Courthouse Steps Inspiration

Deb Heatherly and I are not only Creative Grids® designers, we are also friends. She has designed four of our most popular tools – Cat’s Cradle; Strippy Star, Turbo Four-Patch and the Ultimate Flying Geese.

We both travel and teach – and love to demonstrate Creative Grids®. My latest Cut Loose Press™ pattern, Log Cabin Nights, was inspired by one of her quilts – Steps to the Stars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the story.  I was working on a king sized quilt and needed a final border.  I loved the way Deb combined Strippy Stars and Courthouse Steps blocks in her pattern. As a border, however, I needed a darker look that would frame the quilt and be striking when it was hanging off the side of a bed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I completed the quilt –  and loved the border. There was a long dresser in the room that was scratched on the top. What is a quilter to do? Make a dresser scarf of course – and Log Cabin Nights was born. Look at your patterns as inspiration and see what happens!

I just noticed a white spot on the top of the buffet….back to the sewing room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Perfect Scrap Quilts!

L8529There is a reason the log cabin block is the most recognizable quilt block in history.  This simple block can be pieced in a variety of ways to create a traditional log cabin; a courthouse steps, a half log cabin, or a square within a square – and they can all be trimmed with the 6″ Log Cabin Trim Tool!
These blocks are the perfect “Scrap your Stash” choice because the designs created are actually studies in lights and darks.  Simply sort your stash and start cutting strips!  If you choose to chain piece these blocks, they can be completed in fifteen minutes!

Log Cabin Quilts (#L8529) is a true labor of love because I wrote it!  Yes this is a totally biased blog because I love the tool – and the eight projects I created with it.  And the best news?  These projects used up about 40 yards of my stash – talk about a win/win!
The cover quilt features a square within a square log cabin version that is pieced like a Courthouse Steps block. That means you can sew opposite sides at the same time so they are very fast to piece.  I added an optional square of wool in the center of the light colored blocks to add texture.  The Grecian style border is pieced with the log cabin tool as well.

L8529_3A picture is worth a thousand words – so here are a few of my favorites.  This half log cabin quilt features a strip pieced border made with 2 1/2″ strips sewn into a tube.  Yes, the instructions are in the book and this is now my favorite border for ANY quilt.  If you like to work with wool, add the houses.  You can wait to decide until you piece the blocks because it is just as striking without them!
Three of the quilts in this book are twin size.  I have decided that at this point in my life, I am making quilts that fit beds!  But, it is easy to adjust the size to your needs.

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This traditional furrows setting for the log cabin block takes on a funky feel when the “furrows” are planted with wool circles.  These wool circles were a great way to use up my scraps of wool as well.  The border reminds me of the jacks I played as a child.  This border is attached to three sides of the quilt.  You may choose to add it to all four sides but this was an easy way to teach my grandchildren how to make a bed!  They always know which end to put over their pillow.  Once again, you can choose to leave off the wool, but in this case, it is hard to resist!

L8529_1The other projects include two table toppers; place mats, a framed picture, and three floor pillows.  All of these projects would be perfect classes.  Start with the 24″ floor pillows.  They make great gifts and are the perfect introduction to show your students how to make a traditional log cabin, a courthouse steps, and a half log cabin block.  I backed them with Shannon Suede which gave them a professional look.  This fabric is 56 – 58″ wide and comes in a variety of colors in 10 – 12 yard bolts.  What a great way to introduce your customers to this fabric!

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The six inch log cabin trim tool (Item #CGRJAWMN6) as a stand alone product or can be purchased as a two in one tool.  The Log Cabin Trim Tool Two (#CGRJAW2) combines two sizes – the six inch and twelve inch blocks.  Whichever trim tool you choose, the results will be spectacular!  And at just $18.95 the book is a bargain – that is roughly $2.00 a pattern.  Who can resist a bargain!

