Oh Sew Mini!

These mini versions of the original It’s Sew Emma Organizers are just too cute for words! They are constructed with the same quality as the original and come in a multitude of colors…

The petal shapes bend to accommodate those smaller notions that tend to get lost in your sewing room. My favorite? This is the perfect size to store my collection of sewing machine feet. They are individually packaged so you can order a multitude of colors for an eye-catching display.

Button, Button…

Sometimes packaging adds that awe factor that is simply irresistible – and these new button collector jars by Lansing are a perfect example. They come in two sizes of mason jars. The 16 ounce pint jars are filled with red, black or white assortments.

The 8 ounce mason jars come in a multitude of colors.



Can’t you just picture a display of these by the register???

Big Boards and Wool Mats

I LOVE this! I have had my big board for years and loved being able to press entire quilt tops with ease. But, when the wool mats came out, I had THREE so I could put them end to end to iron tops. Not an ideal solution, but once you’ve used a wool pressing mat, nothing else will do. Then I got a phone call from the folks at Gypsy Quilter asking me what sizes they should add to the line! Well, that was a no-brainer – and the Big Board size was born!

This wool mat fits the Big Board perfectly – and guess what, we have those too…..

You can buy just the Big Board by Tracy’s Tables which is made to fit over your existing ironing board, or in my case, on a counter in my sewing room.

Or, you can buy the Big Board with it’s own collapsible legs.

Now, they even have a fabric corral so the fabric does not fall on the floor!

And, now there is a new portable size of Big Boards which will fit in your car. This size is perfect for retreats and classrooms!

Remember, every seam you sew has to be pressed and pressing can make all of the difference! Quality products make that difference!

A Reliable Iron…

Reliable is releasing three new irons this summer. Choose the one that best fits your needs.

The Velocity Sensor Auto Control (260IR) is Reliable’s flagship home iron model. The Velocity 260IR features a digital control panel that provides the user with eight different automatic ironing programs. From silk to denim, the 260IR intelligently sets the correct temperature and steam output to remove wrinkles and apply the perfect press.  This was had an 8 minute auto shut off – which can be bypassed (my choice).

The all-new Velocity Sensor (230IR) utilizes the comfort of sensor steam technology with the effectiveness of the Velocity’s patented dual heating element design. The 230IR features an “ECO” setting safe for all fabrics. The “Turbo” setting turns up the heat and delivers a copious amount of steam to tackle difficult fabrics.  This iron has an 8-minute auto shut off.

The Velocity One Temp 160IR provides the user with a safe and effective home ironing solution. With one set temperature, it’s safe for all fabrics—even delicates like silk. The steam trigger provides on-demand steam when desired. Like all Velocity irons, there’s no spitting or leaking! This iron has a 8 minute auto shut off.

Every seam that is sewn needs to be ironed – so an iron should be quality – and Reliable fits the bill!

A Few of My Favorite Notions

This is a sampling of the new notions that were shown at Quilt Market. These Tulip Pin Cushions from Tacony have suction cups so they can be attached right to your sewing machine!

These cute little fans from Graphic Impressions are rechargeable with the included USB – and are perfect for those hot flash moments or cooling off at the beach!

These pendent thread cutters from Bohin are cute AND practical – approved for flying.

GE Designs – Techniques Abound!

I was lucky enough to attend Gudrun Erla’s schoolhouse at Spring Market and got to see all of these quilts up close and personal – and they are stunning! All of Gudrun’s patterns include techniques that make them the perfect choice for demos – and they are all in stock!

Clarissa is the perfect quilt to show off those large scale prints and is fast and easy. Roxanne looks complicated but is a piece of cake if you follow Gudrun’s pressing instructions. Both feature the Creative Grids® Stripology Squared ruler.

Gudrun has expanded her line of Lil’s with these four additions – all made from five-inch squares and feature the Stripology Squared Mini.

Everything is in stock so they are perfect additions to your after Market showcase!

Info at your Fingertips!

I was so excited to see my new Pocket Guide with Landauer on the Checker site today! Due out in September, it is a compilation of all of those helpful hints that I share when I am teaching and lecturing. Sue Voetglin – a dear friend and editor of my books – assisted in a class I taught in Des Moines a few years back. When the class was over, she said you need to write that stuff down – and a pocket guide was born!

When I am at shows, I am constantly asked about different interfacings as well. The product choices have exploded for a gal who remembers when they created Wonder Under! Kristine Poor of Poorhouse Designs is the gal the industry calls when they are developing new products. She creates new and dynamic ways to incorporate them into projects everyone loves. So, when Landauer was looking for someone to write a pocket guide in this specialty, of course they called Kristine!

Both of these guides will join the family in September and are great additions to their other titles:

These are available as counter displays as well. Check our website for details!

Some New Notions

New notions are being added to the system every day – and these are a few of my must haves! Karen Kay Buckley now has perfect 7-1/2 inch scissors. These are the newest size of her straight blade scissors. They come to a sharp point, have her signature comfortable handles – great for left handed quilters as well – and come with a protective blade cover. You know everyone will want them so order them now. They are due to arrive the first of June.

I love Roxanne’s Glue and the Dab It applicators. Now they come in a larger size – almost three times as much glue as the original! These are due to arrive next week – just in time for your after Market preview.

These Magic Pins have become my favorite pins. I originally bought them for my granddaughter because they are easier to hold – and easier to see to remove from sewing projects. But, I found that for those exact same reasons, they became my favorite as well! The heat resistant grips are ridged so they really are easier to grip. Now there are three more options – all come in 50 and 100 packs. They are due to arrive the first week in June.

Silk Pins – 1-7/16 inches.

Extra Long Pins – 2-1/4 Inches

Applique Pins – 1 inch