Applique in All its Glory

Organic Applique by Kathy Doughty just blew me away. I love to applique but her designs are breathtaking!

Just look at the cover quilt. She has combined a HUGE elongated courthouse steps block with quirky appliques in stunning colors to create a true masterpiece! And the photography is inspired! Don’t you love the paper umbrellas hanging from the ceiling?

Even her more traditional pattern – a vase of flowers – takes on a whole new look with her choice of colors and borders.

Just look at the variety of projects! Paper-piecing, applique, Broderie Perse – Kathy walks you through every technique!

Opening the first page of this book is like the first time you opened that big box of crayons – and never looked back!

Perfect 5 – the Perfect Companion

Its Sew Emma has created the perfect companion to the Creative Grids® Perfect 10 Quilt Ruler – the Perfect 5. This little sister was designed to sub-cut and trim those five inch squares – and fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. It even has a diagonal line to square up half square triangles. Versatility is the key

They have designed FIVE new Cut Loose Press™ patterns to showcase the features of this ruler. All of these quilts measure between 36 and 56 inches. My first reaction? Why not start a class and call it Oh baby! Every one of these projects is perfect for a baby/toddler quilt.

Wayside #CLPISE021

Charm Pack Stones #CLPISE020

Bluebird #CLPISE022

Butterfly Patch #CLPISE018

Cotton Candy #CLPISE019

AND, they can be completed in two to six hours! Everyone needs a stash of baby quilts on hand so the class would appeal to all of your customers. And what a great class for beginners! They can learn a different technique each month and actually finish something beautiful!

Since they are all made with five inch squares, just have a large assortment of pre-cuts available with possible border and binding options. No kitting required!

Offer a discount on backing if they bring their completed top to the next class for show and tell. No UFO’s when they are this fast and fun!

The ruler and Cut Loose Press™ patterns are available now. Perfect 5 Quilts from It’s Sew Emma #ISE-933 – a book that features 17 different quilts using one to four charm packs each – will be in stock next month so pre-order it now!

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Dresden Plates Reimagined

Candyce Copp Grisham has embraced the traditional Dresden Plate block and added her own spin that elevates it to all new heights!

Her simple instructions and techniques create particularly beautiful Dresden plate blocks. Candyce explores four different edge treatments and twenty-five design elements – all possible in a multitude of sizes. Create one of her patterns or use the book as a launching pad to your own heirloom.

Just look at the possibilities!

And, all of these designs are created with the Creative Grids® 18 degree Dresden Plate ruler!

What a great series of classes!

A Trio of Unicorns

When three unicorn patterns appear in the top 100, you know they are becoming mainstream! Unicorns are not just for pre-tens anymore! Whimsey is the order of the day!

Nola is a collage by Laura Heine that is the stuff that dreams are made of!

Lisa the Unicorn by Elizabeth Hartman is created with 2 1/2″ strips.

Whether you choose to create a unicorn or horse, Violet Craft’s techniques can help make that a reality.

Each pattern showcases a different technique and would be great additions to your class schedule!

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Santa with a Swagger

The gals at Sew Kind of Wonderful are so talented and Posh Santa shows the diversity of their Mini Quick Curve Ruler.This 28 x 38 inch wall hanging is the perfect size to decorate your walls this season!

What a great combination for a class! The personality of the Santa shines through – and removes any doubt that your students can sew curves! After all, you can’t take Santa too seriously!

The Iconic Featherweight

Many shops feature Featherweight Clubs or have customers that love them. This new pattern by Laura Heine will have all of those customers smiling! It is due to arrive next month – and is the perfect intro class to this technique if you haven’t already tried it!

Meg Hawkey has recreated America’s favorite machine in embroidery.

And Sew Steady had created an extension table that has artwork that enhances the machine.

And, then there is the classic book – now in its third edition!

Why not set up a display today???

Braided Twist by Cheryl Phillips

I can’t improve on Cheryl’s description: Try this unique technique for a quick table runner with no quilting, no hand sewing, and no binding. The beauty of the Braided Twist is its simplicity! The Braided Twist tool includes a 32-page booklet and three insert pages. The main project runner size is 13-1/2 x 33-1/2 inches. Longer and shorter variations are included. The Bonus Blossom project is 30 inches in diameter.

The tool makes quick work of cutting the curves and the markings are intuitive!

These two color versions – in two different lengths showcase the curves.


You can even add appliques or embroidery.



Don’t ignore the bonus project! It is the perfect centerpiece to a round table!

This is a perfect class – a project that they can actually finish in class. Don’t we love instant gratification??? Or, make step-outs for the perfect demo!

Sunday Best!

When two designers decide to challenge themselves and each other, magic happens! Corey Yoder and Sharon McConnell chose designs that were on their bucket list: pineapples, courthouse steps, stars, scrappy, red and white, and Christmas. In this case, a picture is worth a thousand words, so lets let the projects speak for themselves….







Why not use these quilts as inspiration to create your own challenge? All it takes is a few willing friends….

Pillow Case Kits

What a brilliant idea! I love Susybee fabrics. They always have a shop owner in mind – smaller collections that are affordable. Now they have taken many of these collections and created pillow case kits!

Each kit includes 3/4 yards of the main fabric – printed so it works perfectly as a pillow; 1/4 yard of a contrasting band fabric; and a strip of fabric for a decorative falange. The best part??? Each kit comes with directions to make a pillow case with French seams using the “burrito” method AND there is a video tutorial as well!

What a great mother/daughter class – and a great first project for any beginner. Once your customers know how easy this technique is, they will make them to match ALL of their quilts!