Book Signings At Market – Booth #138

Come to the Checker Booth to meet the authors and receive a signed copy of their newest book.  This year I have the honor of being the first author to participate!  A picture is worth a thousand words – but having the schedule for the book signings is priceless!

Quilt Block Fusion – Penny Haren
Saturday 11:30
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Item #L113008  Retail $24.95

Knockout Neutrals – Pat Wys
Saturday 12:30
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Item #B1180T  Retail $24.99

Just a Quilt? – Dalen Keys
Saturday 1:30
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Item #DK568  Retail $16.00

Gimme 5 & Make It Scrappy – Tricia Cribbs
Saturday 2:30

FF127

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item #FF127  Retail $14.95

Get Adicted to Free-Motion Quilting – Sheila Sinclair Snyder
Saturday 3:30
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Item #11011  Retail $19.95

Sew Classic Clothes for Girls – Lindsay Wilkes
Sunday – 11:30
U2256

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item #U2256  Retail $27.99

Stitch it for Fall – Lynette Anderson
Sunday – 12:30
U7133

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item #U7133  Retail $12.99

Strip Smart Quilts II – Kathy Brown
Sunday – 1:30

B1176T

 

Item #B1176T  Retail $24.99

Easy, Elegant Punchneedle – Marinda Stewart
Sunday 2:30
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Item #STB1226-2  Retail $19.95

Come join us to spend some quality time with the authors!

 

My new book has arrived!

Writing a book is like giving birth!  You invest almost a year of your life into writing it – and then one day it arrives for all the world to see.

I know this is self-serving, but bare with me!  If I ever give birth to another child, you are going to see that as well!  At my age,Lord help us all!

Quilt Block Fusion contains ten techniques that I developed to make it possible for anyone to successfully piece miniature blocks.  But, all of these techniques can be used in larger blocks as well.  After all, if you can piece a six inch block, a larger version is a piece of cake!

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Item #L113008  Retail $24.95

It is easy to achieve perfection when paper-piecing blocks.  This table runner introduces everyone to the basics – but notice that the fabrics are fussy cut as well.  All of the print fabric comes from the same stripe.

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Any of the blocks in the book can be substituted in this simple design to showcase them beautifully.  Adding Pieced Applique to this basic block, creates a totally different look.

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Adding four triangles to the paper-pieced foundation creates the flying geese units on point.  The triangles are turned so this creates an heirloom quality block.  And, by placing the applique on top, you can guarantee that all your points match perfectly.

Notice that the center square is fussy cut!  It is oh sew easy and adds a dramatic touch to all of your projects.  The cover quilt showcases all of the blocks and techniques in the book – and sets them in a fussy cut paper-pieced star.  It looks like you worked really hard, but again it is so simple!

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Once again, this dramatic setting can be used to showcase any block.   Since the star points are paper-pieced, the foundations can be blown up to any size you need.

In this basket table topper, your students can learn traditional paper-piecing by creating the flying geese sashings.  The basket is actually paper-pieced in a matter of minutes by combining paper-piecing with pieced segments and flipped back appliques.  It is so fast and easy that  you will want to reduce the foundation and createe an entire basket quilt of minis.  I can’t wait to start on mine….I’ve already got the fabric.

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In Black Tie Affair, a 6″ block becomes a 36″ table topper by paper-piecing a star within a star!  Talk about getting a lot of bang for you buck!  This is a great project for those customers who have inherited a few blocks and want to share them with all of their family members.

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In Grandma Emma’s Garden, Grandmother’s Flower Gardens were machine pieced and appliqued between strip pieced rows.  They were sewn totally on the machine in less than six hours!

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Or fussy cut each hexagon and then piece them on the machine as well….

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Or, piece a round Dresden Plate by using a template so the outside edge is turned perfectly AND once again, you can make 24 of these in less than six hours!  The pointed version is even easier….

 

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This book has it all – new and exciting techniques; projects that incorporate them – and can be switched to showcase the blocks you want to teach; and enough illustrations to guarantee that even beginners will be successful.

Turn each technique into a class!

