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!

New Non-Stick Sewing Needles

I love this idea – and can’t wait to try them! Schmetz will be releasing these needles this month. They have several features that you will love. The non-stick finish means that the needles won’t “gum up” when sewing through fusibles, Velcro, and other materials with adhesives.

But my favorite part? The eye is equal to a needle that is two sizes larger. For instance, the 70/10 eye is equivalent to a 90/14 eye. That means I can actually thread the needle and use a variety of embroidery threads – no problem! The point of the needle is designed to easily penetrate all fabrics including denim and eliminate skipped stitches.

They are availalbe in four sizes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Order them now!

Notions at Your Fingertips

Organize your nest – your sewing nest that is – with this new product from Pudgie Parrot. This catchall designed by Joan Ford is only four and a half inches square but is capable of containing a lot of your clutter in such a small space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The stand-up peg area is positioned on the diagonal of the square so it is capable of holding any size rulers, patterns, envelopes etc. The scoop is the perfect place to keep your rotary cutter, glasses, cell phone or larger objects. The spaces in the front are designed to hold scissors, pencils, marking tools, flash drives, etc.

They come in four different colors: flamingo, peacock, hummingbird, and martin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who can stop at just one? After all, clutter is everywhere – desk, cutting table, sewing machine, armchair, bedside table…

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!

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.