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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They will also love Twister Jack….

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

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Pumpkins sparkle as well….

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

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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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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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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….

Happy Halloween from Crab Apple Hill

Meg Hawkey of Crab Apple Hill loves Halloween – and it shows!  Her newest patterns – due to arrive any day – honors the holiday in style!

This mini quilt featuring Top Hat Jack can hang on a wall or decorate any table.  Use it as a mug rug – you supply the hot spiced cider and pumpkin pie.  The yo-yos add a three dimensional element and the awe factor that we all love.  Accenting the embroidery with coloring brings Jack to life.

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When Witches Fly showcases a seasonal poem embroidered and accented with coloring sure to make you smile.  The miniature nine-patch border creates the perfect frame.

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Harry Potter fans will feel like they are visiting Diagon Alley. Raven’s Claw Mercantile must be the first stop for every witch.

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Item #CAH337  Retail $10.00

This Sugar Skull was stitched in white on chalkboard fabric.  The high contrast accents every stitch.

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Item #CAH338  Retail $10.00

Any witch would be proud to cast a spell with these whimsical wands.  Stored in an antique crock, these embroidered wands, accented with coloring, will be the perfect addition to a holiday display.

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Item #CAH339  Retail $10.00

Why not celebrate the holiday by offering a class in this simple coloring technique?  Your students will still have plenty of time to finish it in time for Halloween.

Stylish Tee from a Top Selling Designer

Karen Nye’s “A Little Somethin’ Jacket” is so popular that many shops chose it as their first foray into fashion sewing.  And are they glad they did!  This figure flattering jacket has been the top selling clothing pattern since its release.

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Item #CNT2501  Retail $11.98

Her new pattern has been worth the wait!  This simple T-shirt pattern comes in a variety of lengths; necklines and sleeve styles.  It drapes beautifully and flatters any body type.  This pattern, once again, comes in sizes 8 – 22.

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Item #CNT2601  Retail $11.98

Talk about instant gratification!  These tops can be made in an afternoon.

Now that you are familiar with her newest selections, it is a good time to revisit her previous patterns.  After all, you know the quality is there, your customers know which size to make, and they are gorgeous as well!  And, they all have a variety of options…

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Item #CNT2401  Retail $11.98

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Item #CNT1401  Retail $11.98

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This jacket works great in wool and fleece…

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Item #CNT2201  Retail $11.98

Isn’t wonderful when someone designs clothing that actually fits a woman’s figure?  Why not be a walking mannequin and showcase these in your shop today?

Judy Niemeyer’s Star Shines Bright

Judy Niemeyer is a legend in our industry – and more importantly – one of the nicest and most down to earth people I have ever met.  Simply put, she is a class act.  We love it when good things happen to good people – especially when they have the talent to back it up!

Judy Niemeyer will be showcasing her new fabric line – The Reclaimed West.  Cotton has never looked so good!

These fabrics are gorgeous on the bolt – but add texture and depth when pieced into her stunning designs.  The entire collection can be pre-ordered on our website, but here are just a few sku’s to show how beautiful they truly are…

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But the fabric collection is only part of Judy’s vision.  She is releasing 18 new and restyled patterns demonstrating the collection’s diversity.

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Item #JNQ167P  Retail $66.00

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Item #JNQ103P  Retail $37.00

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Item #JNQ143P  Retail $13.00

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Item #JNQ166P  Retail $22.00

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Item #JNQ169P  Retail $28.00

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Item #JNQ165P  Retail $65.00

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Item #JNQ168P  Retail $39.00

Special Edition

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Item #JNQ163P  Retail $39.00

Limited Edition

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Item #JNQ164P  Retail $72.00

If you are counting, this is just the tip of the iceberg!  I will share the rest when information becomes available…The patterns and fabric are supposed to arrive in November.  What great kits – Christmas shopping has never been easier!

Join us at Market for these Fantastic Take and Teach Sessions

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You asked. We listened. Join us for these mini-classes taught by our Creative Grids® design team and Phyllis Meiring of In the Patch Designs. Learn how to teach, demonstrate, and market - as well as up-sell to increase sales with companion patterns & notions.

Saturday, October 25 8:00-9:30 a.m.
#324. Last Minute Christmas Class
Karen Montgomery of The Quilt Company shows how to combine Creative Grids® ”Scrap Crazy 6″ blocks and Christmas fabric. Schedule the perfect demo or class for your shop. Sell machines? Use this project to demonstrate the stitches on every quilter’s favorite Christmas present! Sewing machine and kits provided. Bring basic sewing supplies.

#325. Maximize Profits with Creative Grids
Jean Ann Wright shares how one simple technique can be the basis for a multitude of different blocks. Demonstrate one and sell them all! Learn the technique by making blocks with her latest ruler being released at this Market. Maximize profits with demos, patterns & fabric. Sewing machine and kits provided. Bring basic sewing supplies including a marking pen.

