Paying Homage to a Legend

Five inch squares are called by many different names now – most commonly charm squares, but originally they were simply nickels!  Pat Speth was the first to explore all of the design potential from these simple squares – and has become a legend in the process.  She developed many of the techniques that started the craze….that continues….and only seems to grow!


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For a new generation of quilters, her first two books are no longer in print – until now!  Martingale has combined 40 quilts from these books, including instructions for three different sizes AND even includes tutorials on using 4 and 6 inch blocks as well!





























This book is a must have for every quilter’s library!  This is just the tip of the iceberg – there are 34 more just as striking.  When is the last time you got such a collection of patterns for less than $1 a piece – and that isn’t including the possibility of doing them in three sizes!!!



Jane Austin Speaks to a Quilter

Karen Gloeggler loves everything Jane Austin – her books, her letters, and, most of all the one quilt that she is know to have made!  She used this quilt as an inspiration for several new projects – all based on a central design set on point and surrounded by blocks – also set on point.


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This quilt pieced out of reproduction fabrics comes to live with the addition of a prairie point border….

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The dramatic black sashings and shades of orange, gold and yellow reminds me of a sunset.


The allure of colorwash quilts is alive in well….


Or bed inspired by the colors of Fall…










The book includes exerts from her own papers.  What a treasure for any fan – I am watching Emma as we speak!

A Modern Twist

I LOVE this book.  The quilts are geometric works of art.  Picture any of these quilts on a bed – with a smaller version stretched over canvas and hanging on the wall!  Talk about making a statement!!!


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But, to me, this book is more a study in color!  I look at these quilts as inspiration for choosing fabrics for other projects.

This quilt in many shades of grey and black, comes to life with the addition of a muted red.


Grey is the new black – and shines when combined with these bright hexies….and look at the backing which ties it all together.







These muted solids seem to glow when the light stratas are added.


Look what a difference a collection of jewel tones can make…


The lines in this quilt showcase the print – and what an awesome picture!




The blues, greens, and yellows remind me of a day at the beach!


Yes, all seven projects can be made in a week-end – but  savor the process. Each one is an excellent opportunity to showcase those fabrics that you just couldn’t bare to cut!

They also offer fantastic space for a talented machine quilter to do her magic!




A New Twist for the Twister

It isn’t often that a notion catches the imagination of an entire industry – and becomes a staple.  But that is exactly what happened with the Twister – and the sizes that followed: the Lil Twister (Item #LILTWISTER); the  Bitty (Item #PRI946); and the Itty Bitty (Item #PRI321).

This series of patterns by Handcrafts by Jennifer shows just how versatile this tool is!  Many of them can be made in different sizes just by choosing a different size of Twister.

Bunny Twist


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Shamrock Twist


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Crab Twist

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Snowman Twist


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Candy Cane Twist


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And, a Tree Skirt….



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To see all of the patterns that Jennifer has created, visit our website.  These patterns are perfect impulse buys for the upcoming Shop Hop series…

Triangles with a Twist!

I haven’t been this excited about a pattern line in a LONG time!  All three patterns look like you worked really hard – but since they are created with the large Creative Grids 60 degree ruler they go together in an afternoon!

The Triangle Frenzy Runner, for instance, only has 14 pieces.  Since they are cut from a stripe, however, kaleidoscopes are formed.  The ruler is rotated 180 degrees as the triangles are cut from the stripe, so in this case, eight triangles are cut with the blue as the base and six are cut with the blue as the point.  There is very little waste.



The pattern even includes a second, bonus pattern.


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The Triangle Frenzy Swirl looks very modern – and has a secondary pattern with three twists which gives the illusion of a braid.  This table runner would look at home in a modern setting as well.


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Or, make a hexagon table topper – once again with a twist!


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All of these projects were sewn with the 12 1/2″ Creative Grids ruler.  Let the fabric work for you – and complete any of these projects in an afternoon!










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This is a great demo – and a great way to use all of the stripes in your inventory!  Show how easy it is to cut out the projects.  Enter the names of everyone who buy the kit and ruler in a drawing.  The winner gets the cut kit!  These are due in this week so order now!

Place Mats for Round Tables

Margaret Travis – the queen of place mats – has outdone herself with this one!  Cupcakes are all the rage so why not decorate with them as well – and change them out for every holiday???

Cutezy Cupcake


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I love this pattern because it gives you an opportunity to be creative – and shops have a chance to educate their customers on several different products that should be staples in every sewing room.

Bias Press Bars


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These bias bars include heat resistant bars in five widths and are 12 inches long. Make several and weave a basket base or add the “cupcake paper” look.

Flower YoYo Maker


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Take the yoyo craze to a new level with this flower version – another great demo!

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Love, love, love this product!  Basically, it turns any fabric into a Post It note.  The treated fabric is repositionable – and disappears in two to five days.  The spray is very concentrated so there is very little over-spray.  And, it can be sprayed indoors – no odor!

But, we need a foundation – and this new shape by Bosal was the inspiration for the entire project.


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Take it from a reliable source – (Margaret) – there are more patterns coming based on this foundation so order them now so you have them in stock!




Creative Grids and the Lintott’s – a marriage made in heaven

Pam and Nicky Lintott – the best selling mother/daughter team from across the pond – have combined favorites from past self-published books with six new designs in their latest book, Quick Quilts with Rulers.


