Create a Design Wall

The days of crawling on your hands and knees to layout a quilt project are over! This 60″ x 72″ piece of felt is the perfect foundation for a design wall. Tack it up in your sewing room so you can visualize your project as you go. And a little visual inspiration keeps you focused on the quilt at hand.

Center Stage Design Wall White 72in
Center Stage Design Wall Gray 72in

You have a choice of white or grey. And, at 5 x 6 feet, you will be able to display most projects up to throw size or a quarter of a queen or king-size quilt.

New Arrivals from Cut Loose Press™ Patterns

Peppermint Twist (#CLPSCH002) is a darling table runner by Sheila Christensen that features the Creative Grids® Half Sixty ruler. Since you cut a multitude of shapes to create the candies, it is a great choice for a class!

Peppermint Twist

Creative Grids Half Sixty Triangle Ruler

Hearts on the Half Square (#CLPPHA015) was designed by yours truly so I am a little prejudice! It is made with 80 layer cakes. My family calls this the wedding quilt because I have made so many of them for wedding gifts. The hearts are the perfect size for signatures and messages for the honored couple. At 75 x 91 inches, it is the perfect size for cuddling. It also works great as a memory quilt for any event: graduations, anniversaries, babies…

Hearts On The Half Square Quilt

Since this quilt is made with half-square triangles created from ten-inch squares, I used the 15-inch Creative Grids® Seam Guide Tool (#CGRSMN15) to mark the sewing lines. It is specifically designed to span the diagonal of a 10″ square!

Creative Grids 15in Seam Guide Tool

Putting the top together is a breeze when all of the half-square triangles are trimmed to the exact same size!

Creative Grids Half-Square 4-in-1 Triangle Quilt Ruler

Charmed Hearts (#CLPPHA014) is made with 80 charm squares pieced into offset four-patches. Or, if you make Hearts on the Half-Square – and carefully trim the excess fabric out behind the hearts, you get a twofer!

Charmed Hearts

Since this is made with five inch squares, the 2 1/2″ width of the I love my Quilting Friends ruler (#CGRQF26 )works great to cut the four-patches.

Creative Grids I Love My Quilt Friends Mini Quilt Ruler 2-1/2in x 6in

If you like to do handwork, the hearts for both quilts can be appliqued. The Gypsy Quilter Freezer Paper (#TGQFP811H) is recommended. It comes in 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets so you can trace one page of hearts and run it through a home printer to save tracing time.

But, if you prefer machine embroidery, use Print-N-Fuse (#PNF25). It is also available in 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets so the hearts can be copied on a home printer. Follow the package instructions to fuse the stabilizer on the back and fuse in place.

Deb Heatherly designed this Hexagon Pillow (#CLPDHE039 )to showcase a favorite print or photo transfer. What a cute, easy project – and a great gift.

Hexagon Frame Pillow

A friend of Deb’s made this Hogwarts version – I have some grandchildren who would love this version!

Hexagon Frame Pillow

Since Cut Loose Press™ patterns are printed on demand, they are always in stock!

The Perfect Retreat Bag

ToteOlogy from The Gypsy Quilter is the smart and safe way to carry your favorite rulers and notions! The multiple pockets are designed to hold a wide variety of tools. And, since the pockets are clear, you can find exactly what you need instantly! The inner pocket is large enough to hold an 18 x 24-inch cutting mat as well as other personal items.

ToteOlogy Purple Dot

Look how easy it is to keep everything in its place!

ToteOlogy Purple Dot

The other side is the perfect size to hold a cutting mat AND the Creative Grids® Stripology ruler.

ToteOlogy Purple Dot

The bag will be available next month and comes in purple dot, turquoise, red and black.

ToteOlogy Teal
ToteOlogy Red
ToteOlogy Black

Why not display them with the Creative Grids® Stripology series of rulers and mats?

Creative Grids Stripology XL Ruler
Creative Grids Stripology Squared Quilt Ruler
Creative Grids Stripology Mini Quilt Ruler
Creative Grids Cutting Mat 18in x 24in

We are gearing up for the holiday season. Wouldn’t this be a great 12 days of Christmas buy?

