Kim Diehl is Number One!

Kim Diehl’s latest book in the “Simple” series is guaranteed to be a winner!  She combines an artist’s eye for color in projects that combine piecing and sometimes applique.  What is not to love…


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This table topper combines elements usually associated with wool to striking effect!


Adding a touch of applique to this border takes this simple quilt to heirloom status!


Interesting borders is a recurring theme…


And sometimes, simple piecing is all you need so the applique shines…..









This is just a sampling of the 14 projects inside.  You already know which of your customers want this – so order them now….

Nancy Halvorsen has THREE books in the top 10!

There is a reason she is a legend!  Her newest book – Christmas Pure and Simple – is her latest book, and is already in the top 10!


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Christmas is about Jesus, pure and simple!  This book focuses on the nativity story, and was a way for Nancy to share this love story with her grandchildren.

This nativity scene doesn’t break!


The stockings are not only hung by the chimney with care – they are hung in style with these new Ackfeld hangers…


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Or make a nativity quilt….


The hardest part will be choosing your first project!





Accent them with the button collection…


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The books are in stock.  The buttons and hangers will be arriving soon.  Order the book and choose your samples…and place your orders!   

Ackfeld Expands into Home Dec

I love all of the quilt hangers that Ackfeld has introduced over the years.  And, now they have added a new line of home decor items in four different themes.  Bring the entire room together by adding switch plate and outlet covers.

Fall Leaves

This set of four cut out designs is gorgeous – but I would love to back them with a miniature quilt in autumn colors!











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The leaf shaped light switch would look great in any log cabin….


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And, the accented outlet and switch plate covers complete the look….

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Sea Shells








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Switch plates and outlet covers are available for all four designs.  Each piece is made in the USA of 18 gauge steel, then covered with a beautiful copper vein powder coat.  They are then hand painted and then coated with a shimmery final coat – which adds beauty and durability.



Spring Market in Pictures – Part Two

Spring Market in pictures continues…


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Lisa of Primitive Gatherings….

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Dunroven Towels….

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Laundry Basket Quilts….

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Susan Emory of Swirly Girls Design….

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Cindi McCracken….

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Kari Carr of New Leaf Stitches…

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Sue Spargo….

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Terial Arts….

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Anything but Boring…

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Olive Ann Designs…

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Violet Fields…..

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Taylor Made Designs…

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Smith Street Designs….

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Spring Market in Pictures – Part One

Welcome to Pittsburgh!  For those of you who couldn’t make it to Market, I walked the aisles and have some pictures to share…

Next week I’ll tell you about new products etc. – but for now, just enjoy!

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Debra Gabel of Zebra Designs…

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Judy Niemeyer – and some of her free form designs…

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Ran into Nancy Halvorsen in the Checker Booth….

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Karla Alexander demonstrating her new book….

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Ellen Medlock….

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My favorite floor covering in the Whimsicals booth….

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Kona Cotton….

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Liz Kettle in the Landauer Booth

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Enough inspiration for all….


Kari Carr Joins the Creative Grids Hexie Craze

I LOVE this ruler!  With Kari’s instructions, I pieced PERFECT inset points the very first time – and it is sooooo easy!  I have avoided them for 30 years – and it turns out, I just didn’t have the right tools!

The Kite Plus Tool cuts perfect kites that finish to 2″; 4″; 6″ and 8″.  Since there are holes drilled to mark the seam line, inset points are a piece of cake!  She has written precise instructions that will amaze your customers!  I can’t wait to demonstrate it!

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The secret behind this brilliant idea?  The combination of a 60 degree triangle and a 120 degree triangle creates 90 degree triangles on each side.  Sewing the 120 degree end of three kites together creates a perfect 60 degree angle!  And, since that is our number one selling specialty ruler, I can’t wait to see what happens when you all let your creative juices flow!

Kari has designed two Cut Loose Press patterns that are great demos.

Hybrid Hexie Kite Runner is created with a base cut on the fold – fast and easy the Kari Carr way!  And remember those 90 degree angles I mentioned?  She places a square of contrasting fabric on them – like you would to make a snowball!  It looks SOOO complicated but is actually so simple!  This entire table runner is only 12 pieced 60 degree triangles!









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Hybrid Hexi Pieced Rose Star once again eliminates a piece by cutting kites on the fold.  And, yes, following her instructions, you will piece them perfectly the first time!


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Striped Kites is actually just six fussy cut pieced 60 degree triangles.  This is so easy, you could make them as gifts for everyone on your list!  The fabric works for you…









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Spring Sky is very dramatic and combines the Kite Plus ruler with the 30 degree triangle (CGRSG1),  With all of the Christmas fabrics arriving next month, who pictures this as a great tree skirt!


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Blacksmith is simply a show stopper!  I love the description on our website:

Bold and graphic anvils are forged in this dynamic quilt. Classic enough for the traditionalist, yet modernism at it’s finest.









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This quilt combines the 30 degree triangle; the Kite Plus Ruler; AND the CGR 120 degree triangle – the triumvirate of triangles!









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Take any 60 degree triangle pattern in your store and spice it up by piecing some of the triangles!  Your customers will love it – and you will be demoing this ruler again and again!

Lakehouse Patterns – Fun Projects for Any Fabrics

Holly Holderman of Lakehouse has her own sense of style and quality.  I can walk into any shop and pick out her fabrics instantly.  When you don’t have to look at the end of the bolt, you know you are dealing with a true artist.

LakeHouse has joined forces with It’s Sew Emma & Cut Loose Press to create eye candy for your shop. Learn how to choose LakeHouse projects & fabrics -or- bolts from your stock in our school house in room #360 at 4:40.

