Quilter’s Book Club

There are several new books which have just hit the shelves or that will be arriving soon that I can’t wait to get my hands on. For instance, who doesn’t love anything by Kathy Schmitz? Her new book of stitching designs is simply charming and celebrates my favorite time of year.

Carol Hopkins and Linda Koenig have joined forces to create 182 four x five-inch blocks – all you need to create an heirloom quality quilt with style. These rectangular blocks use a variety of techniques and would be a great class for those Dear Jane fans. Why not invite friends on this journey? They have included tips to help you set up your own block exchange or club. This book has 208 pages – a rarety these days – so be prepared to be inspired!

And then there is this coffee table book that is soon to be released by Martingale. American Quilt Treasures includes 65 stunning quilts from the permanent collection of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum.  These historic quilts are simply breathtaking. This is scheduled for a Fall release so it would be the perfect holiday gift!



Baby Makes Three… #2

Kim Diehl and Pat Wys are both Martingale authors who are best known for their distinctive country styles so this book is a pleasant departure.  Their unique sense of proportion and color combine to create a unique setting for any nursery. This books brings the entire package – quilts and darling gifts that would be the perfect shower gifts.











  B1358T_8     B1358T_5


B1358T_4   B1358T_6

Any of these projects would be adorable in Kim’s new baby fabric line – Ric Rac Paddywack Flannels.







Table Toppers from your Favorite Designers

Martingale has combined 10 quilts in a variety of sizes from their top designers into one book.  And at $12.99, that is just $1.29 a pattern!


Item #B1310T  Retail $12.99

Why not offer a series of technique classes based on one book?  That gives your students an opportunity to add notions into their budget.  For instance, the cover table runner is the opportunity to teach basic applique and demonstrate bias tape makers.


Use Farmhouse Furrows as an opportunity to teach all of the different half-square triangles techniques or nine-patch methods.


Totally Taupe is an opportunity to teach different circle techniques.




Then combine ALL of the techniques they have learned into one project – Five-Cent Fairy Garden by who else???  Kim Diehl!

These are all easy to kit and affordable for your customers – a great choice for shop hop samples!

Pin Cushions from Just Another Button Company

We love their buttons – now they are showcasing them in a new book by Martingale – Pincushion Appeal.  What a winning combination!  Kit these up for impulse sales at the register during those upcoming shop hops.









Item #B1221T  Retail $16.99

Look how cute!!!!  Who can resist this when we are all praying for SPRING!!!









And what a cute mushrooms….



And with all of these choices….









why not feature a different one each month?  Check out our website to see all of the Just Another Button Company buttons and pins that will make each one a unique work of art!

Save the Date

When three calendars are in the top 10, it is time to place yours orders!  These beauties make great counter displays for those upcoming shop hops and summer events.  Here are the ones that are currently available:

Landauer has three favorites including our #1 seller based on the ever popular book Scrappy Fireworks Quilts (L112902 – $27.95) by Edyta Sitar.

Item #L112780  Retail $ 12.95

Lynette Jensen fans will love this latest version that includes photographs of quilts from a wide variety of her books.

Item #L11284  Retail $12.95

Enjoy this collection of paintings by Diane Phalen…

That Patchwork Place  has put together a collection of quilts and patterns from their top authors.  The quilts are as diverse as the designers who create them!

Item #C133  Retail $16.99

Piecemakers selection includes the patterns for a gorgeous ocean scene.

Item #C2013  Retail $19.00

Everyday calendars are always popular – and here are two of my favorites…

Quilter’s Block a Day Calendar is a great way to accumulate patterns for your favorite blocks.

Item #C123  Retail $19.95

Or this calendar of great ideas from Gooseberry Patch…

For those of you who like engagement calendars, we’ve got that covered too…

Item #AQS8666  Retail $13.95

You already know many of the major dates for 2013, so why not print them out on labels so your customers can add them to mark those special days?  Quilt shows, Super Bowl sales, and shop hops are just a few events that could be highlighted.  Give each sale that personal touch – and they will be back!