Mini Curvy Log Cabins Have Entered the Building

When you ask, we listen! Thousands of you have fallen in love with the six and eight-inch Creative Grids® Curvy Log Cabins that make twelve and sixteenth-inch circles. But sometimes smaller is just plain fun so welcome the four-inch Curvy Log Cabin to the family!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These smaller blocks are just as fun and easy to make as the other sizes – with even more accentuated curves. Check out the possibilities with these Cut Loose Press™ patterns.

Fried Green Tomatoes includes a table runner and a set of place mats. Yin and Yang pillows show how block placement creates a totally different look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Runaway Pinwheels below really shows how this smaller size sings! Round the World Tote has an Asian influence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circle of Love is an unusual setting that shows this block off to its fullest!

 

 

 

 

 

You already know who will want this one so order them now!

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!

 

Pineapple Play the Jean Ann Way

Jean Ann Wright’s newest book – Pineapple Play – is now in stock and brimming with projects and ideas that make the Creative Grids® Pineapple Trim Tool shine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone has a pineapple quilt on their bucket list so why not be inspired?  Whether you choose a traditional version or a block with a twist, the blocks have never been easier!

The Pineapple Mini has arrived!

Minis are all the rage – and they have never been easier!  The Creative Grids® Pineapple Trim Tool Mini makes pineapples in 4, 5, and 6 inch sizes.

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This one inch center with half inch pineapple strips is the perfect companion to the popular four and six inch log cabin trim tools that were the hit of market.

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This Cut Loose Press™ pattern – South Beach Pineapple Treats is the perfect choice for a traditional pineapple setting with  that extra spice added with perfect fabric choices.  It creates the illusion of circles.

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Swirly Pearly Buttons looks similar to a Snail’s Trail with a lot less work – and once again, it is color placement!  This one reminds me of those all day suckers I used to beg for at the fair!

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Petite Pineapple Garden features the more traditional black fabric that sets off these happy colors to a tea!

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Or, you may want to choose this pillow or place mat for a perfect class project that they could actually finish in an afternoon class!

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Simply stop after six rounds for a four inch size; add two more for the five inch version; or complete all ten for the six inch version.  As an added bonus, these strips are cut 1 1/4″ wide – half the width of the popular 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ ruler.  Therefore you can use that white center line to cut jelly rolls in half and start sewing a multitude of blocks in no time!

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Don’t forget the original for those who want a larger size.  It makes 6″; 8″ and 10″ sizes.

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A Classic – The Original Creative Grids Log Cabin

CGRJAW1The original eight inch version of the Creative Grids® Log Cabin Trim Tool by Jean Ann Wright was the beginning of our most popular line of trim tools. I just did a guild tour and was shocked that not one person was familiar with this tool. If you aren’t demonstrating it in your shop, you are flat out loosing sales!
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There are lots of books and patterns to support this tool – and it continues to inspire new designs.  These three Cut Loose Press™ patterns are the most recent additions.  LOVE them!!!
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Nancy Myers creates a curve effect in these leaf designs by inserting folded squares which are then folded back to curve over the pieced log cabins. Simply brilliant! Doesn’t it make you want to go to the beach?
Cabin Flower uses the same technique – and looks totally different in the purple and pink colorway.
The Rising Star traditional log cabin block is stunning.  It is eighty inches square and is fat quarter friendly.  What a dramatic display quilt. Once your customers have tried this, they will want to try ALL of the trim tools by Jean Ann Wright!

 

Perfect Log Cabin Minis Every Time!

I love, love, LOVE these new Creative Grids® releases!  I love minis and could never achieve perfect log cabins in four and six inch sizes until now!  These trim tools also create Courthouse Steps and Half Log Cabin blocks – with the cutting requirements printed right on the tool!
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I am not exaggerating!  I have made over 700 log cabin blocks in 4″and  6″ sizes – and they are just as accurate in the 4″ size with 1/2″ logs as they are in the 6″ size with 3/4″ logs!  In fact, I love them so much that I wrote a book based on the six inch size – but more about that when we have a publishing date!

Jean Ann wrote a book that is available NOW – yes it is in stock!
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This book includes patterns for projects made with the four AND the six inch log cabin tools.
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There are also some charming Cut Loose Press patterns to support them as well!
Glory in the Cabin is a striking table runner that uses the six inch size.
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Or create a needle case…
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Diamond in the Logs by Debby Kratovil features the four inch version.
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Last but not least, Deb Heatherly has combined several of our top Creative Grids rulers to create this gorgeous quilt.  Why not do this as a demo of the month type quilt?  More about this later when the book is in stock!  It is at the printers now!DH1601
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These rulers sell themselves!  Just have a sample sitting by the register!  Visit our website to watch the videos and see just how easy it is to be perfect!

We’re making changes at Cut Loose Press

Cut Loose Press™ patterns are designed for shops to demonstrate products.  They are reasonably priced and are easy projects to showcase tools, notions, and techniques.

For instance, Rainbow Swirls was created with the Creative Grids 6″ Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool.
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Drum roll please!!!!  The minimum order has been changed from twelve to six – which means smaller shops can now participate.  AND, they have added a hang-hole at the top so they can be easily hung for display.  Everything else you loved about CLP stays the same.

For those of you who haven’t tried Cut Loose Press™ (CLP), here is a perfect example of why you should.

