Courthouse Steps Inspiration

Deb Heatherly and I are not only Creative Grids® designers, we are also friends. She has designed four of our most popular tools – Cat’s Cradle; Strippy Star, Turbo Four-Patch and the Ultimate Flying Geese.

We both travel and teach – and love to demonstrate Creative Grids®. My latest Cut Loose Press™ pattern, Log Cabin Nights, was inspired by one of her quilts – Steps to the Stars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the story.  I was working on a king sized quilt and needed a final border.  I loved the way Deb combined Strippy Stars and Courthouse Steps blocks in her pattern. As a border, however, I needed a darker look that would frame the quilt and be striking when it was hanging off the side of a bed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I completed the quilt –  and loved the border. There was a long dresser in the room that was scratched on the top. What is a quilter to do? Make a dresser scarf of course – and Log Cabin Nights was born. Look at your patterns as inspiration and see what happens!

I just noticed a white spot on the top of the buffet….back to the sewing room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teacher’s Pet New Woolies

Just in time for the holidays, Kathy Brown of Teacher’s Pet is releasing several new patterns that can be made in a day or two. What sets these apart from other designs? The clever and unusual ways she chooses to display them! Check out this Halloween scene displayed on a dust pan!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God Bless the Ewe S A is displayed on a grater – and can be created with wool or needle punch – either version will add that awe factor to any decor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Cider is a penny rug that is made with two different sizes of pennies and measures eight inches across – the perfect size to display your favorite battery operated candle. Autumn Mist is stitched on a gorgeous plaid background that adds a subtle depth to the piece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These patterns are so reasonably priced that your customers will want ALL of them so order accordingly! They are all due to arrive later this month so you still have time to make samples.

Charming by Gerri Robinson

Gerri Robinson’s “Charming” line by Penny Rose Fabrics is due to arrive this month. Her combination of navy, blue, and taupe is striking. Check out a sampling of the colors and prints.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the support for this line is amazing! Each pattern includes two different quilts that compliment each other in style and substance.

Blooming Baskets includes seven different appliques showcased in a beautiful star setting and a star version. The border would add interest to any quilt. Not a fan of applique?  No problem – make the entire quilt in stars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden Shoofly and Flutter look totally different buy both settings actually highlight star blocks. Why not offer a class and give your students a choice of settings?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blossom provides impressive negative space to showcase elaborate quilting. Flower Patch Blossoms fulls that space with additional flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden Rows and Scattered Seeds are reminiscent of Irish Chain quilts. Wow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last but not least is Windmills – a fast and easy quilt made from 2 1/2″ strips.

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to order the patterns now so you can display them with the fabric when it arrives. The hardest part is going to be deciding which quilt to make!

Sewing Accessories with Style

This new Honey Hive by Kathy Schmitz is simply stunning!  It is a five-inch square and could be the perfect wrapping for a special gift.  The ribbon is laced through beads to close. Tweedy Bird is a charming needle case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The handwork includes a variety of stitches so they would make a great class. You still have time to make one or both for your quilting friends. The patterns are due to arrive this month so order them now.

Simply Redwork

Helen Stubbings adds a sense of whimsy to all of her designs and the designs in her award winning book are sure to become classics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look at these purses and totes!  The all over daisy design blew me away!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is just a small sampling of the 19 projects that are in the book.  Many can be completed in an evening.  Helen includes clear instructions and stitch guides which can be learned in a matter of minutes.

What is not to love?

Ovals ARE Easy

Add Karla Alexander’s sense of style and color sense – and classes will sell out immediately!  I am one of those people who came from an applique background so sewing curves on a machine wasn’t a part of my skill set until now!  Look how gorgeous…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are Cut Loose Press™ patterns that are stunning. Leaves is a perfect class. They can actually finish this in an afternoon. Then demo the Clam shell quilt and Capiz Lanterns. The lantern quilt would be a perfect Christmas quilt.

Enchanted will have everyone anticipating the holiday seasons. Trading Places and Spin Cycle actually make me think I could make art quilts – and you could too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You need to challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone – and I guarantee you will be successful and love every minute of it!

Judy Martin Embraces Lone Star Quilts

I love every book that Judy has ever written. She manages to take a classic quilt design – and in this case – create sixteen different versions which will have everyone adding more than one design to their bucket list!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those aren’t blocks on the cover!  Those are miniatures of the quilts! Here is some eye candy that will have you ordering multiple copies in advance since this book isn’t due to arrive until next month!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But, don’t be intimidated. There are smaller projects as well – but they ALL have Judy’s sense of style!

Everything Yoko Saito

Yoko Saito is one of my favorite designers. I love the muted fabrics that enhance the nuances of her designs! Checker now has the largest collection of books, patterns AND Lecien Fabrics that I have ever seen.  We have just added more to the website and the actual merchandise will be arriving soon.

This Mystery Quilt has hit the top 10 – and it isn’t due to arrive until next month! This is a compilation of patterns that appeared in past Quiltmania magazines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out our website to see the entire collection of everything “Saito”. It has never been easier to create a vignette of her style in your shop. This is a perfect addition to your online store since they have not yet become mainstream!

And now there are also individual patterns which are more affordable and in some cases, a sampling that will entice your customers to do even more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know the details yet so, watch your email. Yoko will be doing a book signing in our booth at Houston Quilt Market! I can’t wait to see her!

Bargello Gone Wild

Kathleen Andrews of Kwilt Art has created a series optical illusion quilts that take the concept of bargello quilts to a whole new level! I have four sons who are math and science geeks and it is rare to find a quilt that would be PERFECT for them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hang one in your shop for a sure show stopper! This is a sample quilt that will just keep giving! Teach it- and provide kits – and the classes will fill again and again! The hard part? Choosing which one you will make first!

Quilting Cats and Dogs

Quilted Cats & Dogs is a new book by Chris Malone that is due to arrive next month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create these cuties with fusible applique – fast and easy. These projects are perfect choices for a mother/daughter or grandmother/granddaughter class. Choose a block or an entire quilt – half of the fun will be picking out the fabric!