Fast, Easy and Adorable

Need a quick gift – or several gifts?  Check out these bibs and purses by Easy Peasy.  All of these can be made in an afternoon so they are great choices for classes – and would be great ways to demonstrate sewing machines!

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To make it even easier?  Use the pre-cut bibs by Bosal and the darling trims with crocheted edging by Vintage Door.

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Or use these trims to create these darling purses:

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These purses use the pre-cut mug rugs by Bosal.  Wouldn’t these be darling Easter gifts for  those little darlings in your life???  Both would be great classes – and a great way to showcase these trims!

Christmas Throughout the Year – Part Two

The holiday season is all about  food – and the gifts can be as well!  These gifts can add that awe factor as well.  Invited to Thanksgiving dinner?  Why not give the hostess a table runner for a hostess gift?  This Triangle Frenzy Runner is a great way to showcase a beautiful stripe and can be completed in an afternoon!  It only has 14 pieces so you can definitely make more than one!

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Giving a kitchen related gift?  Why not include a set of place mats?  Here are two great options!  Take Four uses four fat quarters so it is easy to kit and fast to make!  Inside Out Mats feature a no binding technique that means a set of four can be completed in an afternoon!

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Baking cookies a family tradition?  Why not make matching aprons for everyone?  I love this version which comes in Mother/Daughter sizes and is lined.  Why not make the lining a light fabric?  Then everyone can sign each other’s aprons as a lasting memory!

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Do you give gifts of candy?  Why not present it in a Fat Quarter Pop-Up?  The gift that keeps on giving!

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Think outside of the box!

 

Christmas Throughout the Year – Part One

I know that the holidays are now a warm memory, but lets take a moment to reflect and do what we can to minimize stress for 2017.  Sounds crazy – but hear me out!  Make a list, or review the list, of everyone you gave gifts to this year.  Then modify – who did you wish you would have thanked with a little something?

Over half of the top 100 patterns are not quilts!  They are smaller projects that can be made in an afternoon, are easy to mass produce, and would make great little gifts or add that awe factor to others.  Why not start a series of classes to help your customers prepare for the season?

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Gift cards and tickets to events are always a favorite.  Why not make a collection of Gifty Card Holders?  You can make a dozen in an afternoon out of 10″ squares.  An added bonus?  You know the recipient will reuse them as well – Go Green!  Sell sergers?  Show that edging as a quick and easy alternative.

 

 

 

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This Open Wide! bag designed by Annie Unrein is easy to make and comes in three sizes.  A set of all three would be a great gift or split them up and fill them with a little something.  The zipper has never been simpler – it is bound on each side and then attached so anyone can do it – and is a great demo.

 

 

 

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These ornaments also come in three sizes and are the perfect package tag for those special gifts.  Instructions include a six petal or eight petal version.  Date and sign the back for a lasting memory.  These would be great favors for a party.  Picture your table with a star i the center of each plate…..

 

 

 

 

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Everyone loves candles.  Why not add that awe factor by including a holder with the gift?  This is also a great opportunity to play with those decorative stitches on your machine….

 

 

 

 

 

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Have some quilting friends?  Wouldn’t they love this arm chair pin cushion and organizer? Fill it with sewing essentials – the perfect gift for those who are just getting started or need a travel kit.

Many of these are great gifts to make with friends and family as well.  Why not plan family craft days so the kids can help make gifts for their teachers?

My Kinda Town in Nine Easy Steps

Many of you know Laura Heine because you have fallen in love with her collage quilts.  Now she has combined forces with Peggy Larsen to create My Kinda Town.  This paper-pieced pattern includes full sized patterns.

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This 42 x 54 inch quilt is a perfect size for a wall hanging or baby quilt!  It is actually a combination of nine different blocks so it goes together rather quickly.  I know I am still in holiday mode – but my first reaction?  The Grinch would love this town!

