Zip It!

Terry Atkinson and Joan Hawley have made zippers the new fashion statement – and the must see at Market.  Joan figured out a way to remove the start and stop from zippers – and then add the pull AFTER it is sewn into your project!  No more trying to sew around them!  This One-Zip technique works with polyester, all-purpose zippers by Atkinson Designs, Coats & Clark, Talon, and YKK.   (It does not work with invisible, metal, sport weight, or Sullivan brand zippers.)

Fobio

LGD137

Item #LGD137  Retail $13.50

This lanyard-style key fob pattern includes the hardware to complete two wrist size versions.  Clip to a pouch for an instant wristlet! Use the One-Zip technique to cut the zipper, sew one side of the zipper in straight and flat, bend to make loop, then use Joan’s trick to easily add one or more zipper pulls.  If you would like to make a true lanyard, do what Terry does – use two 22″ zippers sewn to create a 44″ length.

Since you are basically getting two zippers for the price of one, additional zipper pulls are available.  There are at least 30 per pack of assorted colors.  Combine your favorite colors for an additional design element.

ATK520

Item #ATK520  Retail $8.99

Additional hardware is available in two different sizes.  The hardware to make four additional fobs is just $10.00 (Item #LGD711).  Or, buy the party pack which includes the hardware for 25 for $45.00.  (Item #LGD712).

To close the metal clasp with just one press, use these special pliers that have a padded clamp so it doesn’t leave an impression.

LGD713

Item #LGD713  Retail $25.00

Sweetpea Pods measures just 3″ x 6″ is just the right size to hold your treasures – the perfect gift wrap this season.  Two zips and two 10 inch squares make two pods.

LGD135

Item #LGD135  Retail $10.00

The Becca Bag is larger and the perfect bag for gals on the go.  Once again use the One-Zip technique to create this bag in a matter of minutes!

LGD136

Item #LGD136  Retail $11.00

Don’t forget to stock the glue for the fobs (Item #E6000) and the Fusible Fleece (Item #SLG106) as well.

The Atkinson Designs zippers that work beautifully for this technique are available in an assortment of six each of ten colors.  The display includes hang tags and plastic clips.

Item #ATK790Z

This is the perfect demo for your holiday event!  Fobio is a perfect make it/take it.  Who can stop at just one???

School Houses are a Must See!

School houses are scheduled the day before Market officially opens and are a great source of product information for shop owners.  These 15 minute to 30 minute sessions are opportunities for manufacturers and designers to showcase what’s new and share why you should carry it in your shop.  These sessions are a great way to choose classes and demonstrations for the next year!

We  have  a star studded cast – why not learn from the BEST???  I have spoken to all of these ladies – and been involved in the development of the topics – and they are absolutely awesome!  This is simply the best use of your time – bar none!!!

Rita Fishel
2:35 – 3:05 (Room 352F)
See the newest generation of Creative Grids Rulers
Meet the designers and the quilts that inspired the latest additions to the CGR ruler line.  Learn how to demonstrate each one and how to turn these demonstrations into sold out classes!
Rita Fishel
3:10 – 3:40 (Room 352F)
Turn those specialty rulers into maximum sales
Join the designers that make Creative Grids famous – and learn how to use their rulers as a basis for your next class!  See the latest books and patterns by these talented ladies.  Teachable moments included!
Karen Montgomery
3:45 – 4:15 (Room 352F)
“Demo Do’s and Don’ts”
Demo’s can bring dollars that have a hefty impact on your bottom line.  Learn what it takes for a successful demo and what pitfalls to avoid.
Hosted by Penny Haren and Kathy Seal
4:20 – 4:50  (Room 352F)
Class See 5 – Five Minute Demos that will increase sales and Inspire classes
Learn how to give this series of 5 minute demos in your shop – and turn those demos into classes.  Your favorite notions can now be your favorite classes!
Kathy Brown
4:55 – 5:25 (Room 362 E & F)
A New Pattern Series designed to Maximize Sales
Join Kathy Brown of The Teacher’s Pet as she shows you how to complete the sale – classes based on a pattern…including a notion,..,and made from simple pre-cut fabrics for fast and simple kitting!  Door prizes!
Penny Haren
4:55 – 5:25 (Room 352F)
Quilt shop only exclusive patterns to support the notions you love.
Cut Loose Press – developed for shops to promote and support notion sales.  Provide the complete package for demos – notions + reasonably priced patterns + shop friendly fabric cuts = increased sales.
Kathy Brown
4:55 – 5:25 (Room 362 E & F)

