A Classic Revisited

The Creative Grids Double Strip 90 ruler was the most requested ruler at Road to California.

Two ninety degree angles are attached to the top of a 2-1/2″ ruler. The negative space between the two rulers is the same size as the triangles so you effectively cut three triangles every time you move the ruler. Sew two 2-1/2″ strips or two 1-1/2″ and a 2-1/2″ strip together to create a strip set that measures 4 1/2″. Place the ruler over the strip set, lining up the bottom and nubbed top with the top and bottom of the strip set. It is that easy to cut three triangles!

Kathy Brown brought this ruler to life with her book Strip Smart Quilts II.

V and Company also used it to make this darling quilt:

There are also some creative Cut Loose Press patterns that support it:

This ruler makes for a fun class. Have everyone sew together strip sets and play with the placement to see all of the possibilities. The ruler sold out quickly but should be back in stock very soon so order what you need now!

Prepping for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday

This blog has two different audiences – and today I am speaking to both!  Quilters – use this holiday season to support your local quilt shop.  Quilt shops who don’t sell machines are historically not as busy this time of year because most of you have already made your gifts and are busy cooking, cleaning, decorating – you get the picture!

How can we make this a win/win for everyone?  As a shop owner, take a minute to look at your shop through your customers’ eyes.  Set up vignettes that will interest everyone!

For those of us who have friends who want to learn to quilt, why not buy them a kit? For instance, the new Stripology Squared #GE-512, ruler by Creative Grids® #CGRGE2 is a perfect companion to the book.  Add a bundle of 10″ squares to complete the package.

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Go through all of the books and patterns in your store and “kit” everything that is based on fat quarters and other pre-cuts.  If they require a specific tool or ruler, include that in the display.  And, if you have a sample of it, all the better.  Bringing that sample to the forefront may have everyone looking at it with fresh eyes!

One of my favorite families who quilt buy each other a “kit” each year.  They pick out a project that they know the other will love.  Everyone has a year to finish them – and bring the finished project to the get together the following year.  Past “kits” have included a baby quilt for the sister that was going to be a first time grandmother; a collection of musical fabrics for the piano teacher – you get the idea.  And what a great tradition!  As newbies marry into the family, they are asked to join the group  – and taught how to quilt!  Talk about paying it forward!

And for that beginner?  Have a display of rotary cutters, mats, and rulers as well.  Be sure to include lots of gift certificates so they can buy a beginning class to go to with their new tools.  Be sure to include some beginning patterns such as Yellow Brick Road and kits to go with them.

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Have written copies of your class schedule that starts in January so they can give that as part of the gift!

Now, lets move onto stocking stuffers!  Go through all of your notions, buttons, and embellishments and make a display that is eye appealing!

Last but not least, tell your customers that you are ready for them!  Facebook is your friend!  My best idea?  Ask your customers to come in and fill out a wishlist.  Have them give you their spouses email.  Then, send their significant other an email with the items on the wishlist and prices.  Offer to get everything together and wrap it for them.  Be their one stop shop!!!  And don’t forget to ask them if they want to add a gift certificate to the order.  Believe me – they will be so thrilled they will actually be buying something that their partner wants, that they will be thanking you – and want to repeat this for other holidays!

Ready, set, go!  Wishing you all a great weekend!

Cut Loose Press and Creative Grids are the Perfect Demo -Part 2

Now is a great time to introduce everyone to the Stripology rulers. There are now two versions – Stripology #CGRGE1 and Stripology Squared #CGRGE2.   Both feature the exclusive grip that holds the fabric in place while cutting – which eliminates slipping and mis-cuts and special markings for the most popular cuts.  Follow the squares to cut 2 1/2 inch strips and the stars to cut 1 1/2 inch strips – no math required!

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The original Stripology is larger and perfect for cutting fat quarters or fabric folded right from the bolt.  It features a marked 10 inch square – perfect for sub-cutting layer cakes.  Stripology Squared has all of the features you love in the original Stripology ruler, and it makes ‘squaring up’ a breeze! The smaller size is easier to manipulate and is more portable so it is the perfect choice when traveling to classes and retreats.

