Thanks for the Memories – Open House in Pictures – Part One

This event is all about education – and our vendors are eager to share their knowledge with everyone.  Inspiration resides in every booth – and around every corner…

Rita Fishel demonstrated the three newest Creative Grids rulers….

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Dawn from the Warm Company was thrilled to announce that Steam-A-Seam 2 is back….

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The mother/daughter team from Fishsticks Patterns shared their wonderful handbags and projects…

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Both of Edyta’s new books arrived in time to be autographed at the Open House so she had a big smile on her face….

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Maddie and Steve of Quiltsmart celebrated their anniversary with us…

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Fran and Michael of Clover shared their newest notions.  Fran officially retires at Market so we were thrilled that we were one of her final shows….

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They all got the memo – black was the official outfit for the Round Robin Rebels – Terri Degenkolb of Whimsicals; Kari Carr of New Leaf Stitches; and Gudrun Erla of GE Designs….

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Robin Kingsley of Bird Brain Designs was an absolute delight and wowed everyone with her new fabric and embroidery designs….

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These sisters from Sister’s Common Threads are the brains behind the iron caddy and shared their new patterns…

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Jill Finley of Jillily Studios shared her new program.   She is famous for her wonderful applique projects so you may know her as the inventory of Appli-glue…

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Kendall from Silhouette amazed everyone when they saw what is possible when quilting meets technology…

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Coleen helped shops design their space with the efficient fabric display cabinets built by her company…

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The gals from Adornit provided that “awe” factor when they displayed their wonderful baby quilt fabric lines and patterns…

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The girls from Sew Michelle showed everyone how to incorporate vinyl mesh into their projects…

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They were all smiles – as you can see – and a delight to work with!

 

Simple Patterns with Learning Opportunities

Cut Loose Press prints affordable patterns that all have one thing in common – they showcase specific notions and products so that you can feature them in demos and classes.  Your customers can then take the tool home and make something with it that they will absolutely love.  For shop owners, these patterns have the additional bonus of being printed on paper that isn’t readable when copied, are printed with the shop contact information on them, are never sold in chains, and since they are printed on demand – are guaranteed to always be in stock!

This revolutionary program is now running like a fine tuned machine!  Think about it – nothing like this program has ever been possible…..until now!  This is a perfect example of using the latest technology to everyone’s advantage – and the response has been amazing!

Many of your favorite designers are submitting patterns every day.  Here is an example of the latest offerings…

Karla Alexander created Against the Rails to feature her Straight Out of Line ruler by Creative Grids.  I love the touches of red that make this simple quilt a show stopper.  To watch Karla demonstrate the ruler, visit our website at:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/CGRKA3

Item #CLPKAL001

Item #CGRKA3  Retail $18.95

Kathy Schmitz is a featured artist at Quiltcon in Austin next month.  For this design, Kathy uses a 2 ply – 12 weight Sulky thread to do her embroidery (Item #712-1005).  It is reasonably priced and comes on a spool so it doesn’t have to be wound from skeins.  Aren’t you curious???  Satisfy your curiosity for a suggested retail of $1.69.  Now that’s a no-brainer!

Item #CLPKSC001

This embroidery design showcases the frixion pens.  They are a great way to mark embroidery designs since the markings are removed when pressed!  Since Kathy is known for her blackwork, she uses a black pen so it matches the embroidery thread.

Item #FX7BLK  Retail $2.63

And, this embroidery design fits in a standard 5″ x 7″ frame!

Kathy Seal designed Sherbert Punch with the Creative Grids CGRT90.  Kathy sewed strips together to create the alternate blocks in this quilt….

Item #CLPKSE004

This new addition to the CGR line is 8 1/2″ high – which means you can sew together strip sets to measure up to 8 1/2″ and cut them into quarter-square triangles.  When sewn these strip pieced units will measure 16 1/2″!  Again, there are videos on our website to teach you how to demo the tool:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/CGRT90

Item #CGRT90  Retail $18.95

Larene Smith created this heart wall hanging or small baby quilt just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Item #CLPSM001

This quilt features the Lil Twister, which is featured on Checker You.

