Pineapple Popouts

The pineapple popout series showcases a new technique. The center pineapple block is made with the Creative Grids® Mini Pineapple Trim Tool (#CGRJAW3MINI) with rounds that finish at ½-inch. Additional rounds are added and trimmed with the Creative Grids® Pineapple Trim Tool (#CGRJAW3) to create 1-inch finished rounds. Click here to see a video showing this technique.

In this table runner from Cut Loose Press™, (Pineapple Popout #CLPJAW085) the colors are reversed in alternate blocks to enhance the dimensional effect. Since the corners of the block are pieced from the same fabric as the borders, the pineapples seem to float across the table. Since each round is trimmed after cutting, sewing and pressing, the results are perfect every time.

Pineapple Popout Table Runner

In this quilt from Cut Loose Press™, (Pineapple Popout Spice #CLPJAW079) the colors are reversed in each set of coordinated prints to enhance the dimensional effect. The scrappy border and binding add a modern feel to this stunning quilt. And since each round is trimmed after cutting, sewing and pressing, the results are perfect every time.

Pineapple Popout Spice

In this tote from Cut Loose Press (Pineapple Popout Totte #CLPJAW086), the colors are reversed in alternate blocks to enhance the dimensional effect. One block is bound and added as a pocket on one side. The fabrics and handle are reversed on the other side. Since each round is trimmed after cutting, sewing and pressing, the results are perfect every time.

Pineapple Popout Tote
Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool for 6, 8 or 10in Finished Blocks
Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool Mini Quilt Ruler

Tip: Eliminate the math by cutting the strips using the line down the center of any of the Creative Grids® 2-1/2-inch wide rectangles. This white line is at the 1-1/4-inch mark, the width of the strips needed to make the mini-block. Use the line down the center of any of the Creative Grids® 3-1/2 inch wide rectangles to cut the strips for the outer rounds.

Whimsical Mug Rugs

Wouldn’t an Easter basket look darling sitting on these rugs? The hard part will be choosing which one to make first! The pattern includes all four designs.

Easter Party Mug Rugs

The laser cut shapes are available as a kit which includes the pattern and instructions.

Easter Party Mug Rugs Precut Pack

Or they are available individually as pre-cut packs.

Spring Kitten Mug Rug Kit
Party Pup Mug Rug Kit
Chocolate Bunny Mug Rug Kit
Peek-A-Boo Bunny Mug Rug Kit

Easter is late this year so even though these are due to arrive the middle of this month, you have plenty of time to make them for the holiday. Place your order now!

Amy Barickman

Amy Barickman is back with this adorable Fold & Go Folio:

Fold & Go Folio
Fold & Go Folio

In her own words:

Create cases for tools, jewels, or tech essentials! Choose from two sizes and several options for jewelry or sewing notions storage. Large folio makes a perfect jewelry or sewing travel case. Drawstring pockets store necklaces, bracelets & broaches or thimbles, clips & buttons. The small folio works well as a petite jewelry or needle case, with a single pocket for earrings or collapsible scissors. The Fold & Go Folio can also be used for tech essentials like cords and memory cards. A perfect project for quilt blocks or hand embroidery. Fussy cut your favorite designer fabric. Finished size: 5in x 9in (large) & 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 (small). A QR code/link inside the pattern will lead to bonus content to enhance the maker’s experience. The printed format is an 8 page full color fold-out portfolio with 11 full color photos.

Isn’t it amazing what you can do with a few fat quarters? This pattern is due to arrive next month so place your orders now.

Crazy Love

Don’t you love the name?

Crazy Love

This Cut Loose Press™ pattern #CLPKAL014 features four letters that are all pieced individually after the angles are cut with the Creative Grids® Spiderweb Ruler #CGRKA6. The width of each letter doesn’t matter. Each letter can be trimmed after the sashing strips are added so that the height of each block is exactly the same before they are sewn together.

