Sixty Degrees with Style

Several new patterns will be arriving soon that feature the Creative Grids® sixty degree triangle.

I love these new patterns by Krista Moser of The Quilted Life. I was not familiar with her work but now will be a follower! She is one of those designers that span all age groups – and that is not easy! All of these patterns look totally different but are all created with the same ruler with an extra one needed for the Champagne and Pearls.
















Swirly Girls also has a new pattern featuring our best selling triangle:






Why not start a series of classes showing all of the different ways to use this ruler?  Patterns will be arriving soon….

Deck the Halls Part Two

If you are like me, every year you get out the Christmas tree and regret that you didn’t plan ahead and make a new tree skirt.  Here are several of my favorites that can literally be made in an afternoon.  Most come in multiple sizes and can be used as table toppers as well.

Triangle Frenzy showcases wonderful Christmas stripes and is easy to piece since it uses the Creative Grids 12 1/2″ sixty degree ruler.  Happy Holidays also uses a sixty degree ruler and is fast and easy to piece.











Be sure to display the ruler next to the patterns.  It is our best selling triangle!


Or piece this darling Dresden version created by Erin Underwood – who also created the Creative Grids 15 degree ruler that makes piecing it a breeze. And, it is a quilt as you go technique so you CAN finish it in an afternoon!


This is my go to when I need a quick wedding gift.  What couple won’t be thrilled to find this under their tree!  The whole tree skirt only has 48 pieces!  This one features the Creative Grids 30 degree triangle.


Or get out your strips and piece strip sets that are then cut with the Creative Grids 120 degree ruler.  So this one is a piece of cake!

FFQ019  CGR120R

Why not get started and give these as “Thanksgiving” gifts so they will have them when they are setting up their tree?

Simple Patterns with Learning Opportunities

Cut Loose Press prints affordable patterns that all have one thing in common – they showcase specific notions and products so that you can feature them in demos and classes.  Your customers can then take the tool home and make something with it that they will absolutely love.  For shop owners, these patterns have the additional bonus of being printed on paper that isn’t readable when copied, are printed with the shop contact information on them, are never sold in chains, and since they are printed on demand – are guaranteed to always be in stock!

This revolutionary program is now running like a fine tuned machine!  Think about it – nothing like this program has ever been possible…..until now!  This is a perfect example of using the latest technology to everyone’s advantage – and the response has been amazing!

Many of your favorite designers are submitting patterns every day.  Here is an example of the latest offerings…

Karla Alexander created Against the Rails to feature her Straight Out of Line ruler by Creative Grids.  I love the touches of red that make this simple quilt a show stopper.  To watch Karla demonstrate the ruler, visit our website at:

Item #CLPKAL001

Item #CGRKA3  Retail $18.95

Kathy Schmitz is a featured artist at Quiltcon in Austin next month.  For this design, Kathy uses a 2 ply – 12 weight Sulky thread to do her embroidery (Item #712-1005).  It is reasonably priced and comes on a spool so it doesn’t have to be wound from skeins.  Aren’t you curious???  Satisfy your curiosity for a suggested retail of $1.69.  Now that’s a no-brainer!

Item #CLPKSC001

This embroidery design showcases the frixion pens.  They are a great way to mark embroidery designs since the markings are removed when pressed!  Since Kathy is known for her blackwork, she uses a black pen so it matches the embroidery thread.

Item #FX7BLK  Retail $2.63

And, this embroidery design fits in a standard 5″ x 7″ frame!

Kathy Seal designed Sherbert Punch with the Creative Grids CGRT90.  Kathy sewed strips together to create the alternate blocks in this quilt….

Item #CLPKSE004

This new addition to the CGR line is 8 1/2″ high – which means you can sew together strip sets to measure up to 8 1/2″ and cut them into quarter-square triangles.  When sewn these strip pieced units will measure 16 1/2″!  Again, there are videos on our website to teach you how to demo the tool:

Item #CGRT90  Retail $18.95

Larene Smith created this heart wall hanging or small baby quilt just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Item #CLPSM001

This quilt features the Lil Twister, which is featured on Checker You.

Item #LILTWISTER  Retail $9.85

Our favorite Swirly Girls created this banner that is fat quarter friendly to showcase their new buttons by Dill.  The center of these buttons feature nine holes so they can be embroidered with any letters or designs.  What a sweet baby gift!

Item #CLPSGD002

Visit our website to see the entire collection of buttons:

Sometimes we need a quilt that is quick, easy and fun – and is the type of quilt that your customers will make again and again.  American Hopscotch is such a quilt.  Feature it in your next Quilts of Valor day.

Item #CLPRFI005

This quilt is cut with the CGY1 ruler.  With so many quilts featuring pre-cuts – and those sizes, why confuse beginners with all of the other markings???

