Flying High With Kari Carr

Kari of New Leaf Stitches has released one of the hottest Christmas quilts this season!  Nordic Elves features two different settings – and both are adorable!

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Item #NLS-152  Retail $9.50

The square version features these happy guys separated by Christmas trees.  Cut the hats out of an adorable Christmas stripe.  Either version is easy to piece when cut with the Kite Plus Ruler.

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Item #CGRKC1  Retail $24.45

Why not make a coordinating tree skirt as well?

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Citrus is a perfect summer table topper – but can be easily adapted to create a spectacular tree skirt.

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Item #NLS-153  Retail $9.50

Or why not stitch up Daisy Chain?  It looks like a sea of umbrellas on the beach!

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Item #NLS-151  Retail $9.50

This ruler makes piecing these quilts a piece of cake!  I can’t believe how easy it is to produce perfect blocks every time!  Why not make it the focus of your next demo day???

Perfect Angles Every Time

I had an opportunity to visit with Kari Carr, the inventor of the original Perfect Angles recently.  After seeing the quality of her piecing, I am a believer!

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Item #NLS-CPA08  Retail $11.00

This template clings to the base of your sewing machine so it is always in position – ready to sew any 45 degree angle without drawing lines!  Whether you are sewing half-square triangles; snowball blocks; flying geese units; or mitering seams for bindings – simply place the point of the fabric on the appropriate line on the template.

This product should be a staple in every beginning quilting class!  Your students can follow the markings to sew a perfect 1/4″ or 5/8″ seam consistently every time!  Experienced quilters will love the time saving aspect – no drawing lines!

Share this notion with a whole new generation of quilters.  They will be glad you did!

Thanks for the Memories – Open House in Pictures – Part One

This event is all about education – and our vendors are eager to share their knowledge with everyone.  Inspiration resides in every booth – and around every corner…

Rita Fishel demonstrated the three newest Creative Grids rulers….

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Dawn from the Warm Company was thrilled to announce that Steam-A-Seam 2 is back….

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The mother/daughter team from Fishsticks Patterns shared their wonderful handbags and projects…

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Both of Edyta’s new books arrived in time to be autographed at the Open House so she had a big smile on her face….

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Maddie and Steve of Quiltsmart celebrated their anniversary with us…

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Fran and Michael of Clover shared their newest notions.  Fran officially retires at Market so we were thrilled that we were one of her final shows….

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They all got the memo – black was the official outfit for the Round Robin Rebels – Terri Degenkolb of Whimsicals; Kari Carr of New Leaf Stitches; and Gudrun Erla of GE Designs….

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Robin Kingsley of Bird Brain Designs was an absolute delight and wowed everyone with her new fabric and embroidery designs….

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These sisters from Sister’s Common Threads are the brains behind the iron caddy and shared their new patterns…

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Jill Finley of Jillily Studios shared her new program.   She is famous for her wonderful applique projects so you may know her as the inventory of Appli-glue…

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Kendall from Silhouette amazed everyone when they saw what is possible when quilting meets technology…

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Coleen helped shops design their space with the efficient fabric display cabinets built by her company…

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The gals from Adornit provided that “awe” factor when they displayed their wonderful baby quilt fabric lines and patterns…

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The girls from Sew Michelle showed everyone how to incorporate vinyl mesh into their projects…

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They were all smiles – as you can see – and a delight to work with!

 

Round Robin Rebels Reunion at Open House – Part One

When Kari Carr of New Leaf Stitches designed a ruler for Creative Grids, she called her quilting friends – better known as the Round Robin Rebels – and asked them to create a quilt showcasing the new Kite ruler.  The quilt can be created by your friends/customers in five rounds (Item #CLPGER006; #CLPKCA004; #CLPKCA005; #CLPTDE001; & #CLPTDE002).

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Kari Carr, Gudrun Erla and Terri Degenkolb will be sharing a booth at our Open House to introduce their Round Robin Rebels program.  (Yes, they are willing to take this program on the road and lecture and teach at your event.)  This program is so successful because these ladies are renowned designers individually.

This quilt combines 15 degree (CGREU1); 30 degree (CGRSG1) and 60 degree (CGRKC1) angles.  Sew together a 60 and two 15’s to create a ninety degree with style!  But they didn’t stop there.  They have created an entire series of patterns that showcase these ruler combinations.

