Necktie Quilts Reinvented

Necktie quilts have always been popular.  In these less formal times, neckties can be found in abundance – at thrift shops, garage sales, and in every man’s closet.  This new book by Mary Copenhaver includes 16 projects.

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Mary explains exactly how to prepare ties for your projects.  It is easier than you may think – and when taken apart, includes more usable fabric than you would imagine!

While these projects were all done with ties, you may make each design in traditional fabrics as well.

Inspiration awaits….

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Raid your closets – and those of the men in your family to make an heirloom today!  What a great retirement present!

Piece by Number Snack mats and Place mats

Kits by Carla has created these wonderful kits that make place mats and snack mats a quick and easy afternoon project – from start to finish.  Sew them this afternoon and gift them as a gift tonight!

Click on the product video to see how easy it is:  http://www.checkerdist.com/products/PBNSNKMTR?

Piece by number is similar to paper-piecing – but on a grand scale.  The foundations are printed on full size pieces of interfacing which remain in the finished project.  Since the interfacing is placed on the backing fabric, the project is literally quilt as you go.

Why not teach a class on the snack mat projects?  The snack mat assortment consists of 25 kits with five different patterns and an assortment of fabrics.  That’s right – these 5″ x 8″ mat kits include the fabric as well so they are literally class ready!

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 Order a display rack that includes a finished project.  It doesn’t get any easier than this!

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 Once you have seen how easy this technique is, move onto place mats.  The kits include foundations for four place mats.  The kits are available in four different patterns as well.

Log Cabin

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Shown in different fabrics of your choosing….

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Braid

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Consider the possibilities…

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Card Tricks

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Possibilities….

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Snails Trail

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Possibilities….

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The backing is cut larger and then wrapped to the front to bind and complete them.  These projects are a perfect beginning project or instant gratification for the more experienced quilter.  Your customers will love them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrapping Presents – Quilter’s Style

These gift tags are absolutely darling!  In this Christmas set, actual buttons accent the designs on the tag – white buttons create a snowman; red buttons become holly berries….  There are 10 different designs in this set of 60.  All are printed on heavy craft paper with old fashioned string ties.

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There is an all occasion set as well…

This set includes four designs made from the same extra thick quality craft paper. The tags feature special notes: “A handmade gift for you,” “Sewn for you,” “Totally hand knitted for you,” and “handmade with love”

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Why not set up a display with quilt themed gift wrap?  Sometimes the wrapping IS the gift!

For all of the Jennifer Chiaverini fans, we have this gift wrap based on the Elm Creek Quilt series….the gift tags are included…

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Designs by Kim Schaefer are featured in this assortment of “Bright and Bold Quilts.”

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We spend so much time on creating handmade gifts – isn’t it time we focus a bit of time on the presentation???

It’s Time to Plan the New Year

Calendars are a great gift!  We still have several in stock that would be great register displays.  Why not supply some special shop labels that include class dates and special events?  Participating in a shop hop?  Bringing in a national teacher?  Feature demo days?  Provide stickers that they can add to their calendar – talk about great customer service!  And don’t forget small business Saturday, National Quilt Day.

Edyta Sitar has a wonderful journal that includes calendars for 2015 through 2017.

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There is plenty of room for appointments and additional pages for notes and sketching.

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This Gooseberry Patch pocket planner is loaded with personality.

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These two year pocket planners are always popular….

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Need a wall calendar?  We have some of those in stock as well….

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Or, get inspiration from a Block of the Day calendar…

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Set up a register display today!

Documenting your Quilts

Quilts are a labor of love.  Whether you are creating them for your personal use or giving them as a gift, they should be labeled.  Include your name, city and date along with any other information that future generations or the receiver might enjoy.

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Quilt Labels 2 for All Occasions is the perfect gift for any quilter.  It contains 65 labels in two formats.  You can either use the iron-on transfers or trace them directly onto fabric.  All of the images are line drawings which can be colored with permanent pigma pens.  Instructions for coloring are included as well.

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These brush pigma pens are perfect for coloring.  They write like a pen but color like a paint brush.

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Use a number 8 black pigma pen(Item #XSDK0849) to trace them.

This second edition will be available any day.  If you can’t wait, order the first book that features iron on transfers.

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Choose and prepare a label when you are preparing your binding.  Then two raw edges of the label can be sewn in when the binding is attached.

Use the Press Perfect Hot Hemmer to turn the other two sides.

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Why not combine a set of pens with the books for a perfect Christmas combo???

Cute Critters any Child will Love

Taylor Made Designs has released a new book – Sew Cute Critters – that will make you smile.  These twelve designs feature the family pet as well as your favorite zoo animals.

Whether they are near-sighted or far-sighted, the glasses add personality and a touch of whimsy to her darling caricatures.

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You can feature all of them in a quilt or pick and choose your favorites.  Feature one design on a bag, T-shirt, or stretch it on a canvas for a fast, easy, fusible project.  Any child would love to get to know these characters!

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Why not display the book with bundles of bright, cheerful fat quarters?  It would be an awesome combination – and the perfect gift idea for anyone who has littles in their life!

