Take Coloring Books to The Next Level

Adult coloring books were the must have Christmas gift.  Why not turn these colorists into quilters?  It is easier than you think!

Why not offer a class showing your students how to copy their favorite design onto fabric – and then have them color the design with these permanent fabric markers?

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These are the same markers that are recommended by Hayley Crouse for her fabric collections.

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Electric Quilt offers three different grades of printable fabric. The higher the thread count, the higher the quality of the print! Did you know they come in 6 sheet and 25 sheet packs?  Why not order a 25 pack and sell individual sheets?

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Did you know it also comes in larger sheets???  Check out our website if you are interested in 13″ x 19″ or 11″ x 17″ sizes.

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Baby Quilts with Its Sew Emma Style

Fat Quarter Baby is the next guaranteed best seller by the gals at Its Sew Emma!  Order it now so you will get the first shipment!  Frankly, I haven’t seen all of the projects since it is a new release, but the quilts on the cover make it a bargain at just $19.95!  I can’t wait to see all 20 quilts plus a table runner!

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That’s right – that is less than $2.00 a pattern.  And, you know the quality is guaranteed since it is an Its Sew Emma book!

They have combined forces with Aurifil to create a boy and a girl thread collection.  Each collection includes 10 spools of 50 weight thread.

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Why not offer a baby quilt class each quarter?  Everyone needs a stack of baby quilts on hand – and this book is the perfect source of inspiration!

 

 

 

Football Frenzy

Hopefully your favorite team made it to the playoffs – and you will be celebrating soon!  If not, there is always next year.  And it is always a good time to support your favorite team with one of Gudrun Erla’s designs.

She has added the letters “M” and “W” to her series.  Make the quilt in your team colors – but be warned!  Everyone will want one so you will have to make more than one!

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This quilt also uses the Creative Grids® Kaleidoscope or Dresden Plate 45 degree ruler.

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All of these patterns come in multiple sizes and use 2 1/2″ strips.  Cut them in a matter of minutes with the Creative Grids® Stripology ruler.

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Why not plan ahead???  Start making that graduation present now!

Sewing for Children

Authors Amie Petronis Plumley and Andria Lisle teach a sewing camp in Tennessee which has received rave reviews from parents and children alike.  They have combined 21 of the favorite  hand sewing projects into Sewing School.

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These projects are geared for children ages 5 and up and requires very little adult supervision.  Lots of step by step illustrations and comments from kids who have actually attended the sewing camps offer encouragement.

Sewing School 2 continues the journey as they learn to use a sewing machine.  Geared for children seven and up – and written at a second grade reading level – once again very little parental supervision is required.  Notes are included, however, to help parents who would like to be involved.

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While creating 20 different projects, children learn all of the different features of a sewing machine.  By the time they are done with the book and projects, they will know how to do everything from threading the machine to using all of the various stitches – and when and why to use them.

Wouldn’t one of these books – along with the suggested supplies – be a perfect gift for the future sewer in your life?  And remember, this is the perfect time to introduce boys to sewing as well!  Sewing is a lifetime skill needed by everyone!

Introduction to Sewing – The Perfect Gift!

When that customer walks through the door who wants to sew, there is a difference!  And, there is a book perfect for them as well.

School of Sewing starts from the very beginning right down to introducing the reader to a sewing machine.  This book walks the beginner through 12 projects that utilize different facets of the machine.

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Tools are introduced as well.  Why not display the book with your favorite notions.  These are top sellers:

Seam Ripper

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Fine Pins

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Chalk Liner

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Scissors

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Pin Cushion

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You get the idea.  Use these ideas as a stepping stone to pulling together your own favorites.  Be a scout – and be prepared!  Have a nice display ready!  Focus on those customers and new customers who aren’t interested in quilting!  Why not host a bag of the month class?  Quilters love instant gratification as well!  And, we all love to pretend we are organized so these classes will appeal to everyone!

Learn to Quilt – the Perfect Gift

Tis the season when you have an opportunity to introduce new customers to quilting.  Be prepared!  When family members walk in and want to buy something because a relative wants to learn how to quilt, have a display ready.  Don’t forget to include information on beginning quilting classes that will be starting after the first of the year – and gift certificates to classes as well.

Here are a few suggestions which you probably already have in stock!  It is all in the presentation…

There are several beginning quilting books on the market.  This is my favorite because it not only teaches the basics of quilting, it also explains the terminology!  Jeri includes the  “language” of quilting that experienced quilters take for granted such as fat quarters.  Now that is a TRUE beginners guide!

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For those who are inspired to learn to quilt by watching Alex Anderson on T.V., her book is always a top seller.

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We all know that the tools make a difference.  Why not start with the best?  The #1 selling Creative Grids ruler of all time is the 6 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ ruler.  It spans the width of a rotary mat and is the width of the most common border width – a must have for all quilters.  This should be in every quilter’s sewing room.

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Or, why not choose the Stripology ruler?  It is the perfect choice for beginners or those who are afraid of a traditional cutter or may have carpal tunnel issues.  Why not teach them how to cut their rotary cutting time by 75% right from the beginning????

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The 18″ x 24″ Olfa cutting mat is the most popular size.

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This quick change rotary cutter is the best selling rotary cutter…

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Display these items – or your personal preferences – in one place and let your staff know to recommend these products when the questions arise.  Have newsletters right there so the newbies know how to contact you!  Remind your customers that these are the perfect gifts for THEIR friends.  Why not offer a free class to everyone who brings a new quilter to a class?