The Kite Ruler

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Item #CGRKC1  Retail $24.45

All of these projects are made with this ruler:

Kite Runner

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Pieced Rose Star

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Candy Corn

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Striped Kites

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Item #NLS141  Retail $6.50

Spring Sky

This project incorporates 30 degree angles as well (CGRSG1).

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Item #NLS142 Retail $6.50

Blacksmith

And look what happens when you add 120 degree angles (CGR120R) to the 60 (CGRKC1) and 30 (CGRSG1).

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Item #NLS143  Retail $9.00

Tick Tock Clocks

Add some style to every room with Kari’s clocks created with 30 degree angles (CGRSG1).

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Item #NLSB114  Retail $16.00

Come visit with Kari at the Checker Open House.

Kari Carr Joins the Creative Grids Hexie Craze

I LOVE this ruler!  With Kari’s instructions, I pieced PERFECT inset points the very first time – and it is sooooo easy!  I have avoided them for 30 years – and it turns out, I just didn’t have the right tools!

The Kite Plus Tool cuts perfect kites that finish to 2″; 4″; 6″ and 8″.  Since there are holes drilled to mark the seam line, inset points are a piece of cake!  She has written precise instructions that will amaze your customers!  I can’t wait to demonstrate it!

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Item #CGRKC1  Retail $24.45

The secret behind this brilliant idea?  The combination of a 60 degree triangle and a 120 degree triangle creates 90 degree triangles on each side.  Sewing the 120 degree end of three kites together creates a perfect 60 degree angle!  And, since that is our number one selling specialty ruler, I can’t wait to see what happens when you all let your creative juices flow!

Kari has designed two Cut Loose Press patterns that are great demos.

Hybrid Hexie Kite Runner is created with a base cut on the fold – fast and easy the Kari Carr way!  And remember those 90 degree angles I mentioned?  She places a square of contrasting fabric on them – like you would to make a snowball!  It looks SOOO complicated but is actually so simple!  This entire table runner is only 12 pieced 60 degree triangles!

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Hybrid Hexi Pieced Rose Star once again eliminates a piece by cutting kites on the fold.  And, yes, following her instructions, you will piece them perfectly the first time!

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Striped Kites is actually just six fussy cut pieced 60 degree triangles.  This is so easy, you could make them as gifts for everyone on your list!  The fabric works for you…

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 Item #NLS141  Retail $6.50

Spring Sky is very dramatic and combines the Kite Plus ruler with the 30 degree triangle (CGRSG1),  With all of the Christmas fabrics arriving next month, who pictures this as a great tree skirt!

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Item #NLS142  Retail $6.50

Blacksmith is simply a show stopper!  I love the description on our website:

Bold and graphic anvils are forged in this dynamic quilt. Classic enough for the traditionalist, yet modernism at it’s finest.

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Item #NLS143  Retail $9.00

This quilt combines the 30 degree triangle; the Kite Plus Ruler; AND the CGR 120 degree triangle – the triumvirate of triangles!

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Item #CGR120R  Retail $26.45

Take any 60 degree triangle pattern in your store and spice it up by piecing some of the triangles!  Your customers will love it – and you will be demoing this ruler again and again!

Round Robin Rebels Unite

The Round Robin Rebels are a group of your favorite designers who became friends at Market and decided to work on a quilt together.  Gudrun Erla of GE Designs organized the original challenge that appeared in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  It was a huge success so when Kari Carr of New Leaf Stitches wanted to design a ruler for Creative Grids, Terri Degenkolb of Whimsicals and Gudrun decided to do it again.

Round Robin Rebels Unite was born:

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Kari Carr designed the Creative Grids Kite Plus ruler that just arrived in the warehouse this week.  The concept is brilliant – combine the ever popular 60 degree triangle with a 120 degree triangle to create a Kite.  But since the kite is created with these angles, the corners are 90 degrees so this shape can be incorporated into any design that uses 30, 60 and 90 degree angles.  Talk about design potential – and these designers blew it out of the water!

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Item #CGRKC1  Retail $24.45

This is THE perfect series of classes for every shop because there are learning opportunities each step of the way – and since they are CLP patterns, they are affordable so your customers can invest in the tools they learn how to use along the way!

Lesson #1:  This is a class in color and design.  Before your students arrive, choose  some feature fabrics to inspire them.  Then show them how to round out their color palette.  They can learn from each other and buy the tools they need for the next class.  Demonstrate the ruler so they know how to cut out the pieces and are ready to sew at the next class.

Lesson #2:  Kari designed a center square that combines four sixty degree and four thirty degree triangles (CGRSQ1).

