The Perfect Solids for Applique

Me and You by Hoffman offers an incredible line of solids that have the feel and characteristics of batiks – which means they don’t fray and ravel, the perfect choice for raw edge applique.  And, JoAnn Hoffman’s new designs due in this month showcase them perfectly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The design detail in these two projects truly transforms them into a work of art.  Look how the hands form a secondary star pattern in Sisters of the Cloth.  The muted quilts in the background of the Yoder Sisters is a subtle touch that adds that awe factor that we all love!  Her attention to detail is what brings these solids alive!  To see the complete collection, visit our website:  Me and You Solids

This is the same gal that brought us the Dragonfly and Butterfly patterns that made batiks sing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to take the time to study her fabric choices.  Her designs look like Tiffany glass!

You Lucky Dog

“You Lucky Dog” is the latest Block of the Month by Bonnie Sullivan that features her top quality Woolie Flannels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The individual blocks are simply darling and each could be stand alone projects.  And once again, there is a thread set to match!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are eleven blocks in the series – which leaves the twelfth month to put it all together. The demand for these patterns is so great that we can not keep them in stock – Bonnie can not print them fast enough!  Who says you have to start with #1?  Blocks five through eleven are in stock now, so why not buck the trend and reverse the order?

Want to get your sample done quickly?  The entire quilt with pre-cut appliques is due to ship next month!

New Patterns by Buttermilk Basin

Stacy West is introducing several new patterns this month.  And based on past performance, these designs will fly off the shelves!  Her vintage truck went to pick up the Christmas tree and became a top selling pattern.  Now it is at the pumpkin patch!

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Don’t you love the scalloped trim on these towels?  Whether you display them as towels or add the appliques on both ends to make a table runner, they will become the focal point of your kitchen!  The Fall versions of her successful Joy and Wool are due in this month.

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Look at these vintage campers celebrating Halloween:

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Get your samples ready now so you will be ready for your next shop event  .

Kitted Mug Rugs are Full of Charm

I love these mug rugs by Stitches of Love Quilting!  They come two ways – buy the individual patterns OR buy the kits which include pre-cut fused fabric and everything you need to make it – including backing, binding and embellishments.  The kits are priced at under $20!

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Now picture the kits and patterns with a sample of each hanging on your wall for your next shop hop!  Display a different one at the register each month. The kits include the pattern so your customers can make more than one – and they WILL make more than one – so be sure to include some appropriate fat quarters and embellishments in the display.

Each mug rug measures 5 1/2 x 7 inches so they are also easy to mail. Everyone has someone who could use a pick me up.  Can you imagine getting one of these each month? Or make several and save them for gifts. They are that perfect little something…

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

Bench Pillow Exclusive

The bench pillows by Kimberbell are one of my favorite seasonal projects because just one can transform a room – or a deck.  At 16″ x 38″ they make an impact in any decor.  An added bonus?  A twin bed is 39″ wide so one across a child’s bed is a great way to spruce up a bedroom in an instant!

Now these patterns are available three different ways – in a traditional pattern; a machine embroidery CD; and a laser cut version so there is no reason not to start your collection today!

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Did you know we actually have the pillow forms – and it is a Checker exclusive???

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Why not make this the gift that keeps on giving?  Give them the form and December pillow – and then send them the new cover each month!

Inspirational International Quilts

Quiltmania is not just a popular magazine.  They also publish books featuring some of your favorite international designers.  Inspiration from these quilts can bring a fresh new look to your next project!

Irene Blanck’s Focus on Applique includes 16 different applique designs that are featured in her quilts – or can be the foundation of your next creation.

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Primarily Quilts by Di Ford – another Australian designer features medallion quilts – her favorite style.  They remind me of the Baltimore Album era quilts.

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I love the muted tones Chosen by Reiko Kato for The Newest Adventures of Sue and Billy.

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Norma Whaley includes traditional pieced blocks with a twist – as well as beautiful applique blocks.

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Check out all of the Quiltmania magazines and books on our website!  Let the inspiration begin!

Collage as an Art Form

Laura Heine has created her own personal style with these fused applique collages.  In this case, a picture is definitely worth a thousand words….

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The full sized patterns offer step by step instructions on how to make these works of art.  This is just a sampling of Laura’s patterns.Why not pick your favorite and offer it as a class.  Since the technique is the same, they can choose whichever design makes their heart sing – and Show and Tell will be so much fun!

Buttermilk Basin creates a Vintage BOM

These mini vintage wool truck appliques are sure to make every generation smile!  They are reasonably priced and easy to kit – so they are the perfect impulse buy for the register.  And who could resist this touch of nostalgia???

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March and April

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Do our buyers a favor and pre-order these now!  We know you are going to kit these so you are going to need lots!  And, who says a “block of the month” program needs to start in January???