Red, White and Black Never Looked So Good

This newest pattern by Quiltworx says it all:


This queen size quilt is stunning – and I am only using that word because I can’t think of a word that would truly do it justice!  What a dramatic three color quilt.  And, I have it on good authority, that the fabrics used in this quilt are premiering at Quilt Market and will be available at Checker on Saturday…

The book – Redesigned – showcases several of their patterns shown in this new colorway.  (Patterns available separately.)


The red and white quilt craze has been wildly popular since the Red and White exhibit in New York, but finding true reds to make these quilts has NOT been easy.  And, batik red, whites, and blacks?  Non-existent so you know the book, pattern, and soon to be released fabric line are instant winners!

Stripology Squared is in the Building

I am SOOOO excited to announce the arrival of the latest Stripology ruler by Gudrun Erla of GE Designs – Stripology Squared!  This version includes all of the features of the original Stripology Ruler plus features that will make squaring up blocks a breeze.

Stripology Squared includes markings to square up half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles, and blocks in whole and half inch sizes up to 12½”.  And, since the slots are longer to accommodate larger blocks, it is the perfect choice for those of you who wanted a longer version.

An added bonus?  The weight of the ruler stabilizes the block so nothing moves – even when dealing with multiple seams.  And the smaller size is easy to manipulate – and the price point reflects the difference in size.

The Stripology Squared works perfectly when working with pre-cuts such as 10″ squares.  And in typical Gudrun fashion, she has LOTS of support for the ruler.


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All of these patterns look intricate and extremely complex – until you see how simple they are when you piece simple blocks – and sub-cut them in a multitude of ways.  Every pattern is the beginning of a great class – and a great way to demonstrate the ruler.

Gudrun has also designed a fast and easy Cut Loose Press pattern ‘Wingman’, that would be a great gift with purchase of the ruler.



And the best part???  Everything is in stock and ready to ship!  This would be a perfect choice for a twelve days of Christmas promotion.

A New Take on a Block of the Month

Chocolatier is the latest block of the month from gen x Quilters.


This 72″ square quilt features a creative setting that will appeal to everyone and gives you the opportunity to teach the basics.  At just $3.00 a month, the cost is also affordable to everyone.


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Why not give traditional blocks a whole new life in this modern version?  Simply striking!  There is a shop guide to help you get started AND the patterns are available individually or in complete sets! They are due in this month so you can have a sample done by Christmas…

Deck the Halls Part Three

These wool characters by Cottonwood Creations are perfect little gifts – and although they can be used as pin cushions, they make darling ornaments or add a touch of whimsy to a wreath or windowsill.

What great favors for a holiday get together!  Or add them as a package tag.  The hardest part is going to be deciding which one to make first!


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Many of you have a tradition of buying a new ornament each year.  Why not start a new tradition and MAKE one each year?  These would be great mini projects to create after that incredible Thanksgiving dinner!

Deck the Halls Part Two

If you are like me, every year you get out the Christmas tree and regret that you didn’t plan ahead and make a new tree skirt.  Here are several of my favorites that can literally be made in an afternoon.  Most come in multiple sizes and can be used as table toppers as well.

Triangle Frenzy showcases wonderful Christmas stripes and is easy to piece since it uses the Creative Grids 12 1/2″ sixty degree ruler.  Happy Holidays also uses a sixty degree ruler and is fast and easy to piece.











Be sure to display the ruler next to the patterns.  It is our best selling triangle!


Or piece this darling Dresden version created by Erin Underwood – who also created the Creative Grids 15 degree ruler that makes piecing it a breeze. And, it is a quilt as you go technique so you CAN finish it in an afternoon!


This is my go to when I need a quick wedding gift.  What couple won’t be thrilled to find this under their tree!  The whole tree skirt only has 48 pieces!  This one features the Creative Grids 30 degree triangle.


Or get out your strips and piece strip sets that are then cut with the Creative Grids 120 degree ruler.  So this one is a piece of cake!

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Why not get started and give these as “Thanksgiving” gifts so they will have them when they are setting up their tree?

Deck the Halls Part One

Since machine quilters are getting close to being booked through the holidays, it may be time for you to start steering your customers into projects that they can actually complete.  These stocking patterns by Sewn into the Fabric are reasonably priced so each member of the family can have their own design.

The black and white stocking with the asymmetrical cuff reminds me of a tuxedo while the simple white stockings with bows provide a great canvas for those who love machine quilting.

Or choose traditional styles that can be made in a matter of minutes.  Or choose Minkee cuffs for your favorite princess.







Add a gift card or special little something in the pocket incorporated into the front of these stockings.  Or embellish them with a vintage broach.








Visit our website to see everything by Sewn into the Fabric,  At these prices, your customers will want more than one!

Cup of Christmas – the Perfect Gift

These newest mugs by Quilt Happy are a guaranteed winner.  They are the perfect size, proportion and thickness that everyone loves.  The color gradates and becomes lighter as you reach the top and the Scandinavian influence will appeal to knitters and quilters alike!


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These 16 ounce mugs are due to arrive any day.  Why not set up a register display and fill the mugs with rolled holiday fat quarters?  Tie a decorative bow to the handle and your customers will have the perfect gift for their secret sis!










I love everything Kimberbell!  Kim Christopherson has a unique, instantly recognizable style that is sure to make you smile!  And, now she has developed a line of embellishments called Kimberbellishments.  They include ribbons, buttons and notions that will guarantee that your projects have that Kimberbell touch!

Kim is launching these at Market so they will be arriving around the end of the month.  But order now to ensure that you will get them in the first shipment!

Each card retails for less than $6.00 and includes 6 yards of unique coordinating ribbons that are the perfect accents for many of her patterns.































Display them with fabrics, patterns, and threads that have that Kimberbell sense of style!  Check out our website to see her new complete line of Kimbellishments.

This generations Sewing Basket

Around the holidays there are always new customers who want to buy a sewing basket for someone who has shown an interest in quilting.  Why not stock these decorative carriers and display them with your favorite notions – pins, needles, seam rippers and scissors for sewers; rotary cutters, rulers; applique pins; Wonder clips; etc.  Let them “build” their own version of a sewing basket.

They come in a variety of styles and fabrics.  Check out the entire collection by Everything Mary.  Many are in stock.  Others are due to arrive any day.


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Don’t forget to suggest a gift certificate for a class – and give them a class schedule.  Be sure to have beginning quilting classes as well as some handbag classes on the schedule so that you can appeal to everyone!

Update your Furniture with Handles and Pulls

With the popularity of tuffets, your customers have become confident expanding into home dec projects.  These new handles and pulls from Dritz are reasonably priced and are so cute, they’ll be thinking about furniture that they can refresh immediately.

My favorites are the ones that look like they will match my Fiestaware…




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They come in a wide variety of styles and colors – including glass and metal.  Check out our website to see the complete collection.  Start those creative juices flowing and let us know what YOU do with them!