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!

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!

 

Six Point Pizzazz

This seven sisters setting of a Diamond Wedding Star is breathtaking – a perfect example of when less is more!  And the perfect fabric choices?  This heirloom strip set by Timeless designed, or course, by the Niemeyers!  Check out these Market releases!

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When quilts become art – Autumn Pines can be the focal point of any room.

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These quilts are the newest additions that feature the Diamond Wedding Ring templates by Creative Grids®.

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Why not combine the new with these classics from Cut Loose Press and Quiltworx?

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Cut Loose Press and Creative Grids are the Perfect Demo -Part 1

As I travel and teach, and expose quilters to the quality and advantages of Creative Grids®, I hear over and over again that they want to replace ALL of their rulers.  But many quilters did not start out in a quilt shop and do not know the difference.  And, many are not aware of ALL of the features of these rulers – and use them to their full advantage.  Shop owners, use them as great demo opportunities that will have quilter’s jaws dropping and give you the opportunity to point out the great features of Creative Grids®.

The top seller of all time?  The 6 1/2 inch by 24 1/2 inch rectangle. #CGR24

CGR24And why does everyone want this brand?  The grip!  The ruler slides easily over the fabric until pressure is applied. Then, the exclusive gripper holds the fabric in place while cutting – no slipping and miss-cuts!  Don’t overlook our other great features:

All of the rectangle rulers feature easy-to-read black and white markings printed in 1 inch grids marked in 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch increments.

Use the easy-to-read, black numbers (printed on white dots) and the 1/4 inch grip sides to cut whole inches. (The 1/4 inch dashed lines printed on two adjoining sides aid in trimming seam allowances.)

Use the patented Turn-A-Round™ feature — designated by the easy to read, numerical white numbers (printed on black dots) and the 1/2 inch grip sides — to add the 1/2 inch seam allowance. (I am constantly amazed that people don’t know how to use this feature to their advantage.)

Use the white 45 degree angle to trim half-square triangles in whole inch increments. Use the black 45 degree angle to trim half-square triangles in half inch increments. An additional black 45 degree line is placed so that two angles cross one-quarter inch away from the outside edge. Use these markings to square up flying geese units; squares set on point or to mark cross-hatching. The ruler also features a 30 degree/60 degree angle.

White horizontal and vertical lines are printed on the rectangle so the center of the ruler is easily distinguishable. Use these lines to fussy cut stripes and borders.

These rectangles come in nineteen different widths and lengths so there is sure to be one that is perfect for your needs!

CLPGRG008Now that you – and your customers – know all of the features of our rectangles – and know how to use them – show how easy it is to make this Cut Loose Press™ pattern – Double Four Patch #CLPGRG008.  This lap sized quilt can be made in an afternoon and is easy to kit – just pull combinations of 18 fat quarters.  The entire quilt is made from strip sets of five inch and 2 1/2 inch strips that are sub-cut to create the fourteen inch blocks.  It is a great masculine quilt but works just as well in juvenile prints.  It will become their go-to quilt so have lots of fat quarter bundles to choose from!

Now that everyone knows the advantages of the Creative Grids® rectangles, it is time to talk about our squares – which come in 15 different sizes.  The 10 1/2 inch size #CGR10 is quickly becoming a favorite since it is easy to use with pre-cuts.

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It has many of the same features as our rectangles – grip, easy to read black and white markings, the Turn-a-Round feature and a 45 degree angle that is perfect when squaring up half-square triangles.  The perfect demo?  The Cut Loose Press™ patterns Sonoma #CLPCAM001 and Diablo #CLPCAM005.  They are both made the same way.  The only difference?  Diablo includes raw edge applique squares to give it more of a Southwest look.

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Once again, this pattern is pre-cut friendly – in this case, 10 inch squares.  One package of squares and the background is all they need to get started (once again, easy to kit).  This pattern features a simple technique.  Simply make half-square triangles from a set of squares and trim to size with the ten and a half inch Creative Grids® square.  That’s right – each “medallion” is created with two matching sets of ten inch squares!  Talk about a lot of bang for your buck!

The half-square triangles are then cut into 2 1/4 inch segments to create the pattern.  In this case, I recommend the #CGR212 – a 2 1/2 inch by 12 1/2 inch rectangle.  Simply place the dashed 1/4″ inch line on the ruler on the outside edge of the half-square triangle to eliminate the math!

All three of these Cut Loose Press™ patterns are reasonably priced and great technique demonstrations.  Why not take advantage of them today?

Stripology Squared is in the Building

I am SOOOO excited to announce the arrival of the latest Stripology ruler by Gudrun Erla of GE Designs – Stripology Squared!  This version includes all of the features of the original Stripology Ruler plus features that will make squaring up blocks a breeze.
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Stripology Squared includes markings to square up half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles, and blocks in whole and half inch sizes up to 12½”.  And, since the slots are longer to accommodate larger blocks, it is the perfect choice for those of you who wanted a longer version.

An added bonus?  The weight of the ruler stabilizes the block so nothing moves – even when dealing with multiple seams.  And the smaller size is easy to manipulate – and the price point reflects the difference in size.

The Stripology Squared works perfectly when working with pre-cuts such as 10″ squares.  And in typical Gudrun fashion, she has LOTS of support for the ruler.

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All of these patterns look intricate and extremely complex – until you see how simple they are when you piece simple blocks – and sub-cut them in a multitude of ways.  Every pattern is the beginning of a great class – and a great way to demonstrate the ruler.

Gudrun has also designed a fast and easy Cut Loose Press pattern ‘Wingman’, that would be a great gift with purchase of the ruler.

