Christmas All Year Long

It is the Christmas season and all of us are “wrapped” up in decorating, cooking, shopping, and entertaining.  It is also the season for “I wish” or “I need” – but it is too late to do anything about it…..You know the feeling:

Everyone is coming to my house to make cookies – I wish I would have had time to make everyone matching aprons as a memory….

There are new members of the family – I wish I would have thought to make them a _____ to honor their first Christmas together… (you fill in the blank!)

This tree skirt is 30 years old – which means it is calicoes and homespun from the 70’s.  If I wait 10 more years it will be retro….but I’d love a new one…..

Why not give your customers the gift of time – and offer a series of classes – the twelve months of Christmas?  This also means that you NEVER put your Christmas fabric on sale!  In fact, you will need to supplement your selection with tone on tones.  Pull out those reds, greens, golds, blues, creams, and whites to add to the display.  Then make samples, kits and schedule those classes!

Tree Skirts

Visit our website at:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/search?keywords=tree+skirt&relatedto= to see over 60 choices.  Why not choose one that will teach them something as well like this Triple Dresden Plate by Erin Underwood which features the 15 degree triangle ruler by Creative Grids?  This is a quilt as you go project so it goes together in no time at all – and it uses up a lot of fabric!

Item #EUQ112  Retail $9.00

Item #CGREU1  Retail $22.95

Stockings make great wedding or shower gifts so why not make some extras for those special people in your life.  To see a complete collection, visit our website at:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/search?keywords=stockings&relatedto=

This stocking was the number one stocking pattern this Christmas for a reason – it is darling and features one of their favorite tool, the Lil Twister (Item #LILTWISTER Retail $9.85).

Item #NM-130  Retail $9.00

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If you start this series of classes in January, you will be ready for March – which is traditionally Spring Break.  That means your customers will need handwork so why not teach them how to prepare redwork using Transfer-Eze .  Why not run the copies for them and sell the copies as a companion to the pattern???  It is also a great opportunity to show them how to finish the ornaments with red wool.  In the Patch Designs has several shades of red.    To see the complete collection visit:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/search?keywords=ornaments&relatedto=


Item #BBD145  Retail $9.50

Item #TE10  Retail $15.00 for 10 sheets

I love this quilt by Cozy Quilt Designs!  It is a great way to use up 2 1/2″ strips.  Cut the remnants of those Christmas bolts into strips and kit it yourself.  Give them a project to sew on those rainy Spring days.

Item #CQD01062  Retail $9.00

Jan Patek designed this wall hanging that would be a great gift or addition to your own decorations.  Why not offer the shapes already printed on Print n Fuse (Item #PNF100)  as a companion to the pattern?  This is a fused project so there is a lot of hand work involved – cutting out the pieces and buttonhole stitching the pieces if desired…

Item #JPQ2077  Reteail $9.00

Advent calendars are always fun – and we have a wide variety to choose from:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/search?keywords=ornaments&relatedto=  This one by Patch Abilities is one of my favorites.  It uses a great Ackfeld Hanger (Item #87090).


Item #P205 Retail $$20.00

If you planned it right, the new holiday fabrics are arriving!  Next week I’ll share six more ideas…….

The Stockings were Hung

Two Christmas patterns hit the top 20 this week which means it is time to Think Christmas!  You already have the Christmas fabrics.  Now is the time to spruce up the display with the patterns that support them.  Ordering now will also let our buyers know which patterns are going to be the most popular – and order accordingly.

These stockings are sew simple that they would make a great mother/daughter class!

Item #07739  Retail $9.00

In the Nick of Time includes eight different styles of stockings for one low price!

Item #121045  Retail $9.95

If your shop features wool, these stockings are a must have!

Item #ATN804  Retail $9.00

These pieced, appliqued, and embroidered patterns coordinate nicely with the wool stockings…

Item #ATN906  Retail $9.00

For those of you who love red work, Birdbrain Designs has a variety of choices.

Item #BBD160  Retail $9.50

Many of your customers already have embraced the Twister craze so this stocking will be well received.

Item #NM-130  Retail $9.00

Item #LIL’ TWISTER  Retail $9.85

You don’t have to live in Texas to love these boots!  There is a little bit of Texas in all of us!


Item #QP185  Retail $11.00

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