Crazy Trees


I love this!  In fact, I love this so much that I am teaching it this weekend!

 

 

 

 

This is a Karla Alexander design – and is SO her! A little wacky, a little wonky, and a whole lot of fun! This combines every aspect of a great pattern:

 

 

  • It looks hard but is so easy and so forgiving – anyone can do it!
  • It takes just eight 10 inch squares and eight 11″ x 14″ rectangles of background so it is easy to kit.
  • It makes a great demo.
  • AND, it is a Cut Loose Press™ pattern so it is affordable. Crazy Christmas Trees #CLPKAL009

It uses her ruler. Creative Grids® Spider Web Quilt Ruler #CGRKA6

 

 

 

 

Saturday I am making this in Fall colors – but kitting it for Christmas as well. After all, who can stop at just one! An added bonus? This runner is 17 1/2″ x 40 1/2″ so if I make four of these, I have a great throw!

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!

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  .

Hugs’ n Kisses

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I love everything by Helen Stubbings of Hugs’ n Kisses.  She is an Australian designer that has a quirky style that is sure to make you smile.  We are expecting these patterns any day.  This redwork table runner would be a great Valentine decoration.  Or, start it now and have it done by Christmas!

Don’t you love the way the hexies extend into the outer edge and are repeated in embroidery between the flowers?  Helen uses Cosmo variegated thread.  Iron on transfers and hexie papers are included.

 

The next three are more Christmas, so let’s get a head start!  This gift bag is darling and you talk about Go Green!  It is so cute, it becomes part of the gift and will be used over and over again!  An added advantage?  It is the perfect portable handwork!  Gather ye Blessings is a great table or foyer decoration.  It can be hung on a wall or on a stand.  Personalize it by adding your own blessings!

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And my favorite?  These snowflake ornaments that can be displayed individually on stands or on a tree…or a package…or a table…

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Help your customers get organized and enjoy the holidays this year – instead of being overwhelmed by them!

 

 

Gift Tags for Every Occasion

You know I love everything Kimberbell and LOVE this new machine embroidery pattern – all done in the hoop!  There is a style for every gift giving occasion.

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The CD includes eight different sizes and over 30 different printable gift tags.  Choose from a variety of sentiments:  Hello, Congrats, Thanks, Happy Birthday, or Thinking of You!

Choose a gift tag or holder for a gift card.  Or, make a larger size that is big enough to hold treasures such as a favorite book, note cards, lotions, or your favorite things.

These are so cute that a gift of giftables would be a gift in itself!  Who wouldn’t love to receive their own personal supply?  Change the fabrics to change the entire look – and holiday!

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!

Christmas Throughout the Year – Part Two

The holiday season is all about  food – and the gifts can be as well!  These gifts can add that awe factor as well.  Invited to Thanksgiving dinner?  Why not give the hostess a table runner for a hostess gift?  This Triangle Frenzy Runner is a great way to showcase a beautiful stripe and can be completed in an afternoon!  It only has 14 pieces so you can definitely make more than one!

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Giving a kitchen related gift?  Why not include a set of place mats?  Here are two great options!  Take Four uses four fat quarters so it is easy to kit and fast to make!  Inside Out Mats feature a no binding technique that means a set of four can be completed in an afternoon!

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Baking cookies a family tradition?  Why not make matching aprons for everyone?  I love this version which comes in Mother/Daughter sizes and is lined.  Why not make the lining a light fabric?  Then everyone can sign each other’s aprons as a lasting memory!

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Do you give gifts of candy?  Why not present it in a Fat Quarter Pop-Up?  The gift that keeps on giving!

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Think outside of the box!

 

Christmas Throughout the Year – Part One

I know that the holidays are now a warm memory, but lets take a moment to reflect and do what we can to minimize stress for 2017.  Sounds crazy – but hear me out!  Make a list, or review the list, of everyone you gave gifts to this year.  Then modify – who did you wish you would have thanked with a little something?

Over half of the top 100 patterns are not quilts!  They are smaller projects that can be made in an afternoon, are easy to mass produce, and would make great little gifts or add that awe factor to others.  Why not start a series of classes to help your customers prepare for the season?

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Gift cards and tickets to events are always a favorite.  Why not make a collection of Gifty Card Holders?  You can make a dozen in an afternoon out of 10″ squares.  An added bonus?  You know the recipient will reuse them as well – Go Green!  Sell sergers?  Show that edging as a quick and easy alternative.

 

 

 

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This Open Wide! bag designed by Annie Unrein is easy to make and comes in three sizes.  A set of all three would be a great gift or split them up and fill them with a little something.  The zipper has never been simpler – it is bound on each side and then attached so anyone can do it – and is a great demo.

 

 

 

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These ornaments also come in three sizes and are the perfect package tag for those special gifts.  Instructions include a six petal or eight petal version.  Date and sign the back for a lasting memory.  These would be great favors for a party.  Picture your table with a star i the center of each plate…..

 

 

 

 

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Everyone loves candles.  Why not add that awe factor by including a holder with the gift?  This is also a great opportunity to play with those decorative stitches on your machine….

 

 

 

 

 

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Have some quilting friends?  Wouldn’t they love this arm chair pin cushion and organizer? Fill it with sewing essentials – the perfect gift for those who are just getting started or need a travel kit.

Many of these are great gifts to make with friends and family as well.  Why not plan family craft days so the kids can help make gifts for their teachers?

My Kinda Town in Nine Easy Steps

Many of you know Laura Heine because you have fallen in love with her collage quilts.  Now she has combined forces with Peggy Larsen to create My Kinda Town.  This paper-pieced pattern includes full sized patterns.

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This 42 x 54 inch quilt is a perfect size for a wall hanging or baby quilt!  It is actually a combination of nine different blocks so it goes together rather quickly.  I know I am still in holiday mode – but my first reaction?  The Grinch would love this town!

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!