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.

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

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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!

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

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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!

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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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

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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!

Register Bling Part Two

Janelle MacKay of Emmaline Bags has created bling for bags.  These tags and zipper pulls come in a variety of finishes:  antique brass, copper, gunmetal, gold and nickel.  (The ones pictured are all antique brass.)

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Add these touches to your next bag to give it the professional look with “handmade” pride.  These should be arriving the first week in April so order now.  Place them at the register so everyone can see them – and appreciate the quality!

 

The Newest Member of the Creative Grids® Family

Many of you have paid your rent by offering tuffet classes.  Erin Underwood’s round tuffet that can be made in an afternoon has been in the top 100 patterns since it’s release two years ago,

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So when she came to us and wanted to do a 22-1/2 degree ruler so she could create a square tuffet, we were in!

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This triangle has the same markings as her 15-degree triangle plus some additional angle markings which are referred to in patterns to create more intricate designs.

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Sixteen triangles create a “circle” or Dresden.  Or use it to create a frequent bucket list contender – the Dahlia. Or create a quilt in an afternoon with Sassy Tumblers.

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Or create a table runner and matching place mats with this Cut Loose Press™ pattern.

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Karen Bennett of Nellie’s Needle loved it so much, she designed three patterns around it…

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The patterns are selling out quickly, but don’t worry!  More are expected any day!

Tim Holtz Scissors – Cutting Made Easy

These scissors by Tim Holtz are due to hit the door any day!

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They were definitely designed by a man – the grips are bigger and they are a little heavier than my other go-to scissors.  But the bigger grips are a selling point for me.  I am left-handed so I can literally put my thumb through one handle and three fingers through the other.  Not only is this really comfortable, I also feel like I have more control.  With so many quilters dealing with hand issues – carpal tunnel and arthritis to name a few – these scissors are a Godsend!  A friend with arthritis gave them her seal of approval.  Keep them away from the man in your life, however, or you may never get them back!

The blades are coated so there was no “gunk” after I cut out a multitude of wool pieces – and the serrated edges stopped the fabric from slipping when I was cutting.  They come in three different sizes:  five, seven, and nine and a half inches.  This is a misnomer however because the blades on the seven inch size are only two inches long – the handles are almost half of the height.

I use the five-inch size to trim threads and trim appliques.  The seven-inch size is my go-to for cutting appliques, templates, etc.  The nine and a half inch size are appropriate for dressmaking – I will give them a try when the time is right!

Why not give them a try?

Mini Quilts are Hot Part Four

After writing three articles on mini quilts, the promotional materials for a new Jo Morton book arrived!  Frankly, it won’t be out until May – but it needs to be on your radar as you are planning classes and events for this year.
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The cover is the only image I have, so I blew it up as big as possible.  This collection of some of her favorite patterns are a delight to stitch.  Jo shared tips and tricks that will make you not only stitch them – but stitch them well!
Decorating your home with mini quilts addt a touch of charm and love in unexpected places and ways.  I’ll share more photos when they are available, but for now, her reputation speaks for itself!

Be Colourful Brings the Drama

Jacqueline de Jonge is releasing several new patterns this month – and they just keep getting better and better!  Her sense of color is just amazing!  Look how these rainbow colors pop when accents with white and black.

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Fall colors and nature had to inspire these colorways….

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Spring Fever is striking in these colors inspired by the sea – but would be a perfect choice for a Christmas quilt!

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These patterns are all paper-pieced – and the foundations are included.  Batiks are an obvious choice until I saw this beauty….maybe we need to start thinking outside of the box and expand our color pallet!
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These patterns are due to arrive this week so why not pick your favorite and add a paper-piecing class to your Winter schedule?  Be sure to order this DVD full of detailed paper-piecing instructions and tips and tricks to guarantee success!  After the class, they can literally take Jacqueline home with them!

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