Sharp Blades at a Sharp Price

I wrote about these blades a few months ago when we first started carrying them.  I ordered them and shared with over a dozen of my quilting friends.  Drum roll please!  They could not tell the difference between this brand – and the brand that they were currently using! They ALL wanted to order them!  And at this price?  You will change your blade when it needs changing so rotary cutting just became a lot easier.

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The blades come in four types or sizes: the most popular 45 degree; 60 degree; 28 degree; and a 45 degree skip blade.  The skip blade cuts holes 1/4″ apart so it is the perfect choice for those who would like to crochet an edging on Cuddle Spa, fleece and flannel.

The RETAIL price is less than half of the wholesale price of many brands so why not do your own test???  You and your customers will be glad you did.

 

Traditional with a Modern Twist

I love everything by Cindi McCracken!  She takes traditional blocks and adds a modern twist that combines crisp, clean lines and fabulous color choices.

Stars at the Lake combines the charm of a traditional churn dash block with a simple paper-pieced block – the perfect opportunity to expose your customers to paper-piecing without intimidating them!  Broken Dishes is paper-pieced from strips so it is very impressive without any of the frustration.

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Any Which Way is striking in batiks and Fading Light can be made in a week-end.  Both would be great additions to your “masculine” quilt pattern collection.

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Cindi uses the new Stripology Squared ruler to cut her strips and recommends it in some of her patterns.  Why not host a class and “race” with a student who is known to be fast?  You use the Stripology Squared and they can cut with a traditional ruler.  Once they see what a time saver it is, the tool will sell itself!

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All of these patterns are due to arrive this month so order them now!

Kitted Mug Rugs are Full of Charm

I love these mug rugs by Stitches of Love Quilting!  They come two ways – buy the individual patterns OR buy the kits which include pre-cut fused fabric and everything you need to make it – including backing, binding and embellishments.  The kits are priced at under $20!

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Now picture the kits and patterns with a sample of each hanging on your wall for your next shop hop!  Display a different one at the register each month. The kits include the pattern so your customers can make more than one – and they WILL make more than one – so be sure to include some appropriate fat quarters and embellishments in the display.

Each mug rug measures 5 1/2 x 7 inches so they are also easy to mail. Everyone has someone who could use a pick me up.  Can you imagine getting one of these each month? Or make several and save them for gifts. They are that perfect little something…

A New Technique and a Great Demo

Missie Carpenter of Traditional Primitives has taken a starch technique to a whole new level with amazing results!  Let’s check out some of her patterns – and once I have your attention, THEN we’ll talk about her method.

Look at these hexies – and as a border treatment?  Awesome!

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You can use the same technique to make circles and diamonds – and the accuracy is stunning.

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Or simply commit and make an heirloom quality quilt!

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Missie also has several patterns that showcase wool and needle punching.  You can see that touches of those could add texture to any of these projects.

Watch the video listed with these patterns at www.checkerdist.com to see how simple it is to get these stunning results!  All you need is a starch pen; an iron; a pressing pad and some freezer paper.

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And then check out all of her patterns….you’ll be glad you did!

 

Mini Quilts are Hot Part Four

After writing three articles on mini quilts, the promotional materials for a new Jo Morton book arrived!  Frankly, it won’t be out until May – but it needs to be on your radar as you are planning classes and events for this year.
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The cover is the only image I have, so I blew it up as big as possible.  This collection of some of her favorite patterns are a delight to stitch.  Jo shared tips and tricks that will make you not only stitch them – but stitch them well!
Decorating your home with mini quilts addt a touch of charm and love in unexpected places and ways.  I’ll share more photos when they are available, but for now, her reputation speaks for itself!

Mini Quilts are Hot Part Three

Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts has created 32 awe inspiring miniatures.  Expand your repertoire by creating these quilts while learning new techniques.

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Whether you make these miniatures to accessorize a full size Edyta Star creation or create a vignette to add a touch of whimsy and charm to an alcove in your home, these beauties are sure to make you smile!

Just a taste of the surprises waiting inside….

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This book will be arriving soon so place your order now!