Meet the New Stiff Stuff Craft Patterns!

written by Joan Hawley

Lazies, Join me for a whole new type of stitchy fun with my four new patterns and pre-cut squares of Stiff Stuff! Think of this as fabric construction paper. We are going to fuse a little, cut a little, stitch a little and done! Meet the new Stiff Stuff Crafts. All four of these designs use the same recipe, working with 10? squares, to create a ‘sandwich’. Cut shapes, stitch the edges, then finish. These new Lazy Girls are quick, easy, and addictive. Perfect for year-end crafting, stitching and gifting.

img_0710
Transform your layer cake square to ‘fabric construction paper’
then cut, stitch and finish!

Ground Rules

  • Each pattern uses one 10? ‘sandwich’ composed of fabric, Fusi-Bond Lite and Stiff Stuff.
  • One sandwich makes one project – sweet!
  • Layer cake friendly!
  • Patterns available soon! Early November-ish, truly.

Button Boats #LGD138, $10
Oh my goodness, I love this design. Cut and stitch three planks, tie ends together and set sail for stitchy fun. Organize your life, then untie to store flat.

Prezzies #LGD139, $10
A sweet, delicate and simple wrap for little-ish things. Wrap a treasure in beauty for gifting, or hold small things in a beautiful way. For gifting, the recipient can gift again. Wrap a handwritten note with a small gift. More personal than a box for jewelry. Pack delicate items for travel or in your purse. I adore the simple elegance of this fabric wrap.

lgd139_cover_front_sm

Tray Chic #LGD140, $10
Get ready to fall in love with these elegant, simple, stylish trays in three shapes. I already have these all over my studio, holding supplies while I work. Perfect valets for your goodies: keys, phone, eye glasses, etc. Don’t tell the Hexi or Square trays, but the Circle is my fav.

lgd140_cover_front_sm

Gifty Card Holders #LGD141, $10
Easily personalize or wrap a gift card with these two sweet styles. The Keeper style wraps closed like a little envelope. The Tag style looks great tied to a package or as a tree ornament. They are my new essentials in gift card giving! One 10? sandwich makes two Keeper style or four Tag style holders. Love!

New Stiff Stuff Squares, #SLG107SQ, $8
The unique properties of Stiff Stuff from my Sew Lazy line bring these designs to life. Stiff Stuff is like the perfect hybrid between stiff/crunchy/thick interfacings and foam. Stiff Stuff has structure, but is forgiving, lightweight and thin. They are ready to go for any of the new patterns. Each pack includes four 10″ squares. That’s enough to try all four new patterns.

slg107sq_stiffstuffcraftpack

Fusi-Bond Lite
You are also going to need some of my Fusi-Bond Lite #SLG101 adhesive web to tie everything together. Fusi provides an amazing bond with the feel of ‘cush’, like a gel insole between your fabric and Stiff Stuff. It’s quite interesting and nice.

Button Up! #JABC8+color number
Get ready for a whole new line of amazing buttons from Just Another Button Company! These Snack Packs of gorgeousness are small-batch, hand-dyed buttons, in 35 custom colors to fit today’s fabric and crafting trends. One Snack Pack will make all of our new Girls. Oh my goodness! I want them all! More about these beauties in an upcoming post.

All colors are also available in two other packaged sizes: Smoothies, round buttons with a matte finish are perfect for primitives; Party Packs are loaded with different shapes, sizes and finishes for more fun.

buttonup

Floss, Ribbon or Yarn  Pearl cotton embroidery floss from Weeks Dye Works
The new Girls use a combo of buttons and ties for closures. I love the hand-dyed pearl cotton embroidery floss from Weeks Dye Works shown on the pattern covers. I use size #3 which comes in 10yd skeins of scrumptious colors.

weeksdyeworks_starterpack_p3-24_small

Slicker Templates
Each pattern uses templates. Check out my handy tutorial for laminating your own paper templates. Tutorial: Slicker Templates 

Talk To Me
What do you think? Are you read for some crafty, fusi, stitchy fun?

