Pickle Pie Online Event

Have you been wanting to host an online event but don’t know where to start?

Dealer Event Kit: Brilliant Blooms Online Embroidered Quilt Event

Pickle Pie Designs is here to help with their ‘Ready-to-Run Embroidered Quilt Event’! Whether your shop sells machines or not, you can host this event! Your students will use their own machines in the comfort of their sewing room. Pickle Pie has included everything to host a fun event – they will even guide you through the setup and running your easy-peasy online event on a proven platform that your customers already know how to use.Your customers will tune in to participate and watch the series of provided instructional videos you’ll post throughout the day. They’ll be able to post questions and get answers from your staff and other participants in real-time, have the opportunity to socialize with others in the group during this fun shared experience, and they’ll stay tuned in for exciting door prizes, all within the comfort of their sewing room.

To help you gain confidence to host your own event, YOU can experience the Brilliant Blooms Online Embroidered Quilt Event on Monday, August 24!

Checker will host a class for shop owners on Monday, August 24th. To attend, you need to order one Student Kit (Item #ESKBB1) by August 14. (There is no prep work for the class but this grace period gives us a chance to make sure everyone gets their kits in time! We will take care of the rest.) Simply email our Buyer, Nichole Schneider after ordering to gain access to the class. nichole.schneider@checkerdist.com.

Your customers will learn to stitch the Brilliant Blooms Table Runner during your Event. Just a reminder, you ONLY need ONE Student Kit to attend Checker’s Shop Owner Event on Monday, August 24th, BUT to host your own event you will need ONE Dealer Kit plus as many student kits as you have attendees.

BRILLIANT BLOOMS DEALER EVENT KIT Includes Marketing Video and Ad Graphics Custom Branded for your shop, access to complete instructional videos to post/play during the Event, Pickle Pie Designs USB Drive with full Embroidery Design Set for store samples, Cut-to-size and labeled Fabric and Batting Kit, Event Planning Guide PDF, Easy-to-follow Event Day Schedule PDF, Online Event Set-Up PDF, access to Pickle Pie’s Customer Service with any questions you have along the way, and Pickle Pie Door Prizes for the event when you schedule your Event Video Trunk Show with Lisa. Please note that separate Brilliant Blooms Customer Event Kits must be purchased for each customer who signs up for your event (Item #EDKBB).

BRILLIANT BLOOMS STUDENT EVENT KIT Includes the following all packed in a sweet Pickle Pie Pink box valued at over $200, Brilliant Blooms Embroidered Quilt Block Design Collection, a $59 value. Cut-to-size and labeled Fabric and Batting Kit, a $29 value, Pickle Pie Pink Tote, Pickle Pie Swag/Goodies, Free Bonus Embroidery Design Collections, and a Catalog. 

Don’t own a shop? Ask your local shop to host an event!

New Arrivals from Cut Loose Press™ Patterns

Peppermint Twist (#CLPSCH002) is a darling table runner by Sheila Christensen that features the Creative Grids® Half Sixty ruler. Since you cut a multitude of shapes to create the candies, it is a great choice for a class!

Peppermint Twist

Creative Grids Half Sixty Triangle Ruler

Hearts on the Half Square (#CLPPHA015) was designed by yours truly so I am a little prejudice! It is made with 80 layer cakes. My family calls this the wedding quilt because I have made so many of them for wedding gifts. The hearts are the perfect size for signatures and messages for the honored couple. At 75 x 91 inches, it is the perfect size for cuddling. It also works great as a memory quilt for any event: graduations, anniversaries, babies…

Hearts On The Half Square Quilt

Since this quilt is made with half-square triangles created from ten-inch squares, I used the 15-inch Creative Grids® Seam Guide Tool (#CGRSMN15) to mark the sewing lines. It is specifically designed to span the diagonal of a 10″ square!

Creative Grids 15in Seam Guide Tool

Putting the top together is a breeze when all of the half-square triangles are trimmed to the exact same size!