This Diamond Ring is a Cut Loose Press pattern that is a perfect Spring project.  It is deceptively simple – and looks great in other color ways as well.


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Duvet covers are a quilt shop’s best friend!  For those of you who are not familiar with the concept, a Duvet cover is a pillow case for a down comforter!  This Cut Loose Press pattern explains the technique.  A cover can be made in an afternoon – and talk about instant gratification!  It doesn’t have to be quilted so you can sleep under it that night!  Customers can afford to change them out for every season – or mood!


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Holly has also written a pattern for a pillow case – which is the perfect companion and class!  Coordinating pillow cases are also the perfect way to store quilts in your linen closet.


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Their patterns are great scrappy projects and a fun way to play with color.  Modern Butterfly is the perfect choice for a little girl – but in Red, white and blue fabrics would be a great addition to any picnic!


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Pennants is beautiful in rainbow colors – but picture it in your favorite school colors.  Personalize it by writing game scores on each penant – or have team members sign them!








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Lunch Boxes could also be the perfect graduation quilt.  Can you imagine this adorable quilt personalized with the school picture for each year on the front of each box?  The name of the school could be written on the handle.


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Polka Dots & Pot Luck is simply squares set on point.  Playing with the placement of the darks and lights can create secondary star patterns.  It is plain and simple – a happy quilt that is a great way to use up scraps.  It looks just as inviting in country or reproduction fabrics – and would look very masculine.  30’s fabrics could be fussy cut for maximum effect!


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Pastel Butter Mints showcases positive and negative fabric placement.  This sample is in soft colors – but would look totally modern and masculine in turquoise and grays!


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All of these quilts are easy to kit and fun to make!  Come hear how easy it is to use color to create a totally different look!

Round Robin Rebels Unite

The Round Robin Rebels are a group of your favorite designers who became friends at Market and decided to work on a quilt together.  Gudrun Erla of GE Designs organized the original challenge that appeared in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  It was a huge success so when Kari Carr of New Leaf Stitches wanted to design a ruler for Creative Grids, Terri Degenkolb of Whimsicals and Gudrun decided to do it again.

Round Robin Rebels Unite was born:


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Kari Carr designed the Creative Grids Kite Plus ruler that just arrived in the warehouse this week.  The concept is brilliant – combine the ever popular 60 degree triangle with a 120 degree triangle to create a Kite.  But since the kite is created with these angles, the corners are 90 degrees so this shape can be incorporated into any design that uses 30, 60 and 90 degree angles.  Talk about design potential – and these designers blew it out of the water!










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This is THE perfect series of classes for every shop because there are learning opportunities each step of the way – and since they are CLP patterns, they are affordable so your customers can invest in the tools they learn how to use along the way!

Lesson #1:  This is a class in color and design.  Before your students arrive, choose  some feature fabrics to inspire them.  Then show them how to round out their color palette.  They can learn from each other and buy the tools they need for the next class.  Demonstrate the ruler so they know how to cut out the pieces and are ready to sew at the next class.

Lesson #2:  Kari designed a center square that combines four sixty degree and four thirty degree triangles (CGRSQ1).

This block has inset points – and I NEVER do inset points – until Kari told me how!  They were perfect the first time – and every time since!  I can now say that I can do inset points!!!  And your students can too!  The holes in the ruler make it a piece of cake!  She used her Clearly Perfect Angles tool (Item #NLS-CPA08) to add the yellow tips that make this design look complex – but it is of so easy.


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Lesson #3

Kari added a sashed strip-pieced border BUT the black accent is actually a folded fabric inserted in the seam that adds a new design element – and technique to teach your students.










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Lesson #4:  Then Gudrun used the Creative Grids 15 degree ruler (Item #CGREU1) to create the blades in the corners.  Setting the quilt on point by using these blades as corner triangles is brilliant!  Your students will want to use this technique next time they are using side setting triangles!


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Lesson #5

Terri designed the final border.  Don’t you love the way she turned these corner angle blocks into the jacks we played with as children?  Adding the circles also gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the Karen Kay Buckley circles (Item #95088).  They also soften the look of the entire quilt – and can cover any piecing imperfections! She also combined two 15 degree triangles with the Kite Plus 60 degree angle to create the corner blocks.  I LOVE the math!










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Lesson #6:  Use this lesson to show them how to put all of the units together and celebrate with an outstanding show and tell!  Post the pictures on the Creative Grids Facebook page.  We can’t wait to see them!

Checker is hosting a school house featuring the Round Robin Rebels in room 360 at Spring Market at 3:30.  Kari, Terri and Gudrun will be there to show this quilt in three colorways – and share their journey…..and help you to begin your own!


Jelly Roll Jambalaya

With a name like that, who can resist???  This book includes nine quilts and two smaller projects that are the perfect choices for a series of classes….

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These projects are absolutely amazing – but it is not just another project book.  Each project includes a mini lesson on a new technique.  Why not start a series of classes.  Choose four techniques incorporated into four projects.

Have students come once a month for two to three hours.  They will be able to finish a quilt each quarter – that’s four quilts a year!  Let your customers make a monthly “appointment” to do something they love!  An added bonus?  They will be able to finish the entire quilt in class!  If you provide the machines – all the better!

Schedule the classes so they can stop on their way home from work.  Their families will think they stopped at the grocery store – not some well deserved R & R with friends!

All you have to do is choose one of these beauties…












































…and choose a technique – Y-seams, seminole patchwork, tesselations…and at $14.95 who can resist???

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Jelly Roll Jambalaya

The hardest part is going to be choosing where to start!