New Creative Grids Rulers from Rachel Cross

Rachel Cross, the head designer for Creative Grids, is coming to Houston to demonstrate five new rulers she has designed.  With this kind of variety, there is something for everyone!  I will do a complete tutorial on each ruler in the very near future – I am taking step by step pictures as I am preparing the story boards.  But for now, this will give you something to look forward to at Market…..

CGRMS4560  Retail $24.50

Rachel joined forces with Pam Lintott to make quick work of cutting half-square and sixty degree triangles!  They have done all of the math for you!  It is so simple!  The rulers have markings to make it possible to cut these shapes up to 5 inches.  Cut a strip to the proper width and place the appropriate line on the ruler on the raw edge of the strip.  Flip the ruler with each cut so there is absolutely no waste.  Try it, you’ll like it!

CGRMS4590  Retail $24.50

This one also does the math – but this time for half-square triangles and quarter-square triangles!  Pam will be featuring these rulers in her next book.

CGRCW30  Retail $19.00

Rachel worked with Christine Porter to create this Colour Wheel ruler.  You can make a fabric Colour Wheel for your sewing room – how cool is that.  Twelve segments – pieced from 4 – 2 1/2″ strips of 48 different colors create this amazing wall hanging.  Dive into your stash – half of the fun is choosing the fabrics!

But this ruler has a bonus – it can also be used to make a twelve petal Dresden Plate.  In this example, Christine cut the segments from a stripe!  How gorgeous is this!!!

Item #CGRSRC3  Retail $25.00

This strip ruler creates 3″ finished Corner to Corner Curved blocks.  These blocks can be combined to create 12″ finished blocks with great movement.  AND, the curve in this block is so gentle that no clipping is required.  Pin at each end – and once in the middle – a curve has never been easier!

Item #CGRSRDP  Retail $27.00

This strip ruler creates a 3″ finished curve square that can be combined to make a Drunkard’s Path block.  That is the standard block – but look at the other possibilities…..

This ruler can be used to create any curved blocks…..

Stop by to visit with Rachel – and let her show you how easy it is to create these blocks!  They are just a ruler away….

Ten Sided Shapes for 2010 from Phillips Fiber Art

Not all quilts have to be squares or rectangles – but when I saw these patterns by Cheryl Phillips, all I could say was WOW!  These ten sided shapes are simply breathtaking!

Item #SWP04  Retail $8.98

These quilts are great wall hangings or table toppers – but how great would this be as a tree skirt!  It IS that time of year….

The only problem you will have is choosing one!

ITEM #WWP02  Retail $8.98

She adds stripes before cutting in Moroccan Tiles that adds so much interest, it is enough to get your creative juices flowing…

Item #MTP01  Retail $8.98

All of these quilts were done with Cheryl’s new Jewel Box ruler.

Item #JBX10-5  Retail $19.95

Cheryl will be demonstrating these rulers at the Checker Booth at Fall Market.  Dramatic has never been easier!

Schedule of Demonstrations at Checker

Many of you like to plan your time at Market in advance, so here is a list of the seven school houses that will be sponsored by Checker as well as the 18 demonstrations that will be presented at the author table.  In another post, I will share what will be happening at the other two demonstration tables.

That’s right there will be three different demonstrations going on at any given time!  We truly stand behind our mission statement – education!!! This one is short and sweet so you can run a copy and take it with you!



School Houses

10:20 to 10:35 Joan Hawley

Joan Hawley shares techniques for creating her new handbags.

11:50 to 12:20 Penny Haren

Penny Haren demonstrates Print ‘N Fuse, a paper- backed adhesive that can run through a standard inkjet printer, no tracing required.

12:25 to 12:55 Karen Montgomery

Karen Montgomery teaches techniques for her patterns with a variety of Creative Grid® rulers.

3:10 to 3:40 Shelly Stokes

Shelly Stokes presents techniques for adding Cedar Canyon Paintstiks color to fabrics.

3:45 to 4:15 Rachel Cross

Rachel Cross, from the UK, demonstrates five new rulers including the new Creative Grids® 45/60, 45/90 and three new strip rulers.

4:20 to 4:50 Rita Fishel

Rita Fishel shares 5 new templates she designed for the Creative Grids® line – all designed for 5” squares.

4:55 to 5:25 Carolyn Griffin

Carolyn Griffin shares how to create her Far Flung Quilt Patterns using a variety of Creative Grid® rulers.