Please like and share this post with your stitchy friends. Join the Lazy Girl community on Facebook here: Facebook Lazy Girl

Enjoy!
Joan

Zip It!

Terry Atkinson and Joan Hawley have made zippers the new fashion statement – and the must see at Market.  Joan figured out a way to remove the start and stop from zippers – and then add the pull AFTER it is sewn into your project!  No more trying to sew around them!  This One-Zip technique works with polyester, all-purpose zippers by Atkinson Designs, Coats & Clark, Talon, and YKK.   (It does not work with invisible, metal, sport weight, or Sullivan brand zippers.)

Fobio

LGD137

Item #LGD137  Retail $13.50

This lanyard-style key fob pattern includes the hardware to complete two wrist size versions.  Clip to a pouch for an instant wristlet! Use the One-Zip technique to cut the zipper, sew one side of the zipper in straight and flat, bend to make loop, then use Joan’s trick to easily add one or more zipper pulls.  If you would like to make a true lanyard, do what Terry does – use two 22″ zippers sewn to create a 44″ length.

Since you are basically getting two zippers for the price of one, additional zipper pulls are available.  There are at least 30 per pack of assorted colors.  Combine your favorite colors for an additional design element.

ATK520

Item #ATK520  Retail $8.99

Additional hardware is available in two different sizes.  The hardware to make four additional fobs is just $10.00 (Item #LGD711).  Or, buy the party pack which includes the hardware for 25 for $45.00.  (Item #LGD712).

To close the metal clasp with just one press, use these special pliers that have a padded clamp so it doesn’t leave an impression.

LGD713

Item #LGD713  Retail $25.00

Sweetpea Pods measures just 3″ x 6″ is just the right size to hold your treasures – the perfect gift wrap this season.  Two zips and two 10 inch squares make two pods.

LGD135

Item #LGD135  Retail $10.00

The Becca Bag is larger and the perfect bag for gals on the go.  Once again use the One-Zip technique to create this bag in a matter of minutes!

LGD136

Item #LGD136  Retail $11.00

Don’t forget to stock the glue for the fobs (Item #E6000) and the Fusible Fleece (Item #SLG106) as well.

The Atkinson Designs zippers that work beautifully for this technique are available in an assortment of six each of ten colors.  The display includes hang tags and plastic clips.

Item #ATK790Z

This is the perfect demo for your holiday event!  Fobio is a perfect make it/take it.  Who can stop at just one???

The Bendy Bag – The Newest Member of the Lazy Girl Family

The Lazy Girl Bendy Bag is the #1 tote bag this week in the Checker 100 for a reason.

LGD134

Item #LGD134  Retail $9.00

The clean lines and simple angles are visibly showcased in clear bright solid fabrics with contrasting zippers and accents.  It is easier than it looks.  Sew the zipper in straight, then bend the bag and stitch to create this funky shape.  The 3″ x 6″ x 6″ size makes it the perfect choice for storing cords, sewing supplies, or make-up.  The three inch width guarantees that the bag stands up whether open or closed – and the curved zipper opens wide to reveal all of the treasures inside.  Use the zipper “scraps” to create a pull tab – what could be cuter???  Of course, she chose an Atkinson 14″ zipper so there are a multitude of colors to choose from.  After all, when the zipper is part of the statement, you only want the best!

But to create a quality bag, you must have quality tools and notions.  Proper pressing can make the difference between a designer look – and a “Mom” made.

Joan recommends her pressing tool line created with the folks at Clover:

This 2×4 Mighty Mini Board makes it easy to press all of those nooks and crannies that give the bag its unique shape.

7800CV

Item #7800CV  Retail $46.95

This Iron Safe protects the fabric while pressing so scorching is no longer a concern.  A pressing cloth is a thing of the past…

7804CV

Item #7804CV  Retail $27.95

The Iron Finger is heat resistant so you can get up close and personal with your iron without burning anything!

small_7802CV_01_01

Item #7802CV  Retail $15.75

A quality product starts from the inside out, however.  And this bag is no exception.  Dreamy Fusible Fleece provides the body needed when a stand-up job is required!

