Acrylic is an oil based product – and you all have seen how that has affected the gas prices. It is no different when you are manufacturing acrylics – in this case rulers. Everyone – including Creative Grids – is dealing with increased production costs.
We don’t know when they are coming, but there will be price increases in the near future. So before these increases take effect, stock up on your inventory! The newest Creative Grids rulers are literally flying off the shelves. If you are looking for demo items that literally sell themselves, these are it!
I demonstrated the Creative Grids and Fussy Cut ruler today at a quilt show and sold out in less than four hours – and I have to go back tomorrow! At this point I am taking orders – and shipping them when Checker opens first thing Monday morning! I fussy cut the 2 1/2″ center square of a nine-patch and the center of a star block – that’s all it took. I let them put the blue water soluble marker through the holes to see how easy it was to mark the seam allowances – and you could just see the light bulbs go off!
Square It Up & Fussy Cut Ruler
The Square It Up & Fussy Cut Ruler comes in four sizes – 6 1/2? (CGRSQ6 – $16); 8 ½” (CGRSQ8 – $21); 9 ½” (CGRSQ9 – $22) and 12 ½” (CGRSQ12 – $27) sizes. Use the vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines to square up any pieced, appliquéd or embroidered block. Just think how easy it would be to square up T-Shirts for that graduation quilts! Machine embroiderers and appliquers are buying them in every size to square up their finished blocks – you won’t know how you lived without them!
To Fussy Cut:
Cutting the fabric to showcase a particular design in the fabric is called fussy cutting. This technique adds drama and eye appeal to any project. The Creative Grid Square It Up & Fussy Cut Ruler makes the process quick and easy.
To fussy cut, center a design in the solid squares – printed in 1? increments. The drilled holes at the ½” markings between the squares lets you mark & add the seam allowance to your fussy cut piece.
Adding drama to any block is quick and easy.
Item #CGRCSS for just $24.00.
Rita Fishel, our favorite Creative Grid demonstrator and guru, has created a ruler that is 5? wide and 23? long. A line is drawn the length of the ruler at 2 1/2?. One end even includes the markings necessary to square-up the half-square triangles made from them!
The math just works. If you trim half-square triangles made from 5? squares to 4 1/2?, they can be sewn with the 2 1/2? strips and incorporated into the same quilt! Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together!
Demo this ruler by taking your bin of “end of bolt” pieces and cutting them up into usable 2 1/2″ strips and 5″ squares. Have one of the Art Bin containers handy so they can see that it will hold hundreds of strips and squares and is the perfect way to store them. Quilters love to dream about being organized! You may want to pick up one of the Art Bin boxes that holds four containers. Your customers can’t buy something they can’t see – but they can special order it! (Item #6855SC – Retail $50.49).
Item #9000AB Retail $15.49
And, don’t forget to order the most popular books and patterns using these pieces for your display. They are listed separately on the drop down menu on our website under patterns and books – we aim to please!
New CGR812 – $19.00
One of the top selling rulers of all time is the 8 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ ruler. It is wide enough to cut just about any border and you can place your entire hand on it without getting close to the edge. It is a safe, multi-purpose ruler for every beginner.
And, since this ruler is used so often to cut borders, we have added a vertical white line right down through the center of the ruler. You can now fussy cut borders to your heart’s content. You’ll never know how you got along without it. To demonstrate, just choose a fabric that can be fussy cut “vertically” for a border. I also showed them how to trim the corners of a finished quilt to prepare for binding. The extra width of this ruler made it quick and easy.
New CGR312 – $13.00
3 1/2″ sashing stips are the most popular size for any 12″ block. As a rule of thumb, sashings that are 25% of the block size are appealing to the eye. That proportion just seems to work.
This ruler also incorporates that new vertical white line so you can fussy cut these sashing strips to add real drama to your quilt. Cut the sashings from a border print; add cornerposts so you don’t have to match anything – and you’ve turned an ordinary quilt into something special!
Since this ruler is 12 1/2″ long, you can center the design horizontally as well as vertically for perfect placement. What could be easier! I used this ruler to cut an attic window block out of a border print. The mitred corner matched perfectly – and the customers could see the potential instantly!
New CGR48 – $13.00
Frankly, I can not believe how much I like this ruler – and how right all of you were in requesting it! I thought it would be a short, stubby ruler – and what was the point? Well, I learned very quickly that it is my favorite ruler! It fits in a notebook and day planner so I take it everywhere with me.
It is the length of a sheet of graph paper so I use it when I’m designing all of the time. I knew it was a winner when I got up in the middle of an episode of Desparate Housewives to go upstairs and get it! That is the true test for any quilter. And, since it is 4 1/2″ wide, I can use it for rotary cutting too. It is wide enough that I don’t worry about cutting something other than the fabric! You will love it too – I guarantee it!
New CGRMSS – $22.00
I am a “math brain” person – and this ruler is just plain brilliant! It allows you to cut all of your side and corner setting triangles for a quilt set on point from strips. This can save you a ton of fabric – which also saves you money. And, since you can cut them from strips, you can “fussy cut” them from stripes and border prints. I just thought of this and haven’t had the time to play with it – but if you do, please send me pictures and share! I am guessing with the right fabrics, the setting triangles could steal the show!
The ruler incorporates all of the math into the design. You don’t have to figure out anything on your own – in fact you could have skipped that geometry class all together! The rectangle side of the ruler is marked with lines that show you how wide to cut the strips. The triangular side of the ruler is marked with lines that show you how to cut the triangles. It is so easy and intelligently designed!
This ruler was originally designed for blocks from 6″ to 12″ – but I work in miniature. Therefore, I asked Creative Grids to design a smaller version that would not be as cumbersome for those of us who like “little”. It is the perfect size to set those baby quilts on point. But, be warned – once you see how easy it is, you’ll have to have them both. After all a great design is a great design – in any size! If you would like the larger version, ask for CGRSS!
Rita will be demonstrating all of these new rulers at the Checker Open House on August 25. Remember, this show is open to shop owners only – so come and learn!