Let the Fun Begin – Join us at Market!

Checker will be at Quilt Market with bells on!  We are sponsoring a series of Take and Teach Sessions; School Houses; Creative Grids Demonstrations and Book Signings published independently.

Take & Teach Sessions

Take & Teach Sessions 8:00-9:30 each day
Saturday, October 25
Jean Ann Wright, Maximize Profits with Creative Grids® Rulers
Karen Montgomery, Last Minute Christmas Class
Sunday, October 26
Gudrun Erla, Welcome to Stripology Class!
Kathy Brown, Minis are HOT!
Phyllis Meiring, Wool Projects That Will Increase Your Sales
Karin Hellaby, Sew Simple Hexi-Flowers
Joan Ford, ScrapTherapy®  Mini Scrap Grids® Rulers
Monday, October 27
Rita Fishel, Play Before You Pay
Penny Haren, The Complete Package: Notions/Patterns/Kits

School Houses

School Houses Room #371D/E
Friday, October 24
11:15 – 11:45 Sunrise Studio by LakeHouse Borders on the Bolt!
11:50 – 12:20 New Winter Event from Row by Row Experience!
3:10 – 3:40 New Creative Grids® Rulers Will Blow You Away! 

Creative Grids Demo Schedule

NEW this Market, Visit Creative Grids® rulers in their own booth #908!
Creative Grids® Demonstrations
Saturday, October 25 

9:00 – 11:30 Gudrun Erla, Stripology Ruler
11:30 – 1:30 Jean Ann Wright, 6” Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool
1:30 – 3:00 Kathy Brown, Strip-Smart Mini
ALL DAY  Rita Fishel, Ruler of Your Choice
Sunday, October 26 
9:00 – 12:00 Kathy Brown, Strip-Smart Mini
12:30 – 4:30 Gudrun Erla, Stripology Ruler
ALL DAY Rita Fishel, Ruler of Your Choice
Monday, October 27
12:30 – 2:30 Kathy Brown, Strip-Smart Mini
ALL DAY Rita Fishel, Ruler of Your Choice

Book Signings

Book SIgnings at Checker Booth #708
Saturday, October 25 

12:30 – 1:30 Handfuls of Scraps Pieced Into Amazing Quilts, Edyta Sitar
Sunday, October 26 
11:30-12:00 – Fat Quarter Style, It’s Sew Emma
12:00-12:30 – Quilted Living, Gerri Robinson - It’s Sew Emma


Download and print a handy mini schedule to tuck into your name badge pouch.

A Little Bertie Told Me…

Bonnie Sullivan is releasing her third Block of the Month program featuring Bertie at Quilt Market.  And, I can tell you right now – it is wonderful!  Below is a sneak peek image of the new Bertie’s Spring program from Maywood Studio & Bonnie Sullivan featuring Woolies Flannel.

 

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This is strictly a preview, as nothing will be officially launched until Quilt Market in Houston.  At this time we do not have a firm delivery date, but we anticipate a spring 2015 drop.  As we did with Bertie’s Year & Winter, we will be offering a special case assortment and coordinating button pack. We will have more concrete information and a quick order form by Quilt Market.

Stop by the Checker Booth for details. The sales reps will have all of the particulars so you can start this program at your shop this Spring!

It’s always nice to put a face with a name.  Here is the woman behind this highly
successful program – Bonnie Sullivan!

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Strip Smart Mini’s are here!

Kathy Brown – the genius behind the Strip Smart series of books and patterns – has designed a new template that doubles the possibilities.  The magic is in the center square. By rotating this square, you can cut half and quarter-square triangles using the same tool! The lettered markings on the template are duplicated in the patterns so placement is a snap!

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Item #CGRY2  Retail $14.95

Miniature blocks and projects have never been easier! Now all of them – and so many more – can be created by sewing a combination of strips together or sub-cutting any strips up to 3 ½ inch strips.

Every quilt designed with the Strip Smart technique can be re-created in miniature with the Strip Smart Mini – and so much more!  In fact, the more we play with this template, the more possibilities present themselves.

Explore the possibilities in Kathy’s new book – Strip-Smart Friends.  All of these projects can be made in an afternoon.  Want to change the size?  Simply change the width of the strips or the number of blocks!

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Make this placemat – start to finish – in an afternoon!  You can’t get any easier than that…

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Come join the fun!  Kathy is already planning her second book….and the third….the ideas just keep coming!  Spend some time with Kathy at Market.  She is everywhere – in our school house session, a Take and Teach session, and the Creative Grids booth every day.  This tool is so simple!  You can teach someone how to use it in less than two minutes – and spend a lifetime pursuing the possibilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a Stripology class with Creative Grids and GE Designs

I LOVE this new ruler by Gudrun Erla of GE Designs.  Reduce your cutting time  by 75% with this new Stripology ruler.