Item #LILTWISTER  Retail $9.85

Our favorite Swirly Girls created this banner that is fat quarter friendly to showcase their new buttons by Dill.  The center of these buttons feature nine holes so they can be embroidered with any letters or designs.  What a sweet baby gift!

Item #CLPSGD002

Visit our website to see the entire collection of buttons:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/notions?c=32904&u=41739

Sometimes we need a quilt that is quick, easy and fun – and is the type of quilt that your customers will make again and again.  American Hopscotch is such a quilt.  Feature it in your next Quilts of Valor day.

Item #CLPRFI005

This quilt is cut with the CGY1 ruler.  With so many quilts featuring pre-cuts – and those sizes, why confuse beginners with all of the other markings???

Item #CGRY1  Retail $25.95

These patterns have become very popular and new ones are being added each week.  Therefore, we have added a new feature to our home page.  On the left hand side, you can push a button to go directly to the Cut Loose Press section of the website or click a button that will take you to the ones that have been added in the last 30 days.  Check back often!

School Houses are a Must See!

School houses are scheduled the day before Market officially opens and are a great source of product information for shop owners.  These 15 minute to 30 minute sessions are opportunities for manufacturers and designers to showcase what’s new and share why you should carry it in your shop.  These sessions are a great way to choose classes and demonstrations for the next year!

We  have  a star studded cast – why not learn from the BEST???  I have spoken to all of these ladies – and been involved in the development of the topics – and they are absolutely awesome!  This is simply the best use of your time – bar none!!!

Rita Fishel
2:35 – 3:05 (Room 352F)
See the newest generation of Creative Grids Rulers
Meet the designers and the quilts that inspired the latest additions to the CGR ruler line.  Learn how to demonstrate each one and how to turn these demonstrations into sold out classes!
Rita Fishel
3:10 – 3:40 (Room 352F)
Turn those specialty rulers into maximum sales
Join the designers that make Creative Grids famous – and learn how to use their rulers as a basis for your next class!  See the latest books and patterns by these talented ladies.  Teachable moments included!
Karen Montgomery
3:45 – 4:15 (Room 352F)
“Demo Do’s and Don’ts”
Demo’s can bring dollars that have a hefty impact on your bottom line.  Learn what it takes for a successful demo and what pitfalls to avoid.
Hosted by Penny Haren and Kathy Seal
4:20 – 4:50  (Room 352F)
Class See 5 – Five Minute Demos that will increase sales and Inspire classes
Learn how to give this series of 5 minute demos in your shop – and turn those demos into classes.  Your favorite notions can now be your favorite classes!
Kathy Brown
4:55 – 5:25 (Room 362 E & F)
A New Pattern Series designed to Maximize Sales
Join Kathy Brown of The Teacher’s Pet as she shows you how to complete the sale – classes based on a pattern…including a notion,..,and made from simple pre-cut fabrics for fast and simple kitting!  Door prizes!
Penny Haren
4:55 – 5:25 (Room 352F)
Quilt shop only exclusive patterns to support the notions you love.
Cut Loose Press – developed for shops to promote and support notion sales.  Provide the complete package for demos – notions + reasonably priced patterns + shop friendly fabric cuts = increased sales.
Kathy Brown
4:55 – 5:25 (Room 362 E & F)

A New Pattern Series designed to Maximize Sales

Join Kathy Brown of The Teacher’s Pet as she shows you how to complete the sale – classes based on a pattern…including a notion,..,and made from simple pre-cut fabrics for fast and simple kitting!  Door prizes!

Joan Hawley
5:30 – 6:00 (Room 352F)
Stabilizers, Fusibles, Interfacings, Oh My…
Come learn about this Quilt Shop Only line of interfacings and take the confusion out of these products!

Take and Teach Schedule for Market

Make and Take session are classes that begin at 8:00 every morning before Market.  I LOVE them!  Last Market, a shop owner stopped me and said that these classes were invaluable because they had “guts” to them!  How often do you get to spend an hour and a half with the designers who wrote the books, patterns and/or designed the rulers???  You talk about going to the source???

