Shop Hops and Shows – Part Two

We can’t keep these Hello Pouches in stock! A bargain since the pattern has instructions for four sizes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once again, a sample is worth a thousand words – or in this case – patterns! But don’t make your customers search for what they need! Have the Soft and Stable; vinyl and zippers as a part of the display. Include fun fabrics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One half yard pack of Soft and Stable is enough to make an entire set of four pouches – and it comes prepackaged!

The vinyl comes in a roll – and should be arriving soon. Cut that into 1/3 yard cuts – after all, who wants to stand in line for something so basic?

Two of By Annie’s 30″ zippers will make a complete set so include them in the display as well.

These are also a basis for a great class. Remove the intimidation factors. Teach a machine quilting class that will be used for the bases. (This is a great way to showcase the Creative Grids Angela Walters templates). Then show how easy it is to insert zippers and sew through vinyl.

To see our Shop Hop Guide Event Ideas and Inspiration booklet, click here

Mini Quilts are Hot Part Two

Several of your favorite designers:  Pat Sloan, Carrie Nelson, Brigitte Heitland, Camille Roskelley, Me and My Sister Designs, Sherri McConnell, Sandy Gervais, Edyta Sitar, Lynne Hagmeier, Vanessa Christenson, Anne Sutton, Laurie Simpson, Jen Kingwell, Lisa Bongean, and Betsy Chutchian. contributed to this top-selling book:  Mini Marvels.  All of these designers have such a recognizable style that it is fun to guess who made each quilt – no peeking!

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Once again, the photography showcases these beauties to their best advantage – and makes you want to start cutting up that stash immediately!

Don’t forget!  I know I mentioned this in Part One, but it bares repeating!If you are hanging them on a wall, you may want to consider using Soft and Stable for batting.  They will hang perfectly flat and add that professional touch!  It comes in several packaging options: Project Packs which include four 13 1/2 x 18 1/2 inch pieces (originally meant for place mats but perfect for minis), 1/2 yard cuts; 1 yard cuts; etc.  Why not display these packaged options next to a display of minis???

Creative Grids® has several rulers that may help you along your miniature journey.  They have put together a booklet entitled “Love Mini’s” which shows a wide variety of tools available to create small units. Help your customers find the right tool for their mini projects!   There is also a tri-fold available to help your customers keep track of the Creative Grids® products they already have… or want! Be sure you keep a supply next to your cash register or Creative Grids® display.  Newest rulers are listed in bold on the list – so be sure to replenish new brochures every spring and fall.

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Mini Quilts are Hot Part One

Kathleen Tracy has created sixteen charming mini quilts based on traditional blocks that we all know and love.  Minis are gaining in popularity and are a great way to accessorize a room by using the scraps from a quilt to create minis that coordinate with it.  Don’t you love getting your “Martha Stewart” on?

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Or, add a spot of color anywhere in your home.  Check out their photography for inspiration.  Don’t you want these vignettes in your own home?

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Or display them all together to create a huge impact in any room!  If you are hanging them on a wall, you may want to consider using Soft and Stable for batting.  They will hang perfectly flat and add that professional touch!  It comes in several packaging options: Project Packs which include four 13 1/2 x 18 1/2 inch pieces (originally meant for place mats but perfect for minis), 1/2 yard cuts; 1 yard cuts; etc.  Why not display these packaged options next to a display of minis?

Creative Grids® has several rulers that may help you along your miniature journey.  They have put together a booklet entitled “Love Mini’s” which shows a wide variety of tools available to create small units. Help your customers find the right tool for their mini projects!  There is also a tri-fold available to help your customers keep track of the Creative Grids® products they already have… or want! Be sure you keep a supply next to your cash register or Creative Grids® display.  Newest rulers are listed in bold on the list – so be sure to replenish new brochures every spring and fall.

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Organize in Style

Over 25% of the top selling patterns are purses and now three of the top 100 books feature purses as well.  Why?  Personally, I think it is because the products have caught up with the industry.  With the likes of products such as Soft and Stable, mesh, vinyl and hardware, anyone can create professional looking designer bags.

Duffle Bags by Cindy Taylor Oates is the latest in her series of popular books.  Mix and match fabrics to create the perfect portable storage case!TMB-179 Item #TMB-179  Retail $15.00

Two styles of bags come in three different sizes.
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Sara Lawson has created twelve structured bags for her book, Windy City Bags. Sara explains how to confidently choose the correct interfacings and how to personalize your design with fabrics, hardware, zippers and pockets. Choose from any of a dozen top notch designs.
B1312T Item #B1312T  Retail $27.99

Top designers have combined forces to create this latest book by Stash.  Fifteen organizers span the needs of every quilter.  Laptop folios, gym bags, and even a trunk organizer are included.  Projects are rated from confident beginner to advanced.  The book even includes details on the basics.  Who could ask for more???11133 Item #11133    Retail $26.95

Remember, quilt shops are no longer just for quilts any more!

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.

PBA235

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.

PBA236

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

My Favorite NEW Notions

There are several new notions coming out this Fall that have real potential to be the hot sellers for your after market demo.  They are not all in stock – but are expected to arrive any day so why not order them now so you will get them as soon as they are available???

By now, you all have tried Soft and Stable and absolutely love it in your small projects.  Annie now offers it in four packs cut to a place mat size.  Since this product does not have to be quilted, you can create  any table setting you want!  It even comes with a free pattern.

Item #PBASS10PP  Retail $12.95
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Item #PBASS20PP  Retail $12.95
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Did you know that Mary Ellen’s Best Press is now available in Peaches and Cream?  I can’t wait to try it!

Item #S60133  Retail $3.99

I love the Steady Betty line of products – and this stiletto should be a great addition to your notions collection.  The “spongy” tip holds the fabric right where you want it.

Item #SSP  Retail $12.95

This marking tool is something that we have carried for awhile.  It has been advertised a lot lately, so I thought it was worthy of a second look!  This tool shows up beautifully on dark fabrics and disappears when touched with a hot iron.

Item #UMP6  Retail $5.99

Remember, having the right tools makes the job sooooo much easier!