Wednesday, December 30, 2020

The Santa, The Tree, The Turkey and Me


We hadn't planned to send a newsletter this week but we just can't wait to share two projects which are coming in 2021.....ahhhhh.....2021 has a nice ring to it.  

The first is a new block of the month Debby is working on.  The pattern is by Hatched and Patched and is called The Santa, The Tree, The Turkey and Me.  Our block of the month is scheduled to begin in March and will run for 8 months.  That will give you time to get this darling quilt finished in time for the holiday season in 2021.  We chose Diamond Textile fabrics as our backgrounds and are using wool for applique.  Our stitching is done with Valdani perle cotton size 12.  The quilt finishes 36 1/2" x 41 1/2". 

We don't have pricing yet as the project is not complete but we do know pricing will include the pattern, fabric and wool to make the quilt top.  Optional items include a Valdani thread kit, needles, stitchery stabilizer and Soft Fuse.  

If you know you want to make this darling quilt, please reserve your spot by sending an e-mail to  Let us know if you'd like us to include any of the optional items.
The other exciting news we have to share is the opportunity to pre-order a kit for Kay's newest quilt which will be in the Spring 2021 issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine.  "Through the Barn Door" is a combination of easy piecing and applique.  Kay used both cotton and wool for the applique and we love the look.  

We are waiting on shipment of one fabric to complete our kits -- shipment is scheduled for mid-January so kits won't go out until around Jan 25ish.  We will keep you updated in future newsletters.  

Your "Through the Barn Door" kit includes Diamond Textile fabrics and wool to make the top (binding is included).  The quilt finishes 56 1/2" x 61 1/2".  Kits are $98.95 plus shipping.  The pattern is not included - it is in the Spring 2021 issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine (which should be available around Jan 12).  

You may pre-order by visiting our website, by e-mailing or calling 479-372-7403. 
In closing, we just want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support not only for the past year but for all the years we have been in business.  We love what we do and love to share with you.  We look forward to many more years of sharing and enjoying your company.  
We will reopen Thursday, Jan 7.
Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Lots of inexpensive stocking stuffers


Mother Nature surprised us with a very nice snowfall on Sunday.  We wish she would have waited a couple of weeks so we could have had a white Christmas.  It was a lot of fun to watch the grandchildren play.  We know many of you are finishing up holiday activities so thought we'd share some ideas for inexpensive and unique stocking stuffers for yourself or your stitching buddies.  

The first items are the sweetest little pincushions made from antique glass salt dips.  First, a little history of this unique item.  Archeologists can document the use of salt dips as early as classical Rome.  They continued to be used through the first half of the twentieth century.  With the introduction of free flowing salt in 1911, their usage began to decline.  They have been replaced by salt shakers.  

Each "Salt Dip" kit includes instructions for finishing your pincushion, the antique glass salt dip, vintage inspired fabric and a mother of pearl star button.  Sizes vary but each dip is approximately 1 3/4" wide.  Each kit is $19.95.  We will not be able to get more of these unique kits so once they're gone, they're gone.  

Please e-mail with the letter of the kit you would like to purchase.  
For the animal lover on your list, how about a note pad with pen?  Note pad measures 4" x 8".  $5.95
The Dog Mom credit card case is not only adorable but includes an identity theft blocker.  It measures .75" x 3" x 4.5".  $6.95
For the pencil and paper kind of person, how about a journal.  It's sad to us that sitting with pencil and paper is becoming a lost art.  Using a pretty journal would be a great way to keep memories of 2021 documented.  Each is $14.99

A Quilter's Journal (shown on the left) is by Lisa Bongean; Simple Reflections (shown on the right) is by Kim Diehl. 
If you're like us, you can never have too many tins.  We have a tin for on the go sewing supplies, one for a sweet treat when we reach that afternoon lull, one to carry doggie treats in the car to keep our furry friends content......the sky is the limit.  We have two styles available:  the multicolor patchwork and the red patchwork.  Each has a hinged lid and measures 2 1/2" x 3".  $2.45 each
The next three items are all mother of pearl thread winders.  Thread winders have been around since ancient times and are used for winding thread around.  Many were made of mother of pearl.  While these aren't antique, they would make a special gift for a stitching friend.  The designer of these has let us know she will no longer be offering mother of pearl winders as mother of pearl has increased in cost.  So once these are gone, we won't be able to get more.  