 

Sunday Morning at Market….

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Penny Haren 8:00 – 9:30 Creative Grids + Cut Loose Press = Perfect Demo
Join me to learn how to combine two Checker exclusives – Creative Grids and Cut Loose Press – and make them the foundation of your class and demo schedule.
Creative Grids is the most complete ruler line in the world – but is made right here in the USA!  Once you “Experience CGR”, you will never go back.  Our rulers feature Non-Slip grip which stops the rulers from slipping on the fabric when pressure is applied.  And, these rulers are not – and will never be – sold in chains.  They are exclusively sold to Independents like you!
Item #CGRTKAL45  Retail $17.95

Cut Loose Press are reasonably priced patterns that are, again, only available through Independents.  These patterns are printed on card stock on protected paper which makes it difficult to copy.  Since they are printed on demand, each pattern comes imprinted with your business name – and therefore, are always in stock.  Each pattern showcases four notions to encourage additional sales.
Surf and Sand
Item #CLPPHA003
This pattern features the ruler above.  The Dresden Plates are created with the CGRTKAL45.
Three other notions are featured:
The Creative Grids 8 1/2″ Square It Up and Fussy Cut Ruler is used to square up the blocks after the Dresden Plates are appliqued.
Item #CGRSQ8  Retail $22.45
The Hole Thing is used to trace the templates for the center circle on the Dresden Plate.
Item #CGRTPHT  Retail $5.95
This template is created with freezer paper….
Item #FREPA8112  Retail $8.49
One simple pattern gives you the opportunity to share four different quality products with your customers!  And, once they like the technique – and are comfortable with it – they can move on to other projects – a few are featured in this book:
Item #L113008  Retail $24.95
Kathy Seal has written three CLP patterns that support the Creative Grids Double Strip 90.
Item #CGRDBS90  Retail $26.95
These patterns all feature a specific technique using the ruler:
Tropical Blues:
Item #CLPKSE003
Hot Cross Stars
Item #CLPKSE002
Mirrored Tiles
Item #CLPKSE001
All of these blocks have bias edges, so it is a great opportunity to share the benefits of Best Press.
Item #560032  Retail $3.99
Janice Pope – Bias Binding Simplified
Janice designed the Bias Binding Ruler for Creative Grids and has made me a believer!  I had always heard that you should use bias binding – but never thought it was worth the time – until I talked to Janice and watched her video!
Item #CGRABB1  Retail $18.95

This is the first CGR ruler that illustrates how to cut bias binding right on the ruler and the video shows the entire process:  cutting the bias, turning the corners and joining the sides!
She even designed a quilt made with 2 1/2″ strips cut with this ruler and the 45 degree angles that are cut from the ends.
Item #ABB1207   Retail $8.00
Creative Grids designers love Creative Grids and are very supportive of each other.  So when Janice tried Jean Ann’s Log Cabin Trim Tools, these two Southern gals clicked!  Janice designed a quilt that uses all three sizes of the Log Cabins – 6″; 8″ and 12″!  And, yes, she will be sharing this quilt with you too…..
Item #CLPJDP001
These are demoes so no supplies are required.  Just show up and be ready to learn!  Then come to the booth to “Experience CGR!”

Checker Live – a Show just for you

This one is short and sweet – and for shop owners only!

Checker Distributors Website:  www.checkerdist.com

Checker Distributors has created the best website in the industry!  This site includes over 100,000 products – a shop owner’s dream!  You can also view video demonstrations of many of the products.

Creative Grids USA Website:  creativegridsusa.com

This site showcases all of the rulers and templates produced by Creative Grids.  You can even download a complete listing to keep track of your own collection.  The instructions for all current rulers are available for download and video demonstrations of all of the rulers are ready to view!

Checker Distributors Newsletter:  checkernewsletter.com

The Checker Newsletter is uploaded every Monday morning and includes three articles on a variety of subjects each week.  You can sign up to have the newsletter e-mailed to you by visiting the site.