Creative Grids Half-Square 4-in-1 Triangle Quilt Ruler

Charmed Hearts (#CLPPHA014) is made with 80 charm squares pieced into offset four-patches. Or, if you make Hearts on the Half-Square – and carefully trim the excess fabric out behind the hearts, you get a twofer!

Charmed Hearts

Since this is made with five inch squares, the 2 1/2″ width of the I love my Quilting Friends ruler (#CGRQF26 )works great to cut the four-patches.

Creative Grids I Love My Quilt Friends Mini Quilt Ruler 2-1/2in x 6in

If you like to do handwork, the hearts for both quilts can be appliqued. The Gypsy Quilter Freezer Paper (#TGQFP811H) is recommended. It comes in 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets so you can trace one page of hearts and run it through a home printer to save tracing time.

But, if you prefer machine embroidery, use Print-N-Fuse (#PNF25). It is also available in 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets so the hearts can be copied on a home printer. Follow the package instructions to fuse the stabilizer on the back and fuse in place.

Deb Heatherly designed this Hexagon Pillow (#CLPDHE039 )to showcase a favorite print or photo transfer. What a cute, easy project – and a great gift.

Hexagon Frame Pillow

A friend of Deb’s made this Hogwarts version – I have some grandchildren who would love this version!

Hexagon Frame Pillow

Since Cut Loose Press™ patterns are printed on demand, they are always in stock!

15 Projects with Pre-Cuts

Grab your favorite precut fabrics and whip up 15 easy projects from some of your favorite designers. Helpful photos, clear instructions, detailed step-by-step illustrations, and clever tips sprinkled throughout team up in a winning assortment of table toppers, wall hangings, and lap-sized quilts. And just like your favorite baking recipes, you’re sure to revisit and make these projects for years to come.

Best of Moda Bake Shop

Just look at some of these darling designs:

This book is due to arrive any day so place your order now!

The Perfect Retreat Bag

ToteOlogy from The Gypsy Quilter is the smart and safe way to carry your favorite rulers and notions! The multiple pockets are designed to hold a wide variety of tools. And, since the pockets are clear, you can find exactly what you need instantly! The inner pocket is large enough to hold an 18 x 24-inch cutting mat as well as other personal items.

ToteOlogy Purple Dot

Look how easy it is to keep everything in its place!

ToteOlogy Purple Dot

The other side is the perfect size to hold a cutting mat AND the Creative Grids® Stripology ruler.

ToteOlogy Purple Dot

The bag will be available next month and comes in purple dot, turquoise, red and black.

ToteOlogy Teal
ToteOlogy Red
ToteOlogy Black

Why not display them with the Creative Grids® Stripology series of rulers and mats?

Creative Grids Stripology XL Ruler
Creative Grids Stripology Squared Quilt Ruler
Creative Grids Stripology Mini Quilt Ruler
Creative Grids Cutting Mat 18in x 24in

We are gearing up for the holiday season. Wouldn’t this be a great 12 days of Christmas buy?

Simply Stitched – Stunning Projects

I was lucky enough to see an advance PDF of this book – and I am so glad I did! It is exquisite in every way! The photography, the instructions and the details make every project in this book a work of art!

Simply Stitched with Embroidery

From Zakka Workshop: Introducing beloved Japanese embroidery artist Yumiko Higuchi’s newest collection of motifs, showcased on a variety of purses, wallets, and bags. Inside, you’ll find an assortment of the simple, folk-inspired floral and animal designs stitched in Yumiko’s signature style, as well as nine lovely bag patterns inspired by the motifs. Beautiful step-by-step photos clearly explain Yumiko Higuchi’s favorite techniques for sewing bags, installing metal purse clasps, and making pompom and tassel embellishments. A helpful embroidery stitch guide outlines the eight basic stitches used to create the designs in this book. Full-size templates are included for all 20 embroidery motifs and nine bag patterns. Use these lovely embroidery motifs to make stunning, one-of-a-kind bags, or be inspired to design your own unique projects.

