When we have those January blahs and the sun never seems to shine, this would be the perfect project to bring a little “happy” into our lives!
I was lucky enough to audit the first class for this quilt and the ladies loved it. Every fruit teaches a new technique so it is the perfect class.
In Krista’s words: Fresh Fruit is a fun sampler quilt with each block teaching a new way to use the Large Creative Grids®, 60-degree diamond ruler. There are six different fruit blocks: lemons, limes, oranges, strawberries, watermelons, and grapes. This quilt is so fun to put together and a great way to build skills in piecing each block’s combination of shapes. The Fresh Fruit pattern comes with two layouts: a lap quilt size that includes the striped background blocks and a wall-hanging size made up of the fruit blocks only. This pattern is fully-illustrated, with step-by-step directions, for easy assembly with no Y seams! Lap: 53″ x 56″, Wall Hanging 36″ X 35 1/2″.
This pattern is due to arrive any day and features the Creative Grids® 60 Degree Diamond Ruler.
Deb Heatherly is releasing three new patterns that will all be in stock by the middle of May. Captivate is a stunning quilt that combines blocks created with her Creative Grids Kitty Cornered Tool and the 10″ Log Cabin Trim tool Duo. This stunning quilt measures 53-1/2 inches square.
Creative Grids 10 Inch Log Cabin Trim Tool Duo:
Creative Grids Kitty Cornered Tool:
Imagine includes yardage requirements for 3 sizes: 63 x 63 inches, 63ix 80 inches and 90 inch square. It uses her Creative Grids Kitty Cornered Tool and the Strippy Stars Tool.
Creative Grids Strippy Star Tool:
Prosperity features the Kitty Cornered Tool and includes instructions for three different sizes.
All you need is ONE jelly roll along with background and accent fabric to create this stunning oversized throw. The pattern Jelly Roll Log Cabins #CLPCAM022 from Cut Loose Press™ includes cutting instructions for the logs so every inch of fabric is utilized. Since the log cabin blocks finish to 12 inches, you only need to make 16 blocks so you can finish the entire project in an afternoon.
All you need is TWO jelly rolls along with background and accent fabric to create this stunning full/queen-sized quilt. The pattern Jelly Roll Blues #CLPCAM023 from Cut Loose Press™ includes cutting instructions for the logs to best utilize the fabric. The center square is pieced from 2-1/2 inch strips as well to add to the courthouse steps effect. Since the log cabin blocks finish to 12 inches, you only need to make 42 blocks so you can finish the entire project in a weekend.
Make either quilt with the Creative Grids® Log Cabin Trim Tool Two Quilt Ruler #CGRJAW2 designed by Jean Ann Wright.
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!
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…
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!
Putting the top together is a breeze when all of the half-square triangles are trimmed to the exact same size!
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!
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.
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.
A friend of Deb’s made this Hogwarts version – I have some grandchildren who would love this version!
Since Cut Loose Press™ patterns are printed on demand, they are always in stock!
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.
Look how easy it is to keep everything in its place!
The other side is the perfect size to hold a cutting mat AND the Creative Grids® Stripology ruler.
The bag will be available next month and comes in purple dot, turquoise, red and black.
Why not display them with the Creative Grids® Stripology series of rulers and mats?
We are gearing up for the holiday season. Wouldn’t this be a great 12 days of Christmas buy?
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!
Visit the Creative Grids websitewww.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 Graphicstab, 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!
The newest Creative Grids® tool, Kitty Cornered, developed by Deb Heatherly is simply brilliant! It is one of those blocks that I always paper-pieced in the past because I just couldn’t sew those odd angles accurately. Well, not anymore!
Make eleven different sizes of the Kitty Cornered block – two at a time! Cut the odd angles with the tool, then trim them down to size after sewing. Fast, easy and accurate! Make two Kitty Cornered blocks at one time – the printed cutting chart is right on the tool! Create eleven sizes from 1 to 6 inches – and every half inch in between. The ruler comes with fully illustrated step by step instructions or watch the YouTube video to see a demonstration.
And, of course, there are sooo many companions. Daddy’s Ties is a Cut Loose Press™ pattern and is the perfect choice for a memory quilt. I am making this one with a friend who lost her husband a few years ago. We are using his ties – and oxford cloth shirts for the background squares. What an heirloom!
Combining four of the blocks – and sewing them together like a nine-patch creates this stunning quilt – Kitty Cornered Chained. Don’t you love the larger units as accents in the middle border?
Evergreen Runner is a fast, easy project combining half-square triangles and Kitty Cornered blocks.
By reversing the lights and darks in the block, a whole new design is created in Happy N Blessed.
Nostalgia combined Kitty Cornered blocks with three inch log cabins – created with the four inch log cabin trim tool.
Need a patriotic table runner this summer? Liberty Runner is just the ticket and you can finish it in an afternoon!
I love this Maple Leaf table runner that is cut from 10 – 10″ squares so it is easy to kit for classes! I cut kits for this yesterday and am using a gray background – can’t wait to start sewing!
Aptitude is a full pattern that includes instructions for a lap as well as a queen sized quilt. This pattern uses the Creative Grids® CGRDH2 Strippy Stars Tool and the CGRDH5 Kitty Cornered Tool. Fabric selection is easy! Just choose a background and two additional contrasting colors.
