There is Still Time – Quick and Easy Gifts from Atkinson Designs

Terry Atkinson is a legend in our industry for a reason – nine out of the top 100 patterns today are her designs!  All of her patterns are easy to follow; usually come in a variety of sizes, and can be finished in an afternoon.  That means there is still time to get dozens of these done by Christmas.

Need a tree skirt or table topper?  Happy Holidays is the perfect choice!  It comes in three different sizes – 23″; 35″; or 47″.  What a great wedding gift!  Add some ornaments – or use one as a gift tag – to add the awe factor to the gift!


Item #ATK147  Retail $9.00

Why not make a set of aprons for your favorite bakers?  Include some fun baking supplies and add a cookie cutter for the gift tag…


Item #ATK176  Retail $9.50

Love to cook?  Make this casserole cover for a 9″ x 13″ or three quart dish.  Add some wooden spoons as a package tag – and of course the casserole dish.  Terry collects Fiesta.  Why not start your collection today???


Item #ATK163  Retail $9.00

The “Bucket Brigade” comes in four different sizes.  Make a set – or just one – and fill it with a kit or supplies.  Why not add a cute pair of scissors as a package tag?


Item #ATK170  Retail $9.50

Cash and Carry comes in two sizes and are the perfect cases for purse organizers.  Slip in a gift card for that perfect gift.  In this case, the purse can be the wrapping!  Or, teach a class for free if they buy a gift certificate to YOUR store!


Item #ATK148  Retail $8.00

The Zippy Strippy also comes in three sizes so choose the perfect size for your specific needs.  Fill it with make up, lotions, sewing gadgets…you get the picture….or fill it with a collection of your antique buttons for a gift that is simply priceless!  Use a card of buttons as the gift tag….


Item #ATK149  Retail $8.00

Classmate is a perfect carrying case for all of your sewing needs – but is perfect for jewelry as well.  Fill a few pockets to personalize it into the perfect gift.  Why not add a pin or earrings as a package tie?


Item #ATK164  Retail $9.00

Have a little girl on your gift list?  Why not make a slumber bag for her favorite doll?  And, once again, there are four sizes.  Add a doll or teddy bear to complete the package.


Item #ATK177  Retail $9.50

Why not start a Caring Cupboard series of classes?  Make a different project each month so your customers have a constant supply of gifts for every occasion.  Who can make just one????

Post Cards for Quilters

We all love the Villa Rosa patterns.  These simple post card sized patterns are simple, colorful, and reasonably priced at just $2.00 retail.  But are you familiar with their line of “Jane” post cards?

These are simple patterns for simple projects – and yes – they are just $2.00 so who can stop at just one???

This seven-pocket work apron is perfect for everyone – and includes instructions for all sizes up to 3XXX.  Why not make these up as shop aprons?  Walking models are always a good thing!


Item #VRD780103  Retail $2.00

This infinity scarf takes just one yard of fabric….


Item #VRD780110  Retail $2.00

This fat quarter friendly place mat pattern will sell like hot cakes!


Item #VRD780196  Retail $2.00

Use six fat quarters to make this sewing machine cover…


Item #VRD780189  Retail $2.00

These reversible tote bags with shoulder straps are made with just six fat quarters.


Item #VRD780127  Retail $2.00

Make a two pocket card holder for your collection of patterns….


Item #VRD780172  Retail $2.00

Post cards for quilters are a great register display.  But don’t stop with the post cards.  Showcase a pattern with an assortment of six fat quarters, for instance, for a fast gift idea.  Who can resist with just one!

Capitalize on the Doll Craze!

We all have little ones in our lives that we would love to teach to sew.  My own granddaughters were excited about making a quilt – until we actually started sewing.  The project was just too time consuming to keep their interest.  Then they visited – dolls in hand – and I knew we had a winner!  Making doll clothes, beds, and quilts was the introduction to sewing that we needed!

Start them with a simple pattern to ensure success.  This darling pattern is made totally of rectangles so they are easy to cut, easy to sew, and will make even a beginning seamstress successful.

Rectangle Dress by Vanilla House


Item #VHD186  Retail $9.50

While you are teaching your favorite girl how to sew a dress for her favorite doll, you can make her a matching dress…..


Item #VHD185  Retail $9.00

There are several books available.  Use them as an opportunity to teach different techniques.


Item #151025  Retail $14.95

This book has lots of possibilities….


Doll Fashion Studio includes 20 seasonal outfits…


item #V6715  Retail $24.99



Need a doll bed?  This one is just darling!


Item #EMD105  Retail $11.99

Why not set up a display of doll books and patterns along with colorful fabrics that are sure to make a young girl smile.  Why not give these “kits” as Christmas gifts to your favorite seamstress in waiting?  Sometimes the best gift is the gift of time – and a promise to spend quality time in the future.

Why not start a grandmother/mother/daughter class showcasing a different project each month?

Creative Grids on the Way

Good news!  Two of the new rulers that were released at Market will arrive once again this week,  The response  to these new releases has been nothing short of amazing and we have reordered multiple times to keep up with the demand.

Gudrun Erla of GE Designs created the Stripology ruler to launch a whole new program for shops.  She not only has books and patterns to support it, she also has a shop guide with suggestions for classes.


