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!