Catagonia also features lap and queen sizes and combines the Cat’s Cradle tool by Deb with the Kitty Cornered tool. The pattern calls for a variety of fabrics in the cat’s cradle units so pull out your scraps!
Sassafras combines the Ultimate Flying Geese tool with the Kitty Cornered Tool for maximum effect. With just three colors, it is oh so simple to choose fabrics.
Pick out 9 Fat Quarters and a background fabric, and use the Creative Grids® CGRDH5 Kitty Cornered tool to make this fun 55″ x 70″ quilt designed by Christine Van Buskirk. Don’t you love the dark background???
Flurry is a 64″ x 80″ Fat Quarter friendly quilt is stunning in blues. Using CGRFCC (6″ Folded Corner Clipper) is also featured in the instructions as an optional tool for the diamond in a square assembly.
The tool and Cut Loose Press™ patterns are in stock. The full-sized patterns are due in any day so place your orders now!
Gudrun Erla has released four new patterns this season. The hardest decision is going to be which one to make first!
Taylor is an easy pattern you can make from fat quarters or a mix of 10″ squares, 2-1/2″ and 1-1/2″ strips. It is a part of the Stripology Mixer series of patterns. Construction is very easy with the Stripology XL ruler by GE Designs. You can tailor the layout to your liking, more uniform or go very abstract. The pattern comes with 5 different size options: crib, lap, full, queen, king.
This striking pattern is so versatile and much easier to make than it looks. The pattern has 4 different layout options and endless variations. Make it with assorted 10″ squares or just 2 fabrics, using the Stripology Squared or the Stripology XL ruler by GE Designs and be successful every time. Instructions for using regular rulers are included. The pattern comes with 5 different size options: crib, lap, twin/full, queen, king.
Gudrun featured this pattern in a “quarantine sew along”. 16,000 quilters participated in this all day event so many shop owners already have their sample made! We think that must be a record!
Elvira is a fun and fast to make quilt from fat quarters. Construction is very easy with the Stripology XL ruler by GE Designs and the GEasy point trimmers. Instructions for using regular rulers are included. The pattern comes with 4 different size options: crib, lap, full, queen.
Hope was also featured in an all day sew along and over 6,000 quilters participated from all over the world. So, once again, many shops have samples completed. For this sew along, Gudrun donated over $35,000 to local charities – quilters could make a donation in lieu of purchasing the pattern for this event. Doesn’t it give you goosebumps??? What an amazing story and what an amazing event!
Hope is a fun and easy pattern you can make from fat quarters or 10″ squares and 2-1/2″ strips. Construction is very easy with the Stripology XL or the Stripology Squared ruler by GE Designs. Instructions for using regular rulers are included. The pattern comes with 4 different size options: crib, lap, full, king.
These blocks can be laid out in a multitude of ways to create dynamic quilts!
I love these stickers – and use them all of the time on my rulers and cutting mats. They now come in three “Fruity Fiesta” colors.
Everything is due to arrive June 20th so place your orders now!
I am so excited! The mats – in all sizes – are back in stock! If you did not get one in your hot little hands when they were first released, let me tell you that they are amazing! Gudrun Erla and I designed these – so I am a little prejudice – but the response has been amazing! We have both had ours for several months and can’t believe how nice they are!
The rack is still free if you order the assortment but you can order them individually as well:
The three larger sizes feature two sided printing – one side is designed specifically for the Stripology series of rulers:
In case you want to do an email blast on these, here are the highlights:
The Creative Grids® Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat is double-sided. One side features one-inch grids with eighth-inch markings over the entire surface. All numbers are printed outside of the grid area, so they are always visible. Popular 1-1/2″ cuts are highlighted with white stars; 2-1/2″ cuts with white squares. Eighth, quarter, and third-yard cuts are marked with dashed lines for easy reference. On the three larger sizes: The other side is designed to use with the Creative Grids® Stripology series of rulers. Line up the fabric and rulers on the spaced horizontal half-inch grid lines. That is all you need – no other distracting markings and lines are needed!
Matariki is the Maori name for the Pleiades constellation which appears in the middle of winter in the Southern Hemisphere. It signals the changing of the seasons to a new planting year. Like New Year in the Northern hemisphere, Matariki marks the time for reflecting on times past and looking forward to the future. Hence, the title – Hexies are Heavenly is perfect for this quilt! Matariki is a ‘Block of the Month’ by Sheila Christensen Quilts #SCQBOMCOMP.
You can bring back the rich colors of civilizations past with the Museum colorway, or look forward to the future with the Spectrum colorway, the choice is yours and the resulting quilt will look very different depending on which you choose.
All of the pieces for this quilt are cut from strips and use the Creative Grids® 60-degree Triangle 12-1/2in Quilt Ruler #CGRT12560. Everything is straight seams so it is a perfect choice for machine piecing but it can be hand pieced as well.
. Everything is straight seams so it is a perfect choice for machine piecing but it can be hand pieced as well.
This quilt is made up of 18 hexagonal blocks each measuring 12” high with setting triangles in between. It is written as a 10-month block of the month program. What a great way to introduce your students to the possibilities of a pieced hexie!