Pot Holders for All Seasons

This book has been a top seller and would be a perfect counter display.  With twenty projects for just $14.99 who could resist?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why not choose your favorites and offer them as affordable kits? Include the buttons and Insul-bright for the perfect all in one package!

Patches of Blue in Laundry Basket Style

Edyta Sitar’s newest book is scheduled for a November arrival – just in time for holiday open houses.  Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words and I just need to share the wealth!  I just saw glimpses of the inside today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why not set up a display featuring the book, triangle papers, and of course, those beautiful blue fabrics!

Bargello Gone Wild

Kathleen Andrews of Kwilt Art has created a series optical illusion quilts that take the concept of bargello quilts to a whole new level! I have four sons who are math and science geeks and it is rare to find a quilt that would be PERFECT for them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hang one in your shop for a sure show stopper! This is a sample quilt that will just keep giving! Teach it- and provide kits – and the classes will fill again and again! The hard part? Choosing which one you will make first!

Holsters Aren’t Just for Cowboys

These “holsters” are designed to organize your sewing, office or craft area.  They are made from a patented silicone.  The flap sticks to any smooth, clean an dry surface.  Once positioned, simply spray with water to secure in place.  Drainage holes are included so objects such as paintbrushes can drain and dry.  The Lil’ Holster is 3.25 x 5.25 inches and is dishwasher safe – which makes them the perfect organizers for your kitchen sink as well!  They are so easy to place, move and clean!

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The Hobby Holster is heat resistant up to 400 degrees so it can actually hold a glue gun.  The flap can double as a work mat.  Any glue will peal right off- or anything else you want.

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The Lil’ Holster mini measures 2.5 x 4 inches and has all of the great features of the original.

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These are the perfect gift for every quilter who dreams of being organized!  Visit the website to see the entire range of colors:  Holsters

 

Register Bling Part One

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

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Sea Glass and Rose Garden

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And, every child’s favorite?  Rainbow Unicorn!

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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…..

Register Sales That Sell Themselves

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???

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Every quilter needs these bandages in their first aid kit.  Each box contains 30 bandages with five different designs…more due any day….

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Easter Should be on your radar

These wooden eggs in three sizes – and two colorways by The Bee Company will be arriving next month.

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These eggs can be purchased individually or come with a pattern for a cross stitch banner.

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But my first thought?  Wouldn’t these be an adorable way to personalize Easter baskets?  Machine embroidery instead of cross stitch would be darling – and give you the opportunity to showcase features of your sewing machines!  Carry Silhouette machines?  Design your own with that machine as well!  Think outside the box and your customers will make ALL variations!  What darling decorations for an Easter tree!

Prepping for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday

This blog has two different audiences – and today I am speaking to both!  Quilters – use this holiday season to support your local quilt shop.  Quilt shops who don’t sell machines are historically not as busy this time of year because most of you have already made your gifts and are busy cooking, cleaning, decorating – you get the picture!

How can we make this a win/win for everyone?  As a shop owner, take a minute to look at your shop through your customers’ eyes.  Set up vignettes that will interest everyone!

For those of us who have friends who want to learn to quilt, why not buy them a kit? For instance, the new Stripology Squared #GE-512, ruler by Creative Grids® #CGRGE2 is a perfect companion to the book.  Add a bundle of 10″ squares to complete the package.

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Go through all of the books and patterns in your store and “kit” everything that is based on fat quarters and other pre-cuts.  If they require a specific tool or ruler, include that in the display.  And, if you have a sample of it, all the better.  Bringing that sample to the forefront may have everyone looking at it with fresh eyes!

One of my favorite families who quilt buy each other a “kit” each year.  They pick out a project that they know the other will love.  Everyone has a year to finish them – and bring the finished project to the get together the following year.  Past “kits” have included a baby quilt for the sister that was going to be a first time grandmother; a collection of musical fabrics for the piano teacher – you get the idea.  And what a great tradition!  As newbies marry into the family, they are asked to join the group  – and taught how to quilt!  Talk about paying it forward!

And for that beginner?  Have a display of rotary cutters, mats, and rulers as well.  Be sure to include lots of gift certificates so they can buy a beginning class to go to with their new tools.  Be sure to include some beginning patterns such as Yellow Brick Road and kits to go with them.

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Have written copies of your class schedule that starts in January so they can give that as part of the gift!

Now, lets move onto stocking stuffers!  Go through all of your notions, buttons, and embellishments and make a display that is eye appealing!

Last but not least, tell your customers that you are ready for them!  Facebook is your friend!  My best idea?  Ask your customers to come in and fill out a wishlist.  Have them give you their spouses email.  Then, send their significant other an email with the items on the wishlist and prices.  Offer to get everything together and wrap it for them.  Be their one stop shop!!!  And don’t forget to ask them if they want to add a gift certificate to the order.  Believe me – they will be so thrilled they will actually be buying something that their partner wants, that they will be thanking you – and want to repeat this for other holidays!

Ready, set, go!  Wishing you all a great weekend!

Trade Out your Register Display

All of these notions are less than $10 so they are perfect for a register display.  And that gives you the opportunity to tell your customers about them when they are checking out.

These Mini Wonder Clips from Clover are available in a 10 pack for just $6.95.  They are also available in bigger packs – but this is a great intro to the line.

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Genius idea!  This seam ripper comes in a base which serves two purposes!  It is easy to find and can be used to cut threads when chain piecing.  If you want to use it as a traditional seam ripper, simply take it out of the stand!  this chain ripper retails for just $5.00, who wouldn’t want one???

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This simple product cleans the fuzz created by cutting fleece, Cuddle, and flannel from your cutting mats.  And for just $6.00 for each cutting mat cleaner – why not???

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These Needle Beetle Threaders are not only cute – they come with a light for those of us who are experiencing changes in eye sight as we age….

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If you put these over on your notions wall, many of your customers will never even see them!  They will literally be hidden in plain site!  Give these gadgets their day in the sun. Your customers will thank you for it!

 

A Quilter’s Biggest Fan

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This one is short and sweet – and features the perfect register display this summer! The average age of a quilter? Early 50’s. The average age of the onset of hot flashes?  Early 50’s. Enough said! These little babies plug into your phone and REALLY work. Any menopausal woman will bless you. They are available for iPhones (#SMRTPHN-IPHA) and Android (#SMRTPHN-ANDA) phones and at $11.00 retail, you won’t be able to keep them on the shelves!