The Perfect Ruler Wrap

Annie Unrein creates the perfect bags so when we wanted to develop a storage system for Creative Grids® rulers, she was our first call. The prototype was the hit at Market – and in January you will see why!

In Annie’s words: Store and carry rulers, an 18″ x 24″ mat, rotary cutters, and more in the handy padded organizers. Organizers in two sizes may be hung on the back of a door or folded and wrapped to carry to classes. Straps secure the flap and an adjustable, detachable padded carrying strap make the organizer easy to transport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opened, the storage unit can be hung on the back of a door in your sewing room. When going to classes, simply fold it up and take it with you. We filled it with 17 rulers with lots of room to spare!

I love the thought that went into this design! It is 72″ long so it holds a multitude of rulers AND uses a 2 yard cut of Soft and Stable, which is available as a pre-cut. The bag is 27″ wide so it will hold those 24-1/2″ rulers AND one package of 54″ mesh can be cut in half and used for all of the pockets No waste! The bag requires two yards of fabric for the outside and two yards for the lining. Why not teach a machine quilting class so they can learn another technique?

Don’t you love inspired design???

New from Angela Walters – Creative Grids® Machine Quilting Templates

Angela Walters has developed a series of machine quilting templates with Creative Grids®. You talk about a marriage made in heaven! Angela’s genius with our signature grip! These templates are 1/4″ thick acrylic so they work well on a standard sewing machine as well as a longarm. They were specifically designed to fit in the palm of your hand so they are easy to manipulate on either machine.

Without further ado, meet Shorty, Slim, Archie, and Squiggy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The black and white markings show up on dark and light fabrics. And the printed grid lines make spacing quilt lines a breeze. The video instructions include potential quilting designs that can be created with each tool. The video can be accessed by scanning the QR code on the back of the package, visit www.checkerdist.com, or  www.creativegridsusa.com. But we all know that Angela really shines when she is in front of the camera so she will be releasing more videos very soon. We will keep you posted!

You Asked, We Delivered

We have had many requests for an 18 1/2 inch version of our most popular workhorse – the 8 1/2 x 24 1/2 inch ruler.  You asked, we listened – and it is IN STOCK now!

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This ruler has all of the great features of the original:

It is the perfect size to span the most popular size of rotary cutting mats. And, since it is 25% smaller than the original 24-1/2″ version, it is easier to manipulate. The wide width makes it the perfect choice to square up corners and borders.

It features easy-to-read black and white markings printed in 1″ grids marked in 1/8″ and 1/4″ increments. Use the black numbers (printed on white dots) and the 1/4″ grip sides to cut whole inches, while the white numbers (printed on black dots) and the 1/2″ grip sides add the 1/2″ seam allowance.

The ruler slides easily over the fabric until pressure is applied. Then, our exclusive gripper holds the fabric in place while cutting, eliminating slipping and miss-cuts!

Use the white 45º angle to trim half-square triangles in whole inch increments. Use the black 45º angle to trim half-square triangles in half inch increments. An additional black 45º line is placed so that two angles cross 1/4″ away from the outside edge. Use these markings to square up flying geese units; squares set on point or mark cross-hatching. The ruler also features a 30º- 60º angle.

White horizontal and vertical lines are printed on the rectangle so the center of the ruler is easily distinguishable. Use these lines to fussy cut stripes and borders.

I didn’t want to leave anything out so the above is the description exactly how it appears on the website.  This is a perfect opportunity to introduce this ruler and reiterate the great features of the entire line!

The Pineapple Mini has arrived!

Minis are all the rage – and they have never been easier!  The Creative Grids® Pineapple Trim Tool Mini makes pineapples in 4, 5, and 6 inch sizes.

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This one inch center with half inch pineapple strips is the perfect companion to the popular four and six inch log cabin trim tools that were the hit of market.

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This Cut Loose Press™ pattern – South Beach Pineapple Treats is the perfect choice for a traditional pineapple setting with  that extra spice added with perfect fabric choices.  It creates the illusion of circles.

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Swirly Pearly Buttons looks similar to a Snail’s Trail with a lot less work – and once again, it is color placement!  This one reminds me of those all day suckers I used to beg for at the fair!

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Petite Pineapple Garden features the more traditional black fabric that sets off these happy colors to a tea!