Just look what awaits you inside….

Simply Stitched with Embroidery

It is one thing to see this design, and a whole new experience when you see the stunning results when it is showcased in a purse!

Simply Stitched with Embroidery

Look how the dark background makes the design pop!

Simply Stitched with Embroidery

Simply Stitched with Embroidery

Yumiko recommends linen for all of her foundations. We have a wide variety of colors: essex linen. She recommends washing it before beginning your project.

And, all of the purse clasps are listed as companions to the book so you will be able to get everything you need to start making heirloom projects next month when the book arrives!

Creative Grids® Sales Tools

We just released the Creative Grids® Kitty Cornered Tool by Deb Heatherly and they have been flying off the shelves. Many of you are doing online demos so I thought I would share some marketing material available to make it easier for you!

Creative Grids Kitty Cornered Ruler

Visit the Creative Grids website www.creativegridsusa.com to see information on all of our products and encourage your customers to do the same. When you choose a product, all of the patterns that support that tool are shown at the bottom of the page. You can also watch the video demonstrating how to use the tool and download a set of instructions. Yes, the instructions come with the tool, but if you accidentally threw them away, we’ve got you covered!

You can also download an interactive Wishlist that shows all of our rulers so you can keep track of your personal inventory. This list is updated every time we release a new item!

If you are a shop wanting to demonstrate this ruler, we have done a lot of the legwork for you! Click the LogIn button in the top right corner of the Creative Grids USA homepage. Use your Checker Distributors account number and password to log in.

Go to the Storyboard link to download a Block Set of this tool. The block set includes all 11 sizes of this block in actual size! The marketing department literally takes our test blocks and scans them into the computer. You no longer have to sew samples of every size to see the diversity of the tool! Send the file to your favorite print shop and have them print them on card stock. What a silent salesman!

We also have prepared a Storyboard for you. This includes step-by-step instructions on how to use the tool – blown up so it is easy to view. Basically, these boards are the highlights of the instructions that are included with the tool – but in poster size!

Under the Free Graphics tab, you can use the banner created for the tool to advertise that you have it in stock.

While you are visiting the Toolbox, check out all of the other free resources provided for you! Just make sure you have enough product available when the orders fly in!

Halloween at Crabapple Hill

Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Studios has designed six new patterns that will be shipping next month. Meg does such an incredible job of describing her patterns that I am going to bow to her:

Let me introduce you to the owner of Bitterbottom Herbs, a very well known and respected nursery in Lower Sneegleshire. She spends long hours in the garden and preserving rooms always accompanied by her faithful and loving cat Mr. Teedles. They take long breaks together in the garden, basking in the same sunshine that makes her glorious herbs grow. The pattern is for hand embroidery with colored pencil tinting, and simple piecing, and her Scherenschnitte style border is easy to stitch.

Madawnga Bitterbottom

Let me introduce you to our prize winning Jack o’ Lantern Pumpkin grower! You can always find her in Spellcaster’s Garden carefully tending her special plants. They always produce absolutely the BEST shapes and sizes for Jack o’ Lanterns! Every step of her day she is accompanied by her faithful sidekick, ICK. Yes, his name is ICK. But he IS a big, black garden spider after all! The pattern is for hand embroidery with colored pencil tinting, and simple piecing, and her Scherenschnitte style border is easy to stitch.

Zurbinda Bitterbottom

High on a hill in the center of Spellcaster’s Garden, is the Stitching Tree. Witches come from far and near to sit under the tree and embroidery together. It’s said that it has magical powers that greatly improve things like Bullion stitches… but the truth is, it’s just fun to sit in its shade together and visit while we stitch! This pattern was designed to match the tree print in the Spellcaster’s Garden fabric line, and it mimics Scherenschnitte. The pattern is for hand embroidery with colored pencil tinting, and simple piecing.

