Free Form Rotary Cutting

This little rotary cutter replaces my scissors for a lot of techniques! It is only 14 mm which makes it the smallest rotary cutter yet. But it has been redesigned so it can be used with traditional acrylic rulers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This cutter is ideal for cutting fabric and paper. (I use it to trim fabric 1/4″ away from my templates AND to cut out the freezer paper templates). The cutter has a Kushgrip comfort coated handle for easy cutting control. It is like drawing with a pen – you have total control. It comes with a protective cover for safe storage. Replacement blades are available (2060EUS).

Watch the product video here: www.checkerdist.com/products/2059EUS

These are due to arrive any day so place your orders now!

Tula Pink and De La Luna

De La Luna is the new fabric line by Tula Pink which is due to arrive in June.

This line not only has striking colors, it also features three colorations of silhouettes which offer amazing design potential. Carl Hentsch has designed three different patterns that highlight these images – or use your own!

The ovals on this quilt were created with the Creative Grids Oval Always tool designed by Karla Alexander.

Or choose more traditional settings:

Everything is due to arrive in June so order now so that everything arrives at once!

 

Crazy Hearts for Valentines

You all bought the Spiderweb Tool #CGRKA6 to make the Crazy Christmas Trees – one of the top 10 patterns! Now Karla used the same technique to create Crazy Hearts. Both are Cut Loose Press™ patterns.

Now that you are familiar with the ruler, it is time to explore the full potential of this gem! Here are the other patterns that support it – and they are breathtaking!

 

Who would have thought that one tool could create so many different looks???

Bias Tape the Easy Way

I met this woman at Market and was so impressed with her demonstration that I kept grabbing people and having them watch her as well. Do yourself a favor and buy the book. The tools are great but to truly use them to their full potential, you need to see what Pauline does with them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, there are several package options so you can choose the sizes that are most conducive to your quilting needs. Pauline uses them to insert into decorative bindings, her own method of quilt as you go, as well as more traditional uses. These tools make easy work of the process. Visit our website to see all of the possibilities.

When a Little Dab Will Do Ya

This was one of the hottest items at Market – and it is due to arrive this week. I can’t wait to get my hot little hands on this baby. I love Roxanne’s Glue-Baste-It and now it comes in a smaller, more convenient size.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dip and Dab Bottle retails for just $3.25 – and is refillable. In their own words, this incredible applique glue is 100% water-soluble, dries in minutes, holds firmly until you want to loosen it, and does not feel stiff when dry. It contains no dyes or waxes or harmful chemicals and is pH neutral.

At this price point, what a great event gift! Display them at the register so everyone will see them. But order them now because it is going to be hard to keep these babies in stock.

The Perfect Pressing Mats

Think about it! Every seam you sew will be pressed. So why are we willing to spend several thousand dollars on sewing machines and settle for inferior ironing surfaces? Not anymore! I saw these Wooly Felted Wonders ironing mats when I was teaching this Fall and begged our buyers to carry them.

Why do I love them??? Let me count the ways:

  • They are 100% felted wool and made in the USA.
  • The mat absorbs the heat and steam so it is like pressing from both sides.
  • But since the mat is 1/2″ thick, the heat does not transfer to the surface below the mat.
  • The fabrics don’t shift as you press them.
  • The cushioned surface absorbs the seams so there is no shadow through.
  • The rounded corners reduce wear and tear – simply put, they are quality through and through.

They come in three different sizes:

Wooly Felted Wonders also have dryer balls in three different colors: gray, brown, and white.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simply place four to six balls in your dryer – depending on the size of the load – to reduce static and naturally fluff your laundry. This can reduce drying time up to 20%. Add a few drops of essential oils to add that awe factor. Save money as well since no fabric softeners or dryer sheets are needed. These balls last for over 1,000 loads. Who doesn’t want to save time and money! All of these products are due to arrive soon so visit our website to see all of the possibilities and place your order.

Double Wide Dresdens

What is a double wide? If you talk to the gals at Me and My Sisters, it’s NOT a trailer! They have taken the traditional 18-degree Dresden and doubled it to 36-degrees. Why? You only need half as many petals (10) to create the look of grandma’s quilts with the added bonus of creating a secondary star design in the middle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out some of the 13 plus projects in this book, starting with their version of a hungry, hungry caterpillar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a fun, easy demo! Why not order them in for your Holiday Open House?

Celebrate the Holidays with Creative Grids

Need demos for that holiday open house? We’ve got you covered. There are excellent Cut Loose Press™ patterns that feature Creative Grids® rulers that will have your customers making multiples for gifts as well.

Capiz Lanterns looks like a modern version of our favorite tree ornament.  It is oh so simple to make with the Oval Always tool by Karla Alexander.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deb Heatherly creates these ornaments with the 4″ version of the Log Cabin Curvy tool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And just look at the variety of trees….

Jean Ann created this tree by combining the 8″ log cabin trim tool with the curvy version of the same size.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These trees were all made with a 30-degree angle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karla Alexander’s Crazy Christmas Trees has been in the top 10 patterns since its release!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This snowman table runner is a great choice for the entire winter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best news? Everything is in stock and ready for your holiday events!

Catch the Wave!

The Wave ruler by Creative Grids®, designed by Judy Niemeyer, adds movement to any quilt. In December, Windy Day will be available which features several patterns that use the Wave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the patterns use Charm Element packs and some don’t. Traditional four-patches and nine-patches are also pieced – and then waved – to create brand new designs.

I just used this tool to curve the outer edge of a baby quilt/table topper and can’t wait to share that with you as well!  Stay tuned….

Creative Grids Girls Program

Deb Heatherly will be offering a Take and Teach at this Market explaining her popular Grids Girl program which has two new offerings!

 

 

 

All About the Grids is a darling 47-inch square quilt gives you an opportunity to teach a different ruler every month – and share the additional books and patterns that support the tools!  This quilt features the Creative Grids®Cat’s Cradle; Strippy Star; Turbo 4-Patch; Ultimate Flying Geese; 6″ Log Cabin and 8″ Square on Square.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        

Grid-dle Me is a 48-inch square that features the Creative Grids® Cat’s Cradle, Turbo 4-Patch, and Ultimate Flying Geese Tool featured above PLUS two sizes of the Pineapple Trim Tool and a 6″ Curvy Log Cabin. Deb has created a whole new way to use the Pineapple Tools that will have your students wanting more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both could be taught in a series of three or six classes or are the perfect projects for a retreat! The patterns will be arriving this month. The rulers are available now!