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…….

Deck the Halls…

Decking the Halls means decorating the table, the door, the walls, the fireplace, the base of the tree…..you get the picture!

These large ornaments by Buttermilk Basin are 8 – 10 inches tall so they are great to hang on ribbons to decorate a wall or door.

Item #BMB52  Retail $9.00

Bareroots has a series of candle mats that make perfect gifts.  Many of these are available in kit form as well so you can teach a class with little prep!

Item #BR186  Retail $5.50

Or make these Christmas Wraps to add a splash of color anywhere…

Item #BR194  Retail $5.50

Tree skirts are always popular.  This version by Erin Underwood is festive and fun…

Item #EUQ112  Retail $9.00

This is a great way to introduce your customers to the 15 degree ruler.

Item #CGREU1  Retail $22.95

This Christmas Tree Skirt is created from strip sets so it is quick and easy – but dramatic!

Item #FFQ019  Retail $9.00

It is simple to create with this 120 degree ruler…..

Item #CGR120R  Retail $25.95

Sometimes the wrapping is part of the gift!  These gift bags are adorable and will make them smile before they even look inside!

Item #CW266P  Retail $7.00

These three dimensional trees can be the basis for a great Make It/Take It class….

Item #LATO18CRE  Retail $9.00

This table topper will appeal to everyone on your Christmas list and will be the focal point of any table….

Item #PLS10126  Retail $9.99

Place mats are always popular and these strip pieced versions are adorable!

Item #PTP304  Retail $8.50

To see the entire collection of patterns for the Christmas holidays, visit our website: Here