The Critters are Coming…

If you sell machines, you HAVE to sell these critters from Embroider Buddy.  These are the newest additions to the family that are due next month!

Tommie Dino Buddy and Pierce Dino Buddy

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Wendy and Google Giraffe

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Edward Elk and Rinaldo Raccoon

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Leroy Leopard

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Simply unzip and remove the bagged stuffing.  Embroider the bellies and re-insert the pillow.  What a great way to demo an embroidery machine!  What grandma and grandchild could resist!

Crabapple Hill Studio Spring Releases

This month, Crabapple Hill Studio is releasing the first of their new mystery quilt.  The Girls’ Getaway will be presented in six patterns over the next several months – five embroidered patterns and a final pattern including the piecing instructions to complete the quilt.cah2553

What could be more fun than a vintage aqua camp trailer with pink and white striped awnings? Add a vintage pickup, a flower filled window box, some comfy chairs, and we’re ready to snuggle in for a beautiful glamping weekend! This the first block, will finish approximately 31″ x 12-1/2″.

Meg’s last mystery quilt – Mystery of the Salem Witches Quilt Guild – is still in the top 100 patterns so don’t miss out on this one.

My Embroidered Garden is designed to teach all aspects of embroidery. At just 4″ x 6″, it is a sweet little project pack full of happiness! What a perfect baby gift. Don’t all babies arrive in flowered baskets? Or, why not make an heirloom quality pin cushion with beautiful lily of the valley and peony design?  Last but not least, this journal cover would be a perfect Mother’s Day gift!

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Order them now so you will get the first shipment of these gorgeous designs. You know they will be perennial favorites!

Hugs’ n Kisses

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I love everything by Helen Stubbings of Hugs’ n Kisses.  She is an Australian designer that has a quirky style that is sure to make you smile.  We are expecting these patterns any day.  This redwork table runner would be a great Valentine decoration.  Or, start it now and have it done by Christmas!

Don’t you love the way the hexies extend into the outer edge and are repeated in embroidery between the flowers?  Helen uses Cosmo variegated thread.  Iron on transfers and hexie papers are included.

 

The next three are more Christmas, so let’s get a head start!  This gift bag is darling and you talk about Go Green!  It is so cute, it becomes part of the gift and will be used over and over again!  An added advantage?  It is the perfect portable handwork!  Gather ye Blessings is a great table or foyer decoration.  It can be hung on a wall or on a stand.  Personalize it by adding your own blessings!

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And my favorite?  These snowflake ornaments that can be displayed individually on stands or on a tree…or a package…or a table…

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Help your customers get organized and enjoy the holidays this year – instead of being overwhelmed by them!

 

 

What is Red and White and Embroidered All Over?

Natalie Bird has created a variety of whimsical designs that add a whole new twist to Cottage Chic!  Combining embroidery with simple piecing creates nostalgic projects that are sure to make you smile!

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Every project has that awe factor.  Whether it is putting a new take on a traditional penny rug; adding wide rickrack to a tote; creating the perfect shape on a pin cushion to accent the design to its best advantage; or adding tiny touches of embroidery to a framed miniature to add texture and detail, this book has it all.

This book is expected to arrive the first week of January – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Visit Lynette Anderson’s Garden

I love everything by Lynette Anderson.  she has a quirky style that is instantly recognizable – and always makes me smile.  She combines embroidery with touches of applique to create stunning results.  Green Thumb, her latest five month Block of the Month is due to arrive any day-  and is sure to become a best seller

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Buy then individually, or buy the entire collection:

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Lynette uses Valdani flosses – and guess what!  We carry that as well…..

Cork Fabric is Hot – and we are getting it!

Many of you “winers” have heard, most wineries are going to screw top lids instead of corks.  What are they going to do with all of that cork?  Turn it into fabric of course – and it is arriving in September!

It comes in approximately 5 1/2 yard rolls that are 54″ wide.  At around $60 to $80 a yard retail, this is definitely a statement piece – but oh what a statement it makes!

Laurie is the buyer for this and is also a machine embroiderer.  She LOVED it so I can’t wait to see what the machine shops do with it!

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We already have designers working on samples using your favorite patterns so we will keep you posted.  But for now, I just wanted you to know it was coming – and start dreaming of possibilities.  We would love to hear YOUR ideas!  And look at these colors and textures!

