marked price
Select magazines and patterns - prices drastically reduced -- some as low as $1 each
Scrap bags - 25% off the marked price
One reminder - the marked price on most of our fabric is $9.95 per yard so a discount of 25% brings the price to $7.46 per yard.  That's a great price for quilt shop quality fabric. 
These pictures were taken almost 10 years ago......
......and these are current pics......we have been busy these past years.
Debby said she had a lot of fun stitching "Snow Sampler" designed by Kathy Schmitz.  Your $19.95 kit includes the pattern, fabric for the top, binding and backing fabric.  Kathy framed her stitched piece but we chose to quilt and bind ours.  Finishes 9" x 11".  If you'd like us to include a ball of the valdani thread we used, let us know when you place your order.

If you'd prefer to use your own materials, the pattern is available separately for $9. 
The current issue of Quiltmania magazine arrived and we absolutely adore the cover quilt.  We love it in blue but can also see it in red/cream or black/cream or perhaps in Diamond Textiles which would give it a primitive look.

The cover price of all Quiltmania magazines has increased because of rising costs from paper to transportation costs.  The regular Quiltmania magazine is now $14.99 (it was $13.99).

If you're on auto ship, Debby is processing your order (once our computers are back on line).  If you're not on auto ship and would like to be, please let us know by e-mailing or calling 479-372-7403. 
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring a kit any kitty lover will adore.  We've seen dozens of people smile knowingly when they see our "Home is where the Cat Hair" sample.  Unfortunately, the designer has chosen to discontinue this cute wall hanging.  Your $18.95 kit includes the preprinted sandcastle fabric, border fabrics, binding, perle cotton and a needle.  Please note the border fabrics may vary from those pictured.

We have only a couple of kits left so don't hesitate if you want this one. 
See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

New Jan Patek block of the month

You probably say the same thing about cooky weather where you live but.....temps in the 60s today with rain tomorrow and temps dropping to the 20s following by possibly freezing rain and snow Saturday but highs in the 40s on Sunday.  It's no wonder we dress in layers.

We are super excited to share our newest block of the month, Sleigh Bells designed by Jan Patek.  We liked Jan's pattern but once we started making it decided we didn't enjoy making the template pieced trees and houses..... did what we often do and changed the pattern.  Our version is entirely appliqued without any template piecing.  Our version finishes 68 1/2" x 78 1/2".

We are offering this as a block of the month beginning Feb.  Each month for 8 months you'll receive fabric to make a block or row along with a schematic showing the use of each fabric.  During the 8th month, you'll receive fabric for the borders, binding and buttons to complete the snowman pail faces.  You'll also receive our changes. The book, Sleigh Bells, must be purchased separately.  The book cost is $18.99.

The block of the month cost is $21.95 per month for 8 months.

If you are currently in one of our blocks of the month, Debby is happy to combine shipments to save postage costs.  Please e-mail and let us know you'd like to be added to the program.

If you haven't been in one of our blocks of the month, please call 479-372-7403 and we will get you signed up.  We will need your name, address, phone number, e-mail and method of payment (VISA, MC, Discover, AMEX). 
We've had a chance to make more kits of one of our most popular embroidery projects - Yard of Snowmen.  Our sample is stitched with red Valdani perle cotton size 12 but since we've had several requests for it in blue we have also made kits using blue thread.

Your $28.95 kit includes the pattern, stitchery fabric, binding and a ball of Valdani perle cotton thread all in a nice zipper project bag.  If you're ordering on line choose either the red or blue version.  If you're calling us to place your order, let us know which colorway you'd prefer.
We received Karen Styles' newest book, Seams like Yesterday from Quiltmania.  The book is typical of Quiltmania books -- beautifully illustrated with clearly written instructions.  The book contains patterns for 15 quilts and has 8 pages of full size templates.  168 pages

The cost is $51.99.  If you do the math, you'll discover that's only $3.47 per pattern.
It's hard to believe it is almost time for our birthday party.  This year for our celebration we have decided that rather than make it a one day event that we will celebrate the entire week Jan 25 through Feb 1 on the days we are regularly open (Jan 25, Jan 28, Jan 30, Feb 1).  We hope you'll mark your calendars and plan to join the fun.

We're still working on our celebration plans but wanted to give you some advance notice. 
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring two books about barn quilts.  Both books contain a wealth of information along with color photos.  Each is $29.95 or buy both for $49.95. 
See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2020 is off with a bang

Can you believe it's been 20 years since all the anxiety about what would happen to computers when the calendar turned to 2000?  A lot has happened in the past 20 years but we are eagerly anticipating what will happen in 2020.  We are excited to continue to bring you fun and inspiring projects.

We hope lots of happiness is waiting at the top of your staircase. 
Debby has been working to get our newest club underway.  Our "Tea Towel of the Month" club is going to be so much fun.  Each month Debby will stitch a new sample.  We'll share it with you and you can choose whether to purchase or not.  If you know you'll want them all, we're happy to automatically reserve a kit for you.

The first "Baby it's Cold Outside" pretty much sums up our feelings about the weather lately since it's been so blustery cold since Christmas.  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. 
Kay spent some time over the holidays at the shop moving, restocking and generally tidying up.  Here's the display by the check out stand.  We love how the tea towel is the featured sample. 
Several months ago we offered the last of our stock of Blackbird Designs' Simply Vintage book.  Someone asked us to hold a copy but decided they no longer want it so we have one more copy available.  Please e-mail if you'd like it.  $29.95
Our 2020 $10 block of the month, Blackbird Gathering has officially started.  The quilt is a combination of wool applique on cotton backgrounds along with some easy pieced blocks. At the end of 12 months, you'll have a quilt top, borders and binding. The cost is $10 per month (plus shipping) for 12 months.
The pattern which was in the 2017 issue of Simply Vintage magazine is sold separately for $17.99. When you sign up, please let us know whether you need the magazine.
The quilt measures 34 1/2" x 39 1/2".
We are also offering some optional items. Please let us know if you want us to include any (or all) with your first month's shipment.
  • Thread kit containing Valdani perle cotton #12 - Month 1 - $25, Month 3 - $2, Month 5 - $1, Month 7 - $2
  • Soft Fuse - $19.95 per roll
  • Crazy Quilt Stitches Pocket reference guide - $4.95 (we refer to this guide for several stitches we included on the project)
To sign up, please e-mail ( or call 479-372-7403.  We'll need your name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail and method of payment (VISA, MC, AMEX or Discover).
To close this first newsletter of the new year we thought you might enjoy some photos of the display inside our front door. 
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring Church Cat by Cheri Payne.  We have only one kit left.  The designer passed away so the pattern is out of print so once it's gone, it's gone forever.  Your $38.95 kit includes the out of print pattern, background cotton, wool for applique, borders, binding and buttons for eyes (buttons will vary). Some fabrics may vary slightly from the photo.  Finishes 18" x 31"
We'll be back next Thursday with more to inspire you.  We are almost finished with a new block of the month and can't wait to see what you think about it.  See you soon.

Darlene and Debby