SLG106

Item #SLG106

You won’t be able to make just one!

Sew Lazy Interfacing at Market and New Products

A Checker Distributors’ exclusive, Lazy Girl’s new Sew Lazy Interfacing line is going gangbusters! In fact, we have a couple of new items to tell you about since our introductory post here.  If you’ll be at Quilt Market later this month in Houston, you’ll have a few chances to hear Joan Hawley talk about this incredible line of new products and see the whole line in our booth.

New Products
– Slicker Tote pattern, LGD131, $5/ea retail
– Stiff Stuff 20 yd bolt, SLG10720, $5.29/yd + freight
– Sew Lazy sample card, SLGCARD, free, one per store

Perfect Kit Under $15
The Slicker Tote pattern, along with a cut of Slicker and Stiff Stuff creates a kit that comes in just under $15 retail.
The Slicker Tote is printed project-sheet style, available in 10 packs.

A pack of patterns, a bolt each of Slicker and Stiff Stuff will make 10 projects. Clover Wonder Clips work nicely with this project.
– LGD131 Slicker Tote (10 pattern pack)
– SLG102 Slicker Glossy Iron-On Vinyl (10 yd bolt)
– SLG107 Stiff Stuff Firm 10 yd bolt (10 yd bolt)

What you’ll learn in making the Slicker Tote
– Laminate your own fabric using Slicker Glossy Iron-On Vinyl
– Work with Stiff Stuff Firm interfacing
– Work with laminates including using clips instead of pins
– Make ‘wrap n fold’ handles the Lazy Girl way
– Box the bottom of a bag

At Market
SchoolHouse 5:30 – 6:00, room 352F

Demonstration: Sunday, 10:00 – 10:30, Checker Demo Table
Joan will introduce the whole line of 7 fantastic products as well as the new Slicker Tote pattern.

Checker You Video
Joan will be creating a video demonstration of the new Slicker Tote project to be available soon on Checker You.

Sew Lazy Products Click here to view Sew Lazy at Checker’s website.

Every Quilter Needs Great Support

Now that I have your attention – we mean support for your favorite Creative Grids ruler, of course!

Did you know that we now print an Microsoft Tag on each ruler so you can scan it with your iPhone to watch a video demonstrating how to use the ruler?  If you don’t have an iPhone, visit the Creative Grids website at:  //www.creativegridsusa.com/ to view the videos.  You can also print instructions for any ruler and see quilts made with them.

If you would like to view a video of the Circle Savvy ruler, for instance, watch:  watch?v=itnXgid6OWI&feature=share&list=UUKMNSZXVpy0NfAyYdUSuHhQ

You are also welcome to share images and videos on this site (and the Checker site) in your newsletter, Facebook postings, Tweets, etc.  In fact, did you know that you can share or use these newsletter posts as well?

Become a friend of Checker or Creative Grids on Facebook to receive notifications and information as soon as it is available.  Be the first to view videos, know when new products arrive, and see new patterns and books instantly.  //www.facebook.com/CreativeGridsUSA and //www.facebook.com/Checkerdist

A new pattern by Swirly Girls Design is being released this week – now THAT’S the support that every quilter needs – patterns to support their favorite rulers!

Item #CGRSAV1  Retail $35.95

Behind the Scenes makes a great quilt, but it would also be a great backing or the makings of a two sides quilt!  What a great way to showcase a novelty print!

Item #SGD027  Retail $9.00

Carolyn Griffin of Far Flung Quilts has designed two new braid patterns to support the trapezoid ruler.

Item #CGRSRTRAP  Retail $24.45

Bordeaux Braids uses 36 strips, this is the perfect quilt to showcase a package of your favorite pre-cuts.  Since the quilt is sewn in rows, the design quickly comes alive and encourages you to finish the project.  Choose a few coordinating fabrics and you will be ready to sew in a matter of minutes.

