Atkinson Designs

The versatility of Terry’s latest patterns says it all! She is so diverse in her talents, whether it is bags, table runners, or sampler quilts, yet as soon as I saw the pics, I knew she designed them.

Letter ZIP! is a perfect example. The name is perfect, the pic draws you in, and the letters make you think of the first or last initial of every friend. After all, we want the cutest letters! And, of course, this is the perfect class to show how to insert those Atkinson zippers the easy way – Terry’s way

Terry’s designs always add that awe factor – just that little something that makes her designs stand out! In Simple Sack, she includes tabs on the sides so the bag will fit on the metal stands at the grocery. And, they collapse for easy storage.

Desert Stars includes two possibilities. Don’t you love the way the stars float into the border???

And then there is her Sampler quilt which includes the cover quilt along with nine projects that expand on the blocks featured in the quilt. The photography is amazing, showing step by step illustrations of many of the techniques explored in the blocks.

I have even heard that this project – which would be a great Block of the Month program for shops – features Creative Grids® rulers! It just gets better and better! Everything is due to arrive in May, just in time for shop hop season!

Prepping for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday

This blog has two different audiences – and today I am speaking to both!  Quilters – use this holiday season to support your local quilt shop.  Quilt shops who don’t sell machines are historically not as busy this time of year because most of you have already made your gifts and are busy cooking, cleaning, decorating – you get the picture!

How can we make this a win/win for everyone?  As a shop owner, take a minute to look at your shop through your customers’ eyes.  Set up vignettes that will interest everyone!

For those of us who have friends who want to learn to quilt, why not buy them a kit? For instance, the new Stripology Squared #GE-512, ruler by Creative Grids® #CGRGE2 is a perfect companion to the book.  Add a bundle of 10″ squares to complete the package.










Go through all of the books and patterns in your store and “kit” everything that is based on fat quarters and other pre-cuts.  If they require a specific tool or ruler, include that in the display.  And, if you have a sample of it, all the better.  Bringing that sample to the forefront may have everyone looking at it with fresh eyes!

One of my favorite families who quilt buy each other a “kit” each year.  They pick out a project that they know the other will love.  Everyone has a year to finish them – and bring the finished project to the get together the following year.  Past “kits” have included a baby quilt for the sister that was going to be a first time grandmother; a collection of musical fabrics for the piano teacher – you get the idea.  And what a great tradition!  As newbies marry into the family, they are asked to join the group  – and taught how to quilt!  Talk about paying it forward!

And for that beginner?  Have a display of rotary cutters, mats, and rulers as well.  Be sure to include lots of gift certificates so they can buy a beginning class to go to with their new tools.  Be sure to include some beginning patterns such as Yellow Brick Road and kits to go with them.
















Have written copies of your class schedule that starts in January so they can give that as part of the gift!

Now, lets move onto stocking stuffers!  Go through all of your notions, buttons, and embellishments and make a display that is eye appealing!

Last but not least, tell your customers that you are ready for them!  Facebook is your friend!  My best idea?  Ask your customers to come in and fill out a wishlist.  Have them give you their spouses email.  Then, send their significant other an email with the items on the wishlist and prices.  Offer to get everything together and wrap it for them.  Be their one stop shop!!!  And don’t forget to ask them if they want to add a gift certificate to the order.  Believe me – they will be so thrilled they will actually be buying something that their partner wants, that they will be thanking you – and want to repeat this for other holidays!

Ready, set, go!  Wishing you all a great weekend!

Zip It!

Terry Atkinson and Joan Hawley have made zippers the new fashion statement – and the must see at Market.  Joan figured out a way to remove the start and stop from zippers – and then add the pull AFTER it is sewn into your project!  No more trying to sew around them!  This One-Zip technique works with polyester, all-purpose zippers by Atkinson Designs, Coats & Clark, Talon, and YKK.   (It does not work with invisible, metal, sport weight, or Sullivan brand zippers.)



