Learn about Batting from the Best

Let’s face it.  Even though batting is in every quilt, quilters know little about battings.  Most of us stick with the same batting, buy what’s on sale, or let our machine quilter choose.  What if we could educate our customers and help them choose the RIGHT batting for their projects?










Dawn from The Warm Company will be at the Checker Open House.  I have quilted long enough to remember when they came out with “Warm and Natural” – a batting that could be washed and maintain its shape.  This also meant that it could be quilted up to nine inches apart without FALLING apart!  This product was revolutionary but they didn’t stop there.  Let Dawn help you choose which battings you should carry in your store – and explain when specialty battings are a good choice.




Insul Shine


Soft & Bright








The days of carrying two battings – one cotton and one polyester – are over.  Come to the Open House and take a few minutes to educate yourself!

A Machine that Cuts like a Printer

Confused?  I was too.  This machine hooks up to your computer and cuts the shapes on your screen.  But before you cut, you can manipulate the image in a multitude of ways – change the size, elongate a shape, separate layers – you name it!

Then, with a simple click, you can print multiples with no waste of fabric.  The grid on the computer screen matches the grid on the mat that runs through the machine so every scrap can be used.



The quilting package includes the electronic cutting tool, the software, over 50 preloaded designs, a 12″ cutting mat, cutting blade, a free month with access to the Online Library, a hook, a scraper, a spatula, a pick me up blade, and a fabric blade.

The pre-cut fabric appliques that are on the market?  Now you can cut your own at a fraction of the cost!  But this machine can do so much more!  There are packages available that give you an opportunity to expand the machine’s potential.

Temporary Tattoos


Item #SIL-TATTOO  Retail $10.00

Turn any image on your computer into a temporary tattoo.  Talk about being the best Grandma ever!!!  The party potential is enormous!  But think about the potential:  Turn your company logo into a tattoo and hand them out at shows.  Tattoo students for a field trip, use different tattoos to decide teams – you get the idea.  Teachers will love this!

Glass Etching

Frankly, I have no idea how this works – but can’t wait to try it.  Can you imagine etching names on champagne flutes for wedding gifts?  Wine glasses for showers and bachelorette parties?  Your customers will love it too…


Item #KIT-GLASS  Retail $39.99

Rhinestones are everywhere – and this machine makes it possible to add sparkle to everything, anywhere.


Item #KIT-RHINO  Retail $39.99

Come to the Checker Open House and learn from the experts.  This machine is simply amazing – and will change the quilting world forever!

Why Everyone Needs Terial Magic

This is one of those products that has taken on a life of its own!  Once quilters got their hands on it, they discovered its versatility – and it has been flying off the shelves ever since!


Item #TM1101  Retail $14.95 (24 oz.)

Item #TM11003  Retail $59.99 (Gallon)

A gallon treats approximately 20 – 24 yards of fabric.  Consider it a “super starch”.  When treated, the fabric holds its shape.  It stabilizes the fabric so fusibles are no longer necessary.  The treated fabric has additional body so appliques maintain their shapes and don’t fray.  Place with a dab of glue and stitch in place.  Terial Arts washes out so there is no bulk or stiffness usually associated with stabilizers!  Is that cool, or what!

I just got a Silhouette machine.  By treating the fabric before running it through the machine, the fabric cuts are perfect with no fraying – and they release easily from the cutting mat. Machine Embroider the shapes with no puckering or stiffness!

Want to create quilt labels on matching fabric?  Treat the fabric and run it through an ink jet printer.

My favorite use???  When creating story boards out of fabric, the step by steps are perfect and maintain their shape.  And, once again – NO FRAYING!  Unbelievable!

But for art quilters, this fabric can be manipulated into amazing shapes to create beautiful flowers!  Here is just a sampling:



Item #TM21016  Retail $12.95



Item #TM21015  Retail $12.95



Item #TM21018  Retail $12.95

Come to the Checker Open House to experience everything this product can do!

Flying off the Shelves

I’d like to say this product is flying off the shelves – but they ARE the shelves!  These reasonably priced units,from Fabric Displays Unlimited, are on casters so they are easy to move – even when loaded with fabric.


Item #FSC2548

This four foot, two sided display rack holds 100 bolts of fabric and room to display 12 books or patterns on each end.  Add a top rack for even more storage.








Item #FSC410

Need displays for fleece and Cuddle type products?  They have that too.  This rack holds 20 – 24 bolts.


Item #FSC2748

Come to the Open House and view the displays.  Let Colleen help you design the perfect display layout for your shop!

Row by Row Experience – And Creative Grids

I  visited several shops who are participating in the Row by Row Experience and they all say the same thing  – they are having the best sales ever!  I don’t mean summer sales – I mean all year!






