Be Inspired to Try Collage!

When twenty patterns using the same technique are in the top 100, you better take notice!  Many shops are paying their rent with these patterns and classes by Laura Heine.  What about you????  If you are a little nervous, start out by reading her book on choosing fabrics.  But remember – everyone who takes a class will want a copy as well….

 

 

 

 

 

Then choose your favorite art piece:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to have plenty of thread on hand!

 

Ovals All Ways – Literally

Finally!  A tool that cuts ovals!  No more elongated half circle hot dog shapes!  The Creative Grids® Ovals All Ways Ruler designed by Karla Alexander, cuts ovals, semi-ovals, and quarter-ovals from 3″ x 4 ½” to 8 ½” x 10″ and every half-inch between. Since this ruler is designed to be used in multiple ways, additional markings are included for techniques such as fusible applique, piecing and turned-edge applique.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If only my laundry looked so good!  Spin Cycle showcases a variety of ways to use this ruler. And don’t you just love the color combinations?  Trading Places uses the positive and negative space to create even more interesting patterns.  And then there is Enchanted!  Jasmine would have been proud to fly on this magic carpet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And since they are ovals, they are even easier to piece than circles.  Watch the video for even more inspiration!  Why not teach a class on ovals and ease them into the Circle Savvy?  But with all of these possibilities, they will want to stay and play for awhile!

Six Point Pizzazz

This seven sisters setting of a Diamond Wedding Star is breathtaking – a perfect example of when less is more!  And the perfect fabric choices?  This heirloom strip set by Timeless designed, or course, by the Niemeyers!  Check out these Market releases!

jnq00238p1  strip48-heir

When quilts become art – Autumn Pines can be the focal point of any room.

jnq00237p1

These quilts are the newest additions that feature the Diamond Wedding Ring templates by Creative Grids®.

cgrdia

Why not combine the new with these classics from Cut Loose Press and Quiltworx?

clpqlt009 jnq183p

Instant Gratification

We all love instant gratification – and these new patterns scheduled for Market release by Gudrun Erla of GE Designs are just that.  And, at $6.50 retail, your customers will pick them up like candy!

These Quilt as you Go patterns are also quick and easy classes – and they will go home with a finished project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why not demonstrate how fast it is to cut the needed strips with the Stripology or Stripology Squared?  Stack the fabrics and cut out an entire pattern in less than five minutes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or teach Nova – a quilt made with 10″ squares which are sub-cut with the Stripology Squared ruler.

 

 

 

 

 

Or showcase them on a demo day!  Your customers will be glad you did!

Quilter’s Book Club

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!

b1417tb1391t

b1444t

Sassafras Lane is Spicing Up Market

I love everything that Sassafras Lane does – and this Market is no different!  They bridge the gap between the traditionalists of my generation and the sassy style of theirs – and they do it beautifully!  Check these out.

Clay Court is a wonderful study in color.  Piecing the triangles out of 2-1/2″ strips adds texture and the triangles are created with the Perfect Square and Perfect Rectangle Ruler.

sassln0054

cgrtmt2

cgrtmt3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alligator Alley is done in this generation’s version of a blue and yellow quilt.  Sixty-degree angles never looked so good!

sassln0052

cgrt60

 

cgrt12560

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darby Road looks like a funky hexie and is actually paper-pieced so it is simple!  And who wouldn’t love to adopt Elsie?  And the next time someone tells you to – Just Focus – make them this quilt!

sassln0055 sassln0056 sassln0057

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look at the detailing on this Bugsy Backpack!  Talk about a fashion statement!

sassln0053

 

 

 

All of these patterns are due in the middle of May – just in time for your Market event!

 

Guaranteed Sales – Part Three

Let’s face it!  You already know who will want this newest book by Blackbird Designs.  This applique quilt looks like it came right off of a bed in a prestigious museum.  These large blocks are actually easier than they look!

bd285 bd285_1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaybird Quilts new Cookie Cutter pattern features her Super Sidekick ruler.   What a fun and happy quilt!

jbq170jbq204

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susie C. Shore has a new cat design that is sure to please all of those cat lovers as well as a darling Christmas table runner.

st-1704 st-1719

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of these projects are created by proven designers who have produced top sellers over and over again – which makes all of them no-brainers.  And, once again, they will be available this month!

 

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!

1933-gn1926-gn_1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

1989-tq1989-tq_1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

1914-or 1914-or_2

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

11011c 11012c

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wendy and Google Giraffe

11013c 11096e

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Elk and Rinaldo Raccoon

11097c 11098c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leroy Leopard

11099c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!