Item #LGD137  Retail $13.50

This lanyard-style key fob pattern includes the hardware to complete two wrist size versions.  Clip to a pouch for an instant wristlet! Use the One-Zip technique to cut the zipper, sew one side of the zipper in straight and flat, bend to make loop, then use Joan’s trick to easily add one or more zipper pulls.  If you would like to make a true lanyard, do what Terry does – use two 22″ zippers sewn to create a 44″ length.

Since you are basically getting two zippers for the price of one, additional zipper pulls are available.  There are at least 30 per pack of assorted colors.  Combine your favorite colors for an additional design element.


Item #ATK520  Retail $8.99

Additional hardware is available in two different sizes.  The hardware to make four additional fobs is just $10.00 (Item #LGD711).  Or, buy the party pack which includes the hardware for 25 for $45.00.  (Item #LGD712).

To close the metal clasp with just one press, use these special pliers that have a padded clamp so it doesn’t leave an impression.


Item #LGD713  Retail $25.00

Sweetpea Pods measures just 3″ x 6″ is just the right size to hold your treasures – the perfect gift wrap this season.  Two zips and two 10 inch squares make two pods.


Item #LGD135  Retail $10.00

The Becca Bag is larger and the perfect bag for gals on the go.  Once again use the One-Zip technique to create this bag in a matter of minutes!


Item #LGD136  Retail $11.00

Don’t forget to stock the glue for the fobs (Item #E6000) and the Fusible Fleece (Item #SLG106) as well.

The Atkinson Designs zippers that work beautifully for this technique are available in an assortment of six each of ten colors.  The display includes hang tags and plastic clips.

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This is the perfect demo for your holiday event!  Fobio is a perfect make it/take it.  Who can stop at just one???

Terry Atkinson joins the Creative Grids Design Team!

Exciting news!  Terry has created her first Creative Grids tool!  This super simple tool will become your go to for a multitude of uses!


Item #CGRATK1  Retail $22.45

Watch this video to see the true genius of this tool:  //

This  will become a staple in your sewing room!  No need to try to cut around a plate every again!  Check out your options:

In this Cut Loose Press Drunkard’s Path Table Runner, Terry cuts quarter-circles and fuses them to squares to create an intricate pattern that no one would like to piece!  Using Terry’s technique?  It is an afternoon project!  The quarter circles seem to float and give the illusion of stained glass – in sea glass colors.


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Using the petal shapes on the tool, Terry created a fast and simple Cut Loose Press Orange Peel pattern in a matter of minutes – and repeated the curves on the outer edges.  Once again, the shapes float on the background for a clean, crisp look.  Simply stunning!CLPTAK001

Item #CLPTAK001

Krista’s Kitchen Hot Pads are perfect hostess gifts that can use up your stash and personalized to match anyone’s kitchen.  These eight inch hot pads are chenilled with the Olfa chenille cutter (Item #CHN-1) for added thickness – and protection.


Item #ATK183  Retail $9.50

Terry’s Table includes three different styles of place mats – and once again the curved edges make binding a piece of cake!  There is plenty of room to personalize them for your favorite hostess or holiday!


Item #ATK184  Retail $9.50

Triplets – A Trio of Baby Quilts, is a perfect way to experience the potential of this tool.  These quilts will become your go-to quilt as soon as you hear the news….


Item #ATK185  Retail $9.50

All of these projects can be done in an afternoon – plenty of time for the gift giving season!  The template and CLP are in stock now.  The patterns are arriving this week so place your orders now.

The Savviest Designer Enters the Kitchen – Part Three

I LOVED this pattern – and wrote about it back in May.  And THEN I watched the video on our website:  //  If this doesn’t make you run out and buy a chenille cutter (CHN-1), NOTHING will!


Item #ATK180  Retail $9.50

These are perfect shower gifts, luncheon gifts, boutique items – you name it because they can be mass produced in no time.  And, lets face it, they are so darned cute, you won’t be able to stop at just one!

You can cut the curves with the Creative Grids Curved Corner Cutter (Item #CGRCCC).  Insul-bright (Item #6320WN) makes them user friendly.

Why not make a shop sample with a matching apron?  What a great shower gift!


