TAP is Back

TAP is simply amazing! This is not our Grandma’s transfer paper – unless you want it to be!

Lesley Riley's TAP Transfer Artist Paper 5pk

It is available in five and eighteen sheet packs. This is totally new to me so here it is in their words: Iron-On image Transfer sheets are 8-1/2 x 11 inches. Inkjet print, paint, stamp, or draw images onto TAP. Iron the image onto virtually any surface. The transferred images are crisp and colorfast AND are washable and crack-resistant on fabric.

Lesley Riley's TAP Transfer Artist Paper 18pk

That means you can transfer a design onto fabric, wood, leather, paper – you name it! Just look at a few possibilities!

Lesley Riley's TAP Transfer Artist Paper 5pk
Lesley Riley's TAP Transfer Artist Paper 5pk
Lesley Riley's TAP Transfer Artist Paper 5pk

Just think about the possibilities! What a FUN demo for your Christmas Open House.

Stains no More

Amodex Ink & Stain Remover Trial Pack Display

In their words: Amodex Stain Swipes are a revolutionary cleaner that removes a vast variety of spills, stains, and marks from your cherished fabrics and surfaces. Permanent makers, whiteboard makers, felt tip, gel & frixion pens, toner, berries, chocolate, coffee, dressing, bloody, grass, crayon, grease, hair dye, makeup, paints, and so much more all disappear with these stain removing wipes. Stain Swipes are safe on washable and fine fabric such as silk, cashmere, wool and works on carpet, upholstery, tile and wood. These incredible wipes are non-toxic, eco-friendly and safe for fabrics, surfaces, and skin.

Amodex Stain Swipes
Amodex Ink & Stain Remover Blister Card
Amodex Ink & Stain Remover 4oz

This product was displayed at Houston Market. Every time someone spilled something on their clothes, they grabbed a Swipe. And let me tell you, it works – on everything! Why not have one for your laundry room, and Swipes for your purse?


Register Notions

The Gypsy Quilter is releasing several new notions next month – all would be a great register display. They are reasonably priced and functional – a great combination!

These Heat-Resistant Thimbles protect fingers when pressing. The nubbed surface also works perfectly when pressing seams open. Each container holds 16 of three different sizes. The large one fits my thumb (which I use to fingerpress seams open).

The Gypsy Quilter Heat Resistant Thimbles

These Silicone Iron Rests come in three different colors: red; green; and purple. Raising and lowering an iron as often as we do when quilting can cause carpal tunnel.
Do your wrists a favor and rest your hot iron on this silicon rest.


The Gypsy Quilter Silicone Iron Rest Green

No-Slip Grip Dots can be applied to the wrong side of templates and rulers to stop slipping.

The Gypsy Quilter No Slip Grip Dots

These are the type of notions people don’t know they need until they see them – and then can’t live without!

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Time for a Coffee Break

Karla Alexander of Saginaw Street Quilts has a new Cut Loose Press™ pattern #CLPKAL012 that is going to fly off the shelves like her Crazy Christmas Tree #CLPKAL009! Look how cute this is …

I can’t wait to make it! Actually, I want to design my dinette around this. Can you imagine covering a cornice board with these and framing individual ones for the wall? Of course, I’ll make the table runner too – but who can stop there when they are so darn cute?????

Just like the Crazy Christmas Tree and Crazy Hearts #CLPKAL011 – they all use the Creative Grids® Spider Web Quilt Ruler #CGRKA6.

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Crazy Christmas Tree is the #1 selling Cut Loose Press™ of all time!

Crazy Hearts uses the same ruler and same technique. Why not start a series of classes? These are great classes and demos!



There are TONS of companions for this ruler so check out the patterns shown on the website under the ruler for more possibilities. Why not demonstrate those techniques in class? Everyone loves getting more bang for their buck – but make sure you have THOSE patterns in stock as well.

Braided Twist by Cheryl Phillips

I can’t improve on Cheryl’s description: Try this unique technique for a quick table runner with no quilting, no hand sewing, and no binding. The beauty of the Braided Twist is its simplicity! The Braided Twist tool includes a 32-page booklet and three insert pages. The main project runner size is 13-1/2 x 33-1/2 inches. Longer and shorter variations are included. The Bonus Blossom project is 30 inches in diameter.

The tool makes quick work of cutting the curves and the markings are intuitive!

These two color versions – in two different lengths showcase the curves.


You can even add appliques or embroidery.



Don’t ignore the bonus project! It is the perfect centerpiece to a round table!

