The More Support the Merrier

The Scrap Crazy 6 Template set by Creative Grids is one of our most popular products for a reason!


Item #CGRMT6  Retail $23.45

There is tons of support for it.  And, Karen has just released a new book with even MORE.  There is bound to be a project in these books and patterns that your customers can’t resist!


Item #TQC106  Retail $15.00




But don’t forget the book and pattern that made this template set a #1 best seller…


Item #TQC105  Retail $15.00

Introduce this set to your customers by demonstrating one of these Cut Loose Press patterns.


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All of the template corners are notched so they line up perfectly when sewing – no guess work required!  To view a video demonstration of this ruler, follow this link and click on the video icon:  Item #CGRMT6  

Join us at Market for these Fantastic Take and Teach Sessions

Kathy Brown




You asked. We listened. Join us for these mini-classes taught by our Creative Grids® design team and Phyllis Meiring of In the Patch Designs. Learn how to teach, demonstrate, and market – as well as up-sell to increase sales with companion patterns & notions.

Saturday, October 25 8:00-9:30 a.m.
#324. Last Minute Christmas Class
Karen Montgomery of The Quilt Company shows how to combine Creative Grids® “Scrap Crazy 6” blocks and Christmas fabric. Schedule the perfect demo or class for your shop. Sell machines? Use this project to demonstrate the stitches on every quilter’s favorite Christmas present! Sewing machine and kits provided. Bring basic sewing supplies.

#325. Maximize Profits with Creative Grids
Jean Ann Wright shares how one simple technique can be the basis for a multitude of different blocks. Demonstrate one and sell them all! Learn the technique by making blocks with her latest ruler being released at this Market. Maximize profits with demos, patterns & fabric. Sewing machine and kits provided. Bring basic sewing supplies including a marking pen.

Sunday, October 26 8:00-9:30 a.m.
#422 Minis Are Hot!
Your favorite “Teacher’s Pet,” Kathy Brown, continues the Strip Smart craze by showing how to make gorgeous minis the easy way with her brand-new Creative Grids® ruler. Learn how to create complicated quilts with simple techniques in just a few hours.

#423. Welcome to Stripology Class!
Meet the newest member of the Creative Grids® design team – Gudrun Erla of GE Designs. Learn how to use her brand new Creative Grids® ruler to create a class or demo series. Work on class or demo samples for fantastic strip quilts from her new self-published book and Cut Loose Press™ pattern. Sewing machine provided.

#424. Wool Projects That Will Increase Your Sales
Phyllis Meiring of In the Patch Designs will show you how to create a wool program for your store. Thanks to her pre-cuts, it is very affordable. Learn how to create micro-kits with Cut Loose Press™ patterns for fast and reasonably priced wool projects. Bring basic sewing supplies.

Monday, October 27 8:00-9:30 a.m.
#515. Play Before You Pay
Rita Fishel will show you how to demonstrate the latest members of the Creative Grids® family. Use storyboards as a silent salesman in your shop. Learn how to increase sales by showcasing notions and companion patterns along the way.

#516. The Complete Package – Notions, Patterns, Kits
Spend the morning with Penny Haren and learn how to use Cut Loose Press™ patterns to their best advantage: how to kit, how to demo, how to display and how to increase sales!

Enroll today at

Put this on the top of your to-do list today!  Space is limited.

Scrap Crazy just got Crazier

The top selling Creative Grids Scrap Crazy made an eight inch block.  The most frequently asked question was – why not make it in a smaller size?  After all, every quilter has smaller scraps and pieces in their stash – and don’t know what to do with them!

Karen put her thinking cap on and came up with a six inch version – with even more design possibilities.  This set has an additional template for four times the fun!

Scrap Crazy 6

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Item #CGRMT6  Retail $23.45

All of the corners are clipped so the individual pieces fit together perfectly.

Sparkler used a happy yellow fabric in the same position in each block to create a secondary design – cool right???








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Karen has created a booklet that includes seven different patterns using a variety of template combinations…

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The front and back cover show the design potential of this template pack….

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But just in case you need more eye candy….

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Shop owners – everything is ready and in stock for your next demo day!  If you would like a story board for your event, contact:



The Creative Grids Experience – Part Two – Scrap Crazy

The Scrap Crazy template set is a no-brainer!  It is a fast and easy way to use up scraps – if the template fits on the scrap, cut it!  How simple is that!!!


