Paper-Piecing for Beginners


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have always loved Judy Niemeyer designs but didn’t have the time to make many of her larger projects.  That is why I am loving these smaller ones that showcase one technique and, in some cases, can be done in an afternoon.

My Two Baby Sisters showcases two six inch blocks and a twelve-inch block which use the exact same technique to create this eight pointed star.  What a great class!  Who doesn’t want to learn how to make these blocks without fussing with inset and Y-seams? Additional papers are available because you know these will become go-to gifts.

This Poinsettia design makes piecing circles simple – and at 30″, is the perfect centerpiece for a round table.  Once again, additional papers are available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fractured Star in an 80″ square.  In Judell’s words:  The Fractured Star was designed as a beginner pattern to introduce quilters paper piecing. The project is fast, uses only 1 foundation block, employs simple cutting techniques, and is an affordable and fun way to jump into your first paper piecing project. It is meant to make those new to the process find confidence, understanding, and success.

I can’t say it any better than that so why even try???

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These patterns are due to arrive in August so consider them for your Fall series of classes!

Pickle Pie Designs the Perfect Gifts

These new designs by Pickle Pie are sure to fill many of your gift giving needs.  These are the perfect “little somethings” for those friends and family who make life worthwhile. Warm Wishes gift card and treat holders are the perfect teacher gift. Stick in some chocolate spoons and tie to a favorite to go cup, mug or jar or homemade cocoa mix.  Or insert a gift card. Make a bunch – once everyone sees how cute they are, they will want them!

 

 

 

Or “Wrap it Up”.  Everyone can keep their drink straight when it is personalized with their initial!  You can wrap up your silverware as well with this portable place mat.  Wouldn’t these be a darling addition to a picnic basket gift?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These zippered bags are good for everything!  They can literally be the “wrapping paper” for any small gift – and the recipient will like the wrapping as much as the gift!

 

 

 

 

 

All of these patterns are “in the hoop” designs so they are fast, easy and fun!  The patterns are due to arrive next month – plenty of time to plan some Fall classes!

Totes with Style and Structure

I love these two totes by Penny Sturgis!  The Tool Tote has pockets all around the outside AND the inside so it is the perfect class companion.  Grandma who believed – a place for everything and everything in its place – would be proud!  This bag is about 15″ long x 10″ wide x 7″ tall.

 

 

 

 

The pattern includes the hardware – a heavy duty metal form that keeps the bag open when needed. This frame is also sold separately because who can make just one? After all, it makes a great diaper bag, teacher bag, scrap booking bag….you get the picture!

 

Or use the same frame to make a Featherweight sewing machine bag.  (But it would hold anything – or any small machine.)

 

 

 

 

 

What a great class to add to your featherweight series!

Log Cabin Stars and Stripes

I love this four inch log cabin trim tool!  It makes me look like I actually know how to piece – WELL!  Believe me, it is not me – it is the tool!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Look at “America the Beautiful”. This 28″ x 40″ flag was pieced with the log cabin trim tool using a variation of the courthouse steps block. I used Soft and Stable as the batting so it lays perfectly flat when it is hanging on my door – the perfect decoration for those summer barbecues.  It is fat quarter friendly so it is easy to kit as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Check out this pattern by Jean Ann Wright.  See how the blocks are placed to create a star in the center.  This is done with 2 1/2″ strips – which are due to arrive this month. Kitting has never been easier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This tool comes in a four inch, a six inch, an eight inch, and a twelve-inch size.  Show them blocks in every size. The technique is the same – let them choose the size that they are comfortable with!

 

Kaffe Fassett’s Ireland

Western Ireland is the inspiration for Kaffe’s new book – Quilts in Ireland.  And was he inspired!  This book includes twenty projects in his famous colorways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In their words:  West Ireland, with its streets of colorful painted houses and ancient stone walls, provides the perfect inspiration for the richly varied quilt designs in Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in Ireland. Renowned for his use of color, Kaffe creates color palettes of brilliant hot pinks and reds; deep blues, purples, and greens; and soft blues and whites from his journey to Ireland, showcased in striking quilt designs that are as unpredictable as the landscape of Ireland.

Who can top that???  You know his books are as much about a study in color as they are about the projects. This book is due to arrive next month – and you already know who will want it so order them now!

The Perfect Retreat Gift

Many of you are planning Fall retreats or events so when I saw these bags by Tacony, I thought of you.  They are reasonably priced and would be great “party favors” for ANY event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

They measure  15″ x 13 3/4″ x 4″ so they are big enough to carry a large project or show their love of quilting at the grocery store!  The first two are in stock now, the third is due to arrive the beginning of September.  Since you will want to order these in quantities, order them now!

The Perfect Solids for Applique

Me and You by Hoffman offers an incredible line of solids that have the feel and characteristics of batiks – which means they don’t fray and ravel, the perfect choice for raw edge applique.  And, JoAnn Hoffman’s new designs due in this month showcase them perfectly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The design detail in these two projects truly transforms them into a work of art.  Look how the hands form a secondary star pattern in Sisters of the Cloth.  The muted quilts in the background of the Yoder Sisters is a subtle touch that adds that awe factor that we all love!  Her attention to detail is what brings these solids alive!  To see the complete collection, visit our website:  Me and You Solids

This is the same gal that brought us the Dragonfly and Butterfly patterns that made batiks sing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to take the time to study her fabric choices.  Her designs look like Tiffany glass!

For the Little Boy in All of Us

Amy Bradley’s new pattern – Trucks – is due to arrive at the end of the month. The little boys in your life would love to dream under this quilt. But, the whimsical designs may bring back fond memories to the grown men in your life as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you choose the red, white and blue cover quilt or make them in every color of the rainbow, this quilt is sure to be a hit. Continue the theme by framing individual trucks. These instructions are included as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or enlarge the quilt by adding some campers. This pattern is available individually or with all of the precut, prefused applique pieces – which means you can have it done in no time at all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The camper pattern includes a family so you can add that personal touch and is in stock now!  Why not display the patterns with an assortment of “happy” prints?  Don’t forget to include some black and grays for the wheels and trim!

Instant Gratification with Chickadee Hollow Designs

How easy is this????  Chickadee Hollow Designs has pre-printed embroidery designs on fabric and even shaded them to add that awe factor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out our website to see the entire selection of designs available in red and blue work.  Or expand your thread palette and embroider this series of four baskets – made to be framed or showcased in a project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These designs are due to arrive any day..  Why not order them now?  They would be a great project for a mother/daughter class this summer!

Crazy Quilting with a Little Help from Your Friends

There is a definite surge in embroidery patterns and quilts.  For those of you who have enjoyed handwork and appreciate the relaxation of simple redwork, why not advance to the next level?

This wall hanging by Sue Spargo is the perfect beginning project.  After all, there is no wrong way to decorate a cup!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buttons Galore have combined a few of your favorite things in color combinations that you will love.  What a great way to embellish your cuppa….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to include embroidery guides, pearl cottons, and embroidery floss in your display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once your customers learn how relaxing handwork can be, they may want to start a true Crazy Quilt.  This book is due to arrive later this summer so why not get your customers started now?