Who could have designed such a great program?  A fellow shop owner, of course – Janet Lutz.  Over 1200 shops across the country and Canada have created a row.  Visit a participating shop to receive the free row pattern.  You still have time to participate.  Visit the site for more details:  //www.rowbyrowexperience.com/

Janet joined forces with Debra Gabel and, as they say, the rest is history.  Debra designed a line of fabric and supplied fabric license plates for interested participating shops.


The event doesn’t end until September 2 so everyone still has time to travel and play.

But what can you do now?  I mean right now?  Vote for your favorite rows that entered the Creative Grids contest.  The shops that used a CGR ruler to design their row are eligible for a supply of Creative Grids rulers.  Visit this link and “like” your favorites.  That is all there is to it.


Ackfeld has two hangers made specifically to display the license plates:


Item #31082  Retail $11.91


Item #31092  Retail $16.12

Janet and Debra are presenting a schoolhouse at the Open House and will give you a sneak peak of their new program.  It doesn’t get any better than this.

Adornit – A Shop Owners Dream

Adornit creates adorable fabric lines that are affordable.  But they don’t stop there.  They create buttons and ribbons that add that awe factor to everything they design.  These trendy prints appeal to a wide audience but are the perfect answer for every quilter looking for a fast, easy and fun quilt for a nursery or child’s room.

Take, Owls all Around for instance:

The pattern book includes 12 different projects – all featuring the fabric line.


Item #424A  Retail $17.00

The front and back covers feature colorful quilts.


But, they don’t stop there.  You can accessorize the room – and recipient – from head to toe.





To see all of the fabrics, visit our website:  //www.checkerdist.com/search/all?link=1?&search_string=Adornit

Join us at the Open House to see how to incorporate their lines into your inventory.  Ad, don’t forget, kitting is always an option with Adornit!

Classic Quilts the Quiltsmart Way

Maddie of Quiltsmart uses interfacing to create amazing quilts.  If you can sew a straight line – or on the line – all of these quilts are a piece of cake!

Placing simple shapes on a fusible web makes intricate quilts easy.

Lone Star


Item #QS20008  Retail $35.95

Even curves are easy.


Item #QS20012  Retail $35.95




Item #QS20001  Retail $35.95

Turtle Dance


Item #QS15010  Retail $25.95

Or create an heirloom quality Hawaiian quilt…









Item #QS20022  Retail $35.95

Or create traditional paper-pieced designs…









Item #QS20021  Retail $35.95

Maddie will have all of these quilts at the Checker Open House.  Come see them in person so you can appreciate the perfect points and curves.  She can get you started on a new journey!

Raw Edge Applique Creates Memories

Debra Gabel of Zebra Patterns creates beautiful quilts using her unique raw edge applique technique.  All of her patterns reverse the images and make all of these projects simple and easy.

These 12 block patterns are perfect block of the month programs.  The patterns are available individually or in sets.



Item #ZP44015  Retail $89.00



Item #ZP60015  Retail $89.00



Item #ZP50015  Retail $89.00

In the Beginning


Item #ZP70015  Retail $89.00

Holiday Houses


Item #ZP90015  Retail $119.00

Why not create a colorful child’s quilt using the same technique? Animals from A to Z…


Item #ZP99003  Retail $18.00

Or farm animals may be just your cup of tea…


Item #ZP99004  Retail $18.00

Or create a lasting memory of a trip of a lifetime…






Item #ZP81999  Retail $12.00

Come visit with Debra at the Checker Open House.  She can suggest which patterns are perfect to introduce her techniques to your customers – and how to begin a block of the month program…

Thinking outside the block!

Stephanie Prescott of A Quilter’s Dream designs quilts that are definitely outside of the box –  and designs quilts that vibrate with color.  Yes, she designs fabric for Fresh Water Designs as well.

Her lack of sashings and borders adds to the appeal….even when there are blocks involved.


Item #QDP110  Retail $10.00

Double Shot Star


Item #QDP098  Retail $10.00

Square Knots


Item #QDP119  Retail $10.00

Row quilts look totally different in Stephanie’s hands…

Oh Snap….Beads!


Item #QDP112  Retail $10.00

Beach Balls


Item #QDP118  Retail $10.00

Social Climber


Item #QDP108  Retail $10.00

Or no rows and blocks at all….


Item #QDP111  Retail $10.00

Right on Target


Item #QDP097  Retail $10.00

She doesn’t just do quilts.  Her purses are classic….



Item #QDP113  Retail $10.00




Item #QDP107  Retail $10.00







Item #QDP090  Retail $10.00

Come see Stephanie at the Checker Open House.  She can teach you how to look at batiks in a whole new way!