Standing Room Only Classes – Part Two

Time is at a premium and if you want your customers to spend time taking a class, they have to know that it is worth it!  Place mats are a great way to teach techniques..  This time we will make four place mats and learn how to:

  • Stack, cut and rotary cut four place mats at once
  • Create a double-fold binding
  • Attach the binding and turn a perfect mitered corner
  • Join the binding where they meet on the side
  • Try Stiff Stuff by Sew Lazy – a product that eliminates the need to quilt!

These “Take Four” place mats are a great way to incorporate some basic rotary cutting into your classes.  Think about it – if they are cutting each place mat out one at a time – it will take 15 minutes so it will take an hour to cut out all four.  If they stack them, all of the pieces will be exactly the same size and they will be able to cut FOUR out in 15 minutes!

Item #CF224  Retail $9.00

Stiff Stuff is a thin interfacing that is very pliable and is 20″ wide.  It is washable  and does not need to be quilted.  Use a basting spray and totally eliminate the quilting step.


Item #SLG10720 – Available in a 20 Yard Bolt

Show them how to use the Creative Grids binding tool to cut the binding.  In this class, show them how to cut binding on the straight of grain.  This class focuses on turning the corners to create a perfect miter and joining the ends.

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Item #CGRABB1  Retail $18.95

This ruler includes a tag which features a video showing every step of the binding process.  But sometimes your customers only need help on a certain step – and want that information at their finger tips.  That is why they will also want this laminated binding card – with illustrations of every step.  In this class we will skip the bias binding step.

Item #QPBS  Retail $5.99

Put together a collection of fabrics and let them choose their own.  In a class setting, this is like having samples done in a multitude of fabrics.  Then, take pictures of the finished projects and display them by your sample.  A picture is worth a thousand words…..


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!

Sew Lazy Interfacing at Market and New Products

A Checker Distributors’ exclusive, Lazy Girl’s new Sew Lazy Interfacing line is going gangbusters! In fact, we have a couple of new items to tell you about since our introductory post here.  If you’ll be at Quilt Market later this month in Houston, you’ll have a few chances to hear Joan Hawley talk about this incredible line of new products and see the whole line in our booth.

New Products
– Slicker Tote pattern, LGD131, $5/ea retail
– Stiff Stuff 20 yd bolt, SLG10720, $5.29/yd + freight
– Sew Lazy sample card, SLGCARD, free, one per store

Perfect Kit Under $15
The Slicker Tote pattern, along with a cut of Slicker and Stiff Stuff creates a kit that comes in just under $15 retail.
The Slicker Tote is printed project-sheet style, available in 10 packs.

A pack of patterns, a bolt each of Slicker and Stiff Stuff will make 10 projects. Clover Wonder Clips work nicely with this project.
– LGD131 Slicker Tote (10 pattern pack)
– SLG102 Slicker Glossy Iron-On Vinyl (10 yd bolt)
– SLG107 Stiff Stuff Firm 10 yd bolt (10 yd bolt)

What you’ll learn in making the Slicker Tote
– Laminate your own fabric using Slicker Glossy Iron-On Vinyl
– Work with Stiff Stuff Firm interfacing
– Work with laminates including using clips instead of pins
– Make ‘wrap n fold’ handles the Lazy Girl way
– Box the bottom of a bag

At Market
SchoolHouse 5:30 – 6:00, room 352F

Demonstration: Sunday, 10:00 – 10:30, Checker Demo Table
Joan will introduce the whole line of 7 fantastic products as well as the new Slicker Tote pattern.

Checker You Video
Joan will be creating a video demonstration of the new Slicker Tote project to be available soon on Checker You.

Sew Lazy Products Click here to view Sew Lazy at Checker’s website.