Affordable Backings with Spa Cuddle

My daughter just started a long arm business and ordered Spa Cuddle without realizing it was double-sided. The bolt she bought was grey on one side and cream on the other. Since it had nap on both sides, I asked her to try it without batting. Worked like a charm!

These are pics she sent me with the quilt still on the frame…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It comes in a wide variety of colors and is 58 – 60 inches wide so most backings for throws will not have to be pieced! Talk about a win/win and it is cheaper than piecing 44/45 wide fabrics and then buying batting. Who can resist Cuddle???

Check out all of the Shannon Fabrics Cuddle Spa on the website and give it a try!

New from Angela Walters – Creative Grids® Machine Quilting Templates

Angela Walters has developed a series of machine quilting templates with Creative Grids®. You talk about a marriage made in heaven! Angela’s genius with our signature grip! These templates are 1/4″ thick acrylic so they work well on a standard sewing machine as well as a longarm. They were specifically designed to fit in the palm of your hand so they are easy to manipulate on either machine.

Without further ado, meet Shorty, Slim, Archie, and Squiggy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The black and white markings show up on dark and light fabrics. And the printed grid lines make spacing quilt lines a breeze. The video instructions include potential quilting designs that can be created with each tool. The video can be accessed by scanning the QR code on the back of the package, visit www.checkerdist.com, or  www.creativegridsusa.com. But we all know that Angela really shines when she is in front of the camera so she will be releasing more videos very soon. We will keep you posted!

This one is a no-brainer! Order now!

This truly is a no-brainer!  When a book concept is this brilliant, everyone who machine quilts needs this in their library.  We all know Angela Walters is the go-to gal for long arming.  Now she has teamed up with Christa Watson – and expert in quilting on domestic machines.
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Item #B1350T  Retail $29.99

They both share tips and tricks that have made them the experts in their field.  Learn through studying 10 different quilts when it is best to use which machine.  They also walk you through the steps of how to choose designs, pick threads, and advice on everything in between!

Whether you choose to quilt full sized quilts or smaller projects they will help you every step of the way!

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This one is a real page turner!  Order now to make sure you get the first run due out in April because this one is guaranteed to go into a second printing!

Learn about Batting from the Best

Let’s face it.  Even though batting is in every quilt, quilters know little about battings.  Most of us stick with the same batting, buy what’s on sale, or let our machine quilter choose.  What if we could educate our customers and help them choose the RIGHT batting for their projects?

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Dawn from The Warm Company will be at the Checker Open House.  I have quilted long enough to remember when they came out with “Warm and Natural” – a batting that could be washed and maintain its shape.  This also meant that it could be quilted up to nine inches apart without FALLING apart!  This product was revolutionary but they didn’t stop there.  Let Dawn help you choose which battings you should carry in your store – and explain when specialty battings are a good choice.

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Insul Shine

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Soft & Bright

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The days of carrying two battings – one cotton and one polyester – are over.  Come to the Open House and take a few minutes to educate yourself!