“Quilt Shop” is a Misnomer

If you truly are just a “quilt shop”, you are missing a wealth of business!  Over 80% of the top 100 patterns on the Checker website are NOT quilts.  Creating a quilt is an amazing experience but everyone wants instant gratification.  Why not offer a series of classes that can actually be completed in class?  And, as a bonus, choose projects that make great gifts as well.  Make one in class, and then send them home with the supplies to make them for all of their friends!

Here are my top six choices to get you started:

This apron pattern is one of my favorites.  It comes in two sizes so kids can have fun in the kitchen as well….

ATK176

Item #ATK176  Retail $9.50

These Sweetpea Pods can be made with 10″ squares.  Talk about easy to kit!

LGD135

Item #LGD135  Retail $10.00

The hardware is included in the pattern:

LGD137

Item #LGD137  Retail $13.50

It just takes a fat quarter – and the hardware is included in the pattern!  How easy is that???

FQG120

Item #FQG120  Retail $13.00

This is the new version of he classic Diva Wallet.  Choose a different option – with the same great clasp.

SMC824

Item #SMC824  Retail $10.00

This placemat or table runner has a classic look and is quilt as you go!

TLP1234

Item #TLP1234  Retail $9.50

TLP1234_1

Why not help your customers have a stockpile of gifts for the coming year?  These would all be great Valentine’s Day; birthday; Mother’s Day gifts…

You can make ALL of these samples in the amount of time it would take to make ONE quilt sample!  Use your time wisely.  Don’t forget to take the time to display all of the companions with the projects and include pre-cuts!

Zip It!

Terry Atkinson and Joan Hawley have made zippers the new fashion statement – and the must see at Market.  Joan figured out a way to remove the start and stop from zippers – and then add the pull AFTER it is sewn into your project!  No more trying to sew around them!  This One-Zip technique works with polyester, all-purpose zippers by Atkinson Designs, Coats & Clark, Talon, and YKK.   (It does not work with invisible, metal, sport weight, or Sullivan brand zippers.)

Fobio

LGD137

Item #LGD137  Retail $13.50

This lanyard-style key fob pattern includes the hardware to complete two wrist size versions.  Clip to a pouch for an instant wristlet! Use the One-Zip technique to cut the zipper, sew one side of the zipper in straight and flat, bend to make loop, then use Joan’s trick to easily add one or more zipper pulls.  If you would like to make a true lanyard, do what Terry does – use two 22″ zippers sewn to create a 44″ length.

Since you are basically getting two zippers for the price of one, additional zipper pulls are available.  There are at least 30 per pack of assorted colors.  Combine your favorite colors for an additional design element.

ATK520

Item #ATK520  Retail $8.99

Additional hardware is available in two different sizes.  The hardware to make four additional fobs is just $10.00 (Item #LGD711).  Or, buy the party pack which includes the hardware for 25 for $45.00.  (Item #LGD712).

To close the metal clasp with just one press, use these special pliers that have a padded clamp so it doesn’t leave an impression.

LGD713

Item #LGD713  Retail $25.00

Sweetpea Pods measures just 3″ x 6″ is just the right size to hold your treasures – the perfect gift wrap this season.  Two zips and two 10 inch squares make two pods.

LGD135

Item #LGD135  Retail $10.00

The Becca Bag is larger and the perfect bag for gals on the go.  Once again use the One-Zip technique to create this bag in a matter of minutes!

LGD136

Item #LGD136  Retail $11.00

Don’t forget to stock the glue for the fobs (Item #E6000) and the Fusible Fleece (Item #SLG106) as well.

The Atkinson Designs zippers that work beautifully for this technique are available in an assortment of six each of ten colors.  The display includes hang tags and plastic clips.

Item #ATK790Z

This is the perfect demo for your holiday event!  Fobio is a perfect make it/take it.  Who can stop at just one???