Think Gifts

We are all in this together and are probably experiencing the same issues. The only full load of laundry I have run since this started was a load of jammies! And the facial recognition on my phone didn’t recognize me this morning. Times are tough so what is a gal to do?

Crisscross Apron

I’m reverting back to my grandmother’s time and making aprons for my friends. Let’s face it – we are spending a lot more time in the kitchen and with everyone home, cleaning has become a daily chore so the pockets are great. An added bonus? No one can tell if you are wearing a bra!

It takes just two yards of fabric – one for each side – and it is fully reversible.

Or, make this apron from Terry Atkinson. It comes in three sizes – from toddler to adult. Haven’t you always wanted to make matching aprons for that Christmas cookie party? Well now is the time! This one has big pockets as well – perfect for picking up all of the stuff that is laying around!

Mom & Me Aprons

Want a little something to add to it to make them smile?

Myrtle The Turtle

This new pattern by Susie C. Shore Designs is due to arrive April 20th.

This new table runner pattern is due to arrive at the end of April – and I love that it is fast, easy but looks dramatic when featuring one of your favorite fabrics. You know the ones – the fabrics you can’t stand to cut into little pieces!

BQ Double Time

This new design by Maple Island Quilts is stunning! These are all easy to kit and would easily fit in a large envelope for shipping so why not offer them to your customers today?

Gathered Hearts

Many of you have had to close your stores during the quarantine and are looking for ways to connect with your customers. Kitting these Gathered Hearts patterns and mailing them as a block of the month might be just what you need!

Gathered Hearts Thru the Year April
Gathered Hearts Thru the Year May
Gathered Hearts Thru the Year June
Gathered Hearts thru the Year July

Let’s face it! Most of your customers are home and would love some handwork while binge watching something on T.V. Receiving a kit in the mail will bring a smile – and much needed sales to your shop! New patterns and images are being added so you can see ALL of the patterns in the Gathered Hearts series. Some are in stock, some are due to arrive in April. Check our website for availability.

Gathered Hearts Thru the Year September

Commemorate Our Times

Java House Quilts has just the pattern for you!

We're On A Bigger Roll

We’re on a Roll is sure to make everyone smile! This pattern is due to arrive April 8 barring any unforeseen circumstances! My choice? I, like all of you, am finishing up a lot of unfinished projects. Just one of these blocks would make a great label for the back of every quilt I finish during the quarantine! Just write on the paper the details. I’m not the only one that just finished a quilt started at least 14 years ago…..

Spreading Joy

Isolation these days is a fact of life. But how are we to deal with it? In my case, I thought it would be fun to revisit an ancient tradition – May Day. On the first of May, people would anonymously leave flowers or sweets on the doorsteps of friends. For my purposes, I am leaving A Tisket A Tasket – 2 Fat Quarter Basket!

A Tisket A Tasket 2 Fat Quarter Basket

All quilters have a ton of fat quarters – and this cute basket is made from two. One for the ties and one for the body and lining. These are fast, easy projects. You can make a dozen of them in an afternoon!

I am going to make two per person – one to fill and leave for a friend or family member. And one to tuck inside for them to fill and share – my version of pay it forward. My grandchildren are great bakers so they can fill them with sweets.

Why not add a personal letter as well? With social distancing, what a great way to bring a smile to neighbors and friends!

New! Creative Grids® Marking Tools

These marking tools come in two lengths. The nine-inch version is long enough to mark the diagonal of a 6-1/2″ square. The fifteen-inch version will extend across the diagonal of a 10″ square – which makes them the perfect companions to all of the pre-cuts on the market!

Mark through the slotted center with any mechanical pencil and sew 1/4-inch on each side of the tool. Or mark the sewing line by drawing on both outside edges. Our exclusive grip holds the tool in place while marking. The perfect tool when making half-square triangles!

These are sold to shops in packages of six. Share a picture on our Creative Grids® Facebook page showing how you display them in your store.

Quarantine Quilt Along

What does a Creative Grids® designer do when her traveling lectures and classes are cancelled? Offer a virtual quilt along of course! And the response was incredible!

Image may contain: Gudrun Erla Gisladottir

That’s right! 16,000 quilters from all over the world participated. Gudrun and “Mr. Honey” even made up a playlist to listen to while sewing. She offered live feeds throughout the day teaching and encouraging the participants. Visit her website to read all about it and sign up for her newsletter so you hear about all upcoming events!

Moments like these – in uncertain times? Priceless.

Template Plastic

I am hard pressed to make something as common as template plastic exciting – but it kind of is!

Template Plastic 14in x 20in 4ct

This template Plastic comes in packages of four 14 x 20 inch sheets. It is translucent so you can trace the template right onto the sheets and cut them out with scissors or a craft knife. Or, you can skip the tracing step altogether and use a die cut machine! The matte finish prevents skid and as an added bonus? It also reduces glare from overhead lights. This product is due in next week so order it now!

Take a Stand

These new products by Kraft Klub are sure to get your creative juices flowing! For instance, who wouldn’t love one of these banners?

Triangle Garland

This triangle garland is almost 6 foot long – and magnetic – so you can change the message any time you want! I want something for each holiday – and of course, the names of everyone in my family! What a nice birthday touch!

Or, choose circles – or both!

Circle Garland

Both have a chalkboard finish so you can change your message daily!

With this company, you have all kinds of options – trays, cake plates – you name it: Kraft Klub

Scalloped Tray Square White

The quilt blocks or wool projects can be held in place with these cute little magnets:

White Enamel Magnets 12ct

Or choose these decorative stands:

Black Round Stand
Black Heart Stand
Black Star Stand

These “frames” will be available next month! Start thinking about what creative way you can use them!

Chicken Runner

Cotton Ginnys does cute so well – and this has to be the cutest!

Chickens on the Runner

If this place mat or table runner doesn’t make you smile in the morning, nothing will! We even have some chicken wire fabric from Elizabeth Studio to go with it! But checks, stripes and polka dots would be just as charming!

White Chicken Wire

What a great combination! AND, a great choice for a make it/take it class! They could easily finish it in an afternoon! The fabric is in stock now, the pattern is due later this month so order now!

Microwave Bowl Cozy

These bowls are great gifts – and now have never been easier. The Gypsy Quilter™ has chosen 100% cotton batting that is microwave safe – and even cut it to shape. The darts are even cut out!

Bowl Cozy Pre Cut Batting 8ct

Just place pre-cut batting on the wrong side of a 10.5 inch square of cotton fabric. Using 100% cotton thread, fold and stitch darts 1/4 inch away from the batting cut edge. Trim out fabric excess. Repeat with the second square of cotton and pre-cut batting. Put right sides together and stitch around the outer edge. Leave an opening for turning. Turn and stitch the opening closed. That’s all there is to it! OR sew five 2 1/2″ strips together to equal 10 1/2″ and make two bowls from a strip set!

One package is enough to make four bowls.