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And the best part???  Everything is in stock and ready to ship!  This would be a perfect choice for a twelve days of Christmas promotion.

Turbo 4-Patch combines speed and accuracy

Deb Heatherly, designer of the Cat’s Cradle and Strippy Star, created the Turbo 4-Patch when she was teaching a class and the quilt required HUNDREDS of mini 4-Patches.  She knew her students would baulk at making these units the traditional way so a new trim tool was born!
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Create four-patch blocks in 16 different sizes ranging from ½” to 4″ finished sizes in a matter of minutes. Simply place the markings on the ruler directly on the seam line and trim. Since the blocks are trimmed after cutting, sewing, and pressing, any distortion caused by these steps is corrected and each four-patch will be the perfect size every time!   

This trim tool is the perfect companion for the 2-½” and 5″ pre-cuts that are on the market. We know that they aren’t always cut the exact same size so cutting from the seam line guarantees  accuracy.

Deb has created several patterns that showcase this tool.  These three Cut Loose Press™ patterns are great class options.
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This tool can also be combined with Deb’s other Trim Tools such as the Strippy Star.CLPDHE012  CGRDH2
She has also created several full sized patterns that are striking.  My Radiant Star combines four-patches and half-square triangles to maximum effect.DH16909
Or make this darling basket quilt called Addison:
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Or teach all three tools in Ella’s Attic:
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Whether used individually or in tandem, these tools are a delight!

You asked – we delivered!

As soon as we developed the Itty Bitty Eights Creative Grids rulers with Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings, we got requests for a bigger size!  And when you talk – we listen!

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This 5″ by 15″ version is perfect for ALL of your cutting needs – not just when working in miniature.  And the 5″ width is perfect for cutting 5″ charm strips or squares – another request we have heard!

Big quilts and blocks require 1/8 inch cuts as well.  This ruler highlights the 1/8″markings which are hard to use on traditional rulers. The black and white dashed 1/8″ markings show on both light and dark fabrics. Refer to the black diamonds when cutting 1/8″ units; the white diamonds when cutting 1/4″ units.  It can’t get any easier than that!

The 3/16″ marking printed along the length of each side of the ruler are the perfect width for cutting wool bias strips for appliques. One is white and one is black. Choose the line that shows best on your chosen fabric.

Lisa has designed two Cut Loose Press patterns that showcase the features on the Itty Bitty Eights series.  I love combining piecing with applique – the best of both worlds and she does not disappoint!  Or choose this quilt – the perfect baby quilt whether in blues or pinks.  Add flannel for that awe factor!

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Don’t forget to include the 6 inch square and 3″ x 7″ version in your display.  Let your customers choose their favorites!

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Critters, and Monsters, and Monkeys Oh My!

I was lucky enough to speak and demo at the Shipshewana Quilt Festival right along side of Margaret Travis of Eazy Peazy Quilts.  This woman rocked it!  She sold out of everything!!!  The only thing behind her were empty hooks!

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Her new Zip It Critters and Zip It Monsters patterns were the hit of the show – and are so easy to make with the Bosal eight inch round shapes that are fusible on both sides.  You can make two monsters from each pack.

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Be sure to order plenty of her other patterns that use these circles as well.  These don’t include zippers so for those who are intimidated by the Z word, these may be a great starting point.  At this class you can remove the intimidation factor by showing how easy it is to incorporate zippers into this project!

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Or introduce this technique with one of her Cut Loose Press™ patterns.

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Why not introduce these as a mother/daughter class this summer?  They can learn how to sew zippers; make bias binding; and applique – and finish the project in class!  Hang them from their book bag for a great way to store lunch money or notes that need returned to the teacher!

Log Cabin Cutting Tips

I love, love, love the series of Log Cabin Trim Tools from Creative Grids®.  The width of the strips varies depending on the size – and I didn’t like doing the math when I was cutting out multiple strips!  But then I realized that I didn’t have to!

The eight inch log cabin requires strips to be at least 1 3/4″ wide.  Guess what!  The center white line of the CGR312 or the holes down the center of the Quick Trim Tool are 1 3/4″ away from the edge!  Cut strips to this width – no more math required!
CGRJAW1  CGRMT1The same thing applies to the CGRJAWMN4 – the four inch log cabin trim tool.  The center line of the CGR212 is 1 1/4″ away from the outside edge.  Since that is half the width of a jelly roll strip, I can use this line to cut strips from yardage – or cut 2 1/2″ strips in half.  They don’t have to be perfect because there is a fudge factor built into these trim tools.

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Since I have been sharing this tip, about half that buy the tool also buy the companion 3 1/2″ or 2 1/2″ wide rulers.  After all, they are a great size as stand alone rulers as well.

There is tons of support for these rulers.  Check out the companions that appear below each ruler on the Checker website.  Here are a few of the new Cut Loose Press™ patterns that support the four inch version…..

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Christmas in July

The Christmas fabrics have arrived – so now what???  Here are some of the latest and most popular patterns to showcase with the fabric.  Preview them in your display and see what draws everyone’s interests before you make your samples.

This three dimensional Christmas tree lights up – and is this generation’s ceramic Christmas tree!

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This Snowman tablerunner from Cut Loose Press™ is made with the eight inch Creative Grids® Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool.

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This Cut Loose Press™ pattern by Chistine Van Buskirk is not actually a Christmas quilt – but would work up beautifully!
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These Christmas books are in the top 100 so you know your customers will love them.
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We all know that embroidery is the perfect travel project for summer and this book has lots of ideas for those who love hand embroidery.  Holiday Wishes by Sherri Falls includes a block of the month cover quilt as well as several projects.

Ask your customers what they would like featured in classes before the holiday season!