Ornaments in time for Christmas

Rachel’s of Greenfield has three ornament kits in the top 100 patterns this week!

The kits include everything you need to make six ornaments – right down to the gold hanging thread. They are perfectly sized to fit in a gift card so they can stand alone and BE the gift or be used as the embellishment on the gift!

Wouldn’t these be fun to have at a holiday get together? They could make an ornament to take home with them as a memory of the party. They are all in stock so you can get them in time for this holiday season!

Affordable, Quality Sewing Machines

Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, Checker is now carrying five versions of New Home sewing machines. These light weight, portable machines are perfect for travel – take them to classes and retreats without breaking your back! They only weigh 11 to 15 pounds! Or buy them for family and friends who want to try sewing/quilting for the first time.

So you can compare, I have included the actual specs for each machine – three manual and two computerized…

A perfect beginner, classroom, or travel machine! The NH7 New Home Sewing Machine contains seven utility stitches that will get you through most projects on the road or for just starting out.

Vertical oscillating hook bobbin system
Seven Stitches
One Four-Step Buttonhole
Manual Thread Tension Control
Easy Reverse Lever
Push Pull Bobbin Winder
Extra high presser foot lift
Maximum zigzag width 5mm
Maximum stitch length 4mm
Includes incandescent electric lamp
Machine Size 13.4in x 10.2in x 5.7in
Machine Weight 11.2lbs
Standard accessories include 2 plastic bobbins, needle set, screwdriver, seam ripper, felt, buttonhole sliding foot, and darning plate.

The NH15 New Home Sewing Machine is a classic mechanical model. Fifteen stitches round out a concise package to handle most sewing projects.

Vertical oscillating hook bobbin system
15 Stitches
One Four-Step Buttonhole
Manual Thread Tension Control
Built-in needle threader
snap on foot presser system
Free arm and flatbed convertibility
Easy Reverse Lever
Push Pull Bobbin Winder
Extra high presser foot lift
Maximum zigzag width 5mm
Maximum stitch length 4mm
Includes incandescent electric lamp
Machine Size 15.2in x 11.6in x 7.8in
Machine Weight 14.1lbs
Standard accessories include 4 plastic bobbins, small screwdriver, seam ripper, needle set, darning plate, zigzag foot, zipper foot, blind stitch foot, and buttonhole sliding foot.

The NH22 New Home Sewing Machine is a classic mechanical model. Twenty-two stitches round out a concise package to handle most sewing project.

Vertical oscillating hook bobbin system
22 stitches
One-step buttonhole
Manual thread tension control
Built-in needle threader
Snap-on foot presser system
Free arm/flatbed convertibility
Easy reverse lever
Push & pull bobbin winding
Extra high-pressure foot lift
Maximum stitch width: 5mm
Maximum stitch length: 4mm
Includes incandescent electric lamp
Machine size: W15.2in x H11.6in x D7.2in
Machine weight: 14.1lbs
Standard accessories include: 4 plastic bobbins, small screwdriver, seam ripper, needle set, darning plate, zigzag foot, zipper foot, blind stitch foot, buttonhole sliding foot for one-step buttonhole

Sturdy and efficient, the NH40 New home Sewing Machine has best features of an advanced computerized machine with the solid build of a mechanical model. Forty built in stitches provide enough variety for you to tackle all of your creative projects!

Horizontal full rotary hook bobbin system
40 stitches
3 one-step buttonholes
Manual thread tension control
Built-in needle threader
Snap-on presser foot
Needle up/down button
Easy reverse button
Thread cutter
Auto declutch bobbin winder
LED display
Easy navigation stitch selection
Maximum zigzag width: 5mm
Maximum stitch length: 4mm
Includes white LED lamp
Machine size: W14.7in x H10.4in x D7.1in
Machine weight: 12.6lbs
Standard accessories include: 3 bobbins, felt, seam ripper, screw driver, spool pin, spool holder, needle set, satin stitch foot, buttonhole sliding foot, darning plate.

