Jelly Roll Rugs

This jelly roll rug uses forty-two 2 1/2″ strips to make a 30″ x 44″ area rug.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pattern isn’t coming in until later this month so I don’t know exactly how it is made but the back of the pattern says you need 100% cotton batting, jean needles, 1200 yards of thread and a sewing machine that will sew a 5mm zigzag stitch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember when these were in every room – and in front of every door – in your house? This pattern is already in the top 20 and it hasn’t even arrived yet. I can see this being a huge hit with all of those ladies that sold the country out of clothesline when they were making baskets! What a great possibility for a great and unusual class!

Kim Diehl’s Whatnots Club

You know you are a legend when your latest book isn’t due to be released until May – and is already one of the top-selling books on the Checker website!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I haven’t seen this book yet so we will rely on the publisher’s words: Welcome to the wonderful world of Kim Diehl. On a splendidly small scale! Kim’s little quilts have three big benefits: they’re stash friendly, they’re quick to finish, and they’re as cute as can be. Now quilters can create a wonderful variety of pint-size quilts in Kim’s signature style. Enjoy 18 projects from Kim’s Simple Whatnots Club, previously available only in individual-pattern form. Learn techniques for petite patchwork, invisible machine applique, and cozy wool applique; then use completed projects as wall quilts and toppers or follow Kim’s lead and display projects in other creative ways. As always, Kim shares many of her ‘Extra Snippets’ that will make every quilter a better quilter.

You know this woman is a rock star – and the photography in the book is worth buying the book even if you were a member of the Whatnots Club! The book includes 18 projects. Order it now so you are part of the initial order!

Free Form Rotary Cutting

This little rotary cutter replaces my scissors with a lot of techniques! It is only 14 mm which makes it the smallest rotary cutter yet. In fact, it is too small to use with traditional acrylic tools – but that is not why it was designed. From Tonic Studios USA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This cutter is ideal for cutting fabric and paper. (I use it to trim fabric 1/4″ away from my templates AND to cut out the freezer paper templates). The cutter has a Kushgrip comfort coated handle for easy cutting control. It is like drawing with a pen – you have total control. It comes with a protective cover for safe storage. Replacement blades are available (2060EUS).

Watch the product video here: www.checkerdist.com/products/2059EUS

These are due to arrive next month so place your orders now!

Bias Tape the Easy Way

I met this woman at Market and was so impressed with her demonstration that I kept grabbing people and having them watch her as well. Do yourself a favor and buy the book. The tools are great but to truly use them to their full potential, you need to see what Pauline does with them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, there are several package options so you can choose the sizes that are most conducive to your quilting needs. Pauline uses them to insert into decorative bindings, her own method of quilt as you go, as well as more traditional uses. These tools make easy work of the process. Visit our website to see all of the possibilities.

When a Little Dab Will Do Ya

This was one of the hottest items at Market – and it is due to arrive this week. I can’t wait to get my hot little hands on this baby. I love Roxanne’s Glue-Baste-It and now it comes in a smaller, more convenient size.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dip and Dab Bottle retails for just $3.25 – and is refillable. In their own words, this incredible applique glue is 100% water-soluble, dries in minutes, holds firmly until you want to loosen it, and does not feel stiff when dry. It contains no dyes or waxes or harmful chemicals and is pH neutral.

At this price point, what a great event gift! Display them at the register so everyone will see them. But order them now because it is going to be hard to keep these babies in stock.

Doug Leko’s Latest – Stashtastic

Stashtastic is Doug Leko’s first book with Martingale and he pulled out all of the stops. These twelve quilts are all featured in two different colorways so they appeal to everyone. Added bonus? Each pair of quilts is a perfect lesson in choosing fabrics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose eight to thirty of your favorite fat quarters and be inspired.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doug has a way of taking traditional patterns and adding that awe factor. Start playing with tradition today!

Pearl Pereira Revisits an Antique Quilt

I love handwork so everything from P3 Designs makes me smile – and this latest endeavor will have you smiling as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In her own words:

The Sarah Simms 1816 quilt is owned by my dear friend Dawn Licker. We have talked over the years about reproducing some of her antique quilts in her collection as patterns. This quilt just seemed to speak to me even though the rest of the quilt was not very exciting. Sarah Simms embroidered 1816 date with one strand of thread at the bottom of the medallion. The Crewel embroidery was done with wool threads which I believe have faded over the years. The embroidered center medallion was framed with uneven sawtooth inner border and hexagons in the corners. It was framed with 4 1/2” blocks, 20“ rectangles to make a wide border. But the center of this quilt was my inspiration and I set the block on point and added hexagon a border and repeated the sawtooth border to frame the quilt.

The pattern contains two full color 22” x 34” pattern sheets with full-size drawings for the center embroidery medallion, a color embroidery stitch guide and easy to follow instructions.

Look at this beautiful center!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pattern is due to arrive soon, so order it now!

A Kimberbell Christmas

I love everything Kimberbell! That girl is a creative genius! I know the holidays are over – but this is the perfect time to think about future gifts and classes. Check these out – and then we will talk….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a moment after the holidays to make a list of people you would like to surprise next year with a little something. Teachers, coaches, bus drivers, card clubs, book clubs – you get the picture!

Many holiday fabrics and patterns are on sale so it is the perfect time to plan for next year. After all, the fabric is a quilters half price gift wrap! Planning ahead is ALWAYS a good thing!

Lunch Hour Projects in Wool

I know when a book is in the top 50 at Checker – and isn’t due to arrive until March, we have a winner. And, in this case, the reputation of the author and designer speaks volumes!

 

 

 

 

Kathy Brown of Teacher’s Pet has created fourteen of the most adorable projects that really can be completed in a lunch hour or two. Look at these charming examples:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all need that little something throughout the year to let people know we care. Why not teach a wool class – and kit these projects for a register display. These are the type of projects that everyone will make in quantities. After all, who could resist making journals for everyone in their book club? You get the idea! The book arrives in March – just when customers are looking for handwork for vacation travels. Stock up on wool now!

Thirties Prints in a Charming Setting

Judie Rothermel’s new collection, Basket of Scraps by Marcus Brothers. is featured in an upcoming book by It’s Sew Emma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Block of the Month style quilt book is due to arrive next month – perfect timing to wash away those Winter blues.

The setting stars which frame the blocks are simply stunning. The quilt can be made in two sizes – queen and king – so you can finally make a quilt to fit your bed. And, since it is a block of the month, it can be pieced a little at a time so they have removed the intimidation factor.

Here is just a sampling of this fabric line which is due to arrive later this month:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conversational prints combined with mini coordinates – and a check threw in (which would be an awesome binding) – who could ask for anything more???