Imagine this Quilt on Your Wall

I wrote about Nancy Halvorsen’s newest book – Imagine – a few weeks ago – and now it is #1!

Nancy Halvorsen fans know that her embellishments add the awe factor to all of her designs.  And now the button packs are entered in our system.  There are individual button packs when needed for each individual block as well as an assortment for all of the buttons needed for the entire quilt.

 

 

 

 

The button packs and the fabric are all due to arrive the end of this month so order everything you need now so you can start kitting immediately.

Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together???

Nancy Halvorsen has THREE books in the top 10!

There is a reason she is a legend!  Her newest book – Christmas Pure and Simple – is her latest book, and is already in the top 10!

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Item #ATH551B  Retail $19.00

Christmas is about Jesus, pure and simple!  This book focuses on the nativity story, and was a way for Nancy to share this love story with her grandchildren.

This nativity scene doesn’t break!

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The stockings are not only hung by the chimney with care – they are hung in style with these new Ackfeld hangers…

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Item #30812  Retail $16.60

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Item #30942  Retail $16.60

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Item #30802  Retail $16.60

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Item #30792  Retail $14.75

Or make a nativity quilt….

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The hardest part will be choosing your first project!

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Accent them with the button collection…

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Item #ATH9879  Retail $11.40

The books are in stock.  The buttons and hangers will be arriving soon.  Order the book and choose your samples…and place your orders!   

Nancy Halvorsen sets a Fine Table!

Every time I think she can’t do anything new, she wows us all!  Nancy’s new book – Table Please Part two – has that awe factor that you just can’t resist!

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Item #ATH550B  Retail $19.00
To order  or to see who has it in their store, visit our website at:  http://www.checkerdist.com/products/ATH550B?

Look at these chair covers!  Santa hats – really???  And they are an assortment of fabrics which just adds to the fun!  The Merry table runner with Santa peaking out is adorable – and did you notice that she uses an upper case and lower case “r” to add to the appeal?

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Extend the holiday season with snowmen.  This winter, you could leave up snowmen until Easter!  And don’t you love the snowmen arrangement with ear muffs no less?

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For a classic, clean look, why not stitch this wall hanging?

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But this book isn’t just about the winter holidays.  Fall is covered as well.

Who doesn’t love mummies??? The eye ball centerpiece has to make you smile!

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These are the cutest spiders I have ever seen!

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We all have so much to be thankful for – so why not make that our mantra for every season?

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We are expecting the button packs that coordinate with this book to be arriving shortly.  Check out our website for these item numbers listed as companions for the book.  http://www.checkerdist.com/products/ATH550B

It is time to restock Part One as well – after all – that covers Spring.  And after this winter, we are all waiting for some sunshine!

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Item #ATH549B  Retail $19.00
To order, visit our website at:
http://www.checkerdist.com/products/ATH549B ?

We have all of the companions for this book as well

 

Nancy Halvorsen has done it again!

Table Please is Nancy’s new book which features 15 different projects including 9 table toppers, table runners, and place mats.
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Item #ATH549B  Retail $19.00

This book will give you enough classes and projects to fill classes through next summer! I love the three dimensional aspects of the LOVE table runner.

Start the year by creating this birthday celebration.  Then everyone will have it for all of their personal celebrations the entire year!

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I love the dimensions added to the place mat – created with the layers of the cake!  And rick rack is the perfect trim!
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Then move on to Valentine’s Day.  The letters are attached with buttons – how cute is that!  There is also a chair cover with a pocket to hold everyone’s Valentines – but you’ll have to buy the book to see it!

St. Patrick’s Day in March?  No problem!  Who doesn’t love shamrocks – and turn Irish for only for one day???
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Then it is time to get ready for Easter….
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And Spring….the flowers are embellished with buttons – which are available separately.  To see all of the button kits, visit our website:  http://www.checkerdist.com/products/ATH549B

Prepare for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day with this great table topper…
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These are great projects to kit as well.  They are colorful, affordable, and fun!  The best part about this book?  It is Part One!  Which means there will be a Part Two….






It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas in Fabric

Now we have ALL of the pieces in place!  Just as I was inspired again by Nancy Halvorsen’s new book – Ho Ho Ho Let It Snow – we have entered the book, fabric, hangers, and buttons in our system.  Who wouldn’t be inspired after seeing her booth at Spring Market!  Who would have thought that Nancy’s special shade of blue would be the perfect background fabric?

I know this is a lot of pictures, but in this case, a picture is really worth a thousand words.  And I wanted you to see the detail and quality that goes into every one of Nancy’s designs!  There is a reason she is a legend – she is an expert quilter and it shows!!!

Item #ATH548B  Retail $19.00

All of these projects are from this book….