The Stitching Tree

Your spell book, scrolls, magic needles and pins… All perched on your favorite broom! Ready for your favorite stitching “spell”? The pattern is for hand embroidery with colored pencil tinting, and simple piecing.

Sewing Spells

Vintage style Halloween Cats center the wonky pieced star blocks on this quick and easy quilt. They’re just SO MUCH fun! The pattern is for hand embroidery with colored pencil tinting.

Spellcatster Stars


A fun Halloween row quilt for only the most MODERN witches! Herbs, Jack o’Lantern Vines, and Herb Plant Markers are planted on some of the rows, while appliqued borders could easily be done traditionally, or by machine. The piecing is easy, easy, easy! Because of the simple row piecing, it would be really easy to make this quilt larger or smaller! The pattern is for hand embroidery with colored pencil tinting, some simple applique, and easy piecing.

Spellcaster Garden Rows

Whether you choose to frame them or incorporate them into a quilt, her Halloween designs are always the highlight of the show!

Amazing Quilts by Grace

The detail in her quilts is simply stunning! In Ribbit, for instance, she uses Hoffman batiks to “color” every nuance of the scene. The fully-illustrated instructions explain exactly how to create your own masterpiece.

Ribbit

In this case, a picture is worth a thousand words – and here are some pics of her most popular designs.

Whoo
Ruby Poinsettia
Midnight Frolic
With This Fish
Forever Friends

Swimming With The Fishes

To see all of her patterns,visit our website: Amazing Quilts by Grace. What a great series of classes!

Quiltmania Magazine

If you haven’t experienced Quiltmania yet, you should. It is just that – an experience! This magazine was started over 20 years ago in France and is published in English as well so we can savor every single word!

Quiltmania Magazine 138 Jul/Aug 2020

The English version includes pattern instructions in inches and 1/4″ seams so there is no conversion required. Not only are the projects stunning, the photography is so good you feel like you are visiting the quilts in their own locale.

Quiltmania Magazine 139 Sept/Oct 2020

The magazine is published six times a year and can be ordered in advance. Why not order some copies and start subscriptions for your customers today? This is an opportunity for your customers to view quilts that are a little quirky and fun. Who doesn’t love to see a new set of eyes step out of the box with traditional blocks?

Quiltmania Magazine 140 Nov/Dec 2020

For those customers who love Modern Quilts, Quiltmania publishes a quarterly magazine with them in mind – same beautiful photography and eye for detail with a modern twist.

Quarterly Simply Modern Magazine 21

Simply Vintage is also available quarterly and focuses more on smaller projects and handwork. Wool and embroidery take center stage – as well as wonderful home dec ideas.

Quarterly Simply Vintage Magazine 36

Why not order an assortment of all three and let your customers choose their favorites?

New by Doug Leko

What a great layout for a block panel! Doug of Antler Quilt Designs used his Simple Folded Corners tool to create the secondary design in Winter White.

Winter White


Splendor includes options for three different sizes – a great use of scraps and 2.5″ Strips!

Splendor


Noel showcases a feature fabric beautifully. The pattern includes four sizes from runner to queen.

Noel


This fun table runner is layer cake friendly and a great way to use up scraps!

Which Direction

This pattern provides THREE different quilt designs, and each design has THREE different sizes (Runner, Throw and Queen).

Reminiscence


Fractured is a stunning quilt that has three size options.

Fractured

This fun and fractured block quilt is fat quarter friendly and goes together quickly since the pieces are so large – and showcase your favorite fabrics.

Crown & Anchor

Showcase a block panel with stunning results!

Country Charm

Airfow is a fat quarter friendly quilt that showcases flying geese units in a unique and charming block.

Airflow

Lake Views is a 2 1/2″ strip and 5″ charm friendly throw panel.

Lake Views

All of these patterns are due to arrive the middle of August so start picking out your fabrics now!