Seam Guides with Style

These magnetic seam guides by Tacony are functional as well as charming! They come in a 24 piece assortment pack – eight each of the tape measure, sewing machine and zipper.

The strong magnet holds it in place so there is no slipping once it is placed.

Because of the magnet, they are not recommended for computerized machines.

This is the perfect counter display and is due to arrive next month – in plenty of time for shop hops. At just $2.00 retail, who could resist?

Wash Out Applique Paper

This applique paper by Helen Stubbins of Hugs’ n Kisses is a great demo product!

This fusible paper comes in 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheets and can be run through a printer. Fuse it to the wrong side of the fabric; cut the fabric 1/4 inch away and turn. When the project is washed, the paper dissolves and leaves a thin, pliant film.

The best part? This paper is also available in shapes that are already cut to the most popular sizes….

including the shapes required for the Lucy Boston quilt.

A new product is your new best friend when doing an English paper-piecing project. SewTites are magnets that hold the two pieces together while piecing so there is no shifting! They come in packages of three so they are the perfect addition to your demo!

Why not set up a display with samples so your customers can see how easy this is? Be sure to include fabrics that would be perfect choices for a Grandmother’s flower garden or Lucy Boston quilt!

Edyta in Blue

Everything Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts is simply spectacular and her new Patchwork Barn is sure to be a hit! With the emergence of the popularity of six-inch blocks, this is a great series of classes. Do six blocks a month and your entire year is planned out! Start the applique border and center in the beginning and everything should be done by the time the blocks are completed!

But, for those of you who don’t like to hand applique, Edyta has provided Silhouettes – the fused pre-cut applique pieces as well…

Look how she incorporates stripes into Best Man – with stunning results.

And, the movement she creates with kaleidoscope blocks is superb – it is all in the color placement!

All of these designs should arrive this month so place your order now!

A Portable Iron with Heat

Oliso is releasing a portable iron in January that is worth the wait! It comes in two colors – pink and yellow. The iron fits snugly into the palm of your hand and has been weight-balanced for precision movement and minimal strain on your wrist.

With the power of a full sized iron in a compact and lightweight design, the Oliso project iron fits right next to your sewing machine or in your travel bag.

It comes with a solemate so you can leave your Oliso project iron in the face-down position. The solemate also protects and allows you to store your iron easily and safely.

The iron heats up fast and has three heat settings. It includes an eight-foot pivot cord and a three-year warranty. They truly have thought of everything!

Home Grown by Nancy Halvorsen

What can I say??? Nancy continues to amaze me with every line – and book – she does! In Home Grown, she showcases those values that we all try to achieve in our own lives.

And, in typical Art To Heart style, she has thought of everything! The fabric collection from Benartex – Home Grown by Nancy Halvorsen will be available next month – and comes in ten or 15-yard assortments.

I have showcased her signature teal below just so you can see some detail, but all of the colors are gorgeous. Gray is the new neutral – and she has that covered as well!

      

  

I have always loved what she does with tea towels…

With this line, she offers a set of six tea towels which can be used to make the projects above.

OR, buy them by the bolt! These yarn dyes are 43 – 44 inches wide.

Just look at the details on these individual blocks of the cover quilt.

Look what you can do with a panel!!!

Of course, it doesn’t stop there! The embellishments add that awe factor to each block!

These buttons are available for individual blocks are as an entire set. Why not do this as a block of the month? Make a block each month as well as a smaller project that will make great companions to add that Martha Stewart looks to your room. Or, have ideal gifts on hand when needed. Who wouldn’t love that???

Twelve Days of Christmas – Part Two

These organizers by It’s Sew Emma are the perfect gift for everyone – not just quilters! What a great teacher gift. But, if you WANT to give it to a quilter, a lady told me at the show that she uses it to store her machine feet! Now I need another one!

This Pudgie Parrot organizer holds at least seven rulers as well as a rotary cutter. It comes in a multitude of colors so visit the website to pick your favorite!

The Fusamats come in several different sizes and are the perfect gift for those who love fused applique. At Market, they showed the perfect companion – a pair of tweezers with a very fine point. The point is so fine that you can actually use them to place tiny applique pieces and iron them in place!

Stay tuned for Part Three…..

Twelve Days of Christmas – Part One

Not only were all of these items hot at Market, but I also worked Festival and the Novi show in Michigan – and the consumers agree!

The Creative Grids® Stripology Squared Mini is a definite hit. Everyone loves the size and maneuverability of this baby! Designed to square up blocks up to 6 1/2″, I immediately learned that it is my go-to tool when sub-cutting strip sets. (The acrylic raises over the seams so there is no teeter-tottering like your experience with a traditional ruler.) Plus there are five patterns that support it. Offer it for Christmas and offer classes or demos featuring the patterns the first of the year.

Stripology Mixology is the perfect companion to ALL of the Creative Grids® stripology rulers. The book features 13 quilts made from pre-cuts – and tells you how to cut your own. And who doesn’t want a cocktail over the holidays – recipes included!

The portable Reliable Iron is amazing! It is not only an iron, but it is also a steamer. It gets to a temperature of over 300 degrees in a short amount of time. The bag is insulated so you can leave class before the iron is entirely cool – just leave the long cord on the outside of the bag. Another feature – the outside of the bag has a silicone side to use as a rest when in use. This one is a winner!

What good is an iron without a great ironing mat? These Gypsy Quilter mats come in a variety of sizes. The 13 1/2″ mat is one of the most popular sizes since it is big enough to press a 12 1/2″ block!

Stay Tuned for Part Two….

Cat Lover’s Delight

I am thrilled to announce that one of my favorite designers created a line of fabric for Timeless! This batik line features Deb Heatherly’s favorite – cats!

This 96-inch square block of the month features two of her highly successful Creative Grids® rulers – the Ultimate Flying Geese and the Cat’s Cradle tool.

The fabric batik line includes her favorite things – cats and catnip! Just look at the colors!

There is also a shop kit available that includes the pattern, fabric and tips to share when teaching the class. Who could ask for anything more???

The fabric and shop kits are due to arrive in January so order it now!

Solution for Thick Fabrics

SewTites are a way to pin when you can’t! Use this magnetic pins for sewing super thick materials, like leather or cork, or pieces that aren’t near an edge, like pockets on bags. Simply align the pieces you need to sew together, snap on the SewTites, and sew!

SewTites are available in 3 packs; 5 packs; 10 packs and 15 packs.

These “pins” eliminate pinholes! With the popularity of cork, pleather, and leather for purses and clutches, the time has come for a solution! Thanks SewTiles!

Perfect Ten

You asked for it so we delivered! Not only did we deliver, but we also partnered with one of the top pre-cut designers – It’s Sew Emma!

Our motto? Keep it simple! The square is a true 10″ square – not 10 1/2″. There are additional markings for five inch and two and a half inch squares, as well as the most popular strip widths. Trim half square triangles by placing the diagonal on the seam line. The black and white markings show up on both light and dark fabrics.

Grab a layer cake – or cut your own – and start one of these quilts today.

Square One and Acadia are both Cut Loose Press patterns – a perfect combination.

These creative and colorful It Sew Emma Patterns include yardage requirements for multiple sizes.

Perfect 10 Quilts is due to arrive next month and includes 16 quilts cut from ten-inch squares. If the cover is any indication, this is going to be a best seller!