Terri Degenkolb – Whimsicals

I have admired Terri’s work since the first time I met her at Quilt Market, so I was thrilled that I got to talk to her today about her new projects.  Not only does she design and write books and patterns, her fabric lines by Red Rooster are flying off the shelves!  

You probably know her better as the creative genius behind “Whimsicals”.  Her designs have a very distinctive style that DOES have a touch of whimsy.  But she combines a great eye for color with projects that translate into home decor!  In short, she designs stuff you can actually live with!

Terri remains fresh by staying on top of new trends and figures out ways to introduce them into her books.  When needle punching became popular, for instance, she loved the look and technique – but knew it’s popularity would be short lived unless it was more versatile.  After all, how many small, framed pictures do you need?

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Skillbuilder Samplers and Skillbuilder Companion by Renae Allen are two new products to teach you how to machine quilt.

 Skillbuilder Companion (Item #RGA501- Retail $11.00) is a booklet that explains the whole process from choosing the right feet and settings on your sewing machine to marking and basting the top. 

Now comes the fun part!  She has marked the designs on cotton fabric!  A one yard cut includes 25 different designs so that you can begin quilting immediately!  Skillbuilder Sampler (Item #RGA502) is a basic design that includes nine different block designs and 16 different border designs – everything from stippling to hearts and stars.  A 15 yard bolt includes 15 panels and each panel retails for $11.00.

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Get Your Paint On!

Add some color to your fabric. Are you looking to add dimension to your fabric? Shiva Artist’s Iridescent Paintstiks allow everyday objects to transform into a wearable work of art. Any textured surface can be transferred to your fabric. Here, Laura Murray demonstrates the tricks of the Paintsticks trade. Click on the link for the video below to watch the magic.

Materials matter 
• Shiva Artist’s Iridescent Paintstiks (CedarCanyonTextiles.com)
• Everyday objects for rubbing
(jar opener, rubbing plates (Roylco.com), potato masher, food grater, coins, safety pins, paper clips)
• Stencils
• Stamps
• Tape
• Paintbrush

To watch the video and read rest of the article, click here  

Checker handles the  paintstiks as well as the rubbing plates.  You can find the paintstiks if you do a search at the top of www.checkerdist.com in the “Search site for” area, use the keywood “Paintstiks” and select Desc-exact match.  This will bring up all of the paints as well as an instructional DVD and a book. You can find the rubbing plates by typing the keyword Rubbing plates and again select Desc-exact match. 

Article courtesty of BeSewStylish.com, a Taunton website

Civil War Love Letters Quilt & Charleston 4

In “Civil War Diary Quilt”, Rosemary Youngs told the story of the Civil War through diary entries of ten women directly affected by the war.

In her newest book – “The Civil War Love Letter Quilt” – she tells the story from a man’s perspective – letters written by eleven different soldiers to their friends and families back home.

Z0751 Retail $24.99

The book includes 121 – 6” blocks that these letters inspired along with 14 projects – made with as little as three blocks!  Do everyone a favor, and order this book today.  All of you who loved the Diary Quilt, will want this book too.  The book is released in July – but pre-sales have pretty much wiped out the first order!  Remember, orders are filled – first come, first served.

Shop owners, if you don’t allow back orders, you won’t get it unless the book is physically in stock when you place your order!   So, let the gals in customer service know that you would like to place a “special back order” – then you will get your copies as soon as they arrive.  We don’t want anyone to be disappointed!

AND, Judie Rothermel’s new line – Charleston Four is due to arrive in July too!  In my shop, we’re going to sell fat quarter packets of these fabrics – along with the new book!  Don’t you love it when a plan comes together!!!  For you shop owners, the assorment is available in 10 yard bolts so you can have it all (Item #R121500)!!!  Enjoy the slide show of the  entire Charleston IV assortment.

What’s New

 Sew-It Kit

15 Simple and Stylish Projects for the Home     By Amy Butler

                                                      CB5899-5  Retails $24.95

Celebrated designer Amy Butler brings her fresh, modern style to the timeless craft of sewing in this kit. Based on the book, In Stitches, this kit features fifteen projects ranging from floor cushions to smart aprons to stylish handbags; plus thread and fabric for making the Tissue Box Cover with Amy’s gorgeous fabric designs.

– 32-page instructional booklet
– 15 folded project cards with finished photographs and step-by-step illustrations
– Thread
– 2 pieces of fabric (100% cotton)
– 7 full-size patterns

This book will be available after September 1, 2007.  Order yours today!

Oldie but Goodie

Point Cutter Knife & Seam Ripper 


          Item #TEC-1 – $11.49                  Item #TCB-1 – $6.99

According to Olfa, this cutter has been nicknamed the “Seam Ripper of the Millennium.”  The curved blade reduces drag and is much sharper than a regular seam ripper.  The large handle is perfect for grasping and can be used right or left-handed.  The TEC-1 is particularly effective for ripping serged seams, denim, etc. And, the blade is retractable.

