Crazy Trees

I love this!  In fact, I love this so much that I am teaching it this weekend!





This is a Karla Alexander design – and is SO her! A little wacky, a little wonky, and a whole lot of fun! This combines every aspect of a great pattern:



  • It looks hard but is so easy and so forgiving – anyone can do it!
  • It takes just eight 10 inch squares and eight 11″ x 14″ rectangles of background so it is easy to kit.
  • It makes a great demo.
  • AND, it is a Cut Loose Press™ pattern so it is affordable. Crazy Christmas Trees #CLPKAL009

It uses her ruler. Creative Grids® Spider Web Quilt Ruler #CGRKA6





Saturday I am making this in Fall colors – but kitting it for Christmas as well. After all, who can stop at just one! An added bonus? This runner is 17 1/2″ x 40 1/2″ so if I make four of these, I have a great throw!

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!

Ovals All Ways – Literally

Finally!  A tool that cuts ovals!  No more elongated half circle hot dog shapes!  The Creative Grids® Ovals All Ways Ruler designed by Karla Alexander, cuts ovals, semi-ovals, and quarter-ovals from 3″ x 4 ½” to 8 ½” x 10″ and every half-inch between. Since this ruler is designed to be used in multiple ways, additional markings are included for techniques such as fusible applique, piecing and turned-edge applique.








If only my laundry looked so good!  Spin Cycle showcases a variety of ways to use this ruler. And don’t you just love the color combinations?  Trading Places uses the positive and negative space to create even more interesting patterns.  And then there is Enchanted!  Jasmine would have been proud to fly on this magic carpet!
















And since they are ovals, they are even easier to piece than circles.  Watch the video for even more inspiration!  Why not teach a class on ovals and ease them into the Circle Savvy?  But with all of these possibilities, they will want to stay and play for awhile!

Quilts with Funk

I love it when one of our babies – in this case the Creative Grids Circle Savvy ruler – takes on a life of its own.  When the designers came to us, we were blown away by the possibilities.  But, in this case, once they had a chance to play with it, the true potential of this tool emerged!  Karla Alexander of Saginaw St Quilts has a vision and a style that has become instantly recognizable.

My circles never looked like this!!!!










Who would have thought that both quilts were made with the same tool????










These quilts are much easier than you think!  Piecing large curves is a piece of cake – especially when you have the right tools and patterns!  Moon Shadow and Polka Box have a more traditional look – and may be the perfect transition class to move your customers toward more artsy, free form quilts.










Why not challenge your students in the new year – and offer classes that will challenge them to try techniques that they may not be comfortable with.  For our industry to continue to grow, we must continue to learn!  And these quilts appeal to everyone – and bridge the gap between tradition and art!

Cut and Sew those Scraps FAST

I flat out LOVE this ruler!  It has become my favorite go to scrap ruler.  I;m telling you right now, be careful or it will suck you right in!  This little beauty is called The Straight Out of Line ruler.


Item #CGRKA3  Retail $19.45

In its simplest form, place a stack of fabric squares – right sides up – under the appropriate markings on the template up to ten inches.  Then cut the angle. Piece these units together to create a rectangle.  Trim them all up to the same size size.  Since the angled seam doesn’t have to match anything, it is very forgiving – and is the perfect beginning quilt.

In Twirl, Karla sews four of these units together to create the block.  And guess what – nothing has to match except the center seam – which is a right angle!  And since all of the blocks are trimmed to the same size, it goes together perfectly – and the outside edges of the block are on the straight of grain!


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In Against the Rail, she adds a strip of bright red to the blocks – wow!  Again, see how the angled seams add movement but nothing has to match?


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In Zig, she set the blocks on point for a totally different look!  What a fast and easy baby quilt, beach quilt, graduation quilt… get the picture!

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Item #SSQ426  Retail $9.00

In Old Glory, she pieces them in rows.  Any fireworks in your future?


