What is Red and White and Embroidered All Over?

Natalie Bird has created a variety of whimsical designs that add a whole new twist to Cottage Chic!  Combining embroidery with simple piecing creates nostalgic projects that are sure to make you smile!

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Every project has that awe factor.  Whether it is putting a new take on a traditional penny rug; adding wide rickrack to a tote; creating the perfect shape on a pin cushion to accent the design to its best advantage; or adding tiny touches of embroidery to a framed miniature to add texture and detail, this book has it all.

This book is expected to arrive the first week of January – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Inspirational International Quilts

Quiltmania is not just a popular magazine.  They also publish books featuring some of your favorite international designers.  Inspiration from these quilts can bring a fresh new look to your next project!

Irene Blanck’s Focus on Applique includes 16 different applique designs that are featured in her quilts – or can be the foundation of your next creation.

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Primarily Quilts by Di Ford – another Australian designer features medallion quilts – her favorite style.  They remind me of the Baltimore Album era quilts.

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I love the muted tones Chosen by Reiko Kato for The Newest Adventures of Sue and Billy.

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Norma Whaley includes traditional pieced blocks with a twist – as well as beautiful applique blocks.

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Check out all of the Quiltmania magazines and books on our website!  Let the inspiration begin!

Creating Mini’s with Proven Techniques

I love everything by Lynne Hagmeier.  Fall is my favorite season and her color pallette sings to this Midwest gal!  Her latest books feature these tones – but would translate into your favorite color tones as well.

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All of these minis are made with 2 1/2″ squares.  This book should be included with any pre-cut display.  Whether you buy pre-cuts or use your scraps, it is a great way to play with color.  Choose any of the seven miniature quilts and three bonus projects.

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Lynne incorporates her signature techniques that make working in miniature a breeze!  Why not use this book as a series of classes to introduce everyone to these methods???

Bees ‘n Blooms includes several smaller projects as well as some larger quilts.

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In this wall hanging, she pieces the background and adds applique that looks like it came directly from a collection of pressed flowers.  The combination gives this quilt a very eclectic feel!

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This charm quilt looks like a mosaic or cobblestone path.  The occasional light fabric makes the quilt sing!

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Many of the embellishments in this book were created with her Melon Template (Item #KT99906 Retail $9.95)

Hexies are still hot!

Combine hexies and 60 degree triangles to create true works of art.

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Katja Marek created 52 paper-pieced 6 inch blocks.  Anyone can create these 60 degree kaleidoscope works of art.  Simply amazing!  In this case, a picture is worth a thousand hexies….

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This is a great modern quilt – or would add interest to any backing!

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Solids with black are always a winning combination and show off these designs beautifully…

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Don’t you love the prairie points on the topper?

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This is not your grandmother’s version!

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Or, make a twin size quilt.

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A perpetual calendar is due out in July – just in time for Shop Hop season.  (Item #C147, Retail $23.99).  Order it now so you get it as soon as it arrives!

Snow Happy

As record breaking snows hit the East coast, Robin Kingsley of Bird Brain Designs has released her new book – Snow Happy.  Why not sit by a fire and stitch one of these projects while you are longing for Spring?

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This collection of hand embroidered designs are sewn into a wide variety of projects from towels to totes.

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I love everything Robin designs!  And did I mention that she is one of the most charming ladies I have ever met?  These designs are so charming you will want to incorporate them into other projects.  Why not stitch them up into your favorite design today?  Order now – these books will be arriving any day!

Jo’s Little Favorites

You all ready know who will want this newest release by Jo Morton so make sure you order enough!  This book of minis is due to arrive the first week of February and would make a great class series – kitted of course!

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These 13 classic quilt designs include tips to make piecing in miniature a breeze.  The photography is worth the price of the book!  Each quilt is displayed in vignettes that would add charm to any decor.

Most of the quilts are smaller than 36″ square so you can stitch these versions of her classic patterns in no time at all.  Here is just a sampling…

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Which one will you make first????

