Perfect 5 – the Perfect Companion

Its Sew Emma has created the perfect companion to the Creative Grids® Perfect 10 Quilt Ruler – the Perfect 5. This little sister was designed to sub-cut and trim those five inch squares – and fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. It even has a diagonal line to square up half square triangles. Versatility is the key

They have designed FIVE new Cut Loose Press™ patterns to showcase the features of this ruler. All of these quilts measure between 36 and 56 inches. My first reaction? Why not start a class and call it Oh baby! Every one of these projects is perfect for a baby/toddler quilt.

Wayside #CLPISE021

Charm Pack Stones #CLPISE020

Bluebird #CLPISE022

Butterfly Patch #CLPISE018

Cotton Candy #CLPISE019

AND, they can be completed in two to six hours! Everyone needs a stash of baby quilts on hand so the class would appeal to all of your customers. And what a great class for beginners! They can learn a different technique each month and actually finish something beautiful!

Since they are all made with five inch squares, just have a large assortment of pre-cuts available with possible border and binding options. No kitting required!

Offer a discount on backing if they bring their completed top to the next class for show and tell. No UFO’s when they are this fast and fun!

The ruler and Cut Loose Press™ patterns are available now. Perfect 5 Quilts from It’s Sew Emma #ISE-933 – a book that features 17 different quilts using one to four charm packs each – will be in stock next month so pre-order it now!

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Dresden Plates Reimagined

Candyce Copp Grisham has embraced the traditional Dresden Plate block and added her own spin that elevates it to all new heights!

Her simple instructions and techniques create particularly beautiful Dresden plate blocks. Candyce explores four different edge treatments and twenty-five design elements – all possible in a multitude of sizes. Create one of her patterns or use the book as a launching pad to your own heirloom.

Just look at the possibilities!

And, all of these designs are created with the Creative Grids® 18 degree Dresden Plate ruler!

What a great series of classes!

GE Designs – Techniques Abound!

I was lucky enough to attend Gudrun Erla’s schoolhouse at Spring Market and got to see all of these quilts up close and personal – and they are stunning! All of Gudrun’s patterns include techniques that make them the perfect choice for demos – and they are all in stock!

Clarissa is the perfect quilt to show off those large scale prints and is fast and easy. Roxanne looks complicated but is a piece of cake if you follow Gudrun’s pressing instructions. Both feature the Creative Grids® Stripology Squared ruler.

Gudrun has expanded her line of Lil’s with these four additions – all made from five-inch squares and feature the Stripology Squared Mini.

Everything is in stock so they are perfect additions to your after Market showcase!

Half Rectangles are the Rage

Sheila Christensen fell in love with the Creative Grids® Perfect Rectangle Ruler (CGTMT3) and the results have been amazing!

Garden Party features half rectangles separated with tiny sashings and corner posts that create a stunning secondary pattern.

Diamond Glow is gorgeous in sophisticated fabrics or would be great as a baby quilt – kites anyone?

Dancing with the Stars is a beautiful quilt or table runner. The perfect rectangles create a secondary design in the sashings.

Eclipse Runner also uses the Creative Grids Triangle Squared (CGRTMT2). This table runner gives the illusion of curves with straight lines.

Sheila will be demonstrating in Demo Alley and in the Creative Grids® booth at Spring Market. Stop by and see her make magic!

Diamonds are your Friend

Especially if you are using the Creative Grids® 60 degree Diamond ruler developed by Krista Moser. The three new releases for Spring Market will show why this ruler is a necessity. There are 20 patterns to support it – and that number just keeps growing!

Check out these beauties – one is more stunning than the next! Strike up the band – the parade is coming to town and Summer Bunting is the perfect summer choice! 2-1/2″ strips never looked so good!

Finley and Friends is the perfect quilt for that little fisherman in your life – or any Dory fans. The strip pieced fish and pieced background add texture and interest to a fun quilt.

Both of these quilts will be in stock this month. Entangled Sky is already here – again a strip friendly masterpiece that just requires two different blocks!