A New Pattern Series designed to Maximize Sales

Join Kathy Brown of The Teacher’s Pet as she shows you how to complete the sale – classes based on a pattern…including a notion,..,and made from simple pre-cut fabrics for fast and simple kitting!  Door prizes!

Joan Hawley
5:30 – 6:00 (Room 352F)
Stabilizers, Fusibles, Interfacings, Oh My…
Come learn about this Quilt Shop Only line of interfacings and take the confusion out of these products!

New Releases Launched at the Open House

Part of the excitement of the Open House is seeing the debut of many products from our favorite designers and vendors a full two months before they are shown at Quilt Market!  And this year is no exception.  Your response to these new products makes it possible for our buyers to place educated buys to meet your needs in the upcoming season.

Primrose Lane shared two new patterns featuring embroidered barns.  The detailing is absolutely gorgeous.  They look like pen and ink drawings.  Make a wall hanging for a treasured friend or a large quilt for the farmer in your life.  Simply beautiful!!!

Hole in the Barn Door
Item #MG-009  Retail $9.00

Appalachian Memories
Item #MG-010  Retail $20.00

Valdani 3 strand embroidery floss and 8 or 12 pearl cotton are luscious!   Two new collections were shown – and sold out the first day!  In fact, your response was so positive that we have several new collections on order.  Check out the website:  www.checkerdist.com/products/search?v=V075

Variegated Vintage Hues

Item #VHPC12SMPLR  Retail $63.00
Item #VHPC8SMPLR  Retail $63.00
Item #VH3STSMPLR  Retail $46.00

Variegated Twisted Tweed

Item #TTPC12SMPLR  Retail $63.00
Item #TTPC8SMPLR  Retail $63.00
Item #TT3STSMPLR  Retail $46.00

The Creative Grids Log Cabin Trim Tool is so popular that we introduced two new sizes – in one tool.  Many of you wanted a 6″ or 12″ version so we combined them!  And it was a huge success!

Item #CGRJAW2  Retail $24.95

Lanette Edens, our favorite Gypsy Quilter, shared her new Sensational Sip and Snip that will be shipping before Market.  This will be the last time you spill your drink all over your work space!  You will only tea dye your quilt when you actually want to!

Item #TGQ011  Retail $23.95

Judy Niemeyer premiered her new Creative Grids Double Wedding Ring Template series – and sold out immediately!  Don’t worry – a new shipment is due in this week.  She also showcased two new patterns – one features the ruler…

Item #CGRDWR  Retail $33.45

Wedding Ring Bed Runner

Item #JNQ95P  Retail $22.00

Cactus Flower

Item #JNQ98P  Retail $24.00

Kathy Brown, The Teacher’s Pet, released a new line of patterns called “Chubbies”.  These little wonders retail for just $5.00 and use her Fat Quarter Cutter – CGRY1.   The response was so positive that five more will be released at Market!

Five and Dime

Item #TP002  Retail $5.00

Bread & Butter

Item #TP003  Retail $5.00

Points on the Prairie

Item #TP004  Retail $5.00

Subway Station

Item #TP005  Retail $5.00

Joan Hawley launched her new line of interfacing called Sew Lazy.  Interfacing have never been more simple – and easier to understand.  With names like Stiff Stuff and Sicker – the name says it all (but if you still have questions, there are  simple explanations on the end of each bolt!)  This interfacing is available as an assortment or buy the bolt!

Item #SLQASST
Item #SLQ101 – Fusi-Bond Lite
Item #SLQ102 – Slicker
Item #SLQ103 – Face It Soft
Item #SLQ104 – Face It Firm
Item #SLQ105 – Dreamy Sew-In
Item #SLQ106 – Dreamy Fusible
Item #SLQ107 – Stiff Stuff

Any items that sold out at the Open House have already been re-ordered by our buyers so order now so it will be shipped as soon as the orders hit the doors.




