Wednesday, January 27, 2021

S is for Sew


It's hard to believe the first month of 2021 is coming to a close soon.  It's been a busy month for us for several reasons one of which we can finally share.  Late last year we were invited to participate in a FB group to create a super fun project.  We worked with 8 other shops to create a wonderful make believe wool village.  

Starting March 1, 2021 and ending April 30, 2021, each shop will offer a kit and a pattern for a piece of this village.  We are working on the pricing but our pricing will include FREE shipping for the kit.  But that’s not all, you can choose from different settings to complete your own personal village.  Several shops, including us, will offer finishing kits.

To follow along on FB search for It Takes A Village Wool Project Group.  Click the request to join group button.  On Instagram the hashtag is #ittakesavillagewool.  It's going to be so much fun to make this village with you!

Below is a snippet of our block.
"S is for Sew" is our newest kit.  Your $28.95 kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the quilt top, binding and a darling bee button (it looks like we forgot to sew the button on our sample LOL).  Quilt finishes 17 1/4" x 20 1/2".  

If you'd like a thread kit containing Valdani perle cotton #12 please let us know when you place your order.  Debby will be happy to pull threads for you.  
As promised last week, we have fat quarter bundles of a selection of fabrics from Kim Diehl's newest line "Gratitude and Grace".  Each bundle contains 8 fat quarters.  $22 

If you'd like yardage of any of the fabrics, please e-mail or call 479-372-7403.
We received our shipment of Quiltmania magazines.  Carol has made some changes to the magazine and we think it's even better than before.  This issue contains 6 projects as well as the first part of Nathalie Meance's mystery quilt "Pour Helene".  $14.99
We also received our shipment of the Spring issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine.  This issue contains Kay's "Through the Barn Door" quilt pattern.  We are waiting on one fabric to complete our first cutting of kits.  We have an order in for more fabric for a second cutting and are disappointed that the main fabric is is very limited supply until April.  So.....if you know you absolutely must have a kit before May please get your order in quickly.  

You may order Through the Barn Door by visiting our website, e-mail or calling 479-372-7403.
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring a wonderful book published by Quiltmania, "Meanderings of a Quilt Collector" by Jane Lury.  She has travelled  widely and acquired many fabulous quilts including early English and American chintz pieces, French Boutis and quilted Indian floor-spreads. This book has more than 200 wonderful photos, and its author tells delightful stories both of collecting adventures, and fascinating historical research into the sources of quilts, and the amazing materials, cotton, silk, wool from which they were created.  The book also has patterns for 3 quilts.  Hardbound coffee table style book containing 320 pages.  Regularly $56.95 -- now $49.95.  

Please e-mail to reserve.  
See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Cute Hedgehog pincushion


What a busy week we've enjoyed!  The weather has been brisk but sunny with some of the most breathtaking sunrises we've ever seen.  Sunshine makes us feel creative and inspired.  We received a new shipment of Kim Diehl fabrics and have our creative thinking caps on.  We'll have fat quarter bundles ready next week.

This week we are super excited to share another Blackbird Designs' out of print book.  When we're able to get copies of any Blackbird book, we grab them.  We were able to get 15 copies of When the Cold Wind Blows so are offering them to you at $24.95 each.  This book contains patterns for some great quilts.  Our two favorites are the cover quilt and the basket quilt.  

You may order the book by visiting our website, by e-mailing or calling 479-372-7403.  

If you'd like us to put together a starter kit of fat quarters so you can make your own basket quilt, let us know.  We'll need to know the colorway you'd prefer and how much money you'd like to spend.  We love helping people choose fabric!
Jeanne Horton is one of our favorite primitive designers.  We have a couple fat quarter bundles of one of her older lines of fabric, Riverbanks.  It's a gorgeous combination of muted fabrics.  39 fat quarters - $107.25.

As a side note.......wouldn't this colorway make a gorgeous basket quilt from the book above......
Darlene recently completed an adorable pincushion featuring a hedgehog.  Your $10.95 "Hedgehog Pin Cushion" kit includes the pattern, background cotton, wool for applique, buttons (color will vary) and backing fabric.  

What a cute addition to your collection of pincushions....or a great gift to tuck inside an Easter basket or Mother's Day gift basket.
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring pattern packets.  Each packet includes 12 patterns.  When ordering, please specify which set you want -- Little Quilts Calendar Series and/or Little Woolies.  We have only 1 set of each so be quick to reserve.  

Please e-mail to reserve.  

Little Quilts Calendar Series - each finishes approximately 12" x 12".  $60

Little Woolies - each finishes appx 7" square - $45
See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

The Raven is back in print


This week we are sharing something old that is new again.  Several years ago we offered a block of the month using Blackbird Designs' book The Raven.  Many people were very disappointed when the book went out of print.....but......good news......Barb and Alma have decided to reprint The Raven book. 

We are taking preorders now.  66 pages $28.  According to our distributors it should be 3-4 weeks before shipment.  

Please e-mail and we will reserve a copy for you.  
Valdani has decided to discontinue some of their threads from the Twisted Tweed line.  We have four of the discontinued threads in size 12 perle cotton.  Each is $5.45 per ball.
PT 3 - blue
PT 4 - cream and brown
PT 8 - dark green/ecru
PT 11 - black/ecru
Darlene recently completed a beautiful quilt, Birds in Paris.  We have it hanging on the tall wall in the shop and it looks so pretty.  Your $124.95 kit includes the pattern, fabrics to make the quilt top and binding.  The quilt finishes 75" x 75".  

