Row by Row Experience 2015

Janet Lutz and Debra Gabel announced the new theme for the 2015 Row by Row Experience at Fall Market.  For those of you who have NOT heard, the theme is Row by Row H20 (water – sorry, I don’t know how to do a subscript in WordPress!).

Registration for 2015 opened November 1.  If you are a shop, visit CheckerYou and watch Janet explain the details in a shop owner exclusive video:



Enter your account number and password.  Then type in Row by Row Experience 2015.

But many of you are just winding down on the Row by Row Experience 2014 and your customers are finishing up their projects.  They may still need fabrics, patterns and notions…


Item #31082  Retail $11.91


Item #31092  Retail $16.12

We also have some patterns that showcase the rows and/or license plates:


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Item #HBJ018  Retail $10.00

We also have a few bolts of the fabric collection available:


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Item #C2715-SPRING


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Finish up 2014 projects and start designing your row for 2015.


Raw Edge Applique Creates Memories

Debra Gabel of Zebra Patterns creates beautiful quilts using her unique raw edge applique technique.  All of her patterns reverse the images and make all of these projects simple and easy.

These 12 block patterns are perfect block of the month programs.  The patterns are available individually or in sets.



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In the Beginning


Item #ZP70015  Retail $89.00

Holiday Houses


Item #ZP90015  Retail $119.00

Why not create a colorful child’s quilt using the same technique? Animals from A to Z…


Item #ZP99003  Retail $18.00

Or farm animals may be just your cup of tea…


Item #ZP99004  Retail $18.00

Or create a lasting memory of a trip of a lifetime…






Item #ZP81999  Retail $12.00

Come visit with Debra at the Checker Open House.  She can suggest which patterns are perfect to introduce her techniques to your customers – and how to begin a block of the month program…

A Mother – Daughter Purse Series in the Making

Love, love, love these simple and affordable patterns by Fishsticks Designs!  What a great way to teach basic sewing skills – but experienced sewers will want to make dozens to give to all of their friends and family!

The Time to Go Shopping Sack

No more plastic bags!  These bags have a four inch gusset so they hold everything – and a great class on how to create a bag with a gusset!  It only requires two fabrics so they can pick out their fabrics when they come to class!

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Item #TGSS-00  Retail $4.25

On the Go Travel Pillow

This “pillow case” complete with handles and a pocket holds a standard 14″ square pillow.  The pocket can hold a favorite book or toy and provides another teachable moment.    Road trip anyone???


Item #OGTP-00  Retail $4.25

The Sew and Go Messenger Bag

Then you may want to move onto The Sew and Go Messenger Bag.  This bag uses a fusible interfacing – a new skill.

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Item #SGMB-00  Retail $4.25

The You Go Girl! Backpack

This backpack has style and adjustable elastic straps – that’s right, another teachable moment.


Item #YGGB-00  Retail $4.25

The Wherever You Go Wallet

This wallet includes four pockets for credit cards and gift cards with a snap enclosure – once again introducing a new skill….

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Item #WYGW-00  Retail $4.25

The It All Goes Here! Sewing Organizer

Now that you have converted a whole new generation of sewers, they need to keep everything organized.

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Item #IAGH-00  Retail $4.25

Fishsticks Designs also creates darling children’s clothing.  Come see the designs at the Checker Open House.  I see a bag of the month class coming on…..




Spring Market in Pictures – Part Two

Spring Market in pictures continues…


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Lisa of Primitive Gatherings….

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Dunroven Towels….

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Laundry Basket Quilts….

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Susan Emory of Swirly Girls Design….

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Cindi McCracken….

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Kari Carr of New Leaf Stitches…

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Sue Spargo….

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Terial Arts….

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Anything but Boring…

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Olive Ann Designs…

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Violet Fields…..

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Taylor Made Designs…

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Smith Street Designs….

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Spring Market in Pictures – Part One

Welcome to Pittsburgh!  For those of you who couldn’t make it to Market, I walked the aisles and have some pictures to share…

Next week I’ll tell you about new products etc. – but for now, just enjoy!

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Debra Gabel of Zebra Designs…

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Judy Niemeyer – and some of her free form designs…

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Ran into Nancy Halvorsen in the Checker Booth….

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Karla Alexander demonstrating her new book….

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Ellen Medlock….

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My favorite floor covering in the Whimsicals booth….

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Kona Cotton….

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Liz Kettle in the Landauer Booth

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Enough inspiration for all….