Demonstrations in our booth

Saturday, October 30, 2010

9:45 to 10:30       Edyta Sitar
of Laundry Basket Quilts, shares class ideas and fabric swaps from her new book, Friendship Strips and Scraps by Landauer.

10:45 to 11:30     Cheryl Phillips
from Phillips Fiber Art, shows how to build 10 sided shapes such as Moroccan Tile, The Swirl, and Water Wheel with her new Jewel Box Ruler.

11:45 to 12:30     Linda Johnson and Jane Wells
share projects from their new book Cuddly Snuggly Quilts from AQS, which includes 18 child and grandchild tested favorites.

12:45 to 1:30       Karla Alexander
previews her upcoming book, Stack the Deck Revisited by Martingale and demonstrates her popular Creative Grids® rulers.

1:45 to 2:30        Vicki Bellino
combines traditional patchwork with delightful appliqué shapes in Bloom Creek Quilts from Martingale.

2:45 to 3:30         Elly Sienkiewicz
demonstrates appliqué basics plus special techniques for appliqué and embellishment from her new book Beloved Baltimore Album Quilts by C&T Publishing.

3:45 to 4:30         Karen and Erin Witt
a Mother and Daughter team, share various techniques featured in their book, Like Mother, Like Daughter: Two Generations of Quilts by Kansas City Star.

4:45 to 5:30         Sue Hausmann
showcases techniques from Sew, Craft, Quilt, and Embroider Confidently with Sulky Stabilizers; using her 30wt Cotton Solid Threads and stabilizers by Sulky.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

9:45 to 10:30       Debra Henninger
uses Electric Quilt to show how you can create unique designs with the blocks from her Hobo Quilts book and CD.

10:45 to 11:30     Sharyn Craig
representing Cozy Quilt Designs, demonstrates her new Corner Cutter Ruler and shares patterns that feature it.

11:45 to 12:30     Kay Whitt
shares garment construction techniques from her new book Sew Serendipity from Krause.

12:45 to 1:30       Bill Kerr
previews Quilts Made Modern from C&T Publishing, that promotes sophisticated style with simple piecing.

1:45 to 2:30         Sharon Pederson
features techniques used by winning entries from the Rose of Sharon block-design challenge featured in The Rose of Sharon Block Book by Martingale.

2:45 to 3:30         Paula Nadelstern
shows how to make an artistic 20” square kaleidoscope block from her book, Kaleidoscope Quilts – The Workbook by C&T Publishing.

3:45 to 4:30         Karen Montgomery
The Quilt Company, PA, shows how to make her Sea Glass and Migration patterns using the new Creative Grids® Quick Trim Ruler.

4:45 to 5:30         Annie Unrein
of Patterns by Annie shares her new Soft and Stable stabilizer that adds body to quilts and tote bags.

Monday, November 1, 2010

9:45 to 10:30       Liz Kettle
features her new book, Threads The Basics & Beyond by Landauer Publishing.

10:45 to 11:30     Penny Haren
talks about the No Waste Alternative from Henry Glass and
a new line of fabric by Renae Allen designed for machine quilting classes.

School House Schedule at Market

One of my favorite events at Market is School House.  This event occurs the day before Quilt Market opens.  Shops pay a minimal fee to participate in this day long event.  They receive a program first thing in the morning that lists all of the programs available.  These sessions are either 15 minutes or 30 minutes long and are an opportunity for designers and companies to share their products and techniques with the shop owners.

Educating our customers is an integral part of the Checker mission statement, so this event is near and dear to us.  And, this year we have a star studded line up!  These ladies have been leaders in the quilting industry for decades.  Come join us and learn about the latest and greatest products being presented this Market!

Joan Hawley – 10:20 – 10:35

Joan Hawley began sewing at a young age and focused on apparel and home dec furnishings. Introduced to the world of quilting years later, Joan fell in love and started Lazy Girl Designs in 1997. With a concentration on purse and bag designs, Lazy Girl offers a line of approximately 80 products including books, patterns, specialty notions and tools for sewing and quilting. LGD products can be found at thousands of local quilt shops across the country and around the world. Joan has shared her lighthearted approach and easy techniques that make her designs so popular on nearly two dozen quilting programs.

Joan will be sharing the latest additions to the Lazy Girl family – Suzi and Lily.  Joan’s patterns are guaranteed sales – every pattern always ends up on the top 20 patterns for months at a time.  Come see what all of the fuss is about!