CheckerYou

This website is only available to shop owners after you sign in using your Checker account number and I.D.  This site hosts over 300 videos and class lesson plans.  We went to the best!  Top vendors and designers in the industry such as Eleanor Burns and Judy Niemeyer show you how to demonstrate and teach classes.  Why not go directly to the source?

Checker Live

But we were missing something!  We needed a way to put this all together for you.  How do you market and display everything in your shop?  What are the new trends in our industry?  How do you host an event in your shop?  How do we share a wealth of information about a specific product such as batting, threads, wools, etc.???

Welcome to Checker Live – a 15 minute (more or less) internet show hosted by Karen Montgomery and yours truly. Karen owns a quilt shop, sells sewing machines, designs fabric, rulers & patterns, and writes a column for Fab Shop.  I write the Checker newsletter, am on the Creative Grids design team, write books for Landauer Publishing, write a column for Fab Shop and USED to own a quilt shop.  Between the two of us, we know just about everyone in the industry and have been quilting for over 50 years!  And, we never agree on anything!

So log into CheckerYou the first of each month to see the latest episode!!!  Enjoy!!!


School Houses are a Must See!

School houses are scheduled the day before Market officially opens and are a great source of product information for shop owners.  These 15 minute to 30 minute sessions are opportunities for manufacturers and designers to showcase what’s new and share why you should carry it in your shop.  These sessions are a great way to choose classes and demonstrations for the next year!

We  have  a star studded cast – why not learn from the BEST???  I have spoken to all of these ladies – and been involved in the development of the topics – and they are absolutely awesome!  This is simply the best use of your time – bar none!!!

Rita Fishel
2:35 – 3:05 (Room 352F)
See the newest generation of Creative Grids Rulers
Meet the designers and the quilts that inspired the latest additions to the CGR ruler line.  Learn how to demonstrate each one and how to turn these demonstrations into sold out classes!
Rita Fishel
3:10 – 3:40 (Room 352F)
Turn those specialty rulers into maximum sales
Join the designers that make Creative Grids famous – and learn how to use their rulers as a basis for your next class!  See the latest books and patterns by these talented ladies.  Teachable moments included!
Karen Montgomery
3:45 – 4:15 (Room 352F)
“Demo Do’s and Don’ts”
Demo’s can bring dollars that have a hefty impact on your bottom line.  Learn what it takes for a successful demo and what pitfalls to avoid.
Hosted by Penny Haren and Kathy Seal
4:20 – 4:50  (Room 352F)
Class See 5 – Five Minute Demos that will increase sales and Inspire classes
Learn how to give this series of 5 minute demos in your shop – and turn those demos into classes.  Your favorite notions can now be your favorite classes!
Kathy Brown
4:55 – 5:25 (Room 362 E & F)
A New Pattern Series designed to Maximize Sales
Join Kathy Brown of The Teacher’s Pet as she shows you how to complete the sale – classes based on a pattern…including a notion,..,and made from simple pre-cut fabrics for fast and simple kitting!  Door prizes!
Penny Haren
4:55 – 5:25 (Room 352F)
Quilt shop only exclusive patterns to support the notions you love.
Cut Loose Press – developed for shops to promote and support notion sales.  Provide the complete package for demos – notions + reasonably priced patterns + shop friendly fabric cuts = increased sales.
Kathy Brown
4:55 – 5:25 (Room 362 E & F)

A New Pattern Series designed to Maximize Sales

Join Kathy Brown of The Teacher’s Pet as she shows you how to complete the sale – classes based on a pattern…including a notion,..,and made from simple pre-cut fabrics for fast and simple kitting!  Door prizes!

Joan Hawley
5:30 – 6:00 (Room 352F)
Stabilizers, Fusibles, Interfacings, Oh My…
Come learn about this Quilt Shop Only line of interfacings and take the confusion out of these products!

