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

Plum Easy Bauble and Bling Ornaments

Deborah Miller created a craze with her Folded Star technique and has modified it to create stunning ornaments. What a fun, easy method!

The pattern includes a 12 page booklet with instructions for three different styles – all using a printed interfacing foundation so placement is easy! The r:ibbon can be 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches wide, The pattern includes two interfacing templates. A six pack can be purchased separately.

What a fun family project! Everything is expected to arrive later this month!

Jelly Roll Sasher

When five of the top 25 patterns are jelly roll rugs, you know this is a trend that is here to stay! And, now Pauline Roger’s new Sasher. These are due to arrive later this month so I haven’t gotten to try them yet – but based on Pauline’s other Sashers, this one is sure to be a winner – and speeds up the process considerably!

Don’t forget to order more patterns and batting as well!

Shabby Fabrics has created a hearth version.

This version by Aunties Two uses layer cakes!

With the popularity of wood floors, these remind me of Grandma’s braided rugs. They were at every door, beside every bed, and in front of every sink. One is just not enough!

Wool Mats to Fit your Needs

For all of you who already own a wool mat from The Gypsy Quilter and LOVE it, two new sizes are now available. I travel and teach most of the year and see you with your tray tables next to you for an ironing station. Now there is a mat to fit the most common size of table: 13 x 19-1/2 inches!

Please remember: These pressing mats can be used with a dry iron on any surface. If using steam, place the mat on a protected surface since moisture does go through the mat and can harm the surface below.

Perfect for that quilter on the go! But what about when you are in your sewing room? We have the answer for that as well! There is now one big enough to fit your Big Board – a whopping 22 x 59 inches! This 3/8″ wool mat is the perfect choice for pressing entire quilt tops.

If you haven’t tried these yet, here are the details and why you should:

Press any pieced or embroidered block with ease. The density of this high-quality 100% felted wool mat absorbs seams and stitches, effectively pressing both sides at once. Block knitted projects as well by pinning them directly to the mat. An added bonus? The texture of the wool stops fabrics from shifting so there is no distortion when pressing.

Tips and Tricks
The pressing mat can be used with a dry iron on any surface. If using steam, place the mat on a protected surface since moisture does go through the mat and can harm the surface below.

Never place the mat on a rotary cutting mat when pressing. The heat could warp the cutting mat.

If mat feels damp after use, hang to air-dry before storing. Wash the mat occasionally by rinsing it in cold water and hanging the mat until dry – especially if using spray starch.

Safe surfaces include Formica, Corian, stone, and metal (an ironing board). Wood and painted surfaces should be avoided.

A wool mat is a handy tool for quick pressing when kept next to your sewing machine.

Magnetically Yours

I love SewTites – the powerful magnets that you can use instead of pins. They work great on fabrics when you don’t want to leave a pin hole like cork, pleather, silks, and satins. And, I love to use them to stabilize the seams when sewing stretchy fabric such as Cuddle and Minky.

Now they have come out with new smaller sizes – perfect for working with wool and English paper-piecing. These circles are strong enough to hold two layers of wool together without slipping. They come in 3, 5, and 10 packs.

These mini bars are perfect for English paper-piecing and also come in 3, 5 and 10 packs.

Can’t make up your mind? Or, like me, you dabble in everything? Then get the Mixer pack which includes five of the original plus five of each of the new sizes. These new sizes are due to arrive in April so order now. They would be a great addition to your after Market show!

Heartfelt with Creative Grids® Rulers

The latest pattern by Krista Moser is due to arrive any day. It can be made as a table runner as well as a quilt. In fact, wouldn’t this make the perfect baby quilt??? Her fabric choices are stunning and the strip piecing makes this project a piece of cake!

These projects feature her 60-degree Diamond Ruler by Creative Grids®.

Many of you have paid your rent with the Crazy Christmas Tree pattern from Cut Loose Press™ and ruler. Same ruler – different season: Crazy Hearts pattern by Cut Loose Press. Don’t you love these fabrics???

Made with the Creative Grids® Spiderweb ruler – both the patterns and ruler are designed by Karla Alexander.

Hens and Hearts is a pieced version created by Pam and Nicky Lintott – and features the Creative Grids® Multi-Sized Triangle Tool.

Don’t you love it when you find new patterns for your favorite tools? And these are ALL winners!

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!