My Favorite Block of the Month

Bertie’s Year by Bonnie Sullivan tracks Bertie’s adventures throughout the year.  In case you haven’t guessed, Bertie is a charming bird that can fly anywhere and sees everything.  These blocks measure 13″ x 17″ and can stand alone or be sewn into a quilt.





























The item numbers for these patterns are #ATN1321 – #ATN1332 and retail for $8.00.

The backgrounds and pieced borders are all created with her wonderful Maywood Woolie Flannels.  The flannels showcased in this series are available in a case assortment:









What a great way to add a perfect selection of quality flannels to your inventory!

Bonnie picked Valdani pearl cottons for all of her embroidery.  These sets are available in 8 and 12 weight collections.









Bonnie recommends Soft and Fuse for the appliques – which can be done in flannel or wool.





Item #SFP-3YDH

If you choose wool instead of flannel, we have both In the Patches and Weeks Dye Works.

The fabric is due in March – not all block of the months need to start in January…and this would be a great one to start this Spring.  The background blocks are simple piecing – which can easily be completed in a class.  The appliques are handwork – great projects for vacation and traveling!  Why not get your program organized today?





Valdani meets In the Patch Wool

In the Patch

I love the In the Patch wools for a multitude of reasons.  These felted wools are top quality and feature charming packaging.  They are available in a variety of sizes that are easy to display – and afford.   

These wools are available in 50 different colors.  Shops can order a packet of all 50 colors so they can plan their next project – and kits.











Item #WS5572

You can purchase each color individually in 16″

Chubbies or buy 5″ charms in coordinating five color packs…Notice how cute the packaging is….


Item #WC5647

Or choose the 9″ x 10″ packages of 5.  These assortment packs are color coordinated to meet all of your kitting needs.  Again, who can resist the packaging?


Item #WCNK5130

When you need backgrounds, they also have half yard cuts in ivory, oatmeal, and black….












Item #WH5128

To see the entire line of wools, visit our website at:  //

Their booth will be right next to Valdani at the Open House.  What a combination – my favorite wool with my favorite pearl cottons and three strand floss.

These sampler packs will give you an idea of how gorgeous these threads are:

Accents 2 Autumn – 12 weight












Item #A2PC12SMPLR  Retail $63.00

Joy to the World 8 weight












Item #A1PC8SMPLR  Retail $63.00


Time Goes By – 3 Strand Floss












Item #TGB33STSMPLR  Retail $46.00

Come and talk to the experts and learn which threads to use when.  And see how to add decorative stitching with these threads to your next wool project.  You will be glad you did!

Embroidery is the new Handwork

I am THRILLED that Checker now carries Valdani threads because embroidery patterns are showing up everywhere – by several different designers.  Check out the entire line at: //

The variegated threads would be great for these versions of bluework; blackwork; etc.

Many of these patterns are not yet in stock – but will be arriving any day.

Twelve Days by Eagle’s Nest Design features a great setting.

Item #END002  Retail $10.00

Acorn Quilt & Gift Company has two new designs that are darling for the little ones in your life.  Betsy’s Closet features the vintage styles that every girl has worn at some point in her life.  And, sometimes adding a little color to the embroidery just makes me smile!

Item #AQG106  Retail $9.95

Little boys have their own sense of style….and toys….

Item #AQG107   Retail $9.95

Kathy Schmetz has brought embroidery front and center to home decor.  Her blackwork designs would shine in any room.  Don’t you love the setting of Blackbird Garden?

Item #KS1215  Retail $8.00

But sometimes a pillow is all you need to make a statement.

Item #KS1213  Retail $8.00

Hugs ‘n Kisses has designed a seven month block of the month quilt – Twas the Night before Christmas.  Dr. Seus would have loved it!

Item #HNK12  Retail $84.00
We always have great embroidery designs from Crab Apple Hill and Bird Brain Designs but now embroidery has hit the main stream.  It is hear to stay – and become the portable project for quilters.  Set up your display now!!!

New Releases Launched at the Open House

Part of the excitement of the Open House is seeing the debut of many products from our favorite designers and vendors a full two months before they are shown at Quilt Market!  And this year is no exception.  Your response to these new products makes it possible for our buyers to place educated buys to meet your needs in the upcoming season.

Primrose Lane shared two new patterns featuring embroidered barns.  The detailing is absolutely gorgeous.  They look like pen and ink drawings.  Make a wall hanging for a treasured friend or a large quilt for the farmer in your life.  Simply beautiful!!!

