Magnetic Needle Cases


These magnetic needle cases from It’s Sew Emma are the perfect accessory to sew on the go! Your needles will stick to the magnetic layer inside the case, protected by the sturdy plastic exterior. They are available in three colorways – each sporting a favorite stitchy saying.

Stay Sharp Navy Magnetic Needle Case
Get To The Point Teal Magnetic Needle Case
Needle Little Love Pink Magnetic Needle Case

These are due to arrive February 1st – the perfect little something for Valentine’s Day!

Gift Card Ornaments

Gift-giving has never been easier! These delightful ornament bags, designed by Rachel’s of Greenfield, are just the right size for gift cards or other treasures of your choice. Each envelope-style ornament bag has a different decoration on the front and fastens on the back with an old-fashioned figure-eight closure. The kit includes woolfelt®, embroidery floss, and gold string plus precise patterns, and complete instructions to make 6 gift bags.

Gift Bag Ornaments Kit

There are lots of kits to choose from.

Kit Warm Feet Ornaments
Christmas Critters Ornament Kit
Kit Warm Hands Mitten Ornaments
Charcoal Mittens Kit

These kits are a great way to keep those mask makers engaged. This is my plan:

This year I made GALLONS of Chex mix, filled quart jars, and put them in gift bags. My children and grandchildren had a ball leaving these gifts on the doorsteps of friends and on the desks of their favorite teachers. Hopefully, we will be able to celebrate the holidays this year up close and personal, but we want to continue the tradition. I drew squares the size of each woolfelt piece onto freezer paper. Then, I traced the templates for that color within the square. Since my family and friends are making multitudes of these, we can run as many copies of the template sheets as we have kits – and only have to trace them once. Now, the instructions say to trace the templates right onto the wool felt, but ironing the freezer paper onto the woolfelt with a warm iron was much faster. Why not provide a template sheet to your customers as that “value-added” bonus with the purchase of each kit?

This Gypsy Quilter Appliqué Freezer Paper is over-sized and worked well!

Gypsy Quilter Freezer Paper 12in x 15in Heavy Weight 40ct

And, what great handwork while sitting in front of a fire…..

Red, White and Bloom

Everything by Kimberbell Designs just makes me smile! She double-downs on that awe factor every single time! And, her newest quilt – due to arrive in March – is no exception!

Red White & Bloom Sewing Version

This quilt is available in fabric kit from Maywood Studio as well.

Quilt Kit Red, White & Bloom, 40in x 40in

Join the Main Street Celebration! Kimberbell’s beautiful Bench Pillow Pattern pulls out all the stops, with colorful Fairy Light fireworks bursting in the night sky. Downtown is all dressed up for the patriotic party, with banners, bunting, and even a miniature Red, White, & Bloom quilt! From pickups and gas pumps to windmills and more, Main Street Celebration is inspiring decor for every hometown heart. It is the perfect companion to the quilt.

Main Street Celebration Bench Pillow Pattern - Sewing

It is available in a fabric kit from Maywood Studio as well.

Main Street Celebration Bench Pillow Kit (included back) 16in x 38in

The fabric line from Maywood Studio, Red, White & Bloom by Kimberbell Designs Collection is simply charming!

Fat Quarter Red, White & Bloom, 16pcs/bundle, inlcudes panel

Embellishments kits for the quilt will also be available. We have the item listed on the website – but don’t have a description yet! Order everything you need now!

Love is in the Air

There are a multitude of heart projects in the top 100 patterns. It is that time of year….

Jen Kingwell and Andrea Bair’s Boho Heart is a booklet of block patterns that are then combined into an over-sized lap quilt. Add a border to make a double size quilt. The pieced strip border is stunning and adds that awe factor to the quilt.

Boho Heart Booklet

What makes your heart burst with joy? Capture the feeling with the Exploding Heart by Slice of Pi Quilts! This advanced beginner pattern makes a large 72” x 72” throw quilt and is fat quarter and fabric cutter friendly.

Exploding Heart

Shoot the moon with a winning hand of hearts. With 5 fat eighths, make a “pair of hearts” from each print. Three fat quarters will yield “four of a kind” from each print. To make each heart different, deal 10 – 10″ squares to each player. No need to avoid the black queen, we’re playing with just hearts. Let’s Play Hearts by Atkinson Designs.

Let's Play Hearts

Have a Heart by J. Michelle Watts is created with 1-1/2 inch strips for a small quilt, 2-1/2″ strips for a generous throw. Choose one pack of strips for the heart, two for the background, and you are ready to sew!

Have A Heart

Why not set up a Valentine’s Day display?

ABC 123 Cool Pins

Numbered (0-25) on one side and lettered (A-Z) on the other, ABC 123 Cool Pins from The Gypsy Quilter are perfect for organizing your quilt pieces. At .5mm – these pins are sharp and will never leave holes behind in your fabric. As an added bonus, the pinheads are heat resistant up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 104 hexagon shaped pins come in a reusable storage box.

ABC 123 Cool Pins

And in this case, that box adds the awe factor. How cute is this???

ABC 123 Cool Pins

These are due to arrive in April and would be a great addition to any Mother’s Day promotion!

