Janelle MacKay ofEmmaline Bagshas created bling for bags. These tags and zipper pulls come in a variety of finishes: antique brass, copper, gunmetal, gold and nickel. (The ones pictured are all antique brass.)
Add these touches to your next bag to give it the professional look with “handmade” pride. These should be arriving the first week in April so order now. Place them at the register so everyone can see them – and appreciate the quality!
Every quilter loves a button box so they won’t be able to resist these charmers from Buttons Galore! Each acrylic box includes an assortment of coordinated beads, buttons and sequins – and the names will make you smile!
Deck the Halls and Safari Sunrise
Sea Glass and Rose Garden
And, every child’s favorite? Rainbow Unicorn!
These are great gifts for your Secret Sis, that future quilter in your life, or why not treat yourself? At around $5.00, who could resist? Display them by the register. Girls just want to have fun…..
I saw Bethany Miller demonstrate this technique at QuiltCon and was instantly impressed! I couldn’t wait to demo it at my next class and it was a huge hit! Here are two different pics for the pattern. I personally saw the quilt on the right a loved it in all solids!
These blocks are perfect for layer cakes. The concept? Use the template to trace the exact shapes on a heavyweight freezer paper such as the CutRite brand.
This paper is thick so it can be used multiple times without damaging the shape. Guesstimate the seam allowance – I used a rotary cutter – and follow her simple instructions to machine sew perfect blocks in literally a matter of minutes!
Then the blocks are all trimmed to 7 1/2″ – which explains why the CGR7 has suddenly become so popular!
This is the best demo I have seen in a long time! Bethany Miller is young, enthusiastic, and thinks outside of the box. Please help me get her name out there so she gets the credit for developing a technique that will have everyone sewing perfect curves. I am telling you, it is THAT good! Be sure to have the pattern, template, freezer paper, and ruler available because they will want it all!
These scissors by Tim Holtz are due to hit the door any day!
They were definitely designed by a man – the grips are bigger and they are a little heavier than my other go-to scissors. But the bigger grips are a selling point for me. I am left-handed so I can literally put my thumb through one handle and three fingers through the other. Not only is this really comfortable, I also feel like I have more control. With so many quilters dealing with hand issues – carpal tunnel and arthritis to name a few – these scissors are a Godsend! A friend with arthritis gave them her seal of approval. Keep them away from the man in your life, however, or you may never get them back!
The blades are coated so there was no “gunk” after I cut out a multitude of wool pieces – and the serrated edges stopped the fabric from slipping when I was cutting. They come in three different sizes: five, seven, and nine and a half inches. This is a misnomer however because the blades on the seven inch size are only two inches long – the handles are almost half of the height.
I use the five-inch size to trim threads and trim appliques. The seven-inch size is my go-to for cutting appliques, templates, etc. The nine and a half inch size are appropriate for dressmaking – I will give them a try when the time is right!
I just looked on our website, and these are the most popular colors of Aurifil threads. In this case ten pictures are worth a thousand words….
The names of these colors? White, dove, natural white, light beige, black, light sand, grey, aluminum, muslin, and chalk. Frankly it is hard to tell which is which! Unless they are doing top stitching on bags or binding a quilt on the machine, the majority of quilters are using white, grey, beige, and black most of the time! That means if you are a small shop – and can’t invest in a large thread rack, having a basket of these basic colors at the register will meet your customers needs until you can invest in a multitude of colors!
And, for those of you who DO have big thread racks, why not have a basket full of the top sellers at the register anyway. Some call this an impulse buy, I call it a visual reminder that they may need thread!
This month, Crabapple Hill Studio is releasing the first of their new mystery quilt. The Girls’ Getaway will be presented in six patterns over the next several months – five embroidered patterns and a final pattern including the piecing instructions to complete the quilt.
What could be more fun than a vintage aqua camp trailer with pink and white striped awnings? Add a vintage pickup, a flower filled window box, some comfy chairs, and we’re ready to snuggle in for a beautiful glamping weekend! This the first block, will finish approximately 31″ x 12-1/2″.
Meg’s last mystery quilt – Mystery of the Salem Witches Quilt Guild – is still in the top 100 patterns so don’t miss out on this one.
My Embroidered Garden is designed to teach all aspects of embroidery. At just 4″ x 6″, it is a sweet little project pack full of happiness! What a perfect baby gift. Don’t all babies arrive in flowered baskets? Or, why not make an heirloom quality pin cushion with beautiful lily of the valley and peony design? Last but not least, this journal cover would be a perfect Mother’s Day gift!
Order them now so you will get the first shipment of these gorgeous designs. You know they will be perennial favorites!
It’s that time of year again. Time to take a fresh look at the area around your register. Every person that enters your shop will be standing there at some point, so why not make this a pleasant experience?
These three additions are perfect gifts – even if you are treating yourself! This counter display of Bonnie Hunter playing cards contains 12 decks that retail for around $5.00.
The Happy Quilter Word Search includes 72 puzzles with terms that every quilter will love. Who would have thought a puzzle book would crack the top 50 books? Could this be the next coloring book craze???
Every quilter needs these bandages in their first aid kit. Each box contains 30 bandages with five different designs…more due any day….
I love, love, love, this new product because it has a wealth of uses! These stickers by Gudrun Erla of GE Designs are reusable, repositionable, and stick to rulers, mats, fabric, and sewing machines!
Each package contains one sheet of each color – turquoise, pink and lime green. There are 64 arrow stickers per sheet – for a total of 192 stickers for just $7.95!
They are easily removable and don’t leave any residue. Mark the cutting lines on your mat for fast, accurate and consistent cutting. And, if need be, write on them with a permanent marker or wet erase pens.
And, since this lovely lady also developed the Stripology and Stripology Squared rulers with Creative Grids®, they are the perfect companion for that tool as well.
These are the perfect register sale! Who can resist?
We owe an incredible part of our quilting history to Sue Reich. I have her first book – World War II Quilts. It is sooo well done! She shares the quilts and stories of the quilts that represent a generation. Many of these quilts are just surfacing. As Sue says, when they returned from the war, these quilts were placed in cedar chests – and in many cases forgotten. Thanks to Sue, they are now receiving center stage.
In Sue’s own words:
“Since this book was released, Many American women made warm and attractive quilts to honor and benefit US soldiers during the period 1940-1945, either as outright gifts or as raffle items to raise money for the war effort. This book reflects extensive original research of newspaper and magazine articles of the era, and authenticates the patterns and designs available to quilt makers, anchoring the quilts historically in time. Color photos and descriptive text identify many colorful and patriotic quilts made for donation to the Red Cross and organizations such as Bundles for Britain. When possible,original patterns and designs that inspired the quilts are included. The quilts can now be interpreted from factual and objective perspectives, enhancing their historic and emotional importance.”