Creative Grids® Sales Tools

We just released the Creative Grids® Kitty Cornered Tool by Deb Heatherly and they have been flying off the shelves. Many of you are doing online demos so I thought I would share some marketing material available to make it easier for you!

Creative Grids Kitty Cornered Ruler

Visit the Creative Grids website www.creativegridsusa.com to see information on all of our products and encourage your customers to do the same. When you choose a product, all of the patterns that support that tool are shown at the bottom of the page. You can also watch the video demonstrating how to use the tool and download a set of instructions. Yes, the instructions come with the tool, but if you accidentally threw them away, we’ve got you covered!

You can also download an interactive Wishlist that shows all of our rulers so you can keep track of your personal inventory. This list is updated every time we release a new item!

If you are a shop wanting to demonstrate this ruler, we have done a lot of the legwork for you! Click the LogIn button in the top right corner of the Creative Grids USA homepage. Use your Checker Distributors account number and password to log in.

Go to the Storyboard link to download a Block Set of this tool. The block set includes all 11 sizes of this block in actual size! The marketing department literally takes our test blocks and scans them into the computer. You no longer have to sew samples of every size to see the diversity of the tool! Send the file to your favorite print shop and have them print them on card stock. What a silent salesman!

We also have prepared a Storyboard for you. This includes step-by-step instructions on how to use the tool – blown up so it is easy to view. Basically, these boards are the highlights of the instructions that are included with the tool – but in poster size!

Under the Free Graphics tab, you can use the banner created for the tool to advertise that you have it in stock.

While you are visiting the Toolbox, check out all of the other free resources provided for you! Just make sure you have enough product available when the orders fly in!

Hootie in Log Cabins

Hootie #CLPLDB007 is the latest in a series of wall hangings designed by Lisa DeBord for Cut Loose Press™ that incorporates log cabin and curvy log cabin blocks. What else can I say when you have this level of cuteness!

Hootie

Wilmington Prints has a complete line of Essential Gems that come in a multitude of colors – which are the perfect pre-cuts to display with these patterns. Most of the blocks are made with 1 1/4″ strips so these 2 1/2″ strips can be cut in half – a great way to get a variety of fabrics in a colorway!

2-1/2in Strips Essential Gems Coffee Cafe 6 bundles per package

This series uses the Creative Grids® 4″ Log Cabin Trim Tool #CGRJAWMN4 and 4″ Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool #CGRJAW6MINI.

Creative Grids 4in Log Cabin Trim Tool Quilt Ruler
Creative Grids 4in Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool

Norbert #CLPLDB006 just came out last month. You still have time to make him for the holidays.

Norbert

Oliver #CLPLDB005 the koala was inspired by the wild fired in Australia.

Oliver

Waddles #CLPLDB004 and Noggins #CLPLDB003 are so adorable, I had to make them both! They are totally done so I can’t wait to hang them this holiday season!

Waddles
Noggin

Why not do a class? Demonstrate and teach the traditional courthouse steps and log cabin blocks (if needed) in one class. Follow up with a class on the curvy log cabin. Need a shop sample? Divide the blocks up between your employees. Since they are all done with the trim tools, all of the blocks will be the same size and the finished blocks will go together beautifully. An added bonus – everyone will know how to use the tools!

Masks and Supplies

Now that masks are mandatory in many areas, there is a whole new demand for them. They are like reading glasses – you need one for your car, your purse, by the front door…you get the picture!

The Gypsy Quilter® has developed these nose bars that help keep the mask where it needs to be.

The Gypsy Quilter Mask Bar 100ct

They come in packages of 100 and are due in the warehouse this month. Use these self-adhesive Mask Nose Bars to customize a mask you already have. Simply remove the release paper and stick on over the bridge of your nose. Or, you can sew a channel into your mask and insert the Mask Nose Bar to make it permanent. It is washable but don’t iron over it.