Item #CGRY1  Retail $25.95

These patterns have become very popular and new ones are being added each week.  Therefore, we have added a new feature to our home page.  On the left hand side, you can push a button to go directly to the Cut Loose Press section of the website or click a button that will take you to the ones that have been added in the last 30 days.  Check back often!

Why Wait Until Market? Open House Part One

Join us August 19 and 20 for our annual Open House.  It is bigger and better than ever!!!  It was so big, we couldn’t pack it into one day so it has become a two day event…two days of school houses, two days of vendors, and two days of shopping!

This event has become so big, many of the designers are releasing new books, patterns, and notions at the Open House instead of waiting for Quilt Market.  Be the first to see new products from the likes of Judy Niemeyer, Kathy Brown,  Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs and Buttermilk Basin…

Alex Anderson

Alex is presenting a school house entitled “How the Heck Did I End Up on TV?” Sunday at 2:30 and will be signing books in her booth the rest of the event.

Item #10768  Retail $14.95

Brenda Miller from Among Brenda’s Quilts will be demonstrating and sharing her best selling patterns.

Item #ABQ145    Retail $9.99

Janice Pope of Anything but Boring will be sharing how to teach the bag that has paid the rent for many shops this last year – as well as her new Binding Tool by Creative Grids.

Item #ABB07084  Retail $12.00

The folks from Clover will be demonstrating new notions.  Learn how to make a Clam Shell.  The samples are so creative you won’t be able to stop at just one…

Item #8412CV  Retail $6.95

Kathy Brown couldn’t make it to Spring Market, so she is releasing her new pattern line here!  Be the first to see them and have her sign her books.  This lady has two in the top 20!

Item #B1097T  Retail $24.99

Kathy Seal is sharing her new Basic Quilts line and will explain how these can be the basis for a great demo schedule.

Item #BQOS  Retail $5.99

The Swirly Girls Design will be demonstrating the new Creative Grids Circle Savvy ruler as well as their new button line with Dill.

Item #CGRSAV1  Retaill $34.45

The folks from Shannon Fabrics will be taking orders on their latest releases such as these snuggle kits…

Item #CQ6072-BRNAN  Check Store for Pricing

Contact Janis Plomaritis at or call her at 419-893-3636  ext. 624 to register.

Quilting Circles

Karla Alexander and Swirly Girls Design combined forces to create the Creative Grids Circle Savvy ruler.  This thing is amazing – it cuts circles from 3″ to 15 1/2″ – and every 1/2″ in between.  If you do the math – and I doooo – that is 26 different sizes of circles in one tool!  I was involved in the design process from start to finish – and these gals rock!!

Item #CGRSAV1  Retail $34.45

Not only did they design a great tool, they also created patterns that make this a great class opportunity.

Ring Toss are simply cut circles that are fused and stitched on top of a foundation.  How cute and fun is this creation by the Swirly Girls???

Item #SGD026  Retail $9.00

On the Spot is in one of my favorite color combinations – yellow and black.  If you made one in red and black, it would look like lady bugs…

Item #SGD024  Retail $9.00

Solar Flare looks great in batiks – but, then, they ALL would!

Item #SGD025  Retail $9.00

Insider Trading – you have to love the name…

Item #SGD022  Retail $9.00

And, then Karla Alexander of Saginaw Street Quilts got her hands on it and designed a totally different series:

Arc Deco (again the names get me every time) looks very modern – yet retro.  This quilt is actually a very forgiving first quilt – and a great way to learn how to use the ruler.

Item #SSQ417  Retail $9.50

Polka Box combines quarter circles in a unique design…

Item #SSQ416  Retail $9.50

For those of you who are already fans of Karla, she also released a new pattern at Market that features her Curves for Rectangle ruler.  You’ve got to love it…

Item #SSQ415  Retail $9.50

Item #CGRKA2  Retail $25.95

The Circle Savvy will be ready to ship shortly so why not give it a whirl in your shop???

Friday at Market…Let the Fun Begin

Market begins for us before the doors even open!  Checker is sponsoring several Take and Teach Sessions and participating in others that feature Creative Grids rulers as well.  Take and Teach sessions are classes that begin at 8:00 each morning.

Take and Teach Sessions – Friday

Karla Alexander will share how to use a series of Creative Grids rulers that make sewing curves simple and easy – and share the book published by Martingale that features them all!

Karen Montgomery will show you how to quick trim your way to perfect Flying Geese and never draw another line again!  The magic is in the ruler!