Penny Haren – 11:50 – 12:20

It is strange writing a newsletter and talking about myself, so here is the “official” version….Ohio-based Penny Haren developed techniques that make it possible for quilters to create intricate blocks with stunning results. Her technique, Pieced Appliqué™, eliminates y-seams; inset points and curves from even the most intricate blocks.  She has written four books for Landauer Publishing using this technique.  She has also designed the “Square It Up and Fussy Cut” rulers for Creative Grids® that add the “ahhh” factor to all of your projects.  Penny designs fabric for Henry Glass and consults with and writes the newsletter for Checker Distributors, the most diverse distributor serving the independent quilting retailers worldwide. She also writes a notions column for Fab Shop News – a bi-monthly publication for shop owners and is developing other notions with Checker.

I helped develop a product called Print N Fuse with Checker.  It is 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets of iron on interfacing.  Nancy Halvorsen’s new book is being released at this Market and she has drafted her patterns for the book on her website so they are compatible with this product.  Come and see how easy it is to get right to the fun – no more tracing required!  Kitting has never been easier.

Karen Montgomery – 12:25 – 12:55

Karen Montgomery is owner of The Quilt Company, a full service quilt store located in Allison Park, PA. Karen also designs fabric for Timeless Treasures and publishes a line of books and patterns under The Quilt Company name. You may also know Karen from her lectures and Schoolhouse presentations at International Quilt Market as well as her column Savvy Buying which appears in the FabShop News.  Now she has added “ruler designer” to her ever expanding line of products with the recent release of The Quick Trim Ruler by Creative Grids®.

Karen will be sharing her new ruler – the Creative Grids® Quick Trimmer- and the patterns that she has created using it with you.  She will also feature other patterns that use Creative Grids® and have been perpetual best sellers!

Shelly Stokes – 3:10 – 3:40

Shelley Stokes began quilting in 1995 when she left the corporate world in the Twin Cities to move to a rural area of Minnesota with her husband.  That first class opened a whole new world – and vocabulary – for her.  She found a small book on surface design and fell in love with the potential to create limitless designs on fabric.  When her friends wanted to know how she created her designs, she decided to write a book on her techniques.  A book – and a company – was born!  Today, Shelly distributes Paintstiks to the quilting world, has written several books and patterns, and has continued to develop products that are perfect for everyone.

Shelly will be sharing her new stencils and rubbing plates with you.  See how easy it is to create beautiful works of art with her latest kits.  Demo days have never been easier!

Rachel Cross – 3:45 – 4:15

Rachel’s family started Creative Grids® in 1989, when her mother, Sheila Waterfield of Leicester, England went to her first quilt group with a friend. Sheila and her husband were running a family business at the time that involved plastics. Although she had just taken an interest in quilting, she quickly recognized that the small off-cuts of plastic would make useful templates for the Leicester Quilters.

With some input from their knowledgeable and experienced quilting friends, she started to develop a small range of quilting rulers. These rulers were printed in black and white so the quilter could easily distinguish the markings on light and dark fabrics. Listening to the quilters has played a great part in their success story – they wanted a ruler that did not slip. Sheila then invented the non-slip, opaque gripper dots. This invention set Creative Grids® rulers apart from any other.

The next leap forward however, was when their daughter Rachel took over the designing of the rulers. Rachel, together with the help of her partner Matthew, designed the patented Turn-a-Round™ feature on the rectangular and square rulers. This is a revolutionary design to assist all quilters to accurately cut fabric with the seam allowance included. Throughout, the whole team concentrated on improving and perfecting the rulers, hence the slogan – Accuracy, Clarity and Non-Slip. No other ruler combines all three features.

Rachel continues to work with creative designers in the U.K. to produce rulers that are simply brilliant!  See the newest strip rulers that she has designed with Lynne Edwards – Drunkard’s Paths and Corner to Corner curve blocks have never been easier!  She also designed two new triangle rulers with Pam Lintott that make cutting half-square triangles; quarter-square triangles; and 60 degree triangles a breeze!  And, last but not least, the Colour Wheel that she designed with Christine Porter is my favorite!

Rita Fishel – 4:20 – 4:50

Rita Fishel is a nationally known author, speaker and teacher, Goddess, Queen Mother of Creations Sew Clever in Chillicothe, Ohio and National Demo-Goddess, designer and consultant for Creative Grids USA. (Can you tell she wrote this herself???)  She’s a native of Northeastern Ohio with a B.A. in Clothing & Textiles/Business from the University of Akron. In late 1992 she purchased a small clothing and fabric business in Chillicothe, OH. Now located in a large, beautiful 1800’s Georgian home, Creations Sew Clever has evolved into a wonderful, full-line quilt shop with 3 long arm quilting machines, a friendly staff of 16 quilters, and an amusing resident ghost. Stop by when you find yourself in southern Ohio. The gang is dying to show you around!

