Celebrate the Holidays with Creative Grids

Need demos for that holiday open house? We’ve got you covered. There are excellent Cut Loose Press™ patterns that feature Creative Grids® rulers that will have your customers making multiples for gifts as well.

Capiz Lanterns looks like a modern version of our favorite tree ornament.  It is oh so simple to make with the Oval Always tool by Karla Alexander.








Deb Heatherly creates these ornaments with the 4″ version of the Log Cabin Curvy tool.







And just look at the variety of trees….

Jean Ann created this tree by combining the 8″ log cabin trim tool with the curvy version of the same size.
















These trees were all made with a 30-degree angle.
















Karla Alexander’s Crazy Christmas Trees has been in the top 10 patterns since its release!









This snowman table runner is a great choice for the entire winter!









Best news? Everything is in stock and ready for your holiday events!

Creative Grids Girls Program

Deb Heatherly will be offering a Take and Teach at this Market explaining her popular Grids Girl program which has two new offerings!




All About the Grids is a darling 47-inch square quilt gives you an opportunity to teach a different ruler every month – and share the additional books and patterns that support the tools!  This quilt features the Creative Grids®Cat’s Cradle; Strippy Star; Turbo 4-Patch; Ultimate Flying Geese; 6″ Log Cabin and 8″ Square on Square.
















Grid-dle Me is a 48-inch square that features the Creative Grids® Cat’s Cradle, Turbo 4-Patch, and Ultimate Flying Geese Tool featured above PLUS two sizes of the Pineapple Trim Tool and a 6″ Curvy Log Cabin. Deb has created a whole new way to use the Pineapple Tools that will have your students wanting more!














Both could be taught in a series of three or six classes or are the perfect projects for a retreat! The patterns will be arriving this month. The rulers are available now!

Courthouse Steps Inspiration

Deb Heatherly and I are not only Creative Grids® designers, we are also friends. She has designed four of our most popular tools – Cat’s Cradle; Strippy Star, Turbo Four-Patch and the Ultimate Flying Geese.

We both travel and teach – and love to demonstrate Creative Grids®. My latest Cut Loose Press™ pattern, Log Cabin Nights, was inspired by one of her quilts – Steps to the Stars.









Here is the story.  I was working on a king sized quilt and needed a final border.  I loved the way Deb combined Strippy Stars and Courthouse Steps blocks in her pattern. As a border, however, I needed a darker look that would frame the quilt and be striking when it was hanging off the side of a bed.









I completed the quilt –  and loved the border. There was a long dresser in the room that was scratched on the top. What is a quilter to do? Make a dresser scarf of course – and Log Cabin Nights was born. Look at your patterns as inspiration and see what happens!

I just noticed a white spot on the top of the buffet….back to the sewing room.








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!

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.
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:
Or teach all three tools in Ella’s Attic:
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Whether used individually or in tandem, these tools are a delight!

Stars shining on our Newest Log Cabins

We released two new sizes of the Creative Grids® Log Cabin Trim Tools a few weeks ago – and the response has been tremendous!  (Four Inch – #CGRJAWMN4 and Six Inch – #CGRJAWMN6)

We couldn’t wait to create more Cut Loose Press™ patterns with them.  The place mats include instructions to make four different versions of the traditional log cabin block ((#CLPGRG005)- log cabin; courthouse steps; half log cabin; and square in a square.  What a great class.
The log cabin pieced into a star measures 24″ square (#CLPGRG006) and includes wool flowers with bias tape stems – created with a Clover bias tape maker.  Again, what a great way to introduce your customers to wool applique and a new tool!

Deb Heatherly, designer of the Strippy Stars Tool immediately saw the potential in combining the tools.  She created this darling mini (#CLPDHE009) that uses the Strippy Stars Tool to create an amazing border to showcase the four inch log cabins.
CLPDHE009But she didn’t stop there!  She combined the six inch log cabin with different sizes of stars to create this stunning beauty.

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This gives you an opportunity to teach a series of classes – one on the log cabin four, six and eight inch trim tools; one on the strippy stars; and one that combines the tools!  Check out the website to see all of the patterns that support them!

Perfect Log Cabin Minis Every Time!

I love, love, LOVE these new Creative Grids® releases!  I love minis and could never achieve perfect log cabins in four and six inch sizes until now!  These trim tools also create Courthouse Steps and Half Log Cabin blocks – with the cutting requirements printed right on the tool!
Item #CGRJAWMN4  Retail $12.95

Item #CGRJAWMN6  Retail $17.95

I am not exaggerating!  I have made over 700 log cabin blocks in 4″and  6″ sizes – and they are just as accurate in the 4″ size with 1/2″ logs as they are in the 6″ size with 3/4″ logs!  In fact, I love them so much that I wrote a book based on the six inch size – but more about that when we have a publishing date!

Jean Ann wrote a book that is available NOW – yes it is in stock!
Item #JAWBK01  $17.99s 

This book includes patterns for projects made with the four AND the six inch log cabin tools.

There are also some charming Cut Loose Press patterns to support them as well!
Glory in the Cabin is a striking table runner that uses the six inch size.
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Or create a needle case…
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Diamond in the Logs by Debby Kratovil features the four inch version.
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Last but not least, Deb Heatherly has combined several of our top Creative Grids rulers to create this gorgeous quilt.  Why not do this as a demo of the month type quilt?  More about this later when the book is in stock!  It is at the printers now!DH1601
Item #DH1601  Retail $14.00

These rulers sell themselves!  Just have a sample sitting by the register!  Visit our website to watch the videos and see just how easy it is to be perfect!

