Instant Gratification

We all love instant gratification – and these new patterns scheduled for Market release by Gudrun Erla of GE Designs are just that.  And, at $6.50 retail, your customers will pick them up like candy!

These Quilt as you Go patterns are also quick and easy classes – and they will go home with a finished project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why not demonstrate how fast it is to cut the needed strips with the Stripology or Stripology Squared?  Stack the fabrics and cut out an entire pattern in less than five minutes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or teach Nova – a quilt made with 10″ squares which are sub-cut with the Stripology Squared ruler.

 

 

 

 

 

Or showcase them on a demo day!  Your customers will be glad you did!

It is G-Easy!

I love, love, love, this new product because it has a wealth of uses!  These stickers by Gudrun Erla of GE Designs are reusable, repositionable, and stick to rulers, mats, fabric, and sewing machines!

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Each package contains one sheet of each color – turquoise, pink and lime green.  There are 64 arrow stickers per sheet – for a total of 192 stickers for just $7.95!

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They are easily removable and don’t leave any residue. Mark the cutting lines on your mat for fast, accurate and consistent cutting.  And, if need be, write on them with a permanent marker or wet erase pens.

 

And, since this lovely lady also developed the Stripology and Stripology Squared rulers with Creative Grids®, they are the perfect companion for that tool as well.

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These are the perfect register sale!  Who can resist?

 

Prepping for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday

This blog has two different audiences – and today I am speaking to both!  Quilters – use this holiday season to support your local quilt shop.  Quilt shops who don’t sell machines are historically not as busy this time of year because most of you have already made your gifts and are busy cooking, cleaning, decorating – you get the picture!

How can we make this a win/win for everyone?  As a shop owner, take a minute to look at your shop through your customers’ eyes.  Set up vignettes that will interest everyone!

For those of us who have friends who want to learn to quilt, why not buy them a kit? For instance, the new Stripology Squared #GE-512, ruler by Creative Grids® #CGRGE2 is a perfect companion to the book.  Add a bundle of 10″ squares to complete the package.

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Go through all of the books and patterns in your store and “kit” everything that is based on fat quarters and other pre-cuts.  If they require a specific tool or ruler, include that in the display.  And, if you have a sample of it, all the better.  Bringing that sample to the forefront may have everyone looking at it with fresh eyes!

One of my favorite families who quilt buy each other a “kit” each year.  They pick out a project that they know the other will love.  Everyone has a year to finish them – and bring the finished project to the get together the following year.  Past “kits” have included a baby quilt for the sister that was going to be a first time grandmother; a collection of musical fabrics for the piano teacher – you get the idea.  And what a great tradition!  As newbies marry into the family, they are asked to join the group  – and taught how to quilt!  Talk about paying it forward!

And for that beginner?  Have a display of rotary cutters, mats, and rulers as well.  Be sure to include lots of gift certificates so they can buy a beginning class to go to with their new tools.  Be sure to include some beginning patterns such as Yellow Brick Road and kits to go with them.

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Have written copies of your class schedule that starts in January so they can give that as part of the gift!

Now, lets move onto stocking stuffers!  Go through all of your notions, buttons, and embellishments and make a display that is eye appealing!

Last but not least, tell your customers that you are ready for them!  Facebook is your friend!  My best idea?  Ask your customers to come in and fill out a wishlist.  Have them give you their spouses email.  Then, send their significant other an email with the items on the wishlist and prices.  Offer to get everything together and wrap it for them.  Be their one stop shop!!!  And don’t forget to ask them if they want to add a gift certificate to the order.  Believe me – they will be so thrilled they will actually be buying something that their partner wants, that they will be thanking you – and want to repeat this for other holidays!

Ready, set, go!  Wishing you all a great weekend!

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.

Stripology Squared

Gudrun Erla of GE Designs has just released her third book featuring her top selling Stripology ruler – and all I can say is WOW!

