Gifts for the Kitchen

Tis the season soon for gift giving.  And, looking at the top 100 patterns shows that quilters are already working as hard as Santa’s elves to make this season special!  Aprons are a great holiday gift.

The Crossback Reversible Apron reminds me of the classic aprons my grandmother used to wear. This version slips right over your head and includes a patch pocket detail if you prefer.  It also comes in three sizes for adults and three children’s sizes.


Item #IJ1132  Retail $15.00

Terry’s version includes children and toddler sizes as well.  It is fully lined and includes a roomy pocket.  The offset button flap is charming!


Item #ATK176  Retail $9.50

This apron from Four Corners is the perfect beginner project but is so stylish, everyone will want one!


Item #VHD132  Retail $8.00

These Micro-soft Hot Holders come in three sizes and are the perfect accessory for any kitchen – but why not make a few extra for the office as well?


Item #IJ1102  Retail $10.00

Mug Rugs are always popular – and the top 100 patterns includes two versions that are made in the hoop so they go together in no time!

What football fan wouldn’t love these???  Personalize them for those super fans on your list!


Item #ASD206  Retail $15.00

Or make holiday versions….


Item #ASD198  Retail $15.00

Why not display these with options?  Aprons with cookbooks and baking supplies; mug rugs with an assortment of coffees and mugs….You get the idea.  Did you know Checker carries over 60 cookbooks?  Now is the time to bring them front and center!

The Savviest Designer Enters the Kitchen – Part Three

I LOVED this pattern – and wrote about it back in May.  And THEN I watched the video on our website:  //  If this doesn’t make you run out and buy a chenille cutter (CHN-1), NOTHING will!


Item #ATK180  Retail $9.50

These are perfect shower gifts, luncheon gifts, boutique items – you name it because they can be mass produced in no time.  And, lets face it, they are so darned cute, you won’t be able to stop at just one!

You can cut the curves with the Creative Grids Curved Corner Cutter (Item #CGRCCC).  Insul-bright (Item #6320WN) makes them user friendly.

Why not make a shop sample with a matching apron?  What a great shower gift!


Item #ATK176  Retail $9.50

And, in typical Atkinson style, the pattern comes in three sizes – Adult, child, and toddler.  The off-center fold over top with a button accent gives this apron its style.  It is fulling lined so it sews up quickly and has body.  And don’t you love the pockets???

This is the perfect gardening, cooking AND cleaning apron!  The pattern includes a round chenille hot pad.  Once again, these are great class projects – and a great way to introduce children to sewing.  Why not offer a mother/daughter, grandmother/granddaughter class?  Who wouldn’t love to make matching aprons – just in time for Christmas baking!

Come Join Terry in the Kitchen

Terry Atkinson always dominates the top 20 patterns on the Checker website – and this is why!  She knows I want something before I do.  That is the case with this apron.


Item #ATK176  Retail $9.50

This apron is fully lined with a large pocket.  It comes in three sizes – adult, child, and toddler.  What grandmother can resist?  Terry always adds that awe factor.  In this case, I love the folded asymmetrical triangle and button trim.  Her fabric choices are always spot on as well.

Terry collects Fiesta dishes in all colors so these napkins fit right in.  Each luncheon napkin requires two fat quarters.  There in also yardage and instructions for the dinner size.  Choose fat quarters so every napkins is different for a more casual look or follow the yardage requirements for matching sets.

Natalie’s Napkins










Item #ATK175  Retail $6.50

The awe factor here?  They are reversible and she includes napkin folding techniques!