“Round Up” these Projects in an Afternoon

The latest Creative Grids “Round Up” tool designed by Terry Atkinson is so popular that two of our favorite designers have used it in their own projects.  


Item #CGRATK1  Retail $22.45

This place mat designed by Margaret Travis is so fast and simple that you won’t make just one…or two…or four….

Berries and Leaves Place Mat


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This table runner by Deb Heatherly  is a simple version of an old fashioned Cathedral Window pattern — and so much easier!



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Or combine this tool with the Strippy Stars Tool for a spectacular effect…

Blooming Stars Runner






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Item #CGRDH2  Retail $17.95

Display these with Terry’s patterns to create a complete display.  All, can be completed in an afternoon…










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Orange Peel Table Runner

So striking – and a great way to show off some machine quilting!










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Krista’s Kitchen Hot Pads

I used this pattern as a Make It/Take It in a class last month.  Ten women went home and made 56 more for gifts!  Now that is a great pattern!










Item #ATK183  Retail $9.50

Terry’s Table Placemats

Can’t you picture these on a table with your favorite Fiestaware?  Mixing and matching is even more fun.


Item #ATK184  Retail $9.50


The colors in these baby quilts are the perfect choice for the new generations of babies!


Item #ATK185  Retail $9.50

Why not let your customers enjoy creating a project in an afternoon!

Block of the Month with Creative Grids

Deb Heatherly – the genius behind the Creative Grids Cat’s Cradle Trim Tool – has developed a Block of the Month program for that top selling notion.



Item #DH15091  Retail $32.00

Deb owns a shop so this isn’t her first rodeo!  Over the years, she has incorporated dozens of BOM programs into her schedule and you will benefit from her expertise.

Purchase a set for each student.  This may look like a booklet, but it is actually a folder with the block patterns printed on individual sheets.  Give each student the folder at the first class – then, you, as a shop owner can decide whether you want to give them the whole thing at once or the patterns each month so they don’t work ahead.

individual pages

The techniques build from month to month so you utilize the true potential of the Cat’s Cradle Trim Tool.


Item #CGRDH1  Retail $17.95

Kitting has never been easier.  The actual blocks require 1 yard of four different print fabrics and two yards of background fabric.  Deb suggests giving them a fat quarter of each fabric and a half yard of the background fabric each quarter.  They can buy the setting triangles, backgrounds, and backing along the way so the quilt is more affordable for your customers AND you have guaranteed sales each month.

Since kitting is so easy, you can offer it in multiple colorways.  Your customers can choose the setting they prefer in the very beginning:

cover BOM (1)

solid BOM

30s bom  300 dpi


But this just gets better and better!  We are big Kim Diehl fans and love her new fabric line – Sunday’s Best.



The fabric isn’t available until December but look at the mock-ups she made for us!

Catapult , Kim Diehl, multi coloring, light setting pieces

Catapult, Kim Diehl, multi coloring, dark setting pieces

Catapult, Kim Diehl, multi coloring, modified dark setting

Catapult, Kim Diehl, Final Red (1)


They are all striking. It’s hard to choose a favorite, isn’t it!

Deb is working on a shop owner’s guide.  Contact her for details.  Or visit the Creative Grids demo area in the Checker booth and talk to Deb personally.

These Templates truly ARE the Cat’s Meow

We are on a roll!!!  The latest releases from Creative Grids are literally flying off the shelves so I can’t wait to share the last Spring Market release!

Deb Heatherly has designed the Cat’s Cradle Template.  Click on the item number below to take you to the Checker website where you can watch a video showing you just how easy it is!


Item #CGRDH1  Retail $17.95

I love tools that make it possible for me to look good without the work – and that is exactly what this tool does!  Make two Cat’s Cradle blocks at one time with sets of squares and rectangles.  That’s right – the designer, Deb Heatherly makes it so easy, your never have to cut a triangle!

These Cat’s Cradle units replace the half square triangles in this shoofly table runner.  Once you recognize the block, you will see if everywhere!  Your customers will love learning how to use the tool by completing this Cut Loose Press pattern.


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Or center them on a flap of a notebook designed to hold your Cut Loose Press patterns.


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Combine units to make star points in a pillow or table topper…


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Once you start making them, you will not be able to stop!  I am telling you, these blocks are addictive!  Luckily this tool has plenty of support!  Deb also wrote a book with several designs.  Use this unit anywhere you would use a half-square triangle; star points; or in log cabin settings.  The possibilities truly are endless!


Item #DH1501  Retail $18.00




This woman KNOWS this technique – inside and out.  And you will too. The cutting instructions are right on the ruler!  Check out these patterns!

Blackberry Cobbler provides a perfect backdrop for embroidery – by machine or by hand…


Item #DH1404  Retail $8.00

Kitty Cornered shows how any log cabin setting is striking in this block as well – the scrappier the better.


Item #DH1551  Retail $8.00

Summer Breeze combines individual blocks into an eye popping table runner.


Item #DH1552  Retail $8.00

This template will be the star of your next demo day!