Saturday and Sunday at Market

Take  Teach Sessions

Saturday

Rita Fishel
Learn to piece “Curvalicious” and Storm at Sea blocks with these Creative Grids strip rulers.
Penny Haren (sponsored by Landauer Publishing)
Come learn how to create quilts using paper-pieced applique  and hear about an upcoming Technique of the Month program.
Karla Alexander and Swirly Girls Design
Be the first to see the new generation of circle cutters from Creative Grids.  Big, bad, beautiful dots!
Sunday

Kathy Brown
Join Kathy Brown as she shows how the Creative Grids Fat Quarter Cutter turns Fat Quarters into Quickie Projects.
P.J. Anderson
Use the perfect tool to create the perfect points.  Seminole style piecing has never been easier.
Creative Grids Booth

Saturday

9:30 – 11:00 P.J. Anderson
11:00  12:30 Swirly Girls Design
12:30 – 2:00         Erin Underwood
2:00 – 4:30           Rita Fishel
4:30 – 6:00           Karla Alexander
Sunday

9:30 – 11:00 Erin Underwood
11:00 – 12:30        Swirly Girls Design

12:30 – 2:00 Rita Fishel
2:00 – 5:00 P.J. Anderson

Checker Distribution Table

Saturday

9:45       Gudrun Erla – Big Blocks/Big Style

10:30    Shea Henderson – Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio

11:15      Kathy McGee – Hemma Designs

11:45      Janice Liljenquist & Marcea Owen – Abbey Lane Quilts

1:00        Janice Vaine – Applique & Embroidery Fundamentals – Landauer Publishing

1:45        Carolyn Friedlander – Paper-Piecing Demonstration

2:30        Carol Hopkins – Civil War Legacies, Martingale & Company

3:15         Debra Gabel – Quilts Around the World, C & T Publishing

4:00        Denyse Schmidt – Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration – Stewart Tabori & Chang

4:30        Karin Hellaby – Sew Simple Pinwheels Patchwork Techniques

Sunday

9:45         Swirly Girls Design – Darling Demo featuring Dill Buttons

10:45      Linda Pumphrey – A demo of the latest Accuquilt products

11:30       Nick Coman – Kandi Corp – See the deColourant process in action!

12:30      Donna Babylon – Appli-Doodle – a little bit of applique a whole lot of stitching fun

2:00        Rebecca Yaker & Patricia Hoskins – Fabric-by-Fabric One Yard Wonders  Storey Publishing

As you can see, there is never a dull moment so stop by often!

The Kick Off to Market – the FabShop Dinner

Join me at The Hilton Garden Inn Wednesday night at 6:00 for the FabShop dinner – the official kickoff of each Quilt Market! It just keeps getting better and better….

Stop by and visit with Rita Fishel during the cocktail hour. She will be sharing the newest generation of Creative Grids rulers – including the new Basic Range which I absolutely love! Pick up a tote bag which includes schedules of all of the events sponsored by Checker throughout the show – school houses; Take & Teach sessions; author signings and demonstrations in the booth.

Network with colleagues during dinner – and share successful ideas from around the world. The most popular program – CEO Undercover – is back. Come see what industry suppliers learned when they traded places with shop owners for just one day!

We know it isn’t all about the prizes – but when everyone walks away with a prize that is worth more than the price of admission, it IS worth a mention! A gift worth at least $50 will be placed on every chair. In many cases, the vendors are incredibly generous! I know, for instance, that Creative Grids has donated 20 sets of their new Basic Range rulers! These rulers are so new that they are being delivered directly to the hotel. Rita and I are going directly from the airport to the dinner so we can get them wrapped before you arrive! You can’t get any newer than that!!!

There are several door prizes worth hundreds of dollars. And, last but not least, Checker Distributors is donating the grand prize once again – a $1,500 gift certificate to shop in their booth! The odds have never been better so come join the fun!!!

