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.
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.
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!
Rinske Stevens Designs provides everything you need to create heirloom quality covered boxes for every room in your house – and every occasion!
Or make a collapsible Victorian sewing box or journal cover.
What makes these special is that they also sell the hardware to give each piece that heirloom quality look.
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 Designproducts.
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!
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.
The Lil’ Holster mini measures 2.5 x 4 inches and has all of the great features of the original.
These are the perfect gift for every quilter who dreams of being organized! Visit the website to see the entire range of colors: Holsters
Janelle MacKay ofEmmaline Bagshas 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.)
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!
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
Sea Glass and Rose Garden
And, every child’s favorite? Rainbow Unicorn!
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…..
These scissors by Tim Holtz are due to hit the door any day!
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!
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….
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!