This block has inset points – and I NEVER do inset points – until Kari told me how!  They were perfect the first time – and every time since!  I can now say that I can do inset points!!!  And your students can too!  The holes in the ruler make it a piece of cake!  She used her Clearly Perfect Angles tool (Item #NLS-CPA08) to add the yellow tips that make this design look complex – but it is of so easy.

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Lesson #3

Kari added a sashed strip-pieced border BUT the black accent is actually a folded fabric inserted in the seam that adds a new design element – and technique to teach your students.

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Lesson #4:  Then Gudrun used the Creative Grids 15 degree ruler (Item #CGREU1) to create the blades in the corners.  Setting the quilt on point by using these blades as corner triangles is brilliant!  Your students will want to use this technique next time they are using side setting triangles!

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Lesson #5

Terri designed the final border.  Don’t you love the way she turned these corner angle blocks into the jacks we played with as children?  Adding the circles also gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the Karen Kay Buckley circles (Item #95088).  They also soften the look of the entire quilt – and can cover any piecing imperfections! She also combined two 15 degree triangles with the Kite Plus 60 degree angle to create the corner blocks.  I LOVE the math!

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Lesson #6:  Use this lesson to show them how to put all of the units together and celebrate with an outstanding show and tell!  Post the pictures on the Creative Grids Facebook page.  We can’t wait to see them!

Checker is hosting a school house featuring the Round Robin Rebels in room 360 at Spring Market at 3:30.  Kari, Terri and Gudrun will be there to show this quilt in three colorways – and share their journey…..and help you to begin your own!

 

Demonstrations for Saturday – the First Day of Market

International Quilt Market in Houston is just a few weeks away – and we are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to see all of you again!  As you know, the focus of our Open Houses and Markets is education.  That is what sets quilt shops apart.  Customers come in for inspiration, for education, and for fun – and not necessarily in that order.

And shop owners come to Market for the same thing.  It is our job to not only SELL you the product, but to give you ideas on how to incorporate these products into your classes, samples, and demo days.  Here is a tentative list of the demonstrations scheduled for Saturday so that you can plan your appointments around them.  When everything is firmed up, I will publish a definitive list that you can copy and take with you – but for now, this is as good as it gets!

Theresa Pulido – author of Hook, Loop & Lock by F & W Media
Saturday, October 10, 2009 – 10:00 – 11:00

Theresa will demonstrate how to do this continually popular technique.  The hook has been one of the top 20 craft items for years – and there is a reason for it.  It is quick, easy, and a great way to use up a stash.  Stop and see what all of the fuss is about!

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Item #Z2273  Retail 19.99

Carol McLeod of Auntie’s Two
Saturday, October 10, 2009 – 11:15 – 12:15

You all love her other patterns, so don’t miss this demo.  Carol has developed a new technique – and some patterns – that are “woven”.  I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us now!

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Item #AT102  Retail $9.00

Kari Carr – designer of the Clearly Perfect Angle by New Leaf Stitches
Saturday, October 10, 2009 – 12:30 – 1:30

Kari is the inventor of the Clearly Perfect Angle – a template that clings to acrylic sewing tables.  This simple tool makes it possible to sew 45 degree angles without pinning or marking the fabric.  Sew perfect half-square triangles, snowball blocks, miters and bindings – stop by and learn how.

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Item #NLS-CPA08 Retail $10.00

Karla Alexander – author of Color Shuffle by Martingale
Saturday, October 10, 2009 – 1:45 – 2:45

Come and see the quick and easy tricks that make it possible to sew gorgeous contemporary quilts in fabulous fabrics in no time at all!

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Item #B1000T  Retail $26.99

Deborah Jones – Author of Machine Embroidery on Difficult Fabric
Saturday, October 10, 2009 – 3:00 – 4:00

Deborah will be sharing the secrets to beautiful machine embroidery – on any fabric!  If you sell sewing machines, you can’t afford to miss this demo.  But frankly, these hints are great for everyone who wants to expand their inventory and experiment with other great fabrics.

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Item #Z2050  Retail $29.99

Lorraine Olsen – author of Little Lone Star Quilts from C & T Publishing
Saturday, October 19, 2009 – 4:15 – 5:15

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Lorraine was kind enough to send us samples from this book to our Open House last month.  They were stunning – and perfect!  This is quite simply a class that you haven’t scheduled yet – but should.  Come meet the expert and learn the tricks for this new technique.

And this is just the first day…..