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Let the creativity begin!!!

The Salem Witches Quilt Finale has Arrived

Many of you – including me – love everything designed by Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Designs and have already started the Salem Witches Quilt Guild panel series.

Drumroll please…….the final pattern in the series which explains how to put it all together will be arriving this month!  This pattern includes the instructions for the blocks used in the sashings and borders used to complete the quilt top. 

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And, to celebrate this release, the Witches decided to end the meeting with show and tell.  This pattern is a stand alone which can be made to coordinate with this quilt.

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When the first three patterns ARE all in the top 20, you know these are going to be in high demand.  And after those who didn’t commit in the beginning see this, they will want them ALL so order accordingly!

Sue Spargo’s Childhood

Sue Spargo’s latest book – Folk-Tails is a breathtaking example of everything we love about her work.  Her quirky, whimsical style inspired by her childhood in Africa speaks to us all.
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When I read Sue’s description of this book, it brought tears to my eyes so I will let her take over from here….

Africa is deeply embedded in my soul. Childhood memories continually fill my mind… the beauty of the land that is rich with wildlife and wild land. I can feel the hot African sun and dry breeze on my skin, the warm, rough sand beneath my bare feet, the smell of the bushveld — dusty and dry and filled with the scent of the animals that live there. I can see the sky so clear and so blue. Nightfall brings a massive river of shimmering stars that span the sky. The land is spotted with dense clusters of trees; the bare branches of the Baobab look like roots extending to the sky. Masses of tall grasses camouflage the seemingly endless numbers of animals that live there. I hear the songs of a thousand birds during the day and the silence of a pitch black night is at times broken by the roar of a lion which shakes my body and cuts straight through my soul…
For years I have wanted to make a quilt filled with these memories but when I put pen to paper each sketch fell short. It was important to me that this piece encompassed each and every memory, and that once finished, it was a vast canvas that told my story without a single word needing to be expressed.
Along with the design I wanted to incorporate everything I have come to love as a designer of 12 years. My love of bright vibrant colors, hand dyed wools, creating dimension with layering of velvets and textural fabrics along with my new found love for creative embroidery.
Consumed with this need in October of 2014 I sat down with pen and paper and sketched, Folk-tails, a piece of my soul.

This quilt measures 37 1/2″ x 43 1/2″ – a perfect conversation starter!  To learn how to do the embroidery stitches showcased in this piece, you need her Creative Stitching guide.
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This is the type of book and companion that quilters buy as a gift for THEMSELVES.  They are not going to wait for someone to buy it for them – it is that good!

The Witches of Salem have Arrived

CAH347In this third of a four part series (#CAH347), the Salem Guild Meeting is in session!  This is the last of the embroidery panels so your customers can have all of them completed before the finishing pattern is released!
All three embroidery panels measure 15″ x 42″.  With the addition of the pieced blocks included in the final pattern in the series being released later this year, the final quilt will measure 57″ x 72″.
Be sure to have the recommended Cosmos thread on hand.  For ease of ordering, they are all listed as companions to each pattern on the Checker website.

Order the first two patterns (#CAH345 and #CAH346) so those shop hoppers can buy the collection – and offer the flosses required as a kit as well.  You know they like one stop shopping!
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Start a family tradition by creating your own bedtime stories based on this quilt!  Start now, and the panels could be done by Halloween!

The Perfect Summer Project!

HHD101Talk about the perfect portable project!  These mini wooden hoops (#HHD101) frame a design that is slightly less than 1 3/4″.  These “Made in America” minis are the perfect gift.  Each pendant comes with a jump ring to turn them into a necklace.  The pattern for the “Hello” design is included.
Or add a pin or a magnet on the back – or turn them into napkin rings for a special luncheon….the possibilities are endless!
Need some help with the designs?  Shirley Hudson has that covered as well….

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This pattern (#HHD369) includes twelve different designs – one for every season.  The pattern includes three different alphabets as well.  Two of the patterns can be personalized to your own needs.
Display both at the register – the perfect impulse buy that will have them coming back for more.  Why not have each employee make one – and wear them.  Walking, informed advertising is ALWAYS a good thing!  And, since they actually made one, they can explain how easy they are to frame and finish.  These are selling fast – but more are expected shortly so they will be here in plenty of time for the summer Row by Row Experience season!