We are including a photo of the focal fabric - Memoirs by 3 Sisters (Moda).  
We will close this week's newsletter with some updated photos of the shop.  If you spot something you'd like information about, please e-mail
We now have a rack for our Sew Graceful t-shirts.  So exciting!
We also reworked our sale area to better utilize the space.  We now have a table where we can put finished items that are for sale.  
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring the book "Sweet and Simple Wool Applique".  It contains 15 projects including a table runner, a pillow, and pinkeeps to a needle book, a notebook cover, and more, with full-size appliqué patterns included.  $21.95

Please e-mail to reserve.  

See you soon!

Darlene and Debby

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Blocks of the month: past, present and future


We hope 2021 is shaping up to be a great year for you and your loved ones.  We are optimistic things will return to what we consider normal and that we will be able to visit with many of you in the shop and during vending events.  

With a new year comes new goals....with us the new year signals the beginning of our annual $10 block of the month.  In addition to that program, we have two other blocks of the month starting during the first quarter.  

This week we want to devote the newsletter to blocks of the month:  present, future and past.  If you have participated in one of our blocks of the month in the past, please e-mail to sign up.  If you're new to our blocks of the month, please call 479-372-7403.  We will need your e-mail, mailing address and method of payment.  

Our 2021 $10 block of the month is "Birdsong".  We have made some changes to the pattern and your kits will include our changes.  The background fabrics are cotton and all the applique is wool.  The quilt finishes 35" x 35". 

The Birdsong block of the month will begin in January and run for 9 months.  Each month you'll receive fabric and wool to make one block; during the final month you'll receive borders and binding.  The cost for the first month will be $10 for the block and $18 for the pattern (plus shipping if you're not local).  Subsequent months are $10 plus shipping.

Please visit our website for details about additional recommended items to complete your quilt.  

If you'd prefer to purchase the entire project at one time, the cost is $108.
Sharon P made all the samples for "A Prairie Journey" block of the month which begins Feb 1 and runs for 12 months.  The quilts vary in size with the smallest being 12 1/2" square and the largest 30" square.  You'll be exposed to a variety of techniques including piecing, cotton applique and wool applique.  Each month you'll receive fabric for one quilt top and binding.  The book must be purchased separately.  Month 1 - $25.99 for the book and $19.95 for the quilt kit.  Months 2-12 - $19.95 for the quilt kit.  

Below are photos of 3 of the quilts you'll be making.  
The Santa, The Tree, The Turkey and Me by Hatched and Patched will 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". 

Cost for this block of the month in $24.95 per month (plus shipping) for 8 months.  Each month you'll receive a pattern, fabric and wool.  Optional items include a Valdani thread kit, needles, stitchery stabilizer and Soft Fuse.  
The next blocks of the month are programs we offered in the past.  We have packaged these into kits and are selling them as a kit rather than a monthly program.  

Fairytale Cottage by Hand Made by Margott - $141.95 - includes the pattern, background cotton, wool for applique, materials to make the tabs and binding.  

We have 1 kit available so please e-mail to reserve.  
The Autumn Quilt by Heart to Hand - $269.95 - includes patterns, background cottons, wool for applique, borders and binding.  58" x 72"

We have 4 kits in stock.  You may e-mail to reserve or purchase on line
Seaside Town by Lynette Anderson - We have one kit which contains only the patterns and hand painted buttons (no fabrics).  $199.95

We have one kit containing the patterns, hand painted buttons, fabrics for the top (all cotton), borders and binding.  $229.95

Quilt finishes 34" x 44".  It is a combination of applique, embroidery, and simple piecing.  

Please e-mail to reserve your kit.
The Ark by Piece of Work- $120 - Includes pattern, background cottons, wool for applique and embellishment pack.  34" x 41"

We have 2 kits available.  Please e-mail or visit to purchase.
Midnight Silhouette by Blackbird Designs (pattern is out of print) - the quilt is all cotton - $174.95 - 68" x 84" 

We have 4 kits available so please e-mail to reserve or visit to purchase.
Pretty Petals by Sherry Howard - backgrounds are cotton and applique is wool.  Kit includes our changes.  - $99.95 - 43" x 43"

We have 1 kit so please e-mail to reserve.
A Blackbird Gathering by Cheri Payne (out of print).  The pattern was published in the Summer 2017 issue of Simply Vintage magazine.  We have kits with and without the pattern since some of you may have that magazine.  34 1/2" x 39 1/2"

Kit with pattern, fabric and wool - $137.99

Kit with fabric and wool (no pattern) - $120

Please e-mail or visit our website to purchase.  
Sleigh Bells by Jan Patek - the quilt is all cotton - 68 1/2" x 78 1/2" - $194.95

We have 4 kits available.  Please e-mail or visit our website to purchase.  
Tree of Life by Lynette Anderson - 32" x 36" - $124.95

Our background fabric is a Diamond Textile woven fabric.  Kit includes the pattern, fabrics for the top, wool for the flowers, binding and hand painted buttons.  

We have 4 kits available.  Please e-mail or visit our website to purchase.  
This week for our "when it's gone, it's gone" section, we are featuring a kit to make a darling quilt.  Fabrics in the kit are so soft.  Construction is super easy.  The quilt finishes 45" x 62".

We have 1 kit available.  Please e-mail to reserve.  

See you soon!

Darlene and Debby