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Item #CGRGE1  Retail $54.95

This Creative Grids ruler is made out of a strong, pliable material that doesn’t move or shift while cutting – and has lots of bells and whistles.  Vertical slits are long enough to easily cut through folded fat quarters and folded yardage straight off the bolt.\

The signature CGR gripper strips hold multiple layers of fabric in place with absolutely no slipping when cutting.  The slots are positioned 1/2″ apart with dashed white and black markings between them.  These markings are visible on both light and dark fabrics. LOVE it!

There are also horizontal markings – printed every half inch – alternating in black and white – again, visible on all colors of fabric.  Use these lines to square up the fabric before cutting to guarantee perfect right angles with every cut!

Need to cut those popular 1 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ strips?  Simply cut through all of the slots marked with a square or star on the bottom of the ruler – no math required!  (In addition, Gudrun will show you how to also cut 1/4″ measurements!)

Need to sub-cut 10″ squares?  Position them under the defined white square on the ruler to guarantee square cuts every time.

Use the 45 and 60 ddegree angles to sub cut diamonds and other angled shapes – again watch Gudrun’s video to show you how…

The support for this ruler is simply amazing!  Gudrun has created this Cut Loose Press pattern that offers the perfect opportunity to showcase how to cut strips – and then sub cut them with the ruler.  Waverunner is just darling – and can be pieced in an afternoon!

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If you live in an “I” state – Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, or Iowa – her new pattern , I-Strip will be a huge hit with every sports fan!  Do it in school colors and you won’t be able to keep it in stock!

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Item #GE166  Retail $10.00

“Nina” puts a whole new spin on nine-patches…

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Item #GE167  Retail $10.00

Then there is the book – Stripology – named after the on-going program that Gudrun is creating around this ruler.  She has taken some of her most popular patterns and made them with 1 1/2″ strips.  The patterns include instructions in three different sizes…

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Item #GE608  Retail $16.00

If you forget how to use any of the amazing features on this ruler, scan the QR code and watch a video demonstration.  It’s not every day you get to take the designer home with you!  Everything is in the system so order now!  It will be ready to ship by Quilt Market.  It doesn’t get any better than that!

Eat and Sketch in Style with Patterns by Annie

Since Annie introduced Soft and Stable to the quilting world, the quality, body and structure of totes has never been the same.  Her latest creations, that are going to be released at Market, showcase the quality and detail that have become Annie’s signature.

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Item #PBA231  Retail $9.95

In Annie’s very own words:

Carry your lunch in style in this roomy little handbag.  A zip-around gusseted closure provides easy access to the contents of the bag. Two outer slip pockets and two interior mesh pockets hold an ice pack, napkins, silverware and more.

ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable gives great stability, provides insulation for the contents, and ensures that the bag will look great after repeated use and laundering.

Pack a waste-free lunch using reusable snack bags. A great alternative to plastic bags and wraps, the bags can be machine washed and dried and are the perfect fit for a sandwich or hearty snack.

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Item #PBA235  Retail $9.95

Inspired by the classic brown bag, this roomy carrier has plenty of room for a thermos, bottle of water, sandwich, fruit, and more.  The bag’s flat bottom supports an upright structure and a padded handle on top makes it easy to carry. The fold-over flap closure opens wide for easy access to the bag’s contents yet fastens securely for convenient transport.

An interior mesh pocket holds an ice pack, napkins, or silverware.  A border of chalkboard fabric on the front can be used to identify the owner or offer a few words of encouragement for the day. If you prefer, substitute a coordinating fabric for the border.

An ID window on the back eliminates mix-ups in the lunch room or cafeteria.

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Item #PBA236  Retail $9.95

Knitters, crocheters, and other needle arts enthusiasts will love this stylish travel-friendly case to carry needles, hooks, and other supplies.  Divided pockets hold dozens of crochet hooks and interchangeable knitting needles and directions are included for customizing the bag to suit your needs.

A removable pocket page has two zippered vinyl pockets and two to four mesh pockets to hold cables, scissors, patterns, project pieces, and more.

Now – in MY words – Annie always adds that awe factor

Kiss Me Quick with Lynnette Anderson

This six month block of the month program designed by Lynnette Anderson is packed full of techniques that will make each class a learning opportunity!

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Item #Y827  Retail $72.00 (the entire set)

Here’s how it breaks down:

Block #1 says it all:  Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: My Hearts at Home.  And lets not forget our pets!  This block includes the nine-patch border.  Who doesn’t love a little bit of piecing and a little bit of applique?

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Item #Y828  Retail $12.00

Block #2 – Good Day – who wouldn’t love sitting on a porch looking out on this scene?  The pieced flying geese borders are a great break between the appliques.

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Item #Y829  Retail $12.00

Block #3 includes the two flower blocks – who doesn’t love a garden that you don’t have to weed?

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Item #Y830  Retail $12.00

Block #4  - Windmills and Hexies – who can resist?