Item #FFQ028  Retail $9.00

If you want to offer a class where they can finish a project in a few hours, choose Braided Beauties…

Item #FFQ029  Retail $9.00

Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts has designed a new quilt based on the Lazy Angle.

Item #CGR3754  Retail $21.95

Ditto is a fun new way to create zigzags!

Item #JBQ119  Retail $10.00

And, check out Varsity – her new quilt that features the CGRT12560 – the 12 1/2″ version of our ever popular 60 degree triangle.

Item #CGRT12560  Retail $25.95

Item #JBQ117  Retail $10.00

The gals at Quilt Branch have been busy as well.  They have developed two new patterns that support their House ruler.

Item #CGRQB1 Retail $25.95

Zigzags are all the rage – and are showcased in Six Halves Make a Whole Zig Zag…

Item #QB151  Retail $9.00

Or have fun piecing Daisy Cakes…



Item QB150  Retail $9.00

I talked to many of the CGR designers last week and they are releasing new patterns for Fall Market.  I can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves!

Checker Exclusive: Sew Lazy Interfacing

Lazy Girl Joan Hawley feels interfacing has been a bad bedtime story for too long. Bad product names, mystery properties, generic instructions – ack! Sew Lazy interfacing turns that bad bedtime story into a fairy tale come true. It’s Sew Lazy and the 7 Dwarfs! Sew Lazy is seven of Joan’s favorite products for bag making, small crafts, table runners, apparel and more. Good names, instructions, project icons, color coding, etc, etc. Finally, we can make sense of these confusing products and know exactly what to buy, how to use it and what it will do for our projects.

Sew Lazy Interfacing Assortment #SLGASST

Please Meet Sew Lazy
While Snow White had Grumpy, Dopey and Sleepy, Joan has: Stiff Stuff, Slicker, Dreamy (2: sew-in and fusible), Face-It (2: soft and firm), and Fusi-Bond. Products that work. Names that make sense. Get to know these names, we’ll be seeing a lot more of them. Joan’s spent so much time with these little bolts, she’s come to think of them as my 7 Dwarfs.

Why Sew Lazy is Special
– Products selected, tested and approved by me, so you know they’re good and will work for you.
– Names that make sense and are relatable. Stiff Stuff to make your bag stand up – perfect!
– Bolt end labels clearly marked with all the info you need to make sure you’re buying the right thing.
– Instructions and descriptions wound with each product. It’s like Joan’s right there talking to you!
– These are the basic items plus a thing or two that might be new to you.
– Checker exclusive so it is only available to local quilt shops.
– Made in the USA

Claire Handbag (LGD125) made with Stiff Stuff in place of fleece
and Face-It Firm to interface the lining.

Products: Details and How They Got Their Names
Fusi-Bond Lite (SLG101, 17?, $2.99 yd)
An adhesive web perfect for applique and bonding layers of fabric together. Similar to Heat N Bond Lite/Wonder Under. It won’t gum up your sewing machine needle, offers an even and consistent bond and won’t add weight or stiffness to your project. Fusi-Bond = fusible bond.

Slicker (SLG102, 17?, $5.79 yd)
Iron-on glossy vinyl. Hey, we can laminate our own fabric! Fabric stays soft and is easy to work with. Slicker = it makes fabric slicker.

Face-It Soft (SLG103, 22?, $5.79 yd)
Lightweight woven 100% cotton fusible interfacing. Slightly more delicate than Pellon Shape Flex. Face-It = interface it. There is no nickname for interfacing, so let’s just ‘Face-It’.

Face-It Firm (SLG104, 20?, $3.39 yd)
Medium/heavy weight non-woven fusible interfacing. Nicer than Decor Bond. Face-It = interface it, same category as above, just a different weight.

