Its Sew Emma does it again….

Its Sew Emma has created a wonderful book with twelve quilts that span the gap between traditional and modern – which means everyone will love it!


Item #ISE904  Retail $19.95

Each quilt includes yardage instructions for four sizes – crib, lap, twin, and queen.

Plume would be great in fall or Christmas colors.  The light fabrics sparkle!


Marquee showcases crisp, clean lines.  It would be a great pattern for photo transfers as well…


I love blue and white quilts – and this is especially striking…


Mosaic is a great scrappy quilt that is great for beginners.  The blocks can be trimmed to size before sashing so they are all the same size.


And then there is applique…Don’t you love these flowers on a dark background???


These are just six of the quilts in the book – and I want to make them all! At just $1.65 a pattern, this is a bargain!!!



A Fall & Winter Event for the Independent


Post Card Party DescriptionA Fall & Winter Event for the Independent.
Postcard Party is an excellent sales idea created by Independent Shop Owner, Janet Lutz of Calico Girls Quilt Shop and Deborah Gabel of Zebra Patterns. Registration and Post Card Kits will be available September 21st at The Post Card Kits are complete with fabric backing, Bosal interfacing, and instruction sheet. Visit for supporting notions, Creative Grids® rulers, Cut Loose Press™ patterns, and fabrics.


For an overview of the program, click ‘WATCH VIDEO’ above or visit  Login with your Checker ID and password. Select the SCHOOLHOUSES tab and the 2014 Post Card Party is the first video listed.

The Story Behind the Patches.


The Story Behind the Patches.


“I grew up in the house next door …” Mary Troyer, Independent Shop Owner. Patches of Life is our tribute to the Independent shop owner. The hard-working creative individuals around the world who all have a special story behind what they do and why they do it. There are thousands of Independent Quilt shops out there, our goal is to take you behind the scenes and perhaps provide some inspiration and pride to all. Enjoy!

Thanks for the Memories – Open House in Pictures – Part Three

The vendors went above and beyond to make our customers feel welcome.  They are the heart of the event…

Kathleen and Pat are the ladies behind the scenes that make Cut Loose Press a reality…


Terry – the creator of Terial Magic shared all of the uses for this “super starch” that totally washes out – amazing….


Debra from Zebra Patterns shared many of her block of the month programs – as well as the new shop program, Post Card Party….


Janet Lutz – the shop owner who developed and launched the Row by Row Experience – single-handedly made shops profitable this summer…








Jessi from Lumi shared her sun activated dyes – the first dyes that are truly user friendly….



I spent way too much time in the Mettler booth talking to Phil Newton – who is an expert on thread….


Susan Cleveland of Pieces be with You accents her pieces with exquisite piping and shared the technique with our customers….


Lanette Edens demonstrated a host of notions as well as the Gypsy Quilter products….


Diane and Dotti of Graphic Impressions hosted a Toy Shop for those impulse sales at the register…




Deborah and Adam of Plum Easy shared their pin cushion and hot pad patterns that are always int he top 20, along with walnut shells….




Stephanie Prescott of Quilter’s Dream has an amazing sense of color – and it shines through in her fabrics and patterns….


Everything is bigger in Texas – except Kay Whitt of Serendipity!  This diminuative lady has a dramatic sense of style and showed shop owners how to incorporate garment sewing into their business…








F & W Media shared the details of a new magazine program geared for shops….










Learning opportunities were everywhere!

Thanks for the Memories – Open House in Pictures – Part Two

There were learning opportunities everywhere – but there was also lots of eye candy – quilts from some of our vendors,  The lunchroom was turned into a quilt show…




The food was great – and with six lunch periods, the lines moved right along….



After lunch, some shoppers got organized….


Nancy Weber, the pattern buyer, treated the vendors and customers to plates and plates….and plates of cookies….


When it was time to head home, our cheerful, friendly staff loaded their cars with a smile….



Thanks for the memories…..See you next year…..

Thanks for the Memories – Open House in Pictures – Part One

This event is all about education – and our vendors are eager to share their knowledge with everyone.  Inspiration resides in every booth – and around every corner…

Rita Fishel demonstrated the three newest Creative Grids rulers….


Dawn from the Warm Company was thrilled to announce that Steam-A-Seam 2 is back….





The mother/daughter team from Fishsticks Patterns shared their wonderful handbags and projects…


Both of Edyta’s new books arrived in time to be autographed at the Open House so she had a big smile on her face….


Maddie and Steve of Quiltsmart celebrated their anniversary with us…


Fran and Michael of Clover shared their newest notions.  Fran officially retires at Market so we were thrilled that we were one of her final shows….


They all got the memo – black was the official outfit for the Round Robin Rebels – Terri Degenkolb of Whimsicals; Kari Carr of New Leaf Stitches; and Gudrun Erla of GE Designs….


Robin Kingsley of Bird Brain Designs was an absolute delight and wowed everyone with her new fabric and embroidery designs….


