Angela Walters and the FMQ Challenge

With the release of her new Creative Grids® machine quilting tools, Angela Walters now has four of the top seven notions on the Checker Distributors website! That isn’t just CGR rulers folks – that is ALL of the notions, all 11,985 of them! Now that is saying something! And it couldn’t happen to a nicer person!

Angela has put together a Free Motion Challenge – FMQ Challenge – Week One

This series of free classes teaches you how to free motion quilt in a series of simple steps. Each week she will teach you how to do two techniques – simple designs such as meandering and a second technique that builds on what you have already learned to create the awe factor.

The top that she is using for her demonstration is made with the Creative Grids® Perfect Rectangle Tool.

The quilt top is very simple and sewn from light fabrics. Remember – you are using this top to learn how to machine quilt so you want to be able to see your stitching. This time, the machine quilting is the star!

Angela also recommends some other products: Machingers are gloves that have grips on the tips and breathe so your hands don’t perspire. Titanium needles are strong and don’t break as easily, and last but not least – the Super Slider that helps glide the quilt through the machine.

Free Motion Challenge Week Two is already available!

Angela Walters and Flying Geese

I can’t wait for you to watch Angela Walter’s video.

Her machine quilting tools have been so popular that we haven’t been able to keep them in stock – but they are NOW!!! In this video, Angela shows how to use Slim, one of the characters in her arsenal of tools. The entire demo is done with a Cut Loose Press™ pattern created with the Creative Grids® Ultimate Flying Geese Tool.


The magic happens on this Cut Loose Press™ pattern – Wild and Free featuring fabric by Tula Pink and solids by Kaufman.

What a great series of classes! Learn how to use the flying geese tool, make the table runner, and then machine quilt it yourself. Talk about a trifecta!

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, or 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!

A New Technique That is Simply Brilliant

This technique is simply brilliant – and will have your customers coming back for more!

Build as You Go is not a traditional quilt as you go technique.  It is much easier – and more versatile.  Your customers will be able to quilt their own small projects with spectacular results.


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This was developed by a shop owner who also sells sewing machines – and knows your customers.  In her words:  “ Build As You Go Quilting” is a totally new method of constructing a quilt. This method is perfect for beginners, or those who are challenged by precision piecing. You will reap impressive results while exploring your creative side!

This book also introduces new ideas for using all of your sewing machine decorative stitches and use of beautiful new threads of all kinds. It’s fun, fast and addictive. This technique, using Heat Press Batting Together™, offers fast easy projects for beginners and seasoned quilters alike. Enjoy the adventure of creating a beautiful project with an amazing finish. We have included three patterns; Obsessed with Stitches, Funky Split Rail and the prize Stitching Shindig. Beautiful quilts for everyone to enjoy!

If you sell machines and threads, this is a no-brainer!  This book will be a stepping stone to a whole new way of finishing your projects.  If you don’t sell machines, your customers can do this with a basic sewing machine – and if it has decorative stitches, they will finally have an excuse to use them!

This technique provides a brand new use for a product you already carry – Heat Press Batting Together.


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Don’t you love it when you find another use for items that are already favorites?

Machine Quilting Shape by Shape

Angela Walters has quickly become the expert on machine quilting.  Whether you use a long arm or quilt on a home machine, her ideas and techniques are easy to follow and more importantly – easy to achieve!

In her latest book, Shape by Shape, she shares quilting designs that fit into the most popular geometric shapes.


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Look at the cover!  Simply wow!

Squares and rectangles? No problem!


Circles?  So many choices…..


Hexagons are so popular – and quilting designs have been a challenge – not any more!


Angela shares over 70 designs with detailed illustrations so that you can duplicate her artistry.

But she doesn’t stop there.  She also gives suggestions on how to quilt the negative space created by these shapes and then moves on to complimentary borders.

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This book is a great resource guide and should have a place of honor on every quilter’s shelf.  Even if you choose to quilt with your checkbook, show these designs to your machine quilter as inspiration.  Let Angela show you how to take your quilting to the next level!

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?










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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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!

Cuddle isn’t just for babies any more

Cuddling is not just for babies any more!  The latest line of Cuddle fabrics has sophistication and style that everyone will love – no matter how old you are!  Check out our website to see the wide variety of colors and textures – and when they will be available.  The selection continues to grow:  //

This textured pine needles design would take center stage in any log cabin or rustic quilt.


Paisleys are always popular.  Your customers will love this embossed design.


And look at the fashion colors…


There are classic prints as well…


These lush fabrics come in a variety of pre-cut kits as well.  Make any child smile…


There are adult versions too…

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You and your customers love these fabrics – now come to the Open House and learn the tricks that make sewing these fabrics a piece of cake!

Machine Quilting on a Longaram Machine

They are actually very easy to machine quilt if you know the basics.

These fabrics are all 60″ wide so they are great backings for throws.  The fabric stretches from selvage to selvage but doesn’t stretch at all parallel to the selvage.  So to machine quilt these fabrics, pin the selvages to the bars so that you can control the stretch.  Simply don’t put tension on the fabric.

This is a polyester fabric so it does not shrink.  Therefore, if you have not pre-shrunk the cotton fabric and batting quilted to this backing, they will shrink slightly when washed – and the backing will not.  This doesn’t bother me at all – in fact, I think it adds interest and texture to the quilt so I never pre-wash.

Machine Quilting on a Domestic Machine

If you would like to machine quilt on a domestic machine, use a basting spray such as 505.  This will stabilize the stretch.  Be sure to support the quilt while machine piecing – that helps too!

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Use a 90 Stretch needle.

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This product does not fray so you can use it for three dimensional appliques without turning the outside edges.  This is easy if you stabilize the fabric with a product such as Easy Knit (EK130PWHT).  That stops the fabric from stretching or curling when appliqueing it in place.

Combining Cuddle with other Fabrics

Tactile quilts are all the rage.  They add a shabby chic look to an adult decor and provide endless entertainment to the younger set.  You can either stabilize the entire fabric with Easy Knit and cut it up or use one of my favorite products – Heat Press Batting Together.

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It comes on a 15 yard roll and is 1 1/2″ wide.  I draw the cutting lines on the wrong side of the fabric and press this tape over the lines.  Then when I cut it, the edges are entirely stable and there is absolutely no stretch!  You can use this product to sew together the strips in kits as well.  I butted the strips next to each other on my ironing board – wrong side up – and pressed this on both.  Then I folded the strips right sides together and sewed.  There was absolutely no distortion or stretch!  The fabric is stabilized 3/4″ on each strip.  I sew with 1/2″ seams because of the thickness of the fabric so this is perfect.

If you are sewing pillow cases and backings together, this works beautifully!

Just remember – use a light touch when pressing.  Many of these designs are heat embossed so aggressive pressing can remove the design.  And, these fabrics have a nap so you sew it like you would velvet or corduroy.  Piece it so the fabric nap is going in the same direction.

When I lectured at a recent quilt show on this product, it was standing room only!  Your customers want it, they just don’t know how to use it.  That is where you come in.  Offer a class or lecture, teaching them the basics, and you won’t be able to keep it in stock!

Come to the Open House and see the entire collection.  Talk to the folks from Shannon Fabrics, who have created the next big profit center for your store!