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The cover quilt, as well as several other patterns, features the Creative Grids Flying Geese ruler…


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Their self-published book, Flying Geese multi-size is now out of print.  Those patterns are included in the new book – Quick Quilts with Rulers.


Other quilts feature the Creative Grids Two Peaks in One ruler…


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Some of these patterns were originally self-published in their book:


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We still have a few of this book in stock so order them now because when they are gone, they are gone!


Others, feature the Double Strip Kaleidoscope ruler:












Three of these patterns were originally published in…










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We also have a few of this book in stock – but when they are gone, they are gone!

The new book includes six additional patterns that were not in the previous books.  At $24.99, Quick Quilts with Rulers is a bargain!  (The original three self-published books retailed for a total of $47.85.)   And, don’t forget, there are six additional patterns!  The book is scheduled to arrive next month so order now!












The Row by Row Experience and Creative Grids

I love this idea – it is simply brilliant!  States – and even parts of Canada – are participating in this new craze.  Forget post cards – now quilters can collect row patterns at quilt shops as they travel.  What a memory!
There is still time to become a participating shop.  Visit: 
If a shop creates their row using one of the suggested Creative Grids rulers, that shop is entered into a separate contest and is eligible for additional prizes!  This is a win/win/win for everyone.
I can’t say it any better than the experts:

How about this… a shop hop type event with no fees, no passports and all summer to play? Simply visit any of the participating shops and receive a free pattern for a row in a quilt. Combine your rows in any way to create a unique quilt that represents the fun you had traveling throughout the summer. Travel with friends, discover new quilt shops and have fun collecting rows!Prizes, collectibles and more fun!Create a quilt using at least 8 different rows and be the first to bring it into a participating shop to win a stack of 25 fat quarters (6-1/4 yards of fabric!). Use that shop’s row in your quilt and win a bonus prize!Exclusive Fabric Plates by Zebra Patterns will be available in shops around the country. Each one is unique! Collect a bunch to create fun projects, sewing studio wall art or even a fun backing for your quilt.Each area has their own Facebook page. Like the page from the areas you visit to see pics of the rows, shop displays, winning quilts and fabric plate projects.
Row by Row began in 2011 with 20 quilt shops across New York State. In 2012 the event grew to include 62 participating shops. Pennsylvania came on board in 2013 for a total of 138 shops throughout the two states. In 2014 the event is moving across the country. Over 20 states are participating and planning fun for quilters nationwide. Athough the quilt shops are organized by state, quilters have no borders. Travel, shop, collect patterns and add rows to your quilt from any area.
Checker offers the Timeless Treasures fabric that will help to coordinate the colors in the rows.
Everyone participating will want to include at least one strip from the signature fabric:
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See the complete collection:
The fabrics will be arriving next month so shops need to design their rows now and order fabrics for kits, etc. accordingly….

Snuggle Up in Extra Wide Cuddle

I absolutely LOVE Cuddle and the luxurious feel that it gives to my quilts.  What is not to love????  It has a nap that feels like velvet and wears beautifully.  And, if you are learning to machine quilt, it hides all of those rookie mistakes!

They have just introduced a 90″ wide version in eight of their top selling colors!  At around $20 a yard, it is cheaper than piecing a back with standard 40″ wide cottons!  I’m hooked!

These are due in next month – but can be pre-ordered now.  Just click on the blue item number to take you directly to our website!



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If you are using a longarm machine, roll the selvedge ends.  There is no stretch parallel to the selvedge so the backing won’t be distorted when clamping.

If you are using a domestic machine, use a basting spray.

No matter how you quilt it, I prefer using a cotton batting.  In fact, I have talked to several machine quilters who will not quilt it without a batting so be sure to ask!

These fabrics would be a great showcase product for upcoming events!  Order now to be the first to have it available – you may want to order multiples since it comes on 10 yard bolts!

Fat Quarters as Backings – a Chart

It is that time of year….many of us were snowed in a LOT this winter and had a chance to finish a lot of UFO’s.  And now, all of those UFO’s need quilted.

Why not offer your customers an alternative to traditional backings?  Fat quarters!  Sometimes piecing a back from fat quarters and actually save them money – and is a great opportunity to add interest to their quilt.  An added bonus?  They use up their stash!  Don’t you love guilt free sewing???

Have a fat quarter sale for those who don’t have a stash – or need to add some coordinates to get to the size they need.

These measurements assume that the fat quarters are squared up to 17″ x 19″ before sewing.  Not all fat quarters are cut accurately – and some people wash their fabrics – so these measurements reflect that.  Then, they are sewn with a 1/4″ seam….

2 x 2 (4 Fat Quarters)
33 1/2″ x 37 1/2″

3 x 3 (9 Fat Quarters)
50″ x 56″

4 x 4 (16 Fat Quarters)
66 1/2″ x 74 1/2″

4 x 5 (20 Fat Quarters)
66 1/2″ x 93″

5 x 5 (25 Fat Quarters)
83″ x 93″

5 x 6 (30 Fat Quarters)
83″ x 111 1/2″

6 x 6 (36 Fat Quarters)
99 1/2″ x 111 1/2″

What a great way to reduce your stash!  Be sure to have a lot of batting on hand.  Now that they have the tops and backing ready – machine quilting is next!