Whimsical Snowmen

Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs is releasing a new applique quilt next month that would make a perfect Block of the Month!

It’s all about the details – and the details make this quilt sing! Just check it out!

There is even an embellishment pack so you don’t have to look for all of those cute buttons that are just the right size! Start it now and it will be done in time for Winter – next Winter that is!

Tula Pink and De La Luna

De La Luna is the new fabric line by Tula Pink which is due to arrive in June.

This line not only has striking colors, it also features three colorations of silhouettes which offer amazing design potential. Carl Hentsch has designed three different patterns that highlight these images – or use your own!

The ovals on this quilt were created with the Creative Grids Oval Always tool designed by Karla Alexander.

Or choose more traditional settings:

Everything is due to arrive in June so order now so that everything arrives at once!

 

Electric Quilt 8 is in the Building

Electric Quilt is the industry’s go-to computer software for quilting design. From professionals to the everyday quilter, EQ has all the right tools and features for every designer.

I don’t want to mess this up, so in their words:

NEW LOOK: EQ8 is redesigned with a friendly new look that includes large interface elements for faster, more intuitive learning.
NEW FEATURES: EQ8 comes with more than 40 new and updated features, including thousands of new block designs and fabrics.
NEW DELIVERY: The EQ8 package contains a software download license. The license is used to claim, download, and install the software from ElectricQuilt.com. Complete instructions are included.

An illustrated Block Library is available separately. This book provides visuals of all of the blocks that are available in the program and tells you how to find them. The Lessons for Beginners walks you through the program so you learn all of the features.

All are available now!

Crazy Hearts for Valentines

You all bought the Spiderweb Tool #CGRKA6 to make the Crazy Christmas Trees – one of the top 10 patterns! Now Karla used the same technique to create Crazy Hearts. Both are Cut Loose Press™ patterns.

Now that you are familiar with the ruler, it is time to explore the full potential of this gem! Here are the other patterns that support it – and they are breathtaking!

 

Who would have thought that one tool could create so many different looks???

Meet the New Stiff Stuff Craft Patterns!

written by Joan Hawley

Lazies, Join me for a whole new type of stitchy fun with my four new patterns and pre-cut squares of Stiff Stuff! Think of this as fabric construction paper. We are going to fuse a little, cut a little, stitch a little and done! Meet the new Stiff Stuff Crafts. All four of these designs use the same recipe, working with 10? squares, to create a ‘sandwich’. Cut shapes, stitch the edges, then finish. These new Lazy Girls are quick, easy, and addictive. Perfect for year-end crafting, stitching and gifting.

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Transform your layer cake square to ‘fabric construction paper’
then cut, stitch and finish!

Ground Rules

  • Each pattern uses one 10? ‘sandwich’ composed of fabric, Fusi-Bond Lite and Stiff Stuff.
  • One sandwich makes one project – sweet!
  • Layer cake friendly!
  • Patterns available soon! Early November-ish, truly.

Button Boats #LGD138, $10
Oh my goodness, I love this design. Cut and stitch three planks, tie ends together and set sail for stitchy fun. Organize your life, then untie to store flat.

Prezzies #LGD139, $10
A sweet, delicate and simple wrap for little-ish things. Wrap a treasure in beauty for gifting, or hold small things in a beautiful way. For gifting, the recipient can gift again. Wrap a handwritten note with a small gift. More personal than a box for jewelry. Pack delicate items for travel or in your purse. I adore the simple elegance of this fabric wrap.

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Tray Chic #LGD140, $10
Get ready to fall in love with these elegant, simple, stylish trays in three shapes. I already have these all over my studio, holding supplies while I work. Perfect valets for your goodies: keys, phone, eye glasses, etc. Don’t tell the Hexi or Square trays, but the Circle is my fav.

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Gifty Card Holders #LGD141, $10
Easily personalize or wrap a gift card with these two sweet styles. The Keeper style wraps closed like a little envelope. The Tag style looks great tied to a package or as a tree ornament. They are my new essentials in gift card giving! One 10? sandwich makes two Keeper style or four Tag style holders. Love!

New Stiff Stuff Squares, #SLG107SQ, $8
The unique properties of Stiff Stuff from my Sew Lazy line bring these designs to life. Stiff Stuff is like the perfect hybrid between stiff/crunchy/thick interfacings and foam. Stiff Stuff has structure, but is forgiving, lightweight and thin. They are ready to go for any of the new patterns. Each pack includes four 10″ squares. That’s enough to try all four new patterns.

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Fusi-Bond Lite
You are also going to need some of my Fusi-Bond Lite #SLG101 adhesive web to tie everything together. Fusi provides an amazing bond with the feel of ‘cush’, like a gel insole between your fabric and Stiff Stuff. It’s quite interesting and nice.

Button Up! #JABC8+color number
Get ready for a whole new line of amazing buttons from Just Another Button Company! These Snack Packs of gorgeousness are small-batch, hand-dyed buttons, in 35 custom colors to fit today’s fabric and crafting trends. One Snack Pack will make all of our new Girls. Oh my goodness! I want them all! More about these beauties in an upcoming post.

