Ovals ARE Easy

Add Karla Alexander’s sense of style and color sense – and classes will sell out immediately!  I am one of those people who came from an applique background so sewing curves on a machine wasn’t a part of my skill set until now!  Look how gorgeous…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are Cut Loose Press™ patterns that are stunning. Leaves is a perfect class. They can actually finish this in an afternoon. Then demo the Clam shell quilt and Capiz Lanterns. The lantern quilt would be a perfect Christmas quilt.

Enchanted will have everyone anticipating the holiday seasons. Trading Places and Spin Cycle actually make me think I could make art quilts – and you could too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You need to challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone – and I guarantee you will be successful and love every minute of it!

Mini Curvy Log Cabins Have Entered the Building

When you ask, we listen! Thousands of you have fallen in love with the six and eight-inch Creative Grids® Curvy Log Cabins that make twelve and sixteenth-inch circles. But sometimes smaller is just plain fun so welcome the four-inch Curvy Log Cabin to the family!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These smaller blocks are just as fun and easy to make as the other sizes – with even more accentuated curves. Check out the possibilities with these Cut Loose Press™ patterns.

Fried Green Tomatoes includes a table runner and a set of place mats. Yin and Yang pillows show how block placement creates a totally different look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Runaway Pinwheels below really shows how this smaller size sings! Round the World Tote has an Asian influence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circle of Love is an unusual setting that shows this block off to its fullest!

 

 

 

 

 

You already know who will want this one so order them now!

Log Cabin Stars and Stripes

I love this four inch log cabin trim tool!  It makes me look like I actually know how to piece – WELL!  Believe me, it is not me – it is the tool!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Look at “America the Beautiful”. This 28″ x 40″ flag was pieced with the log cabin trim tool using a variation of the courthouse steps block. I used Soft and Stable as the batting so it lays perfectly flat when it is hanging on my door – the perfect decoration for those summer barbecues.  It is fat quarter friendly so it is easy to kit as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Check out this pattern by Jean Ann Wright.  See how the blocks are placed to create a star in the center.  This is done with 2 1/2″ strips – which are due to arrive this month. Kitting has never been easier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This tool comes in a four inch, a six inch, an eight inch, and a twelve-inch size.  Show them blocks in every size. The technique is the same – let them choose the size that they are comfortable with!

 

Pineapple Play the Jean Ann Way

Jean Ann Wright’s newest book – Pineapple Play – is now in stock and brimming with projects and ideas that make the Creative Grids® Pineapple Trim Tool shine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone has a pineapple quilt on their bucket list so why not be inspired?  Whether you choose a traditional version or a block with a twist, the blocks have never been easier!

Six Halves Make a Whole

Susan Knapp of The Quilt Branch has been thinking of Christmas and designed three patterns in her six halves make a whole series. These are great patterns to kit – simply cut six coordinating half yard cuts. Any kits left? Simply cut them into fat quarters!  It can’t get any easier than that!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of these patterns feature her House Ruler by Creative Grids®.

 

 

 

Tree skirts are great Christmas gifts – just start the season early by giving them out after Thanksgiving dinner!  To see all of the “six halves make a whole” series, visit our website:  The Quilt Branch.  These patterns are expected any day so order them now!

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!

My ‘Go To’ Creative Grids®

I am demonstrating in Paducah this week and have been asked several times for a list of my favorite rulers. What do I have in my ruler rack besides the Stripology and the CGR24 – 6 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ rectangle?

The CGR48 is my favorite ruler when I am sub-cutting blocks or trimming a few half-square triangles. I work with five-inch squares a lot so this ruler is the perfect companion. The white line down the center of the ruler is at 2 1/4″. I use it to square up four-patches and is the width I like to cut my bindings. I use the angled lines to trim half-square triangles made from five-inch squares and sewn with a scant quarter inch seam. cgr48

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CGR312 is 3 1/2″ x 12 1/2″.  I just finished a bow tie quilt with over 500 three-inch finished bow ties. I used the centering line on this ruler to square up the blocks instead of a 3 1/2″ square. The length was easier to hold onto and protected my hands from the rotary cutter blade. The centering line at 1 3/4″ is also the width of strips if you are making the eight-inch log cabin blocks with the Log Cabin Trim Tool – an added bonus!

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And then there is the CGR212 – the 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ ruler. Once again I like the added length to protect my fingers when squaring up blocks to 2 1/2″. But my favorite feature?  The centering line at 1 1/4″. I use that line to cut 2 1/2″ strips in half when making four-inch log cabins with the CGRJAWMN4 or mini pineapples with the CGRJAW3MINI.

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What rulers are your go to rulers – and why?

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!

It is G-Easy!

I love, love, love, this new product because it has a wealth of uses!  These stickers by Gudrun Erla of GE Designs are reusable, repositionable, and stick to rulers, mats, fabric, and sewing machines!

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Each package contains one sheet of each color – turquoise, pink and lime green.  There are 64 arrow stickers per sheet – for a total of 192 stickers for just $7.95!

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They are easily removable and don’t leave any residue. Mark the cutting lines on your mat for fast, accurate and consistent cutting.  And, if need be, write on them with a permanent marker or wet erase pens.

 

And, since this lovely lady also developed the Stripology and Stripology Squared rulers with Creative Grids®, they are the perfect companion for that tool as well.

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These are the perfect register sale!  Who can resist?

 

You Asked, We Delivered

We have had many requests for an 18 1/2 inch version of our most popular workhorse – the 8 1/2 x 24 1/2 inch ruler.  You asked, we listened – and it is IN STOCK now!

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This ruler has all of the great features of the original:

It is the perfect size to span the most popular size of rotary cutting mats. And, since it is 25% smaller than the original 24-1/2″ version, it is easier to manipulate. The wide width makes it the perfect choice to square up corners and borders.

It features easy-to-read black and white markings printed in 1″ grids marked in 1/8″ and 1/4″ increments. Use the black numbers (printed on white dots) and the 1/4″ grip sides to cut whole inches, while the white numbers (printed on black dots) and the 1/2″ grip sides add the 1/2″ seam allowance.

The ruler slides easily over the fabric until pressure is applied. Then, our exclusive gripper holds the fabric in place while cutting, eliminating slipping and miss-cuts!

Use the white 45º angle to trim half-square triangles in whole inch increments. Use the black 45º angle to trim half-square triangles in half inch increments. An additional black 45º line is placed so that two angles cross 1/4″ away from the outside edge. Use these markings to square up flying geese units; squares set on point or mark cross-hatching. The ruler also features a 30º- 60º angle.

White horizontal and vertical lines are printed on the rectangle so the center of the ruler is easily distinguishable. Use these lines to fussy cut stripes and borders.

I didn’t want to leave anything out so the above is the description exactly how it appears on the website.  This is a perfect opportunity to introduce this ruler and reiterate the great features of the entire line!