Paper-Piecing is Hot

Paper-piecing has become main stream and it is due to designers like Cindi McCracken.  She has shown a new generation of quilters that accuracy and precision are easy to achieve.  Any of her new releases would be great classes to introduce your customers to this technique.

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All of the patterns include the paper-piecing foundations and since they are repetitive designs, your students can actually finish an entire block in class.  Each pattern also features an awe factor.

In the Echo table runner, the blocks can be placed horizontally or vertically to create totally different looks.  Have your students complete a block and run color copies of it so they can play with block placement.

Desert Wildflower is set on point – another opportunity for a teachable moment.  And look at the pieced border on Off Kilter – a two for one learning opportunity.  And look how modern Starlight Pathway looks because she created a secondary pattern with the background fabrics.  These patterns are all due in by the end of the month.

Elizabeth Hartman Designs the Reef

As I am writing this, Elizabeth Hartman has the TOP SELLING patterns at Checker – and another eight in the top 100!  That HAS to be a record.  Her latest releases are created with her new Reef fabric line by Robert Kaufman.

Awesome Ocean

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These fabrics are just plain happy!

Sea Urchins

These pieced urchins are just plain fun and made with a 45-degree ruler – and Creative Grids® just happens to have that!

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The patterns and fabric will be released this summer.  Order them now because you KNOW these are going to be hot!  To see everything by this amazing designer, visit our website:  Elizabeth Hartman

Sassafras Lane is Spicing Up Market

I love everything that Sassafras Lane does – and this Market is no different!  They bridge the gap between the traditionalists of my generation and the sassy style of theirs – and they do it beautifully!  Check these out.

Clay Court is a wonderful study in color.  Piecing the triangles out of 2-1/2″ strips adds texture and the triangles are created with the Perfect Square and Perfect Rectangle Ruler.

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Alligator Alley is done in this generation’s version of a blue and yellow quilt.  Sixty-degree angles never looked so good!

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Darby Road looks like a funky hexie and is actually paper-pieced so it is simple!  And who wouldn’t love to adopt Elsie?  And the next time someone tells you to – Just Focus – make them this quilt!

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Look at the detailing on this Bugsy Backpack!  Talk about a fashion statement!

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All of these patterns are due in the middle of May – just in time for your Market event!

 

Guaranteed Sales – Part Three

Let’s face it!  You already know who will want this newest book by Blackbird Designs.  This applique quilt looks like it came right off of a bed in a prestigious museum.  These large blocks are actually easier than they look!

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Jaybird Quilts new Cookie Cutter pattern features her Super Sidekick ruler.   What a fun and happy quilt!

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Susie C. Shore has a new cat design that is sure to please all of those cat lovers as well as a darling Christmas table runner.

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All of these projects are created by proven designers who have produced top sellers over and over again – which makes all of them no-brainers.  And, once again, they will be available this month!

 

Guaranteed Sales – Part One

As I am writing this, Laura Heine has 13 patterns in the Checker 100!  To see all of Laura’s patterns click on this link to visit our website.  Laura has three new releases that will be arriving any day.

Welcome Billie, Chirp, Chirp and Hazel Nutt to her line of top selling patterns.

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All of these would make great classes.  Why not pre-order yours today?

 

Create with Cardboard

Rinske Stevens Designs provides everything you need to create heirloom quality covered boxes for every room in your house – and every occasion!

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Or make a collapsible Victorian sewing box or journal cover.

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What makes these special is that they also sell the hardware to give each piece that heirloom quality look.

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Can you imagine featuring embroidery designs on these projects?  What a great wedding gift, Mother’s Day gift – you get the picture!  Visit our website to see the entire line of Rinske Stevens Design products.

 

Its All in the Hoop!

I love it when I fall in love with a pattern – and see that it is “Volume One” – which means there is going to be more goodness to come!  In Kim’s own words: Kimberbell Noteables are composition book covers that turn ordinary writing paper into a noteworthy journal. Each machine embroidered cover is fully lined, durable, and reusable and best of all, each are made (even pieced!) entirely in-the-hoop!

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Wouldn’t these be great gifts for children and adults alike?  Who wouldn’t love a personal journal or diary?  Or, personalize them for members of your book club….or make them for your favorite teacher.  Have shower participants write encouraging notes to the future brides or expectant mother.  The gift possibilities are endless!

 

 

The Life is Better in Full Bloom is organized so that you can learn eight different techniques.  This 39-inch square wall hanging features yo-yos; three-dimensional pinwheels, and a variety of other techniques.  The detailed instructions will guide you each step of the way.

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But, this would be a great class as well.  Why not teach this in your shop?  Kimberbell has provided everything you need to start a shop program.

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+ Tips
+ Kit Cutting Instructions
+ Punch Card Reward System
+ Promotional Materials (Build the buzz and you’re going to have higher sign-ups!)
+ A Shop Sample Pattern
+ A List of Possible Add-on Sales

A shop just needs 1 Life Is Better In Full Bloom Shop Guide and can order the accompanying patterns for each participant at your shop.

 

These patterns are expected to arrive this month so order them now so you can start Spring off with a bang!

Dear Jane – In Wool

For those of you who are not familiar with the Jane A. Stickle quilt, it was originally made during the Civil War – 1863 and is signed by the maker.  Not only is it signed, she also stated that the quilt contains 5,602 pieces!  The center is pieced from 169 – four and a half inch finished blocks.  The border is created from 56 pieced triangles for a total of 225 different blocks.

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Brenda Papadakis has drawn the blocks and included them all in her Dear Jane book – a quilt which is on the bucket list for many experienced quilters!  Now, Jackie Apessos of Lake View Primitives is creating beautiful kits out of hand-dyed wool.  There are individual kits for each row, the borders, corners, and even a completer kit.  Each kit includes an ample supply of wool and floss needed to complete the blocks or triangles.

 

 

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Why not start creating your heirloom quality quilt today?

 

 

Lori Holt Goes Back to School

Lori Holt has a classic style – our generation’s take on 30’s and 40’s fabrics with those pure colors that make you smile.  Her latest book – Spelling Bee – is chock-full of her quirky instantly recognizable style!

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Everyone who loved Farm Girl Vintage, will want this one too so order accordingly!

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