Blackbird thread winder - 3 per pack - 2.25" wide x .85" high  $9.50
Hare Thread Winder - 2 per pack - 2.75" wide x .75" high  $9.50
Ewe Thread Winder - 2 per pack - 2.25" wide x 1.5" high - $9.50
Next we have a set of 4 sewing themed charms.  These would be nice additions to a charm bracelet or would be nice charms for a necklace.  Being the practical sort of people we are we think they'd be darling used as embellishments on a pincushion.  The set of 4 is $6.95.
Our final gift idea is our primitive sheep scissors.  These are so cute you probably will want a pair for yourself and a pair for each of your friends.  They are dark charcoal so have that pretty antique look we like so well.  3.75" - $11.50
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring a Bonnie Sullivan pattern/kit.  You may recall Bonnie uses the nice pre-stamped fabric to create many of her designs.  You simply add wool or fabric and do a little stitching and you have a beautiful piece.  We have one pattern available; however, we are able to get more.  $18.00 includes the pattern and prestamped fabric to make 12 ornaments. 

Please e-mail to reserve.  Once we sell the pattern we have in stock we will take your information and place our order early next year.  

Before we close we want to let you know Cabin in the Cabins kits are back in stock.  Some fabric and some wool has been discontinued but we have chose nice replacements.  Kits are ready to ship - $64.95

To place your order visit, e-mail or call 479-372-7403
Before we close we want to update you on our holiday closing.  We will be closed from Dec 20 through Jan 6.  We will reopen Thursday, Jan 7 at 9:00.  If you plan to be in the area during this time period and would like to shop, please e-mail or call 479-372-7403.  We will be happy to work with you and arrange a meeting date.  We plan to be in and out of the shop during the holidays so opening for your shopping experience is not a problem.  

See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

We're excited to share some darling stocking patterns


We have just two more newsletters before our Christmas break so will jump right in since we have a lot to share.  

First, is a darling kit designed by Lynette Anderson.  Your $39.95 "Primitive Christmas" kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, borders, binding, hand painted Santa and star buttons, wool for the star applique and Primitive Gatherings' triangle paper. Fabrics will vary slightly from those pictured.  Finishes 10" x 13"

We have just a few of these kits left and will not be making more.  If you are thinking of one, don't think too long or we may be sold out. 

If you enjoy wool applique and embroidery, the "Bear and Snowman" kit would be perfect.  It features Moda's Primitive Gatherings navy background fabric as the background.  The applique is wool and we used Valdani perle cotton #12 for all our embroidery.  Your $36.95 kit includes the pattern, background fabric, wool, borders and binding.

21 1/2" x 27 1/2"

Next, we want to share some adorable Christmas stocking patterns.  OK.....we realize it may be cutting it short to get a stocking finished in time for Christmas this year.  But won't it be fun to work on these during 2021?  

Each stocking finishes 18".  If you don't want to finish as a stocking, with a little imagination any of these could be modified and made into a wall hanging.  

Merry Christmas to All - $12
Light of the World - $12
Behold Your King - $12
O Holy Night - $12
Christmas is for Everyone - $12
This pattern contains patterns to make a kitty or a dog stocking.  Wouldn't it be fun to make one of each and gift to your vet or your favorite animal rescue facility?
We received a few copies of Martingale Publishing's new book, Red & Green Quilts.  It contains patterns to make 14 timeless quilts from some of our favorite designers including Jo Morton, Edyta Sitar, Lisa Bongean and Betsy Chutchain.  112 pages $28.99

If you do the math, that's just $2.07 per pattern......what a bargain....
We are taking pre-orders for Bonnie Sullivan's new book, Bertie's Year.  Our distributors have it on back order but we are hopeful it will be back in stock soon.  According to the press release we received "Stitch scenes from Bertie’s adventures in 12 monthly mini quilts (great for Block-of-the-Month programs) or combine them for a larger quilt. Create kits with wool and flannel, and add embroidery floss for on-the-go sewing. Back by popular demand for the first time ever—all 12 patterns, plus assembly instructions for two large quilt options—in a single book with full-color illustrations."

Let us know if we can reserve a book for you by e-mailing or pre-ordering via our website

80 pages  $25.99
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring a kit designed by Lynette Anderson.  Your Christmas Friends kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the quilt top, wool for Santa's beard, binding and the hand painted snowman button.  $36.95

16" x 16"

We have one kit available.  Please e-mail to reserve.  

Before we close we want to update you on our holiday closing.  We will be closed from Dec 20 through Jan 6.  We will reopen Thursday, Jan 7 at 9:00.  

See you soon!

Darlene and Debby