Crazy Hearts for Valentines

You all bought the Spiderweb Tool #CGRKA6 to make the Crazy Christmas Trees – one of the top 10 patterns! Now Karla used the same technique to create Crazy Hearts. Both are Cut Loose Press™ patterns.

Now that you are familiar with the ruler, it is time to explore the full potential of this gem! Here are the other patterns that support it – and they are breathtaking!


Who would have thought that one tool could create so many different looks???

Tis the Season for Trees

Tis the season for evergreens – and this is reflected in our top 100 patterns! All of these trees made the list!

Crazy Christmas Trees from Cut Loose Press™ is the perfect family craft project! None of the seams have to match so seam allowances aren’t really an issue. I’m making this with my grandchildren this weekend!









These paper-pieced trees come in two sizes. The smaller version is the perfect door decoration for an Advent tree for your favorite little ones.









Piece Fall colors on the other side to make this tree reversible!









And then there are the three-dimensional versions by Aunties Two and Poorhouse Designs.









All of these projects are simple and can be done in time to deck the halls!

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!

Crazy Trees

I love this!  In fact, I love this so much that I am teaching it this weekend!





This is a Karla Alexander design – and is SO her! A little wacky, a little wonky, and a whole lot of fun! This combines every aspect of a great pattern:



  • It looks hard but is so easy and so forgiving – anyone can do it!
  • It takes just eight 10 inch squares and eight 11″ x 14″ rectangles of background so it is easy to kit.
  • It makes a great demo.
  • AND, it is a Cut Loose Press™ pattern so it is affordable. Crazy Christmas Trees #CLPKAL009

It uses her ruler. Creative Grids® Spider Web Quilt Ruler #CGRKA6





Saturday I am making this in Fall colors – but kitting it for Christmas as well. After all, who can stop at just one! An added bonus? This runner is 17 1/2″ x 40 1/2″ so if I make four of these, I have a great throw!

Ovals ARE Easy

Add Karla Alexander’s sense of style and color sense – and classes will sell out immediately!  I am one of those people who came from an applique background so sewing curves on a machine wasn’t a part of my skill set until now!  Look how gorgeous…
























These are Cut Loose Press™ patterns that are stunning. Leaves is a perfect class. They can actually finish this in an afternoon. Then demo the Clam shell quilt and Capiz Lanterns. The lantern quilt would be a perfect Christmas quilt.

Enchanted will have everyone anticipating the holiday seasons. Trading Places and Spin Cycle actually make me think I could make art quilts – and you could too!
















You need to challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone – and I guarantee you will be successful and love every minute of it!

Ovals All Ways – Literally

Finally!  A tool that cuts ovals!  No more elongated half circle hot dog shapes!  The Creative Grids® Ovals All Ways Ruler designed by Karla Alexander, cuts ovals, semi-ovals, and quarter-ovals from 3″ x 4 ½” to 8 ½” x 10″ and every half-inch between. Since this ruler is designed to be used in multiple ways, additional markings are included for techniques such as fusible applique, piecing and turned-edge applique.








If only my laundry looked so good!  Spin Cycle showcases a variety of ways to use this ruler. And don’t you just love the color combinations?  Trading Places uses the positive and negative space to create even more interesting patterns.  And then there is Enchanted!  Jasmine would have been proud to fly on this magic carpet!
















And since they are ovals, they are even easier to piece than circles.  Watch the video for even more inspiration!  Why not teach a class on ovals and ease them into the Circle Savvy?  But with all of these possibilities, they will want to stay and play for awhile!

Quilts with Funk

I love it when one of our babies – in this case the Creative Grids Circle Savvy ruler – takes on a life of its own.  When the designers came to us, we were blown away by the possibilities.  But, in this case, once they had a chance to play with it, the true potential of this tool emerged!  Karla Alexander of Saginaw St Quilts has a vision and a style that has become instantly recognizable.

My circles never looked like this!!!!










Who would have thought that both quilts were made with the same tool????










These quilts are much easier than you think!  Piecing large curves is a piece of cake – especially when you have the right tools and patterns!  Moon Shadow and Polka Box have a more traditional look – and may be the perfect transition class to move your customers toward more artsy, free form quilts.










