A Blank Canvas – Literally

I totally missed the boat on this one! I looked at these totes and aprons by Kimberbell and thought they were great for machine embroidery – but didn’t consider all of the other possibilities!

These canvas totes come in natural and denim and are totally finished except for the side seams which are serged! When you are done decorating, just stitch up the sides with a straight seam!

My grandchildren are coming down for “grandma camp” in a few weeks. My idea? We are going to cut pockets from old jeans, pinking the fabric beyond the pocket so we can attach them to the tote easily. They can embellish them any way they want and then we will stitch multiple pockets on each side. We may even add a few to the inside!

Kimberbell has those assortments of adorable trims as well. Adding ribbon to the tops of some of the pockets might be fun too! Who says they have to be just for machine embroidery???

And then I saw these blank aprons in adult and children’s sizes! Craft aprons with multiple pockets? What do you think???

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are all affordably priced and in stock! I just placed my order!

The Witches are Baking at Kimberbell

I ran into Kim from Kimberbell while we were setting up the booth and she told me that Broomhilda was visiting.

The description for this is so darn cute – you can’t improve on perfection so I am not even going to try:

Come sit for a spell in Broomhilda’s Bakery where every ghoul-friend is welcome! Hang your hat and rest your witchy toes, while sampling the spooky sweets like Boo-Berry Pie and Rice-Creepy Treats. Kimberbell’s vinyl and glitter sheets conjure the cutest applique with charming frogs under glass, plus diva witch hats and high heels. All the extraordinary embellishments like Mylar candy corns and flowers, fuzzy fringed spiders, and Broomhilda’s collection of eyeballs will have you screaming in a good way.

Kimberbell’s spook-tacular new quilt features: 26 embroidered blocks, Flying Geese (pieced in the hoop) and three more traditionally pieced blocks include Pinwheel, Four-patch, and Broomhilda’s twist on a Sawtooth block, which she calls the Sweet-tooth Star. Plus 4 pieced picture blocks, where the sections are embroidered separately, then applique images are aligned before piecing the blocks together to make a complete picture. The quilt can be made with the 4×4 and 5×7 hoop sizes.

Broomhilda’s Bonus projects include:
Smell my Feet Tea Towel
Face First Frosted Cupcake Hot Pad (4 sizes)
Suspiciously Sweet Table Runner (2 sizes)
Apothecary Jar Wall Hanging (2 sizes)
Under Your Spell Bench Buddy

And, in typical Kimberbell style, she has included an embellishment kit that includes everything to make this sing!

Don’t have an embroidery machine? It’s okay. there is a version for you as well!

And, of course there is a fabric line to make it all oh so easy!

Everything will be in stock by next month so plan your classes now!

A Kimberbell Christmas

I love everything Kimberbell! That girl is a creative genius! I know the holidays are over – but this is the perfect time to think about future gifts and classes. Check these out – and then we will talk….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a moment after the holidays to make a list of people you would like to surprise next year with a little something. Teachers, coaches, bus drivers, card clubs, book clubs – you get the picture!

Many holiday fabrics and patterns are on sale so it is the perfect time to plan for next year. After all, the fabric is a quilters half price gift wrap! Planning ahead is ALWAYS a good thing!

Its All in the Hoop!

I love it when I fall in love with a pattern – and see that it is “Volume One” – which means there is going to be more goodness to come!  In Kim’s own words: Kimberbell Noteables are composition book covers that turn ordinary writing paper into a noteworthy journal. Each machine embroidered cover is fully lined, durable, and reusable and best of all, each are made (even pieced!) entirely in-the-hoop!

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Wouldn’t these be great gifts for children and adults alike?  Who wouldn’t love a personal journal or diary?  Or, personalize them for members of your book club….or make them for your favorite teacher.  Have shower participants write encouraging notes to the future brides or expectant mother.  The gift possibilities are endless!

 

 

The Life is Better in Full Bloom is organized so that you can learn eight different techniques.  This 39-inch square wall hanging features yo-yos; three-dimensional pinwheels, and a variety of other techniques.  The detailed instructions will guide you each step of the way.

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But, this would be a great class as well.  Why not teach this in your shop?  Kimberbell has provided everything you need to start a shop program.

kd187gThe shop guide includes:
+ Tips
+ Kit Cutting Instructions
+ Punch Card Reward System
+ Promotional Materials (Build the buzz and you’re going to have higher sign-ups!)
+ A Shop Sample Pattern
+ A List of Possible Add-on Sales

A shop just needs 1 Life Is Better In Full Bloom Shop Guide and can order the accompanying patterns for each participant at your shop.

