Quilt Cadets

This is such a brilliant idea that I wish I would have thought of it! For those retired Girl Scouts among us, this will make you smile!

Quilt Cadets First Project Badge

Why not start your own Quilt Cadet program? There are twelve badges – each supporting a different skill. There are even age-appropriate patterns! Some are beginner level but as their skills grow, the projects include more techniques.

Kid Cave Pillows
Braveheart Backpack

Why not start a group in your shop next year???

Annie is Organized!

Protect your cherished sewing machine with its own quilt! Each cover features slip pockets on front and back, a zippered pocket on the left side, and a mesh slip pocket on the right side. For easy access to the sewing machine handle, there is an opening at the top. Flaps with magnetic snaps cover the opening.

Under Cover

The pattern includes complete step-by-step instructions for covers in three sizes to fit many popular machines:

SMALL: Fits machines measuring 12½”H x 15½”W x 6½”D (such as most current BERNINA 3 Series machines)
MEDIUM: Fits machines measuring 13”H x 17¾”W x 8”D (such as most current BERNINA 5 Series machines)
LARGE: Fits machines measuring 14½”H x 20½”W x 8”D (such as most current BERNINA 7 Series machines)

The pattern and Add-on Video include instructions for measuring your machine and making adjustments as needed to fit your particular machine.

Add-on Video notice: There is an Add-on Video available for this pattern. The Add-on Video is specially designed to support specific parts of the pattern and help you learn our best techniques. It doesn’t replace the pattern — it will enhance the sewing experience.

If you are a machine shop, this is a no-brainer. A featherweight club will love this! Actually who wouldn’t love it????

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Coffee for Christmas

Coffee Break from Cut Loose Press™ by Karla Alexander is so much fun to make! I got out my Fiestaware and started throwing out fabrics that coordinated. It turns out, I couldn’t stop at a table runner. They are just way too much fun – and I am a little OCD…

Coffee Break

So what is a gal to do? Make 35 more and turn them into mug rugs for gifts for coaches, teachers, principals….you get the picture. And, if you have a good relationship with your machine quilter, she may even add their names.

But, I live in Ohio – and they are #1 so…..

These individual cups measure approximately 8″ so I cut an 8″ square of fabric, folded it in half, and used it as a pocket on the back. I’ll put coffee gift cards in the pocket as a homage to Karla. After all, she lives in the Pacific Northwest and KNOWS good coffee!

You still have time to finish six or six dozen by Christmas so get started!

The Dragons Have It

What child isn’t fascinated by dragons? And these darlings by The Whole Country Caboodle will make everyone smile!

Butterfly Dragon Precut Fused Applique Pack
Bubbles Dragon Precut Fused Applique Pack
Curious Dragon Precut Fused Applique Pack
Dragonflies & Dragon Precut Fused Applique Pack
Fire Dragon Precut Fused Applique Pack
Knight Dragon Precut Fused Applique Pack
Little Girl Dragon Precut Fused Applique Pack
S'Mores Dragon Precut Fused Applique Pack
Whirly-Gig Dragon Precut Fused Applique Pack
Wizard & Dragon Precut Fused Applique Pack

Don’t you love the way many of the dragons just can’t be contained in their 10″ blocks. Can’t you picture these as wall art as well as a quilt? The kits include laser cut pieces and patterns for placement. They are due to arrive next month so order them now.

Quick and Easy Gifts

I worked a show over the weekend and this was one of the top sellers.

Quilt As You Go Wine Totes

Inventory is due to arrive next week. These projects use a quilt as you go technique. The package includes batting printed with Sew by the Numbers – sew in the order shown to complete a project in a number of minutes. Make three wine bottle holders for less than $5.00 a piece. The pattern uses strips so it would be a great make it/take it for a Christmas open house. Once they learn the technique, they will want other options:

Quilt As You Go Tote Bag Alexandra Design
Quilt As You Go Table Runner Venice Pattern

Check out our website for all of the possibilities. There is still time to make gifts for this holiday season.

Primitive Gatherings with Class

Lisa Bongean is famous for working and wool and her eye for detail. She adds that awe factor to everything she touches. Her latest book – shipping this week – is full of all of the tips and tricks Lisa has learned along the way.

Wool Needle And Thread
Wool Needle And Thread

Wool Needle And Thread
Wool Needle And Thread
Wool Needle And Thread

Wool Needle And Thread

Ditch the trial-and-error and learn from Lisa’s decades of experience step by step: wool appliqué, embroidery stitches, and much more. Filled with close-up photos of Lisa’s hands working her magic, this book will show you how to master each technique down to the tiniest detail.

Start with Lisa’s fabric tips; then move on to her favorite tools, templates, threads, and needles. How does she create her slim vines, pretty pennies, and flower appliqués? It’s all here, along with a dozen embroidery stitches in photos so clear, you can’t go wrong.

Hoop Designs

Stirrups & Stitches have several new laser cut designs – created specifically for 4, 7, or 10 inch embroidery hoops. Many are available in multiple sizes. The kit includes the laser cut design, the hoop and a chain and suction cup to hang it. All you need is scraps or a fat quarter to complete the project.

Be Mine 10in Hoop Kit
Night Before Christmas 10in Hoop Kit
Fall is Calling 10in Hoop Kit
He is Risen 10in Hoop Kit
Mustang 10in Hoop Kit
My Guardian Angel 10in Hoop Kit
Chickadee 7in Hoop Kit
Faith 4in Hoop Kit
Hope 4in Hoop Kit
Joy 4in Hoop Kit

They also recommend a wavy rotary cutter to finish the outside edge. These designs are due to arrive the beginning of January and would make great Make It, Take It projects for a Christmas open house.

So This is Christmas

This quilt is soooo cute and got rave reviews in Houston – whimsical and cute – with that awe factor that makes everyone smile! Everything is pieced except the reindeer – which are appliqued. Darling!

So This Is Christmas

The Cutting Edge Bag holds all of your sewing needs and the bag holds scraps when sewing.

The Cutting Edge Bag

Wild Thing is a stack and whack technique that s a great stash buster. It uses 30 fat quarters!

Wild Thing

All of these patterns are due to arrive in December.

Pillow Talk with Edyta Sitar

Your interior style is ready for a makeover with Edyta Sitar’s next book with It’s Sew Emma, Pillow Talk! 25 dazzling pillows cover different holidays, seasons, styles and sentiments. Sample different techniques, including paper piecing and applique, in these quick projects with tips from Edyta.

Pillow Talk Book

Why not do a series of classes teaching a different technique each month? Kit the “pillow of the month” in different colorways so they can choose a kit to match their decor. Many of these designs are quick and easy designs – instant gratification!