Portable Cuddles

I just love these new additions to the Embroider Buddy line. These cuddle buddies are the perfect portable blankies – with lots of room to embroider your favorite saying or design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are due to arrive next month – in plenty of time for holiday gifts. The price is so affordable, you can give them to everyone on your list!

They have also added Santa to their line of stuffed toys – again due to arrive next month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you been naughty or nice????

Its All in the Hoop!

I love it when I fall in love with a pattern – and see that it is “Volume One” – which means there is going to be more goodness to come!  In Kim’s own words: Kimberbell Noteables are composition book covers that turn ordinary writing paper into a noteworthy journal. Each machine embroidered cover is fully lined, durable, and reusable and best of all, each are made (even pieced!) entirely in-the-hoop!

kd539-1There are four different options for the small size; two for the medium size; and two for the large.  The best news?  They are all totally done in the hoop!

Wouldn’t these be great gifts for children and adults alike?  Who wouldn’t love a personal journal or diary?  Or, personalize them for members of your book club….or make them for your favorite teacher.  Have shower participants write encouraging notes to the future brides or expectant mother.  The gift possibilities are endless!

 

 

The Life is Better in Full Bloom is organized so that you can learn eight different techniques.  This 39-inch square wall hanging features yo-yos; three-dimensional pinwheels, and a variety of other techniques.  The detailed instructions will guide you each step of the way.

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But, this would be a great class as well.  Why not teach this in your shop?  Kimberbell has provided everything you need to start a shop program.

kd187gThe shop guide includes:
+ Tips
+ Kit Cutting Instructions
+ Punch Card Reward System
+ Promotional Materials (Build the buzz and you’re going to have higher sign-ups!)
+ A Shop Sample Pattern
+ A List of Possible Add-on Sales

A shop just needs 1 Life Is Better In Full Bloom Shop Guide and can order the accompanying patterns for each participant at your shop.

 

These patterns are expected to arrive this month so order them now so you can start Spring off with a bang!

Register Sales That Sell Themselves

It’s that time of year again.  Time to take a fresh look at the area around your register.  Every person that enters your shop will be standing there at some point, so why not make this a pleasant experience?

These three additions are perfect gifts – even if you are treating yourself!  This counter display of Bonnie Hunter playing cards contains 12 decks that retail for around $5.00.

The Happy Quilter Word Search includes 72 puzzles with terms that every quilter will love.  Who would have thought a puzzle book would crack the top 50 books?  Could this be the next coloring book craze???

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Every quilter needs these bandages in their first aid kit.  Each box contains 30 bandages with five different designs…more due any day….

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Easter Should be on your radar

These wooden eggs in three sizes – and two colorways by The Bee Company will be arriving next month.

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These eggs can be purchased individually or come with a pattern for a cross stitch banner.

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But my first thought?  Wouldn’t these be an adorable way to personalize Easter baskets?  Machine embroidery instead of cross stitch would be darling – and give you the opportunity to showcase features of your sewing machines!  Carry Silhouette machines?  Design your own with that machine as well!  Think outside the box and your customers will make ALL variations!  What darling decorations for an Easter tree!

Totes with Style

These new totes by Riley Blake are so reasonably priced that they would be great favors for your next quilting event.

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These sturdy, reinforced bags will quickly become top sellers.  Simply display them by the register.  You could even offer their choice of one free with a qualifying purchase!  I know these bags are not due in until April – but many of you are planning your shop hop events now and are looking for something “new”.  You can’t get any newer than this!

 

Prepping for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday

This blog has two different audiences – and today I am speaking to both!  Quilters – use this holiday season to support your local quilt shop.  Quilt shops who don’t sell machines are historically not as busy this time of year because most of you have already made your gifts and are busy cooking, cleaning, decorating – you get the picture!

How can we make this a win/win for everyone?  As a shop owner, take a minute to look at your shop through your customers’ eyes.  Set up vignettes that will interest everyone!

For those of us who have friends who want to learn to quilt, why not buy them a kit? For instance, the new Stripology Squared #GE-512, ruler by Creative Grids® #CGRGE2 is a perfect companion to the book.  Add a bundle of 10″ squares to complete the package.

