Sunday Best!

When two designers decide to challenge themselves and each other, magic happens! Corey Yoder and Sharon McConnell chose designs that were on their bucket list: pineapples, courthouse steps, stars, scrappy, red and white, and Christmas. In this case, a picture is worth a thousand words, so lets let the projects speak for themselves….







Why not use these quilts as inspiration to create your own challenge? All it takes is a few willing friends….

The Latest from Pattern Basket

These three new patterns by The Pattern Basket are due to arrive later this month. Christmas in a Jar and Watering Cans are both pieced blocks. Each block has its own personality. Make the entire project or just one to frame – or why not do both???

This butterfly quilt uses 10″ squares to create a scrappy look. What a perfect summer quilt!

Why not pull a variety of “happy” prints and make a display? A fat quarter display would be the perfect companion!

Pillow Case Kits

What a brilliant idea! I love Susybee fabrics. They always have a shop owner in mind – smaller collections that are affordable. Now they have taken many of these collections and created pillow case kits!

Each kit includes 3/4 yards of the main fabric – printed so it works perfectly as a pillow; 1/4 yard of a contrasting band fabric; and a strip of fabric for a decorative falange. The best part??? Each kit comes with directions to make a pillow case with French seams using the “burrito” method AND there is a video tutorial as well!

What a great mother/daughter class – and a great first project for any beginner. Once your customers know how easy this technique is, they will make them to match ALL of their quilts!

A Unicorn Named Nola…

Two new patterns by Laura Heine are due to arrive this month and are sure to be as popular as her other designs.

Nola measures 35 x 47 inches – the perfect size for the center of a baby quilt or the focus of a nursery. But this whimsical unicorn will take center stage wherever she is placed!

Song Bird measures 30 inches square and is stunning on a dark background. I wonder how it would look on a light background??? Maybe you should make both???

Both patterns are due to arrive the middle of this month so place your orders now.

Oh Sew Mini!

These mini versions of the original It’s Sew Emma Organizers are just too cute for words! They are constructed with the same quality as the original and come in a multitude of colors…

The petal shapes bend to accommodate those smaller notions that tend to get lost in your sewing room. My favorite? This is the perfect size to store my collection of sewing machine feet. They are individually packaged so you can order a multitude of colors for an eye-catching display.

Button, Button…

Sometimes packaging adds that awe factor that is simply irresistible – and these new button collector jars by Lansing are a perfect example. They come in two sizes of mason jars. The 16 ounce pint jars are filled with red, black or white assortments.

The 8 ounce mason jars come in a multitude of colors.



Can’t you just picture a display of these by the register???

The Newest from Your Favorite Lazy Girl

Zoey Zips from Lazy Girl Designs are adorable zip pouches with basket-style handles created from leftover zipper lengths. The pattern features two sizes: Small: 7 1/2in L x 2 1/2in H x 2in D, uses one 14in zipper. Large: 9 1/2in L x 3 1/2in H x 2in D, uses one 16in or longer zipper.

Perfect for sewing notions, pencil case, and all of your little treasures! Grab your favorite fabrics and cut a little, sew a little, zip a little – and done! Joan recommends using Lazy Girl Designs Face-It Soft fusible interfacing and fusible fleece.

The Lexi Carryall is the perfect choice for a class! It combines several of Joan’s signature techniques so learning opportunities abound!

This crossbody bag with an adjustable one-inch wide strap has numerous pockets to organize everything you need in style!

Lexi features:
– A zippered main compartment loaded with pockets to keep your essentials organized and easily at hand.
– A roomy main compartment that easily holds a 16oz water bottle.
– A front zip pocket for quick access to secure storage.
– And a back slip pocket for your phone.

Teach your customers Joan’s innovative zipper installation that allows the top zipper to open fully from edge to edge for easy access to everything inside. Then show how to divide and use a double pull zipper. She includes numerous pressing and finishing tips that give all of her projects a professional quality look.

At 9 x 9 x 2 1/2 inches, this baby packs a punch and is big enough to carry an iPad Mini, Kindle, or your favorite small table. With over 100 full-color step-by-step instructions, you will be successful the very first time! These patterns are due to arrive later this month so order them now!

Big Boards and Wool Mats

I LOVE this! I have had my big board for years and loved being able to press entire quilt tops with ease. But, when the wool mats came out, I had THREE so I could put them end to end to iron tops. Not an ideal solution, but once you’ve used a wool pressing mat, nothing else will do. Then I got a phone call from the folks at Gypsy Quilter asking me what sizes they should add to the line! Well, that was a no-brainer – and the Big Board size was born!

This wool mat fits the Big Board perfectly – and guess what, we have those too…..

You can buy just the Big Board by Tracy’s Tables which is made to fit over your existing ironing board, or in my case, on a counter in my sewing room.

Or, you can buy the Big Board with it’s own collapsible legs.

Now, they even have a fabric corral so the fabric does not fall on the floor!

And, now there is a new portable size of Big Boards which will fit in your car. This size is perfect for retreats and classrooms!

Remember, every seam you sew has to be pressed and pressing can make all of the difference! Quality products make that difference!

The Perfect 5

At this very minute, all of the top five books on our website are by Its Sew Emma! What an accomplishment! And, their new book – Perfect 5 Quilts is already in the top 20.

This book features 17 quilts that will delight and inspire, all made with classic 5” charm squares. With options using 1, 2, 3, and 4 charm packs, it is the perfect companion to help quilters’ stash bust (as well as stash build)!

This book was written as a companion to the new Creative Grids® Perfect 5 Ruler – both due out later this summer. For CGR fans, you know that we normally don’t share a ruler until it is actually available to ship. But, with this book already trending, we through the rules out the window so you can pre-order both now!

The Perfect Five Ruler is a true five-inch ruler with all of the markings you need to cut and trim 5″ squares – as well as the half-square triangles, four-patches, etc. that you create with them! What a pair!

The pre-sales for both of these products has been incredible so place your orders now so we can order enough to make sure that you get the first shipment!