This six inch log cabin trim tool designed by Jean Ann Wright is one of a series of trim tools – and is a great demo!  The technique?  The strips for the logs are cut 1/4″ larger than needed.  Each round – which consists of two wide and two narrow logs – are trimmed before the next round is added.  Any variation caused by cutting, sewing and pressing are corrected before the next round is added!  Perfect results every time!
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Now that you have everyone’s attention, why not offer a class immediately after the demo?  Why not offer the class FREE if they buy the tool and kit for Roundabout – this gorgeous tablerunner – another favorite CLP!
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Once your customers see how easy it is to create these intricate designs, they will want to do more.  Many of these patterns are fat quarter friendly so it is easy to kit.  If you don’t sell a kit, just return the fat quarters to inventory!  Absolutely no risk!
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These patterns also suggest other notions that your customers may want.  For instance, since these are scrappy quilts, a Bitty Buddy by Gypsy Quilter is convenient because it is a tabletop waste basket that collapses to carry to class.
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These companion items are listed below each pattern on our website.  The yardage requirements for each pattern are shown on the website as well so you can check out the kitting requirements.  Why not score a trifecta – fabric, notion, and pattern???

Square on Square – the hit at Road to California

I demonstrated the Creative Grids® Square on Square rulers at the Road to California show and they loved them!
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Why does everyone LOVE this tool?  For the same reason, they love the entire line of Jean Ann Wright’s trim tools.  All of these tools solve the problems quilters face when piecing blocks that start with a center square.  These blocks tend to become skewed because of cutting inconsistencies; variations in seam allowances; and distortions while pressing.

The triangles are cut slightly larger and trimmed to size AFTER cutting, sewing and pressing – and the end result is spectacular!

Check out this new Spinning Snails pattern by Lynn Roddy Brown.  Yes – this is the first tool designed to create the Snail’s Trail block.  It is simply the color placement of the triangles.  And don’t you love the scrappy look and the rail fence border???CLPLRB001
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Sunflower Trails creates movement by piecing the Snail’s Trails blocks out of just three colors.
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Jean Ann Wright’s blue version makes me want to go to the beach!
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But this tool is named Square on Square for a reason!  Don’t forget that the traditional blocks make striking quilts as well.
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Look what happens when you piece a block and center it in a square on square.CLPJAW040
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The additional bells and whistles make this a must have:
1.  The cutting instructions are printed right on the tool. (The outside edge of the block is always on the straight of grain.)
2.  Create a 4″ block by stopping after two triangles or complete an 8″ block by adding four rounds of triangles.
3.  Use the squares on the ruler to piece or fussy cut a 2″ or 4″ finished square.

These added features expand the design potential exponentially!  Why not give it a try?  It also comes in a six-inch version.  (Item #CGRJAW7).  Whichever size you choose, you will be happy with the result!

 

Jean Ann Wright’s Square on Square 6 Inch Trim Tool

I have been a fan of everything Jean Ann since I used the first Log Cabin Trim Tool – and thousands of you have had the same experience.  They all follow one basic concept:  Cut the pieces slightly larger and trim them to size.

This latest addition – the Square on Square 6″ Trim Tool – incorporates that proven concept as each round of setting triangles are added.

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Item #CGRJAW7  Retail $17.95

Start with a square ( or pieced) and add triangles to each side – then trim.  Add another round of triangles to create a 3 1/2″ square.  We call this size the “A’ bonus block.  I love working in miniature so I was instantly hooked – and had to design around this size alone!

Four-Patch Squared showcases these A blocks with a pieced four-patch in the middle.  And guess what!  You can piece four-patches; quarter-square triangles; or pinwheels and square them up to the perfect size by using the center trim tool printed on the corner of the ruler.  I used this feature to trim the four-patches used in the cornerstones as well.  You know when you can create miniatures this perfect, adding two more rounds is a piece of cake!

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In Lots of Dots, Debby Kratovil starts with a 3 1/2″ square and adds two “B” rounds to create a perfect 6″ finished square.  This is the perfect opportunity to showcase a conversational fabric for an I Spy quilt or fussy cut your favorite fabric.

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Jean Ann uses color placement to create this Little Widget design:

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In Team Colors, Jean Ann starts with a nine-patch measuring 3 1/2″ and adds two sets of triangles to create a perfect six inch finished block.  Then she sets half-square triangles on point – and appliques a circle to create a very masculine quilt which would be perfect in YOUR team colors!

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In Fussy Cut Squared, I centered an 3 1/2″ embroidery block by Bird Brain Designs into the center of a 6″ finished block.  The corner posts are four-patches trimmed to the perfect size before adding two rounds of triangles.

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In La Petite Fleur Jean Ann combines six inch log cabins with the Square on Square Trim Tool.  These log cabins were created with the CGRJAW1 – two rounds were added so that it measures the same size as the six inch trim tool.

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See why I love this tool???  The versatility is amazing.  And you haven’t seen anything yet!  Check out the alternate size:  the eight inch version to see how to create a Snails’ Trail block with this tool.  The design potential is endless.  Everything is in stock, so why not start creating your own masterpieces today???

The Perfect Partnership – Creative Grids and Cut Loose Press

With over 100 rulers in our tool box, designers are finding just what they need to create spectacular quilts.  These are just a few of the new Cut Loose Press patterns that feature Creative Grids that have been released this summer.

Who doesn’t LOVE the Jean Ann Wright trim tools?  Fascination is created with the eight inch Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool.

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Roundabout is striking in batiks – and the pieced border added to just two sides gives it a modern look.

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Sunny Shadows gives a different look to a traditional log cabin block.  Laura Blanchard starts with a half-square triangle – and then snowballs some of the corners to create a striking quilt!

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Color placement of the strips in this Pineapple Slice quilt creates a secondary pattern that floats…

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This hexie quilt is absolutely quirky – from the angled edges to the turned striped units – what is not to love!

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Why not start creating you own works of art today???