There are so many ways to use this ruler – which one to choose first????

Atkinson Designs

The versatility of Terry’s latest patterns says it all! She is so diverse in her talents, whether it is bags, table runners, or sampler quilts, yet as soon as I saw the pics, I knew she designed them.

Letter ZIP! is a perfect example. The name is perfect, the pic draws you in, and the letters make you think of the first or last initial of every friend. After all, we want the cutest letters! And, of course, this is the perfect class to show how to insert those Atkinson zippers the easy way – Terry’s way

Terry’s designs always add that awe factor – just that little something that makes her designs stand out! In Simple Sack, she includes tabs on the sides so the bag will fit on the metal stands at the grocery. And, they collapse for easy storage.

Desert Stars includes two possibilities. Don’t you love the way the stars float into the border???

And then there is her Sampler quilt which includes the cover quilt along with nine projects that expand on the blocks featured in the quilt. The photography is amazing, showing step by step illustrations of many of the techniques explored in the blocks.

I have even heard that this project – which would be a great Block of the Month program for shops – features Creative Grids® rulers! It just gets better and better! Everything is due to arrive in May, just in time for shop hop season!

New Patterns Featuring your Favorite Creative Grids® Tools

Deb Heatherly has created several of your favorite Creative Grids® tools including the Strippy Star and is always figuring out new ways to use them. In Caribbean Stars, she creates secondary stars in the sashings! Simply stunning!

In Teal We Meet Again, the stars are created with the CGR Strippy Star with a secondary design of Shooflies. She includes a ribbon border that creates the perfect ending for this quilt.

Purrsnickity features the Creative Grids® Cat’s Cradle XL tool. What a quick and easy quilt with striking results!

Scrap Dance Stars is the perfect setting for fussy cut pieces or photographs. Once again, the Cat’s Cradle XL makes this a quick and easy quilt!

Deb makes quick work of this separated star with the Creative Grids® Folded Corner Cutter, 2-1/2 inch strips and five-inch squares.

All are due to arrive just in time for Market.

Preview of Quilt Market, continued…

Fractured Sky by Krista Moser uses the Creative Grids 60 Degree Diamond Ruler in a whole new way. Just two blocks make this exquisite design!

Heathside by Kathy Schmitz is made with just two layer cakes for dramatic effect!

These embroidery patterns are classic Kathy Schmitz – sweet and nostalgic! Home Sampler and Liberty Sampler fit perfectly in an 8 x 10 inch frame!

This pieced Santa will become a family heirloom.

All are due to arrive next month!

Preview of Quilt Market

The new releases that will be showcased at Market in Kansas City are starting to appear on the website. There are no rhyme nor reason to these – just new items that I know you will want to order NOW!

The newest releases from Quiltworx include a centerpiece that can be separated into slices of watermelon. What a perfect summer centerpiece! Yogo Saphire is a limited edition pattern – there will only be 500 sold!

Cuppa Joe Place Mats by GE Designs is a darling quilt as you go project. What a cute addition to your table!

Fractions by Swirly Girls is a geometric masterpiece that would be a great choice for that man in your life!

This latest Cut Loose Press™ pattern, Surprise Party Quilt by Terri Faust, showcases a new technique using the Creative Grids® Cat’s Cradle Tool.

This table runner by Eazy Peazy looks just like Margaret Travis! Modern, fun and playful!

The Cut Loose Press™ pattern, of course, is always in stock. The others are all due to arrive next month!

Scrap Crazy Modern

Scraps never looked so good! Terri Faust combines a traditional Bear Paw block with the Creative Grids® Scrap Crazy 8 set for spectacular results!

The Scrap Crazy Bear Paw Quilt from Cut Loose Press™ #CLPTFA001 finished quilt measures 64 x 71 inches. Big blocks have never been so dramatic! The colors are cut from 37 print 10-inch squares. The four main squares of each block are pieced with the Creative Grids® Scrap Crazy 8 inch Template set.

But she doesn’t stop there. Terri uses one of the templates to piece the border – simply charming!