It is SEW Emma!

It’s Sew Emma self-published books have become so popular that seven of them are currently topping the charts!

Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage is #1.  It includes a multitude of original blocks so you can make a sampler quilt or individual projects that feature them.ISE906 Item #ISE906  Retail $29.95

Great Granny Squared and Quilty Fun are other favorites by Lori Holt.  And all three of these books are in the top 50!  Now that is a feat worth celebrating!ISE903 Item #ISE903  Retail $13.95ISE902 Item #ISE902  Retail $27.95

Fat Quarter Style and Fat Quarter Baby feature the first and ultimate pre-cut.  These should be displayed by every fat quarter rack in every quilt shop!ISE904 Item #ISE904  Retail $19.95ISE-909 Item #ISE-909  Retail $19.95

And this newest addition by Betsy Chutchian is quickly climbing the charts!ISE-911 Item #ISE-911  Retail $19.95

They are releasing two new books this Spring.  This book by Sherri Falls includes twelve different Christmas projects as well as a block of the month and is due to arrive in April/May when the holiday fabrics are due to arrive!
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Elea Lutz is releasing her first book with Its Sew Emma to go with her new fabric line – Strawberry Biscuit.  This book includes six projects as well as a sampler quilt – the perfect choice for girls of all ages – especially for those who never want to grow up!ISE-910 Item #ISE-910  Retail $19.95

Why not replenish your stock on your favorite and pre-order the Spring releases now!

Portable Press!

This little dynamo by Steamfast has been the top selling iron for over a year – and has found a home in the top 10 as long as I can remember!

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This miniature steam iron is lightweight and easy to manipulate, featuring the shape of a computer mouse.  This shape gives you ultimate control while pressing.

My favorite features?  It heats in just one minute and has a long cord that is perfect for retreats.  It weighs less than a pound with a non-stick soleplate.  No wonder it is the top seller!  This should be a staple in every quilt shop!  

In a clutch, choose Annie Unrein

Frankly, I was always intimidated by Annie Unrein’s patterns.  After all, I saw the samples – and they were perfect.  She is an expert seamstress and teaches threadology classes.  I bet she even makes tailored clothes!

But then, I saw her demonstrate at Road to California – and she made it look so simple that I thought I should give it a try.

As soon as I got home, I ordered her iCases pattern.  This one has a zippered pocket to hold the cord and has instructions for two sizes – exactly what I needed.PBA218 Item #PBA218  Retail $9.95

Annie has created a technique that makes all of her bags doable by anyone – even me!  It turns out that you create everything in panels.  Then the panels are placed on top of each other and bound together like a quilt – now that I can do.

And I did!  And now, I feel like my last name should be Bradley.  Friends came over last night and thought I bought my first project.  I consider that a win!

Soft and Stable – another Annie product – provides just the right amount of body and made the binding lay perfectly.
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Why not add some of these projects to your class schedule?  Once they see how easy it is, they will want to make more.  I immediately ordered three more patterns.  These will make great gits – and I already know I can’t stop at just one!

These “Open Wide” Pouches come in three sizes.
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Bling It On! is the perfect carrying case for jewelry or anything small!PBA248 Item #PBA248  Retail $9.95

Or, start them out with a simple Cut Loose Press jewelry case.  Believe me, they will be thrilled with the results!
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Gift giving just got a lot more fun!

Let there be Light!

This one is short and sweet!  Bottom line – this is the best light for the price that I have seen in a long time!
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This light by Frank A. Edmunds folds to just 1 1/2″ but is hinged so you can make it shine exactly where you need it!  Or extend it all the way to almost 10″.  24 LED bulbs can be adjusted to three brightness levels.

Whether you use the battery or the USB, it is sure to become your favorite light!

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Square on Square – the hit at Road to California

I demonstrated the Creative Grids® Square on Square rulers at the Road to California show and they loved them!
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Why does everyone LOVE this tool?  For the same reason, they love the entire line of Jean Ann Wright’s trim tools.  All of these tools solve the problems quilters face when piecing blocks that start with a center square.  These blocks tend to become skewed because of cutting inconsistencies; variations in seam allowances; and distortions while pressing.

