The Perfect Retreat Gift

Many of you are planning Fall retreats or events so when I saw these bags by Tacony, I thought of you.  They are reasonably priced and would be great “party favors” for ANY event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

They measure  15″ x 13 3/4″ x 4″ so they are big enough to carry a large project or show their love of quilting at the grocery store!  The first two are in stock now, the third is due to arrive the beginning of September.  Since you will want to order these in quantities, order them now!

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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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!

Personalize their favorite toys

All of our children and grandchildren have their favorite toys – and wouldn’t you love it if they were cuddling one you made for them?

These cuddle buddies by Embroidery Buddy are made so they can be personalized by hand or on your favorite embroidery machine.

There are a wide variety of Blanket Buddy choices.
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Monkey Item #61092  Retail $16.00
Bear Item #61098BL  Retail $16.00
Lamb Item #61099  Retail $16.00

The stuffed animals are made so the stuffing is enclosed in a bag and removed through a zipper while the embroidery is being done.

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Bull Dog Item #41090  Retail $27.00
Lamb Item #71090  Retail $25.00

What a great way to demo the new generation of embroidery machines!  To see all of the options, visit our website:  Embroidery Buddy

Why not demonstrate these during your next shop hop?

Gifts to Place at the Register

Most quilters love the simple pleasures in life – and nothing makes my day more than receiving a handwritten note from a friend!  These adorable note cards from It Takes Two come in four different styles.

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Item #NM01  Retail $6.50

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Item #NM02  Retail $6.50

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Item #NM03  Retail $6.50

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Item #NM04  Retail $6.50

PLEASE place your orders now so our buyers can order adequate quantities to cover Shop Hop season!  They are so popular, we are having trouble keeping them in stock!

Another Successful Row by Row

The Row by Row Experience will go into hibernation on September 8.  Quilters have until October 31 to finish a quilt – that means quilted, bound, and labeled – and bring it to a participating store that has not yet had a winning quilt.

At the end of the day on September 8th, NO patterns or kits are to be sold or given away until November 1st!  After that date, stores can do whatever they like – including mailing kits.  Contact each participating store to see what they are doing.

ALL of these patterns that support the Row by Row Experience are in the top 100!  After your customers are done collecting them, they will want to USE them so why not host a class?

Wristlets by Sealed with a Stitch

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Item #SWAS-P18  Retail $12.00

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Item #SWAS-T41 (In the Hoop)  Retail $15.00

Sealed with a Stitch Tote Bag

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Item #SWAS-P19  Retail $12.00

Bobbin the Robin – the “mascot”

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Item #ZP30004  Retail $9.00

“License To Sew” by Carolyn Griffin

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Fabric License Tote by Cathey Laird

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Ackfeld has two special holders that highlight this program as well.

10″ Bobbin Along Holder

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Item #32152  Retail $14.82

7 1/2″ Jalopy

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Item #31082  Retail $11.98

Why not offer classes and finish this year’s record breaking experience on a high note???

 

And so it begins…Row by Row Experience

When five out of the top 16 patterns support the Row by Row Experience, you know the biggest event on the quilting calendar is about to begin!  This phenomenon has taken the continent by storm with over 2,600 shops participating.  Janet Lutz is the brainchild behind this program and deserves a place in the Quilter’s Hall of Fame – what a creative genius!

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Item #ZP30004  Retail $9.00

This darling pin cushion has become the mascot for the program – and provides the perfect opportunity for a photo op.  Add your own touch of whimsy to showcase the personality of your store.  Sell wool? Feature embroidery? Love beading? Show it off!

Sealed with a Stitch has created hree different patterns that showcase the license plates that can be collected at participating shops.  This bag features four license plates – or cut favorite fabrics to that size to make this bag your own.

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Item #SWAS-P19  Retail $12.00

This wristlet pattern is available as a “hoop” project or make it with traditional methods.  Whichever you choose, the results are irresistible!

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Item #SWAS-P18  Retail $12.00

Or make this version completely in the hoop – a perfect demo for a sewing machine shop.

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Item #SWAS-T41  Retail $15.00

Display your license plate collection in this Cut Loose Press pattern that may also feature your favorite rows.

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Due to the incredible demand, not all of these patterns are in stock – but huge orders are due in again this week!  Please do our buyers a favor and order now so they can predict the demand.  Your customers will thank you for it.

 

Row by Row Experience – And Creative Grids

I  visited several shops who are participating in the Row by Row Experience and they all say the same thing  – they are having the best sales ever!  I don’t mean summer sales – I mean all year!

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Who could have designed such a great program?  A fellow shop owner, of course – Janet Lutz.  Over 1200 shops across the country and Canada have created a row.  Visit a participating shop to receive the free row pattern.  You still have time to participate.  Visit the site for more details:  http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/

Janet joined forces with Debra Gabel and, as they say, the rest is history.  Debra designed a line of fabric and supplied fabric license plates for interested participating shops.

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The event doesn’t end until September 2 so everyone still has time to travel and play.

But what can you do now?  I mean right now?  Vote for your favorite rows that entered the Creative Grids contest.  The shops that used a CGR ruler to design their row are eligible for a supply of Creative Grids rulers.  Visit this link and “like” your favorites.  That is all there is to it.

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Ackfeld has two hangers made specifically to display the license plates:

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Item #31082  Retail $11.91

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Item #31092  Retail $16.12

Janet and Debra are presenting a schoolhouse at the Open House and will give you a sneak peak of their new program.  It doesn’t get any better than this.

The Row by Row Experience and Creative Grids

I love this idea – it is simply brilliant!  States – and even parts of Canada – are participating in this new craze.  Forget post cards – now quilters can collect row patterns at quilt shops as they travel.  What a memory!
There is still time to become a participating shop.  Visit:  http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/ 
If a shop creates their row using one of the suggested Creative Grids rulers, that shop is entered into a separate contest and is eligible for additional prizes!  This is a win/win/win for everyone.
I can’t say it any better than the experts:

How about this… a shop hop type event with no fees, no passports and all summer to play? Simply visit any of the participating shops and receive a free pattern for a row in a quilt. Combine your rows in any way to create a unique quilt that represents the fun you had traveling throughout the summer. Travel with friends, discover new quilt shops and have fun collecting rows!Prizes, collectibles and more fun!Create a quilt using at least 8 different rows and be the first to bring it into a participating shop to win a stack of 25 fat quarters (6-1/4 yards of fabric!). Use that shop’s row in your quilt and win a bonus prize!Exclusive Fabric Plates by Zebra Patterns will be available in shops around the country. Each one is unique! Collect a bunch to create fun projects, sewing studio wall art or even a fun backing for your quilt.Each area has their own Facebook page. Like the page from the areas you visit to see pics of the rows, shop displays, winning quilts and fabric plate projects.
Row by Row began in 2011 with 20 quilt shops across New York State. In 2012 the event grew to include 62 participating shops. Pennsylvania came on board in 2013 for a total of 138 shops throughout the two states. In 2014 the event is moving across the country. Over 20 states are participating and planning fun for quilters nationwide. Athough the quilt shops are organized by state, quilters have no borders. Travel, shop, collect patterns and add rows to your quilt from any area.
Checker offers the Timeless Treasures fabric that will help to coordinate the colors in the rows.
Everyone participating will want to include at least one strip from the signature fabric:
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The fabrics will be arriving next month so shops need to design their rows now and order fabrics for kits, etc. accordingly….