Rita has designed a new line of templates for Creative Grids® that are simply brilliant.  Use the templates to cut the shapes out of 5″ squares.  Sew them back together to create 5″ pieced squares.  Then combine them with each other – or 5″ plain squares – to create a multitude of designs.  These templates even come with a free table runner pattern so they are easy to kit, easy to demo, and easy to sell!

Carolyn Griffin – 4:55 – 5:25

Carolyn Griffin is an award-winning quilter, designer, and teacher who enjoys all facets of creating with fibers. Raised in Idaho and having lived all over the United States, Carolyn makes her home in north eastern Ohio where she and husband Rick run her pattern and notion company Far-Flung Quilts, appropriately named for her extensive travels as a quilter.

After learning to sew in her youth, Carolyn was drawn to quilting nearly 20 years ago.  Her quilts and wearable art pieces have been displayed in shows throughout the United States and have won numerous awards. Carolyn has also appeared on television, sharing her designs on the Kaye’s Quilting Friends program.

In addition to running her company, Carolyn is also a sales representative for Checker Distributors, giving her the opportunity to visit quilt and yarn shops in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan, learn about new products, techniques and trends as well as share her creative passion. In her free time, Carolyn enjoys movies, musicals, and her beautiful dog Suzie.

Carolyn loves the challenge of finding a great notion and designing a quilt that showcases it beautifully.  Wait until you see what she has created with the Creative Grids® strip rulers!  Her tree skirt that can be made in a matter of hours with the CGR120R ruler should be under every Christmas tree this season.  Carolyn also demonstrates notions at many shows and will show you how to host a successful demo day using these tools.

Join us for any or all of the school houses – let us help plan your winter class schedules and demo days!

Quilts made Modern spans every Home Decor

I just learned that Bill Kerr will be signing copies of the newest book that he co-wrote with Weeks Ringle at Quilt Market in Houston.  This book really does cross generations!

Quilts Made Modern contains 10 patterns for quilts that showcase their signature style – tone on tones.  But this book goes one step beyond – and showcases the large prints that have become so popular today.

Sophisticated Style with Simple Piecing. Multiple sizes, alternative colorways, and design tips are included for all 10 project quilts. Patterns range from “quick and easy” to “involved but inspiring”. 10 projects, then show you how to transform their ideas into quilts that truly express you.

Item #10755  Retail $29.95

Bill and Weeks are artists who wanted their work to be at home anywhere.  Therefore, they had the quilts photographed in three totally different settings – their 1914 bungalow; a modern loft; and a 1920’s apartment.  And, they chose a variety of fabrics – the tone on tones that they showcased in their last book; but this book also features hand-dyed fabrics; wovens; and even feedsack fabrics.

Bill will be sharing his techniques at the Checker Booth at Quilt Market on Saturday from 12:45 – 1:30.  Come learn how a multitude of colors and graphic designs can find a home anywhere.

Sue Hausmann explains Sulky Stabilizers

Sue Hausmann is one of my favorite people!  She is intelligent, articulate, and down right fun – and has more knowledge and experience than just about anyone else in the industry!

That’s why we asked her to demonstrate how to use the great line of Sulky stabilizers at Quilt Market.  Unfortunately, my knowledge of these products is pretty much limited to iron-on interfacing and Easy Knit!  My how that industry has changed!!!

With the advent of state of the art sewing machines and threads in every thickness, material, and color; the stabilizer industry has exploded!

Let Sue introduce you to a whole new vocabulary – Cut-Away; Tear-Away; Wash-Away and Heat-Away Clear Film.  Sulky has even developed a sampler pack so it is easier than ever for you to teach your customers about them.

Item #999-202  Retail $10.00

Sue will also share her thread collection created to go with her sewing machine design program.  All threads are NOT created equal – and Sue can tell you what to watch for and what all of those numbers mean!!!

Item #733-07  Retail $99.95

Learn how threads and interfacings can become a profit center for any quilt shop.  All it takes is a little education……and Sue is just the one to teach you!  Sue will be demonstrating at the Checker Booth at Quilt market on Sunday from 4:45 – 5:30.  Stop by and see her – and you will be speaking her language in no time!

