Carrie Nelson’s Pin Pals

This book is not due out until November, but I don’t care! I am a huge Carrie Nelson fan and immediately saw this book’s potential!

What a fun holiday display! As soon as the book arrives, have each member of your staff make a sample. With 40 to choose from, they are sure to find one they love! If you don’t have a big staff, ask your favorite customers to come in and help you make samples – you provide the fabric for two. They keep one and give you one to display.

Then have little bundles of fabric stacked under a tree so you can add your own personal touch. Don’t forget to have plenty of ground walnut shells on hand for stuffing.

The book, a bundle of fabric, and some walnut shells would be a great gift. But making the pincushions would be wonderful as well!

Why not start a pin cushion club? You can teach a different technique – or two – each month and actually go home with a finished project! Put on your thinking cap because the possibilities are endless! What about the classiest Corn Hole bags ever?????

 

Have your Oars in a Row

This is the most clever and fun block of the month I have seen in a long time! Each month, create an oar and in six months, your quilt will be done. The finished quilt measures 84″ x 72″ so it could be the focal point of any room or a great throw. Simply add borders if you want it to fit a double or queen bed.

Each design is constructed using traditional piecing techniques and templates – no paper-piecing required. These patterns will be arriving soon so add it to your Fall schedule.

After all, everyone has a place at the lake, knows someone who has a place on the lake, or DREAMS about a vacation on the lake! What a perfect gift for the lake hosts!

The Perfect Kitchen Accessory

Lisa Amundson of Around the Bobbin has created a designer oven mitt that makes a great class! All you need is two fat quarters, some cotton batting and the pattern – which includes the transparent food grade silicone overlay.

The silicone is designed to withstand temperatures of up to 450 degrees!

Here are a few tips that Lisa shared with us:

It is easy to sew through the silicone – just use a Schmetz Microtex needle 14/90. Since the silicone is sandwiched between two layers of fabric, stitching is a breeze!

When sewing the cuff, the silicone fits over most free arms.¬† For those of us who don’t have a free arm, it is easiest to turn the oven mitt inside out to do the top-stitching along the cuff.

But who can stop at just one? Refills of the silicone are available:

 

 

 

 

 

 

This pattern has been so popular that Lisa is planning some new releases for Fall Market so teach your customers how to work with the silicone now! I, for one, can’t wait to see what she has in store!

Mugs – the Perfect Gift

Several unique mugs will be arriving this month that will make you smile.

The scissor mugs from Tacony come in red or blue and will be a great addition to your register display.

These mugs by Quilt Happy are great for knitters but would make quilters who work with wool smile as well.

Or choose these mugs that show a potpourri of a few of our favorite things!

Display them filled with gift possibilities – candy; notions; fabrics; patterns – you get the idea.

Quiltfolk Available Now

Quiltfolk magazine is now available through Checker! Order the newest edition and pre-order the issues through next year!

What makes Quiltfolk different? It is more like a coffee table book than a magazine – exquisite photography; fascinating quilt related stories, and interviews with real quilters across America. There are no patterns – just loads of inspiration!

Each month the Quiltfolk team travels to a different state and focuses on the quilt community in that state. This month? Louisiana!

The magazine is totally advertisement free so they have total autonomy over content – and are spending their time focusing on content instead of selling ads!

To order the current issue – and the future issues – visit our website: Quiltfolk

Edyta Sitar in Time for the Holidays

Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts is continuing her “Patches” series with Patches of Scraps. This compilation of 17 quilts is due out the first of November – just in time for the holiday season!

 

 

Each quilt features dozens of fabrics. The beautiful photography showcases the quilts beautifully and is a study in color. This volume is packed with breathtaking scrap quilts, each featuring dozens of fabrics. Edyta also shares pics of some of her favorite antique scrap quilts which served as her inspiration.

That’s all I know but we ALL know it will be spectacular so order it now!

5 Yards a Project

A-OK Patterns features quilts designed to use five Рone-yard cuts of fabric. They tell you how to put colors together to create a beautiful quilt every time.

 

 

 

 

The patterns are printed in greyscale so you can imagine them in your favorite colorway. Visit our website to see the entire collection. There are also versions that use 1/2 yard cuts as well as 5″ squares. What a great way to use ends of bolts. All are due to arrive the end of this month!

New Meaning to Block Party

Stitch Happens is the perfect wall hanging for a sewing room. It features several quilt blocks – which make it the basis of a great class.

Now welcome the big sister! This larger version features even more block designs and is a throw size.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both are in stock and ready for your next block of the month series!

Twisted Trays by the Twister Sisters

This tray is such a fun afternoon project! It really can be done in an afternoon because no quilting is required. Use 4 1/2″ squares or 5″ charms to piece the design in the center of this 9″ x 11 1/4″ tray.

Use a pre-cut package of Heat Moldable fusible for each tray.

Create the design with the Mini Twister tool:

 

 

What a great class! They could actually go home with a finished project. And what a great gift! Fill the tray with some favorite candies, cosmetics, magazines, books – you get the picture!