Halloween is in the air…Wool….Part One

School has started and Labor Day is over so that means Halloween is right around the corner! If you have been too busy with summer shop hops and events to think and plan for the next big holiday, we are here to help!

Fall is the perfect time to introduce wool to your customers. In the Patch Designs has variety packs in Fall colors that can be the center of your display…


Item #5443 See website for pricing

Item #4799

Item #4799 See website for pricing

Or, if you prefer to choose your own assortments, why not get a complete color card of their wools?

Item #WS5572

Item #WS5572 See Website for Pricing

This framed artwork from All Through the Night is a great wool project – and oh sew easy to kit!

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Item #ATN1005 Retail $9.00

Or decorate a table with this Halloween Sampler by Country Stitches…

Item #CS392  Retail $9.00


Item #CS392 Retail $9.00

Or, decorate a sofa or entry way with these wonderful pillows…

Halloween Woolies Item #SFP70  Retail $9.00
Item #SFP70 Retail $9.00

The perfect companion for these great wool projects is Valdani threads. Who could resist the variegated colors in this wonderful Fall assortment.

Item #TBPC8SMPLR  Retail $63.00
Item #TBPC8SMPLR Retail $63.00FBPC8SMPLR


Item #FBPC8SMPLR Retail $63.00

The packaging of the wool and pearl cottons is so striking that your customers won’t even notice that you don’t actually have a sample done! And the display is just a few clicks away….



The Creative Grids Experience – Part Three -Pineapples

The Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool is a natural progression for those of you who have paid your rent with the sales of the original Log Cabin Trim Tool (Item #CGRJAW1) and the Log Cabin Trim Tool Two (CGRJAW2).

The concept for all of Jean An Wright’s trim tools are the same.  The blocks are trimmed after each round of strips are added so the block remains square through the entire process.  Rotary cutting is minimized since nothing has to be cut to an exact size.

Host a stash busting party and demonstrate the ruler.  Their stash is your greatest competitor!  They feel guilty buying more fabric when they have so much at home – so show them how to use it up and demonstrate a great tool in the process.


Item #CGRJAW3  Retail $23.45

This is a great time to demonstrate any of the rotating mats.  Jean Ann prefers the Fiskars brand, but you can showcase whichever one that you carry in your store….


Item #01-00059F  Retail $35.69

“Pineapple Salad” is totally scrappy.  Strips are added to the center randomly with no concern about lights and darks.


Item #CLPJAW006

Tropical Fruit is a the most traditional version of this classic pattern and is a great way to showcase batiks.


Item #CLPJAW008

Pineapple Salsa adds a contemporary look by alternating black and red blocks…


Item #CLPJAW009

Pineapple Playtime is a planned version.  Each fabric is placed in the same location in each block.


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And, Pineapple Pizzazz is just plain fun.


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To make the demonstrations even easier, we now have story boards available that can be printed at your local print shop.  Prices very greatly – and there are always sales – so be sure to ask before printing!  If you are interested in the files to print your own story boards, email:  cginfo@www.checkernewsletter.comcheckerdist.com


The Creative Grids Experience – Part Two – Scrap Crazy

The Scrap Crazy template set is a no-brainer!  It is a fast and easy way to use up scraps – if the template fits on the scrap, cut it!  How simple is that!!!


Item #CGRMT4  Retail $23.45

These Cut Loose Press patterns are an opportunity to show your customers how to use the templates.  Both patterns also give you an opportunity to showcase embellishing stitches on your sewing machine.


Item #CLPKMO004  

The perfect companion is this Bead Gravy packet:


Item #BDGR2  Retail $4.98

Or make a small throw or baby quilt and embellish the seams…  The quilt measures 48″ without borders.  Your customers can finally justify buying a machine with a zillion different stitches!


Item #CLPKMO005

Once they have learned the basics of the ruler, they can use the templates individually or in different combinations to create even more patterns:



Item #TQC334  Retail $8.50

Double Diamond Crazy



Item #TQC335  Retail $8.50

Out of the Bag


Item #TQC332  Retail $8.50

Gone Scrap Crazy


Item #TQC333  Retail $8.50

Meet the newest member of the family!  Karen has written a booklet that includes seven patterns for just $15.00.  With this kind of support, the template set will fly off the shelves!


Item #TQC104  Retail $15.00

A five minute demo will pay dividends the entire year!  If you would like to print copies of the story boards to use in your demos, email:  cginfo@www.checkernewsletter.comcheckerdist.com


Take the Creative Grids Experience to YOUR Store – Diamond Dimensions – Part One

Checker hosted the Creative Grids Experience the day before the Open House officially opened.  A full house spent an afternoon learning how to use the latest six rulers and templates.  And, by all accounts, it was a great success.  Rob welcomed everyone to the event.

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By  the way, the electricity in this room is run ABOVE the tables.  Extension cords can be pulled down from the ceiling so no one is tripping on cords (those are yellow electric cords you see).  Simply brilliant – would this work in your classroom???

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And, then the fun began….Three Creative Grids designers showed how to demonstrate and use two different rulers at three stations around the room.  The participants were given a fabric kit, a ruler, and a Cut Loose Press pattern featuring each ruler.  They actually learned how to use each ruler and start on a sample.

As the day progressed, they became friends – and there was more talking than sewing – but the sharing of ideas between shop owners was an added bonus!

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Do you see ANYONE sewing in these pictures????  We all know quilting classes are as much a social experience as a learning one – and it is no different when you own the shop!

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Karen Montgomery demonstrated two rulers.  The Diamond Dimensions ruler by Erin Underwood is a great class ruler.  The Cut Loose Press patterns offer simple projects that give you an opportunity to demonstrate the diverse features of the ruler.  Then, you can move onto intermediate and advanced projects that show that this is a ruler with pizzazz.


Item #CGREU2  Retail $28.45

I love this “Catty Cornered Table Runner because it shows how to cut strips and features the 45 degree angle on one side of the ruler.  Then when they move onto other patterns, the ruler is not intimidating.


Item #CLPEUN006  

Once they are comfortable with cutting strips and angles, it is time to move onto a star.  Kaleidoscope Star is cut from a variegated fabric but a stripe would look great as well.  The diamond shapes are not pieced – and there are no Y or inset seams so this is a piece of cake!  It literally can be taught in a six hour class – and finished!!!


Item #CLPEUN005

Or, offer this table runner and placemat class.  The diamonds are strip pieced so it is a great way to show them how to cut pieced diamonds.


Item #CLPEUN007

Elsie Campbell used this ruler to piece chevrons – and diamonds have never looked so good!  The sample is done as a rainbow of colors – but it would be just as effective if each diamond was the same.  Simply beautiful!


Item #CLPEMC002

The table runner would be gorgeous in the same fabrics as well…


Item #CLPEMC001

Now that you know how to use the ruler, it is time to move onto the intermediate and expert patterns – and Erin has just the thing!


Item #EUQ200  Retail $9.00


Item #EUQ201  Retail $9.00


Item #EUQ202  Retail $9.00

You can do a whole series of classes and demos based on this one ruler – and what samples they will be!