And feature this fabric line….

available by the bolt or in a 15 yard bolt collection….

To see the entire collection, visit:  http://www.checkerdist.com/products/fabrics?l=8423

If you have already ordered it, it should be arriving any day so it is time to get your ducks in a row and order the companions as well….

The buttons for the entire book are available as a kit – or can be ordered separately by project.

Item #ATH9722G  Retail $44.30

Buttons for the Christmas Tree Table Runner….

Item #ATH9723G  Retail $11.90

Buttons for the Gather Pillow….who would have thought that so much love could be communicated in just one word?????

Item #ATH9724G  Retail $9.00

Snowflake Snowman Ornament…

Item #ATH9725G  Retail $1.40

Mitten Snowman Ornament….

Item #ATH9726G  Retail $3.20

Top View Snowman….

Item #ATH9727G  Retail $3.40

Bird Snowman….

Item #ATH9728G  Retail $2.90

Windy Scarf Snowman….

Item #ATH9729G  Retail $1.60

Let it Snow Mini….

Item #ATH9730G  Retail $3.40

Snowman Mini….

Item #ATH9731G  Retail $7.50

And then there are the hangers…..

available in charcoal

Item #27792  Retail $17.35

or copper……

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Nancy’s designs are the perfect opportunity to kit!  Combine the buttons, hangers, and fabric in one kit.  Include Print n Fuse in the kits.  Print n Fuse is available in 3 sies – 12, 50 or 100 sheets – PNF12; PNF25; or PNF100.  This fusible web is made to run through a printer so you can trace the shapes once and your customers won’t have to.  Remember, everyone still needs to buy the book!  But. this is value added service and they will love you for it!

A CheckerYou video featuring Nancy explaining how she uses the PrintNFuse will be uploaded this week.  If you have a Checker account, check it out!

Book Signings at Market

Checker is sponsoring several book signings during Market.  Come visit with these talented artists who will share their incredible talents!

Friday

11:30

Kay Whitt will be sharing and signing her new book – Sewing with Serendipity!

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12:30 p.m.

Nancy Halvorsen will showcase Ho Ho Ho, Let It Snow Here

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1:30

Margaret Travis is sharing projects from her book – EZ Peazy Gifts and her Cut Loose Press patterns.
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2:30

Join your favorite Swirly Girls as they share their newest book – Sew Sweet….
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Saturday
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Pam Lintott  will be signing the latest addition to their ever popular Jelly Roll series – Dessert Roll Quilts.
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Kathy Brown   is sharing her new book Fat-Quarter Quickies  – based on her Fat Quarter Creative Grids ruler….
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Joan Ford is signing her new book – Scraps Plus One!
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First come, first served!

Nancy Halvorsen Brings Joy to the Holiday Season

Her unique style crosses all generations and appeals to everyone.  She has created her own signature in every piece she designs.  When you can instantly look at a project and know it is a Nancy Halvorsen design, you know you have just met a legend!  But with every fabric line and every boo that showcases it, she continues to grow and keeps her finger on the pulse of what is trending.

Ho Ho Ho Let It Snow is no exception.  I noticed a few weeks ago that round pillows were turning up in patterns and home dec magazines.  What is on the cover of Nancy’s new book????  Round pillows with the most adorable snowflake designs.

Item #ATH548B  Retail $19.00

Geometrics and quilts with no defined block patterns are the rage – and look at this feature quilt!  How does she constantly stay ahead of the trends???

Fonts are cutting edge….and look at the lettering on these pillows!

And what adorable ornaments that are showcased on a wire tree!

These little quilts make the perfect gifts – whether you choose to hang them or use them as mug rugs…..

And this is the panel from the fabric line that is featured in the book:  http://www.checkerdist.com/products/fabrics?l=8423

We posted the book on our website as soon as we got pictures because we just couldn’t wait to share!  Our buyers are working frantically to get in all of the buttons, hangers, and other notions that you will need to finish all of the projects in the book.  But pre-order the book now so you will have plenty in stock when the fabric arrives.

And, Nancy, thank you for making us smile once again!

Twelve Months of Christmas Part Two

This article is the second in a series that shares how to sell Christmas fabric all year long!  The order of the projects is up to you.  If you have a lot of fabric left, choose projects that require a lot of fabric early in this monthly series.  If you have bits and pieces, choose scrappy projects.  Remember – Christmas fabric will be arriving again in May or June so plan accordingly!

These mother/daughter aprons are adorable and are a great way to show off some fun Christmas prints.  Coordinating fabrics for the children’s apron would be adorable – and did you notice the doll is wearing an apron as well?  Why not have your customers start a new tradition and bake cookies with family and friends?  Have them bring their favorite cookie recipe to class and share – why not make it a party?  Some over-achievers may choose to bring samples – wouldn’t that be grand???