Now, they have become a fashion statement and my kids want an assortment of colors. The Gypsy Quilter® has done it again. Next month we will have elastic in five yard put ups in a multitude of colors. Each box includes three packages.

Gypsy Quilter Flat Green Elastic 1/4 x 5 yards
Gypsy Quilter Flat Royal Elastic 1/4 x 5 yards
Gypsy Quilter Flat Gray Elastic 1/4 x 5 yards
Gypsy Quilter Flat Red Elastic 1/4 x 5 yards
Gypsy Quilter Flat Purple Elastic 1/4 x 5 yards
Gypsy Quilter Flat Navy Elastic 1/4 x 5 yards
Gypsy Quilter Flat Black Elastic 1/4 x 5 yards
Gypsy Quilter Flat White Elastic 1/4 x 5 yards

These are the perfect companions to the Creative Grids® Face Mask Template 3 Sizes in 1. This template is so popular that we can’t keep up with the demand – but we are trying! We get shipments every week and send them out on a first-order/first ship basis so place your orders now!

Creative Grids Face Mask Template 3 Sizes in 1


Each box contains 3 bags of 1/4 inch elastic in a 5 yard cut. Washing Instructions: Machine washable and dryable in temp up to 200º F. Chlorine bleach safe. Dry Cleanable. Do not Iron

Newest Release From Creative Grids

The newest Creative Grids® tool, Kitty Cornered, developed by Deb Heatherly is simply brilliant! It is one of those blocks that I always paper-pieced in the past because I just couldn’t sew those odd angles accurately. Well, not anymore!

Creative Grids Kitty Cornered Ruler

Make eleven different sizes of the Kitty Cornered block – two at a time! Cut the odd angles with the tool, then trim them down to size after sewing. Fast, easy and accurate! Make two Kitty Cornered blocks at one time – the printed cutting chart is right on the tool! Create eleven sizes from 1 to 6 inches – and every half inch in between. The ruler comes with fully illustrated step by step instructions or watch the YouTube video to see a demonstration.

And, of course, there are sooo many companions. Daddy’s Ties is a Cut Loose Press™ pattern and is the perfect choice for a memory quilt. I am making this one with a friend who lost her husband a few years ago. We are using his ties – and oxford cloth shirts for the background squares. What an heirloom!

Daddy's Ties

Combining four of the blocks – and sewing them together like a nine-patch creates this stunning quilt – Kitty Cornered Chained. Don’t you love the larger units as accents in the middle border?

Kitty Cornered Chain

Evergreen Runner is a fast, easy project combining half-square triangles and Kitty Cornered blocks.

Evergreen Runner

By reversing the lights and darks in the block, a whole new design is created in Happy N Blessed.

Happy N Blessed

Nostalgia combined Kitty Cornered blocks with three inch log cabins – created with the four inch log cabin trim tool.

Nostalgia

Need a patriotic table runner this summer? Liberty Runner is just the ticket and you can finish it in an afternoon!

Liberty Runner

I love this Maple Leaf table runner that is cut from 10 – 10″ squares so it is easy to kit for classes! I cut kits for this yesterday and am using a gray background – can’t wait to start sewing!

Maple Leaf Runner

Aptitude is a full pattern that includes instructions for a lap as well as a queen sized quilt. This pattern uses the Creative Grids® CGRDH2 Strippy Stars Tool and the CGRDH5 Kitty Cornered Tool. Fabric selection is easy! Just choose a background and two additional contrasting colors.

Aptitude

Catagonia also features lap and queen sizes and combines the Cat’s Cradle tool by Deb with the Kitty Cornered tool. The pattern calls for a variety of fabrics in the cat’s cradle units so pull out your scraps!

Cat'agonia


Sassafras combines the Ultimate Flying Geese tool with the Kitty Cornered Tool for maximum effect. With just three colors, it is oh so simple to choose fabrics.

Sassafras

Pick out 9 Fat Quarters and a background fabric, and use the Creative Grids® CGRDH5 Kitty Cornered tool to make this fun 55″ x 70″ quilt designed by Christine Van Buskirk. Don’t you love the dark background???

