Plan for Fall

I know – the holidays just ended and I am talking about Fall already! But it is best to be prepared and you will be ordering fabrics soon so lets plan how to use them!

Witches Night Out by It’s Sew Emma is due to arrive in April and is a perfect class! Pieced pumpkins are repeated multiple times in the quilt – a great basis for each lesson. Other Halloween favorites are scattered throughout! Start collecting those oranges today!

The Witches are Baking at Kimberbell

I ran into Kim from Kimberbell while we were setting up the booth and she told me that Broomhilda was visiting.

The description for this is so darn cute – you can’t improve on perfection so I am not even going to try:

Come sit for a spell in Broomhilda’s Bakery where every ghoul-friend is welcome! Hang your hat and rest your witchy toes, while sampling the spooky sweets like Boo-Berry Pie and Rice-Creepy Treats. Kimberbell’s vinyl and glitter sheets conjure the cutest applique with charming frogs under glass, plus diva witch hats and high heels. All the extraordinary embellishments like Mylar candy corns and flowers, fuzzy fringed spiders, and Broomhilda’s collection of eyeballs will have you screaming in a good way.

Kimberbell’s spook-tacular new quilt features: 26 embroidered blocks, Flying Geese (pieced in the hoop) and three more traditionally pieced blocks include Pinwheel, Four-patch, and Broomhilda’s twist on a Sawtooth block, which she calls the Sweet-tooth Star. Plus 4 pieced picture blocks, where the sections are embroidered separately, then applique images are aligned before piecing the blocks together to make a complete picture. The quilt can be made with the 4×4 and 5×7 hoop sizes.

Broomhilda’s Bonus projects include:
Smell my Feet Tea Towel
Face First Frosted Cupcake Hot Pad (4 sizes)
Suspiciously Sweet Table Runner (2 sizes)
Apothecary Jar Wall Hanging (2 sizes)
Under Your Spell Bench Buddy

And, in typical Kimberbell style, she has included an embellishment kit that includes everything to make this sing!

Don’t have an embroidery machine? It’s okay. there is a version for you as well!

And, of course there is a fabric line to make it all oh so easy!

Everything will be in stock by next month so plan your classes now!

The Salem Witches Quilt Finale has Arrived

Many of you – including me – love everything designed by Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Designs and have already started the Salem Witches Quilt Guild panel series.

Drumroll please…….the final pattern in the series which explains how to put it all together will be arriving this month!  This pattern includes the instructions for the blocks used in the sashings and borders used to complete the quilt top. 

CAH348   CAH345

CAH346 (1)    CAH347

And, to celebrate this release, the Witches decided to end the meeting with show and tell.  This pattern is a stand alone which can be made to coordinate with this quilt.

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When the first three patterns ARE all in the top 20, you know these are going to be in high demand.  And after those who didn’t commit in the beginning see this, they will want them ALL so order accordingly!

Decorate for Fall

It’s time to put away the flip flops and pull out all of the bolts of Fall colors and prints.  Place them front and center – along with these top selling books and patterns – and you will be ready for the season!

Anything by Nancy Halvorsen is a great way to celebrate the holidays…

ATH550B

Item #ATH550B  Retail $19.00

Or let Kimberbell inspire you….

KD180

Item #KD180  Retail $9.00

KD705

Item #KD705  Retail $19.00

KD181

Item #KD183  Retail $9.00

Shabby Fabrics create classic pieced designs that showcase the season…

SF48568

Item #SF48568  Retail $9.50

SF48632

Item #SF48632  Retail $9.50

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Item #CAH316  Retail $12.00

But don’t stop here!  Pull out buttons, pearl cottons, embroidery flosses – and books and patterns you already have in stock.  Look at your shop with a new eye

 

Fall has Officially arrived!

For those “Twister” fans, Twister Owl has joined the family of delightful designs from Need’l Love just in time for Fall. Change the size of the project by changing the size of the Twister tool.

QP7

Item #QP7  Retail $10.00

They will also love Twister Jack….

QP4

Item #QP4  Retail $10.00

I love these patchwork patterns by Shabby Fabrics.  The piecing adds depth and highlights to some classic designs…

SF48632

Item #SF48632  Retail $9.50

Pumpkins sparkle as well….

SF48568

Item #SF48568  Retail $9.50

Boppity Boo is is one of the top selling new books featuring Fall projects…..

TWBB07

Item #TWBB07  Retail $16.00

This book contains 13 different projects!  Who can resist that kind of price point!  Many of the projects, including these Trick or Treat Bags, can be made in an afternoon.

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The animals have personality which makes them hard to resist!

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Pull out all of your fall fabrics and create a display today.  Remember – tone on tone fabrics are perfect for these projects.  And, don’t forget to add some yellow, purple and black fabrics.  Cut some fat quarter packets for the scrappier patterns.  And, add some wool as well.

Halloween is in the Air…Books….Part Three

Just in time for the Fall holidays, Jeanne and Shelley have combined 15 different projects in one book…

B1183T

Item #B1183T  Retail $24.99

This is a case of a picture is worth a thousand words – and several pictures are priceless!  I love this combination of applique and piecing which is featured in the cover quilt as well as many of the projects inside….

