Paper-Piecing for Beginners









I have always loved Judy Niemeyer designs but didn’t have the time to make many of her larger projects.  That is why I am loving these smaller ones that showcase one technique and, in some cases, can be done in an afternoon.

My Two Baby Sisters showcases two six inch blocks and a twelve-inch block which use the exact same technique to create this eight pointed star.  What a great class!  Who doesn’t want to learn how to make these blocks without fussing with inset and Y-seams? Additional papers are available because you know these will become go-to gifts.

This Poinsettia design makes piecing circles simple – and at 30″, is the perfect centerpiece for a round table.  Once again, additional papers are available.









Fractured Star in an 80″ square.  In Judell’s words:  The Fractured Star was designed as a beginner pattern to introduce quilters paper piecing. The project is fast, uses only 1 foundation block, employs simple cutting techniques, and is an affordable and fun way to jump into your first paper piecing project. It is meant to make those new to the process find confidence, understanding, and success.

I can’t say it any better than that so why even try???









These patterns are due to arrive in August so consider them for your Fall series of classes!

Log Cabin Stars and Stripes

I love this four inch log cabin trim tool!  It makes me look like I actually know how to piece – WELL!  Believe me, it is not me – it is the tool!








Look at “America the Beautiful”. This 28″ x 40″ flag was pieced with the log cabin trim tool using a variation of the courthouse steps block. I used Soft and Stable as the batting so it lays perfectly flat when it is hanging on my door – the perfect decoration for those summer barbecues.  It is fat quarter friendly so it is easy to kit as well.








Check out this pattern by Jean Ann Wright.  See how the blocks are placed to create a star in the center.  This is done with 2 1/2″ strips – which are due to arrive this month. Kitting has never been easier.












This tool comes in a four inch, a six inch, an eight inch, and a twelve-inch size.  Show them blocks in every size. The technique is the same – let them choose the size that they are comfortable with!


Six Point Pizzazz

This seven sisters setting of a Diamond Wedding Star is breathtaking – a perfect example of when less is more!  And the perfect fabric choices?  This heirloom strip set by Timeless designed, or course, by the Niemeyers!  Check out these Market releases!

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When quilts become art – Autumn Pines can be the focal point of any room.


These quilts are the newest additions that feature the Diamond Wedding Ring templates by Creative Grids®.


Why not combine the new with these classics from Cut Loose Press and Quiltworx?

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Red, White and Black Takes Center Stage

Quiltworx is releasing three new patterns this month – all showcased in red, white and blacks:


This fabric line – designed by Judy and Judell for Timeless Treasures – has around twenty different prints.  Why not buy all of them?  These are the most difficult fabrics to find in batiks so shops can never have enough!  There are also several pre-cuts to choose from.  See the entire line at:


These newest medallion quilts are stunning!  Frankly, it is hard to come up with adequate descriptions for her quilts!  And in these colorations?  Wow!













The circular designs soften all of the angles.  Don’t you love the border treatments?  Just one of these masterpieces will be the centerpiece of any room!  Why not order yours today???


Looking for a Large Quilt?

I love quilts that actually fit a bed and this 106 inch square pattern called Forest Floor is the perfect size for a queen or king size bed.  Forest Floor by Wing and a Prayer Design is simply stunning!  This block of the month quilt has such an unusual setting that you don’t even realize it was designed for a series of classes.












Made from a Timeless Treasures batik line, it is truly affordable since it only has eleven different fabrics!  And just look at the fabrics…..once again, simply stunning!

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This is striking in Batiks but would be amazing in other fabrics as well.  Why not make it in more than one colorway?

Remove the Intimidation Factor With Smaller Projects

There are few legends in our industry – but Judy Niemeyer is definitely at the top of that list!  She has an instantly recognizable style that is famous all over the world.  Over the last few years she has introduced several patterns for table toppers – smaller projects that are great for class projects.

For those of you who have a Double Wedding Ring quilt on your bucket list, try this Wedding Star Table Topper.  It is a great companion to a bed sized version but will give you the confidence you need to tackle the bed quilt!

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These Broken Daisy Place Mats can be finished in an afternoon and offer an opportunity to learn additional techniques – combining blocks on the curve.


Wrapped Ribbon is a great introduction to the Mariner’s Compass style…


These smaller projects remove the intimidation factor.  “I can’t do that” or “I don’t paper-piece” are no longer valid excuses!  This is a great way to introduce your students to Judy’s techniques and organizational methods that make all of these projects possible – one step at a time!


Spring Market was Blooming with Quilts!

I LOVE these new patterns by Quiltworx.  Each pattern provides the opportunity to teach Judy’s classic techniques by creating a smaller project that can be completed in one sitting!

JNQ00215P1The Impatiens pattern (#JNQ00215P1) provides enough papers to make (4) five-petal flowers that are 18″ in diameter. This floral series is the first time that they have included the quilting designs on newsprint with the pattern so you can trace it right onto your finished petals.
Don’t let the shape intimidate you.  The pattern includes a link to a video featuring Judy showing you how to bind these beauties!
The pattern includes (4) Stitch-N-Peel Flower Centers  – it can’t get any easier than this!

The Dogwood (#
JNQ00215P2) and African Violets (#JNQ00215P3) provide enough papers to make (4) four-petal flowers as well. They also include patterns for machine quilting and the floral centers. Remove the intimidation factor by watching Judy bind the flowers.  All three patterns are fat quarter and yardage friendly so they are easy to kit.
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Why not let your customers choose their own gardens by ordering all three?  They will be arriving this month – just in time for summer classes!

The Cat’s Pajamas

Cats may not wear pajamas – but they may be willing to if they get to sleep in this darling bed!