The NH60 New Home Sewing Machine has everything you would need for all levels of sewing! The sixty built-in stitches will cover all of your sewing needs from garment construction, home decor, crafting, and even quilting.

Horizontal rotary hook bobbin
60 stitches
6 one-step buttonholes
Manual thread tension control
Built-in needle threader
Easy snap-on presser foot system
Needle up/down button
Start/stop button
Speed control slider
7-piece feed dog
Free arm/flatbed convertible
Drop feed dog
Locking stitch button
Thread cutter
Easy reverse button
Workspace: 170mm
Auto declutch bobbin winder
Foot pressure adjustment
Maximum zigzag width: 7mm
Maximum stitch length: 5mm
Includes LED lamp
Machine size: W18in x H11.7in x D7.2in
Machine weight: 12.3lbs
Standard accessories include: 4 bobbins, seam ripper, screwdriver key, needle set, large spool holder, small spool holder, buttonhole sliding foot, zipper foot, blind hem foot, satin foot, overcasting foot, 1/4 inch seam foot, open toe foot, felt, brush, extra spool pin, spool supporter.

The quarter inch foot; even feed foot and bobbins are also available. Why not buy them for your classroom? Your customers will love not having to hall a machine to class – and after using the machines, they will want their own travel version. That’s what you call a win/win!

Home Grown by Nancy Halvorsen

What can I say??? Nancy continues to amaze me with every line – and book – she does! In Home Grown, she showcases those values that we all try to achieve in our own lives.

And, in typical Art To Heart style, she has thought of everything! The fabric collection from Benartex – Home Grown by Nancy Halvorsen will be available next month – and comes in ten or 15-yard assortments.

I have showcased her signature teal below just so you can see some detail, but all of the colors are gorgeous. Gray is the new neutral – and she has that covered as well!

      

  

I have always loved what she does with tea towels…

With this line, she offers a set of six tea towels which can be used to make the projects above.

OR, buy them by the bolt! These yarn dyes are 43 – 44 inches wide.

Just look at the details on these individual blocks of the cover quilt.

Look what you can do with a panel!!!

Of course, it doesn’t stop there! The embellishments add that awe factor to each block!

These buttons are available for individual blocks are as an entire set. Why not do this as a block of the month? Make a block each month as well as a smaller project that will make great companions to add that Martha Stewart looks to your room. Or, have ideal gifts on hand when needed. Who wouldn’t love that???

Twelve Days of Christmas – Part One

Not only were all of these items hot at Market, but I also worked Festival and the Novi show in Michigan – and the consumers agree!

The Creative Grids® Stripology Squared Mini is a definite hit. Everyone loves the size and maneuverability of this baby! Designed to square up blocks up to 6 1/2″, I immediately learned that it is my go-to tool when sub-cutting strip sets. (The acrylic raises over the seams so there is no teeter-tottering like your experience with a traditional ruler.) Plus there are five patterns that support it. Offer it for Christmas and offer classes or demos featuring the patterns the first of the year.

Stripology Mixology is the perfect companion to ALL of the Creative Grids® stripology rulers. The book features 13 quilts made from pre-cuts – and tells you how to cut your own. And who doesn’t want a cocktail over the holidays – recipes included!

The portable Reliable Iron is amazing! It is not only an iron, but it is also a steamer. It gets to a temperature of over 300 degrees in a short amount of time. The bag is insulated so you can leave class before the iron is entirely cool – just leave the long cord on the outside of the bag. Another feature – the outside of the bag has a silicone side to use as a rest when in use. This one is a winner!

What good is an iron without a great ironing mat? These Gypsy Quilter mats come in a variety of sizes. The 13 1/2″ mat is one of the most popular sizes since it is big enough to press a 12 1/2″ block!

Stay Tuned for Part Two….

Cat Lover’s Delight

I am thrilled to announce that one of my favorite designers created a line of fabric for Timeless! This batik line features Deb Heatherly’s favorite – cats!

This 96-inch square block of the month features two of her highly successful Creative Grids® rulers – the Ultimate Flying Geese and the Cat’s Cradle tool.