Saturday, Oct.27

Swirly Girls Design
8:00 – 9:30
Sassy Circles Made Easy
Item #SGD026  Retail $9.00
Susan and Christine designed the Circle Savvy ruler (Item #CGRSAV1) with Karla Alexander and this ruler is now in the top 20.  Frankly, with their creativity, the demand is so high, we have trouble keeping it in stock!!!  They have designed a multitude of patterns and are even featuring it on an upcoming cruise!  Come see how you can use it to not only cut 26 sizes of circles – but also rings, arcs, and anything else they can think of!  They have a knack for making everything fast, fun and easy so come and see why these techniques should be on your teaching schedule.
Jean Ann Wright
8:00 – 9:30
Lickety-Split Log Cabins x 3
Item #L112964  Retail $27.95
Jean Ann Wright’s Log Cabin Trim Tool (Item #CGRJAW1) was released at Spring Market and was an instant success!  We immediately got requests for different sizes – and when you talk, we listen.  So now we have added the Log Cabin Trim Tool Two (Item #CGRJAW2) with markings for both 6″ and 12″ finished blocks.  (The original finishes to 8″).  Her book based on this ruler will be available December 15th so come and see the advance copy and learn how to demonstrate both rulers.  We have found that approximately 75% of people that see the demo, buy it – now that is a must have!
Sunday, Oct 28

Karla Alexander
8:00 – 9:30
Curves Made the Easy Way!
Item #B1121T  Retail $24.99
Karla is a brilliant mathematician who designs her rulers with a “sweet spot”.  Her curves can be pieced into squares, strips and rectangles – and yes, even circles – and the points will match every time.  Her curves are so gentle that I can even piece them – and it only takes three pins!  She has designed a ruler of the month program around her books, patterns and rulers  and is going to show you how easy it is to take the fear out of curves.  Your customers will be glad you did!
Phyllis Anderson
8:00 – 9:30
Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend
Item #L11274  Retail $27.95
P.J. has designed two rulers for Creative Grids (Item #CGRPA1 and CGRPA2) that take all of the math out of piecing diamonds – and a new book to show you 12 different ways to do it!  When you see her demo and the sample quilts, it will be a must have for your shop – it really is that good!  Her techniques have that awe factor that will have your customers coming back for more!
Monday, Oct. 29

Kathy Brown
8:00 – 9:30
“Cut It Out” with Creative Grids and Fat Quarter Quickies
Item #TP009  Retail $5.00
Kathy Brown of Teacher’s Pet is always the over achiever!  She designed the Fat Quarter Cutter with Creative Grids (Item #CGRY1).  This ruler has all of the lines you need to cut all of the pre-cuts on the market.  Cut your own and save big bucks!  Teach your customers how to manage their stash by cutting it into usable segments and stop feeling guilty about it!  Cut it up, use it up, and move on – that should be every quilter’s mantra!
But just in case they need help, Kathy has designed a whole new pattern line called Chubbies that can all be cut with this ruler in a matter of minutes.  Why not host a free stash busting party with the purchase of a ruler and have the patterns available to inspire them???
Rita Fishel
8:00 – 9:30
Creative Grids Can Entertain You!
Item #TCS013  Retail $10.00
Rita Fishel designs for Creative Grids as well as demonstrates them all over the country!  She has taken some of her favorite rulers and created patterns that have breathed new life into these specialty rulers!  I saw one quilt on Facebook and immediately told her to get the pattern written because she had another hit on her hands!  Come and see what all of the fuss is about – and how she has sold hundreds of rulers and patterns each month just by demonstrating it at shows!
Come visit with our ladies – you’ll be glad you did!

Think Christmas

When I owned a quilt shop, the madness started the day school started!  That’s when quilters start planning for Christmas and harried mothers have a little time for themselves!  These same ladies are thinking about what they would like for Christmas – so why not entice them with your top picks???  You could even have gift cards nearby so they could give them to their significant other to guarantee that he buys the right thing!

This is much simpler than you think!  With very little effort you can increase sales.  For the Open House, we ran out and got some pretty red ribbon and tied a few bows!  Turn ordinary into festive just by tying a knot!

Nancy Zieman has designed a new template for Clover that makes quick work out of covers for your Kindle, IPAD, and Nook.  Teach this as a class so your customers can make them for everyone on their wish list.

