I wrote about Nancy Halvorsen’s newest book – Imagine – a few weeks ago – and now it is #1!
Nancy Halvorsen fans know that her embellishments add the awe factor to all of her designs. And now the button packs are entered in our system. There are individual button packs when needed for each individual block as well as an assortment for all of the buttons needed for the entire quilt.
The button packs and the fabric are all due to arrive the end of this month so order everything you need now so you can start kitting immediately.
Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together???
When a book is already in the top 100 – and isn’t due to be released until August, I take notice….and so should you!
Sherri Falls of This and That has created 20 table runners showcasing a variety of techniques.
This book would be a great basis of a series of classes. Kit and create a table runner each month and demonstrate the featured techniques. Order it now so you will receive the first shipment. This one is already a hit – and less than $20, it is a bargain!
This is short and sweet! Kim Diehl is one of my favorite designers – but I am not alone! Her newest book is not due out until October – but it is already in the top 20! Now THAT is a super star!
If you want this book – without having to wait for the second printing – order it now so our buyers can place their initial order! I can’t show you anything inside except to say that there are 19 projects based on Kim’ favorite season. Decorating ideas and recipes are included!
There are few people who truly have achieved legendary status in our industry – and when you combine talent with a gracious, kind and warm personality, you have Nancy Halvorsen! And I am thrilled to announce that she has returned with a new book and line of fabric that you are sure to love!
Bree has mass appeal! It is colorful, happy, and charming – an irresistible combination! And for those of you who were looking for an updated version of 30’s fabric, it has arrived!
The line has 38 bolts and is available in 10 and 15 yard cuts as well as 2 1/2″ strips and fat quarters. The focus print comes in several colors and is a stunning paisley.
The checks have little dots running vertically and horizontally to add extra interest to the piece. I can’t wait to use this as a binding!
And then there are the swirls…..
And a book that ties them all together…This book includes a block the month cover quilt with words that are sure to inspire along with 21 projects for every season!
And everything will be available in your quilt shops in July! Summer just got a whole lot better!
True Blue Quilts by Annette Plog is the type of book that every quilter loves. There are fifteen quilt patterns all based on historic blue quilts. But along the way, she explains the history of blues – from the first indigo fabrics to the development of synthetic dyes in the late 1800’s.
Reproduce these historic quilts or modernize them with the fabrics of today – or why not both? Can you imagine some of these quilts in grunge fabric? Talk about a new take on an old quilt!
Join Annette as she takes you on an amazing journey while you visit the invention of the sewing machine and learn about the fabrics created during the Civil War and beyond.
There are several new books which have just hit the shelves or that will be arriving soon that I can’t wait to get my hands on. For instance, who doesn’t love anything by Kathy Schmitz? Her new book of stitching designs is simply charming and celebrates my favorite time of year.
Carol Hopkins and Linda Koenig have joined forces to create 182 four x five-inch blocks – all you need to create an heirloom quality quilt with style. These rectangular blocks use a variety of techniques and would be a great class for those Dear Jane fans. Why not invite friends on this journey? They have included tips to help you set up your own block exchange or club. This book has 208 pages – a rarety these days – so be prepared to be inspired!
And then there is this coffee table book that is soon to be released by Martingale. American Quilt Treasures includes 65 stunning quilts from the permanent collection of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. These historic quilts are simply breathtaking. This is scheduled for a Fall release so it would be the perfect holiday gift!
For those of you who are not familiar with the Jane A. Stickle quilt, it was originally made during the Civil War – 1863 and is signed by the maker. Not only is it signed, she also stated that the quilt contains 5,602 pieces! The center is pieced from 169 – four and a half inch finished blocks. The border is created from 56 pieced triangles for a total of 225 different blocks.
Brenda Papadakis has drawn the blocks and included them all in her Dear Jane book – a quilt which is on the bucket list for many experienced quilters! Now, Jackie Apessos of Lake View Primitives is creating beautiful kits out of hand-dyed wool. There are individual kits for each row, the borders, corners, and even a completer kit. Each kit includes an ample supply of wool and floss needed to complete the blocks or triangles.
Why not start creating your heirloom quality quilt today?
We owe an incredible part of our quilting history to Sue Reich. I have her first book – World War II Quilts. It is sooo well done! She shares the quilts and stories of the quilts that represent a generation. Many of these quilts are just surfacing. As Sue says, when they returned from the war, these quilts were placed in cedar chests – and in many cases forgotten. Thanks to Sue, they are now receiving center stage.
In Sue’s own words:
“Since this book was released, Many American women made warm and attractive quilts to honor and benefit US soldiers during the period 1940-1945, either as outright gifts or as raffle items to raise money for the war effort. This book reflects extensive original research of newspaper and magazine articles of the era, and authenticates the patterns and designs available to quilt makers, anchoring the quilts historically in time. Color photos and descriptive text identify many colorful and patriotic quilts made for donation to the Red Cross and organizations such as Bundles for Britain. When possible,original patterns and designs that inspired the quilts are included. The quilts can now be interpreted from factual and objective perspectives, enhancing their historic and emotional importance.”
There are several pics of “book” quilts showing up on Facebook. And when I say books – take that literally! For that book lover in your life, why not make them a throw to cuddle under while they read?
This quilt is a simple paper-pieced pattern so everyone will be successful. Make a nice sized throw or add “books” to create a bed-sized quilt. Wouldn’t this be great in Tim Holtz fabric? It is designed to be fat quarter friendly.
I love this quilt because it gives you the perfect opportunity to personalize it. Write the titles of their favorite books on the binding. Or, write a favorite quote on the cover. What a great gift for a favorite teacher. Change up the fabrics to make a perfect masculine version!
Several of your favorite designers: Pat Sloan, Carrie Nelson, Brigitte Heitland, Camille Roskelley, Me and My Sister Designs, Sherri McConnell, Sandy Gervais, Edyta Sitar, Lynne Hagmeier, Vanessa Christenson, Anne Sutton, Laurie Simpson, Jen Kingwell, Lisa Bongean, and Betsy Chutchian. contributed to this top-selling book: Mini Marvels. All of these designers have such a recognizable style that it is fun to guess who made each quilt – no peeking!
Once again, the photography showcases these beauties to their best advantage – and makes you want to start cutting up that stash immediately!
Don’t forget! I know I mentioned this in Part One, but it bares repeating!If you are hanging them on a wall, you may want to consider using Soft and Stable for batting. They will hang perfectly flat and add that professional touch! It comes in several packaging options: Project Packs which include four 13 1/2 x 18 1/2 inch pieces (originally meant for place mats but perfect for minis), 1/2 yard cuts; 1 yard cuts; etc. Why not display these packaged options next to a display of minis???
Creative Grids® has several rulers that may help you along your miniature journey. They have put together a booklet entitled “Love Mini’s” which shows a wide variety of tools available to create small units. Help your customers find the right tool for their mini projects! There is also a tri-fold available to help your customers keep track of the Creative Grids® products they already have… or want! Be sure you keep a supply next to your cash register or Creative Grids® display. Newest rulers are listed in bold on the list – so be sure to replenish new brochures every spring and fall.