Creative Grids Booth

Several of the Creative Grids designers will be sharing their new rulers – and books and patterns that support the rulers…

9:30 – 11:00      P.J. Anderson

11:00 – 12:30    Karla Alexander

12:30 – 2:00     The Swirly Girls Design

2:00 – 4:00       Erin Underwood

4:00 – 6:00       Rita Fishel

Checker Demonstration Table

9:45                Cathy Wierzbicki – Triangle Genie Jr. Tool

10:30             Jill Guffy & Marny Buck – Modern Quilt Relish

11:15               Jean Ann Wright – Quilt Sashings & Settings, The Basics & Beyond, Landauer Publishing

12:00              Linda Warren – Learning Curve Ruler

1:00                 Becky Goldsmith & Linda Jenkins – Applique with Attitude, C & T Publishing

1:45                 Jane Sassaman – Patchwork Sassaman Style

2:30                Edyta Sitar – Scrappy Firework Quilts, Landauer Publishing

3:15                 Allison Harris – Cluck Cluck Sew

4:00                Deirdre Bond-Abel & Leonie Bateman – The Quilted Crow Girls

4:30                Karla Alexander – Dynamic Quilts with Easy Curves – Martingale & Company

What a way to open the show!!!  You can still call Checker to make an appointment to meet with a sales rep at Market….there is always something going on…..

Sixty Degree Triangles just got Bigger

Sixty degree triangles are one of Creative Grids most popular rulers – and until recently, your creativity was only limited by the size of the ruler.  The original (Item #CGRT60) cuts triangles up to a finished size of 8″ (this is the height of the ruler from the point to the opposite straight side – not the length of the side).

Item #CGRT60  Retail $16.75

A 12″ version of this top seller will be available next month.  Sometimes, bigger IS better!

Item #CGRT12560  Retail $25.95

These triangles can be cut from strip pieced units to create blocks that look very complicated – very quickly.  This example was created by sewing three 1 1/2″ strips and three 2 1/2″ strips together before cutting the 60 degree triangles.  The 9″ finished triangles create a hexagon that measures 18″.  Six triangles can be cut from one set of strips.

Karen Montgomery’s popular table runner pattern can now be enlarged to a finished width of 24″ by simply changing the ruler!

Item #TQC272  Retail $8.50

Instead of piecing strips, let the stripes work for you!  Timeless Treasures has some great stripes that work beautifully with this pattern.  And, since many stripes have four repeats across the width of the fabric, the larger ruler allows you to cut 10 1/2″ triangles so there is no waste!  Why not think ahead and make a table runner as the focal point of your summer parties?

Item #C6950-BLU

This musical print would look great on the top of a piano – runners aren’t just for tables, after all!

Item #CM6818-CRM

Baseball season is right around the corner….Little League, here we come….

Item #C7853-BLU

Or use the stripes in the new South Seas lines that are due out later this year.  With only six pieces, this table runner can be made in a matter of minutes, so you can celebrate all year round.  This house stripe would be a great house-warming gift!

Item #70155-417

Or celebrate the great outdoors…

Item #81536-472

And, yes, you can celebrate the “major” holidays too….If you don’t have to fix Thanksgiving, a gift for the one that does would be oh so thoughtful….

Item #67438-278

And, who doesn’t need an extra gift at Christmas???

Item #67449-372

Re-visit these popular books and patterns as well.  A larger quilt was never easier!

Item #SGD014  Retail $9.00

Item #ANK292  Retail $14.00

Item #ANK293  Retail $10.00

Increase the size of any pattern by up to 30% by simply using the new larger size ruler.  The math has never been easier!

The Swirly Girls “NEW” Designs

The gals at Swirly Girls have really been busy!  They have designed a new Block of the Month program that uses Fairy Frosts from Michael Miller.  check out the wide variety of colors available on our website:

It’s amazing how striking a quilt can be when it is totally created from tone on tones!  You have two color options – warm colors and cool colors – and each has it’s own setting.  Mix or match to your heart’s content!

Sea of Tranquility uses cool colors to their best advantage!

Super Nova showcases the warm colors that we all love!

A shop’s sample kit is available so you can make your quilt NOW!

Item #SGDBOMSN Retail $65.00

They are best known for striking designs that are simple to make – and their latest patterns are no exception.  Twinkle is made with half-square triangles and squares.  Who would have thought that two shapes could produce such a spectacular display???

Item SGD018  Retail $9.00

Big Ten is simple – but effective – and provides perfect backdrops for fussy cutting.  Fast, fun and easy…..

Item #SGD017  Retail $9.00

Superstar includes instructions for four different sizes – don’t you love it when they do the math for you???

Item #SGD016  Retail $9.00

PDQ is a great quilt to showcase the spectacular large prints that are so popular today – and can be completed in an afternoon.  What is not to love.  This is a great beginner quilt.

Item #SGD015  Retail $9.00

But one of my favorites is Grand Central – what a great way to show off a spectacular print that you absolutely don’t have the heart to cut up!  And then add some pinwheels for the awe factor – and you won’t be able to keep kits on the shelves!

Item #SGD012  Retail $9.00

Christine and Susan design patterns with shop owners in mind – easy to kit, easy to sell, and easy to sew.  Why not order and kit them today????