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!
Threading needles becomes a problem but there are several solutions. For those who love handwork, try the Tulip self-threading needles. They come in a package of assorted sizes.
Or invest in a quality needle threader such as my favorite – this Clover version. The mechanism is enclosed so breakage is not a problem.
Consider the scissors as well. Some of them look cute but do they really meet your needs? Larger handholds and cushioned grip make everyone’s life easier. Throw in serrated edges that stop the fabric from slipping and you have a winner. Karen Kay Buckley’s scissors are the most popular.
Many of us prefer to hand stitch our bindings. But using your thumb to hold that fabric in place to create a nice, full binding edge can cause aches and pains. Clover Wonder Clips are the perfect solution. Move them as you sew or buy a large package that will hold the edges of an entire quilt.
Have trouble threading your sewing machine? Try Jeans needles. They have a larger eye because jeans threads are thicker and the points are very sharp to penetrate the thicker fabric. These same characteristics are great for all quilters as well.
What is causing you frustration when quilting? Why not ask your shop owner on possible solutions?
Think how much joy we get from quilting. It is not just a hobby. Quilting becomes a way to show friends and family that we love them. Classes, quilt shops and guilds provide a social aspect. And many quilters use it as a way to pay it forward by donating quilts. What can you do as a shop owner? Provide them with the tools that they need to quilt as long as they possibly can!
As we age, hand strength becomes an issue. Many women have mentioned that cutting the entire length of the ruler is an issue. They tend to slip and move away from the edge of the tool as they extend their arm. The perfect solution? The Creative Grids® Stripoology rulers. The weight of this ruler is enough to hold it in place without slipping so those with carpal tunnel issues won’t have to apply pressure to their thumbs to hold the ruler in place. And since the rotary cutter is placed in slots, every strip will be the same width.
Be sure to share the Creative Grids® Stripology Squared ruler as well. It is smaller and may be easier for an aging quilter to manipulate.
An added bonus? Since you don’t have to re position the ruler with each cut, you can cut 75% faster than with a traditional ruler. For those who can only rotary cut for limited periods of time due to arthritis, cutting 15 minutes instead of an hour is huge!
But sometimes, another ruler is required. That is when The Gypsy Quilter Gripper comes into play. The Gypsy Gripper is designed with two suction cups that attach to any smooth ruler surface. The Gripper ensures that even pressure is applied to the cutting surface so you can relax and rest your hand comfortably over the handle. Since no death grip is required, this tool is recommended for anyone with hand issues such as arthritis and carpal tunnel. Your hand is always away from the rotary cutter so your fingers are out of harm’s way.
There are also smaller sizes. Check our website for other options.
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!
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?
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???
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
What rulers are your go to rulers – and why?
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.
Alligator Alley is done in this generation’s version of a blue and yellow quilt. Sixty-degree angles never looked so good!
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!
Look at the detailing on this Bugsy Backpack! Talk about a fashion statement!
All of these patterns are due in the middle of May – just in time for your Market event!