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For those of you who are already fans, Stripology Squared features ten patterns that ALL use layer cakes.
In this book, Gudrun really makes this ruler sing.  Learn how to use that 10″ square imprinted on the ruler – and then take it one step further and learn how to use those angles!
With ten different patterns in multiple sizes from crib to queen/king, the hardest part will be choosing which one to make first!
Just look at some of the possibilities:

 

 

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And did I mention that it was in full color and has a special binding so it lays flat??? The Stripology ruler has become a shop staple since it’s release – and should be showcased front and center in YOUR shop!

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These books will be arriving in our warehouse any day so order them today and set up your own display!  Why not create the Trifecta by selling the tool, the book, and the fabric?

Strip your way to Success

Gudrun’s Stripology ruler has been flying off the shelves since its release last Market – and sales will continue to climb with the release of her new program – Stripology 2!
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Item #CGRGE1  Retail $54.95

This book includes a host of strip friendly projects that are easy to cut, easy to sew, but have tons of personality.  You will want to make them all….in multiples….Just warning you because once you see the samples at Market (sneak peak in pics below) you will be adding several more projects to your bucket list!  Fortunately, Gudrun makes it sew easy that you can cross most of them off in an afternoon!

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Item #GE510  Retail $16.00

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This book comes with a Shop Program with lots of class ideas and tips to turn a class into a series that your customers will love.

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She is releasing some new patterns as well – and one will have every OSU fan drooling.  Make a shop sample, and you won’t be able to keep red and gray fabrics in stock.

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Item #GE169  Retail $10.00

Display some of these 2 1/2″ strip packs beside them to get your customers started.  Each pack includes 24 strips.

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We no longer have to take a back seat to those “I” states that she highlighted last year!

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Sorry Michigan – maybe next year…..

“X” marks the spot takes on a whole new look in Strip Plus.

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Item #GE168  Retail $10.00

Make these the showcase of your after Market party.  All of these items are due to arrive this week so place your orders now.








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilt-as-you-Go with Gudrun Erla

Simply put – Gudrun is on a roll….

Her Creative Grids Stripology ruler is selling like hotcakes – in fact, we are getting another order this week.  (It is hard to keep it in stock.)

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And the supporting book is #1 on the Checker hit parade.

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Her new book – Quilt-as-you-Go features 14 projects that can be completed – start to finish – on a home sewing machine.

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Love this for Spring…brings back memories of cherry blossoms in Washington D.C.

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What a perfect Easter display….

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Placemats that add a spice of color – and look like they would be right at home in a 70’s kitchen!

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Bold, bright and beautiful….

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And, all of them can be completed – start to finish – in no time at all!  What is not to love!

Take a Stripology class with Creative Grids and GE Designs

I LOVE this new ruler by Gudrun Erla of GE Designs.  Reduce your cutting time  by 75% with this new Stripology ruler.

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Item #CGRGE1  Retail $54.95

This Creative Grids ruler is made out of a strong, pliable material that doesn’t move or shift while cutting – and has lots of bells and whistles.  Vertical slits are long enough to easily cut through folded fat quarters and folded yardage straight off the bolt.\

The signature CGR gripper strips hold multiple layers of fabric in place with absolutely no slipping when cutting.  The slots are positioned 1/2″ apart with dashed white and black markings between them.  These markings are visible on both light and dark fabrics. LOVE it!

There are also horizontal markings – printed every half inch – alternating in black and white – again, visible on all colors of fabric.  Use these lines to square up the fabric before cutting to guarantee perfect right angles with every cut!

Need to cut those popular 1 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ strips?  Simply cut through all of the slots marked with a square or star on the bottom of the ruler – no math required!  (In addition, Gudrun will show you how to also cut 1/4″ measurements!)

Need to sub-cut 10″ squares?  Position them under the defined white square on the ruler to guarantee square cuts every time.

Use the 45 and 60 ddegree angles to sub cut diamonds and other angled shapes – again watch Gudrun’s video to show you how…

The support for this ruler is simply amazing!  Gudrun has created this Cut Loose Press pattern that offers the perfect opportunity to showcase how to cut strips – and then sub cut them with the ruler.  Waverunner is just darling – and can be pieced in an afternoon!

