New Releases Launched at the Open House

Part of the excitement of the Open House is seeing the debut of many products from our favorite designers and vendors a full two months before they are shown at Quilt Market!  And this year is no exception.  Your response to these new products makes it possible for our buyers to place educated buys to meet your needs in the upcoming season.

Primrose Lane shared two new patterns featuring embroidered barns.  The detailing is absolutely gorgeous.  They look like pen and ink drawings.  Make a wall hanging for a treasured friend or a large quilt for the farmer in your life.  Simply beautiful!!!

Hole in the Barn Door
Item #MG-009  Retail $9.00

Appalachian Memories
Item #MG-010  Retail $20.00

Valdani 3 strand embroidery floss and 8 or 12 pearl cotton are luscious!   Two new collections were shown – and sold out the first day!  In fact, your response was so positive that we have several new collections on order.  Check out the website:  www.checkerdist.com/products/search?v=V075

Variegated Vintage Hues

Item #VHPC12SMPLR  Retail $63.00
Item #VHPC8SMPLR  Retail $63.00
Item #VH3STSMPLR  Retail $46.00

Variegated Twisted Tweed

Item #TTPC12SMPLR  Retail $63.00
Item #TTPC8SMPLR  Retail $63.00
Item #TT3STSMPLR  Retail $46.00

The Creative Grids Log Cabin Trim Tool is so popular that we introduced two new sizes – in one tool.  Many of you wanted a 6″ or 12″ version so we combined them!  And it was a huge success!

Item #CGRJAW2  Retail $24.95

Lanette Edens, our favorite Gypsy Quilter, shared her new Sensational Sip and Snip that will be shipping before Market.  This will be the last time you spill your drink all over your work space!  You will only tea dye your quilt when you actually want to!

Item #TGQ011  Retail $23.95

Judy Niemeyer premiered her new Creative Grids Double Wedding Ring Template series – and sold out immediately!  Don’t worry – a new shipment is due in this week.  She also showcased two new patterns – one features the ruler…

Item #CGRDWR  Retail $33.45

Wedding Ring Bed Runner

Item #JNQ95P  Retail $22.00

Cactus Flower

Item #JNQ98P  Retail $24.00

Kathy Brown, The Teacher’s Pet, released a new line of patterns called “Chubbies”.  These little wonders retail for just $5.00 and use her Fat Quarter Cutter – CGRY1.   The response was so positive that five more will be released at Market!

Five and Dime

Item #TP002  Retail $5.00

Bread & Butter

Item #TP003  Retail $5.00

Points on the Prairie

Item #TP004  Retail $5.00

Subway Station

Item #TP005  Retail $5.00

Joan Hawley launched her new line of interfacing called Sew Lazy.  Interfacing have never been more simple – and easier to understand.  With names like Stiff Stuff and Sicker – the name says it all (but if you still have questions, there are  simple explanations on the end of each bolt!)  This interfacing is available as an assortment or buy the bolt!

Item #SLQASST
Item #SLQ101 – Fusi-Bond Lite
Item #SLQ102 – Slicker
Item #SLQ103 – Face It Soft
Item #SLQ104 – Face It Firm
Item #SLQ105 – Dreamy Sew-In
Item #SLQ106 – Dreamy Fusible
Item #SLQ107 – Stiff Stuff

Any items that sold out at the Open House have already been re-ordered by our buyers so order now so it will be shipped as soon as the orders hit the doors.




Checker Exclusive: Sew Lazy Interfacing

Lazy Girl Joan Hawley feels interfacing has been a bad bedtime story for too long. Bad product names, mystery properties, generic instructions – ack! Sew Lazy interfacing turns that bad bedtime story into a fairy tale come true. It’s Sew Lazy and the 7 Dwarfs! Sew Lazy is seven of Joan’s favorite products for bag making, small crafts, table runners, apparel and more. Good names, instructions, project icons, color coding, etc, etc. Finally, we can make sense of these confusing products and know exactly what to buy, how to use it and what it will do for our projects.

Sew Lazy Interfacing Assortment #SLGASST

Please Meet Sew Lazy
While Snow White had Grumpy, Dopey and Sleepy, Joan has: Stiff Stuff, Slicker, Dreamy (2: sew-in and fusible), Face-It (2: soft and firm), and Fusi-Bond. Products that work. Names that make sense. Get to know these names, we’ll be seeing a lot more of them. Joan’s spent so much time with these little bolts, she’s come to think of them as my 7 Dwarfs.