 

These patterns are expected to arrive this month so order them now so you can start Spring off with a bang!

A Shop Program by Kimberbell

Let’s face it, we love everything by Kim – and now she has developed a shop program just for you.  I don’t want to mess this up so I copied and pasted exactly what they said:

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Created specifically for machine dealers and quilt shop owners, our original program will bring customers into your business and have them returning each month for more.

For a one-time price per shop location, Kimberbell grants permission to the dealer for the electronic file transfer to customer USB only. The designs may be included with class registration, kit sale, or an embroidery club membership fee, but may not be sold individually. Instructions for each project may also be copied for the customer. Kimberbell Designs does not limit the number of customers you are allowed to make copies for, which means your in-store club or class can be as big as you like!

Volume 1 features twelve exceptional projects designs for a 5×7 hoop or smaller. Each one is perfect for an embroidery club or monthly class, product demo, or make-and take. You’ll be delighted with the additional sizes and options included with several of the designs, plus the bonus table runner that incorporates both sewing and embroidery!

Kimberbell Dealer Exclusives provides the content to start an embroidery club at your shop and solves the dilemma of what to teach month to month. The projects can be presented in the order you desire. This means the club could begin any time of the year or, you can choose a favorite project for a special shop event. Tools for teaching and Kimberbell’s quality instructions are all part of the package so your customers will feel success trying new products and techniques.

Your binder will include:

  • Tabbed dividers to organize 13 projects
  • Project instructions with step-by-step photos
  • Shop Guide for each project

The program CD includes:

  • Formats for all embroidery machines (ART, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, VIP, VP3, XXX)
  • SVG files for all appliqué pieces, plus tip sheet
  • Printable PDF of project instructions
  • PowerPoint presentations for teaching
  • Customer Binder Cover Insert
  • High resolution images with promotional copy for email, social media, and website
  • Templates and taglines for vinyl poster display (We will also send you the 11×17″ vinyl project poster with the tabletop display stand!)

The Shop Guide includes:

  • Fabric measurements are calculated for cutting project kits
  • Support products list (stabilizer, batting, paper tape, etc.)
  • Lists of Kimberbellishments (ribbons and buttons – so every project can be finished Kimberbell cute!)
  • Project skills to be taught and optional sizes
  • List of Kimberbell products featuring similar techniques

Projects include:

  • Candy Heart Pocket Tag
  • Checkity-check Check Composition Book
  • Cute & Crabby Towel Set
  • Dimensional Mylar Applique: {Leaves}
  • “Do You Want to Stitch a Snowman?” Mug Rug
  • Embroidered Cupcake Birthday Card
  • Floral Cutwork Napkin
  • Machine Embroider by Number: {Love at Home}
  • Peek-a-boo Bunny Tea Towel
  • Whimsy Flower Cinch Bag
  • “You Are Loved” Pocket TAg
  • Zippity-zip Key Fob
  • Bonus Project: Pop of Summer Table Runner

The only thing I can add?  Pictures that show the projects!  How cute are these???  And, I love the diversity!

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Don’t you love it when the nicest people are so talented too???

 

Kimberbellishments

I love everything Kimberbell!  Kim Christopherson has a unique, instantly recognizable style that is sure to make you smile!  And, now she has developed a line of embellishments called Kimberbellishments.  They include ribbons, buttons and notions that will guarantee that your projects have that Kimberbell touch!

Kim is launching these at Market so they will be arriving around the end of the month.  But order now to ensure that you will get them in the first shipment!

Each card retails for less than $6.00 and includes 6 yards of unique coordinating ribbons that are the perfect accents for many of her patterns.

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Display them with fabrics, patterns, and threads that have that Kimberbell sense of style!  Check out our website to see her new complete line of Kimbellishments.

Bench Pillow Exclusive

The bench pillows by Kimberbell are one of my favorite seasonal projects because just one can transform a room – or a deck.  At 16″ x 38″ they make an impact in any decor.  An added bonus?  A twin bed is 39″ wide so one across a child’s bed is a great way to spruce up a bedroom in an instant!

Now these patterns are available three different ways – in a traditional pattern; a machine embroidery CD; and a laser cut version so there is no reason not to start your collection today!

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KBBPJUL  KBBPAUG

KBBPSEP  KBBPOCT

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Did you know we actually have the pillow forms – and it is a Checker exclusive???

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Why not make this the gift that keeps on giving?  Give them the form and December pillow – and then send them the new cover each month!

Christmas Fabrics Have Arrived

I can tell that the Christmas fabrics have arrived by the number of Christmas patterns that are in the top 100!  Here they are – order them now and get your samples ready.  Christmas is less than four months away….