Item #9570CV  Retail $19.95

Buttermilk Basin has some great Block of the Month programs that would be great gift sets.  Check out our website to see the complete collection:  www.checkerdist.com/products/search?keywords=buttermilk+basin&relatedto=

Throw in some wools by In the Patch Designs and your customers will be thrilled!  www.checkerdist.com/products/search?v=B397 Did I mention that they debuted neutrals at the Open House???

Rita Fishel turned the CGR Corner to Corner Curve ruler into a must have when she wrote Curvalicious.  Why not display them as a set???

Item #CGRSRC3  Retail $25.95
Curvalicious – Item #CSC003 Retail $10.00

Rita also wrote out instructions for the Storm at Sea quilt using the CGR ruler of the same name – another great combo….

Item #CGRSAS Retail $27.45
Storm at Sea Item #CSC002  Retail $10.00

Here is Janice Pope sharing her new Bias Binding ruler – a must have for every quilter!

Item #CGRABB1  Retail $18.95

Why not partner it with her new pattern – Streak ‘O Lightin?

Item #CGRABB1207  Retail $8.00

Leaves Galore is a great system to cut petals and leaves – all the same size – in a matter of minutes!  What quilter wouldn’t love the complete set???

Item #MGLST  $65.95

The Creative Grids Circle Savvy ruler is finally back in stock!  When production can’t keep up with demand, you know you have a winner!  Combine it with one of the many support patterns such as Insider Trading by Swirly Girls Design?

Item #CGRSAV1  Retail $35.95
Item #SGD022  Retail $9.00

The Lazy Angle ruler by Joan Hawley continues to be a top seller.  Why not pair it with the book that is the quintessential companion for this ruler?

Item #CGR3754  Retail $21.95
Lazy and Lovin’ It Item #LGD901  Retail $24.95

The place mats patterns by QP Quilts were the hit of the show and Kathy knows how to sell the patterns as well as the fabric kits.  I got to sit in on her taping for CheckerYOU and it was amazing!  She can actually talk faster than I can!!!  It should be up very soon, so check it out!

Patterns Retail for $4.99
Item #PMPP; PMWW; PMFS; PMOTS

Why not kit this new pattern by Among Brenda’s Quilts?  This would also be a great class before the holidays….

Item #ABQ165  Retail $9.99

Remember!  Men love tools – they get why you need the right tool for the job.  They may not know a batik from a homespun – and will run screaming from the store if you start to explain – but they LOVE gadgets so make sure you have plenty on hand for the quilter in their life!












Why Wait Until Market? Open House Part Two

Judy Niemeyer was so popular last year, we asked her to come back.  This time she is launching new products that will be the basis of your next class!  Brad ordered every batik he could find for this event.  She will be presenting a school house on Monday to launch the new products.  Start your Monday with a bang!!!

Item #JNQ70P  Retail $50.00

Daniela Stout of Cozy Quilt Designs is the queen of the 2 1/2″ strip!  That’s right – she started designing quilts for her shop that started a national craze!

Item #CQD04006  Retail $18.95

Rita Fishel of Creations Sew Clever will be demonstrating Creative Grids rulers and the patterns that she created to support them!

Item #CSC003  Retail $10.00

The folks from Lecien will be sharing their latest fabrics and taking orders.  Come sit down for a spell….

Inkwell designed by Meg Hawkey

The folks from June Tailor will be sharing and demonstrating their wares…

Item #JT720  Retail $34.59

Joan Hawley from Lazy Girl Designs will be sharing her new line of products designed exclusively for quilt shops – Sew Lazy!  What is not to love….

Item #LGD123  Retail $9.00

Kathleen Connor of Smith Street Designs has produced many patterns that have been the basis of block of the month programs.  Come see the latest and greatest from this talented designer.

Item #SS5003  Retail $30.00

Register early to be eligible for 64 door prizes that could be worth as much as the price of the trip!  Mark your calendars for August 19 and 20 and call or e-mail janis today:  Contact Janis Plomaritis at jplomaritis@www.checkernewsletter.comcheckerdist.com or call her at 419-893-3636  ext. 624