Item #ATK176  Retail $9.50

And, in typical Atkinson style, the pattern comes in three sizes – Adult, child, and toddler.  The off-center fold over top with a button accent gives this apron its style.  It is fulling lined so it sews up quickly and has body.  And don’t you love the pockets???

This is the perfect gardening, cooking AND cleaning apron!  The pattern includes a round chenille hot pad.  Once again, these are great class projects – and a great way to introduce children to sewing.  Why not offer a mother/daughter, grandmother/granddaughter class?  Who wouldn’t love to make matching aprons – just in time for Christmas baking!

This Savvy Designer gets us Organized – Part Two

Terry Atkinson loves playing with new products and gadgets – and provides patterns that introduce these new products to us – no intimidation allowed!

School season is upon us so many of her organizational patterns have hit center stage!  Her latest – Stowables – includes several sizes – which also her popular zippers.


Item #ATK181  Retail $9.50

She gave each version a name – Doc; Sudsy; Snippy; Scrunchy; Sneezy; and Sassy. Don’t you love it???  They feature her zippers.  And, they are fat quarter friendly!

Bridget’s Bagettes includes three different sizes – and introduces quilters to the world of vinyl!


Item #ATK162  Retail $6.50

Classmate not only features vinyl, it also features Soft and Stable.  Shop owners and manufacturers love how Terry introduces new products to the world – and makes them mainstream!


Item #ATK164  Retail $9.50

Pockets to Go is the answer to everyone’s organizational issues – and once again she offers a choice of sizes.


Item #ATK160  Retail $9.50

Once again, Terry has showcased a product that many quilters have never used – Pel-Tex.

ALL of these projects are great class options.  Terry removes the intimidation factor every step of the way and shares helpful hints so your customers won’t even know that they have stepped outside of their comfort zone!

The Savviest Designer for our Generation – Part One

Terry Atkinson just broke her own record!  She has EIGHT patterns in the Checker top 100 – including Yellow Brick Road, which arguably has to be the top selling pattern of all time!  This pattern was originally copyrighted in 2000 – and 15 years later, is still in the top 20.  This has been the first quilt – and their gateway to a love of quilting – for an entire generation of quilters as well as the go to quilt for experienced quilters.


Item #ATK126  Retail $9.50

Lucky Stars  was the first pattern I ever saw that showcased “floating” star points.  I don’t know if Terry invented this technique – which has now become mainstream – but this pattern introduced it to ME!  And, patterns like this guarantee successful results for even beginning quilters. What is not to love?????


Item #ATK129  Retail $9.50

Why are her patterns so successful?  Many of them are fat quarter or pre-cut friendly and offer a variety of size options – which is why shop owners love her .   And her color choices are spot on!  Since her zippers have been released, she has been the queen of simple, easy projects that can be completed in an afternoon.  But, PLEASE visit our website at: // and re-visit her roots!  Her quilt patterns obviously stand up to the test of time so why not share them ALL with the next generation of quilters???


There is Still Time – Quick and Easy Gifts from Atkinson Designs

Terry Atkinson is a legend in our industry for a reason – nine out of the top 100 patterns today are her designs!  All of her patterns are easy to follow; usually come in a variety of sizes, and can be finished in an afternoon.  That means there is still time to get dozens of these done by Christmas.

Need a tree skirt or table topper?  Happy Holidays is the perfect choice!  It comes in three different sizes – 23″; 35″; or 47″.  What a great wedding gift!  Add some ornaments – or use one as a gift tag – to add the awe factor to the gift!


Item #ATK147  Retail $9.00

Why not make a set of aprons for your favorite bakers?  Include some fun baking supplies and add a cookie cutter for the gift tag…


Item #ATK176  Retail $9.50

Love to cook?  Make this casserole cover for a 9″ x 13″ or three quart dish.  Add some wooden spoons as a package tag – and of course the casserole dish.  Terry collects Fiesta.  Why not start your collection today???


Item #ATK163  Retail $9.00

The “Bucket Brigade” comes in four different sizes.  Make a set – or just one – and fill it with a kit or supplies.  Why not add a cute pair of scissors as a package tag?