Many of you have paid your rent with the Triangle Frenzy table topper patterns.  Now Bunnie has given you a choice – you can put it under the tree with stunning results.  This pattern features the Creative Grids® 60 degree ruler in the larger size – CGR12560.

Aunties Two Christmas Trees can be embellished with Fairy Lights – and yes, we have those listed as companions to the pattern!

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Or paper-piece your tree with these patterns by Cindi Edgerton.  I want to make the smaller version for my grandchildren’s bedroom doors so they can decorate their own trees!

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Ornaments are always popular and make great package tags for those special friends.  Charcoal Mittens includes everything you need for these six styles.  Or use the pre-cut square and round Bosal coasters to make these Fold and Stitch ornaments.

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These bag patterns from Kimberbell can be used year after year and are a great way to use up those Christmas fabric scraps!  Go Green!

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Now is the time to offer classes while your customers still have time to make them!

 

A Machine Dealer’s Dream!

When a gal has 10 of the top 100 patterns on the Checker website, Kim Christopherson of Kimberbell has gone from a great designer to a LEGENDARY designer!  She not only has an eye for designing appliques that make everyone smile, she has an engineering mind that creates new concepts that make my head spin!

Her latest Pinwheel Parade pattern should be showcased at every summer event!
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The pattern includes bonus files for cutting machines as well!  These pinwheels come in four sizes and actually SPIN!  Who could resist?  What a great way to demo sewing machines and Silhouettes this summer!

I was so fascinated by these bags at Market that I had to go to Kim’s booth and see a demo!  They are all done in the hoop – even the zipper!  Jeanette is the latest addition to this line.  Another great demo…..
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The flying geese version comes in two sizes.
Small and Medium
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Large and Jumbo
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This mug rug assortment will be your go to every time you need a quick gift!
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Item #KD517  Retail $29.95

This pattern includes 11 different designs…
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If you want your customers to upgrade to an embroidery machine, these patterns will get their attention!

Kim has also designed a series of Bench pillows with switchable panels for each holiday.  These are a great alternative to the traditional Block of the Month programs.
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Check out everything Kimberbell on our website!

Piecing in the Hoop with Style!

As soon as I saw these pouches hanging in the Checker booth at Market, I had to go find Kim Christopherson of Kimberbell so she could explain how to do it!  And it is amazing!  If you have not jumped on the Kimberbell bandwagon, it is time to get on board – and take a seat right next to me!  

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For those of you who are in the thick of sewing machine selling season, this should be your first class!  The entire pouch is made in the hoop – including the zipper.  It is even lined so there are no raw seams showing.  The flying geese units are stitched first and then the fabric is placed perfectly to create precise points every time!  This pattern includes two sizes – small and medium.

Or, make the large and jumbo sizes.

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Why not make all four sizes to show your customers how fun “piecing in the hoop” is???  And, check out everything Kimberbell.  Not only is she a talented designer, she is also one of the nicest ones – and in my book, nice matters!

These in-the-hoop zipper pouches are PERFECT for organizing all those small items! They would also make a great gift for that hard to buy for person on your list! The “flying geese blocks” stitch out with perfect little points and the entire pouch has a nice tailored look! Each zipper pouch is lined and shows no raw seams! What a great way to showcase “piecing” in the hoop, as well as how fun and easy an in-the-hoop project can be! Hoop Size for the LARGE Pouch: 7×12 hoop (Embroidery Field Needed: 6.69 x 11.75) Hoop Size for the JUMBO Pouch: 8×14 hoop (Embroidery Field Needed: 7.74 x 14) *Since embroidery fields vary for different brands and sizes of hoops, please be sure that the embroidery field listed above will be the right size for your particular hoop. File formats included on CD: ART, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, VIP, VP3, XXX These in-the-hoop zipper pouches are PERFECT for organizing all those small items! They would also make a great gift for that hard to buy for person on your list! The “flying geese blocks” stitch out with perfect little points and the entire pouch has a nice tailored look! Each zipper pouch is lined and shows no raw seams! What a great way to showcase “piecing” in the hoop, as well as how fun and easy an in-the-hoop project can be! Hoop Size for the SMALL Pouch: 5×7 hoop (Embroidery Field Needed: 4.65 x 6.81) Hoop Size for the MEDIUM Pouch: 6×10 hoop (Embroidery Field Needed: 5.77 x 9.44) *Since embroidery fields vary for different brands and sizes of hoops, please be sure that the embroidery field listed above will be the right size for your particular hoop. File formats included on CD: ART, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, VIP, VP3, XXX.