Best Patterns since Market

This time of year, you have two types of customers – those who quilt and those who don’t!  Obvious, isn’t it???  But, in this case, the quilters are looking for quick, easy gift ideas that they can make in an afternoon.  Check out the Top 20 patterns on our website:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/patterns

Order in a supply of them now and set up a display.  Have a ready answer – and supply of products when your customers come in looking for that last minute project idea.

Consider kitting them as well.  The greatest gift you can give your customers this time of year is the gift of time!  Many of them are simple hot pads, table runners, etc. so save your customers time by pulling appropriate fabrics and fat quarters.  And don’t forget the Insul-Bright – they will need the correct batting!

But, for those customers who want to try something new, Poorhouse Quilt Designs released several patterns that feature a mold-able stabilizer, Inn-Spire.  These are fast, easy and fun – and not your grandmother’s quilt project!

These leaf bowls are a great way to start…

Item #PQD176  Retail $9.00

Then, why not have a class or sample of the pointsettia?  T’is the Season…

Item #pQD178  Retail $9.00

Butterflies are not just for Spring!  My granddaughters would love these all over their room…

Item #PQD181  Retail $9.00

There are two types of this moldable product available: Inn-Spire Plus (Item #IC4350) and Bosal Heat Moldable Double Sided Fusible Plus Stabilizer (Item #491B).  Both retail for $19.99.

Why not kit the pattern and stabilizer for quick Christmas gifts?  Offer a class after the first of the year that can be purchased now as a gift certificate.

The folks at Quilt in a Day have hit the top 20 with their new pattern – Braid in a Day.  The template is included.  She did a video for Checker You at quilt market.  I haven’t seen it yet, but have heard that this video is so good that this pattern is going to go through the roof!!!  It will be up very soon – and when you see how easy it is, you will definitely add it to your class line-up.

Item #1282QD  Retail $10.00

These new patterns are perfect gifts for customers who are shopping for the quilters in their life!  Offer them something so new that they won’t have to worry about duplicates!

Best Books from Market

It has been a few weeks since Market and several new books have hit the top 20.  Order them NOW so you have them in stock for those last minute gifts.

Homestyle Quilts by Kim Diehl and Laurie Baker includes  quilts that combine applique with piecing.  Consider adding touches of wool – always a good thing!  What is not to love???

Item #B1142T  Retail $26.99

Tricia Cribbs of Turning Twenty fame has three books in the top 20 – Turning Twenty, as well as two additional entries…

Item #FF125  Retail $10.95

Turning Ten combines ten fabrics with spectacular results…

Item #FF126  Retail $10.95

It’s Sew Emma has self published a book of Fat Quarter projects – Simply Fat Quarters – the perfect name for the perfect book!

Item #ISE901  Retail $19.95

For all of the Bonnie Hunter fans, she has a new book that you will love – String Fling…Scrappy, Happy and Loving it!  This will be on everyone’s list!

Item #KCS047-7  Retail $25.95

Since these are new, your customers are pretty much guaranteed not to have duplicates – always a good thing!  Many of these are easily kit-able with fat quarters.  Why not have some appropriate bundles nearby?  Let’s face it – most of the Christmas shoppers are men – and they need all of the help they can get!

Cut Loose Press is LIVE

Cut Loose Press is alive and well – and blew the socks off of everyone at Quilt Market!!!  Our baby has launched to rave reviews and we couldn’t be happier!

This is how it works.  Top designers create quick and easy patterns that showcase a notion and up to three additional products.  These patterns are reasonably priced at just $3.99 Retail and come printed with your store name and information.  They are also printed on secure paper which turns black if copied – the glories of modern technology.  You must order a minimum of 12 – but can order any number over that, 13, 14, 15, etc.  And since they are printed on demand, they are always in stock!

Take a look at the possibilities….

//www.checkerdist.com/products/search?keywords=clp&relatedto=

Creative Grids Log Cabin Trim Tool (CGRJAW1) and Log Cabin Trim Tool Two (CGRJAW2)

I am really excited because many of you have been waiting for support patterns for the Creative Grids Log Cabin ruler.  The designer of that ruler, Jean Ann Wright, has created three patterns that support the 8″ finished version – the CGRJAW1.

Half Log Cabin

Item #CLPJAW0001  Retail $3.99

Autumn Table Runner

Item #CLPJAW002  Retail $3.99

Courthouse Steps

Item #CLPJAW003  Retail $3.99

Licketty Split Log Cabin

Item #CLPJAW004  Retail $3.99

This one supports the Log Cabin Trim Tool Two – CGRJAW2.

Item #CLPJAW005  Retail $3.99

Visit the Creative Grids or Checker Distributors websites to watch videos demonstrating how the rulers are used.

The Log Cabin Trim Tool:  //www.creativegridsusa.com/products.cfm?item_num=CGRJAW1&ref=c

The Log Cabin Trim Tool Two:  //www.creativegridsusa.com/products.cfm?item_num=CGRJAW2&ref=c

Then, make sample blocks of all three sizes of all three varieties:  Half Log Cabin; Courthouse Steps; and a traditional Log Cabin.  Your customers will want to see the blocks in actual size and these blocks can be the basis for your demo.  Use them to show your customers how the squares on the ruler move down the block as each round of logs are added.  The light bulb goes off immediately.

