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!

 

Crazy Quilting with a Little Help from Your Friends

There is a definite surge in embroidery patterns and quilts.  For those of you who have enjoyed handwork and appreciate the relaxation of simple redwork, why not advance to the next level?

This wall hanging by Sue Spargo is the perfect beginning project.  After all, there is no wrong way to decorate a cup!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buttons Galore have combined a few of your favorite things in color combinations that you will love.  What a great way to embellish your cuppa….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to include embroidery guides, pearl cottons, and embroidery floss in your display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once your customers learn how relaxing handwork can be, they may want to start a true Crazy Quilt.  This book is due to arrive later this summer so why not get your customers started now?

Imagine this Quilt on Your Wall

I wrote about Nancy Halvorsen’s newest book – Imagine – a few weeks ago – and now it is #1!

Nancy Halvorsen fans know that her embellishments add the awe factor to all of her designs.  And now the button packs are entered in our system.  There are individual button packs when needed for each individual block as well as an assortment for all of the buttons needed for the entire quilt.

 

 

 

 

The button packs and the fabric are all due to arrive the end of this month so order everything you need now so you can start kitting immediately.

Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together???

Industrial Quality Needles just for You

Everyone loves Schmetz needles – and their new chrome needle line has been incredibly successful.  To keep it simple, these are the highest quality needles made – and are only available in quilt shops!

This new display includes 16 best selling SCHMETZ Chrome Professional Grade Needles. The display holds 10 cards – 1 box per peg.  Give your customers the variety they need.  The display includes two sizes of embroidery; microtex; topstitch; quilting; and stretch as well as denim and three different sizes of universal.

These displays are due this month.  Why not switch your needles to the best quality needle on the market and stop competing with the chains!

On the Go with Row by Row

Row by Row is just around the corner and Checker sponsored their schoolhouse in St. Louis.  These new patterns by Patch Abilities are so darn cute, I couldn’t wait to show you!  What a great way to display the license plates…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are both twelve inches wide so you have a choice of a wide variety of Ackfeld hangers.  This stacked suitcase version is 22 inches wide, but there are hangers for that size as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit our website to see the entire collection of Ackfeld Hangers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These patterns are due to arrive any day so order yours now!

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?

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!

 

Create with Cardboard

Rinske Stevens Designs provides everything you need to create heirloom quality covered boxes for every room in your house – and every occasion!

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Or make a collapsible Victorian sewing box or journal cover.

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What makes these special is that they also sell the hardware to give each piece that heirloom quality look.

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Can you imagine featuring embroidery designs on these projects?  What a great wedding gift, Mother’s Day gift – you get the picture!  Visit our website to see the entire line of Rinske Stevens Design products.

 

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

 

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!