Choosing Fabrics from your Stash Successfully

Stash Lab by Tonya Alexander is as much a study in color as it is a collection of spectacular patterns.

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Learning how to choose fabrics from your stash – which crosses fabric collections – is an art that can be learned by following Tonya’s simple sorting techniques.  After all, we know that when scraps are combined effectively, you achieve the results featured in her projects.  The photographs speak for themselves!

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Whether you love the look of traditional or modern quilts, this book covers the spectrum of spectacular!  Start organizing your scraps today.

Sewing for Children

Authors Amie Petronis Plumley and Andria Lisle teach a sewing camp in Tennessee which has received rave reviews from parents and children alike.  They have combined 21 of the favorite  hand sewing projects into Sewing School.

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These projects are geared for children ages 5 and up and requires very little adult supervision.  Lots of step by step illustrations and comments from kids who have actually attended the sewing camps offer encouragement.

Sewing School 2 continues the journey as they learn to use a sewing machine.  Geared for children seven and up – and written at a second grade reading level – once again very little parental supervision is required.  Notes are included, however, to help parents who would like to be involved.

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While creating 20 different projects, children learn all of the different features of a sewing machine.  By the time they are done with the book and projects, they will know how to do everything from threading the machine to using all of the various stitches – and when and why to use them.

Wouldn’t one of these books – along with the suggested supplies – be a perfect gift for the future sewer in your life?  And remember, this is the perfect time to introduce boys to sewing as well!  Sewing is a lifetime skill needed by everyone!

Introduction to Sewing – The Perfect Gift!

When that customer walks through the door who wants to sew, there is a difference!  And, there is a book perfect for them as well.

School of Sewing starts from the very beginning right down to introducing the reader to a sewing machine.  This book walks the beginner through 12 projects that utilize different facets of the machine.

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Tools are introduced as well.  Why not display the book with your favorite notions.  These are top sellers:

Seam Ripper

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Fine Pins

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Chalk Liner

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Scissors

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You get the idea.  Use these ideas as a stepping stone to pulling together your own favorites.  Be a scout – and be prepared!  Have a nice display ready!  Focus on those customers and new customers who aren’t interested in quilting!  Why not host a bag of the month class?  Quilters love instant gratification as well!  And, we all love to pretend we are organized so these classes will appeal to everyone!

Learn to Quilt – the Perfect Gift

Tis the season when you have an opportunity to introduce new customers to quilting.  Be prepared!  When family members walk in and want to buy something because a relative wants to learn how to quilt, have a display ready.  Don’t forget to include information on beginning quilting classes that will be starting after the first of the year – and gift certificates to classes as well.

Here are a few suggestions which you probably already have in stock!  It is all in the presentation…

There are several beginning quilting books on the market.  This is my favorite because it not only teaches the basics of quilting, it also explains the terminology!  Jeri includes the  “language” of quilting that experienced quilters take for granted such as fat quarters.  Now that is a TRUE beginners guide!

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For those who are inspired to learn to quilt by watching Alex Anderson on T.V., her book is always a top seller.

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We all know that the tools make a difference.  Why not start with the best?  The #1 selling Creative Grids ruler of all time is the 6 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ ruler.  It spans the width of a rotary mat and is the width of the most common border width – a must have for all quilters.  This should be in every quilter’s sewing room.

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Or, why not choose the Stripology ruler?  It is the perfect choice for beginners or those who are afraid of a traditional cutter or may have carpal tunnel issues.  Why not teach them how to cut their rotary cutting time by 75% right from the beginning????

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The 18″ x 24″ Olfa cutting mat is the most popular size.

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This quick change rotary cutter is the best selling rotary cutter…

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Display these items – or your personal preferences – in one place and let your staff know to recommend these products when the questions arise.  Have newsletters right there so the newbies know how to contact you!  Remind your customers that these are the perfect gifts for THEIR friends.  Why not offer a free class to everyone who brings a new quilter to a class?