All colors are also available in two other packaged sizes: Smoothies, round buttons with a matte finish are perfect for primitives; Party Packs are loaded with different shapes, sizes and finishes for more fun.

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Floss, Ribbon or Yarn  Pearl cotton embroidery floss from Weeks Dye Works
The new Girls use a combo of buttons and ties for closures. I love the hand-dyed pearl cotton embroidery floss from Weeks Dye Works shown on the pattern covers. I use size #3 which comes in 10yd skeins of scrumptious colors.

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Slicker Templates
Each pattern uses templates. Check out my handy tutorial for laminating your own paper templates. Tutorial: Slicker Templates 

Talk To Me
What do you think? Are you read for some crafty, fusi, stitchy fun?

Please like and share this post with your stitchy friends. Join the Lazy Girl community on Facebook here: Facebook Lazy Girl

Enjoy!
Joan

Meet the Newest Member of the Creative Grids® Family

CGRISE30Drum roll please…… It’s Sew Emma designed their first Creative Grids® ruler! This Starburst 30° Triangle ruler #CGRISE30 can be used for all of the traditional fan and Dresden Plate blocks.  (Cut and sew together twelve units to create a kaleidoscope; six to create a half Dresden; or three to create a fan.) BUT, check out the angled A and B lines on the ruler. These lines are used to add that “awe” factor to your favorite kaleidoscope style blocks! Place them on the seam of a strip set and magic happens. A whole new world of pinwheels is born. Watch tthe demo.video

This is the first time that a Creative Grids® ruler is featured with a release of a new Block of the Month pattern AND a new fabric line called First Blush from Windham.
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FIRSTBLUSHFirst Blush is the perfect name for this charming pastel line that includes a variety of mini prints that are great choices for your mini quilts as well.  Be sure to order extra bolts of the Daisy Dot (#41955-6) background fabrics in aqua; pink, and white on white- these are sure to become a line of basics soon!  And these checks (#41957-3) set on point are perfect binding fabrics!  These fabrics are the perfect foundations and finishing touch to a gorgeous quilt!  The fabric is not shipping until November, but you can order a shop kit now that includes the fabric, binding, patterns and ruler.  Wouldn’t it be great to have your sample done and ready BEFORE the fabric arrives? (Shop Kit Item #42324-X) AND a new fabric line called First Blush from Windham.
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Aurifil has released two thread lines to match these Spring colors.  Choose 10 small (#KJ50FB10) spools or 12 large spools (#KJ50FB12).
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You don’t have to wait, however, to create with this ruler.  It’s Sew Emma has created three Cut Loose Press™ patterns which are simple patterns that are great choices for samples and classes.  Whether you create a large Dresden Plate; a fan quilt; or a spinning variation, we’ve got you covered!
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Promenade is an extensive pattern that includes instructions in three sizes.
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#ISE-163                                                                              #CLPISE010

For everyone that wanted a smaller version of our popular 30° ruler (#CGRSG1) – this one with extra bells and whistles perfect for smaller blocks – is the one you’ve been waiting for!

Miss Muffet is Still Smiling

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Tuffets are the rage – EVERYWHERE – and for every tuffet that has been completed, a matching pin cushion is a must. The kit #LTQ102 includes a foam round, ground walnut shells, tufting cord, felt, instructions, and a plywood base with hardware installed for the feet! You add your own fabric, button and feet (drawer pulls). Who could resist?  You can also buy kits without the pattern #LTQ106 which include enough to make two more pin cushions.  And these kits are quality.

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#LTQ102  $22.00                                                  #LTQ106  $20.00

Don’t forget to have tufting needles and Add-A-Quarter rulers in stock as well.

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#9021DH  $5.49  #CM12PLUS  $12.99

This project will give your customers the confidence to create a full-size tuffet if they haven’t already. There will be a waiting list for these classes over and over again!

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#PPFP100  $28.00                              #EUQ304  $11.00

A Fall & Winter Event for the Independent

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Post Card Party DescriptionA Fall & Winter Event for the Independent.
Postcard Party is an excellent sales idea created by Independent Shop Owner, Janet Lutz of Calico Girls Quilt Shop and Deborah Gabel of Zebra Patterns. Registration and Post Card Kits will be available September 21st at www.rowbyrowexperience.com. The Post Card Kits are complete with fabric backing, Bosal interfacing, and instruction sheet. Visit www.checkerdist.com for supporting notions, Creative Grids® rulers, Cut Loose Press™ patterns, and fabrics.

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For an overview of the program, click ‘WATCH VIDEO’ above or visit www.checkeryou.com.  Login with your Checker ID and password. Select the SCHOOLHOUSES tab and the 2014 Post Card Party is the first video listed.

The Story Behind the Patches.

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The Story Behind the Patches.

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“I grew up in the house next door …” Mary Troyer, Independent Shop Owner. Patches of Life is our tribute to the Independent shop owner. The hard-working creative individuals around the world who all have a special story behind what they do and why they do it. There are thousands of Independent Quilt shops out there, our goal is to take you behind the scenes and perhaps provide some inspiration and pride to all. Enjoy!