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If you live in an “I” state – Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, or Iowa – her new pattern , I-Strip will be a huge hit with every sports fan!  Do it in school colors and you won’t be able to keep it in stock!

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“Nina” puts a whole new spin on nine-patches…

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Item #GE167  Retail $10.00

Then there is the book – Stripology – named after the on-going program that Gudrun is creating around this ruler.  She has taken some of her most popular patterns and made them with 1 1/2″ strips.  The patterns include instructions in three different sizes…

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If you forget how to use any of the amazing features on this ruler, scan the QR code and watch a video demonstration.  It’s not every day you get to take the designer home with you!  Everything is in the system so order now!  It will be ready to ship by Quilt Market.  It doesn’t get any better than that!

Meet the Vendors – Part Two

It’s all about the details – and here are some tips I learned from the vendors that I can’t wait to share with my students!  Teachable moments like these will keep your customers coming back for more….

Julie Creuz of La Todera

Julie is the expert in three dimensional flowers in the industry.  Many of her patterns are great Make and Takes for your Christmas Open Houses.  Teach them how to make one – no machines required – and they will be making them for everyone on their gift list:  http://www.checkerdist.com/products/search?page=2&sort=score

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Aurifil Threads

Threads have taken on a life of their own – and the folks at Aurifil have all of the answers!  When should you use a 50 weight; 40 weight; 12 weight – cotton or polyester – and why!  They have it all:  http://www.checkerdist.com/products/search?keywords=aurifil&relatedto=

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Phyllis and Mitch Meiring of In the Patches

Phyllis has taught me that packaging DOES matter – and her wools are packaged so expertly that customers just can’t resist.  If you are hesitant about getting into wools, try the chunks.  These assortments are created for specific holidays and seasons:  http://www.checkerdist.com/products/search?f_v=B397&page=1&sort=score  (That is Renee – their assistant buyer sandwiched between them!)

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Gudrun Erla of GE Designs

Gudrun has that unique ability to transition between Modern and Traditional so her designs appeal to everyone!  In her new book, for instance, she creates a circle effect using a traditional Cathedral Window technique:  http://www.checkerdist.com/products/search?keywords=gudrun+erla&relatedto=

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Roland Burdion of Bosal

If you aren’t stocking their pre-cut placemats in every size, you are missing sales – plain and simple.  They were literally flying out the door!  A set of four is less than a yard of fabric:  http://www.checkerdist.com/products/search?keywords=bosal&relatedto=

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These vendors shared enough ideas and tips to fill an entire roster of classes and demos…..but there are more…..

 

Congratulations Gudrun of GE Designs

Gudrun moved to the United State 10 years ago this month – and we are thrilled that she brought her creativity to us!  Her first pattern – Braid Runner – is still her number one seller.

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Gudrun continues to grow as an artist and – even though her style is constantly evolving – the patterns are instantly recognizable as her own.  Her latest book combines her unique geometric style.  In ” fast & furious”, the projects showcase a sleek, modern look that give a hint of the original roots.  As a traditional quilter, the cover of the book brings to mind a Dresden Plate – but this sleek, modern version fits in any decor.

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Hexagons are gaining in popularity and once again, Gudrun is on the cutting edge.  These place mats would be at home on any table.

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If you know a girl under six, you know that they all want to be princesses.  Disney couldn’t be happier!  This quilt would be loved by every princess in your life!

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These wall hangings are simply works of art!

 

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In “Big  Blocks Big Style” Gudrun has combined nine different projects in a variety of sizes.  Sometimes bigger is better!

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The high contrast in the fabrics in this quilt make it the perfect choice for a back to school quilt.  This version would make any Buckeye fan drool….

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She gave pyramids a whole new look.  Who can resist this interpretation of 60 degrees???

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Sew simple – and sew striking…

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And, yes, hexagons work up quickly in “big” as well.

 

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Come celebrate with Gudrun at our Open House August 18 and 19, 2013.  Let her explain how easy it is to construct these projects from strips.