The triangles are cut slightly larger and trimmed to size AFTER cutting, sewing and pressing – and the end result is spectacular!

Check out this new Spinning Snails pattern by Lynn Roddy Brown.  Yes – this is the first tool designed to create the Snail’s Trail block.  It is simply the color placement of the triangles.  And don’t you love the scrappy look and the rail fence border???CLPLRB001
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Sunflower Trails creates movement by piecing the Snail’s Trails blocks out of just three colors.
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Jean Ann Wright’s blue version makes me want to go to the beach!
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But this tool is named Square on Square for a reason!  Don’t forget that the traditional blocks make striking quilts as well.
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Look what happens when you piece a block and center it in a square on square.CLPJAW040
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The additional bells and whistles make this a must have:
1.  The cutting instructions are printed right on the tool. (The outside edge of the block is always on the straight of grain.)
2.  Create a 4″ block by stopping after two triangles or complete an 8″ block by adding four rounds of triangles.
3.  Use the squares on the ruler to piece or fussy cut a 2″ or 4″ finished square.

These added features expand the design potential exponentially!  Why not give it a try?  It also comes in a six-inch version.  (Item #CGRJAW7).  Whichever size you choose, you will be happy with the result!

 

Wee Woolie Ewe’s

These charming Wee Woolie designs are arriving any day – and would be the perfect little something for that favorite Valentine.

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Love Ewe would also be adorable for those of you who decorate a tree for every season.  They could be ornaments for Christmas at well – but that is another post!

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“If friends were flowers, I’d pick ewe” would be the perfect addition to an Easter basket.

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“One for ewe, one for me” has that whimsical charm that will make everyone smile.  Why not make a series of these for Christmas ornaments or Christmas cards.  Start now because you KNOW everyone will want one.  Frankly, they will probably all be gone for Valentine’s Day and Easter!

Snow Happy

As record breaking snows hit the East coast, Robin Kingsley of Bird Brain Designs has released her new book – Snow Happy.  Why not sit by a fire and stitch one of these projects while you are longing for Spring?

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This collection of hand embroidered designs are sewn into a wide variety of projects from towels to totes.

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I love everything Robin designs!  And did I mention that she is one of the most charming ladies I have ever met?  These designs are so charming you will want to incorporate them into other projects.  Why not stitch them up into your favorite design today?  Order now – these books will be arriving any day!

Jo’s Little Favorites

You all ready know who will want this newest release by Jo Morton so make sure you order enough!  This book of minis is due to arrive the first week of February and would make a great class series – kitted of course!

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These 13 classic quilt designs include tips to make piecing in miniature a breeze.  The photography is worth the price of the book!  Each quilt is displayed in vignettes that would add charm to any decor.

Most of the quilts are smaller than 36″ square so you can stitch these versions of her classic patterns in no time at all.  Here is just a sampling…

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Which one will you make first????

Take the Coloring Craze to a Whole New Audience

I love everything designed by Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill.  Her latest – Mystery of the Salem Witches’Quilt Guild will be released in four parts the next several months.

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This panel measures 15″ x 42″ and uses her technique for coloring with embroidery.  This is the perfect next step for those new customers who have embraced the adult coloring craze!

The mystery includes three embroidered panel patterns and one that includes the piecing instructions to complete the quilt.  The final quilt measures 57″ x 72″.

The second panel will be available soon.

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Visit our website to see the entire line of Cosmos floss that Meg recommends.  They are listed as companions for each panel.  Why not join the Witches Quilt Guild meeting and get to know the entire cast of characters.

Great Granny would be Proud!

Great Granny Squared is the second collaboration between Lori Holt and Its Sew Emma – and brings back memories of the Granny Square afghans that were our grandmother’s answer to scrap yarn!

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Personally, I have a wool afghan that my grandmother made for my parents when THEY got married in the mid forties.  It is one of my most treasured possessions and holds a place of honor in my guest room.  Now I can make a companion quilt to coordinate in the room!

The book includes four different patterns to choose from!

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The hard part is going to be choosing which one!