This is a perfect class – a project that they can actually finish in class. Don’t we love instant gratification??? Or, make step-outs for the perfect demo!

Jelly Roll Sasher

When five of the top 25 patterns are jelly roll rugs, you know this is a trend that is here to stay! And, now Pauline Roger’s new Sasher. These are due to arrive later this month so I haven’t gotten to try them yet – but based on Pauline’s other Sashers, this one is sure to be a winner – and speeds up the process considerably!

Don’t forget to order more patterns and batting as well!

Shabby Fabrics has created a hearth version.

This version by Aunties Two uses layer cakes!

With the popularity of wood floors, these remind me of Grandma’s braided rugs. They were at every door, beside every bed, and in front of every sink. One is just not enough!

Wool Mats to Fit your Needs

For all of you who already own a wool mat from The Gypsy Quilter and LOVE it, two new sizes are now available. I travel and teach most of the year and see you with your tray tables next to you for an ironing station. Now there is a mat to fit the most common size of table: 13 x 19-1/2 inches!

Please remember: These pressing mats can be used with a dry iron on any surface. If using steam, place the mat on a protected surface since moisture does go through the mat and can harm the surface below.

Perfect for that quilter on the go! But what about when you are in your sewing room? We have the answer for that as well! There is now one big enough to fit your Big Board – a whopping 22 x 59 inches! This 3/8″ wool mat is the perfect choice for pressing entire quilt tops.

If you haven’t tried these yet, here are the details and why you should:

Press any pieced or embroidered block with ease. The density of this high-quality 100% felted wool mat absorbs seams and stitches, effectively pressing both sides at once. Block knitted projects as well by pinning them directly to the mat. An added bonus? The texture of the wool stops fabrics from shifting so there is no distortion when pressing.

Tips and Tricks
The pressing mat can be used with a dry iron on any surface. If using steam, place the mat on a protected surface since moisture does go through the mat and can harm the surface below.

Never place the mat on a rotary cutting mat when pressing. The heat could warp the cutting mat.

If mat feels damp after use, hang to air-dry before storing. Wash the mat occasionally by rinsing it in cold water and hanging the mat until dry – especially if using spray starch.

Safe surfaces include Formica, Corian, stone, and metal (an ironing board). Wood and painted surfaces should be avoided.

A wool mat is a handy tool for quick pressing when kept next to your sewing machine.

Magnetically Yours

I love SewTites – the powerful magnets that you can use instead of pins. They work great on fabrics when you don’t want to leave a pin hole like cork, pleather, silks, and satins. And, I love to use them to stabilize the seams when sewing stretchy fabric such as Cuddle and Minky.

Now they have come out with new smaller sizes – perfect for working with wool and English paper-piecing. These circles are strong enough to hold two layers of wool together without slipping. They come in 3, 5, and 10 packs.

These mini bars are perfect for English paper-piecing and also come in 3, 5 and 10 packs.

Can’t make up your mind? Or, like me, you dabble in everything? Then get the Mixer pack which includes five of the original plus five of each of the new sizes. These new sizes are due to arrive in April so order now. They would be a great addition to your after Market show!

Wash Out Applique Paper

This applique paper by Helen Stubbins of Hugs’ n Kisses is a great demo product!

This fusible paper comes in 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheets and can be run through a printer. Fuse it to the wrong side of the fabric; cut the fabric 1/4 inch away and turn. When the project is washed, the paper dissolves and leaves a thin, pliant film.

The best part? This paper is also available in shapes that are already cut to the most popular sizes….

including the shapes required for the Lucy Boston quilt.

A new product is your new best friend when doing an English paper-piecing project. SewTites are magnets that hold the two pieces together while piecing so there is no shifting! They come in packages of three so they are the perfect addition to your demo!

Why not set up a display with samples so your customers can see how easy this is? Be sure to include fabrics that would be perfect choices for a Grandmother’s flower garden or Lucy Boston quilt!

Diamonds ARE a Girl’s Best Friend

Krista Moser – the creator of the newest member of the Creative Grids family – is one talented lady! This sixty degree diamond tool has triple the punch – cut hexies, sixty degree triangles AND diamonds up to 16 1/2″. Now that is a lot of bang for your buck!

These two Cut Loose Press patterns are darling and showcase the different features of the tool. Hexie Hot Air Baloons is made out of hexies and trapezoids. Woven Jewelbox is so simple since it is created entirely from 2 1/2″ strips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look at the diversity and design possibilities Krista has created.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I already made the Jewelbox ..it is so much fun I can’t wait to start another one. How to choose???