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The pieced quilts are spectacular as well…These are gorgeous in fall colors but would be just as beautiful in any colorway…

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Need’l Love combines rug hooking, embroidery, wool, and traditional piecing all in one book.  And they have caught the Twister fever as well!

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Item #Q27  Retail $25.00

The setting and colors in this quilt are spectacular but would be great in any colors.

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Or, feature their #1 pattern, Twister Jack….

QP4

Item #QP4  Retail $10.00

Buggy Barn knows how to celebrate as well…

BUG609

Item #BUG609  Retail $24.00

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For a more muted look, why not try Disa Designs…

DD1003

Item #DD1003  Retail $16.00

Your shop will be all decked out for the season in a matter of minutes!

 

 

Halloween is in the air…Wool….Part One

School has started and Labor Day is over so that means Halloween is right around the corner! If you have been too busy with summer shop hops and events to think and plan for the next big holiday, we are here to help!

Fall is the perfect time to introduce wool to your customers. In the Patch Designs has variety packs in Fall colors that can be the center of your display…

5443

Item #5443 See website for pricing

Item #4799

Item #4799 See website for pricing

Or, if you prefer to choose your own assortments, why not get a complete color card of their wools?

Item #WS5572

Item #WS5572 See Website for Pricing

This framed artwork from All Through the Night is a great wool project – and oh sew easy to kit!

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Item #ATN1005 Retail $9.00

Or decorate a table with this Halloween Sampler by Country Stitches…

Item #CS392  Retail $9.00

 

Item #CS392 Retail $9.00

Or, decorate a sofa or entry way with these wonderful pillows…

Halloween Woolies Item #SFP70  Retail $9.00
Item #SFP70 Retail $9.00

The perfect companion for these great wool projects is Valdani threads. Who could resist the variegated colors in this wonderful Fall assortment.

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Item #FBPC8SMPLR Retail $63.00

The packaging of the wool and pearl cottons is so striking that your customers won’t even notice that you don’t actually have a sample done! And the display is just a few clicks away….

 

 

Bewitched!

Yes, I know!  You just celebrated Fourth of July and I am going to  talk about Halloween!  But, let’s face it, Halloween is the second biggest holiday – and all of those fabrics are sitting in your shop!  And one of my favorite designers is releasing a new book this month that should be the showcase of your fall display!

Item #Q27  Retail $25.00

This book has it all – rustic Halloween motifs, contemporary projects that transcend any one season, and a variety of mediums that add texture and interest to everything!

Your biggest problem is CHOOSING what projects you are going to make!  And, don’t forget kits!  You may want to order additional fabrics now…..

Halloween is Just Around the Corner

We had our first taste of a nip in the air in the Midwest this week which means Fall is right around the corner.  Now is the time to spruce up your Halloween and Thanksgiving displays or you are going to miss those sales!  Your customers are just getting in the spirit.  School has started and they are ready to create.

This does not have to be a big deal.  In less than an hour, you can put together a great display.  Showcase any Fall lines that you purchased.  Walk through your shop and pull out all of the Fall colors and incorporate these into the display.  Last year, you probably sold the focal fabric of those Fall lines but may still have some coordinates or tone on tones that will give a boost to the current line.  Now is the time to let those earth tones shine!!!

If you need more of the focal fabrics, why not order a Flatfold assortment?  These five yard cuts are reasonably priced and are great for fat quarter assortments.  To see the entire selection, visit our website at:  www.checkerdist.com/products/fabrics?l=3473

Don’t stop at fabric.  Look at books and patterns as well – and supplement as needed.  This is the easiest part.  The covers often have seasonal vignettes that add to the charm of the display.  Meg Hawkey is known for designing heirloom quality holiday projects that I love!  You don’t have to make an entire sample.  Have the current project you are working on in a hoop as part of the display.  Seeing the quality of her designs is enough!

Many of you are involved in secret sister programs or do a project with relatives during the holidays.  This one is perfect – a pincushion and needle case that is luscious in wool.  Why not choose from our great selection of wools from In the Patches – www.checkerdist.com/products/search?f_v=B397&page=1&limit=100&sort=score What an easy project to kit!

Item #CAH813  Retail $8.00

This spell book reminds me of Harry Potter and makes me want to go for a family hike to find the perfect branch to decorate.  This small project can be the centerpiece of the entire display – and the basis of a great class!

Item #CAH329  Retail $10.00

Or this hat can be the center of a table top display.  This will certainly attract your customer’s attention!  What a great way to teach your customers embroidery stitches!

Item #CAH314  Retail $8.00

Harvest Hopscotch is the perfect choice for your more traditional customers.  Combining simple piecing with embroidery is the best of both worlds.

Item #CAH331  Retail $12.00

Spellbound is the perfect project for all of us witches – or Harry Potter fans!

Item #CAH330  Retail $12.00

Speaking of witches, who wouldn’t love this boot filled with all of your holiday favorites.

Item #CAH320  Retail $9.00

If vintage is your style, Vintage Trick or Treat is just the ticket.

Item #CAH317  Retail $25.00

Calendula Patterdrips is sure to become a family heirloom!

Item #CAH319  Retail $25.00

To see the entire collection of CrabApple Hill patterns, visit our website at:  www.checkerdist.com/products/search?v=C720

And, don’t forget to include threads, flosses, embroidery needles; embroidery threaders; and hoops as a part of the display!  Your customers will thank you for it!