These sisters from Sister’s Common Threads are the brains behind the iron caddy and shared their new patterns…


Jill Finley of Jillily Studios shared her new program.   She is famous for her wonderful applique projects so you may know her as the inventory of Appli-glue…


Kendall from Silhouette amazed everyone when they saw what is possible when quilting meets technology…


Coleen helped shops design their space with the efficient fabric display cabinets built by her company…


The gals from Adornit provided that “awe” factor when they displayed their wonderful baby quilt fabric lines and patterns…


The girls from Sew Michelle showed everyone how to incorporate vinyl mesh into their projects…


They were all smiles – as you can see – and a delight to work with!


Hexies Hit the Open House

Hexies are everywhere – in every size!  They are so popular that there was a display of these quilts featuring the Hexagon Trim Tool at the Open House.


Item #CGRJAW4  Retail $24.95

Turtle Time

I love this quilt!  The turtle shells are made by using the log cabin style markings on the Hexie Trim Tool to create a spiral effect.  The feet and head are turned so they are three dimensional!  No mother/grandmother is going to be able to resist this one!  Display this one with all of your brights!


Item #CLPJSC001  

Many of these hexies are on steroids – which means they can be pieced quickly!

Hexie Flip

This quilt features half hexies that are sewn together base to base instead of across the center to create a totally different look.  Since they are half hexies, there are no inset seams.  The half-hexies are sewn in rows so adjusting the size is simple.  There are no borders so the outside edge is a series of angles.  And, yes, the pattern explains how to bind that as well.



Item #NN347  Retail $9.00

Cut the Cake Hexie

The hexies in this quilt are cut from 10″ squares – and then set with 60 degree triangles (CGRT60).  The star effect is stunning.


Item #CLPJAW019

Hexie Blossoms

Terri of Whimsicals pieces hexies with units cut with the Creative Grids 15 degree ruler (CGREU1) – and then sets them together with 60 degree angles (CGRT60).  It reminds me of beach umbrellas!


Item #WH171  Retail $10.00

But hexies aren’t reserved for quilts!  Check out this tote bag that is done in two different sizes.


Item #CLPSMA003  

Our grandmothers would have loved this!

Sunshine and Shadows

One of the busiest booths at the Open House was the Lumi booth!  Dyeing has come a long way, baby.  As a child of the 70′s, I have done my share of tie-dyeing.  It was messy and it was always a surprise – you never knew what the finished product would be.

Lumi has made the process fun and accessible to everyone!  You can buy everything individually, but the kits are a great way to begin.  You can try each process knowing all of the supplies required are at your fingertips – even a video to walk you through the process.

Shadow Printing Kit

The Shadow Printing Kit is perfect for beginners as well as children.  The canvas pouch is included.


Item #LUMI-SHDWKIT  Retail $24.99

The Sunfold Printing Kit

Whether you decide to print clothing or pillows, this is a fun way to spend an afternoon! And, once again, a video explains the entire process.



Item #LUMI-SN-FLDKT  Retail $34.99

Photo Printing Kit

Transferring photos to T-Shirts is so fun – expecially when you can manipulate your favorites to their best advantage…


Item #LUMI-PHTOKIT  Retail $38.99

The dyes are clear until they are exposed to the sun.  The individual foil dye packs fold in half to release a squeegie – so applying the dye is easier than ever.  No mess, no fuss!  They come in nine different colors.


Item #INKO-SP-MAG  Retail $3.99

Why not offer a series of classes?  It can’t get any easier than this – sell the kits with everything included.  Your customers will love it.

Remember the Joy of Osnaburg

I found the most interesting fabric on an end cap at the Open House!

Texture has become a design element in every aspect of quilting.  Cuddle has become a favorite backing.  Wool is the preferred fabric for applique.  And, now, osnaburg is back. These hand-dyed versions by Fiber on a Whim are beautiful.  The dyeing process shrinks the fabric and gives it the look of linen.

They are available individually as fat quarters in a variety of colors:



Item #FOWOS06547  Retail $5.00



Item #FOWOS-6548  Retail $5.00



Item #FOWOS-6545  Retail $5.00



Item #FOWOS-6556  Retail $5.00

Silver Fox


Item #FOWOS-6567  Retail $5.00



Item #FOWOS-6566  Retail $5.00

Why not use these as a foundation for your next wool project – or incorporate them as the appliques!  Once you see how beautiful they are, you’ll be piecing with them as well.  Visit our website to see all 20 colors:

Learn about Batting from the Best

Let’s face it.  Even though batting is in every quilt, quilters know little about battings.  Most of us stick with the same batting, buy what’s on sale, or let our machine quilter choose.  What if we could educate our customers and help them choose the RIGHT batting for their projects?










Dawn from The Warm Company will be at the Checker Open House.  I have quilted long enough to remember when they came out with “Warm and Natural” – a batting that could be washed and maintain its shape.  This also meant that it could be quilted up to nine inches apart without FALLING apart!  This product was revolutionary but they didn’t stop there.  Let Dawn help you choose which battings you should carry in your store – and explain when specialty battings are a good choice.




Insul Shine


Soft & Bright








The days of carrying two battings – one cotton and one polyester – are over.  Come to the Open House and take a few minutes to educate yourself!