Hole in the Barn Door
Item #MG-009  Retail $9.00

Appalachian Memories
Item #MG-010  Retail $20.00

Valdani 3 strand embroidery floss and 8 or 12 pearl cotton are luscious!   Two new collections were shown – and sold out the first day!  In fact, your response was so positive that we have several new collections on order.  Check out the website:

Variegated Vintage Hues

Item #VHPC12SMPLR  Retail $63.00
Item #VHPC8SMPLR  Retail $63.00
Item #VH3STSMPLR  Retail $46.00

Variegated Twisted Tweed

Item #TTPC12SMPLR  Retail $63.00
Item #TTPC8SMPLR  Retail $63.00
Item #TT3STSMPLR  Retail $46.00

The Creative Grids Log Cabin Trim Tool is so popular that we introduced two new sizes – in one tool.  Many of you wanted a 6″ or 12″ version so we combined them!  And it was a huge success!

Item #CGRJAW2  Retail $24.95

Lanette Edens, our favorite Gypsy Quilter, shared her new Sensational Sip and Snip that will be shipping before Market.  This will be the last time you spill your drink all over your work space!  You will only tea dye your quilt when you actually want to!

Item #TGQ011  Retail $23.95

Judy Niemeyer premiered her new Creative Grids Double Wedding Ring Template series – and sold out immediately!  Don’t worry – a new shipment is due in this week.  She also showcased two new patterns – one features the ruler…

Item #CGRDWR  Retail $33.45

Wedding Ring Bed Runner

Item #JNQ95P  Retail $22.00

Cactus Flower

Item #JNQ98P  Retail $24.00

Kathy Brown, The Teacher’s Pet, released a new line of patterns called “Chubbies”.  These little wonders retail for just $5.00 and use her Fat Quarter Cutter – CGRY1.   The response was so positive that five more will be released at Market!

Five and Dime

Item #TP002  Retail $5.00

Bread & Butter

Item #TP003  Retail $5.00

Points on the Prairie

Item #TP004  Retail $5.00

Subway Station

Item #TP005  Retail $5.00

Joan Hawley launched her new line of interfacing called Sew Lazy.  Interfacing have never been more simple – and easier to understand.  With names like Stiff Stuff and Sicker – the name says it all (but if you still have questions, there are  simple explanations on the end of each bolt!)  This interfacing is available as an assortment or buy the bolt!

Item #SLQ101 – Fusi-Bond Lite
Item #SLQ102 – Slicker
Item #SLQ103 – Face It Soft
Item #SLQ104 – Face It Firm
Item #SLQ105 – Dreamy Sew-In
Item #SLQ106 – Dreamy Fusible
Item #SLQ107 – Stiff Stuff

Any items that sold out at the Open House have already been re-ordered by our buyers so order now so it will be shipped as soon as the orders hit the doors.

Think Christmas with Valdani

When I was a little girl, I loved to go to the craft department at Ben Franklin and get anything variegated…Remember the Red Heart 4 ply yarns that came in baby colors and brights?  LOVED THEM!  And, that is probably why girls like me have grown up to LOVE Valdani!  Their muted colors are to die for – and your customers will want them all.

They are available in three strand floss and 8 & 12 weight pearl cottons.  There is a great selection of solid colors – with the same great finish – but my heart sings when I see their boxed collections!

Artist Pallette
Item #APPC8SMPLR  Retail $63.00 (73 Yard per Ball)
Item #APPC12SMPLR  Retail $63.00 (109 Yard per Ball)
Item #AP3STSMPLR  Retail $46.00 (30 Yard Ball)

Vintage Hues
Item #VHPC8SMPLR  Retail $63.00 (73 Yard per Ball)
Item #VHPC12SMPLR  Retail $63.00 (109 Yard per Ball)
Item #VHP3STSMPLR  Retail $46.00 (30 Yard Ball)

Earthly Treasures
Item #ETPC8SMPLR  Retail $63.00 (73 Yard per Ball)
Item #ETPC12SMPLR  Retail $63.00 (109 Yard per Ball)
Item #ETP3STSMPLR  Retail $46.00 (30 Yard Ball)

Heirloom Collection
Item #HPC8SMPLR  Retail $63.00 (73 Yard per Ball)
Item #HPC12SMPLR  Retail $63.00 (109 Yard per Ball)
Item #H3STSMPLR  Retail $46.00 (30 Yard Ball)

Muddy Monet
Item #MMPC8SMPLR  Retail $63.00 (73 Yard per Ball)
Item #MMPC12SMPLR  Retail $63.00 (109 Yard per Ball)
Item #MM3STSMPLR  Retail $46.00 (30 Yard Ball)

To see the complete collection, visit our website at:  //

We have received a small order of these collections that will be available at the Open House and more will follow based on your orders.  Stacy of Buttermilk Basin fame loves them so they will be displayed by her booth.  Place your orders now so the buyer knows you love them as much as I do and will get in plenty for the holidays.  THINK CHRISTMAS!!!