Oh Sew Easy Baby Quilts – Part Three

These panels and coordinates are so adorable, your biggest problem is going to be choosing which ones! Why bother? Set up a display them all! Your customers will not be able to choose either!

Introducing Flip the Pig:

Item #SB20174-520

And the coordinates: //www.checkerdist.com/products/fabrics?l=9294

Meet Lewe the Ewe….in Blue…..

Item #SB20042-710

And, the coordinates: //www.checkerdist.com/products/SB20042-710

Which also coordinate with Sky Lewe over the Moon:

Item #SB20152-710

Green Norton the Mouse….

Item #SB20160-820

Or Blue….

Item #SB20160-920

And the coordinates: //www.checkerdist.com/products/fabrics?l=9292

Lavender Meet Bird:

Item #SB20139-620

And the coordinates….//www.checkerdist.com/products/fabrics?l=9286

This Sunflower Panel comes in three colors….

Item #SB20167-920

See all three colorways and the coordinates: //www.checkerdist.com/products/fabrics?l=9295

Now, how are you going to choose! I wasn’t kidding! It’s not going to be easy! If you sell machines, why not try embellishing the panel? The embellishments could do double duty as the quilting – and your samples will be different from everyone. If you don’t sell machines, use a panel as a basis for an embroidery class. If it is for an older child, buttons and bows would be fun as well. The possibilities are endless – so you decide…..

Oh Sew Easy Baby Quilts – Part Two

These children’s panels are all darling! Some include border prints. Others include growth charts. Who can resist any of them?

As a grandmother of five, I would love for everyone to have a Christmas quilt but that wasn’t realistic until now! Meet Norton’s First Christmas:

Item #SB20168-560

And, check out our website to see all of the companions: //www.checkerdist.com/products/fabrics?l=9297

Or, if you prefer snowmen, meet Lewe’s First Snow Day:

Item #SB20173-740

And, see the companions: //www.checkerdist.com/products/fabrics?l=9298

There are lots more choices that aren’t seasonal – and will sell year round. Meet Zig the Flying Ace Dog….

Item #SB20001-730

And the companions: //www.checkerdist.com/products/fabrics?l=9290

Or Norton the Mouse & Knightley the Elephant….

Item #SB20081-710

This one includes a border print:

Item #SB20085-710

Now you can decorate an entire nursery – drapes and bedskirts or borders….//www.checkerdist.com/products/fabrics?l=9291

Orange Zoe the Giraffe…

Item #SB20054-430

This one includes an adorable growth chart….

Item #SB20059-430

I told you they were irresistible! See the entire line: //www.checkerdist.com/products/fabrics?l=9289

And there are more…..on to Part Three…..

New Books hit the Top 20

I LOVE books!  And, since Market several new titles have made it into the top 20.  Check out these titles from some of your favorite authors.  Eleanor’s new book includes block patterns for 6 inch and 12 inch blocks as well as recipes they inspired.  Quilters love cooking almost as much as they love sewing, so why not combine the two???

Item #1086QD  Retail $27.95

Mary and Connie have created some phenomenal quilts using Civil War fabrics.   They take traditional patterns to a whole new level!

Item #B1134T  Retail $24.99

Check out these examples….

Seamingly Scrappy has some gorgeous quilts in a variety of color ways from traditional to contemporary.

Item #B1172T  Retail $16.99

Take a peak inside….

The gals at Buggy Barn have done it again!  Love, love, love this book and the projects inside!!!

Item #BUG619  Retail $28.00

Gathering Friends has an affordable table runner book….in every shape and size…..

Item #GF132  Retail $19.99

The sequel….21 projects at an affordable cost….

Item #LA5962  Retail $9.99

Sometimes it is best to just let the projects speak for themselves….

Our Favorite Veteran Honored

The Quilts of Valor program celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year.  To date, they have given 85,000 quilts to deserving servicemen and that number continues to grow by approximately 1,000 per month!  Rob Krieger, the President of Checker, served in Viet Nam.  A highlight of Spring Market was when Marianne Fons and Ebony Love surprised him with a Quilts of Valor quilt!

Marianne Fons pieced the top and Ebony Love quilted it…..

Marianne works closely with the Quilts of Valor program.  Ebony Love machine quilts at least one quilt a month as her donation to the program – including this one!

Every quilt has a label.

This is an entirely volunteer effort that was begun by a mother to honor her son and his fellow servicemen.  If you would like to learn more about the program or volunteer, please visit their website:  //www.qovf.org/index.html

Book Signings at Market

Checker is sponsoring several book signings during Market.  Come visit with these talented artists who will share their incredible talents!