Item #ATK170  Retail $9.50

Cash and Carry comes in two sizes and are the perfect cases for purse organizers.  Slip in a gift card for that perfect gift.  In this case, the purse can be the wrapping!  Or, teach a class for free if they buy a gift certificate to YOUR store!


Item #ATK148  Retail $8.00

The Zippy Strippy also comes in three sizes so choose the perfect size for your specific needs.  Fill it with make up, lotions, sewing gadgets…you get the picture….or fill it with a collection of your antique buttons for a gift that is simply priceless!  Use a card of buttons as the gift tag….


Item #ATK149  Retail $8.00

Classmate is a perfect carrying case for all of your sewing needs – but is perfect for jewelry as well.  Fill a few pockets to personalize it into the perfect gift.  Why not add a pin or earrings as a package tie?


Item #ATK164  Retail $9.00

Have a little girl on your gift list?  Why not make a slumber bag for her favorite doll?  And, once again, there are four sizes.  Add a doll or teddy bear to complete the package.


Item #ATK177  Retail $9.50

Why not start a Caring Cupboard series of classes?  Make a different project each month so your customers have a constant supply of gifts for every occasion.  Who can make just one????

Come Join Terry in the Kitchen

Terry Atkinson always dominates the top 20 patterns on the Checker website – and this is why!  She knows I want something before I do.  That is the case with this apron.


Item #ATK176  Retail $9.50

This apron is fully lined with a large pocket.  It comes in three sizes – adult, child, and toddler.  What grandmother can resist?  Terry always adds that awe factor.  In this case, I love the folded asymmetrical triangle and button trim.  Her fabric choices are always spot on as well.

Terry collects Fiesta dishes in all colors so these napkins fit right in.  Each luncheon napkin requires two fat quarters.  There in also yardage and instructions for the dinner size.  Choose fat quarters so every napkins is different for a more casual look or follow the yardage requirements for matching sets.

Natalie’s Napkins










Item #ATK175  Retail $6.50

The awe factor here?  They are reversible and she includes napkin folding techniques!





Atkinson Designs – And Then There are Quilts – Part Two

Then there are quilts!   I love these quilts – and even better – so does my daughter!  Terry designs projects that appeal to both audiences without forcing either one of us outside of our comfort zones.

Stash Stars

This quilt incorporates a technique that makes this the perfect beginner quilt.  The flying geese star points “float” – so all of them are perfect.  The blocks are all trimmed to 10 1/2″ after they are sewn.  As long as the seam allowances are consistent, the quilter will be successful – and come back for more!!!

Item #ATK174  Retail $9.50

The blocks are all trimmed to 10 1/2″ – simple with the Creative Grids 10 1/2″ square.

Item #CGR10  Retail $19.95

Morning Noon & Night

You have to love the name as well….I want to make this one in king size.  Look closely and you’ll see that it gives you the feel of a bargello quilt – but the seams don’t match from row to row.  There are two different layouts for this quilt – but Terry says the block is the same!  I can’t wait to get the pattern because I can’t figure out what the block is!!!!

Item #ATK173  Retail $9.50

These blocks are trimmed to 12 1/2″, so once again it is the perfect beginning quilt – but everyone will love it!

Item #CGR12  Retail $23.95

Hexie Garden

Hexies are everywhere – but this one has it’s own sense of style!  Terry uses the EZ International #882670181A which cuts hexagons in sizes from 1 1/2″ – 5 1/2″.  She also uses a 60 degree angle – and since we are the home of Creative Grids, the CGRT60 is our ruler of choice!

Item #ATK172  Retail $9.50


But when just a little splash of color is needed – especially for a round table – why not make this simple table runner.  The instructions show how to cut the hexies with a 60 degree ruler (CGRT60) – yes, another teaching opportunity or demo.  It is easy to kit – four fat quarters are all you need for the hexies, binding AND backing!

Item #ATK169  Retail $6.50

These will be arriving any day so place your orders NOW to make sure that you get yours from the first order!  Be a good “scout” and be prepared!  You know they are going to be hot so order all of the companions as well.  Your customers will be glad you did!!