Item #CGRMT4  Retail $23.45

These Cut Loose Press patterns are an opportunity to show your customers how to use the templates.  Both patterns also give you an opportunity to showcase embellishing stitches on your sewing machine.


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The perfect companion is this Bead Gravy packet:


Item #BDGR2  Retail $4.98

Or make a small throw or baby quilt and embellish the seams…  The quilt measures 48″ without borders.  Your customers can finally justify buying a machine with a zillion different stitches!


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Once they have learned the basics of the ruler, they can use the templates individually or in different combinations to create even more patterns:



Item #TQC334  Retail $8.50

Double Diamond Crazy



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Out of the Bag


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Gone Scrap Crazy


Item #TQC333  Retail $8.50

Meet the newest member of the family!  Karen has written a booklet that includes seven patterns for just $15.00.  With this kind of support, the template set will fly off the shelves!


Item #TQC104  Retail $15.00

A five minute demo will pay dividends the entire year!  If you would like to print copies of the story boards to use in your demos, email:


Take the Creative Grids Experience to YOUR Store – Diamond Dimensions – Part One

Checker hosted the Creative Grids Experience the day before the Open House officially opened.  A full house spent an afternoon learning how to use the latest six rulers and templates.  And, by all accounts, it was a great success.  Rob welcomed everyone to the event.

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By  the way, the electricity in this room is run ABOVE the tables.  Extension cords can be pulled down from the ceiling so no one is tripping on cords (those are yellow electric cords you see).  Simply brilliant – would this work in your classroom???

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And, then the fun began….Three Creative Grids designers showed how to demonstrate and use two different rulers at three stations around the room.  The participants were given a fabric kit, a ruler, and a Cut Loose Press pattern featuring each ruler.  They actually learned how to use each ruler and start on a sample.

As the day progressed, they became friends – and there was more talking than sewing – but the sharing of ideas between shop owners was an added bonus!

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Do you see ANYONE sewing in these pictures????  We all know quilting classes are as much a social experience as a learning one – and it is no different when you own the shop!

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Karen Montgomery demonstrated two rulers.  The Diamond Dimensions ruler by Erin Underwood is a great class ruler.  The Cut Loose Press patterns offer simple projects that give you an opportunity to demonstrate the diverse features of the ruler.  Then, you can move onto intermediate and advanced projects that show that this is a ruler with pizzazz.


Item #CGREU2  Retail $28.45

I love this “Catty Cornered Table Runner because it shows how to cut strips and features the 45 degree angle on one side of the ruler.  Then when they move onto other patterns, the ruler is not intimidating.


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Once they are comfortable with cutting strips and angles, it is time to move onto a star.  Kaleidoscope Star is cut from a variegated fabric but a stripe would look great as well.  The diamond shapes are not pieced – and there are no Y or inset seams so this is a piece of cake!  It literally can be taught in a six hour class – and finished!!!


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Or, offer this table runner and placemat class.  The diamonds are strip pieced so it is a great way to show them how to cut pieced diamonds.


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Elsie Campbell used this ruler to piece chevrons – and diamonds have never looked so good!  The sample is done as a rainbow of colors – but it would be just as effective if each diamond was the same.  Simply beautiful!


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The table runner would be gorgeous in the same fabrics as well…


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Now that you know how to use the ruler, it is time to move onto the intermediate and expert patterns – and Erin has just the thing!


Item #EUQ200  Retail $9.00


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You can do a whole series of classes and demos based on this one ruler – and what samples they will be!













Experience Creative Grids at the Checker Booth

The Creative Grids Booth – within the Checker booth – is the place to be this Market!

Experience Creative Grids is our mantra – and you will be able to actually cut out a block with many of the new rulers!  That’s right – the designers will not only show you how to use them and share their expertise – you will take home a fabric sample!

The most diverse ruler line in the world has many features that will have you coming back for more:

  • They are only available through Independents like you!  They will never be sold in chains!
  • The gripper embedded on the back of every ruler holds the fabric in place while cutting – so accuracy is ensured!
  • The Black and White markings are easy to read.
  • An MS Tag is printed directly on the acrylic so a video tutorial of every ruler is right at your fingertips.
  • Lost the instructions?  No problem – downloadable versions are available at: //

Friday, May 17, 2013

10:00 – 11:30
Karla Alexander demonstrating the CGRKA6 Spider Web ruler

Item #CGRKA6  Retail $22.95

11:30 – 1:00
Kathy Brown demonstrating the Fat Quarter Cutter (CGRY1) and Double Strip 90 (CGRDBS90) rulers