But these aprons would be great Mother’s Day gifts as well so why not display other coordinating fabrics?  Or, why not offer it as a mother/daughter class or grandmother/granddaughter class?

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I love these mats and wraps by Bareroots.  They come in kits or patterns – and a variety of designs.  There are designs for every holiday and season.  Fill quart jars with treats or include a candle as part of the gift.  The possibilities are endless!

Item #BR194K  Kit $20.00
Item #BR194 Pattern $5.50

Table runners are always great gifts and this one is a great way to use up those green fabrics and red stripes.

Item #SF48521  Retail $9.50

This jewelry made with zippers are great Make It Take Its.  Teach your customers how to make them – and they can teach their guests during those Thanksgiving football games!  There are even packages of zippers in appropriate colors – Item #IJZ103.

Item #IJ945  Retail $9.99

Embroidery is great handwork – and there are lots of choices.  This mantle cover by Kathy Schmitz will become a classic.

Item #KS1103  Retail $9.00

You may not have the time to make everyone Christmas quilts but pillow cases are another matter!

Item #CAH423  Retail $10.00

Towels are always a cute gift.  There are several patterns available including these by Bird Brain Designs and CrabApple Hill.

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Or, you can plan a whole series of classes around one book!  This book has enough projects for six months of classes – with some left over!

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These gift tags would make a fun make and take.

Who wouldn’t love any of these pillows.  The one featuring rickrack can be done in any colors – for any season.  Why not substitute wool for some of the designs.

This garland and three paneled screen would look great anywhere.

Choose your favorites and plan your schedule now!








Art to Heart Charms the Children

If you are a fan of Nancy Halvorsen, you know she celebrated the birth of her grandchildren with the release of a fabric line and book:  Winsome Baby.

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Luckily, I had grandchildren around the same time so I have been able to incorporate her designs into gifts for my own little ones as well.  So, I was thrilled to see her newest release – due out any day – Curiosities & Mischief!

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These charming creatures are sure to brighten the lives of the little ones in your life as well!  Her coordinating fabric line is due out soon and is so bright and cheerful, it will fit perfectly into your summer display.

This line is available in 10 or 15 yard collections.  If you haven’t ordered it, do so now!  Here is the link http://www.checkerdist.com/products/fabrics/?f_l=7144&page=1&f_d=30114.    By the time everyone sees the book and samples at Market, it will be in high demand!  After all, sight unseen, who doesn’t love polka dots!

Feeling a Nip in the Air – Time for Fall Displays

Fall is my favorite time of year – and it is the perfect time to pull out those oranges, golds, rusts, blacks and purples for a great display!  Walk through your shop and pull existing bolts to add to your new Fall lines and you will be ready for the season!

To complete this vignette, add some books and patterns to get the creative juices flowing.  A picture is worth a thousand words so here are some of my favorites…

Bittersweet by Nancy Halvorsen/Art to Heart

The newest book by Nancy features her latest fabric line…


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Halloween Sachet by Crab Apple Hill

Fill these nine inch sachets with cinnamon sticks and clover to fill your house with the scents of the season…


Item #CAH311  Retail $8.00

Trick or Treat Bags

We all have those special Trick or Treaters that just deserve a little extra – and these bags will show them how special they are…


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Hocuspocusville

This embroidered quilt will become a family heirloom.  Kit fall colors for the nine patch center – a great companion for the pattern.


Item #CAH313  Retail $25.00

Zelda’s Fancy Hat

This life-sized witches hat features gorgeous crazy quilted embroidery – and it is large enough to be the centerpiece of any holiday display.


Item #CAH314  Retail $8.00

Calendula Patterdrips Cottage

This charming wall hanging features a touch of whimsy in every block!


Item #CAH319  Retail $25.00

Which Witch’s Boot

This colorful wall hanging is sure to make you smile….


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Cute as a Button Bracelets

Turning a little embroidery into buttons make adorable “charming” bracelets! The pattern includes instructions on how to make bead dangles as well!  Why not make a version for EVERY holiday???


Item #CAH1012  Retail $8.00

Happy Happy Halloween Pillowcase

Add a decorative touch to your favorite Trick or Treater’s bedroom….


Item #CAH323  Retail $8.00

Harvest Time

This long and narrow wall hanging will brighten any spot in your home….


Item #P70  Retail $7.00

And look at the decorative hangers:


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Need’l Love

Pumpkin Patch is the latest installment from these most popular designers…


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While you are pulling those fabrics, check out your patterns and books too – and then fill in with these selections.  You will be ready for the holidays by the end of the week!