The fabric batik line includes her favorite things – cats and catnip! Just look at the colors!

There is also a shop kit available that includes the pattern, fabric and tips to share when teaching the class. Who could ask for anything more???

The fabric and shop kits are due to arrive in January so order it now!

Silicone Coasters

Lisa Amundson of Around the Bobbin scored a home run last Market with the release of her Hot Stuff Oven Mitt. The pattern includes the silicon.

But, who can make just one so refills are available.

Her new pattern – Coaster Ride – includes enough silicon to make four coasters along with the pattern to make the cute little container.

And, yes – refills are available!

These new products are due to arrive this week so order them now!

Jelly Roll Rugs just got rounder!

For those of you who have made the jelly roll rug patterns the #1 and #2 on the Checker site, drum roll, please….

The Colossal Round Rug comes in two sizes: a 38″ version that uses one jelly roll and a 54″ option that uses two. This is a slightly more advanced version because you have to learn how to stop cupping when sewing the curve – not hard, just a different technique!

Why not start a series of classes beginning with the easiest – the rectangular version:

Then offer a second class for the oval – which is an introduction to curves:

All three patterns use the pre-cut batting strips and jean needles. The newest version is due to arrive the middle of November so plan now!

Diamonds ARE a girl’s best friend!

Going to Market? Be sure to go to Krista Moser’s school house:

Room 342D at 3:45:

Come learn about all the ‘bells and whistles’ on the NEW Creative Grids® 60 Degree Diamond Ruler… including a trunk show of BRAND NEW patterns, and a Block of the Month!

Check out the dramatic way she uses these stripes!

Made with 2-1/2in strips, the Semaphore Stripes quilt is the perfect way to use striped fabric to make a secondary design without all the complicated piecing stripes typically require, and it’s jelly roll friendly! This quilt combines strip-piecing with a few well-placed Y seams to get the most dramatic effect. The pieces are large and uncomplicated, letting the fabric do the talking.

The Big Sky Bloom quilt is perfect for a little girls room, or as a cheerful answer to any room’s dreary decor. This pattern uses several features of the Creative Grids 60 degree Diamond ruler and has beautifully illustrated easy to follow instructions. Strip piece, then cut diamonds and triangles in different sizes to get the full effect.

This is just a sneak peak of the new releases at Market! Bring your calendar because you are going to want to book a class!

Splendid Sampler 2

In their own words: More than 28,000 quilters have joined the Splendid Sampler online quilt-along–and now Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson return with 100 all-new block patterns to inspire quilters all over the world, all over again!

Along with blocks from Pat and Jane, quilters will find beautiful designs from superstar quilters including Lissa Alexander, Carrie Nelson, Jenny Doan, Susan Ache, Betsy Chutchian, Rob Appell, and more. Patchwork, appliquéd, embroidered, and foundation-pieced blocks provide plenty of opportunities to try new techniques, while a quilt gallery offers fun ideas for arranging blocks. Quilters can share their progress online and experience the joys of quilting with this very special community of quilters.

In case you need to catch up, here is the original 100 blocks:

     

What a great way to learn! Join the online group and you have a multitude of experts to help and provide inspiration!

Crazy Christmas Tree Farm

I love the Crazy Christmas Tree! It has three of my favorite things – it is fast, fun, and the perfect gift! I have made and taught this multiple times in a multitude of fabrics. Use two backgrounds, two tree colors, the same tree color, or eight different colors. The truth is I never saw a tree that I didn’t like!

Therefore, I was thrilled to see that Karla Alexander has expanded on this technique to make an entire quilt! The Tree Farm uses groups of color to create a stunning quilt. The backgrounds of one tree create a tree in another block! The lights and darks are simply stunning!

This quilt measures 52″ x 66″ so a Shannon Cuddle at 60″ wide is the perfect backing!

Both patterns take the Creative Grids Spiderweb tool so you get more bang for your buck! Order them now so you can start your quilt as soon as the pattern arrives and have it done in plenty of time for Christmas! The really is a day project!