Holsters Aren’t Just for Cowboys

These “holsters” are designed to organize your sewing, office or craft area.  They are made from a patented silicone.  The flap sticks to any smooth, clean an dry surface.  Once positioned, simply spray with water to secure in place.  Drainage holes are included so objects such as paintbrushes can drain and dry.  The Lil’ Holster is 3.25 x 5.25 inches and is dishwasher safe – which makes them the perfect organizers for your kitchen sink as well!  They are so easy to place, move and clean!

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The Hobby Holster is heat resistant up to 400 degrees so it can actually hold a glue gun.  The flap can double as a work mat.  Any glue will peal right off- or anything else you want.

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The Lil’ Holster mini measures 2.5 x 4 inches and has all of the great features of the original.

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These are the perfect gift for every quilter who dreams of being organized!  Visit the website to see the entire range of colors:  Holsters

 

The Critters are Coming…

If you sell machines, you HAVE to sell these critters from Embroider Buddy.  These are the newest additions to the family that are due next month!

Tommie Dino Buddy and Pierce Dino Buddy

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Wendy and Google Giraffe

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Edward Elk and Rinaldo Raccoon

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Leroy Leopard

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Simply unzip and remove the bagged stuffing.  Embroider the bellies and re-insert the pillow.  What a great way to demo an embroidery machine!  What grandma and grandchild could resist!

Register Bling Part Two

Janelle MacKay of Emmaline Bags has created bling for bags.  These tags and zipper pulls come in a variety of finishes:  antique brass, copper, gunmetal, gold and nickel.  (The ones pictured are all antique brass.)

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Add these touches to your next bag to give it the professional look with “handmade” pride.  These should be arriving the first week in April so order now.  Place them at the register so everyone can see them – and appreciate the quality!

 

Register Bling Part One

Every quilter loves a button box so they won’t be able to resist these charmers from Buttons Galore!  Each acrylic box includes an assortment of coordinated beads, buttons and sequins – and the names will make you smile!

Deck the Halls and Safari Sunrise

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Sea Glass and Rose Garden

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And, every child’s favorite?  Rainbow Unicorn!

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These are great gifts for your Secret Sis, that future quilter in your life, or why not treat yourself?  At around $5.00, who could resist?  Display them by the register.  Girls just want to have fun…..

The Newest Member of the Creative Grids® Family

Many of you have paid your rent by offering tuffet classes.  Erin Underwood’s round tuffet that can be made in an afternoon has been in the top 100 patterns since it’s release two years ago,

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So when she came to us and wanted to do a 22-1/2 degree ruler so she could create a square tuffet, we were in!

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This triangle has the same markings as her 15-degree triangle plus some additional angle markings which are referred to in patterns to create more intricate designs.

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Sixteen triangles create a “circle” or Dresden.  Or use it to create a frequent bucket list contender – the Dahlia. Or create a quilt in an afternoon with Sassy Tumblers.

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Or create a table runner and matching place mats with this Cut Loose Press™ pattern.

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Karen Bennett of Nellie’s Needle loved it so much, she designed three patterns around it…

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The patterns are selling out quickly, but don’t worry!  More are expected any day!

Now Everyone Can Piece Curves Successfully

I saw Bethany Miller demonstrate this technique at QuiltCon and was instantly impressed!  I couldn’t wait to demo it at my next class and it was a huge hit!  Here are two different pics for the pattern.  I personally saw the quilt on the right a loved it in all solids!

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These blocks are perfect for layer cakes.  The concept?  Use the template to trace the exact shapes on a heavyweight freezer paper such as the CutRite brand.

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This paper is thick so it can be used multiple times without damaging the shape.  Guesstimate the seam allowance – I used a rotary cutter – and follow her simple instructions to machine sew perfect blocks in literally a matter of minutes!

Then the blocks are all trimmed to 7 1/2″ – which explains why the CGR7 has suddenly become so popular!