Karla Alexander is one of my favorite designers because she thinks WAY outside of the box. In this case, she created all of the cutting instructions to work with directional fabrics. And, the pieces are oversized so they are trimmed to size after piecing the angles. With big pieces and built-in fudge factors, even beginners will be successful. The angled pieces are all cut with her Creative Grids® Spiderweb Ruler.

Creative Grids Spider Web Quilt Ruler

What a great shower or wedding gift. The guests could sign the backing fabric.

At 18 x 53 inches, it would make a statement hanging above a bed! I’m thinking about framing each letter individually and hanging them as a headboard.

If you are a visual learner, a video tutorial will be available soon. Everything is in stock so place your orders now.

It’s All About the Love

It is all about fabric placement. Lovey combines five different color combinations of a courthouse steps block to spell out LOVE. Since each round of logs is trimmed before the next round is added, perfection is guaranteed. Why not spread some love this year?

Lovey


American Sweetheart from Cut Loose Press™ combines traditional log cabins with courthouse steps blocks made with the Creative Grids® Log Cabin Trim Tool for 4-inch finished blocks. This 40-inch square quilt is the perfect centerpiece for all the patriotic holidays, but wouldn’t it be a darling baby quilt or Valentine gift as well? Depending on the colors, a name could be embroidered on the center of the heart. Now THAT is an awe factor!

American Sweetheart


This table runner from Cut Loose Press™ includes everything a girl loves – diamonds, chocolate, and romance! Why not embroider the names of the ones you love on the hearts to add that awe factor

Hearts & Chocolate Diamonds

I Love America definitely has a patriotic feel but that big heart screams Valentine’s Day or weddings! It is the perfect door decoration and goes together quickly since it is made with the Creative Grids® Log Cabin and Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tools for 8-inch finished blocks.

I Love America

Yes, this is the perfect Valentine decoration but why not make it in the wedding colors for a bridal shower? The wedding party can sign the hearts and the guests can sign around them. What a great memory of the day! Crazy Hearts is made with the Creative Grids® Spiderweb Tool.

Crazy Hearts

Why not schedule a class (or classes) today!

Trick or Treat Bags

Wouldn’t this be a great parent/child class? I’m sure they would want to make a different version for every trick or treater in the family! With four choices, they will have a hard time choosing! If you have any glow in the dark fabric, that would certainly add that awe factor!

Pumpkin Tote Bag
Cat Tote Bag
Ghost Tote Bag

The designs are created with 2 1/2″ strips so they go together very quickly. Each bag finished at approximately 13 inches square. The patterns for these ghoulish delights will be available early next month!

Monster Tote Bag

Gift Card Ornaments

Gift-giving has never been easier! These delightful ornament bags, designed by Rachel’s of Greenfield, are just the right size for gift cards or other treasures of your choice. Each envelope-style ornament bag has a different decoration on the front and fastens on the back with an old-fashioned figure-eight closure. The kit includes woolfelt®, embroidery floss, and gold string plus precise patterns, and complete instructions to make 6 gift bags.

Gift Bag Ornaments Kit

There are lots of kits to choose from.

Kit Warm Feet Ornaments
Christmas Critters Ornament Kit
Kit Warm Hands Mitten Ornaments
Charcoal Mittens Kit

These kits are a great way to keep those mask makers engaged. This is my plan:

This year I made GALLONS of Chex mix, filled quart jars, and put them in gift bags. My children and grandchildren had a ball leaving these gifts on the doorsteps of friends and on the desks of their favorite teachers. Hopefully, we will be able to celebrate the holidays this year up close and personal, but we want to continue the tradition. I drew squares the size of each woolfelt piece onto freezer paper. Then, I traced the templates for that color within the square. Since my family and friends are making multitudes of these, we can run as many copies of the template sheets as we have kits – and only have to trace them once. Now, the instructions say to trace the templates right onto the wool felt, but ironing the freezer paper onto the woolfelt with a warm iron was much faster. Why not provide a template sheet to your customers as that “value-added” bonus with the purchase of each kit?

This Gypsy Quilter Appliqué Freezer Paper is over-sized and worked well!