You don’t have to actually make the quilts – the patterns are enough.  You may want to kit them, however.  They will be so excited they will want to go home and start right away!

Creative Grids Double Strip 90 Ruler (CGRDBS90)

Kathy Seal has written three patterns based on the Creative Grids Double Strip 90 degree ruler (Item #CGRDBS90).

Item #CGRDBS90  Retail $26.95

All of these patterns use the same technique – 4 1/2″ strip sets are sewn together into tubes – and then cut into squares.   Why not demo this technique and offer the patterns as companions?

Mirrored Tiles

Item #CLPKSE0001  Retail $3.99

Hot Cross Stars

Item #CLPKSE0002  Retail $3.99

Tropical Blues

Item #CLPKSE0003  Retail $3.99

How could squares cut the exact same way, look totally different???  Your customers will be amazed at well.

This ruler is consistently in the top 20 – along with the book that supports it:  Strip Smart Quilts.

Item #B1097T  Retail $24.99

Why not make a sample of blocks created with these 90 degree units that are included in the book?  Once they have committed to the ruler, they will want all of the patterns and book that support it.  And, if they already have the ruler, the additional patterns will appeal to them!

But there are a multitude of other patterns that support it as well…visit:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/search?keywords=cgrdbs90&relatedto=

to see the all of the companions.

See how Cut Loose Press can be the beginnings of your next demonstration???

Batting is Beautiful!

The Fairfield booth at Quilt Market was the talk of the event and definitely was worthy of the “Most Creative” award!  The staff created a fantasy garden made entirely of batting – a quilter’s version of the Rose Parade!  Enjoy a tour in pictures.  The first pic is the entrance – which begins the magical tour….

It’s hard to imagine that this “garden” was totally made from batting!  Talk about creative???

This beautiful backdrop created the perfect setting to showcase the winners of the “Catch the American Spirit” Calendar Contest. The calendar commemorates the anniversary of the launch of Fairfield’s American Spirit Batting line, which is made in the USA. Each quilt was made with one of the 4 varieties of ASB batting, which is sold exclusively through independents.

Here is a sampling of some of the entries.  The first quilt was the Grand Prize winner.

How inspirational is this???

Quilt Market in Pictures Part Three

Houston – Thanks for the memories….

Janice Pope of Anything but Boring

Karla Alexander’s Quilt in Maywood Fabrics

Poorhouse Quilt Designs

Rachel’s of Greenfield

Serendipity Studio

Story Quilts

Studio Kat

Suzn Quilts

Swirly Girls Design

The Teacher’s Pet

Tiger Lily

Trish Stuart Designs

Whimsicals

Whistlepig Creek

Wooden Bear

Quilt Market in Pictures Part Two

A picture is worth a thousand words and pictures of Market?  Priceless!

Friendfolks

GE Designs


Grizzly Gulch

Kathy Schmitz

La Todera

Legacy Quilts

Little Quilts

McKay Manor Muser

Modern Quilt Relish

Phillips Fiber Art

Plum Tree

Quilt Market in Pictures Part One

The Fab Shop dinner is always the night before school houses and once again Checker provided door prizes.  The lucky winners are…..drum roll please…..

$300 Credit Memo – Merilyn Ludwig – The Yardstick – Cobleskill, New York

$400 Credit Memo – Jill Baxter – Minding My P’s & Q’s Quilt Shop – Cross Roads, Texas

$800 Credit Memo – Karen Dost – Material Girl Quilt Shop – Reedville, Virginia

Congratulations ladies!

Carolyn Griffin had a chance to walk the show and took some wonderful pictures that she was kind enough to share with me.  Enough talk – this is all about eye candy!

Aardvark Quilts

Abbey Lane

Absolutely Positively

All Through the Night


Amber Fenton Designs

Anything But Boring

Bear Paw Productions

Betz White

Blackbird Designs

Calico Carriage

Cozy Quilt Designs

Creative Solutions

Easy Peasy

Favorite Things

Many of the new items are already in our system.  We added over 5,000 items last month so we are working as fast as we can!  And, the new items are arriving every day.  Check back often!

New Line introduced at Houston: Mourning Grays

Mourning prints are part of Victorian fashion in the post Civil War Era. When a woman became widowed, fashion dictated that she wear all black, without ornament and a crepe weeping veil for a year and a day. Beyond the first year, tradition stated that the widow should wear half mourning for a period of at least 6 months. This was called Mourning Grays, or sometimes called Shaker Grays,. The fabrics were finely printed black on a white ground that appeared to be gray. Gradually colors were added, starting with more somber colors such as deep purple, burgundy and brown. Purples from this era are often called “Fugitive”, because over time the purple coloring faded to a soft brown. The first stable purple dye wasn’t widely used until the 1920’s or 30’s. Prior to that time, the purples were produced by using natural dyes such as madder and logwood. Placing metal salts, or mordents in specific areas of the fabric would produce different colors of purple, red or brown. It must have been fun experimenting and coming up with such beautiful results!

The release date is end of April 2013

Information is compliments of Newcastle Fabrics

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!