Twelve Days of Christmas – Part Two

These organizers by It’s Sew Emma are the perfect gift for everyone – not just quilters! What a great teacher gift. But, if you WANT to give it to a quilter, a lady told me at the show that she uses it to store her machine feet! Now I need another one!

This Pudgie Parrot organizer holds at least seven rulers as well as a rotary cutter. It comes in a multitude of colors so visit the website to pick your favorite!

The Fusamats come in several different sizes and are the perfect gift for those who love fused applique. At Market, they showed the perfect companion – a pair of tweezers with a very fine point. The point is so fine that you can actually use them to place tiny applique pieces and iron them in place!

Stay tuned for Part Three…..

Twelve Days of Christmas – Part One

Not only were all of these items hot at Market, but I also worked Festival and the Novi show in Michigan – and the consumers agree!

The Creative Grids® Stripology Squared Mini is a definite hit. Everyone loves the size and maneuverability of this baby! Designed to square up blocks up to 6 1/2″, I immediately learned that it is my go-to tool when sub-cutting strip sets. (The acrylic raises over the seams so there is no teeter-tottering like your experience with a traditional ruler.) Plus there are five patterns that support it. Offer it for Christmas and offer classes or demos featuring the patterns the first of the year.

Stripology Mixology is the perfect companion to ALL of the Creative Grids® stripology rulers. The book features 13 quilts made from pre-cuts – and tells you how to cut your own. And who doesn’t want a cocktail over the holidays – recipes included!

The portable Reliable Iron is amazing! It is not only an iron, but it is also a steamer. It gets to a temperature of over 300 degrees in a short amount of time. The bag is insulated so you can leave class before the iron is entirely cool – just leave the long cord on the outside of the bag. Another feature – the outside of the bag has a silicone side to use as a rest when in use. This one is a winner!

What good is an iron without a great ironing mat? These Gypsy Quilter mats come in a variety of sizes. The 13 1/2″ mat is one of the most popular sizes since it is big enough to press a 12 1/2″ block!

Stay Tuned for Part Two….

Cat Lover’s Delight

I am thrilled to announce that one of my favorite designers created a line of fabric for Timeless! This batik line features Deb Heatherly’s favorite – cats!

This 96-inch square block of the month features two of her highly successful Creative Grids® rulers – the Ultimate Flying Geese and the Cat’s Cradle tool.

The fabric batik line includes her favorite things – cats and catnip! Just look at the colors!

There is also a shop kit available that includes the pattern, fabric and tips to share when teaching the class. Who could ask for anything more???

The fabric and shop kits are due to arrive in January so order it now!

Dish Towels with a Little Sass

These Aunt Martha’s Dirty Laundry embroidered dish towels are sure to make you smile! These 28 inch square flour sack dish towels are hemmed on all sides with a hanging loop in the corner.

These would make great gifts. Check out Aunt Martha on our website to see the entire collection. These gems are due to arrive the first of the year.

Silicone Coasters

Lisa Amundson of Around the Bobbin scored a home run last Market with the release of her Hot Stuff Oven Mitt. The pattern includes the silicon.

But, who can make just one so refills are available.

Her new pattern – Coaster Ride – includes enough silicon to make four coasters along with the pattern to make the cute little container.

And, yes – refills are available!

These new products are due to arrive this week so order them now!

New by Elizabeth Hartman

The bees have it! Look at these great new patterns that are being released at Quilt Market by Elizabeth Hartman – fabric kit available in February, pattern available November 1!

My favorite? Who can resist Norm and Nanette? And it is layer cake friendly. A kit will be available in February as well as fat quarters and other pre-cuts.

Or go Cukoo (Kit available in February):

Order them now – the patterns are due to arrive November 1.

Jelly Roll Rugs just got rounder!

For those of you who have made the jelly roll rug patterns the #1 and #2 on the Checker site, drum roll, please….

The Colossal Round Rug comes in two sizes: a 38″ version that uses one jelly roll and a 54″ option that uses two. This is a slightly more advanced version because you have to learn how to stop cupping when sewing the curve – not hard, just a different technique!

Why not start a series of classes beginning with the easiest – the rectangular version:

Then offer a second class for the oval – which is an introduction to curves:

All three patterns use the pre-cut batting strips and jean needles. The newest version is due to arrive the middle of November so plan now!

Diamonds ARE a girl’s best friend!

Going to Market? Be sure to go to Krista Moser’s school house:

Room 342D at 3:45:

Come learn about all the ‘bells and whistles’ on the NEW Creative Grids® 60 Degree Diamond Ruler… including a trunk show of BRAND NEW patterns, and a Block of the Month!

Check out the dramatic way she uses these stripes!

Made with 2-1/2in strips, the Semaphore Stripes quilt is the perfect way to use striped fabric to make a secondary design without all the complicated piecing stripes typically require, and it’s jelly roll friendly! This quilt combines strip-piecing with a few well-placed Y seams to get the most dramatic effect. The pieces are large and uncomplicated, letting the fabric do the talking.

The Big Sky Bloom quilt is perfect for a little girls room, or as a cheerful answer to any room’s dreary decor. This pattern uses several features of the Creative Grids 60 degree Diamond ruler and has beautifully illustrated easy to follow instructions. Strip piece, then cut diamonds and triangles in different sizes to get the full effect.

This is just a sneak peak of the new releases at Market! Bring your calendar because you are going to want to book a class!

Laura Heine New Collages

Due to arrive this month are three new releases by Laura Heine. Group #2 features three minis – 16 x 20-inch versions of classic favorites.

Cotton Couture Cacti is just plain striking! Look at the way she combines colors for the background – simply stunning.

Tea Party is a study in pastels. Don’t you love the overlap of the “blocks”?

Why not bundle them with a variety of fabrics to get them started?

Edyta’s New Releases

Quilt Market is at the end of this month – which means we are receiving information on new products every day.One of my favorite? This stationary by Edyta Sitar due to arrive this month.

The set includes twelve blank cards – two of six different designs from her book – Patches of Scraps, due to arrive this month as well. The book includes 17 patterns which showcase a variety of scrap fabrics in breathtaking ways.

The patterns feature a variety of pieced and appliqued projects – and sometimes a combination of both!

Order them now – they are the perfect holiday gift combo!