The Perfect Magnet

MagnaFingers is a magnetic pick-up tool for pins and needles that easily releases items so you don’t hurt your fingers!

MagnaFingers Pick-up/Release - Blue
MagnaFingers Pick-up/Release - Blue
MagnaFingers Pick-up/Release - Blue

This powerful ceramic magnet will pick up over 100 pins – even in carpet. The simple “two-finger” release works like a clothespin.

This tool was designed by 13-year-old Owen Cowan who spilled fish hooks on his carpet. What a great idea! They are available in three different colorways.

MagnaFingers Pick-up/Release - Mint
MagnaFingers Pick-up/Release - Violet

These are arriving the end of this month so order them now.

Endless Possibilities

Angela Pingel designed this to be a Travel Laundry Bag – and it is perfect for that. Throw it in your suitcase, hang it on the back of the door and throw it in your suitcase at the end of the trip!

Travel Laundry Bag
Travel Laundry Bag

But then I saw the picture with the assortment of bags hanging from hooks….Wouldn’t this be adorable in my sewing room? Organize the fabric and pattern for individual projects in each bag. The mesh makes it easy to view what is inside.

Or wouldn’t these be great for organizing soccer gear, gymnastics stuff, etc.? Graduation is right around the corner. These would be great gifts done in school colors with the student’s name appliquéd or embroidered on each (because they are going to need more than one)! Throw in some color catchers, soap, and fabric softener sheets and you have a great gift!

The patterns are due to arrive the end of this month so place your orders now!

Sewing Room Makeover

Everyone I know has cleaning and organizing their sewing room on their list of New Year’s resolutions. And that is the perfect time to take stock of what you really have, what you need – and what needs replaced!

Check out the top 100 notions on our website: //www.checkerdist.com/top/notions

This will give you an idea of what other quilters value and brands that have stood the test of time. Now look at your basic quilting supplies – the ones you use EVERY day! Is it time to replace your rotary cutter blades? Why not buy a multipack so you actually cut instead of “saw” in 2021?

Rotary Blade 45mm 5ct

Check out your stash of needles and buy your most popular sizes.

Schmetz Universal Machine Needle Size 12/80

Are your pins all bent or is your pin cushion bare? Why not replace them with these extra long, sharp, heat-resistant Cool Pins by The Gypsy Quilter?

Cool Pins Gypsy Purple  50pc

Has your mat seen better days? Maybe it is time to replace it – and upgrade to a larger size:

Creative Grids Cutting Mat 24in x 36in

Have you dropped your ruler so many times that there is not a corner left in sight?

Creative Grids Quilt Ruler 6-1/2in x 24-1/2in

If you got a small wool mat to try it, it may be time to admit that it is the greatest notion of the last decade!

Wool Pressing Mat 14-1/3in Wide x 18-7/8in Long x 1/2in Thick

Refresh the notions you use every day and make sewing a pleasure again – just don’t cut your finger with that new blade!!!

Pillows are Back

Ask anyone under 30! Pillows are back in a big way! They are a great way to add a splash of color to the popular monochromatic color schemes – and can be switched out for any holiday or season.

Top It Off Throw Pillows

Why not start a series of videos sharing a different technique in a pillow class? The kits are affordable and – once again – it is a great way to introduce the next generation to quilting!

Top It Off throw pillows by Wing and a Prayer is due to arrive next month. The cover pillows gives you an indication of the techniques that can be incorporated into an afternoon project!

Teach simple machine quilting, prairie points, zippers, fusible and freezer paper applique….the ideas are endless!

Stunning Quilts by Quiltworx

These quilts and table runner are absolutely beautiful so I am going to let them tell you in their own words….

Mermaids Tale was designed by Judy and Brad Niemeyer and was built using blocks from the Cattail Mixer series, including the Shimmering Star block and the Star Shower border. It also includes a C border, which does not include any foundation paper piecing. These instructions are broken down by groups, referred to as Groups A, B, & C. Size 68 x 68.

Mermaids Tale


Frozen Fountain includes four sections referred to as Groups A, B, C, and D. The A group is a diamond block referred to as the Ice Crystal Star, the B group squares up the diamonds and is referred to as Icicles, the C group is an on-point border group called Satin and Lace, and the D group square up the on-point design to create a 99-inch square queen size quilt. This pattern incorporates all of Quiltworx’s latest techniques as well.

Frozen Fountain Queen


The Spice Rack was designed as a beginner pattern to introduce quilters to paper piecing. The project is fast, uses only straight-lined foundation piecing and assembly, employs simple cutting techniques, and is an affordable and fun way to jump into your first paper piecing project. It is meant to make those new to the process find confidence, understanding and success. Size 75 x 97

Spice Rack

The Prism Table Runner is a design inspired by an idea of Certified Instructor, Joanne Wearing, hoping for a table runner workshop that utilized the Prismatic Star block, which would be available for a one day workshop. This pattern is the result. If this is the first time you’ve done a Quiltworx pattern, you will learn foundation paper strip piecing techniques for lone star diamonds and also striped borders along with the use of cutting templates, smart corners, and TRP lines. Size 22 x 65.

Prism Table Runner

These are all due to arrive in January so order them now!