Log Cabin Stars and Stripes

I love this four inch log cabin trim tool!  It makes me look like I actually know how to piece – WELL!  Believe me, it is not me – it is the tool!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Look at “America the Beautiful”. This 28″ x 40″ flag was pieced with the log cabin trim tool using a variation of the courthouse steps block. I used Soft and Stable as the batting so it lays perfectly flat when it is hanging on my door – the perfect decoration for those summer barbecues.  It is fat quarter friendly so it is easy to kit as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Check out this pattern by Jean Ann Wright.  See how the blocks are placed to create a star in the center.  This is done with 2 1/2″ strips – which are due to arrive this month. Kitting has never been easier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This tool comes in a four inch, a six inch, an eight inch, and a twelve-inch size.  Show them blocks in every size. The technique is the same – let them choose the size that they are comfortable with!

 

Kaffe Fassett’s Ireland

Western Ireland is the inspiration for Kaffe’s new book – Quilts in Ireland.  And was he inspired!  This book includes twenty projects in his famous colorways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In their words:  West Ireland, with its streets of colorful painted houses and ancient stone walls, provides the perfect inspiration for the richly varied quilt designs in Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in Ireland. Renowned for his use of color, Kaffe creates color palettes of brilliant hot pinks and reds; deep blues, purples, and greens; and soft blues and whites from his journey to Ireland, showcased in striking quilt designs that are as unpredictable as the landscape of Ireland.

Who can top that???  You know his books are as much about a study in color as they are about the projects. This book is due to arrive next month – and you already know who will want it so order them now!

The Perfect Retreat Gift

Many of you are planning Fall retreats or events so when I saw these bags by Tacony, I thought of you.  They are reasonably priced and would be great “party favors” for ANY event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

They measure  15″ x 13 3/4″ x 4″ so they are big enough to carry a large project or show their love of quilting at the grocery store!  The first two are in stock now, the third is due to arrive the beginning of September.  Since you will want to order these in quantities, order them now!

The Perfect Solids for Applique

Me and You by Hoffman offers an incredible line of solids that have the feel and characteristics of batiks – which means they don’t fray and ravel, the perfect choice for raw edge applique.  And, JoAnn Hoffman’s new designs due in this month showcase them perfectly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The design detail in these two projects truly transforms them into a work of art.  Look how the hands form a secondary star pattern in Sisters of the Cloth.  The muted quilts in the background of the Yoder Sisters is a subtle touch that adds that awe factor that we all love!  Her attention to detail is what brings these solids alive!  To see the complete collection, visit our website:  Me and You Solids

This is the same gal that brought us the Dragonfly and Butterfly patterns that made batiks sing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to take the time to study her fabric choices.  Her designs look like Tiffany glass!

For the Little Boy in All of Us

Amy Bradley’s new pattern – Trucks – is due to arrive at the end of the month. The little boys in your life would love to dream under this quilt. But, the whimsical designs may bring back fond memories to the grown men in your life as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you choose the red, white and blue cover quilt or make them in every color of the rainbow, this quilt is sure to be a hit. Continue the theme by framing individual trucks. These instructions are included as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or enlarge the quilt by adding some campers. This pattern is available individually or with all of the precut, prefused applique pieces – which means you can have it done in no time at all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The camper pattern includes a family so you can add that personal touch and is in stock now!  Why not display the patterns with an assortment of “happy” prints?  Don’t forget to include some black and grays for the wheels and trim!

Instant Gratification with Chickadee Hollow Designs

How easy is this????  Chickadee Hollow Designs has pre-printed embroidery designs on fabric and even shaded them to add that awe factor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out our website to see the entire selection of designs available in red and blue work.  Or expand your thread palette and embroider this series of four baskets – made to be framed or showcased in a project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These designs are due to arrive any day..  Why not order them now?  They would be a great project for a mother/daughter class this summer!

Crazy Quilting with a Little Help from Your Friends

There is a definite surge in embroidery patterns and quilts.  For those of you who have enjoyed handwork and appreciate the relaxation of simple redwork, why not advance to the next level?

This wall hanging by Sue Spargo is the perfect beginning project.  After all, there is no wrong way to decorate a cup!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buttons Galore have combined a few of your favorite things in color combinations that you will love.  What a great way to embellish your cuppa….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to include embroidery guides, pearl cottons, and embroidery floss in your display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once your customers learn how relaxing handwork can be, they may want to start a true Crazy Quilt.  This book is due to arrive later this summer so why not get your customers started now?

Pineapple Play the Jean Ann Way

Jean Ann Wright’s newest book – Pineapple Play – is now in stock and brimming with projects and ideas that make the Creative Grids® Pineapple Trim Tool shine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone has a pineapple quilt on their bucket list so why not be inspired?  Whether you choose a traditional version or a block with a twist, the blocks have never been easier!

Patches of Blue

Anyone who is an Edyta Sitar fan knows that she has moved to sunny California.  Her latest designs are inspired by that change of scenery.

This self-published book is not due to arrive until October but may affect your fabric choices NOW!  The book begins with a gallery of antique quilts that inspired our love of this colorway. Edyta has included patterns for seventeen of her own designs inspired by the past.

You already can list those customers who will want this as soon as it arrives so order it now!  I usually don’t recommend something sight unseen – but in this case, you CAN judge a book by its cover!

You Lucky Dog

“You Lucky Dog” is the latest Block of the Month by Bonnie Sullivan that features her top quality Woolie Flannels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The individual blocks are simply darling and each could be stand alone projects.  And once again, there is a thread set to match!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are eleven blocks in the series – which leaves the twelfth month to put it all together. The demand for these patterns is so great that we can not keep them in stock – Bonnie can not print them fast enough!  Who says you have to start with #1?  Blocks five through eleven are in stock now, so why not buck the trend and reverse the order?

Want to get your sample done quickly?  The entire quilt with pre-cut appliques is due to ship next month!