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Item #Y831  Retail $12.00

Block #5 – Lover’s Cottage – This project just turned into a perfect wedding sampler quilt, or house warming, or anniversary gift, or entryway display…

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Item #Y832  Retail $12.00

And then put it all together with an embroidered alphabet and a striking border….

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Item #Y833  Retail $12.00

I love these shorter six month programs.  Instant gratification with style!  This muted colorway will fit into any decor.

Olaf, Elsa, Leonardo, Oh My – Exclusively at Checker

Who can resist the number one Disney release of all time!  And, with the announcement that there will be a short animated film – currently labeled Frozen 2 – released in the Spring of 2015, these characters will continue in popularity.

Checker has purchased exclusive prints from Springs Creative.   These are not available from Springs regular catalog or other distributors. PRE-ORDER these by Oct 28th, 2014 to guarantee delivery. After that there will be limited availability.

They are due to arrive Spring, 2015 – just in time for the new movie release!

Who doesn’t love Elsa – the ice queen?

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And her adorable side-kick, Olaf…

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Arriving just in time for summer, this series embraces Olaf’s love of sunshine…..

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And the companions, available in two different shades of blue…

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With the release of the latest Ninja Turtles movie, a new generation has embraced our favorite childhood heroes…

The Skatin’ Superdudes

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Skatin’ Toss

 

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What little girl doesn’t love My Little Pony.  They never go out of style…

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Tim Burton comes alive in these fabrics showcasing the classic Nightmare before Christmas…

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Many of these prints will be perfect for mother/daughter summer classes.

Curves that would make Marilyn proud!

You all loved the 8″ curvy log cabin (CGRJAW5).  We immediately had requests for a smaller version – preferably a six inch size so four could be sewn together to create a 12 inch block.  You asked – we aim to please!

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Look at the motion these curves can create – and it is no harder than doing a traditional log cabin!  Simply sew narrow strips to two adjoining sides and wide strips to the other two sides!

Rainbow Swirls

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Fly Away with Me looks like white birds are flying in circles.

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Ice Cream Cones never looked so good – and in every color of the rainbow…

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Wiggly Worms is so bright and cheerful, every child will want one.  Summer camp anyone???

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Citrus and Berry Table Runner will add a cheerful touch to any table decor…

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Fall has Officially arrived!

For those “Twister” fans, Twister Owl has joined the family of delightful designs from Need’l Love just in time for Fall. Change the size of the project by changing the size of the Twister tool.

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Item #QP7  Retail $10.00

They will also love Twister Jack….

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Item #QP4  Retail $10.00

I love these patchwork patterns by Shabby Fabrics.  The piecing adds depth and highlights to some classic designs…

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Item #SF48632  Retail $9.50

Pumpkins sparkle as well….

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Item #SF48568  Retail $9.50

Boppity Boo is is one of the top selling new books featuring Fall projects…..

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Item #TWBB07  Retail $16.00

This book contains 13 different projects!  Who can resist that kind of price point!  Many of the projects, including these Trick or Treat Bags, can be made in an afternoon.

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The animals have personality which makes them hard to resist!

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Pull out all of your fall fabrics and create a display today.  Remember – tone on tone fabrics are perfect for these projects.  And, don’t forget to add some yellow, purple and black fabrics.  Cut some fat quarter packets for the scrappier patterns.  And, add some wool as well.

Tea Time with Judy Niemeyer

I saw a sneak peak of these at Spring Market and it was love at first site!  These free form leaves are the perfect project for ANYONE on your Christmas list.  They would be at home in any decor – country to modern, and any style in between!

These projects are the perfect beginning class to introduce your students to Judy’s newest techniques.  Yes, there is a technique.  These projects are created wit curved paper-piecing, and in some cases, use Foundation Piecing Applique.  Judy organizes and pre-cuts these odd angles in a brilliant way that makes her projects a piece of cake for anyone.  And, since these are smaller projects, they are the perfect choice for a day class.  It is up to you to remove the intimidation factor – and show them just how easy it is.

These Tea Time Placemats accent the curve of a round table but would be wonderful accents anywhere – including a buffet setting.

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Item #JNQ155P  Retail $20.00

The Tea Leaf Table Runner measures 13″ x 44″.  Place one or a grouping on a table or coffee table to add a touch of color and soften the geometric lines of a rectangular table.

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Item #JNQ154P  Retail $26.00

Or begin stitching this One Leaf Series – quite simply art for any wall.  A series of these framed could be the highlight of any room.  But at this generous size – 20″ x 40″ – it can stand alone.

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Item #JNQ156P  Retail $19.00

This free-form leaf project was inspired by a school project by one of her grandchildren.  ”Four” includes enough foundations to make eight leaves.  Since they are finished individually, you can make as many as you wish and group them anywhere – even on a piece of barn siding!  Or scatter them randomly around a room to add a touch of color everywhere!

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Item  #JNQ157P  Retail $29.00

These patterns are due to arrive next month so you may want to create your sample in Autumn colors….