There is still time to sign up – but time, and space, is running out! Visit https://www.fabshopnet.com/registration-orderform.asp

School House Schedule at Market

One of my favorite events at Market is School House.  This event occurs the day before Quilt Market opens.  Shops pay a minimal fee to participate in this day long event.  They receive a program first thing in the morning that lists all of the programs available.  These sessions are either 15 minutes or 30 minutes long and are an opportunity for designers and companies to share their products and techniques with the shop owners.

Educating our customers is an integral part of the Checker mission statement, so this event is near and dear to us.  And, this year we have a star studded line up!  These ladies have been leaders in the quilting industry for decades.  Come join us and learn about the latest and greatest products being presented this Market!

Joan Hawley – 10:20 – 10:35

Joan Hawley began sewing at a young age and focused on apparel and home dec furnishings. Introduced to the world of quilting years later, Joan fell in love and started Lazy Girl Designs in 1997. With a concentration on purse and bag designs, Lazy Girl offers a line of approximately 80 products including books, patterns, specialty notions and tools for sewing and quilting. LGD products can be found at thousands of local quilt shops across the country and around the world. Joan has shared her lighthearted approach and easy techniques that make her designs so popular on nearly two dozen quilting programs.

Joan will be sharing the latest additions to the Lazy Girl family – Suzi and Lily.  Joan’s patterns are guaranteed sales – every pattern always ends up on the top 20 patterns for months at a time.  Come see what all of the fuss is about!

Penny Haren – 11:50 – 12:20

It is strange writing a newsletter and talking about myself, so here is the “official” version….Ohio-based Penny Haren developed techniques that make it possible for quilters to create intricate blocks with stunning results. Her technique, Pieced Appliqué™, eliminates y-seams; inset points and curves from even the most intricate blocks.  She has written four books for Landauer Publishing using this technique.  She has also designed the “Square It Up and Fussy Cut” rulers for Creative Grids® that add the “ahhh” factor to all of your projects.  Penny designs fabric for Henry Glass and consults with and writes the newsletter for Checker Distributors, the most diverse distributor serving the independent quilting retailers worldwide. She also writes a notions column for Fab Shop News – a bi-monthly publication for shop owners and is developing other notions with Checker.

I helped develop a product called Print N Fuse with Checker.  It is 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets of iron on interfacing.  Nancy Halvorsen’s new book is being released at this Market and she has drafted her patterns for the book on her website so they are compatible with this product.  Come and see how easy it is to get right to the fun – no more tracing required!  Kitting has never been easier.

Karen Montgomery – 12:25 – 12:55

Karen Montgomery is owner of The Quilt Company, a full service quilt store located in Allison Park, PA. Karen also designs fabric for Timeless Treasures and publishes a line of books and patterns under The Quilt Company name. You may also know Karen from her lectures and Schoolhouse presentations at International Quilt Market as well as her column Savvy Buying which appears in the FabShop News.  Now she has added “ruler designer” to her ever expanding line of products with the recent release of The Quick Trim Ruler by Creative Grids®.

Karen will be sharing her new ruler – the Creative Grids® Quick Trimmer- and the patterns that she has created using it with you.  She will also feature other patterns that use Creative Grids® and have been perpetual best sellers!

Shelly Stokes – 3:10 – 3:40

Shelley Stokes began quilting in 1995 when she left the corporate world in the Twin Cities to move to a rural area of Minnesota with her husband.  That first class opened a whole new world – and vocabulary – for her.  She found a small book on surface design and fell in love with the potential to create limitless designs on fabric.  When her friends wanted to know how she created her designs, she decided to write a book on her techniques.  A book – and a company – was born!  Today, Shelly distributes Paintstiks to the quilting world, has written several books and patterns, and has continued to develop products that are perfect for everyone.

Shelly will be sharing her new stencils and rubbing plates with you.  See how easy it is to create beautiful works of art with her latest kits.  Demo days have never been easier!

