The Perfect Demo and Class

Sew Simple Pinwheels by Karin Hellaby is simply a home run!

Item #L2887  Retail $14.95

The concept is sew simple….

Make some half-square triangles….

Cut them in half vertically….

Rotate one rectangle 180 degrees and sew them together…

Trim them and sew four of these units together…

How easy is that???  The best ideas are the ones you can’t believe that you didn’t come up with yourself!  Karin shares several different settings and shows variations of this basic block which will get your creative juices flowing.  She even includes a drawing so you can color to your heart’s content and design your own version before you even sew a stitch!

But in typical Karin style, she has actually created four different techniques in one book for just $14.95!  What a bargain!  This is a must demo for every shop!  Display the books with assortments of 5″ and 10″ pre-cuts.  Your kits are already done!!!

If you are a shop owner, go to Checker You to see a video of Karin herself showing you exactly how to demo and get the most from this book!




Gifts – Did you know….

The holidays are approaching soon so it is time to check your inventory.  During the holidays, you can draw a whole new audience – your customers’ families!  They may not sew, but they may love other gifty items – or feel more comfortable buying them for your customers than fabric!  Let’s keep them happy….

Check out the gift tab on our website:  http://www.checkerdist.com/products/gifts

Here are some of my favorites – and some that you may not have known were available.  Our family does a jigsaw puzzle every winter and, of course, the ones featuring quilts are my favorites.  Did you know we have almost 100 to choose from?  http://www.checkerdist.com/products/gifts?c=32541

Item #15854  Retail $16.00

I love note cards and stationary.  Did you know we have over 300 varieties to choose from???  http://www.checkerdist.com/products/gifts?c=32510

This assortment from Kim Diehl is one of my favorites…

Item #G118  Retail $9.99

I love journals – and this Daily Journal by Edyta Sitar is the perfect size and is chock full of beautiful pictures that would make any quilter smile….We have 30 varieties of calendars available as well….http://www.checkerdist.com/products/gifts?c=32408

Item #L112940  Retail $14.95

Make sure you have a supply of gift certificates on hand….Many times these are the perfect choice….

Item #HRP14  Retail 8.50

There are 60 in a pack.  Keep them displayed at the register as a reminder to your customers that they are available!


Bead your Way to Christmas Presents

When I first saw this “French Knitter”, I smiled.  Back in the old days – when they had wooden spools – my father would make one of these out of a wooden spool and four nails!  We would “knit” ropes for hours, were partial to variegated yarn, and didn’t do anything with them but enjoy the process!  Oh, baby, Clover has now made this tool for adults – and you will be shocked at the results!

Item #3100CV  Retail $13.95

Carol Porter demonstrated this tool at our Open House.  I had admired her jewelry earlier in the day and was shocked to see that she made it!  Check these out….

There are project sheets available:

Item #CT0101

Item #CT0103

It is so easy!  Just string the beads on embroidery thread before “knitting” it with the tool.  If you want your jewelry to be really clunky, add a bead with every stitch.  If you want it to be more sleek, add a bead with every other stitch.  It really is that easy!

We carry Bead Soup in a multitude of colors – which would be perfect with this tool!

See the entire selection at our website:  http://www.checkerdist.com/products/search?v=H460

If you don’t have time to make a sample, that is O.K.  Just start a bracelet and have the tool and an assortment of Bead Soups by the register.  Invite them to do a round!  I guarantee you it will make them smile and bring back happy memories of their childhood.  How often do we have the opportunity to revisit our youth with such sophisticated results???

If you are doing an open house, this is a great demo item.  Your customers will have time to make them for Christmas giving.

Oh Christmas Tree!

Christmas ornaments are a favorite tradition and make great little gifts.  We have over 100 patterns to choose from.  Here is a variety of patterns that showcase several different techniques:

These red work ornaments are mounted on wool – instant heirlooms…

Item #BBD146  Retail $9.50

These three dimensional goodies will make your customers smile….

Item #BWP2106  Retail $12.95

There are a whole series of these ornaments – ready to add some beautiful embroidery….

Item #CDHV06  Retail $7.00

Everyone on your staff should be wearing some bling – a great way to expose your customers to this new trend in zippers…

Item #IJ905  Retail $9.99

The zippers are available in a package…

Item #IJZ100  Retail $12.99

Three dimensional ornaments are always popular.  Covering them with fabric is quick, easy and fun!

Item #LATOD09  Retail $9.00

And, yes we carry the balls too….