Item #AT603  Retail $9.00

Recognize the fabric?  It is part of the Home Sweet Home Row by Row Experience line by Timeless Treasures.

Specifically, she used these two bolts:

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Item #C4491-MULT                           Item #C4492-MULT   

The pattern uses a form by Bosal – which is so new, we don’t have a pic – but it is due to arrive any day.  The Item is #CB1 – you can pre-order the form and pattern now.

What a great attention grabber!  Display this with ALL of your Row by Row Experience products!  To find ALL Row by Row Experience products, visit our website and type in Row by Row Experience.

Judy Niemeyer’s Star Shines Bright

Judy Niemeyer is a legend in our industry – and more importantly – one of the nicest and most down to earth people I have ever met.  Simply put, she is a class act.  We love it when good things happen to good people – especially when they have the talent to back it up!

Judy Niemeyer will be showcasing her new fabric line – The Reclaimed West.  Cotton has never looked so good!

These fabrics are gorgeous on the bolt – but add texture and depth when pieced into her stunning designs.  The entire collection can be pre-ordered on our website, but here are just a few sku’s to show how beautiful they truly are…


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Item #C2908-GREY


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But the fabric collection is only part of Judy’s vision.  She is releasing 18 new and restyled patterns demonstrating the collection’s diversity.


Item #JNQ167P  Retail $66.00


Item #JNQ103P  Retail $37.00


Item #JNQ143P  Retail $13.00


Item #JNQ166P  Retail $22.00


Item #JNQ169P  Retail $28.00


Item #JNQ165P  Retail $65.00


Item #JNQ168P  Retail $39.00

Special Edition


Item #JNQ163P  Retail $39.00

Limited Edition


Item #JNQ164P  Retail $72.00

If you are counting, this is just the tip of the iceberg!  I will share the rest when information becomes available…The patterns and fabric are supposed to arrive in November.  What great kits – Christmas shopping has never been easier!

Get to the Point with Creative Grids

Get to the point with Creative Grids new Triangle series that just arrived!  That’s right – they are all in stock and ready to ship… Karen Montgomery designed two of the rulers in this series, and over-achiever that she is, designed a row a month sampler so you can teach your customers how to use them!

Item #TQC331  Retail $14.00

Karen’s program begins with four- patches so you can cover basic rotary cutting and piecing with your customers.  This also gives you an opportunity to explain the program to your customers.  Notice that she used solids from Timeless Treasures.  Solids are so popular right now – and an added bonus is that many of you already have a collection of solids in your store!  Isn’t it nice to have a program that isn’t tied into a fabric that could be discontinued tomorrow!  That is what happens when you have a program designed by a shop owner FOR shop owners!  Karen knows what you need – and what your customers want! But, feel free to put your own twist on it.  I can see this in prints as well. The pattern comes with instructions for all of the rows on individual sheets.  This gives you the opportunity to spoon feed the rows and ruler demos to them in kit form.

By the time the program is ready to launch in January, there will be a series of Cut Loose Press patterns to support the rulers as well.  (For more on CLP, read the companion article.)

This 90 degree ruler is 8 1/2″ high – which means you can make quarter-square triangles that measure up to 16″!

Item #CGRT90  Retail $18.95

This quilt will be a CLP pattern as soon as it is quilted.  (CLP patterns are always tested – no virtual patterns allowed.)  This quilt was created in a day from nine 16″ finished quarter square triangles which were cut from strip pieced units.  How easy is that???  I simply sewed a strata of 1″ finished green strips and 2″ finished white and black strips.  The seams were pressed in one direction so they nested together beautifully!  You will love it!!!

To see a video showing how to use the ruler, visit:  //

The same technique can be used with any of these rulers.  Wait until you see what we have planned for the T45!

Item #CGRT45  Retail $17.95

To see a video showing how to use the ruler, visit:  //

The Triangle Squared ruler by Karen Montgomery is already featured in two CLP patterns.

Item #CGRTMT2  Retail $19.95

This darling Triangle in a Square baby quilt can be made in a matter of hours.  I especially love the mitered border.

Item #CLPKM0001  Retail $3.99

To view a video of this ruler, visit:  //

Karen also designed the Perfect Rectangle.

Item #CGRTMT3  Retail $17.95

This ruler is featured in this darling table runner that features any 12″ square, but the instructions include cutting requirements for the Ohio Stars.  The name “Any Twelve Will Do” is definitely appropriate!

Item #CLPKM0003  Retail $3.99

Karen also designed a quilt for The Quilt Company featuring this ruler. Stars in Check uses the entire 9 1/2″ of the ruler to create large blocks so this queen size quilt goes together very quickly.  This tessellation is fun, easy and fast!

Item #TQC330  Retail $8.50

To view a video of the ruler, visit:  //

The Keystone Table Runner combines both rulers – the CGRTMT2 and the CGRTMT3.  This pattern would be just as stunning in two colors – and oh so easy to kit!

Item #CLPKM002  Retail $3.99

The Keystone quilt under The Quilt Company name is striking in shades of blue and is so fun, you will want to make more than one!

Item #TQC329  Retail $8.50

I am writing a book with Landauer that features Dresden Plates that will be out the beginning of next year.  I can’t wait to share the patterns using this ruler.  I can make 20 round or pointed Dresden Plates in less than five hours – you will love it!

This 45 degree Kaleidoscope and Dresden Plate ruler rocks! To see a preview of some of the quilts, visit:  //

Item #CGRTKAL45  Retail $17.95
The rulers are available now as well as Karen’s CLP patterns.  The more complex patterns by The Quilt Company will be available by the end of the month.  And, by the first of the year, the entire series will be in place.  Prepare your demo schedule accordingly!