Tools for the Aging Quilter – Part One

Think how much joy we get from quilting.  It is not just a hobby. Quilting becomes a way to show friends and family that we love them. Classes, quilt shops and guilds provide a social aspect.  And many quilters use it as a way to pay it forward by donating quilts. What can you do as a shop owner? Provide them with the tools that they need to quilt as long as they possibly can!

As we age, hand strength becomes an issue. Many women have mentioned that cutting the entire length of the ruler is an issue. They tend to slip and move away from the edge of the tool as they extend their arm. The perfect solution? The Creative Grids® Stripoology rulers. The weight of this ruler is enough to hold it in place without slipping so those with carpal tunnel issues won’t have to apply pressure to their thumbs to hold the ruler in place. And since the rotary cutter is placed in slots, every strip will be the same width.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to share the Creative Grids® Stripology Squared ruler as well.  It is smaller and may be easier for an aging quilter to manipulate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An added bonus? Since you don’t have to re position the ruler with each cut, you can cut 75% faster than with a traditional ruler. For those who can only rotary cut for limited periods of time due to arthritis, cutting 15 minutes instead of an hour is huge!

But sometimes, another ruler is required. That is when The Gypsy Quilter Gripper comes into play. The Gypsy Gripper is designed with two suction cups that attach to any smooth ruler surface. The Gripper ensures that even pressure is applied to the cutting surface so you can relax and rest your hand comfortably over the handle. Since no death grip is required, this tool is recommended for anyone with hand issues such as arthritis and carpal tunnel. Your hand is always away from the rotary cutter so your fingers are out of harm’s way.

 

 

 

 

 

There are also smaller sizes.  Check our website for other options.

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

The vendors went above and beyond to make our customers feel welcome.  They are the heart of the event…

Kathleen and Pat are the ladies behind the scenes that make Cut Loose Press a reality…

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Terry – the creator of Terial Magic shared all of the uses for this “super starch” that totally washes out – amazing….

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Debra from Zebra Patterns shared many of her block of the month programs – as well as the new shop program, Post Card Party….

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Janet Lutz – the shop owner who developed and launched the Row by Row Experience – single-handedly made shops profitable this summer…

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Jessi from Lumi shared her sun activated dyes – the first dyes that are truly user friendly….

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I spent way too much time in the Mettler booth talking to Phil Newton – who is an expert on thread….

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Susan Cleveland of Pieces be with You accents her pieces with exquisite piping and shared the technique with our customers….

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Lanette Edens demonstrated a host of notions as well as the Gypsy Quilter products….

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Diane and Dotti of Graphic Impressions hosted a Toy Shop for those impulse sales at the register…

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Deborah and Adam of Plum Easy shared their pin cushion and hot pad patterns that are always int he top 20, along with walnut shells….

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Stephanie Prescott of Quilter’s Dream has an amazing sense of color – and it shines through in her fabrics and patterns….

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Everything is bigger in Texas – except Kay Whitt of Serendipity!  This diminuative lady has a dramatic sense of style and showed shop owners how to incorporate garment sewing into their business…

 

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F & W Media shared the details of a new magazine program geared for shops….

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Learning opportunities were everywhere!

Why Wait Until Market? Open House Part Three

We are always thrilled when we can offer you an exclusive!  We strive to provide independent quilt shops with quality products that are not available in the chains – and the education to sell them.  In the Patch Designs is a case in point.  They hand-dye beautiful wools that are only available in quilt shops.  The packaging is adorable, the quality is superb, and they will be at the Open House to answer all of your questions about wool!  The wool now comes in 5″ square assortments as well as Chubbies – 16″ squares.

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We know you don’t just want to buy wool, you want to use it!  So we have invited Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin to participate.  She has several block of the month programs in wool and embroidery that would be great kits.  And, now that Checker carries Valdani pearl cotton, why not offer it for the embroidery???

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Penny Sturgis will be sharing her techniques that make her purses so special.  Learn what products make her purses look like the designer originals.  After all, they ARE designer originals – that can be made in classes in your store!

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Liesl Gibson will be sharing her book and patterns for your favorite child – and share the finishing techniques that add that professional touch.

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Mary Pierson of Transfer-Eze will show you how to transfer designs for your favorite embroidery patterns.  What a great addition to your kits…your customers will love it and come back for more.

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Lanette Edens of The Gypsy Quilter will be demonstrating a host of products.  Let Lanette teach you how!  She is one of the best demonstrators I have ever seen and will share her tricks with you!

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Karen Montgomery of The Quilt Company is doing a school house on Monday as well as demonstrating in her booth throughout the show.

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Cathy Wierzbicki will be sharing her two latest members of The Quilter’s Boot notion family.

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And  to top off the event, Sue Hausmann will be demonstrating all of her favorite notions – and teaching you how to do it!

Contact Janis Plomaritis at jplomaritis@www.checkernewsletter.comcheckerdist.com or call her at 419-893-3636  ext. 624 to register.