Creative Grids teams up with Karen Montgomery

Pardon my sports reference, but I spent the night at Ohio State on a game day – and there is nothing more American than football in Ohio!  Karen has scored a touchdown with her newest addition to the Creative Grids family.

This ruler combines features of two of my favorites and adds a bonus feature that you will love!

Item #CGRMT1  Retail $16.00

I love the size of this ruler.  It is 3 1/2″ wide x 12 1/2″ long.  That width allows me to hold the ruler securely while cutting without having to worry about a finger getting too close to the edge.  The 12 1/2″ length is long enough to do the majority of my sub-cutting and fits easily in my sewing bag.

It features a 1/4″ dashed line along one edge.  Two 45 degree angles intersect on this line so that you can accurately add that 1/4″ seam to a half-square triangle.  Karen uses this feature of the ruler to cut out the pieces for her newest patterns, Migration and Sea Glass.

Sea Glass is a 48″ square quilt that has that soft color wash look that really does look like sea glass!

Item #TQC319  Retail $8.50

As I am writing this, the leaves are starting to change and I hear the first geese flying overhead to migrate south for the winter.  This 46″ x 60″ quilt reflects this season perfectly.  Karen used this ruler to cut this quilt quickly and efficiently.

Item #TQC320  Retail $8.50
The ruler has an additional feature that I love!  There are holes drilled down the center of the ruler so you can use it as a compass and draw circles from 2″ – 22″.  Karen has a placemat pattern made from circles that is just darling – and perfect for the holidays!  If you do it in the right colors, it looks like a Christmas tree.  This pattern is easy to kit – 1 1/8 yards of two different fabrics makes 8 napkins.  They are sold by the pack – 24 patterns that retail for just $1.50.  What a bargain – and what a quick holiday class!
Item #TQC602  Retail $36.00 for 24 patterns
Karen will be teaching a school house on this ruler and her other patterns that feature Creative Grids rulers at Quilt Market.  She will also be demonstrating each day in the Checker Booth and at the Fab Shop dinner that kicks off Market every year.  I’ve been told that she may even have a few more patterns by then!
Once everything is finalized, I will post the schedules so you don’t miss a thing!

Different Generations, Different Perspectives

In this case, the only thing that this mother and daughter have in common is their love of sewing and their love of quilting – and that is where the fun begins!  Karen Witt is best known for her Reproduction Quilts and is a familiar face at many of the shows across the country.  Walking into her booth is like visiting the past – subdued colors; traditional patterns – the kind of quilts that give you that warm and fussy feeling.

Enter Erin – the daughter that has a degree in textiles and never saw a bright or batik she didn’t like!  That is where the fun begins…

Item #KCS47-0  Retail $26.95

They challenged each other to create five different projects – and give each one their own sense of style.  As an observer, it is refreshing to see quilts that cross over generational lines and please everyone.  This book provides the perfect opportunity to begin a dialog with your own daughter.  Use these projects as a stepping stone to discuss what you like about each quilt – and why.  You may be surprised at the answers!!!

Stop by the Checker Booth at Market and have that discussion with the dynamic duo themselves!  After all, the love of quilting bridges generations – and that is a very good thing!

Cuddle and Snuggle at any Age

When I first heard about this book, I was told that these were quilts that Linda Johnson and Jane Wells made for their grandchildren.  Since this women look so young, I assumed that it was a book of baby quilts!  WRONG!!!

These women have designed 18 quilts that were made for their children and grandchildren – and work for any age.

Item #AQS8239  Retail $26.95

In many cases, they show a quilt that makes a beautiful baby quilt – and then modify it for an older child.  Sometimes they change the size to fit a bed.  And, sometimes, the quilt looks so different in other fabrics that you don’t even realize that it is the same pattern!

You can definitely tell that they made these quilts with specific children in mind.  Everyone is totally different.  Geometrics, stripes,plaids, brights, and appliques all have a chance to shine.  You will find the perfect quilt – whether you are looking for a wedding quilt, a graduation gift, or the one they grab when you pop in a movie and throw the popcorn into the microwave!

I love seeing the variety of quilts and styles represented in one book.  I’m sure it was a challenge for them to develop quilts with 18 different personalities – but they did!

Linda and Jane will be demonstrating at the Checker Booth at Quilt Market. Stop by and meet these women who call themselves “the crafty old broads” – one is older, one is broader – and they both are crafty…’ll have to buy the book to find out which is which!