Item #SSQ500  Retail $5.00

And in Vice Versa she plays with color placement and vertical stripes.


Item #SSQ502  Retail $5.00

Look what happens when you cut the squares both vertically AND horizontally – and piece wonky four-patches.  The centers are still right angles so they are a piece of cake!

Whirlwind is created with these wonky four-patches and look how the border is a continuation of the blocks achieved by color placement!


Item #SSQ420  Retail $9.00

Chain Reaction is pieced with the same four-patches but once again, color placement creates a masterpiece!


Item #SSQ421  Retail $9.00

Chains that Bind combine these blocks with solid squares to create a fast and easy version of a Double Irish Chain.


Item #SSQ427  Retail $9.00

This Churn Dash combines half-square triangles with these four-patches.  Once again, look at her color placement!

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Item #SSQ431  Retail $9.00

Cut the squares a different way and you can create these beauties:

Fresh Cut creates movement – and once again the block continues into the border…


Item #SSQ401  Retail $9.00

Window View takes these same blocks and separates them so they stand alone in their own narrow window pane:


Item #SSQ408  Retail $9.00

Seriously – would you have thought that all of these quilts were made with the same tool – that sells for under $20.00????  This tool is a true stashbuster!  The quilts go together so quickly that your scraps can be keeping someone warm before the next snowfall – and here, that is coming next week!



























Stack, Shuffle, and Slide!

Stack, Shuffle, and Slide is the latest book by Karla Alexander – which combines elements of her best selling “Stack the Deck” and “Color Shuffle” – and adds a new technique…..the Slide……

If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting Karla, she is the most delightful, quirky, creative out of the box thinker I have ever met!  And this book is a direct reflection of her personality!

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Item #B1181T  Retail $24.99
To Order, visit our website at:

In most cases, a picture is worth a thousand words – but in this case, the pictures reflect the personality of the artist, and will make you smile….

She loves the outdoors and chooses the colors in nature as her palette…

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She also loves to make mosaics – and that influence had to inspire this quilt!

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All of the colors in the spectrum….

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A traditional rail fence becomes a modern work of art – climb those steps to your own creativity…

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Adding a touch of red turns a simple quilt into spectacular!

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This looks like something that should be hanging in a museum – but you can make it with Karla’s simple instructions!

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This book is coming out next month so place your orders now!  There are a total of 15 of these beautiful quilts  So slide on into a new technique – and enjoy!


Expanded Videos for Creative Grids Part Two

At Spring Market, Karla showed me how easy it is to use this ruler – and I fell in love!  Cutting the units from squares guarantee that the outside edge will be on the straight of grain – no bias edges.  Then square them up and everything fits perfectly together!  A perfect beginning project that will take their breath away!

The Straight Out Of Line Ruler

Item #CGRKA3  Retail $19.45

This is the latest addition to the supporting patterns – easy and awesome due to the addition of a simple 1″ strip!

Item #SSQ500  Retail $5.00

I love the red strip added to this Cut Loose Press pattern as well….

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This Twister Cut Loose Press pattern is fast, simple and easy.

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This quilt creates an optical illusion….

Item #SSQ401  Retail $9.00

Item #SSQ408  Retail $9.00

Item #SSQ420  Retail $9.00

Item #SSQ421  Retail $9.00

Watch this video to see how easy it is to add movement to your quilt projects:  And, this ruler is a great way to use up scraps!

Experience Creative Grids at the Checker Booth

The Creative Grids Booth – within the Checker booth – is the place to be this Market!

Experience Creative Grids is our mantra – and you will be able to actually cut out a block with many of the new rulers!  That’s right – the designers will not only show you how to use them and share their expertise – you will take home a fabric sample!