In addition to seam ripping, this can be used for buttonholes and cutting templates.  In short, it is the quilter’s razor knife! This is one of those gadgets that you need to hide from your family – they will all think of 101 ways to use it – and you’ll never be able to find it when YOU need it!  You may want to order two!!! 

Lazy Girl Designs in the News

– – – – – Press Release – – – – – July 19, 2007:

Lazy Girl Designs Issues Fresh Covers and Pattern Updates for Two Favorites

Lazy Girl Designs has issued new covers and updated instructions for two of their most-loved patterns.

The Wonder Wallet pattern (#LGD211) continues to be a quilt industry best seller, consistently residing on Checker Distributors’ ‘Top 50’ list for the last four years.

wonder-wallet-pattern-cover2.jpg LGD211

The Runaround Bag pattern (#LGD111) hosts our easiest zipper installation and is featured in an episode of the Kaye’s Quilting Friends 40th Anniversary season, currently airing on PBS around the country.

runaround-bag-pattern-cover2.jpg LGD111

 Both the Runaround Bag and Wonder Wallet designs are great starter projects and fat quarter friendly.

The covers are not the only things we have updated. While the original patterns are wonderful, we are taking this opportunity to add tips and extra resources that many of our enthusiastic customers have sent to us over the years.

Most notable in these product updates is the inclusion of pattern pieces for these designs. This is in response to the growing number of sewing enthusiasts who may not be familiar with rotary cutting.

Fabrics for both covers are courtesy of Northcott Fabrics. The Wonder Wallet cover samples are made with ‘Tulip Nouveau’ by Ro Gregg. The Runaround Bag cover sample is made with the Coral Chartreuse colorway of ‘A La Mode’ by Yolonda Fundora for Lyndhurst Studios.

These fresh versions of two popular Lazy Girl favorites are in stock now.

See the entire Lazy Girl Designs product line here: http://www.lazygirldesigns.com

#LGD211 Wonder Wallet: Suggested Retail $7.00
#LGD111 Runaround Bag: Suggested Retail $8.00 

Joan Hawley
Lazy Girl Designs

Hyperlinks for this story: Lazy Girl Designs – http://www.lazygirldesigns.com 

More about the Wonder Wallet here – http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/?p=694  

 More about the Runaround Bag here – http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/?p=700  Checker Distributors – http://www.checkerdist.com 

More about Kaye’s Quilting Friends here – http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/?p=255 

(The fabrics used can be viewed at Checker’s website by starting here, then clicking on Northcott in the left hand column.  This will take you to all of the wonderful collections Northcott currently is featuring.)

Let’s Do Lunch

Shannon Mullen is the lead in the “Make It You”  movement.  Here is a fun project that she has designed that tweens, teens and adults alike would like to have.  Checker handles all the supplies needed to create this fun project.

Let’s Do Lunch

by Shannon Mullen

Stitch a colorful lunch bag that you can take to school or the office and use again and again.


Use 1/4″ seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

1/2 yard of solid fabric
1/2 yard of print fabric with motifs you can cut out
1/3 yard of insulated batting (such as Insul-Bright)
1/4 yard of stiff fusible interfacing (such as fast2fuse)
3/4″ button
Coordinating cotton sewing thread
Coordinating or contrasting decorative thread
Spray adhesive


From the solid fabric cut one 11″x28″ rectangle for the bag.

From the print fabric cut one 11″x 28″ rectangle for the lining and two 2 1/2″x7″ rectangles for the tab.

Cut one 11″x 28″ rectangle from the insulated batting.

Cut one 4″x 6″ rectangle of stiff fusible interfacing for the bag bottom.

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 Courtesty of Sew News

What’s New

2008 Calendar: The Perfect Gift for Any Quilter!

  15057  Retail $13.99

This gorgeous 16-month calendar, complete with patterns and detailed how-to instructions for 13 quilts, will inspire you to keep quilting all year round! Every page features a quilt from one of your favorite designers:

• Alex Anderson
• Carol Armstrong
• Gwen Marston
• Piece O’ Cake Designs: Becky Goldsmith & Linda Jenkins
• Rebecca Wat
• Joen Wolfrom

 This calendar is from September 2007 to December 2008.

This item is due in soon

Oldie but Goodie

3-In-1  Color Tool

   10321  Retail $16.95

Create eye-pleasing color combinations with this indispensable tool for quilting, crafts, home decor, knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, floral design, fine arts, and lots more! Based on the Ives color wheel, the “3-in-1 Color Tool” helps you choose or match colors with complete accuracy. It fits easily into your purse or glove box, so don’t leave home without it.

• PICK a favorite color or fabric
• MATCH the color to one of the 24 Color Cards and 100s of individual swatches, numbered for your convenience
• CHOOSE a color scheme from the 6 options provided for each color
• FIND the Color Card for each color in the color scheme
• SELECT fabrics or other colored items that match the Color Cards
• PLUS: 2 can’t-miss value finders (red and green) for determining contrast without the distraction of color; 3 fabric preview windows to isolate and audition your fabrics; even a ruler!