Twisted Trays by the Twister Sisters

This tray is such a fun afternoon project! It really can be done in an afternoon because no quilting is required. Use 4 1/2″ squares or 5″ charms to piece the design in the center of this 9″ x 11 1/4″ tray.

Use a pre-cut package of Heat Moldable fusible for each tray.

Create the design with the Mini Twister tool:

 

 

What a great class! They could actually go home with a finished project. And what a great gift! Fill the tray with some favorite candies, cosmetics, magazines, books – you get the picture!

 

Meet Taj, Chevy, and Elvira from Angela Walters and Creative Grids®

Let’s keep this simple and let Angela tell you about her latest machine quilting templates in her own words: Inspired by the dome of the Taj Mahal, Taj is perfect for quilting curvy, pointed arcs on your quilts. This versatile tool can be used in all areas of your quilt, including borders, blocks, and backgrounds.

This tool does double duty! Quilt along the outside to create:

  • Pointed arches in borders
  • Overlapping arcs

Rotate to quilt complex looking motifs Work along the inside of the tool to create:

  • A leafy allover design – Leaves in a row for thinner borders
  • Rotate to quilt flower-like motifs for blocks By combining the inside and outside, or alternating directions, you can come up with endless quilting possibilities.

Visit our website to watch Angela quilt her magic! Click on the Product video button on each item detail page,

Meet Elvira, your new favorite curvy ruler!

She not only looks beautiful, she’s quite handy when quilting wavy lines or continuous curve lines. Elvira can quilt multiple arcs in multiple directions without rotating your quilt (or working from the back of your foot)!

Use her for:

  • Quilting continuous curve blocks (2” squares are her specialty!)
  • Adding a series of curves along a row of blocks
  • Quilting all sides of a square, no matter what foot you use!

Meet Chevy, a machine quilting ruler from Creative Grids®, and designed by Angela Walters. Chevy is a little pointy, a little curvy, and very versatile. With both a straight side and a curvy side, there are so many ways that this tool can help you improve your quilting!

Use the straight side for:

  • Stitching in the ditch and echoing
  • Turning the corner without rotating the ruler
  • Echo two sides of a block easily without marking the pivot point
  • Adding chevron designs all over a quilt, or as a border
  • Crosshatching is now a breeze!

Use the curvy side for:

  • Adding a subtle, curvy line
  • Stitching offset, rounded rectangles by changing direction
  • Creating a modern, all over wavy design
  • Fun quilt motifs for blocks
  • Segmenting borders

This gal is the complete package! She even convinced me that I could machine quilt – and I actually can with her tools. Why don’t you give it a try???

Spray Bottles Rise to the Occasion

Thanks to a Quilter’s Corner, I no longer have to buy spray bottles based on the nozzle! They have created a spray bottle that can be used for liquid starches – including my favorite, Best Press! This is engineered to provide a more even, continuous spray and coverage every time.

These bottles hold a minimum of 10 ounces and come in a 12 pack display with three different labels – which makes it a perfect gift!

These are selling fast – more will be arriving any day so order now!

Featherweight Lovers will LOVE this!

As I travel around the country, I see more and more Featherweight Clubs. Everyone in the club will want these!

Sew Steady now makes a table just for Featherweights. This classic table measures  18 x 23 inches. The black acrylic table is made exclusively for the Black Singer Featherweight 221k Machine. It even includes a gold printed 16-inch metric ruler and rounded front edge.

This featherweight 221 manual tells the history of the sewing machine, how to date your machine, and how to troubleshoot simple mechanical issues.

And then there is this gorgeous embroidery pattern by Crabapple Hill. What featherweight owner wouldn’t love this???

Another Use for the Clapper

I am traveling and teaching this month which is always a source of inspiration. I had to rotary cut 2,500 block kits for classes so I was cutting eight layers of fabric at a time.

Even though I started with a new blade, the 2 1/2″ strips were slipping when I was sub-cutting them. Enter the clapper for Wooly Felted Wonders!

I placed the clapper on the strips and moved it along as I sub-cut the pieces. The weight of the clapper stopped the fabrics from shifting! It worked great – and is another use for an amazing tool. I already use it to press my seams open and to set seams as I press. This is just a bonus.

Fusamat is about to enter the Building!

These applique pressing mats were the most exciting notion I saw at Market but I wasn’t sure we could get them since they are a New Zealand company. BUT, our buyers did their magic and they will be arriving later this month!

In their own words: Fusamat revolutionizes the applique process by allowing you to see through the mat during construction – making the applique process much easier…The tacky surface enables you to create your applique design in one easy composition…Its unique covering allows for a non-slip ironing surface and applique formation…In the past fusible would leak onto your iron and ironing surfaces causing a huge mess – new technology built into Fusamat stops the leakage of fusible altogether…Your Fusamat is easily cleaned, very strong, reversible and durable so it will take any beating you give it.

They come in four sizes from a portable 12 x 12; 12 x 18;18 x 30; and one that will cover your entire ironing board!

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve already got mine on order – and you should too!

Love is in the Air at Suzn Quilts

Our booth at Spring Market was right across from Suzn Quilts and so I got to look at these all day! All of these designs use her tiny Dresden Plate template.

She has such a knack for adding that awe factor to every design. And, since they are small, you can actually finish it in a day! These new releases should be arriving any day.

 

 

 

Check out the rest of her designs on our website! You will be glad you did! Suzn Quilts

Cutting Threads Anywhere – Even on a Plane

These cutting tools were a hit at Market! They come in four different versions.

This cutter can be mounted to any flat surface using the adhesive provided. Attach to your sewing machine if your thread cutter is dull – or the machine doesn’t have one. Or attach it to your sewing box so it is always within easy reach. The cutter encases a two sides stainless steel blade so you can cut from either side. The bling is just for fun!

The same cutter is also available as a ring. This adjustable ring features a hook and loop tape strap. Sparkle in our Swarovski Crystal Thread Cutterz Rings! Now your cutting tool is TSA allowed so wear it when you fly!.

The Thread Cutterz Snipper comes with a built-in LED light, a retractable cord, and clip with a locking safety feature. The serrated cutting blades come in two lengths. Both are safe for air travel.

   

Great items for a counter display!

Diamonds Are this Girl’s Best Friend

Remember the name Krista Moser because she is going to be a superstar! This gal has it all, talent, color sense, marketing sense – and the most important of all of the senses – common sense! When a relatively new designer has four patterns in the top 100, I take notice – and you should too!

Krista designed the Creative Grids® newest 60-degree Diamond ruler. This Cut Loose Press™ pattern is so simple, even I could make it. It is all done out of 2-1/2″ strips which makes it easy to market!

Or choose this simple Cut Loose Press™ baby quilt that features the hexie aspect of the tool:

Many of you are already kitting and teaching the Aztec Table Runner which can be made with the 60-degree aspect of the tool as well.

Once you know how to use the ruler, these patterns are a piece of cake. They look like you worked really hard but are actually week-end projects once you know her techniques!

And here is the star of the show – the Creative Grids® 60-degree Diamond Ruler:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why not start a series of classes, showcasing a different element of the tool each month? Your customers will love you for it!

Take Your Bags to the Next Level

Janelle MacKay of Emmaline Bags provides the most amazing bling to take your purses, totes, and wallets to the next level.

Her latest additions will arrive soon. They are available in a variety of finishes so check our website for ALL of the choices. But, these examples will give you an idea f the possibilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of her bling is reasonably priced and can turn a “homemade” into a “handmade” with class!