Color Me Quilted

The coloring craze is in full swing and these newest releases from Landauer are the first to focus on quilting patterns.  In fact, Quilt Blocks & Designs showcases blocks from one of my books.  My children and grandchildren are now impressed!  Who would have thought that a coloring book would finally get their attention???

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They not only all wanted a copy, they wanted them for their friends as well.  That means that this coloring craze is a perfect way to introduce a new generation to the art of quilting.  Think about it.  They are using these books as a way to create and play with color – a natural progression to playing with fabric!

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Why not introduce your customers to the relaxation and joy of playing again.  And, in this case, it is a perfect opportunity to give a class on color.  They can color each block in a different colorway.  You will instantly be able to point out their color preferences and translate them into bolts of fabric.

Be sure to have the tools they need on hand as well….

This Gel Pen set includes 48 pens including metallics:

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These colored pencils turn into a watercolor effect if brushed with a wet brush.  They come in 12 and 24 color sizes.

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These pastels by General include 12 soft, beautiful colors….

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These PaperMate flairs include a rainbow of 14 colors?

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These 24 colored pencils come in an easel type box which makes a great presentation…

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Wouldn’t the ultimate colored pencil set be the ultimate Christmas gift?

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These are the perfect Christmas gifts.  If you ARE hosting a color class, offer gift certificates to the class on display as well.  What a great addition to the gift!

 

Piecing in the Hoop with Style!

As soon as I saw these pouches hanging in the Checker booth at Market, I had to go find Kim Christopherson of Kimberbell so she could explain how to do it!  And it is amazing!  If you have not jumped on the Kimberbell bandwagon, it is time to get on board – and take a seat right next to me!  

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For those of you who are in the thick of sewing machine selling season, this should be your first class!  The entire pouch is made in the hoop – including the zipper.  It is even lined so there are no raw seams showing.  The flying geese units are stitched first and then the fabric is placed perfectly to create precise points every time!  This pattern includes two sizes – small and medium.

Or, make the large and jumbo sizes.

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Why not make all four sizes to show your customers how fun “piecing in the hoop” is???  And, check out everything Kimberbell.  Not only is she a talented designer, she is also one of the nicest ones – and in my book, nice matters!

These in-the-hoop zipper pouches are PERFECT for organizing all those small items! They would also make a great gift for that hard to buy for person on your list! The “flying geese blocks” stitch out with perfect little points and the entire pouch has a nice tailored look! Each zipper pouch is lined and shows no raw seams! What a great way to showcase “piecing” in the hoop, as well as how fun and easy an in-the-hoop project can be! Hoop Size for the LARGE Pouch: 7×12 hoop (Embroidery Field Needed: 6.69 x 11.75) Hoop Size for the JUMBO Pouch: 8×14 hoop (Embroidery Field Needed: 7.74 x 14) *Since embroidery fields vary for different brands and sizes of hoops, please be sure that the embroidery field listed above will be the right size for your particular hoop. File formats included on CD: ART, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, VIP, VP3, XXX These in-the-hoop zipper pouches are PERFECT for organizing all those small items! They would also make a great gift for that hard to buy for person on your list! The “flying geese blocks” stitch out with perfect little points and the entire pouch has a nice tailored look! Each zipper pouch is lined and shows no raw seams! What a great way to showcase “piecing” in the hoop, as well as how fun and easy an in-the-hoop project can be! Hoop Size for the SMALL Pouch: 5×7 hoop (Embroidery Field Needed: 4.65 x 6.81) Hoop Size for the MEDIUM Pouch: 6×10 hoop (Embroidery Field Needed: 5.77 x 9.44) *Since embroidery fields vary for different brands and sizes of hoops, please be sure that the embroidery field listed above will be the right size for your particular hoop. File formats included on CD: ART, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, VIP, VP3, XXX.

Red and White and Quilted all Over

“Infinite Variety” is a true love story.  Joanna S. Rose collected red and white quilts for years starting in the fifties when you could buy a quilt for five or ten dollars.  Over the years, she collected 653 red and white quilts.

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This entire collection is unique.  It is so endearing because they reflect the true art of quilting.  These were not purchased because they were award winning quilts.  Therefore they reflect the entire quilting community.  Many of them were utility quilts done by our ancestors.  Not every stitch is perfect, not every point matches – but they were all made to keep their family warm.  There is no greater love than that!

Fast forward to 2011.  Mrs. Rose was turning 80 and her family wanted to know what she would like for her birthday.  Her answer?  To see this collection of quilts all in one place.  The “Infinite Variety” quilt show was born.

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The entire exhibit was a gift to the city of New York as well.  Admission was free!

It took four years to photograph and document this collection in a beautiful coffee table book that spans over 300 pages.  Closeups of many of the quilts show the beautiful hand quilting that enhances the patterns.

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Why not display these books with the red and white fabrics in your store?  This book – along with a collection of red and white fat quarters – would be the perfect gift this holiday season!

Get Organized with Calendars and Planners

Brighten up your space with this Cozy Cottage calendar that includes vignettes from Lori Holt’s home – decorated with quilts and colorful projects from all of her books.  The pattern for the darling Cover quilt is included in two different sizes: a 36″ wall hanging or a 16″ pillow.

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Sue Spargo’s embroidery is a true work of art – and is showcased in exquisite photograpy.  Eye candy on each and every page….

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The Piecemaker’s calendar is always a collector’s item and includes the appliques patterns for all of the butterflies shown.

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Don’t forget to include these two year pocket planners – which will keep your customers organized through 2017.

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Or enjoy a block a day with these perpetual calendars…

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These are all great gifts – and the pocket planners are great gifts for Open House events!