Another Use for the Clapper

I am traveling and teaching this month which is always a source of inspiration. I had to rotary cut 2,500 block kits for classes so I was cutting eight layers of fabric at a time.

Even though I started with a new blade, the 2 1/2″ strips were slipping when I was sub-cutting them. Enter the clapper for Wooly Felted Wonders!

I placed the clapper on the strips and moved it along as I sub-cut the pieces. The weight of the clapper stopped the fabrics from shifting! It worked great – and is another use for an amazing tool. I already use it to press my seams open and to set seams as I press. This is just a bonus.

It is G-Easy!

I love, love, love, this new product because it has a wealth of uses!  These stickers by Gudrun Erla of GE Designs are reusable, repositionable, and stick to rulers, mats, fabric, and sewing machines!

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Each package contains one sheet of each color – turquoise, pink and lime green.  There are 64 arrow stickers per sheet – for a total of 192 stickers for just $7.95!

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They are easily removable and don’t leave any residue. Mark the cutting lines on your mat for fast, accurate and consistent cutting.  And, if need be, write on them with a permanent marker or wet erase pens.

 

And, since this lovely lady also developed the Stripology and Stripology Squared rulers with Creative Grids®, they are the perfect companion for that tool as well.

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These are the perfect register sale!  Who can resist?

 

Easter Should be on your radar

These wooden eggs in three sizes – and two colorways by The Bee Company will be arriving next month.

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These eggs can be purchased individually or come with a pattern for a cross stitch banner.

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But my first thought?  Wouldn’t these be an adorable way to personalize Easter baskets?  Machine embroidery instead of cross stitch would be darling – and give you the opportunity to showcase features of your sewing machines!  Carry Silhouette machines?  Design your own with that machine as well!  Think outside the box and your customers will make ALL variations!  What darling decorations for an Easter tree!

Team Sport Zippers – Up your Game

These new 26-inch separating polyester zippers are the newest release from Coats & Clark.  We are in the middle of football season so the fanatics in your corner of the world will be thrilled to up their game with these latest additions.

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Mesh is Best!

When the top SEVEN products in any category are all the same thing, you know it is a hit!  The new polyester mesh that I wrote about a few weeks ago blew everyone away!  It is available by the yard, but these are the top seven prepackaged colors.
SUP209-WH  SUP209-TUR
SUP209-BLK   SUP209-LIP
SUP209-APGR   SUP209-DND
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These are not just the top seven sellers of mesh fabrics – they are the top seven sellers in the entire craft category!!!  These packages contain 18″ x 54″ cuts for just $5.99.  To see all of the products by Patterns by Annie, visit our website.

Critters are all the rage

Yes, critters are the rage in nurseries these days – and these critters by Cheri Leffler are irresistible.  Animal Parade 2 is her latest book that combines simple pieced quilts with appliques with personality!

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In this case, a picture is definitely worth a thousand words so I will stop typing now!

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All of these quilts make great wall hangings as well so you don’t need to stop at just one!  Why not add the appliques to a diaper bag, bibs, burp towels, etc.

This book is a follow up to her first book – Animal Parade.  Your customers are sure to want this one as well.  Both books should be a part of every quilter’s library.  Let the new Mom pick her favorite!

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Once again, check these out….

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All of these quilts are adorable without the appliques as well so you may want to take a picture to hang next to your sample so everyone can see it both ways.  Your customers may decide to machine embroider designs on these patterns instead!

Introduction to Sewing – The Perfect Gift!

When that customer walks through the door who wants to sew, there is a difference!  And, there is a book perfect for them as well.

School of Sewing starts from the very beginning right down to introducing the reader to a sewing machine.  This book walks the beginner through 12 projects that utilize different facets of the machine.

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Tools are introduced as well.  Why not display the book with your favorite notions.  These are top sellers:

Seam Ripper

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Fine Pins

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Item #2507CV  Retail $8.50

Chalk Liner

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Item #4712CV  Retail $9.50

Scissors

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Item #KKBPSM  Retail $27.50

Pin Cushion

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You get the idea.  Use these ideas as a stepping stone to pulling together your own favorites.  Be a scout – and be prepared!  Have a nice display ready!  Focus on those customers and new customers who aren’t interested in quilting!  Why not host a bag of the month class?  Quilters love instant gratification as well!  And, we all love to pretend we are organized so these classes will appeal to everyone!

Color Me Quilted

The coloring craze is in full swing and these newest releases from Landauer are the first to focus on quilting patterns.  In fact, Quilt Blocks & Designs showcases blocks from one of my books.  My children and grandchildren are now impressed!  Who would have thought that a coloring book would finally get their attention???

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They not only all wanted a copy, they wanted them for their friends as well.  That means that this coloring craze is a perfect way to introduce a new generation to the art of quilting.  Think about it.  They are using these books as a way to create and play with color – a natural progression to playing with fabric!

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Why not introduce your customers to the relaxation and joy of playing again.  And, in this case, it is a perfect opportunity to give a class on color.  They can color each block in a different colorway.  You will instantly be able to point out their color preferences and translate them into bolts of fabric.

Be sure to have the tools they need on hand as well….

This Gel Pen set includes 48 pens including metallics:

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These colored pencils turn into a watercolor effect if brushed with a wet brush.  They come in 12 and 24 color sizes.

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These pastels by General include 12 soft, beautiful colors….

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These PaperMate flairs include a rainbow of 14 colors?

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These 24 colored pencils come in an easel type box which makes a great presentation…

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Wouldn’t the ultimate colored pencil set be the ultimate Christmas gift?

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These are the perfect Christmas gifts.  If you ARE hosting a color class, offer gift certificates to the class on display as well.  What a great addition to the gift!

 

Get Organized with Calendars and Planners

Brighten up your space with this Cozy Cottage calendar that includes vignettes from Lori Holt’s home – decorated with quilts and colorful projects from all of her books.  The pattern for the darling Cover quilt is included in two different sizes: a 36″ wall hanging or a 16″ pillow.

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Sue Spargo’s embroidery is a true work of art – and is showcased in exquisite photograpy.  Eye candy on each and every page….

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The Piecemaker’s calendar is always a collector’s item and includes the appliques patterns for all of the butterflies shown.

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Don’t forget to include these two year pocket planners – which will keep your customers organized through 2017.

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Or enjoy a block a day with these perpetual calendars…

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These are all great gifts – and the pocket planners are great gifts for Open House events!

Oh Christmas Tree

These paper-pieced trees don’t shed needles – and can still be done in time for Christmas!  The larger version is the perfect size to hang on a door.  Personally, I am making them for my grandchildren so they can “decorate” the tree as often as they wish without driving their mother crazy!

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Did you know that there was a pattern for 3″ ornaments – the perfect size to decorate the tree?  The ornaments are paper-pieced as well.

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Or choose the smaller size which measures 17″ x 41″.

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And, yes – there is a pattern for 2″ ornaments for this tree as well!

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There is also a button pack that contains 25 red buttons to attach the ornaments.  (These are on order and should be here by the time your tree is pieced).

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These patterns and buttons would be the perfect Christmas gift for a quilter.  Just add several green fat quarters.  Buy two – one for you and one for a friend – and give them a gift of an afternoon to work on the project.  Take every opportunity to extend the holiday.