The most diverse ruler line in the world has many features that will have you coming back for more:

  • They are only available through Independents like you!  They will never be sold in chains!
  • The gripper embedded on the back of every ruler holds the fabric in place while cutting – so accuracy is ensured!
  • The Black and White markings are easy to read.
  • An MS Tag is printed directly on the acrylic so a video tutorial of every ruler is right at your fingertips.
  • Lost the instructions?  No problem – downloadable versions are available at:

Friday, May 17, 2013

10:00 – 11:30
Karla Alexander demonstrating the CGRKA6 Spider Web ruler

Item #CGRKA6  Retail $22.95

11:30 – 1:00
Kathy Brown demonstrating the Fat Quarter Cutter (CGRY1) and Double Strip 90 (CGRDBS90) rulers

Item #CGRY1  Retail $25.95

Item #CGEDSB90  Retail $26.95

1:00 – 2:30
Karen Montgomery demonstrating her new Scrap Crazy Template (CGRMT4)  and the Triangle series (CGRT45; CGRT90; CGRTKAL45; CGRMT2; and CGRMT3)

Item ECGRMT4  Retail $22.95

2:30 – 3:30
Jean Ann and Carolyn Griffin have plans, so I am demonstrating the Pineapple Ruler (CGRJAW3) and the Single Strip Tumbler Ruler (CGRSRTUMB)

Item #CGRJAW3  Retail $22.95

Item #CGRSRTUMB  Retail $24.45

3:30 – 4:30

Swirly Girls Design demonstrating the new 30 degree triangle (CGRSG1) and how to combine it with the Circle Savvy ruler (CGRSAV1)

Item #CGRSG1  Retail $25.95

4:30 – 5:30

Janice Pope demonstrating her Bias Binding Tool (CGRABB1) and the Log Cabin templates by Jean Ann Wright (CGRJAW1 & CGRJAW2)

Item #CGRABB1  Retail $18.95


10:00 – 11:00
Karla Alexander demonstrating the CGRKA6 Spider Web ruler

11:00 – 12:00
Jean Ann and Carolyn Griffin have plans, so I am demonstrating the Pineapple Ruler (CGRJAW3) and the Single Strip Tumbler Ruler (CGRSRTUMB)

12:00 – 1:30
Karen Montgomery demonstrating her new Scrap Crazy Template (CGRMT4)  and the Triangle series (CGRT45; CGRT90; CGRTKAL45; CGRMT2; and CGRMT3
1:30 – 3:00
Kathy Brown demonstrating the Fat Quarter Cutter (CGRY1) and Double Strip 90 (CGRDBS90) rulers
3:00 – 4:00
Swirly Girls Design demonstrating the new 30 degree triangle (CGRSG1) and how to combine it with the Circle Savvy ruler (CGRSAV1)

4:00 – 5:00
Janice Pope
demonstrating her Bias Binding Tool (CGRABB1) and the Log Cabin templates by Jean Ann Wright (CGRJAW1 & CGRJAW2)
10:00 – 11:30
Karen Montgomery demonstrating her new Scrap Crazy Template (CGRMT4)  and the Triangle series (CGRT45; CGRT90; CGRTKAL45; CGRMT2; and CGRMT3
11:30 – 1:00
Karla Alexander demonstrating the CGRKA6 Spider Web ruler
1:00 – 4:00
Jean Ann and Carolyn Griffin have plans, so I am demonstrating the Pineapple Ruler (CGRJAW3) and the Single Strip Tumbler Ruler (CGRSRTUMB)
I will be in the booth most of the time as well so if you have any questions about the entire line, we will be able to answer your questions!  Come by and CUT!!!