Item #CGRY1  Retail $25.95

Item #CGEDSB90  Retail $26.95

1:00 – 2:30
Karen Montgomery demonstrating her new Scrap Crazy Template (CGRMT4)  and the Triangle series (CGRT45; CGRT90; CGRTKAL45; CGRMT2; and CGRMT3)

Item ECGRMT4  Retail $22.95

2:30 – 3:30
Jean Ann and Carolyn Griffin have plans, so I am demonstrating the Pineapple Ruler (CGRJAW3) and the Single Strip Tumbler Ruler (CGRSRTUMB)

Item #CGRJAW3  Retail $22.95

Item #CGRSRTUMB  Retail $24.45

3:30 – 4:30

Swirly Girls Design demonstrating the new 30 degree triangle (CGRSG1) and how to combine it with the Circle Savvy ruler (CGRSAV1)

Item #CGRSG1  Retail $25.95

4:30 – 5:30

Janice Pope demonstrating her Bias Binding Tool (CGRABB1) and the Log Cabin templates by Jean Ann Wright (CGRJAW1 & CGRJAW2)

Item #CGRABB1  Retail $18.95


10:00 – 11:00
Karla Alexander demonstrating the CGRKA6 Spider Web ruler

11:00 – 12:00
Jean Ann and Carolyn Griffin have plans, so I am demonstrating the Pineapple Ruler (CGRJAW3) and the Single Strip Tumbler Ruler (CGRSRTUMB)

12:00 – 1:30
Karen Montgomery demonstrating her new Scrap Crazy Template (CGRMT4)  and the Triangle series (CGRT45; CGRT90; CGRTKAL45; CGRMT2; and CGRMT3
1:30 – 3:00
Kathy Brown demonstrating the Fat Quarter Cutter (CGRY1) and Double Strip 90 (CGRDBS90) rulers
3:00 – 4:00
Swirly Girls Design demonstrating the new 30 degree triangle (CGRSG1) and how to combine it with the Circle Savvy ruler (CGRSAV1)

4:00 – 5:00
Janice Pope
demonstrating her Bias Binding Tool (CGRABB1) and the Log Cabin templates by Jean Ann Wright (CGRJAW1 & CGRJAW2)
10:00 – 11:30
Karen Montgomery demonstrating her new Scrap Crazy Template (CGRMT4)  and the Triangle series (CGRT45; CGRT90; CGRTKAL45; CGRMT2; and CGRMT3
11:30 – 1:00
Karla Alexander demonstrating the CGRKA6 Spider Web ruler
1:00 – 4:00
Jean Ann and Carolyn Griffin have plans, so I am demonstrating the Pineapple Ruler (CGRJAW3) and the Single Strip Tumbler Ruler (CGRSRTUMB)
I will be in the booth most of the time as well so if you have any questions about the entire line, we will be able to answer your questions!  Come by and CUT!!!

Friday Morning at Market….

Come and join some of our favorite Creative Grids designers during Take and Teach sessions at Spring Market!  Meet the ladies who created your favorite rulers and learn how to use their creations to the max!  We have two sessions every day so come join in the fun!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Swirly Girls Design
30 Degrees of Fun!

8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Join your favorite Swirly Girls as they launch their new book and ruler.  The 30 degree triangle ruler stands alone.  12 segments create a complete circle.  This baby is so new that we haven’t released the images yet but it will be available by Market!  There will also be a couple of CLP patterns to support it.  The ruler can be combined with the ever popular Circle Savvy ruler.  You may have noticed that the Circle Savvy has 30 degree markings on it – now they will show you what to do with them!  Just picture piecing segments – and then cutting them into arcs!  Need I say more???

Item #SGDSA01  Retail $21.95

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Karen Montgomery
Get to the Point!

Start your morning with Karen Montgomery as she shares how to use the Triangle Series by Creative Grids.  Following the success of the popular 60 degree triangle, there are now five new angles to choose from!

Karen designed “To the Point”  as a row of the month program so you can teach all of your customers how to use them too.

Item #TQC331  $14.00

The 8 1/2″ – 45 Degree Triangle…..

Item #CGRT45  Retail $17.95

There are also individual patterns and Cut Loose Press to support them! I like to use these eight to nine inch triangles   to cut strip pieced units.  Complicated blocks can be made in a matter of minutes!  I sewed four 2 1/2″ strips together and then cut them all at once to piece this table runner in just a few hours!  And since it is a Cut Loose Press pattern, it is soooo affordable!