Wind Blown


Flurry is a 64″ x 80″ Fat Quarter friendly quilt is stunning in blues. Using CGRFCC (6″ Folded Corner Clipper) is also featured in the instructions as an optional tool for the diamond in a square assembly.

Flurry

The tool and Cut Loose Press™ patterns are in stock. The full-sized patterns are due in any day so place your orders now!

New from GE Designs

Gudrun Erla has released four new patterns this season. The hardest decision is going to be which one to make first!

Taylor is an easy pattern you can make from fat quarters or a mix of 10″ squares, 2-1/2″ and 1-1/2″ strips. It is a part of the Stripology Mixer series of patterns. Construction is very easy with the Stripology XL ruler by GE Designs. You can tailor the layout to your liking, more uniform or go very abstract. The pattern comes with 5 different size options: crib, lap, full, queen, king.

Taylor

This striking pattern is so versatile and much easier to make than it looks. The pattern has 4 different layout options and endless variations. Make it with assorted 10″ squares or just 2 fabrics, using the Stripology Squared or the Stripology XL ruler by GE Designs and be successful every time. Instructions for using regular rulers are included. The pattern comes with 5 different size options: crib, lap, twin/full, queen, king.

Venus

Gudrun featured this pattern in a “quarantine sew along”. 16,000 quilters participated in this all day event so many shop owners already have their sample made! We think that must be a record!

Elvira is a fun and fast to make quilt from fat quarters. Construction is very easy with the Stripology XL ruler by GE Designs and the GEasy point trimmers. Instructions for using regular rulers are included. The pattern comes with 4 different size options: crib, lap, full, queen.

Elvira


Hope was also featured in an all day sew along and over 6,000 quilters participated from all over the world. So, once again, many shops have samples completed. For this sew along, Gudrun donated over $35,000 to local charities – quilters could make a donation in lieu of purchasing the pattern for this event. Doesn’t it give you goosebumps??? What an amazing story and what an amazing event!

Hope is a fun and easy pattern you can make from fat quarters or 10″ squares and 2-1/2″ strips. Construction is very easy with the Stripology XL or the Stripology Squared ruler by GE Designs. Instructions for using regular rulers are included. The pattern comes with 4 different size options: crib, lap, full, king.

These blocks can be laid out in a multitude of ways to create dynamic quilts!

Hope

I love these stickers – and use them all of the time on my rulers and cutting mats. They now come in three “Fruity Fiesta” colors.

G-Easy Ruler Stickers - Fruity Fiesta Palette
G-Easy Ruler Stickers - Fruity Fiesta Palette

Everything is due to arrive June 20th so place your orders now!

Biggie the Bee is Buzzing

This newest quilt by Krista Moser was just shown for the first time May 3rd – and the response has been crazy! Everybody is “buzzing” about it so order plenty now!

Biggy The Bee Baby Quilt

This 42 x 48-inch baby size quilt – or an adorable wall hanging – is made with the original Creative Grids® Diamond ruler. That means the pieces are big, beautiful, and oh sew easy to piece. There are no “Y” seams so it is beginner-friendly.

Creative Grids 60 Degree Diamond Ruler

Don’t you love the way she uses stripes and buffalo plaids in unexpected ways? She also used some Essex cotton – which has the feel and texture of linen – to add to the tactile vibe. Here is the back as well so you can start getting fabrics together.

Biggy The Bee Baby Quilt

I can’t wait to dive into my black and white and gray and honey fabrics……I might even throw in a few polka dots….

Hoop Easy Is THAT Easy

I do not have an embroidery machine YET so I have deferred to an expert for this post. Nichole Schneider is a Checker buyer and knows everything there is to know about the subject!

Hoop Easy Cotton Batting from The Gypsy Quilter® Stitcher Series

Do you ever have a need for just a little bit of batting? This easy to use roll of 100% natural cotton batting is perfect for all your quilt-as-you-go or in-the-hoop projects.  I love it for small projects or for use in limited spaces. The convenient roll is super easy to use and space-saving to store.  The 10 or 12-inch roll is a great thing to have on hand for small projects!

