Inspirational International Quilts

Quiltmania is not just a popular magazine.  They also publish books featuring some of your favorite international designers.  Inspiration from these quilts can bring a fresh new look to your next project!

Irene Blanck’s Focus on Applique includes 16 different applique designs that are featured in her quilts – or can be the foundation of your next creation.

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Primarily Quilts by Di Ford – another Australian designer features medallion quilts – her favorite style.  They remind me of the Baltimore Album era quilts.

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I love the muted tones Chosen by Reiko Kato for The Newest Adventures of Sue and Billy.

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Norma Whaley includes traditional pieced blocks with a twist – as well as beautiful applique blocks.

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Check out all of the Quiltmania magazines and books on our website!  Let the inspiration begin!

Remove the Intimidation Factor With Smaller Projects

There are few legends in our industry – but Judy Niemeyer is definitely at the top of that list!  She has an instantly recognizable style that is famous all over the world.  Over the last few years she has introduced several patterns for table toppers – smaller projects that are great for class projects.

For those of you who have a Double Wedding Ring quilt on your bucket list, try this Wedding Star Table Topper.  It is a great companion to a bed sized version but will give you the confidence you need to tackle the bed quilt!

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These Broken Daisy Place Mats can be finished in an afternoon and offer an opportunity to learn additional techniques – combining blocks on the curve.

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Wrapped Ribbon is a great introduction to the Mariner’s Compass style…

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These smaller projects remove the intimidation factor.  ”I can’t do that” or “I don’t paper-piece” are no longer valid excuses!  This is a great way to introduce your students to Judy’s techniques and organizational methods that make all of these projects possible – one step at a time!

 

Christmas Fabrics Have Arrived

I can tell that the Christmas fabrics have arrived by the number of Christmas patterns that are in the top 100!  Here they are – order them now and get your samples ready.  Christmas is less than four months away….

Many of you have paid your rent with the Triangle Frenzy table topper patterns.  Now Bunnie has given you a choice – you can put it under the tree with stunning results.  This pattern features the Creative Grids® 60 degree ruler in the larger size – CGR12560.

Aunties Two Christmas Trees can be embellished with Fairy Lights – and yes, we have those listed as companions to the pattern!

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Or paper-piece your tree with these patterns by Cindi Edgerton.  I want to make the smaller version for my grandchildren’s bedroom doors so they can decorate their own trees!

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Ornaments are always popular and make great package tags for those special friends.  Charcoal Mittens includes everything you need for these six styles.  Or use the pre-cut square and round Bosal coasters to make these Fold and Stitch ornaments.

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These bag patterns from Kimberbell can be used year after year and are a great way to use up those Christmas fabric scraps!  Go Green!

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Now is the time to offer classes while your customers still have time to make them!

 

One Stop Shopping at its Best

Many of you have paid your rent by hosting tuffet classes – and they don’t just make one!  They keep coming back for more.  Well we have just made prepping for classes easier.  Now you can order the pattern, additional foundations and the hardware kit – that includes everything you need to finish the project – all in one place!

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The hardware kit includes the wooden base, the tapered high grade foam; cord; the button; upholstery batting; and the feet with protective sliders!  Who could ask for anything more???  These are a drop ship item – but mine arrived in two days!  Talk about service!

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You can even buy the foundations by the bolt for those who can’t stop at just one.  A bolt includes enough foundations to make 14 tuffets.

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Why not start the tuffet craze in your area today?  They make great gifts and Christmas is right around the corner!

Collage as an Art Form

Laura Heine has created her own personal style with these fused applique collages.  In this case, a picture is definitely worth a thousand words….

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The full sized patterns offer step by step instructions on how to make these works of art.  This is just a sampling of Laura’s patterns.Why not pick your favorite and offer it as a class.  Since the technique is the same, they can choose whichever design makes their heart sing – and Show and Tell will be so much fun!

Cork Fabric is Hot – and we are getting it!

Many of you “winers” have heard, most wineries are going to screw top lids instead of corks.  What are they going to do with all of that cork?  Turn it into fabric of course – and it is arriving in September!

It comes in approximately 5 1/2 yard rolls that are 54″ wide.  At around $60 to $80 a yard retail, this is definitely a statement piece – but oh what a statement it makes!

Laurie is the buyer for this and is also a machine embroiderer.  She LOVED it so I can’t wait to see what the machine shops do with it!

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We already have designers working on samples using your favorite patterns so we will keep you posted.  But for now, I just wanted you to know it was coming – and start dreaming of possibilities.  We would love to hear YOUR ideas!  And look at these colors and textures!

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Let the creativity begin!!!

Buttermilk Basin creates a Vintage BOM

These mini vintage wool truck appliques are sure to make every generation smile!  They are reasonably priced and easy to kit – so they are the perfect impulse buy for the register.  And who could resist this touch of nostalgia???

January and February

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March and April

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May and June

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July and August

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September and October

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November and December

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Do our buyers a favor and pre-order these now!  We know you are going to kit these so you are going to need lots!  And, who says a “block of the month” program needs to start in January???

You asked – we delivered!

As soon as we developed the Itty Bitty Eights Creative Grids rulers with Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings, we got requests for a bigger size!  And when you talk – we listen!

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This 5″ by 15″ version is perfect for ALL of your cutting needs – not just when working in miniature.  And the 5″ width is perfect for cutting 5″ charm strips or squares – another request we have heard!

Big quilts and blocks require 1/8 inch cuts as well.  This ruler highlights the 1/8″markings which are hard to use on traditional rulers. The black and white dashed 1/8″ markings show on both light and dark fabrics. Refer to the black diamonds when cutting 1/8″ units; the white diamonds when cutting 1/4″ units.  It can’t get any easier than that!

The 3/16″ marking printed along the length of each side of the ruler are the perfect width for cutting wool bias strips for appliques. One is white and one is black. Choose the line that shows best on your chosen fabric.

Lisa has designed two Cut Loose Press patterns that showcase the features on the Itty Bitty Eights series.  I love combining piecing with applique – the best of both worlds and she does not disappoint!  Or choose this quilt – the perfect baby quilt whether in blues or pinks.  Add flannel for that awe factor!

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Don’t forget to include the 6 inch square and 3″ x 7″ version in your display.  Let your customers choose their favorites!

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The Salem Witches Quilt Finale has Arrived

Many of you – including me – love everything designed by Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Designs and have already started the Salem Witches Quilt Guild panel series.

Drumroll please…….the final pattern in the series which explains how to put it all together will be arriving this month!  This pattern includes the instructions for the blocks used in the sashings and borders used to complete the quilt top. 

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And, to celebrate this release, the Witches decided to end the meeting with show and tell.  This pattern is a stand alone which can be made to coordinate with this quilt.

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When the first three patterns ARE all in the top 20, you know these are going to be in high demand.  And after those who didn’t commit in the beginning see this, they will want them ALL so order accordingly!

Baby Makes Three… #2

Kim Diehl and Pat Wys are both Martingale authors who are best known for their distinctive country styles so this book is a pleasant departure.  Their unique sense of proportion and color combine to create a unique setting for any nursery. This books brings the entire package – quilts and darling gifts that would be the perfect shower gifts.

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Any of these projects would be adorable in Kim’s new baby fabric line – Ric Rac Paddywack Flannels.