Silicone is the Rage

Silicone is showing up everywhere! Its heat-resistant properties are the perfect combination for quilters on the go.

Around the Bobbin has a new travel case showcasing at this Market that is sure to please. And since the patterns and silicone refills are due to arrive in the next couple weeks, they are a great choice for gifts this season!

Hot Stuff Travel Case
Silicone Refill Hot Stuff Travel Case

I love the way they have created a separate pocket for the cord so you can pack your bags – even with the curling iron, small portable craft iron, or flat iron is not without worrying about damaging the cord. A fast, fun and easy project!

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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The Latest from Embroider Buddy

Who can resist these plush animals hugging their blankies? Add an embroidery design to the blankie and you have a one of a kind gift! This menagerie is due to arrive later this month!

Bear Blankey Hugger
Unicorn Blankey Hugger
Bunny Blankey Hugger
Dog Blankey Hugger
Lamb Blankey Hugger

These Schoolyard Sparklers are collectibles that can hook onto your favorite child’s backpack. They are made out of a sequined fabric that changes color when the sequins are flipped. How cute is that. And, once again, they are available later this month – just in time for the holidays.

Dinosaur Spakler
Unicorn Sparkler
Cat Sparkler

Pillow Case Kits

What a brilliant idea! I love Susybee fabrics. They always have a shop owner in mind – smaller collections that are affordable. Now they have taken many of these collections and created pillow case kits!

Each kit includes 3/4 yards of the main fabric – printed so it works perfectly as a pillow; 1/4 yard of a contrasting band fabric; and a strip of fabric for a decorative falange. The best part??? Each kit comes with directions to make a pillow case with French seams using the “burrito” method AND there is a video tutorial as well!

What a great mother/daughter class – and a great first project for any beginner. Once your customers know how easy this technique is, they will make them to match ALL of their quilts!

My Favorite Gift!

These car coasters are the cutest – and are so affordable you will want multiples! An assortment should be displayed at every register! A picture is worth a thousand words – and in this case – you have lots to choose from! From Graphic Impressions


These stones absorb moisture. Each design comes six to a pack.

Get Organized with Poorhouse Designs

Kristine Poor is one of my favorite designers. She knows how to use all of those specialty interfacings, etc. that tend to intimidate me. But her instructions are so well done that she eliminates the intimidation factor so truly anyone can do it!

Her Scalloped Baskets pattern is made with pre-cut Bosal. The pattern includes instructions to make three different scalloped bins using Bosal’s pre-cut Scalloped Placemats or Scalloped Squares. They are reversible, can be pieced or made from a solid piece of fabric, and can even be quilted!

What a great shower gift – filled with everything the new mother will need, of course! They are due to arrive this month so don’t forget to order the foundations as well.

Vintage Simplicity Gifts

We all remember shopping for Simplicity patterns and loved the tantalizing drawings on the patterns. Now they have taken some of the classic images and have made a line of gift items that are sure to make you smile!

These hard cover notebook retail for less than $10 and would be a great addition to a counter display.

These tins are decorative as well as useful – and are reasonably priced!

All of them are due to arrive the first week of May – just in time for a little something for Mother’s Day.

Plum Easy Bauble and Bling Ornaments

Deborah Miller created a craze with her Folded Star technique and has modified it to create stunning ornaments. What a fun, easy method!

The pattern includes a 12 page booklet with instructions for three different styles – all using a printed interfacing foundation so placement is easy! The r:ibbon can be 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches wide, The pattern includes two interfacing templates. A six pack can be purchased separately.

What a fun family project! Everything is expected to arrive later this month!

Stripology Mixology Drinks

For those of us who love the Stripology Mixology book by Gudrun Erla – and who doesn’t – the recipes are now available separately!

Everyone who knows Gudrun knows that she loves to cook and what goes great with everything? Her very own cocktail recipes! All of the recipes from the book are now available on a keychain printed on laminated cards. How cute is that???

Each card features a recipe on one side and a beautiful quilt on the other. What a perfect gift for your quilting friends! Why not host a quilt day and make one of the quilts from the book. Drinks anyone???