When combined with 100% cotton thread and fabric, batting is microwave safe for up to 6 minutes- in 2-minute intervals.

Hoop Easy Cotton Batting 10in x 10yds
Hoop Easy Cotton Batting 12in x 10yds

Pro tip: Hoop your preferred stabilizer and float batting in the hoop.  Use this batting to give a little extra loft to in the hoop projects- especially the arms and legs of stuffed animals.

Hoop Easy Embroidery Batting – Cotton Poly Batting with Scrim from The Gypsy Quilter® Stitcher Series

Finally! Batting that supports your stitches WITHOUT additional stabilizer. Hoop the embroidery batting and off you go! Supports up to 8,000 stitches per layer. 11% Scrim for added strength and stability, this batting will not shift.

Hoop Easy Embroidery Batting 10in x 10yds
Hoop Easy Embroidery Batting 12in x 10yds

I love this batting for fully enclosed in the hoop projects. The batting IS the stabilizer! Nothing to remove. Simply trim when finished. This is a GREAT stabilizer to use for stuffed animals, pouches and more.   Your project is soft after embroidery and has a really nice loft to it as well.

Pro tip: if you need more stitch count support, simply float a piece of tear away under the hooped batting.

Hoop Easy Stick & Wash Away from The Gypsy Quilter® Stitcher Series

Perfect for hard to hoop items -simply hoop with release paper side up. Once hooped, score release paper with a T-pin and gently peel the paper up. Stick your hard to hoop fabric or item to the adhesive side and embroider. When finished, un-hoop and remove the stabilizer with water. Wash Away stabilizer is great for sheer fabrics and those with an open weave, also excellent for applique. Supports 8,000 stitches per layer.

Hoop Easy Stick & Wash Away Stabilizer 10in x 10yds
Hoop Easy Stick & Wash Away Stabilizer 12in x 10yds

Pro tip: For easy removal- spray backside of the project with water from a mist bottle. Then gently peel off the stabilizer. You can also immerse in water, and the stabilizer will dissolve completely.

Hoop Easy Stick and Tear Away from The Gypsy Quilter® Stitcher Series


Perfect for hard to hoop items. Simply hoop with release paper side up. Once hooped, score release paper with a T-pin and gently peel the paper up. Stick your hard to hoop fabric or item to the adhesive side and embroider. When finished, un-hoop and tear away stabilizer from the project. Supports 8,000 stitches per layer.

Hoop Easy Stick & Tear Away Stabilizer 10in x 10yds
Hoop Easy Stick & Tear Away Stabilizer 12in x 10yds

Pro tip: After embroidering, gently tear off the stabilizer.   

Hoop Easy Sew-In Mesh from The Gypsy Quilter® Stitcher Series

Sew-in Mesh adds stability while retaining the softness of the fabric. This product works great with knits, loose weave fabric, and fleece. It supports up to 8,000 stitches per layer.

Hoop Easy Sew-In Mesh Stabilizer 12in x10yds

Hoop Easy Sew-In Mesh Stabilizer 12in x10yds

Pro tip: Leave this stabilizer in after embroidering. If you need more stabilization- float tear away stabilizer under the hoop.

Hoop Easy Tear Away from The Gypsy Quilter® Stitcher Series

This is the cleanest tear away you’ve ever used. The stabilizer is perforated for a precise tear and easy removal. This works best with woven fabrics and other fabrics that do not stretch.  Supports 8,000 stitches per layer.

Hoop Easy Tear Away Stabilizer 10in x 10yds
Hoop Easy Tear Away Stabilizer 12in x 10yds

Pro tip: If you need more stability, layer up the stabilizer.

Hoop Easy Topper from The Gypsy Quilter® Stitcher Series

Use this topper to prevent stitches from sinking into your fabric. After embroidering, tear topper away, then remove any excess with water.

Hoop Easy Topper 10in x 10yds
Hoop Easy Topper 12in x 10yds

Pro tip:  use topper when embroidering toweling or “furry” fabrics- and the stitching will sit nicely on top!