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This is the best demo I have seen in a long time!  Bethany Miller is young, enthusiastic, and thinks outside of the box.  Please help me get her name out there so she gets the credit for developing a technique that will have everyone sewing perfect curves.  I am telling you, it is THAT good!  Be sure to have the pattern, template, freezer paper, and ruler available because they will want it all!

Tim Holtz Scissors – Cutting Made Easy

These scissors by Tim Holtz are due to hit the door any day!

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They were definitely designed by a man – the grips are bigger and they are a little heavier than my other go-to scissors.  But the bigger grips are a selling point for me.  I am left-handed so I can literally put my thumb through one handle and three fingers through the other.  Not only is this really comfortable, I also feel like I have more control.  With so many quilters dealing with hand issues – carpal tunnel and arthritis to name a few – these scissors are a Godsend!  A friend with arthritis gave them her seal of approval.  Keep them away from the man in your life, however, or you may never get them back!

The blades are coated so there was no “gunk” after I cut out a multitude of wool pieces – and the serrated edges stopped the fabric from slipping when I was cutting.  They come in three different sizes:  five, seven, and nine and a half inches.  This is a misnomer however because the blades on the seven inch size are only two inches long – the handles are almost half of the height.

I use the five-inch size to trim threads and trim appliques.  The seven-inch size is my go-to for cutting appliques, templates, etc.  The nine and a half inch size are appropriate for dressmaking – I will give them a try when the time is right!

Why not give them a try?

Aurifil Most Popular Threads

I just looked on our website, and these are the most popular colors of Aurifil threads.  In this case ten pictures are worth a thousand words….

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The names of these colors?  White, dove, natural white, light beige, black, light sand, grey, aluminum, muslin, and chalk.  Frankly it is hard to tell which is which!  Unless they are doing top stitching on bags or binding a quilt on the machine, the majority of quilters are using white, grey, beige, and black most of the time!  That means if you are a small shop – and can’t invest in a large thread rack, having a basket of these basic colors at the register will meet your customers needs until you can invest in a multitude of colors!

And, for those of you who DO have big thread racks, why not have a basket full of the top sellers at the register anyway.  Some call this an impulse buy, I call it a visual reminder that they may need thread!

Crabapple Hill Studio Spring Releases

This month, Crabapple Hill Studio is releasing the first of their new mystery quilt.  The Girls’ Getaway will be presented in six patterns over the next several months – five embroidered patterns and a final pattern including the piecing instructions to complete the quilt.cah2553

What could be more fun than a vintage aqua camp trailer with pink and white striped awnings? Add a vintage pickup, a flower filled window box, some comfy chairs, and we’re ready to snuggle in for a beautiful glamping weekend! This the first block, will finish approximately 31″ x 12-1/2″.

Meg’s last mystery quilt – Mystery of the Salem Witches Quilt Guild – is still in the top 100 patterns so don’t miss out on this one.

My Embroidered Garden is designed to teach all aspects of embroidery. At just 4″ x 6″, it is a sweet little project pack full of happiness! What a perfect baby gift. Don’t all babies arrive in flowered baskets? Or, why not make an heirloom quality pin cushion with beautiful lily of the valley and peony design?  Last but not least, this journal cover would be a perfect Mother’s Day gift!

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Order them now so you will get the first shipment of these gorgeous designs. You know they will be perennial favorites!

Register Sales That Sell Themselves

It’s that time of year again.  Time to take a fresh look at the area around your register.  Every person that enters your shop will be standing there at some point, so why not make this a pleasant experience?

These three additions are perfect gifts – even if you are treating yourself!  This counter display of Bonnie Hunter playing cards contains 12 decks that retail for around $5.00.

The Happy Quilter Word Search includes 72 puzzles with terms that every quilter will love.  Who would have thought a puzzle book would crack the top 50 books?  Could this be the next coloring book craze???

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Every quilter needs these bandages in their first aid kit.  Each box contains 30 bandages with five different designs…more due any day….

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