Ring Around the Ruler

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The 8 1/2″ – 90 Degree Triangle….

Item #CGRT90  Retail $18.95

In this case I sewed together 1 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ strips before I cut the units to create 16″ quarter square triangle blocks!  Nine blocks make the entire 56″ quilt!!!  Once again, it’s a CLP….

Key Lime Star

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Kathy Seal designed Sherbert Punch.  What a great strip pieced setting block for this quilt!

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Rita Fishel Designed Ojo de Dios for a totally different look – and don’t ask me what it means….but setting the blocks on point and using solids adds a dramatic touch!

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Renae Allen features great places for her signature machine quilting in this quilt…

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The 9 1/2″ Triangle Squared….

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Karen has developed several patterns that feature this ruler…

This Triangle in a Square Baby Quilt is absolutely adorable and goes together very quickly.  Don’t you love the mitered borders???

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The 9 1/2″ Perfect Rectangle…

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“Any 12 Will Do Runner” is a setting for any 12″ block – but the star that is shown is included in the pattern just in case you don’t have any orphan blocks in your stash!

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Stars on Checks combines four-patches and perfect rectangles to make a quilt that is quick and easy!

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These patterns use the CGRTMT2 and CGRTMT3. Keystone is available in a table runner size as a Cut Loose Press pattern or in a quilt size from The Quilt Company…

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The 8 1/2″ Dresden Plate and Kaleidoscope Ruler ….

Item #CGRTKAL45  Retail $17.95

I love to use this ruler to create eight petal Dresden Plates.  Surf and Sand goes together very quickly with strip pieced sashings and borders.

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Several patterns in my new book also feature this ruler…It will be shown at Market – and available June 15th!

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These school house sessions do not include sewing machines so they will be lecture only.  You don’t have to bring anything – just show up with a smile and be prepared to have a good time!

Then, “Experience CGR” at the booth during the entire show!

Creative Grids goes Crazy!

Crazy quilt blocks have never been easier!  Use this set of templates developed by Karen Montgomery to cut five different shapes which can all be cut from a 10″ square or a 6″ strip.  A block consists of one A; one B; two C’s; and one D.  The A and B are cut from the same template.  Each template has grip around the outside edges so there is no slipping when cutting.  The corners are clipped so it is easy to line up the units when piecing.  And, when pieced, the finished block will measure 8″.

Item #CGRMT4  Retail $22.95

Karen designed this pillow that is created from four pieced blocks which are trimmed down to 14″ after the embellishments are completed.  Do you have a wedding in your future???  What a great shower gift.  Make it more special by using laces, buttons and ribbons from family members.  The rings can be tied to the bow in the middle.

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This Bead Gravy has a great selection of embellishments so they are the perfect companion.

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This booklet by Leisure Arts can assist with basic embroidery stitches if needed.

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This baby quilt in pastels is even more special since it is backed by a plush fabric.  What baby wouldn’t want to snuggle under this???

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Karen has also created two other patterns that support the ruler and takes this tool to a whole new level!  Look how you can “control crazy”:

Item #TQC332  Retail $8.50

Gone Scrap Crazy is a great way to use up scraps in a controlled way…

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How fun is this?  These templates are a great way to use up scraps because if the template fits on the scrap, you can cut it!  Just organize the cut pieces by shape and start your scrap collection!

Checker Live – a Show just for you

This one is short and sweet – and for shop owners only!

Checker Distributors Website:

Checker Distributors has created the best website in the industry!  This site includes over 100,000 products – a shop owner’s dream!  You can also view video demonstrations of many of the products.

Creative Grids USA Website:

This site showcases all of the rulers and templates produced by Creative Grids.  You can even download a complete listing to keep track of your own collection.  The instructions for all current rulers are available for download and video demonstrations of all of the rulers are ready to view!

Checker Distributors Newsletter:

The Checker Newsletter is uploaded every Monday morning and includes three articles on a variety of subjects each week.  You can sign up to have the newsletter e-mailed to you by visiting the site.


This website is only available to shop owners after you sign in using your Checker account number and I.D.  This site hosts over 300 videos and class lesson plans.  We went to the best!  Top vendors and designers in the industry such as Eleanor Burns and Judy Niemeyer show you how to demonstrate and teach classes.  Why not go directly to the source?

Checker Live

But we were missing something!  We needed a way to put this all together for you.  How do you market and display everything in your shop?  What are the new trends in our industry?  How do you host an event in your shop?  How do we share a wealth of information about a specific product such as batting, threads, wools, etc.???