Why not challenge your students in the new year – and offer classes that will challenge them to try techniques that they may not be comfortable with.  For our industry to continue to grow, we must continue to learn!  And these quilts appeal to everyone – and bridge the gap between tradition and art!

Cut and Sew those Scraps FAST

I flat out LOVE this ruler!  It has become my favorite go to scrap ruler.  I;m telling you right now, be careful or it will suck you right in!  This little beauty is called The Straight Out of Line ruler.


Item #CGRKA3  Retail $19.45

In its simplest form, place a stack of fabric squares – right sides up – under the appropriate markings on the template up to ten inches.  Then cut the angle. Piece these units together to create a rectangle.  Trim them all up to the same size size.  Since the angled seam doesn’t have to match anything, it is very forgiving – and is the perfect beginning quilt.

In Twirl, Karla sews four of these units together to create the block.  And guess what – nothing has to match except the center seam – which is a right angle!  And since all of the blocks are trimmed to the same size, it goes together perfectly – and the outside edges of the block are on the straight of grain!


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In Against the Rail, she adds a strip of bright red to the blocks – wow!  Again, see how the angled seams add movement but nothing has to match?


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In Zig, she set the blocks on point for a totally different look!  What a fast and easy baby quilt, beach quilt, graduation quilt… get the picture!

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Item #SSQ426  Retail $9.00

In Old Glory, she pieces them in rows.  Any fireworks in your future?


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And in Vice Versa she plays with color placement and vertical stripes.


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Look what happens when you cut the squares both vertically AND horizontally – and piece wonky four-patches.  The centers are still right angles so they are a piece of cake!

Whirlwind is created with these wonky four-patches and look how the border is a continuation of the blocks achieved by color placement!


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Chain Reaction is pieced with the same four-patches but once again, color placement creates a masterpiece!


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Chains that Bind combine these blocks with solid squares to create a fast and easy version of a Double Irish Chain.


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This Churn Dash combines half-square triangles with these four-patches.  Once again, look at her color placement!

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Item #SSQ431  Retail $9.00

Cut the squares a different way and you can create these beauties:

Fresh Cut creates movement – and once again the block continues into the border…


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Window View takes these same blocks and separates them so they stand alone in their own narrow window pane:


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Seriously – would you have thought that all of these quilts were made with the same tool – that sells for under $20.00????  This tool is a true stashbuster!  The quilts go together so quickly that your scraps can be keeping someone warm before the next snowfall – and here, that is coming next week!



























Stack, Shuffle, and Slide!

Stack, Shuffle, and Slide is the latest book by Karla Alexander – which combines elements of her best selling “Stack the Deck” and “Color Shuffle” – and adds a new technique…..the Slide……

If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting Karla, she is the most delightful, quirky, creative out of the box thinker I have ever met!  And this book is a direct reflection of her personality!

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Item #B1181T  Retail $24.99
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In most cases, a picture is worth a thousand words – but in this case, the pictures reflect the personality of the artist, and will make you smile….

She loves the outdoors and chooses the colors in nature as her palette…

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She also loves to make mosaics – and that influence had to inspire this quilt!

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All of the colors in the spectrum….

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A traditional rail fence becomes a modern work of art – climb those steps to your own creativity…

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Adding a touch of red turns a simple quilt into spectacular!

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This looks like something that should be hanging in a museum – but you can make it with Karla’s simple instructions!

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This book is coming out next month so place your orders now!  There are a total of 15 of these beautiful quilts  So slide on into a new technique – and enjoy!


Expanded Videos for Creative Grids Part Two

At Spring Market, Karla showed me how easy it is to use this ruler – and I fell in love!  Cutting the units from squares guarantee that the outside edge will be on the straight of grain – no bias edges.  Then square them up and everything fits perfectly together!  A perfect beginning project that will take their breath away!

The Straight Out Of Line Ruler

Item #CGRKA3  Retail $19.45

This is the latest addition to the supporting patterns – easy and awesome due to the addition of a simple 1″ strip!

Item #SSQ500  Retail $5.00

I love the red strip added to this Cut Loose Press pattern as well….

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This Twister Cut Loose Press pattern is fast, simple and easy.

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This quilt creates an optical illusion….

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Watch this video to see how easy it is to add movement to your quilt projects:  //  And, this ruler is a great way to use up scraps!