Round Robin Rebels Unite

The Round Robin Rebels are a group of your favorite designers who became friends at Market and decided to work on a quilt together.  Gudrun Erla of GE Designs organized the original challenge that appeared in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  It was a huge success so when Kari Carr of New Leaf Stitches wanted to design a ruler for Creative Grids, Terri Degenkolb of Whimsicals and Gudrun decided to do it again.

Round Robin Rebels Unite was born:


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Kari Carr designed the Creative Grids Kite Plus ruler that just arrived in the warehouse this week.  The concept is brilliant – combine the ever popular 60 degree triangle with a 120 degree triangle to create a Kite.  But since the kite is created with these angles, the corners are 90 degrees so this shape can be incorporated into any design that uses 30, 60 and 90 degree angles.  Talk about design potential – and these designers blew it out of the water!










Item #CGRKC1  Retail $24.45

This is THE perfect series of classes for every shop because there are learning opportunities each step of the way – and since they are CLP patterns, they are affordable so your customers can invest in the tools they learn how to use along the way!

Lesson #1:  This is a class in color and design.  Before your students arrive, choose  some feature fabrics to inspire them.  Then show them how to round out their color palette.  They can learn from each other and buy the tools they need for the next class.  Demonstrate the ruler so they know how to cut out the pieces and are ready to sew at the next class.

Lesson #2:  Kari designed a center square that combines four sixty degree and four thirty degree triangles (CGRSQ1).

This block has inset points – and I NEVER do inset points – until Kari told me how!  They were perfect the first time – and every time since!  I can now say that I can do inset points!!!  And your students can too!  The holes in the ruler make it a piece of cake!  She used her Clearly Perfect Angles tool (Item #NLS-CPA08) to add the yellow tips that make this design look complex – but it is of so easy.


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Lesson #3

Kari added a sashed strip-pieced border BUT the black accent is actually a folded fabric inserted in the seam that adds a new design element – and technique to teach your students.










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Lesson #4:  Then Gudrun used the Creative Grids 15 degree ruler (Item #CGREU1) to create the blades in the corners.  Setting the quilt on point by using these blades as corner triangles is brilliant!  Your students will want to use this technique next time they are using side setting triangles!


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Lesson #5

Terri designed the final border.  Don’t you love the way she turned these corner angle blocks into the jacks we played with as children?  Adding the circles also gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the Karen Kay Buckley circles (Item #95088).  They also soften the look of the entire quilt – and can cover any piecing imperfections! She also combined two 15 degree triangles with the Kite Plus 60 degree angle to create the corner blocks.  I LOVE the math!










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Lesson #6:  Use this lesson to show them how to put all of the units together and celebrate with an outstanding show and tell!  Post the pictures on the Creative Grids Facebook page.  We can’t wait to see them!

Checker is hosting a school house featuring the Round Robin Rebels in room 360 at Spring Market at 3:30.  Kari, Terri and Gudrun will be there to show this quilt in three colorways – and share their journey…..and help you to begin your own!


Sew Kind of Wonderful has all the Right Curves

Jenny and Helen – the sister duo who have added curves in all the right places – and many places we never considered – have outdone themselves!  For the first time, they are going to have a booth at Spring Market to celebrate the release of a new book, five new patterns and three Cut Loose Press patterns!

And it all began with this simple tool…


Item #SKW100  Retail $22.00

Metro Lattice reminds me of a combination of a pinwheel and double wedding ring block.  The fabric choices and quilting are an added bonus!


Item #SKW404  Retail $10.00

Metroscope frames a curved quarter-square triangle for maximum impact.


Item #SKW405  Retail $10.00

Metro Medallion looks like a modern mosaic.


 Item #SKW406  Retail $10.00

Metro Twist puts a whole new spin on a traditional cathedral window look.


Item #SKW407  Retail $10.00

This is the perfect demo opportunity.  And as always, they are one step ahead of us!  Curve it Up is a block of the month program that adds curves to your favorite blocks.


Item #SKW408  Retail $18.00

The perfect companion to a demo?  Cut Loose Press patterns of course!  This Dancing Churn Dash never looked so good…


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Two-Step is a classy apple core….


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And, drum roll please, Dot to Dot…


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Their first book features eight different projects that all use the same tool….


 Item #L112237  Retail $18.95

Checker is sponsoring a school house at Spring Market so be sure to add it to your schedule – Room 360 at 2:55 on Thursday.  And stop by their booth during Market – you will be glad you did!