Diamonds are your Friend

Especially if you are using the Creative Grids® 60 degree Diamond ruler developed by Krista Moser. The three new releases for Spring Market will show why this ruler is a necessity. There are 20 patterns to support it – and that number just keeps growing!

Check out these beauties – one is more stunning than the next! Strike up the band – the parade is coming to town and Summer Bunting is the perfect summer choice! 2-1/2″ strips never looked so good!

Finley and Friends is the perfect quilt for that little fisherman in your life – or any Dory fans. The strip pieced fish and pieced background add texture and interest to a fun quilt.

Both of these quilts will be in stock this month. Entangled Sky is already here – again a strip friendly masterpiece that just requires two different blocks!

There are so many ways to use this ruler – which one to choose first????

Atkinson Designs

The versatility of Terry’s latest patterns says it all! She is so diverse in her talents, whether it is bags, table runners, or sampler quilts, yet as soon as I saw the pics, I knew she designed them.

Letter ZIP! is a perfect example. The name is perfect, the pic draws you in, and the letters make you think of the first or last initial of every friend. After all, we want the cutest letters! And, of course, this is the perfect class to show how to insert those Atkinson zippers the easy way – Terry’s way

Terry’s designs always add that awe factor – just that little something that makes her designs stand out! In Simple Sack, she includes tabs on the sides so the bag will fit on the metal stands at the grocery. And, they collapse for easy storage.

Desert Stars includes two possibilities. Don’t you love the way the stars float into the border???

And then there is her Sampler quilt which includes the cover quilt along with nine projects that expand on the blocks featured in the quilt. The photography is amazing, showing step by step illustrations of many of the techniques explored in the blocks.

I have even heard that this project – which would be a great Block of the Month program for shops – features Creative Grids® rulers! It just gets better and better! Everything is due to arrive in May, just in time for shop hop season!

Get Organized with Poorhouse Designs

Kristine Poor is one of my favorite designers. She knows how to use all of those specialty interfacings, etc. that tend to intimidate me. But her instructions are so well done that she eliminates the intimidation factor so truly anyone can do it!

Her Scalloped Baskets pattern is made with pre-cut Bosal. The pattern includes instructions to make three different scalloped bins using Bosal’s pre-cut Scalloped Placemats or Scalloped Squares. They are reversible, can be pieced or made from a solid piece of fabric, and can even be quilted!

What a great shower gift – filled with everything the new mother will need, of course! They are due to arrive this month so don’t forget to order the foundations as well.

Vintage Simplicity Gifts

We all remember shopping for Simplicity patterns and loved the tantalizing drawings on the patterns. Now they have taken some of the classic images and have made a line of gift items that are sure to make you smile!

These hard cover notebook retail for less than $10 and would be a great addition to a counter display.

These tins are decorative as well as useful – and are reasonably priced!

All of them are due to arrive the first week of May – just in time for a little something for Mother’s Day.

New Patterns Featuring your Favorite Creative Grids® Tools

Deb Heatherly has created several of your favorite Creative Grids® tools including the Strippy Star and is always figuring out new ways to use them. In Caribbean Stars, she creates secondary stars in the sashings! Simply stunning!

In Teal We Meet Again, the stars are created with the CGR Strippy Star with a secondary design of Shooflies. She includes a ribbon border that creates the perfect ending for this quilt.

Purrsnickity features the Creative Grids® Cat’s Cradle XL tool. What a quick and easy quilt with striking results!

Scrap Dance Stars is the perfect setting for fussy cut pieces or photographs. Once again, the Cat’s Cradle XL makes this a quick and easy quilt!

Deb makes quick work of this separated star with the Creative Grids® Folded Corner Cutter, 2-1/2 inch strips and five-inch squares.

All are due to arrive just in time for Market.

Farm Girl Vintage 2

This is one of those posts that is written totally on faith! It is not due until September 15th and I haven’t seen pics of any of the projects BUT it is Lori Holt so you know you want it!

And, of course, there is a fabric line to support it as well:

The fabric is due to ship in June, the book in September so you have plenty of time to prep kits for a Fall class!

Some New Notions

New notions are being added to the system every day – and these are a few of my must haves! Karen Kay Buckley now has perfect 7-1/2 inch scissors. These are the newest size of her straight blade scissors. They come to a sharp point, have her signature comfortable handles – great for left handed quilters as well – and come with a protective blade cover. You know everyone will want them so order them now. They are due to arrive the first of June.

I love Roxanne’s Glue and the Dab It applicators. Now they come in a larger size – almost three times as much glue as the original! These are due to arrive next week – just in time for your after Market preview.

These Magic Pins have become my favorite pins. I originally bought them for my granddaughter because they are easier to hold – and easier to see to remove from sewing projects. But, I found that for those exact same reasons, they became my favorite as well! The heat resistant grips are ridged so they really are easier to grip. Now there are three more options – all come in 50 and 100 packs. They are due to arrive the first week in June.

Silk Pins – 1-7/16 inches.

Extra Long Pins – 2-1/4 Inches

Applique Pins – 1 inch

Plum Easy Bauble and Bling Ornaments

Deborah Miller created a craze with her Folded Star technique and has modified it to create stunning ornaments. What a fun, easy method!

The pattern includes a 12 page booklet with instructions for three different styles – all using a printed interfacing foundation so placement is easy! The r:ibbon can be 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches wide, The pattern includes two interfacing templates. A six pack can be purchased separately.

What a fun family project! Everything is expected to arrive later this month!

The Story of American Cotton

Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Look no further. American Cotton – Farm to Quilt is that perfect combination of a shared passion with a great history lesson! Teresa Duryea Wong shares a fascinating story!

Full color pictures on all 180 pages has you turning each page in anticipation of the next! Learn how they grew – and present day grow – cotton. And, hear about the farmers who work the fields. Then follow the cotton as it goes to the mills. Teresa shares not only how the cloth is made – but how batting is made as well.

Last, but not least, she shares the stories of a few companies who are committed to producing quality cottons and fabrics again – all made in the USA.

This book is a true labor of love and a fascinating read!