Sunday, October 26 8:00-9:30 a.m.
#422 Minis Are Hot!
Your favorite “Teacher’s Pet,” Kathy Brown, continues the Strip Smart craze by showing how to make gorgeous minis the easy way with her brand-new Creative Grids® ruler. Learn how to create complicated quilts with simple techniques in just a few hours.

#423. Welcome to Stripology Class!
Meet the newest member of the Creative Grids® design team - Gudrun Erla of GE Designs. Learn how to use her brand new Creative Grids® ruler to create a class or demo series. Work on class or demo samples for fantastic strip quilts from her new self-published book and Cut Loose Press™ pattern. Sewing machine provided.

#424. Wool Projects That Will Increase Your Sales
Phyllis Meiring of In the Patch Designs will show you how to create a wool program for your store. Thanks to her pre-cuts, it is very affordable. Learn how to create micro-kits with Cut Loose Press™ patterns for fast and reasonably priced wool projects. Bring basic sewing supplies.

Monday, October 27 8:00-9:30 a.m.
#515. Play Before You Pay
Rita Fishel will show you how to demonstrate the latest members of the Creative Grids® family. Use storyboards as a silent salesman in your shop. Learn how to increase sales by showcasing notions and companion patterns along the way.

#516. The Complete Package – Notions, Patterns, Kits
Spend the morning with Penny Haren and learn how to use Cut Loose Press™ patterns to their best advantage: how to kit, how to demo, how to display and how to increase sales!

Enroll today at www.quilts.com

Put this on the top of your to-do list today!  Space is limited.

Its Sew Emma does it again….

Its Sew Emma has created a wonderful book with twelve quilts that span the gap between traditional and modern – which means everyone will love it!

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Item #ISE904  Retail $19.95

Each quilt includes yardage instructions for four sizes – crib, lap, twin, and queen.

Plume would be great in fall or Christmas colors.  The light fabrics sparkle!

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Marquee showcases crisp, clean lines.  It would be a great pattern for photo transfers as well…

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I love blue and white quilts – and this is especially striking…

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Mosaic is a great scrappy quilt that is great for beginners.  The blocks can be trimmed to size before sashing so they are all the same size.

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And then there is applique…Don’t you love these flowers on a dark background???

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These are just six of the quilts in the book – and I want to make them all! At just $1.65 a pattern, this is a bargain!!!

 

 

A Fall & Winter Event for the Independent

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Post Card Party DescriptionA Fall & Winter Event for the Independent.
Postcard Party is an excellent sales idea created by Independent Shop Owner, Janet Lutz of Calico Girls Quilt Shop and Deborah Gabel of Zebra Patterns. Registration and Post Card Kits will be available September 21st at www.rowbyrowexperience.com. The Post Card Kits are complete with fabric backing, Bosal interfacing, and instruction sheet. Visit www.checkerdist.com for supporting notions, Creative Grids® rulers, Cut Loose Press™ patterns, and fabrics.

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For an overview of the program, click ‘WATCH VIDEO’ above or visit www.checkeryou.com.  Login with your Checker ID and password. Select the SCHOOLHOUSES tab and the 2014 Post Card Party is the first video listed.

The Story Behind the Patches.

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The Story Behind the Patches.

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“I grew up in the house next door …” Mary Troyer, Independent Shop Owner. Patches of Life is our tribute to the Independent shop owner. The hard-working creative individuals around the world who all have a special story behind what they do and why they do it. There are thousands of Independent Quilt shops out there, our goal is to take you behind the scenes and perhaps provide some inspiration and pride to all. Enjoy!

Thanks for the Memories – Open House in Pictures – Part Three

The vendors went above and beyond to make our customers feel welcome.  They are the heart of the event…

Kathleen and Pat are the ladies behind the scenes that make Cut Loose Press a reality…

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Terry – the creator of Terial Magic shared all of the uses for this “super starch” that totally washes out – amazing….

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Debra from Zebra Patterns shared many of her block of the month programs – as well as the new shop program, Post Card Party….

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Janet Lutz – the shop owner who developed and launched the Row by Row Experience – single-handedly made shops profitable this summer…

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Jessi from Lumi shared her sun activated dyes – the first dyes that are truly user friendly….

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I spent way too much time in the Mettler booth talking to Phil Newton – who is an expert on thread….

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Susan Cleveland of Pieces be with You accents her pieces with exquisite piping and shared the technique with our customers….

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Lanette Edens demonstrated a host of notions as well as the Gypsy Quilter products….

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Diane and Dotti of Graphic Impressions hosted a Toy Shop for those impulse sales at the register…

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Deborah and Adam of Plum Easy shared their pin cushion and hot pad patterns that are always int he top 20, along with walnut shells….

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Stephanie Prescott of Quilter’s Dream has an amazing sense of color – and it shines through in her fabrics and patterns….

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Everything is bigger in Texas – except Kay Whitt of Serendipity!  This diminuative lady has a dramatic sense of style and showed shop owners how to incorporate garment sewing into their business…

 

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F & W Media shared the details of a new magazine program geared for shops….

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Learning opportunities were everywhere!