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!

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:

The Latest from Saginaw Street Quilts

Karla Alexander of Saginaw Street Quilts has a quirky style that is instantly recognizable. Her newest patterns are no exception. Whether she is working in curves, angles, or straight lines – her influence shines through!

I love her own descriptions for her patterns. She has a way of removing the intimidation factor and make me believe that I can do it too!

If you’re feeling a little rebellious and on the run from the Quilt Police, this is the perfect quilt for you! You can break a few rules and make up some new ones along the way with this “go to method” for making blocks that you’ll use again and again. Create blocks that weave over and under one another in ribbons of different colors and explore different ways to manipulate your block. Follow the pattern instructions step by step or change it up along the way – it’s your call.

Inversion is based on a variety of light and dark 10 inch squares. I used white and gray prints for my light and a mix of green, turquoise and dark gray for my dark. Fabric requirements are listed for yardage as well as “By the Square” (IF you have a stash).

The twirling swirling blocks for this quilt are made from a mix of two contrasting prints. I used a light background with orange arcs, however a dark background with light arcs would also work. The arcs are long and gentle which makes them very easy to sew. You could also work from your stash (if you have one) and make each block a different color.

This quilt was created with Karla’s Oval Always ruler by Creative Grids.

If this name – and style – sound familiar, this is the same gal that brought us the Crazy Christmas Tree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karla has a way of removing the intimidation factor so order these patterns today!

Take Your Bags to the Next Level

Janelle MacKay of Emmaline Bags provides the most amazing bling to take your purses, totes, and wallets to the next level.

Her latest additions will arrive soon. They are available in a variety of finishes so check our website for ALL of the choices. But, these examples will give you an idea f the possibilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of her bling is reasonably priced and can turn a “homemade” into a “handmade” with class!

New Non-Stick Sewing Needles

I love this idea – and can’t wait to try them! Schmetz will be releasing these needles this month. They have several features that you will love. The non-stick finish means that the needles won’t “gum up” when sewing through fusibles, Velcro, and other materials with adhesives.

But my favorite part? The eye is equal to a needle that is two sizes larger. For instance, the 70/10 eye is equivalent to a 90/14 eye. That means I can actually thread the needle and use a variety of embroidery threads – no problem! The point of the needle is designed to easily penetrate all fabrics including denim and eliminate skipped stitches.

They are availalbe in four sizes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Order them now!

The Latest from Laura Heine

Laura’s collages are always popular and the next two – due to arrive the first week in March – are sure to tug at your heartstrings! Caleb is dressed to seat a queen. While Seawell is ready for a swim.

Special Delivery has already arrived and would be the perfect centerpiece for a baby shower! And this angel – in real life – is simply stunning. I had an opportunity to see it at Road to California.

Why not add them to your class schedule today?

Notions at Your Fingertips

Organize your nest – your sewing nest that is – with this new product from Pudgie Parrot. This catchall designed by Joan Ford is only four and a half inches square but is capable of containing a lot of your clutter in such a small space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The stand-up peg area is positioned on the diagonal of the square so it is capable of holding any size rulers, patterns, envelopes etc. The scoop is the perfect place to keep your rotary cutter, glasses, cell phone or larger objects. The spaces in the front are designed to hold scissors, pencils, marking tools, flash drives, etc.

They come in four different colors: flamingo, peacock, hummingbird, and martin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who can stop at just one? After all, clutter is everywhere – desk, cutting table, sewing machine, armchair, bedside table…

Jo Morton’s Style – all in one place

This is the third in a series of miniature quilts that were previously only available to club members. What does that mean for you? You get all of the patterns in one place – and know that they have been thoroughly tested and approved  by quilters all over the world!

Jo Morton is a legend in our industry and her books reflect that. I didn’t reduce the size of any of these pics because the photography is what draws me to her designs. I don’t just want the quilts – I want the furniture, the knickknacks, the log cabin…..

The book – which is due to arrive next month – includes sixteen mini projects. It is already in the top 50 books so order now so you won’t have to wait!

Free Form Rotary Cutting

This little rotary cutter replaces my scissors for a lot of techniques! It is only 14 mm which makes it the smallest rotary cutter yet. But it has been redesigned so it can be used with traditional acrylic rulers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This cutter is ideal for cutting fabric and paper. (I use it to trim fabric 1/4″ away from my templates AND to cut out the freezer paper templates). The cutter has a Kushgrip comfort coated handle for easy cutting control. It is like drawing with a pen – you have total control. It comes with a protective cover for safe storage. Replacement blades are available (2060EUS).

Watch the product video here: www.checkerdist.com/products/2059EUS

These are due to arrive any day so place your orders now!

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???