Item #CGRGE1  Retail $54.95

The Book:


Item #GE508  Retail $16.00

The Shop Guide:


Item #GE509  Cost $8.00

The Patterns:


Item #GE167  Retail $10.00


Item #GE166  Retail $10.00

And, a Cut Loose Press pattern for good measure:


Item #CLPGER007

Kathy Brown of Teacher’s Pet released the Strip Smart Mini to rave reviews.  This ruler may be mini – but it is mighty!  Make all of the quilts in her popular Strip Smart books in a smaller size.  But that is just the tip of the iceberg.  When the wheels start turning in the head of this Louisiana gal, you know there is more to come!


Item #CGRY2  Retail $14.95

She has a book and CLP pattern to get you started as well…but once you have it in your hot little hands, you will start designing your own versions.  I know I did!

The Book:


Item #TP9000  Retail $15.00

The Cut Loose Press Pattern:


Item #CLPKBR007

We got in the second order of Jean Ann Wright’s Curvy Log Cabin last week.


Item #CGRJAW6  Retail $17.95

And, yes, there is plenty of Cut Loose Press pattern support for this ruler as well!

Wiggly Worms


Item #CLPJAW028

Fly Away with Me


Item #CLPJAW029

Ice Cream Cones


Item #CLPJAW031

Rainbow Swirls


Item #CLPJAW032

Citrus and Berries


Item #CLPJAW033

Sunshine Butterflies


Item #CLPDKR012

Package the rulers and companions together for great Christmas presents.  Order them NOW – you know they are selling fast.

Oh Christmas Tree

These paper-pieced Christmas tress are sure to be a hit – and there is plenty of time to finish them before Christmas.

Cindy Edgerton has created these trees in several sizes.  The original “Tall Tree” is a little over 6 foot tall…


Item #VSC306  Retail $8.00

This pattern includes the foundations for two trees.  Adorn the tree with a button pack so you can add ornaments each day – instant Advent tree!


Item #BV306AVSC  Retail $6.16

The Little Bit Shorter Tree also includes foundations to make two trees that measure 17″ x 41″.  This is the perfect size to hang on a door.  Why not make one for each grandchild so they can decorate their room?


Item #VSC307  Retail $6.00

Need a Tree Skirt?  This one is 48″ and is sure to become a family heirloom!


Item #VSC280  Retail $8.00

Or, make an even smaller version of the original in three sizes (two foundations of each):


Item #VSC270  Retail $6.00

Why not start a new tradition and give Christmas decorations for wedding gifts?  Who wouldn’t love this tree skirt or a wall hanging to commemorate their first Christmas together???

Quilt as You Go has Never Been Easier

One of the hot new releases at Quilt Market was this product by June Tailor.  The block patterns are literally printed right on the batting.  The backing is fusible so there is no wrinkling or puckering of the backing fabric while sewing.  As you are sewing the block seams through the fabric, batting, AND backing, you are literally completing the quilting with each sewn seam.

Each package includes the printed batting for six – 12″ blocks which measures 24″ x 36″ when completed.  There are four different blocks to choose from:



Item #JT-1403  Retail $7.99

Fair and Square

Item #JT-1402  Retail $7.99

Mosaic Magic


Item #JT-1401  Retail $7.99

Rolling Stone


Item #JT-1404  Retail $7.99

Here is a video of Jill showing just how it works:

This is a great product to incorporate into a machine quilting class.  Or use these foundations to teach girls how to quilt!  These are new so order now so you can get the first shipment.  This is a good thing!

Mickey and friends have never looked so good!

Once again, Checker has purchased exclusive prints from Springs Creative.  These prints are not available from the Springs regular catalog or other distributors.  These must be pre-ordered by November 11, 2014 to guarantee delivery.  After that there will be limited availability.  The panels will arrive in May, the coordinates in April.  But enough of that….drum roll please…..


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Item #CP51566-A62

Don’t forget – you need to place your order by November 11th to guarantee delivery.


Row by Row Experience 2015

Janet Lutz and Debra Gabel announced the new theme for the 2015 Row by Row Experience at Fall Market.  For those of you who have NOT heard, the theme is Row by Row H20 (water – sorry, I don’t know how to do a subscript in WordPress!).

Registration for 2015 opened November 1.  If you are a shop, visit CheckerYou and watch Janet explain the details in a shop owner exclusive video:


Enter your account number and password.  Then type in Row by Row Experience 2015.

But many of you are just winding down on the Row by Row Experience 2014 and your customers are finishing up their projects.  They may still need fabrics, patterns and notions…


Item #31082  Retail $11.91


Item #31092  Retail $16.12

We also have some patterns that showcase the rows and/or license plates:


Item #CLPCGR006


Item #HBJ018  Retail $10.00

We also have a few bolts of the fabric collection available:


Item #C2713-FALL


Item #C2714-SUMMER


Item #C2715-SPRING


Item #C2716-WINTER

Finish up 2014 projects and start designing your row for 2015.


Summer Cottage is the perfect cure for those winter time blues…


One of the most popular lines at Quilt Market was Summer Cottage by Gerri Robinson.  These happy prints by Red Rooster inspired a book AND patterns.  No wonder everyone loved it!



Item #4507-ASST



Item #ISE905  Retail $15.95

Here are some of my favorite projects from the book…





I love the way the fabric requirements for each project are super imposed on the color picture!  What a great improvement over most patterns – flipping from one page to the next to choose fabrics!

When Penny Sturgis saw the fabrics, she immediately designed several small mini mats.  Whether you choose the rectangles or rounds – or both – they are sure to make you smile…


Item #PS046  Retail $8.00


Item #PS047  Retail $8.00

If you are a shop owner, you can view a video featuring Gerri talking about these products at:

Enter your account number and password.  The search for Gerri Robinson.  After all, it is always better to learn about a product directly from the designer!


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.