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Or, you may want to choose this pillow or place mat for a perfect class project that they could actually finish in an afternoon class!

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Simply stop after six rounds for a four inch size; add two more for the five inch version; or complete all ten for the six inch version.  As an added bonus, these strips are cut 1 1/4″ wide – half the width of the popular 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ ruler.  Therefore you can use that white center line to cut jelly rolls in half and start sewing a multitude of blocks in no time!

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Don’t forget the original for those who want a larger size.  It makes 6″; 8″ and 10″ sizes.

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Perfect Log Cabin Minis Every Time!

I love, love, LOVE these new Creative Grids® releases!  I love minis and could never achieve perfect log cabins in four and six inch sizes until now!  These trim tools also create Courthouse Steps and Half Log Cabin blocks – with the cutting requirements printed right on the tool!
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I am not exaggerating!  I have made over 700 log cabin blocks in 4″and  6″ sizes – and they are just as accurate in the 4″ size with 1/2″ logs as they are in the 6″ size with 3/4″ logs!  In fact, I love them so much that I wrote a book based on the six inch size – but more about that when we have a publishing date!

Jean Ann wrote a book that is available NOW – yes it is in stock!
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This book includes patterns for projects made with the four AND the six inch log cabin tools.
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There are also some charming Cut Loose Press patterns to support them as well!
Glory in the Cabin is a striking table runner that uses the six inch size.
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Or create a needle case…
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Diamond in the Logs by Debby Kratovil features the four inch version.
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Last but not least, Deb Heatherly has combined several of our top Creative Grids rulers to create this gorgeous quilt.  Why not do this as a demo of the month type quilt?  More about this later when the book is in stock!  It is at the printers now!DH1601
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These rulers sell themselves!  Just have a sample sitting by the register!  Visit our website to watch the videos and see just how easy it is to be perfect!

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!

Let there be Light!

This one is short and sweet!  Bottom line – this is the best light for the price that I have seen in a long time!
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This light by Frank A. Edmunds folds to just 1 1/2″ but is hinged so you can make it shine exactly where you need it!  Or extend it all the way to almost 10″.  24 LED bulbs can be adjusted to three brightness levels.

Whether you use the battery or the USB, it is sure to become your favorite light!

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Square on Square – the hit at Road to California

I demonstrated the Creative Grids® Square on Square rulers at the Road to California show and they loved them!
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Why does everyone LOVE this tool?  For the same reason, they love the entire line of Jean Ann Wright’s trim tools.  All of these tools solve the problems quilters face when piecing blocks that start with a center square.  These blocks tend to become skewed because of cutting inconsistencies; variations in seam allowances; and distortions while pressing.

The triangles are cut slightly larger and trimmed to size AFTER cutting, sewing and pressing – and the end result is spectacular!

Check out this new Spinning Snails pattern by Lynn Roddy Brown.  Yes – this is the first tool designed to create the Snail’s Trail block.  It is simply the color placement of the triangles.  And don’t you love the scrappy look and the rail fence border???CLPLRB001
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Sunflower Trails creates movement by piecing the Snail’s Trails blocks out of just three colors.
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Jean Ann Wright’s blue version makes me want to go to the beach!
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But this tool is named Square on Square for a reason!  Don’t forget that the traditional blocks make striking quilts as well.
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The additional bells and whistles make this a must have:
1.  The cutting instructions are printed right on the tool. (The outside edge of the block is always on the straight of grain.)
2.  Create a 4″ block by stopping after two triangles or complete an 8″ block by adding four rounds of triangles.
3.  Use the squares on the ruler to piece or fussy cut a 2″ or 4″ finished square.

These added features expand the design potential exponentially!  Why not give it a try?  It also comes in a six-inch version.  (Item #CGRJAW7).  Whichever size you choose, you will be happy with the result!

 

Great Granny would be Proud!

Great Granny Squared is the second collaboration between Lori Holt and Its Sew Emma – and brings back memories of the Granny Square afghans that were our grandmother’s answer to scrap yarn!

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Personally, I have a wool afghan that my grandmother made for my parents when THEY got married in the mid forties.  It is one of my most treasured possessions and holds a place of honor in my guest room.  Now I can make a companion quilt to coordinate in the room!

The book includes four different patterns to choose from!

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The hard part is going to be choosing which one!

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.