The Open House – School Houses and Checker You

This year, we offered six school houses over two days so more shop owners would have an opportunity to participate – and did they ever!  The week before, Rob had to redesign the room to hold 30 more people!  That is a great problem to have!!!

Five of these school houses were filmed so they are/will be available on CheckerYOU.   If you are a Checker customer, you have access to CheckerYOU!

To access this information, go to the home page:  //www.checkerdist.com/index.cfm, and click on the CheckerYOU icon.  Use the same number and password that you use to order from our website.

The Checker technology videos and Alex Anderson were posted this week.  Sue Hausmann, Judy Niemeyer and Karen Montgomery will be up this week.  They have even edited the Checker technology video so it is broken down into manageable bites.  We aim to please!

The festivities began with a welcome from the man who has 360 degree vision and sees the importance of technology – Rob Krieger.

He MAY have been slightly influenced by Gina Krieger, the brains behind our website.  She heads the IT department and is constantly inventing new ways to make your life easier!

Checker also prides itself on bringing quality products to independent businesses that are not available in the chains.  Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs launched her new line of interfacings called Sew Lazy which will be distributed exclusively through Checker.  These short bolts make them affordable – and take the confusion out of it for you and your customers.

Karen Montgomery’s talks are always a big draw.  She always shares lots of useful information that you can incorporate into your shop immediately!  I don’t know if she intentionally color coordinated her outfit to match the decor – but I wouldn’t put it past her.  Karen always thinks of everything!!!

Todd Gibson shared how to write a business plan for your business – and take control of your future….

Judy Niemeyer launched her new Creative Grids ruler that makes cutting her Double Wedding Ring quilts a breeze!

She shared how you could become certified shops,

and her new patterns based on a log cabin foundation – I see a new ruler in her future!!!  What a talented lady!

Sue Hausmann was the talk of the show.  We asked her to teach YOU how to sell products like she does when you bring her in for an event.  She sold everything in site! The Swirly Girls had a booth next to her for two days and said they bought two of everything so it became a very expensive trip!!!  And, guess what – she is coming back next year!!!

Alex gave us an up close and personal look at how she became a T.V. – and now cable personality…

We love it when we draw a crowd – and are already talking about what we can do to top this!!!

If there is something you would us to cover, please let us know.  We listen!!!

Why Wait Until Market? Open House Part Two

Judy Niemeyer was so popular last year, we asked her to come back.  This time she is launching new products that will be the basis of your next class!  Brad ordered every batik he could find for this event.  She will be presenting a school house on Monday to launch the new products.  Start your Monday with a bang!!!

Item #JNQ70P  Retail $50.00

Daniela Stout of Cozy Quilt Designs is the queen of the 2 1/2″ strip!  That’s right – she started designing quilts for her shop that started a national craze!

Item #CQD04006  Retail $18.95

Rita Fishel of Creations Sew Clever will be demonstrating Creative Grids rulers and the patterns that she created to support them!

Item #CSC003  Retail $10.00

The folks from Lecien will be sharing their latest fabrics and taking orders.  Come sit down for a spell….

Inkwell designed by Meg Hawkey

The folks from June Tailor will be sharing and demonstrating their wares…

Item #JT720  Retail $34.59

Joan Hawley from Lazy Girl Designs will be sharing her new line of products designed exclusively for quilt shops – Sew Lazy!  What is not to love….

Item #LGD123  Retail $9.00

Kathleen Connor of Smith Street Designs has produced many patterns that have been the basis of block of the month programs.  Come see the latest and greatest from this talented designer.

Item #SS5003  Retail $30.00

Register early to be eligible for 64 door prizes that could be worth as much as the price of the trip!  Mark your calendars for August 19 and 20 and call or e-mail janis today:  Contact Janis Plomaritis at jplomaritis@www.checkernewsletter.comcheckerdist.com or call her at 419-893-3636  ext. 624