Item #01007  Retail $2.49

These ornaments double as gift tags…

Item #RP1009  Retail $5.99

For those yo-yo fans, these couldn’t be more darling!

Item #SB365  Retail $8.00

Check out our website to see the complete collection: Here

Deck the Halls…

Decking the Halls means decorating the table, the door, the walls, the fireplace, the base of the tree…..you get the picture!

These large ornaments by Buttermilk Basin are 8 – 10 inches tall so they are great to hang on ribbons to decorate a wall or door.

Item #BMB52  Retail $9.00

Bareroots has a series of candle mats that make perfect gifts.  Many of these are available in kit form as well so you can teach a class with little prep!

Item #BR186  Retail $5.50

Or make these Christmas Wraps to add a splash of color anywhere…

Item #BR194  Retail $5.50

Tree skirts are always popular.  This version by Erin Underwood is festive and fun…

Item #EUQ112  Retail $9.00

This is a great way to introduce your customers to the 15 degree ruler.

Item #CGREU1  Retail $22.95

This Christmas Tree Skirt is created from strip sets so it is quick and easy – but dramatic!

Item #FFQ019  Retail $9.00

It is simple to create with this 120 degree ruler…..

Item #CGR120R  Retail $25.95

Sometimes the wrapping is part of the gift!  These gift bags are adorable and will make them smile before they even look inside!

Item #CW266P  Retail $7.00

These three dimensional trees can be the basis for a great Make It/Take It class….

Item #LATO18CRE  Retail $9.00

This table topper will appeal to everyone on your Christmas list and will be the focal point of any table….

Item #PLS10126  Retail $9.99

Place mats are always popular and these strip pieced versions are adorable!

Item #PTP304  Retail $8.50

To see the entire collection of patterns for the Christmas holidays, visit our website: Here


The Stockings were Hung

Two Christmas patterns hit the top 20 this week which means it is time to Think Christmas!  You already have the Christmas fabrics.  Now is the time to spruce up the display with the patterns that support them.  Ordering now will also let our buyers know which patterns are going to be the most popular – and order accordingly.

These stockings are sew simple that they would make a great mother/daughter class!

Item #07739  Retail $9.00

In the Nick of Time includes eight different styles of stockings for one low price!

Item #121045  Retail $9.95

If your shop features wool, these stockings are a must have!

Item #ATN804  Retail $9.00

These pieced, appliqued, and embroidered patterns coordinate nicely with the wool stockings…

Item #ATN906  Retail $9.00

For those of you who love red work, Birdbrain Designs has a variety of choices.

Item #BBD160  Retail $9.50

Many of your customers already have embraced the Twister craze so this stocking will be well received.

Item #NM-130  Retail $9.00

Item #LIL’ TWISTER  Retail $9.85

You don’t have to live in Texas to love these boots!  There is a little bit of Texas in all of us!


Item #QP185  Retail $11.00

To see the complete selection, visit our website Here

Halloween is Just Around the Corner

We had our first taste of a nip in the air in the Midwest this week which means Fall is right around the corner.  Now is the time to spruce up your Halloween and Thanksgiving displays or you are going to miss those sales!  Your customers are just getting in the spirit.  School has started and they are ready to create.

This does not have to be a big deal.  In less than an hour, you can put together a great display.  Showcase any Fall lines that you purchased.  Walk through your shop and pull out all of the Fall colors and incorporate these into the display.  Last year, you probably sold the focal fabric of those Fall lines but may still have some coordinates or tone on tones that will give a boost to the current line.  Now is the time to let those earth tones shine!!!

If you need more of the focal fabrics, why not order a Flatfold assortment?  These five yard cuts are reasonably priced and are great for fat quarter assortments.  To see the entire selection, visit our website at:  http://www.checkerdist.com/products/fabrics?l=3473

Don’t stop at fabric.  Look at books and patterns as well – and supplement as needed.  This is the easiest part.  The covers often have seasonal vignettes that add to the charm of the display.  Meg Hawkey is known for designing heirloom quality holiday projects that I love!  You don’t have to make an entire sample.  Have the current project you are working on in a hoop as part of the display.  Seeing the quality of her designs is enough!

Many of you are involved in secret sister programs or do a project with relatives during the holidays.  This one is perfect – a pincushion and needle case that is luscious in wool.  Why not choose from our great selection of wools from In the Patches – http://www.checkerdist.com/products/search?f_v=B397&page=1&limit=100&sort=score What an easy project to kit!

Item #CAH813  Retail $8.00

This spell book reminds me of Harry Potter and makes me want to go for a family hike to find the perfect branch to decorate.  This small project can be the centerpiece of the entire display – and the basis of a great class!