Gypsy Quilter Freezer Paper 12in x 15in Heavy Weight 40ct

And, what great handwork while sitting in front of a fire…..

Stunning Quilts by Quiltworx

These quilts and table runner are absolutely beautiful so I am going to let them tell you in their own words….

Mermaids Tale was designed by Judy and Brad Niemeyer and was built using blocks from the Cattail Mixer series, including the Shimmering Star block and the Star Shower border. It also includes a C border, which does not include any foundation paper piecing. These instructions are broken down by groups, referred to as Groups A, B, & C. Size 68 x 68.

Mermaids Tale


Frozen Fountain includes four sections referred to as Groups A, B, C, and D. The A group is a diamond block referred to as the Ice Crystal Star, the B group squares up the diamonds and is referred to as Icicles, the C group is an on-point border group called Satin and Lace, and the D group square up the on-point design to create a 99-inch square queen size quilt. This pattern incorporates all of Quiltworx’s latest techniques as well.

Frozen Fountain Queen


The Spice Rack was designed as a beginner pattern to introduce quilters to paper piecing. The project is fast, uses only straight-lined foundation piecing and assembly, employs simple cutting techniques, and is an affordable and fun way to jump into your first paper piecing project. It is meant to make those new to the process find confidence, understanding and success. Size 75 x 97

Spice Rack

The Prism Table Runner is a design inspired by an idea of Certified Instructor, Joanne Wearing, hoping for a table runner workshop that utilized the Prismatic Star block, which would be available for a one day workshop. This pattern is the result. If this is the first time you’ve done a Quiltworx pattern, you will learn foundation paper strip piecing techniques for lone star diamonds and also striped borders along with the use of cutting templates, smart corners, and TRP lines. Size 22 x 65.

Prism Table Runner

These are all due to arrive in January so order them now!

Machine Quilting Help

Whether you are on a longarm or domestic machine, quilting is all about muscle memory! This new fabric panel by RGA Designs has printed quilting designs so you can practice the motions – with guidance – until you are ready to step out on your own!

Machine Skillbuilder Filler Finesse

The Skillbuilder Filler Finesse Fabric Panel measures 36″ x 45″ so 15 panels come on a bolt. These 100% Cotton Printed panels feature 27 colorful designs for free motion quilting (FMQ) practice. Hooks, lines, swirls, arcs, s-curves, loops, and feathers are included in a variety of patterns. Subtle directional arrows – printed right on the fabric – will have you quilting like a pro in no time.

This newest panel is the perfect companion to the two other Skillbuilder panels available through RGA Designs:

Machine Quilting Skillbuilder 1 15 Panels Per Bolt
Machine Quilting Skillbuilder 2 15 Panels Per Bolt

January is the month when everyone resolves to finish their UFO’s so why not offer a class. This would be a great zoom class! All of the participants could order the book and panel. Then they could quilt along at home where they have plenty of room while you share helpful tips and tricks with them.

Skillbuilder Companion for Machine Quilters

Why not offer different battings as well? Who wouldn’t love to try different battings and see which ones are truly their favorites? Most of these are in stock – the new panel is due to arrive this month.

A Sew Kind of Wonderful Nativity

I just love this! Helen Robinson of Sew Kind of Wonderful has a created modern look with simple piecing using the Sew Kind of Wonderful tool A Starry Night is wonderful in every way!

Starry Night
Wonder Curve Ruler

She has created a bonus block which can be substituted for the camel block in the quilt or made into a pillow as an accent.

Starry Night Cow Bonus Block

She has even created a coordinating coloring book! Talk about adding that awe factor to a gift!

Why not feature this quilt as a block of the month starting in January so it will be done in time for the next holiday season? The quilt finished to 75″ x 78″. The pattern comes with multiple layouts so you can adjust the size to fit your needs. The quilt pattern is due to arrive this week. The bonus block, coloring book and ruler are already in stock. Wouldn’t this be a great gift – especially if they know it will be featured in upcoming classes????