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!

 

Register Bling Part One

Every quilter loves a button box so they won’t be able to resist these charmers from Buttons Galore!  Each acrylic box includes an assortment of coordinated beads, buttons and sequins – and the names will make you smile!

Deck the Halls and Safari Sunrise

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Sea Glass and Rose Garden

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And, every child’s favorite?  Rainbow Unicorn!

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These are great gifts for your Secret Sis, that future quilter in your life, or why not treat yourself?  At around $5.00, who could resist?  Display them by the register.  Girls just want to have fun…..

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?

Aurifil Most Popular Threads

I just looked on our website, and these are the most popular colors of Aurifil threads.  In this case ten pictures are worth a thousand words….

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The names of these colors?  White, dove, natural white, light beige, black, light sand, grey, aluminum, muslin, and chalk.  Frankly it is hard to tell which is which!  Unless they are doing top stitching on bags or binding a quilt on the machine, the majority of quilters are using white, grey, beige, and black most of the time!  That means if you are a small shop – and can’t invest in a large thread rack, having a basket of these basic colors at the register will meet your customers needs until you can invest in a multitude of colors!

And, for those of you who DO have big thread racks, why not have a basket full of the top sellers at the register anyway.  Some call this an impulse buy, I call it a visual reminder that they may need thread!

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?

 

Miss Rosie has Scrappy Style

I love everything this woman does!  Studying her quilts is like getting a Masters in color.  She is the queen of combining a multitude of fabrics that are somehow pleasing to the eye.  Just look at these quilts:

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Olio has a template to make this pattern easier.  And the Jumble patterns are charm pack friendly.

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Some of these quilts were made with specific fabric lines – and when that is the case, they are listed on the pattern – but ALL of them are great stashbusters!  Take some time to really study the color pic of each quilt before choosing your own fabrics.  See how she uses lighter fabrics and blocks to make the entire quilt glow?

Separate your stash into country fabrics, brights, batiks…you get the idea.  Then start cutting!  Or, buy a collection of your favorite fabrics as a base palette.  Then add complimentary fabrics from your own fabrics to make each quilt truly your own!