Item #CAH329  Retail $10.00

Or this hat can be the center of a table top display.  This will certainly attract your customer’s attention!  What a great way to teach your customers embroidery stitches!

Item #CAH314  Retail $8.00

Harvest Hopscotch is the perfect choice for your more traditional customers.  Combining simple piecing with embroidery is the best of both worlds.

Item #CAH331  Retail $12.00

Spellbound is the perfect project for all of us witches – or Harry Potter fans!

Item #CAH330  Retail $12.00

Speaking of witches, who wouldn’t love this boot filled with all of your holiday favorites.

Item #CAH320  Retail $9.00

If vintage is your style, Vintage Trick or Treat is just the ticket.

Item #CAH317  Retail $25.00

Calendula Patterdrips is sure to become a family heirloom!

Item #CAH319  Retail $25.00

To see the entire collection of CrabApple Hill patterns, visit our website at:  http://www.checkerdist.com/products/search?v=C720

And, don’t forget to include threads, flosses, embroidery needles; embroidery threaders; and hoops as a part of the display!  Your customers will thank you for it!


Every Quilter Needs Great Support

Now that I have your attention – we mean support for your favorite Creative Grids ruler, of course!

Did you know that we now print an Microsoft Tag on each ruler so you can scan it with your iPhone to watch a video demonstrating how to use the ruler?  If you don’t have an iPhone, visit the Creative Grids website at:  http://www.creativegridsusa.com/ to view the videos.  You can also print instructions for any ruler and see quilts made with them.

If you would like to view a video of the Circle Savvy ruler, for instance, watch:  watch?v=itnXgid6OWI&feature=share&list=UUKMNSZXVpy0NfAyYdUSuHhQ

You are also welcome to share images and videos on this site (and the Checker site) in your newsletter, Facebook postings, Tweets, etc.  In fact, did you know that you can share or use these newsletter posts as well?

Become a friend of Checker or Creative Grids on Facebook to receive notifications and information as soon as it is available.  Be the first to view videos, know when new products arrive, and see new patterns and books instantly.  http://www.facebook.com/CreativeGridsUSA and http://www.facebook.com/Checkerdist

A new pattern by Swirly Girls Design is being released this week – now THAT’S the support that every quilter needs – patterns to support their favorite rulers!

Item #CGRSAV1  Retail $35.95

Behind the Scenes makes a great quilt, but it would also be a great backing or the makings of a two sides quilt!  What a great way to showcase a novelty print!

Item #SGD027  Retail $9.00

Carolyn Griffin of Far Flung Quilts has designed two new braid patterns to support the trapezoid ruler.

Item #CGRSRTRAP  Retail $24.45

Bordeaux Braids uses 36 strips, this is the perfect quilt to showcase a package of your favorite pre-cuts.  Since the quilt is sewn in rows, the design quickly comes alive and encourages you to finish the project.  Choose a few coordinating fabrics and you will be ready to sew in a matter of minutes.

Item #FFQ028  Retail $9.00

If you want to offer a class where they can finish a project in a few hours, choose Braided Beauties…

Item #FFQ029  Retail $9.00

Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts has designed a new quilt based on the Lazy Angle.

Item #CGR3754  Retail $21.95

Ditto is a fun new way to create zigzags!

Item #JBQ119  Retail $10.00

And, check out Varsity – her new quilt that features the CGRT12560 – the 12 1/2″ version of our ever popular 60 degree triangle.

Item #CGRT12560  Retail $25.95

Item #JBQ117  Retail $10.00

The gals at Quilt Branch have been busy as well.  They have developed two new patterns that support their House ruler.

Item #CGRQB1 Retail $25.95

Zigzags are all the rage – and are showcased in Six Halves Make a Whole Zig Zag…

Item #QB151  Retail $9.00

Or have fun piecing Daisy Cakes…



Item QB150  Retail $9.00

I talked to many of the CGR designers last week and they are releasing new patterns for Fall Market.  I can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves!

Best of Fons & Porter

Leisure Arts has combined the best of the best to bring you your favorite projects that have appeared in their ever popular magazine!

I fell in love with the cover quilt.  (A group of friends go to the beach every summer and I instantly wanted to make one for each of them.  I even wanted to run up and go through my stash to pick out the fun fabrics!)  That is the reaction that every publisher wants when someone sees their book!  And the 27 quilts inside did not disappoint – four more went on my to do list instantly.  Only then did I realize that these quilts were supposed to be for kids!!!  Well, I guess there is a kid in all of us because this is the nicest collection of quilts I have seen in a long time.  And at about $1.00 a pattern – one of the best buys on the market.

