Another Use for the Clapper

I am traveling and teaching this month which is always a source of inspiration. I had to rotary cut 2,500 block kits for classes so I was cutting eight layers of fabric at a time.

Even though I started with a new blade, the 2 1/2″ strips were slipping when I was sub-cutting them. Enter the clapper for Wooly Felted Wonders!

I placed the clapper on the strips and moved it along as I sub-cut the pieces. The weight of the clapper stopped the fabrics from shifting! It worked great – and is another use for an amazing tool. I already use it to press my seams open and to set seams as I press. This is just a bonus.

Sue Spargo Every Day

I am a huge fan of Sue Spargo. She has such an amazing, quirky and recognizable style. Last year her calendar was a top seller and many of you framed the images – they were that good!

Her 2019 calendar is due to be released next month – just in time for traveling quilters and shop hops! Order them now so you will get them as soon as they arrive. If the cover is any indication, these will sell out fast

Poppins Bag could hold Mary!

I have seen the actual bag – and couldn’t believe how big it is. It literally will hold a queen size quilt AFTER quilting! It is a great weekender bag, a retreat bag, a beach bag (with enough room for towels, sunscreen, and books for the entire family) or anything you want!

The pattern comes with structural stays so the top pops open – and stays open until you want to close it!

The sides of the bag are stabilized with In-R-Form so it will maintain its shape. It uses a 30″ zipper By Annie which comes in a multitude of colors and has two zipper pulls.

Carol uses a placemat to stabilize the base – which is 12″ x 18″.

 

 

 

Start with quilted fabric or quilt your own – which is another great class. This was quilted in straight lines – a great use for the Creative Grids Slim quilting tool designed by Angela Walters.

I talked to several people who have made the bag and many said that it went together so easy that they were making more! Now that is a testament to a great bag!

Affordable Backings with Spa Cuddle

My daughter just started a long arm business and ordered Spa Cuddle without realizing it was double-sided. The bolt she bought was grey on one side and cream on the other. Since it had nap on both sides, I asked her to try it without batting. Worked like a charm!

These are pics she sent me with the quilt still on the frame…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It comes in a wide variety of colors and is 58 – 60 inches wide so most backings for throws will not have to be pieced! Talk about a win/win and it is cheaper than piecing 44/45 wide fabrics and then buying batting. Who can resist Cuddle???

Check out all of the Shannon Fabrics Cuddle Spa on the website and give it a try!

Fusamat is about to enter the Building!

These applique pressing mats were the most exciting notion I saw at Market but I wasn’t sure we could get them since they are a New Zealand company. BUT, our buyers did their magic and they will be arriving later this month!

In their own words: Fusamat revolutionizes the applique process by allowing you to see through the mat during construction – making the applique process much easier…The tacky surface enables you to create your applique design in one easy composition…Its unique covering allows for a non-slip ironing surface and applique formation…In the past fusible would leak onto your iron and ironing surfaces causing a huge mess – new technology built into Fusamat stops the leakage of fusible altogether…Your Fusamat is easily cleaned, very strong, reversible and durable so it will take any beating you give it.

They come in four sizes from a portable 12 x 12; 12 x 18;18 x 30; and one that will cover your entire ironing board!

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve already got mine on order – and you should too!

Love is in the Air at Suzn Quilts

Our booth at Spring Market was right across from Suzn Quilts and so I got to look at these all day! All of these designs use her tiny Dresden Plate template.

She has such a knack for adding that awe factor to every design. And, since they are small, you can actually finish it in a day! These new releases should be arriving any day.

 

 

 

Check out the rest of her designs on our website! You will be glad you did! Suzn Quilts

Cutting Threads Anywhere – Even on a Plane

These cutting tools were a hit at Market! They come in four different versions.

This cutter can be mounted to any flat surface using the adhesive provided. Attach to your sewing machine if your thread cutter is dull – or the machine doesn’t have one. Or attach it to your sewing box so it is always within easy reach. The cutter encases a two sides stainless steel blade so you can cut from either side. The bling is just for fun!

The same cutter is also available as a ring. This adjustable ring features a hook and loop tape strap. Sparkle in our Swarovski Crystal Thread Cutterz Rings! Now your cutting tool is TSA allowed so wear it when you fly!.

The Thread Cutterz Snipper comes with a built-in LED light, a retractable cord, and clip with a locking safety feature. The serrated cutting blades come in two lengths. Both are safe for air travel.

   

Great items for a counter display!

Graphite and Granite

This new Block of the Month quilt by Whirligig Designs is simply stunning! The instructions include yardage for four sizes from wall hanging to king.

The cover quilt was made with a line from Timeless Treasures called Graphite(sceduled to be released in July).

The pattern is due to arrive in June so order it now so you can plan your block of the month program. This one will have people lining up at your door!

A Novel Idea for a Book Club

Carol Dean Jones has written a series of books covering all of our favorite topics: quilts; friendships; and even a love interest. Sixty-eight year old Sarah Miller moves into a retirement community and finds herself in the midst of crimes to solve.

I have listed the books in order of publication:

These books are due to arrive the end of the summer and would be a great Christmas gift! Or why not start a book club at your shop and explore the quilt patterns and techniques in each book each month???

Sassafras Lane Knows no Boundries

I have loved these gals for years! And their new releases at this Market shows their versatility and quirky personalities!

This pattern includes a complete alphabet so you can say whatever you want to say! I can’t wait to do a wall of inspirational sayings for everyone on my Christmas list! Cute, personal, and doable!

If you need a baby quilt, these critters can be personalized and are absolutely charming! The quilts finish to 40 x 54 inches and include full sized reversed images and alphabet so these really can be completed in an afternoon. Then stretch the other critters in a smaller size over a canvas for wall decorations.

Why not throw in some Christmas as well? These Santas and trees are a perfect way to use up scraps. They have even packaged the rings for you!

Told you! Three different genres – and all are stars! These will be arriving soon so place your order now!