Dreamy Sew-In Fleece (SLG105, 45?, $5.59 yd)
100% polyester high loft sew-in fleece. Use in place of batting for small projects or in soft-sided crafts when you want more drape or softness than fusible fleece. Dreamy = creamy/dreamy consistency.

Dreamy Fusible Fleece (SLG106, 45?, $8.59 yd)
100% polyester high loft fusible fleece. If you like Pellon fusible fleece, you are going to love this. Great consistency and no dimpling from over-fusing. Dreamy = creamy/dreamy consistency. It’s as if fresh cream were whipped into a fleece, perfectly yummy with no calories and just the right loft.

Stiff Stuff (SLG107, 20?, $5.29 yd)
The new love of Joan’s bag-making life. Firm, yet flexible sew-in dense interfacing. Similar to, but softer than Timtex/Peltex. It’s forgiving and doesn’t hold the fold like those other guys. You can crumple a bag into a ball and it will bounce right back and stand up straight. Use it in place of fleece or batting in a structured bag. Great for table runners and placemats, too. Stiff Stuff = I need some of that stiff stuff to make my bag stand up.

Slicker Tote (pattern late fall), outside fabric laminated with Slicker,
Stiff Stuff used in place of fleece or batting for great stand-up-i-tude, dude!

Revolutionary Bolt End Labels
Tired of those confusing and non-sensical labels on the bolt ends? You know the ones. They say something like this: 100% polyester, all-purpose, non-woven, medium weight, fusible, I-stopped-listening-five-minutes-ago… Goodness! Just tell me what I need to know. Name, properties, what it will do for my project and how to care for it.

Interleaf Information and Instructions
Yes, those instruction thingies that come wrapped in the bolt have a name – interleaf. All five fusible products come wrapped with the pink interleaf. Hot pink = hot iron, therefore it’s fusible. Easy peasy. Both sew-in products are wrapped with the blue linterleaf. Here’s a snippet of the fusible interleaf, showing the clear labeling, project icons such as soft purse or apparel, product descriptions and instructions for use. Click to enlarge image.

Store Owners – Need to Know Info
Sew Lazy is exclusively available through Checker Distributors. Contact Checker to place an order.
Skinny bolts – put-ups of 10-20 yards instead of 15-35 for other name brand comparables.
Buy by the individual bolt or get started with an assortment of one each of the seven products.
All Sew Lazy Interfacing products: Click here to view all Sew Lazy Interfacing

Why Wait Until Market? Open House Part Two

Judy Niemeyer was so popular last year, we asked her to come back.  This time she is launching new products that will be the basis of your next class!  Brad ordered every batik he could find for this event.  She will be presenting a school house on Monday to launch the new products.  Start your Monday with a bang!!!

Item #JNQ70P  Retail $50.00

Daniela Stout of Cozy Quilt Designs is the queen of the 2 1/2″ strip!  That’s right – she started designing quilts for her shop that started a national craze!

Item #CQD04006  Retail $18.95

Rita Fishel of Creations Sew Clever will be demonstrating Creative Grids rulers and the patterns that she created to support them!

Item #CSC003  Retail $10.00

The folks from Lecien will be sharing their latest fabrics and taking orders.  Come sit down for a spell….

Inkwell designed by Meg Hawkey

The folks from June Tailor will be sharing and demonstrating their wares…

Item #JT720  Retail $34.59

Joan Hawley from Lazy Girl Designs will be sharing her new line of products designed exclusively for quilt shops – Sew Lazy!  What is not to love….

Item #LGD123  Retail $9.00

Kathleen Connor of Smith Street Designs has produced many patterns that have been the basis of block of the month programs.  Come see the latest and greatest from this talented designer.

Item #SS5003  Retail $30.00

Register early to be eligible for 64 door prizes that could be worth as much as the price of the trip!  Mark your calendars for August 19 and 20 and call or e-mail janis today:  Contact Janis Plomaritis at jplomaritis@www.checkernewsletter.comcheckerdist.com or call her at 419-893-3636  ext. 624