Stripology Squared includes markings to square up half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles, and blocks up to 12 inch. And, since the slots are longer to accommodate larger blocks, it is the perfect choice for cutting wider fabrics.

Both rulers are a great choice for quilters who are experiencing weakening in their hands due to carpal tunnel issues, arthritis, etc.  The weight of the ruler itself is enough to hold it in place – no additional pressure is required!

The perfect demo?  The Cut Loose Press™ pattern – Wingman #CLPGER008.  It uses six different 1/3 yard cuts plus a background so it is easy to kit – and even easier to demo since the whole quilt is made from strip sets – cut to size with the Stripology Squared tool.  One of the advantages of the tool?  It absorbs the seams so there is no teetering like you experience with traditional rulers so the strips are the perfect width every time.

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This pattern is a simpler version of one that appears in Stripology Squared #GE-512 and is featured on the back cover – a companion book to both rulers.

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Once you demonstrate Wingman – and see how easy Gudrun’s techniques are, everyone will want the book!  Check out www.checkerdist.com to see all of Gudrun’s designs marketed under GE Designs.  Since almost everything features strips, they are great companions for the ruler!

Cut Loose Press and Creative Grids are the Perfect Demo -Part 1

As I travel and teach, and expose quilters to the quality and advantages of Creative Grids®, I hear over and over again that they want to replace ALL of their rulers.  But many quilters did not start out in a quilt shop and do not know the difference.  And, many are not aware of ALL of the features of these rulers – and use them to their full advantage.  Shop owners, use them as great demo opportunities that will have quilter’s jaws dropping and give you the opportunity to point out the great features of Creative Grids®.

The top seller of all time?  The 6 1/2 inch by 24 1/2 inch rectangle. #CGR24

CGR24And why does everyone want this brand?  The grip!  The ruler slides easily over the fabric until pressure is applied. Then, the exclusive gripper holds the fabric in place while cutting – no slipping and miss-cuts!  Don’t overlook our other great features:

All of the rectangle rulers feature easy-to-read black and white markings printed in 1 inch grids marked in 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch increments.

Use the easy-to-read, black numbers (printed on white dots) and the 1/4 inch grip sides to cut whole inches. (The 1/4 inch dashed lines printed on two adjoining sides aid in trimming seam allowances.)

Use the patented Turn-A-Round™ feature — designated by the easy to read, numerical white numbers (printed on black dots) and the 1/2 inch grip sides — to add the 1/2 inch seam allowance. (I am constantly amazed that people don’t know how to use this feature to their advantage.)

Use the white 45 degree angle to trim half-square triangles in whole inch increments. Use the black 45 degree angle to trim half-square triangles in half inch increments. An additional black 45 degree line is placed so that two angles cross one-quarter inch away from the outside edge. Use these markings to square up flying geese units; squares set on point or to mark cross-hatching. The ruler also features a 30 degree/60 degree angle.

White horizontal and vertical lines are printed on the rectangle so the center of the ruler is easily distinguishable. Use these lines to fussy cut stripes and borders.

These rectangles come in nineteen different widths and lengths so there is sure to be one that is perfect for your needs!

CLPGRG008Now that you – and your customers – know all of the features of our rectangles – and know how to use them – show how easy it is to make this Cut Loose Press™ pattern – Double Four Patch #CLPGRG008.  This lap sized quilt can be made in an afternoon and is easy to kit – just pull combinations of 18 fat quarters.  The entire quilt is made from strip sets of five inch and 2 1/2 inch strips that are sub-cut to create the fourteen inch blocks.  It is a great masculine quilt but works just as well in juvenile prints.  It will become their go-to quilt so have lots of fat quarter bundles to choose from!

Now that everyone knows the advantages of the Creative Grids® rectangles, it is time to talk about our squares – which come in 15 different sizes.  The 10 1/2 inch size #CGR10 is quickly becoming a favorite since it is easy to use with pre-cuts.