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Go through all of the books and patterns in your store and “kit” everything that is based on fat quarters and other pre-cuts.  If they require a specific tool or ruler, include that in the display.  And, if you have a sample of it, all the better.  Bringing that sample to the forefront may have everyone looking at it with fresh eyes!

One of my favorite families who quilt buy each other a “kit” each year.  They pick out a project that they know the other will love.  Everyone has a year to finish them – and bring the finished project to the get together the following year.  Past “kits” have included a baby quilt for the sister that was going to be a first time grandmother; a collection of musical fabrics for the piano teacher – you get the idea.  And what a great tradition!  As newbies marry into the family, they are asked to join the group  – and taught how to quilt!  Talk about paying it forward!

And for that beginner?  Have a display of rotary cutters, mats, and rulers as well.  Be sure to include lots of gift certificates so they can buy a beginning class to go to with their new tools.  Be sure to include some beginning patterns such as Yellow Brick Road and kits to go with them.

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Have written copies of your class schedule that starts in January so they can give that as part of the gift!

Now, lets move onto stocking stuffers!  Go through all of your notions, buttons, and embellishments and make a display that is eye appealing!

Last but not least, tell your customers that you are ready for them!  Facebook is your friend!  My best idea?  Ask your customers to come in and fill out a wishlist.  Have them give you their spouses email.  Then, send their significant other an email with the items on the wishlist and prices.  Offer to get everything together and wrap it for them.  Be their one stop shop!!!  And don’t forget to ask them if they want to add a gift certificate to the order.  Believe me – they will be so thrilled they will actually be buying something that their partner wants, that they will be thanking you – and want to repeat this for other holidays!

Ready, set, go!  Wishing you all a great weekend!

Christmas Ornament Crafts!

One of the hits of Market was the new Star ornament pattern by Poorhouse Designs – just in time for a Make and Take for your holiday events.

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Holiday Stars includes instructions to make this star in sizes from five to twelve inches.  It keeps its shape thanks a craft weight fusible such as Dura Fuse or Decor Bond.  Wouldn’t these be gorgeous favors for a holiday party?  Can’t you just picture them in the center of each plate?  Talk about making a statement!

Be sure to have – and demo – her Fold n Stitch Ornament as well:

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The square and round mug rugs – or the combination pack – provide the body in these beauties.

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And have plenty of beads on hand to add the glitz:

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Your customers won’t be making just one – they will be making dozens so order accordingly!

A Quilter’s Biggest Fan

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This one is short and sweet – and features the perfect register display this summer! The average age of a quilter? Early 50’s. The average age of the onset of hot flashes?  Early 50’s. Enough said! These little babies plug into your phone and REALLY work. Any menopausal woman will bless you. They are available for iPhones (#SMRTPHN-IPHA) and Android (#SMRTPHN-ANDA) phones and at $11.00 retail, you won’t be able to keep them on the shelves!

Gifts to Place at the Register

Most quilters love the simple pleasures in life – and nothing makes my day more than receiving a handwritten note from a friend!  These adorable note cards from It Takes Two come in four different styles.

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Item #NM01  Retail $6.50

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Item #NM02  Retail $6.50

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Item #NM03  Retail $6.50

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Item #NM04  Retail $6.50

PLEASE place your orders now so our buyers can order adequate quantities to cover Shop Hop season!  They are so popular, we are having trouble keeping them in stock!

A Decoration for Every Season – Part Two

This pattern is the perfect companion to the jaw dropping centerpiece that is on everyone’s to-do list!  Yes, it is listed as a Christmas ornament – but wouldn’t it be darling hanging from the light over the table to accent EVERY holiday table?

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Item # PQD196  Retail $9.00

These are so easy to kit!  Each ornament is made with one pack of the Bosal Craf-tex Coaster sets.

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Item #437B-6CR  Retail $6.47

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Item #437B-7CS  Retail $6.47

Why not offer a class where they make one of each.  Guess what – there is a pack for those as well…

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Item #437B-8CRS  Retail $11.29

Embellish the ornaments with her bead sets.

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Item #PQD103S  Retail $5.00 (Silver)

Item #PQD103G  Retail $5.00 (Gold)

No one has time to make ornaments at Christmas, so why not start now???