Shop Hops and Shows – Part Three

Once again, a sample sells! These 5″ x 5″ x 10″ bags are the perfect way to use those novelty fabrics that just don’t seem to work in traditional quilts! The size is perfect for everyone – teachers, fellow quilters, friends who actually take the time to wear makeup…every day…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Display the zippers and recommended interfacings right with the pattern and fabrics. Why make them look for the basics?

When you find a pattern you like, look for other patterns by the same designer. If they are talented enough to have a best seller, there may be hidden gems yet to be discovered. In this case, check out her Sew Square bag:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How cute is this??? You could create the next craze!

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

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

The Perfect Register Display

The Gypsy Quilter has just released these attractive jars filled with reasonably priced notions just in time for shop hop season. Hosting a retreat? These are perfect little gifts to leave at their stations each morning!

These bobbin clips work with most bobbins and threads. Think of them as hairpins. They are flexible so you can squeeze them to insert through a bobbin and then the spool to keep everything together and in one place!

There is also a rubberized version, available in a 60 unit container or a 12 pack:

The bobbin clamps hold bobbin thread in place and can be stored on a key ring. For those who do applique, a multitude of colors can be stored together in a very small space! Talk about portable???

Peels serve the same purpose but are designed to fit around spools of thread.

All of these items are colorful, fun, useful AND less than a dollar so who is going to buy just one???

The Perfect Retreat Gift

Many of you are planning Fall retreats or events so when I saw these bags by Tacony, I thought of you.  They are reasonably priced and would be great “party favors” for ANY event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

They measure  15″ x 13 3/4″ x 4″ so they are big enough to carry a large project or show their love of quilting at the grocery store!  The first two are in stock now, the third is due to arrive the beginning of September.  Since you will want to order these in quantities, order them now!

Register Sales That Sell Themselves

It’s that time of year again.  Time to take a fresh look at the area around your register.  Every person that enters your shop will be standing there at some point, so why not make this a pleasant experience?

These three additions are perfect gifts – even if you are treating yourself!  This counter display of Bonnie Hunter playing cards contains 12 decks that retail for around $5.00.

The Happy Quilter Word Search includes 72 puzzles with terms that every quilter will love.  Who would have thought a puzzle book would crack the top 50 books?  Could this be the next coloring book craze???

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Every quilter needs these bandages in their first aid kit.  Each box contains 30 bandages with five different designs…more due any day….

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A Quilter’s Biggest Fan

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This one is short and sweet – and features the perfect register display this summer! The average age of a quilter? Early 50’s. The average age of the onset of hot flashes?  Early 50’s. Enough said! These little babies plug into your phone and REALLY work. Any menopausal woman will bless you. They are available for iPhones (#SMRTPHN-IPHA) and Android (#SMRTPHN-ANDA) phones and at $11.00 retail, you won’t be able to keep them on the shelves!

Personalize their favorite toys

All of our children and grandchildren have their favorite toys – and wouldn’t you love it if they were cuddling one you made for them?

These cuddle buddies by Embroidery Buddy are made so they can be personalized by hand or on your favorite embroidery machine.

There are a wide variety of Blanket Buddy choices.
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Monkey Item #61092  Retail $16.00
Bear Item #61098BL  Retail $16.00
Lamb Item #61099  Retail $16.00

The stuffed animals are made so the stuffing is enclosed in a bag and removed through a zipper while the embroidery is being done.

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Bull Dog Item #41090  Retail $27.00
Lamb Item #71090  Retail $25.00

What a great way to demo the new generation of embroidery machines!  To see all of the options, visit our website:  Embroidery Buddy

Why not demonstrate these during your next shop hop?

Gifts to Place at the Register

Most quilters love the simple pleasures in life – and nothing makes my day more than receiving a handwritten note from a friend!  These adorable note cards from It Takes Two come in four different styles.

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Item #NM01  Retail $6.50

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Item #NM02  Retail $6.50

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Item #NM03  Retail $6.50

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Item #NM04  Retail $6.50

PLEASE place your orders now so our buyers can order adequate quantities to cover Shop Hop season!  They are so popular, we are having trouble keeping them in stock!

Another Successful Row by Row

The Row by Row Experience will go into hibernation on September 8.  Quilters have until October 31 to finish a quilt – that means quilted, bound, and labeled – and bring it to a participating store that has not yet had a winning quilt.

At the end of the day on September 8th, NO patterns or kits are to be sold or given away until November 1st!  After that date, stores can do whatever they like – including mailing kits.  Contact each participating store to see what they are doing.

ALL of these patterns that support the Row by Row Experience are in the top 100!  After your customers are done collecting them, they will want to USE them so why not host a class?

Wristlets by Sealed with a Stitch

SWAS-P18

Item #SWAS-P18  Retail $12.00

SWAS-T41

Item #SWAS-T41 (In the Hoop)  Retail $15.00

Sealed with a Stitch Tote Bag

SWAS-P19

Item #SWAS-P19  Retail $12.00

Bobbin the Robin – the “mascot”

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Item #ZP30004  Retail $9.00

“License To Sew” by Carolyn Griffin

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Fabric License Tote by Cathey Laird

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Ackfeld has two special holders that highlight this program as well.

10″ Bobbin Along Holder

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Item #32152  Retail $14.82

7 1/2″ Jalopy

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Item #31082  Retail $11.98

Why not offer classes and finish this year’s record breaking experience on a high note???