Item #LA5619  Retail $26.95

This is the Hints from Heloise book for the quilter!  It includes over 225 sewing tips that appeared in their popular magazine.  But, it doesn’t stop there….There are also “Sew Easy Lessons” – illustrated instructions on how to’s such as how to add piping to a border; how to miter corners, and how to paper piece.  There are also a baker’s dozen of patterns that feature these techniques.  What a great read!!!

Item #LA5616  Retail $26.95

Tis the season for every quilter to make Christmas gifts – and this book has over 55 projects that can be done in time for the holidays!  Visit our website and view a relatively new feature – a video that shows some of the projects inside.  Since you can’t judge a book by its cover:  http://www.checkerdist.com/products/LA5615

Item #LA5615  Retail $24.95

Quilters LOVE stars and this book has them all!  Whether you want to piece them into a sashing or border – or make them the centerpiece of your entire quilt, this book is for you.  And, again at just $1.00 a pattern, this book is a bargain!!!

Item #LA5620  Retail $26.95

All of these books meet my rule of four requirement – I only buy a book if there are at least four quilts that I love.  In these cases, that requirement is blown out of the water!  These will be the books that you refer to again and again…

Think Christmas

When I owned a quilt shop, the madness started the day school started!  That’s when quilters start planning for Christmas and harried mothers have a little time for themselves!  These same ladies are thinking about what they would like for Christmas – so why not entice them with your top picks???  You could even have gift cards nearby so they could give them to their significant other to guarantee that he buys the right thing!

This is much simpler than you think!  With very little effort you can increase sales.  For the Open House, we ran out and got some pretty red ribbon and tied a few bows!  Turn ordinary into festive just by tying a knot!

Nancy Zieman has designed a new template for Clover that makes quick work out of covers for your Kindle, IPAD, and Nook.  Teach this as a class so your customers can make them for everyone on their wish list.

Item #9570CV  Retail $19.95

Buttermilk Basin has some great Block of the Month programs that would be great gift sets.  Check out our website to see the complete collection:  http://www.checkerdist.com/products/search?keywords=buttermilk+basin&relatedto=

Throw in some wools by In the Patch Designs and your customers will be thrilled!  http://www.checkerdist.com/products/search?v=B397 Did I mention that they debuted neutrals at the Open House???

Rita Fishel turned the CGR Corner to Corner Curve ruler into a must have when she wrote Curvalicious.  Why not display them as a set???

Item #CGRSRC3  Retail $25.95
Curvalicious – Item #CSC003 Retail $10.00

Rita also wrote out instructions for the Storm at Sea quilt using the CGR ruler of the same name – another great combo….

Item #CGRSAS Retail $27.45
Storm at Sea Item #CSC002  Retail $10.00

Here is Janice Pope sharing her new Bias Binding ruler – a must have for every quilter!

Item #CGRABB1  Retail $18.95

Why not partner it with her new pattern – Streak ‘O Lightin?

Item #CGRABB1207  Retail $8.00

Leaves Galore is a great system to cut petals and leaves – all the same size – in a matter of minutes!  What quilter wouldn’t love the complete set???

Item #MGLST  $65.95

The Creative Grids Circle Savvy ruler is finally back in stock!  When production can’t keep up with demand, you know you have a winner!  Combine it with one of the many support patterns such as Insider Trading by Swirly Girls Design?

Item #CGRSAV1  Retail $35.95
Item #SGD022  Retail $9.00

The Lazy Angle ruler by Joan Hawley continues to be a top seller.  Why not pair it with the book that is the quintessential companion for this ruler?

Item #CGR3754  Retail $21.95
Lazy and Lovin’ It Item #LGD901  Retail $24.95

The place mats patterns by QP Quilts were the hit of the show and Kathy knows how to sell the patterns as well as the fabric kits.  I got to sit in on her taping for CheckerYOU and it was amazing!  She can actually talk faster than I can!!!  It should be up very soon, so check it out!

Patterns Retail for $4.99
Item #PMPP; PMWW; PMFS; PMOTS

Why not kit this new pattern by Among Brenda’s Quilts?  This would also be a great class before the holidays….

Item #ABQ165  Retail $9.99

Remember!  Men love tools – they get why you need the right tool for the job.  They may not know a batik from a homespun – and will run screaming from the store if you start to explain – but they LOVE gadgets so make sure you have plenty on hand for the quilter in their life!