Last minute Christmas gifts and decorations

Everyone loves snowmen because you don’t have to take them down with the Christmas tree.  And, lets face it, when that tree comes down, the house just looses some of its magic!

This latest pattern by Need’l Love will be arriving this week – and is the cutest pattern I have seen in a long time.

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Bundle this pattern with some buttons packets for eyes and orange wool for the carrot noses.  And, since the pattern is only $5.00, there is room in the budget for a collection of seasonal fat quarters to get them started!

These Winter Mug Rugs are embroidered in the hoop and make great Christmas presents.  Combine them with a coffee mug and a collection of teas and coffees to create a gift basket that begins and ends with love…

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For those of you who would still like to make some personal ornaments, this pattern includes an even dozen!  They work up so quickly in blue work and are so portable they can travel with you!

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Invited to any weddings this winter?  Why not make the bridal couple a tree skirt or stockings?

These stockings use the LILTWISTER and can be pieced very quickly.  Your customers probably have the tool, but if not, we have more arriving any day…

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This tree skirt can be made in an afternoon with the Creative Grids 30 degree ruler
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All of these are easy to kit as well, and would make great gifts for the quilter in your life.

Take 5 just in time for Christmas

Kathy Brown’s latest Take 5 book is out just in time for Christmas.  this one includes a bit of a twist.  In this case, all 15 projects require five fat quarters and one other fabric to create stunning, quick quilts.  Most can be made in an afternoon because Kathy doesn’t do complicated!

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The additional fabric is not always a background.  In this case the red fabric coordinates with five fat quarters to create a lively rail fence type quilt.

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This quilt uses black to create crosses in the middle of the pinwheels constructed out of the fat quarters….

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This quilt has the illusion of Attic Windows blocks – without all of the work!

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In this case, a focal fabric that looks like it was plucked straight from the sky is bordered by coordinates that showcase the design beautifully…

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You don’t have to wait for the movie for your, in this case, five shades of grey….

Bundle the book with five fat quarters for a great Christmas gift idea.  And for those who never experienced the original – and it’s sequel…

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Walking in a Quilter’s Winter Wonderland

Here Comes Winter is the latest book by Jeanne Large and Shelly Wicks – and if you are fans of their previous books, you won’t be disappointed!

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The latest addition is chock full of all types of projects from pillows to lap quilts – and they all have one thing in common.  Each project was inspired by Saskatchewan’s winter wonderland.

All of these projects could still be done by Christmas….or choose a winter project such as this one which can be displayed the entire season…(dog not included).

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Who wouldn’t love a set of these pillows – or spoil yourself for a change, and make them for you!

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Make a banner or table topper in an afternoon..

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Rickrack adds a whimsical touch to the borders of this simple pieced quilt.  Mittens add that awe factor we all love….

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Bundle this with some Christmas fabrics for a darling gift.  Or include some wool bundles for the appliques.  What quilter could resist???

Strip Piecing Templates make Quick Work of Scrap Quilts

Jean Ann Wright is the queen of strip piecing templates and has created an entire line for Creative Grids.  Although the technique is the same for each template, the design possibilities are endless.

At Market, Jean Ann visited with us and filmed a video sharing hints and tricks she shares in her classes.

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All of these tools are based on the same premise.  Each round of strips is trimmed before the next round is added so minor differences in seam allowances are adjusted as the block is built, round by round.  No more wonky blocks – and they all end up to be the exact same size!

It all started with the original Log Cabin Trim Tool that makes an eight inch finished block.

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There are a multitude of Cut Loose Press patterns to support it.  ”Country Retreat Log Cabin” is one of Jean Ann’s latest patterns that showcases the block beautifully.

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After its release, we were instantly bombarded with requests for the same tool in different sizes so we combined a six and twelve inch size in one tool:

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Other designers recognized the potential of these tools and started designing with them as well.  Courthouse Lanterns by Gudrun Erla of GE Designs puts a whole new spin on a courthouse steps block.

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If this technique worked for log cabins, why not Pineapple blocks?  Jean Ann figured that out too…

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“Tropical Fruit” is a bright cheerful quilt that shows how the placement of lights and darks can create a striking quilt.

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With the popularity of hexies, Jean Ann saw potential to use them in a whole new way!

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Whether you choose to make log cabin hexies, half hexies, or cutting two, four, six, or eight inch hexies – this tool does it all!

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How do you create motion in a traditional log cabin block?  Add wide strips to two sides and narrow to the other sides.  What happens when you combine four of these blocks?  You create pieced circles, of course!  And since the tool makes eight inch blocks, they can be combined with the CGRJAW1!

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“Circle Time” by Cam Kilman is a darling baby quilt or table topper and showcases the curves that are so easily achieved with this tool…

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Once again, we immediately heard from all of you that they wanted a smaller version of this template so they could create 12″ circles by combining four blocks – and we listened!

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“Rainbow Swirls” is a quilt with curves all in the right places!

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To view all of the Cut Loose Press patterns, click on the ruler links – you’ll be glad you did!