Rachel Cross – 3:45 – 4:15

Rachel’s family started Creative Grids® in 1989, when her mother, Sheila Waterfield of Leicester, England went to her first quilt group with a friend. Sheila and her husband were running a family business at the time that involved plastics. Although she had just taken an interest in quilting, she quickly recognized that the small off-cuts of plastic would make useful templates for the Leicester Quilters.

With some input from their knowledgeable and experienced quilting friends, she started to develop a small range of quilting rulers. These rulers were printed in black and white so the quilter could easily distinguish the markings on light and dark fabrics. Listening to the quilters has played a great part in their success story – they wanted a ruler that did not slip. Sheila then invented the non-slip, opaque gripper dots. This invention set Creative Grids® rulers apart from any other.

The next leap forward however, was when their daughter Rachel took over the designing of the rulers. Rachel, together with the help of her partner Matthew, designed the patented Turn-a-Round™ feature on the rectangular and square rulers. This is a revolutionary design to assist all quilters to accurately cut fabric with the seam allowance included. Throughout, the whole team concentrated on improving and perfecting the rulers, hence the slogan – Accuracy, Clarity and Non-Slip. No other ruler combines all three features.


Rachel continues to work with creative designers in the U.K. to produce rulers that are simply brilliant!  See the newest strip rulers that she has designed with Lynne Edwards – Drunkard’s Paths and Corner to Corner curve blocks have never been easier!  She also designed two new triangle rulers with Pam Lintott that make cutting half-square triangles; quarter-square triangles; and 60 degree triangles a breeze!  And, last but not least, the Colour Wheel that she designed with Christine Porter is my favorite!

Rita Fishel – 4:20 – 4:50

Rita Fishel is a nationally known author, speaker and teacher, Goddess, Queen Mother of Creations Sew Clever in Chillicothe, Ohio and National Demo-Goddess, designer and consultant for Creative Grids USA. (Can you tell she wrote this herself???)  She’s a native of Northeastern Ohio with a B.A. in Clothing & Textiles/Business from the University of Akron. In late 1992 she purchased a small clothing and fabric business in Chillicothe, OH. Now located in a large, beautiful 1800’s Georgian home, Creations Sew Clever has evolved into a wonderful, full-line quilt shop with 3 long arm quilting machines, a friendly staff of 16 quilters, and an amusing resident ghost. Stop by when you find yourself in southern Ohio. The gang is dying to show you around!

Rita has designed a new line of templates for Creative Grids® that are simply brilliant.  Use the templates to cut the shapes out of 5″ squares.  Sew them back together to create 5″ pieced squares.  Then combine them with each other – or 5″ plain squares – to create a multitude of designs.  These templates even come with a free table runner pattern so they are easy to kit, easy to demo, and easy to sell!

Carolyn Griffin – 4:55 – 5:25

Carolyn Griffin is an award-winning quilter, designer, and teacher who enjoys all facets of creating with fibers. Raised in Idaho and having lived all over the United States, Carolyn makes her home in north eastern Ohio where she and husband Rick run her pattern and notion company Far-Flung Quilts, appropriately named for her extensive travels as a quilter.

After learning to sew in her youth, Carolyn was drawn to quilting nearly 20 years ago.  Her quilts and wearable art pieces have been displayed in shows throughout the United States and have won numerous awards. Carolyn has also appeared on television, sharing her designs on the Kaye’s Quilting Friends program.

In addition to running her company, Carolyn is also a sales representative for Checker Distributors, giving her the opportunity to visit quilt and yarn shops in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan, learn about new products, techniques and trends as well as share her creative passion. In her free time, Carolyn enjoys movies, musicals, and her beautiful dog Suzie.

Carolyn loves the challenge of finding a great notion and designing a quilt that showcases it beautifully.  Wait until you see what she has created with the Creative Grids® strip rulers!  Her tree skirt that can be made in a matter of hours with the CGR120R ruler should be under every Christmas tree this season.  Carolyn also demonstrates notions at many shows and will show you how to host a successful demo day using these tools.

Join us for any or all of the school houses – let us help plan your winter class schedules and demo days!