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It has many of the same features as our rectangles – grip, easy to read black and white markings, the Turn-a-Round feature and a 45 degree angle that is perfect when squaring up half-square triangles.  The perfect demo?  The Cut Loose Press™ patterns Sonoma #CLPCAM001 and Diablo #CLPCAM005.  They are both made the same way.  The only difference?  Diablo includes raw edge applique squares to give it more of a Southwest look.

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Once again, this pattern is pre-cut friendly – in this case, 10 inch squares.  One package of squares and the background is all they need to get started (once again, easy to kit).  This pattern features a simple technique.  Simply make half-square triangles from a set of squares and trim to size with the ten and a half inch Creative Grids® square.  That’s right – each “medallion” is created with two matching sets of ten inch squares!  Talk about a lot of bang for your buck!

The half-square triangles are then cut into 2 1/4 inch segments to create the pattern.  In this case, I recommend the #CGR212 – a 2 1/2 inch by 12 1/2 inch rectangle.  Simply place the dashed 1/4″ inch line on the ruler on the outside edge of the half-square triangle to eliminate the math!

All three of these Cut Loose Press™ patterns are reasonably priced and great technique demonstrations.  Why not take advantage of them today?

Stripology Squared is in the Building

I am SOOOO excited to announce the arrival of the latest Stripology ruler by Gudrun Erla of GE Designs – Stripology Squared!  This version includes all of the features of the original Stripology Ruler plus features that will make squaring up blocks a breeze.
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Stripology Squared includes markings to square up half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles, and blocks in whole and half inch sizes up to 12½”.  And, since the slots are longer to accommodate larger blocks, it is the perfect choice for those of you who wanted a longer version.

An added bonus?  The weight of the ruler stabilizes the block so nothing moves – even when dealing with multiple seams.  And the smaller size is easy to manipulate – and the price point reflects the difference in size.

The Stripology Squared works perfectly when working with pre-cuts such as 10″ squares.  And in typical Gudrun fashion, she has LOTS of support for the ruler.

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All of these patterns look intricate and extremely complex – until you see how simple they are when you piece simple blocks – and sub-cut them in a multitude of ways.  Every pattern is the beginning of a great class – and a great way to demonstrate the ruler.

Gudrun has also designed a fast and easy Cut Loose Press pattern ‘Wingman’, that would be a great gift with purchase of the ruler.

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And the best part???  Everything is in stock and ready to ship!  This would be a perfect choice for a twelve days of Christmas promotion.

Deck the Halls Part Two

If you are like me, every year you get out the Christmas tree and regret that you didn’t plan ahead and make a new tree skirt.  Here are several of my favorites that can literally be made in an afternoon.  Most come in multiple sizes and can be used as table toppers as well.

Triangle Frenzy showcases wonderful Christmas stripes and is easy to piece since it uses the Creative Grids 12 1/2″ sixty degree ruler.  Happy Holidays also uses a sixty degree ruler and is fast and easy to piece.

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Be sure to display the ruler next to the patterns.  It is our best selling triangle!

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Or piece this darling Dresden version created by Erin Underwood – who also created the Creative Grids 15 degree ruler that makes piecing it a breeze. And, it is a quilt as you go technique so you CAN finish it in an afternoon!

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This is my go to when I need a quick wedding gift.  What couple won’t be thrilled to find this under their tree!  The whole tree skirt only has 48 pieces!  This one features the Creative Grids 30 degree triangle.

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Or get out your strips and piece strip sets that are then cut with the Creative Grids 120 degree ruler.  So this one is a piece of cake!

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Why not get started and give these as “Thanksgiving” gifts so they will have them when they are setting up their tree?

Turbo 4-Patch combines speed and accuracy

Deb Heatherly, designer of the Cat’s Cradle and Strippy Star, created the Turbo 4-Patch when she was teaching a class and the quilt required HUNDREDS of mini 4-Patches.  She knew her students would baulk at making these units the traditional way so a new trim tool was born!
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Create four-patch blocks in 16 different sizes ranging from ½” to 4″ finished sizes in a matter of minutes. Simply place the markings on the ruler directly on the seam line and trim. Since the blocks are trimmed after cutting, sewing, and pressing, any distortion caused by these steps is corrected and each four-patch will be the perfect size every time!   