Why Sew Lazy is Special
– Products selected, tested and approved by me, so you know they’re good and will work for you.
– Names that make sense and are relatable. Stiff Stuff to make your bag stand up – perfect!
– Bolt end labels clearly marked with all the info you need to make sure you’re buying the right thing.
– Instructions and descriptions wound with each product. It’s like Joan’s right there talking to you!
– These are the basic items plus a thing or two that might be new to you.
– Checker exclusive so it is only available to local quilt shops.
– Made in the USA

Claire Handbag (LGD125) made with Stiff Stuff in place of fleece
and Face-It Firm to interface the lining.

Products: Details and How They Got Their Names
Fusi-Bond Lite (SLG101, 17?, $2.99 yd)
An adhesive web perfect for applique and bonding layers of fabric together. Similar to Heat N Bond Lite/Wonder Under. It won’t gum up your sewing machine needle, offers an even and consistent bond and won’t add weight or stiffness to your project. Fusi-Bond = fusible bond.

Slicker (SLG102, 17?, $5.79 yd)
Iron-on glossy vinyl. Hey, we can laminate our own fabric! Fabric stays soft and is easy to work with. Slicker = it makes fabric slicker.

Face-It Soft (SLG103, 22?, $5.79 yd)
Lightweight woven 100% cotton fusible interfacing. Slightly more delicate than Pellon Shape Flex. Face-It = interface it. There is no nickname for interfacing, so let’s just ‘Face-It’.

Face-It Firm (SLG104, 20?, $3.39 yd)
Medium/heavy weight non-woven fusible interfacing. Nicer than Decor Bond. Face-It = interface it, same category as above, just a different weight.

Dreamy Sew-In Fleece (SLG105, 45?, $5.59 yd)
100% polyester high loft sew-in fleece. Use in place of batting for small projects or in soft-sided crafts when you want more drape or softness than fusible fleece. Dreamy = creamy/dreamy consistency.

Dreamy Fusible Fleece (SLG106, 45?, $8.59 yd)
100% polyester high loft fusible fleece. If you like Pellon fusible fleece, you are going to love this. Great consistency and no dimpling from over-fusing. Dreamy = creamy/dreamy consistency. It’s as if fresh cream were whipped into a fleece, perfectly yummy with no calories and just the right loft.

Stiff Stuff (SLG107, 20?, $5.29 yd)
The new love of Joan’s bag-making life. Firm, yet flexible sew-in dense interfacing. Similar to, but softer than Timtex/Peltex. It’s forgiving and doesn’t hold the fold like those other guys. You can crumple a bag into a ball and it will bounce right back and stand up straight. Use it in place of fleece or batting in a structured bag. Great for table runners and placemats, too. Stiff Stuff = I need some of that stiff stuff to make my bag stand up.

Slicker Tote (pattern late fall), outside fabric laminated with Slicker,
Stiff Stuff used in place of fleece or batting for great stand-up-i-tude, dude!

Revolutionary Bolt End Labels
Tired of those confusing and non-sensical labels on the bolt ends? You know the ones. They say something like this: 100% polyester, all-purpose, non-woven, medium weight, fusible, I-stopped-listening-five-minutes-ago… Goodness! Just tell me what I need to know. Name, properties, what it will do for my project and how to care for it.

Interleaf Information and Instructions
Yes, those instruction thingies that come wrapped in the bolt have a name – interleaf. All five fusible products come wrapped with the pink interleaf. Hot pink = hot iron, therefore it’s fusible. Easy peasy. Both sew-in products are wrapped with the blue linterleaf. Here’s a snippet of the fusible interleaf, showing the clear labeling, project icons such as soft purse or apparel, product descriptions and instructions for use. Click to enlarge image.

Store Owners – Need to Know Info
Sew Lazy is exclusively available through Checker Distributors. Contact Checker to place an order.
Skinny bolts – put-ups of 10-20 yards instead of 15-35 for other name brand comparables.
Buy by the individual bolt or get started with an assortment of one each of the seven products.
All Sew Lazy Interfacing products: Click here to view all Sew Lazy Interfacing