The newest jelly roll rug – rectangle

These jelly roll rugs by R.J. Designs have been so popular that they have added a rectangular version for beginners. This version is created with straight strips and does not require any turning so even novices will be successful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

After all, who can’t sew a straight line??? Once you have mastered the technique of folding the fabric around 2 1/2″ strips of batting, you can move onto their top-selling pattern: See how different it looks in different colorways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose to pre-cut your strips or start with a jelly roll; use batting scraps or buy pre-cut batting strips – the optional companions are listed with each pattern so get started today!

Explore your Inner Child – Part Three

These newest additions to the Whole Circle Studio line are due to arrive this month – and are a more adult version of some all-time favorites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combine them with her earlier patterns to make a statement!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you choose one or all – and decorate the entire room around them, they are sure to brighten your day….every day!

Explore your Inner Child – Part Two

A trip to the zoo has never been more fun with these whimsical animals from The Whole Country Caboodle. The pattern includes the pre-cut, pre-fused fabrics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children of ALL ages will smile! Make one block and add borders for a quilt. Center another design on the side of a diaper bag. Frame one above the changing table. Make a pillow for the rocker out of another. The nursery is done! These are not due to arrive until September but you have nine months to plan for a baby  so I wanted you to know these will be available before the due date!

Check out Whole Country Caboodle to see other possibilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explore your Inner Child – Part One

It doesn’t matter if you are 6 months or sixty – these critters designed by Vanilla House Designs are sure to make you smile!

Can’t you picture them on the wall of a nursery or child’s bedroom? The focal point of a sunroom?  The backdrop of a playroom? Stretch them over a canvas and they become a work of art – no binding required. These gems are due to arrive this month so order them now.

Birthstone Quilts

These gorgeous blocks designed by MJ Kinman showcase the jewels that are the birthstones for each month. Each 17″ block is created with a freezer paper technique which insures success. It is just as easy as paper-piecing without the annoying step of removing the foundation! Check these out:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So different – and oh so beautiful! Wouldn’t these be gorgeous wall art featuring all of the birthstones for the loved ones in your life? The patterns are due to arrive next month.

All of them were made with my favorite line of solids: Painter’s Palette Solid Collection

These solids have a great feel – oh so soft – and available in a wide variety of colors. All of those colors is what makes these jewels come to life!

Want to get all of the patterns? Order a Shop Kit:

Shop Hops and Shows – Part Two

We can’t keep these Hello Pouches in stock! A bargain since the pattern has instructions for four sizes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once again, a sample is worth a thousand words – or in this case – patterns! But don’t make your customers search for what they need! Have the Soft and Stable; vinyl and zippers as a part of the display. Include fun fabrics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One half yard pack of Soft and Stable is enough to make an entire set of four pouches – and it comes prepackaged!

The vinyl comes in a roll – and should be arriving soon. Cut that into 1/3 yard cuts – after all, who wants to stand in line for something so basic?

Two of By Annie’s 30″ zippers will make a complete set so include them in the display as well.

These are also a basis for a great class. Remove the intimidation factors. Teach a machine quilting class that will be used for the bases. (This is a great way to showcase the Creative Grids Angela Walters templates). Then show how easy it is to insert zippers and sew through vinyl.

To see our Shop Hop Guide Event Ideas and Inspiration booklet, click here

Shop Hops and Shows – Part One

Time is always at a premium – especially this time of year. Why not focus on making samples that take just a few hours instead of days? After all our customers are looking for those kinds of projects as well!

This simple apron is so simple because there are no buttons, ties or straps. It is totally reversible and can be finished in an afternoon. But don’t just buy the pattern! Set up a vignette – pull fun fabrics and display them together. Add a sign – Turn just two yards of fabric into the perfect gift for everyone on your list (Don’t forget the members of your gourmet club and cookie exchange). Add a cookbook for that perfect shower gift. You can never have too many!

To see our Shop Hop Guide Event Ideas and Inspiration booklet, click here

Finally – Great Ruler Storage

Annie Unrein to the rescue! We all have been looking for a great way to store – and carry – our rulers. This ruler wrap is perfect!

In your sewing room, it is designed to hang on the back of a door in all of its 72″ glory. There is a multitude of pockets to hold the rulers AND a pocket designed to hold a cutting mat.

It can be folded up to two sizes – one if you are transporting a mat and the other for rulers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a great basis for a class! Machine quilt the foundation, learn how to insert zippers, use mesh, bind units, install hardware…okay a series of classes!

New from Wing and a Prayer design

These new patterns and fabric line from Wing and a Prayer design are stunning! And each pattern provides a teachable moment which adds the awe factor to each project.

This simple pillow provides the perfect foundation for a machine quilting class. Quilt the piece and add the snipped strips to create the counterpane.

Diamond in the Rough features folded dimensional fabric strips – a great way to add texture.

Quarry includes instructions in three sizes. Look how the design creates depth with color.

Stacked Stones features raw edge applique that are accented with a trapunto technique.

All of these designs were created with the new Quarry fabric line by Timeless Treasures. This is just a sampling of the line:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fabric and patterns are due to arrive next month!

Drunkard’s Path Blocks Made Easy

Karla Alexander, one of the designers of the Creative Grids Circle Savvy ruler, has come up with a way to cut the two units most commonly used in Drunkard’s Paths – with very little waste! Watch this Equal Exchange Tutorial:

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In the Cut Loose Press pattern, Equal Exchange, Karla uses this technique to create a beautiful table runner from a charm pack with very little waste. One charm pack – one table runner – who could ask for an easier project to kit! But this technique can be used with any size squares up to 15″.

This 16 x 40 inch table runner can be the foundation of a perfect demo – especially when they know there is a video to refresh their memory when they get home!

Have a sewing machine set up as well so they can actually sew a curve. For tips on how to do that, watch her video on sewing curves:

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Remove the intimidation factor so you can introduce them to a whole new world of quilting! The Circle Savvy tool has tons of companions – just scroll down to the bottom of the page!