This trim tool is the perfect companion for the 2-½” and 5″ pre-cuts that are on the market. We know that they aren’t always cut the exact same size so cutting from the seam line guarantees  accuracy.

Deb has created several patterns that showcase this tool.  These three Cut Loose Press™ patterns are great class options.
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This tool can also be combined with Deb’s other Trim Tools such as the Strippy Star.CLPDHE012  CGRDH2
She has also created several full sized patterns that are striking.  My Radiant Star combines four-patches and half-square triangles to maximum effect.DH16909
Or make this darling basket quilt called Addison:
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Or teach all three tools in Ella’s Attic:
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Whether used individually or in tandem, these tools are a delight!

Three Books in the Top 100 – Congrats!

Drumroll please!!!  Stripology; Stripology 2; AND Stripology Squared are ALL in the Checker top 100 books today!  That is simply unheard of – and a testimony to the success of the Stripology ruler.  Gudrun Erla is a super star!

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This ruler has literally paid the rent for many quilt shops – and Gudrun is a great promoter.  Check out these YouTube videos for some of the projects in Stripology Squared!  Share them with your customers and you won’t be able to keep them in stock.

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Take a video book tour with Gudrun.  Then watch the videos to show how easy it is to make these quilts:  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-5tWlwQfiY

These videos are AMAZING!!!
Prisms  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3IzPNLhy-g
Matrix  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=jinGy-dC__w

These videos are the best promotion I have ever seen for a book! These techniques will wet their appetites for her first two books if they haven’t seen them already.

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You could literally do a class a month based on these quilts and never run out of new ways to use the ruler!

The Pineapple Mini has arrived!

Minis are all the rage – and they have never been easier!  The Creative Grids® Pineapple Trim Tool Mini makes pineapples in 4, 5, and 6 inch sizes.

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This one inch center with half inch pineapple strips is the perfect companion to the popular four and six inch log cabin trim tools that were the hit of market.

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This Cut Loose Press™ pattern – South Beach Pineapple Treats is the perfect choice for a traditional pineapple setting with  that extra spice added with perfect fabric choices.  It creates the illusion of circles.

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Swirly Pearly Buttons looks similar to a Snail’s Trail with a lot less work – and once again, it is color placement!  This one reminds me of those all day suckers I used to beg for at the fair!

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Petite Pineapple Garden features the more traditional black fabric that sets off these happy colors to a tea!

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Or, you may want to choose this pillow or place mat for a perfect class project that they could actually finish in an afternoon class!

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Simply stop after six rounds for a four inch size; add two more for the five inch version; or complete all ten for the six inch version.  As an added bonus, these strips are cut 1 1/4″ wide – half the width of the popular 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ ruler.  Therefore you can use that white center line to cut jelly rolls in half and start sewing a multitude of blocks in no time!

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Don’t forget the original for those who want a larger size.  It makes 6″; 8″ and 10″ sizes.

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Stripology Squared

Gudrun Erla of GE Designs has just released her third book featuring her top selling Stripology ruler – and all I can say is WOW!

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For those of you who are already fans, Stripology Squared features ten patterns that ALL use layer cakes.
In this book, Gudrun really makes this ruler sing.  Learn how to use that 10″ square imprinted on the ruler – and then take it one step further and learn how to use those angles!
With ten different patterns in multiple sizes from crib to queen/king, the hardest part will be choosing which one to make first!
Just look at some of the possibilities:

 

 

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And did I mention that it was in full color and has a special binding so it lays flat??? The Stripology ruler has become a shop staple since it’s release – and should be showcased front and center in YOUR shop!

CGRGE1Why not set up a display showing the rulers, a huge display of the pre-cuts along with the new book.  Be sure to include the previous best sellers.  And, if you would like to teach from these books, try out her Shop Planners written just for shop owners that are available for the first two books in the series.

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These books will be arriving in our warehouse any day so order them today and set up your own display!  Why not create the Trifecta by selling the tool, the book, and the fabric?