A Blank Canvas – Literally

I totally missed the boat on this one! I looked at these totes and aprons by Kimberbell and thought they were great for machine embroidery – but didn’t consider all of the other possibilities!

These canvas totes come in natural and denim and are totally finished except for the side seams which are serged! When you are done decorating, just stitch up the sides with a straight seam!

My grandchildren are coming down for “grandma camp” in a few weeks. My idea? We are going to cut pockets from old jeans, pinking the fabric beyond the pocket so we can attach them to the tote easily. They can embellish them any way they want and then we will stitch multiple pockets on each side. We may even add a few to the inside!

Kimberbell has those assortments of adorable trims as well. Adding ribbon to the tops of some of the pockets might be fun too! Who says they have to be just for machine embroidery???

And then I saw these blank aprons in adult and children’s sizes! Craft aprons with multiple pockets? What do you think???

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are all affordably priced and in stock! I just placed my order!

The Perfect Kitchen Accessory

Lisa Amundson of Around the Bobbin has created a designer oven mitt that makes a great class! All you need is two fat quarters, some cotton batting and the pattern – which includes the transparent food grade silicone overlay.

The silicone is designed to withstand temperatures of up to 450 degrees!

Here are a few tips that Lisa shared with us:

It is easy to sew through the silicone – just use a Schmetz Microtex needle 14/90. Since the silicone is sandwiched between two layers of fabric, stitching is a breeze!

When sewing the cuff, the silicone fits over most free arms.  For those of us who don’t have a free arm, it is easiest to turn the oven mitt inside out to do the top-stitching along the cuff.

But who can stop at just one? Refills of the silicone are available:

 

 

 

 

 

 

This pattern has been so popular that Lisa is planning some new releases for Fall Market so teach your customers how to work with the silicone now! I, for one, can’t wait to see what she has in store!

Mugs – the Perfect Gift

Several unique mugs will be arriving this month that will make you smile.

The scissor mugs from Tacony come in red or blue and will be a great addition to your register display.

These mugs by Quilt Happy are great for knitters but would make quilters who work with wool smile as well.

Or choose these mugs that show a potpourri of a few of our favorite things!

Display them filled with gift possibilities – candy; notions; fabrics; patterns – you get the idea.

Sue Spargo Every Day

I am a huge fan of Sue Spargo. She has such an amazing, quirky and recognizable style. Last year her calendar was a top seller and many of you framed the images – they were that good!

Her 2019 calendar is due to be released next month – just in time for traveling quilters and shop hops! Order them now so you will get them as soon as they arrive. If the cover is any indication, these will sell out fast

A Novel Idea for a Book Club

Carol Dean Jones has written a series of books covering all of our favorite topics: quilts; friendships; and even a love interest. Sixty-eight year old Sarah Miller moves into a retirement community and finds herself in the midst of crimes to solve.

I have listed the books in order of publication:

These books are due to arrive the end of the summer and would be a great Christmas gift! Or why not start a book club at your shop and explore the quilt patterns and techniques in each book each month???

A Tray for all Seasons

I love these trays – and now Checker carries them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dawn Shuck of Sew Cherished uses them to showcase her exquisite wool designs. What a great monthly kit!

Spring Fling and Spring is in the Air

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liberty and Wool Barn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bless this Home and The Fall Guy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trick or Treat and Fall Harvest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making a List and Warm Hearts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These patterns will be arriving later this month so order them now and start a wool club!

The Newest Additions to Funky Friends

I know Valentine’s Day is behind us, but this pattern from Funky Friends Factory made me laugh out loud! I am ordering the pattern and starting them now so I will be ready for next year (if I can wait that long)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now all you have to do is figure out what to write on their bellies… this might be fun for children of ALL ages!

For a sweeter version, create a menagerie of these critters:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of these are fun to make and a great way to use up scraps so why not order them today?

Backpacks for Dinosaur Lovers

These backpacks by Embroider Buddy are sure to be the hit at any school. The hidden zippers can hold all kinds of treasures – including homework – and the “belly” can be embroidered in a hoop in your choice of designs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These newest additions to the Embroidery Buddy line are sweet gifts for your favorite pre-schooler. Some are in stock – others are due to arrive this month!

Birthstone Quilts

These gorgeous blocks designed by MJ Kinman showcase the jewels that are the birthstones for each month. Each 17″ block is created with a freezer paper technique which insures success. It is just as easy as paper-piecing without the annoying step of removing the foundation! Check these out:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So different – and oh so beautiful! Wouldn’t these be gorgeous wall art featuring all of the birthstones for the loved ones in your life? The patterns are due to arrive next month.

All of them were made with my favorite line of solids: Painter’s Palette Solid Collection

These solids have a great feel – oh so soft – and available in a wide variety of colors. All of those colors is what makes these jewels come to life!

Want to get all of the patterns? Order a Shop Kit:

I’m All Ears – Bunny Ears

These bunnies are so cute and easy, they can still be made in time for Easter – but will add a touch of whimsy throughout Spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m All Ears uses just two fat eighths and would be the perfect project for an impromptu Make It Take It class over Spring break. Have plenty of coordinating fat eighths on hand. Display the template plastic next to the patterns because who can stop at just one? These sheets come two to a pack and are less than $3.00 a pack – well worth the investment!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have some friends over and start an assembly line. You will have dozens in no time.After the big day, use them in lunch boxes. Or who said that egg hunts – or in this case bunny – hunts can only be one day a year?