Saturday Morning at Market

Saturday, May 18, 2013
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Karla Alexander

Spider Web with Attitude
Start the week-end with a bang!  Join Karla Alexander as she shares how to use her new Creative Grids Spider Web ruler.
Item #CGRKA6  Retail $20.95
This spider is revolutionary – for the first time, you can “float” the webs – and Karla will show you how to do it!  The lines are incorporated into the ruler!
Item #SSQ422  Retail $9.50
The same ruler was used to create Marco Polo for a totally different look.  This one showcases the stars.  And don’t you love the inner border?
Item #SSQ423  Retail $9.50

In Junk Jewelry, the Spider Webs really do look like faceted jewels but there are half and quarter webs on the edges of the quilt.  Yes, she will show you how to do that too!
Item #SSQ424  Retail $9.50

Or why not use a wonderful Paula Nadelstern print and fussy cut the segments in this table runner?  This is a Cut Loose Press pattern so it is a great one to showcase in a demo
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Kathy Brown

“Cut ‘Em Quick” with Creative Grids & Take 5 Chubbies

Kathy used to be a kindergarten teacher, so she is a morning person!  By the time you get to class, she will be ready for her mid-morning snack so she will be raring to go!  Kathy will show you how easy it is to cut all of the pre-cuts on the Market with her Fat Quarter Cutter.  This will become your simple, go to ruler!
Item #CGRY1  Retail $25.95
Her new book – Fat-Quarter Quickies – is being launched at this Market.  Kathy has outdone herself!  This book includes 14 different patterns that are all cut with the ruler!

Item #B1171T  Retail $16.99

These are a collection of fast, fun, and easy quilts that are ideal for a series of classes.  Why not host a “quilt league”?  Members come once a month and sew for two to three hours.  In that amount of time they will be able to complete four quilts in a year!  We are so scheduled these days – so why not schedule some time for quilting???

These quilts are simple enough that they will be able to finish one each quarter with no homework!  Our families understand if we have an appointment – so let’s add a “mental health” appointment today!
This adorable table runner also uses the ruler to stunning effect!
Item #TP011  $5.00

And Kathy will be premiering a couple of Cut Loose Press patterns as well….Can’t wait to see them…..And then come to the booth to “Experience CGR”!  These rulers and patterns will be in stock for your after Market shows.  Kathy’s book is due June 15th!  Remember, this is a lecture only – no sewing machines are provided so all you have to bring is YOU!

Spider Webs have Come of Age

Spider Web quilts have been around since quilters had scraps – but this generation of spiders are simply stunning.  Karla Alexander has done it again!  She has designed the perfect Creative Grids tool to make these striking quilts welcome additions to your bucket list.

This banner – from the Creative Grids USA website – celebrates the release this week of our latest addition.  (If you would like to use any of these banners, just right click on them and save or copy them into your blog or newsletter- we would love for you to help spread the word!)

Usually, at this point I would feature the tool – but in this case, the quilts are so stunning they are getting first billing!

Marco Polo

Don’t you just love the name – and the way the pattern blends into the background?  Karla’s color choices are amazing!

Item #SSQ423  Retail $9.50

Junk Jewelry

Look what a difference color placement can make!  The dramatic contrast between darks and lights in this quilt creates a secondary pattern.

Item #SSQ424  Retail $9.50


This is why I love Karla’s tools!  She celebrates the math geek in all of us.  She figured out a way to “float” the designs – our grandmother’s would have been so proud!!!  And, yes, the markings are on the ruler!

Item #SSQ423  Retail $9.50

Now for the tool that makes it all possible…..

Item #CGRKA6  Retail $20.95

The 45 degree kaleidoscope segments can be cut from one end.  The kite shapes are cut from the other end by placing the corner of a square on the white lines.  The markings in the center even tell you which size to cut these squares!  No charts needed!  Told you she was one smart cookie!!!

To get your customers started, Karla has designed a Cut Loose Press pattern which can be the showcase of a great demo…

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Vertigo was created with a Paula Nadelstern fabric which gives it that wonderful kaleidoscope effect.

Karla will be sharing these quilts in a school house, Take and Teach session, and demonstrating in the Checker Booth at Spring Quilt Market.  Stop by and see these quilts in person and learn how to use the ruler.  You will be glad you did!

Everything will be in stock this week so let your customers know that you have it BEFORE they see it on Facebook!!!