An Abundance of Annie

In case you hadn’t noticed, Patterns by Annie is now simply By Annie – because that gal has her act together!  She is providing everything you need to create professional looking bags – Soft and Stable, hardware; zippers, mesh, fold over elastic, strapping, and the perfect design for every occasion!

She was the hit of Market and instantly had five patterns in the top 100!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These will be joined by Market favorites:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you realize that 20 of the top 100 patterns are bags???  If you aren’t offering a bag of the month club, you are not meeting your customer’s needs!  Who can make just one?  When their friends and family see them, they will ALL want one – and may take a class for the first time because they may find it less intimidating than a quilt!  What a great way to gain new customers!

 

Christmas Throughout the Year – Part One

I know that the holidays are now a warm memory, but lets take a moment to reflect and do what we can to minimize stress for 2017.  Sounds crazy – but hear me out!  Make a list, or review the list, of everyone you gave gifts to this year.  Then modify – who did you wish you would have thanked with a little something?

Over half of the top 100 patterns are not quilts!  They are smaller projects that can be made in an afternoon, are easy to mass produce, and would make great little gifts or add that awe factor to others.  Why not start a series of classes to help your customers prepare for the season?

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Gift cards and tickets to events are always a favorite.  Why not make a collection of Gifty Card Holders?  You can make a dozen in an afternoon out of 10″ squares.  An added bonus?  You know the recipient will reuse them as well – Go Green!  Sell sergers?  Show that edging as a quick and easy alternative.

 

 

 

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This Open Wide! bag designed by Annie Unrein is easy to make and comes in three sizes.  A set of all three would be a great gift or split them up and fill them with a little something.  The zipper has never been simpler – it is bound on each side and then attached so anyone can do it – and is a great demo.

 

 

 

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These ornaments also come in three sizes and are the perfect package tag for those special gifts.  Instructions include a six petal or eight petal version.  Date and sign the back for a lasting memory.  These would be great favors for a party.  Picture your table with a star i the center of each plate…..

 

 

 

 

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Everyone loves candles.  Why not add that awe factor by including a holder with the gift?  This is also a great opportunity to play with those decorative stitches on your machine….

 

 

 

 

 

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Have some quilting friends?  Wouldn’t they love this arm chair pin cushion and organizer? Fill it with sewing essentials – the perfect gift for those who are just getting started or need a travel kit.

Many of these are great gifts to make with friends and family as well.  Why not plan family craft days so the kids can help make gifts for their teachers?

Mesh is Best!

When the top SEVEN products in any category are all the same thing, you know it is a hit!  The new polyester mesh that I wrote about a few weeks ago blew everyone away!  It is available by the yard, but these are the top seven prepackaged colors.
SUP209-WH  SUP209-TUR
SUP209-BLK   SUP209-LIP
SUP209-APGR   SUP209-DND
SUP209-RED

These are not just the top seven sellers of mesh fabrics – they are the top seven sellers in the entire craft category!!!  These packages contain 18″ x 54″ cuts for just $5.99.  To see all of the products by Patterns by Annie, visit our website.

Finally – A Fabric Mesh!

It is no surprise that Annie Unrein of Patterns by Annie has created the perfect mesh for all of your purses, totes, and storage needs!  Vinyl mesh has been around for a long time and still is the best choice for some applications.

But this polyester mesh is easy to sew; soft and pliant – the perfect choice for pockets so you can see what is inside.

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It is available two different ways – pre-packaged in 18″ x 54″ size or on 15 yard x 54″ bolts (the bolts are Drop Ship only).

It is available in several different colors – and will be available next month.  Please help our buyer by placing your order now.  Obviously white will be popular – but what other fashion colors will you choose????  Visit our website to see the entire collection and the patterns that support it:  Patterns by Annie.

Organize your Rulers Today

Having the right tool for the job applies to quilters too.  I have learned that the right ruler can save time and money – as well as guarantee that my final project will be something I can be proud of.  Storing them, however, has been a problem – until now!

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Item #194RK  Retail $10.00

As you can see, it is made to fit over a hanger so you can now “hang” your rulers so they are easily accessible and protected.  An added bonus?  The clutter has been removed from your cutting table!

The pockets are designed to hold 12 and 24 inch rectangles as well as squares from 6 to 12 inches as well as a rotary cutter.  Adjust the pockets as needed.

In my case, I have a LOT of Creative Grids® specialty rulers so I need to include more than one ruler in each pocket.  Annie Unrein of Patterns by Annie has created a polyester mesh that is lightweight and the perfect divider for these pockets.
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It comes in a variety of colors so choose a color to coordinate with your bag.

This keeper is made of a high quality canvas – and yes we have that too.  James Thompson has a Crossroads Denim line that includes a multitude of colors and is the perfect weight for a project like this.

This bag has been designed to be completed quickly and easily.  Layer the pockets on the foundation piece.  Then bind the outside edge just like a quilt.  You can’t get any easier than that!

The Clover 1″ bias tape maker is perfect for this – and a new technique to share in a class!
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Item #464CV-25MM  Retail $7.75
You can literally organize your sewing room in an afternoon!

Eat and Sketch in Style with Patterns by Annie

Since Annie introduced Soft and Stable to the quilting world, the quality, body and structure of totes has never been the same.  Her latest creations, that are going to be released at Market, showcase the quality and detail that have become Annie’s signature.

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Item #PBA231  Retail $9.95

In Annie’s very own words:

Carry your lunch in style in this roomy little handbag.  A zip-around gusseted closure provides easy access to the contents of the bag. Two outer slip pockets and two interior mesh pockets hold an ice pack, napkins, silverware and more.

ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable gives great stability, provides insulation for the contents, and ensures that the bag will look great after repeated use and laundering.

Pack a waste-free lunch using reusable snack bags. A great alternative to plastic bags and wraps, the bags can be machine washed and dried and are the perfect fit for a sandwich or hearty snack.

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Item #PBA235  Retail $9.95

Inspired by the classic brown bag, this roomy carrier has plenty of room for a thermos, bottle of water, sandwich, fruit, and more.  The bag’s flat bottom supports an upright structure and a padded handle on top makes it easy to carry. The fold-over flap closure opens wide for easy access to the bag’s contents yet fastens securely for convenient transport.

An interior mesh pocket holds an ice pack, napkins, or silverware.  A border of chalkboard fabric on the front can be used to identify the owner or offer a few words of encouragement for the day. If you prefer, substitute a coordinating fabric for the border.

An ID window on the back eliminates mix-ups in the lunch room or cafeteria.

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Item #PBA236  Retail $9.95

Knitters, crocheters, and other needle arts enthusiasts will love this stylish travel-friendly case to carry needles, hooks, and other supplies.  Divided pockets hold dozens of crochet hooks and interchangeable knitting needles and directions are included for customizing the bag to suit your needs.

A removable pocket page has two zippered vinyl pockets and two to four mesh pockets to hold cables, scissors, patterns, project pieces, and more.

Now – in MY words – Annie always adds that awe factor

Meet the Vendors – Part One

My favorite part of Open House is working with our vendors!  It is like going to summer camp.  Within three days, we all become friends and establish relationships that will benefit the entire industry for years to come!  And, then we get to share our friends with you!!!

Our event is different because it is all based on education!  All of the vendors are there to answer questions, teach you about their products, and give you demo and class ideas that you can take back to your shops and embrace immediately!  Why not learn from the best????  I will go into more detail about each vendor in later posts, but I couldn’t resist sharing more pictures of an incredible event – and my favorite tip!

Marti Michel

Marti gave a lecture on Sunday and had a booth so she could share her products, demos and class ideas one on one with our customers for two days!  She has so many products, I can’t simply focus on one:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/search?keywords=marti+michel&relatedto=

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Annie Unrein of Patterns by Annie

Annie gave a Saturday lecture and also manned a booth for two days.  I learned so much from her!  Did you know that her zippers have wider tape on each side so you can sew a one quarter inch seam on each side without hitting the zipper pull or stop????  Genius:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/search?page=7&sort=score

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Kathy and Gerald Purdy of Steady Betty

These folks drove all the way from Texas to take part in this event – and were an absolute delight.  I love all of their products but did not know if I press machine or hand embroidery on their pressing pads,there is no puckering or shadow through – and they hold the fabric when hooping!  To see all of their products:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/search?keywords=Steady+Betty&relatedto=

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Sue Marsh and Bernie Wing of Whistlepig Creek

Their iPad or Kindle cover is the perfect class for quick and easy Christmas presents.  It is a great opportunity to teach your customers about interfacings – and the cover can be embellished in a multitude of ways.  Your customers will be making them by the dozen!  You will love their other patterns and books as well:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/search?keywords=whistlepig&relatedto=

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Sue and Herb Hausmann

Sue can sell anything because she knows the best products – and can tell you why you need them!  Her tip – the Frixion pens now come in clickable versions.  In Sue’s words, “Why would you buy the other version when you loose the cap all of the time?”  Well, Sue, good point:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/F5765

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Susan O’Very of Sealed with a Stitch

I don’t have an embroidery machine – but now I want one!  Susan’s designs are so well done and reasonably priced that all shops should carry them!  Even if you don’t sell machines, your customers own them – so why not have them buy the supporting products from you???  Her quilt label designs are the perfect demo to sell machines:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/search?keywords=Sealed+with+a+Stitch&relatedto=

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If I wouldn’t have come to the Open House, I wouldn’t have learned any of these hints…and each one can be the teachable moment that sets your classes apart from the competition!  It is worth the trip!!!  Join us next year – August 24 – 25, 2014.

 

Learn from the Legends

We are so excited that 30 vendors are coming to share their talents and knowledge next month!  Over the next few weeks, I will give you a glimpse of the diverse techniques that they are willing to share with you.

Patterns by Annie

Annie Unrein – developer of Soft and Stable – now has packages of latches and closures for her gorgeous totes and bags.  Come meet the master and learn how to turn homemade into boutique professional!  Your customers will love learning the tricks of the trade….

Cosmetics Clutches

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Item #PBA217  Retail $9.95

Carry On!  Travel Bag

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Item #PBA215  Retail $9.95

Travel Essentials

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Item #PBA190  Retail $10.00

This is just a sampling of her designs that feature her assortment of closures.

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To see all of her products, visit:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/search?v=A537

Eazy Peazy Sew so Easy

Margaret Travis is the queen of developing patterns that use the pre-cut Bosal products as a base.  Stop by and visit with Margaret to learn how to turn each of these patterns into a sold out class.  You may want to wear your sunglasses because her personality is as bright as her samples!

Pozie Placemat

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Item #EPQ128  Retail $9.00

Stripy Stripey Placemats

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Item #EPQ130  Retail $9.00

These placemats use the round Bosal fusible placemats:
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Item #PM-3B  Retail $9.00

The Piece O’ Pie Placemats use the Creative Grids 60 degree Triangle (CGRT60) and the new hexagon placemats…

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Item #EPQ134  Retail $9.00

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Item #PM-5B  Retail $12.99

Check out all of her patterns before the Open House:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/search?v=E040