Welcome to Checker Live – a 15 minute (more or less) internet show hosted by Karen Montgomery and yours truly. Karen owns a quilt shop, sells sewing machines, designs fabric, rulers & patterns, and writes a column for Fab Shop.  I write the Checker newsletter, am on the Creative Grids design team, write books for Landauer Publishing, write a column for Fab Shop and USED to own a quilt shop.  Between the two of us, we know just about everyone in the industry and have been quilting for over 50 years!  And, we never agree on anything!

So log into CheckerYou the first of each month to see the latest episode!!!  Enjoy!!!

Get to the Point with Creative Grids

Get to the point with Creative Grids new Triangle series that just arrived!  That’s right – they are all in stock and ready to ship… Karen Montgomery designed two of the rulers in this series, and over-achiever that she is, designed a row a month sampler so you can teach your customers how to use them!

Item #TQC331  Retail $14.00

Karen’s program begins with four- patches so you can cover basic rotary cutting and piecing with your customers.  This also gives you an opportunity to explain the program to your customers.  Notice that she used solids from Timeless Treasures.  Solids are so popular right now – and an added bonus is that many of you already have a collection of solids in your store!  Isn’t it nice to have a program that isn’t tied into a fabric that could be discontinued tomorrow!  That is what happens when you have a program designed by a shop owner FOR shop owners!  Karen knows what you need – and what your customers want! But, feel free to put your own twist on it.  I can see this in prints as well. The pattern comes with instructions for all of the rows on individual sheets.  This gives you the opportunity to spoon feed the rows and ruler demos to them in kit form.

By the time the program is ready to launch in January, there will be a series of Cut Loose Press patterns to support the rulers as well.  (For more on CLP, read the companion article.)

This 90 degree ruler is 8 1/2″ high – which means you can make quarter-square triangles that measure up to 16″!

Item #CGRT90  Retail $18.95

This quilt will be a CLP pattern as soon as it is quilted.  (CLP patterns are always tested – no virtual patterns allowed.)  This quilt was created in a day from nine 16″ finished quarter square triangles which were cut from strip pieced units.  How easy is that???  I simply sewed a strata of 1″ finished green strips and 2″ finished white and black strips.  The seams were pressed in one direction so they nested together beautifully!  You will love it!!!

To see a video showing how to use the ruler, visit:  //

The same technique can be used with any of these rulers.  Wait until you see what we have planned for the T45!

Item #CGRT45  Retail $17.95

To see a video showing how to use the ruler, visit:  //

The Triangle Squared ruler by Karen Montgomery is already featured in two CLP patterns.

Item #CGRTMT2  Retail $19.95

This darling Triangle in a Square baby quilt can be made in a matter of hours.  I especially love the mitered border.

Item #CLPKM0001  Retail $3.99

To view a video of this ruler, visit:  //

Karen also designed the Perfect Rectangle.

Item #CGRTMT3  Retail $17.95

This ruler is featured in this darling table runner that features any 12″ square, but the instructions include cutting requirements for the Ohio Stars.  The name “Any Twelve Will Do” is definitely appropriate!

Item #CLPKM0003  Retail $3.99

Karen also designed a quilt for The Quilt Company featuring this ruler. Stars in Check uses the entire 9 1/2″ of the ruler to create large blocks so this queen size quilt goes together very quickly.  This tessellation is fun, easy and fast!

Item #TQC330  Retail $8.50

To view a video of the ruler, visit:  //

The Keystone Table Runner combines both rulers – the CGRTMT2 and the CGRTMT3.  This pattern would be just as stunning in two colors – and oh so easy to kit!

Item #CLPKM002  Retail $3.99

The Keystone quilt under The Quilt Company name is striking in shades of blue and is so fun, you will want to make more than one!

Item #TQC329  Retail $8.50

I am writing a book with Landauer that features Dresden Plates that will be out the beginning of next year.  I can’t wait to share the patterns using this ruler.  I can make 20 round or pointed Dresden Plates in less than five hours – you will love it!

This 45 degree Kaleidoscope and Dresden Plate ruler rocks! To see a preview of some of the quilts, visit:  //

Item #CGRTKAL45  Retail $17.95
The rulers are available now as well as Karen’s CLP patterns.  The more complex patterns by The Quilt Company will be available by the end of the month.  And, by the first of the year, the entire series will be in place.  Prepare your demo schedule accordingly!