Kay Whitt will be sharing and signing her new book – Sewing with Serendipity!

Item #V7974  Retail $22.95

12:30 p.m.

Nancy Halvorsen will showcase Ho Ho Ho, Let It Snow Here

Item #ATH548B  Retail $19.00


Margaret Travis is sharing projects from her book – EZ Peazy Gifts and her Cut Loose Press patterns.
Item #151052  Retail $9.95

Join your favorite Swirly Girls as they share their newest book – Sew Sweet….
Item #SGDSS01  $21.95

Pam Lintott  will be signing the latest addition to their ever popular Jelly Roll series – Dessert Roll Quilts.
Item #U4817  Retail $24.95
Kathy Brown   is sharing her new book Fat-Quarter Quickies  – based on her Fat Quarter Creative Grids ruler….
Item #B1171T  Retail $16.99


Joan Ford is signing her new book – Scraps Plus One!
Item #071430  Retail $24.95
First come, first served!

Join Us at School Houses at Market

Checker is presenting two school houses at Spring Market on Thursday, May 16th.  That is right – this week!!!
See the Latest Additions to the Creative Grids Family

Room A103/1043

3:10 – 3:40

We have developed a wide variety of templates and rulers to spark the creativity in everyone. Whether you love crazy quilting, machine embroidery, piecing circles, kaleidoscopes or piecing pineapples – we have you covered – and more!

We have the most outstanding line up of new rulers that we have had in years – and we have pattern and/or book support for every one of them!!!  Everything is in stock and ready to ship so feel free to feature them in your after-Market events!  (Feel free to copy and paste these banners to advertise the event!)

Karla Alexander has created a Spider Web ruler that will have your customers coming back for more!

Item #CGRKA6  Retail $20.95

Carolyn Griffin has designed the Single Strip Tumbler for those who love to work with 2 1/2″ strips!

Item #CGRSRTUMB  Retail $24.45

Jean Ann Wright expanded on the same concept that made her Log Cabin rulers so popular to create pineapples:

Item #CGRJAW3  Retail $22.95

Karen Montgomery shares her three template set that will have you “Crazy” about Creative Grids:

Item #CGRMT4  Retail $22.95

The new 30 degree triangle by Swirly Girls Design is  so new that we don’t yet have a banner – but it is in stock with pattern and book support!

Item #CGRSG1  Retail $25.95

And, see the real deal – all of the quilts and projects that support them!

A Pattern Series Designed to Sell Notions!

Room A103/104

3:45 – 4:15

Combine Cut Loose Press patterns with your favorite notions to create the perfect demo and class schedule.  Learn how to up-sell by educating your customers – and have them coming back for more!
We will explain why Cut Loose Press patterns should be displayed in a place of honor in your shop – and why they give you limitless support for all of those demos.  We all know demos sell product, so come and learn how it works – and watch an actual demo featuring four different quilts from four different designers – all using the same tool!!!
Item #CGRT90  Retail $18.95
Ojo de Dios by Rita Fishel:
Item #CLPRFI006
Key Lime Star by yours truly:

Item #CLPPHA001

Catch Me if You Can by Renae Allen:

Item #CLPRAL001
And this pattern by Karen Montgomery for The Quilt Company which features all of the rulers in the triangle series:
Item #TQC331  Retail $14.00
Cut Loose Press is a Checker exclusive – and will never be sold in chains!  We strive as a company to provide you with quality products at a reasonable price.  And, in this case, they are printed on demand – so they are personalized with your name on them!  And protected paper distorts the copies on most printers so customer copying is minimized!  You will love it!
Checker is also sponsoring a school house for the amazing designers behind Sew Kind of Wonderful! This is at 2:35 room #1A103/104.   We fell in love with their patterns and the template that created them – and wanted to share them with you!  Come meet Jenny Pedigo and her sister – Helen Robinson – and see their latest offerings!  Jenny is also a long arm quilter – and the quilting on these is worth coming to the school house!
Item #SKW100 Retail $22.00
It is hard to believe that these quilts were all made with the same tool!!!
Item #SKW401  Retail $10.00
Item #SKW402  Retail $10.00
Item #SKW403  Retail $10.00
Absolutely breathtaking!  Can’t wait to see you at Market!!!

Experience Creative Grids at the Checker Booth

The Creative Grids Booth – within the Checker booth – is the place to be this Market!

Experience Creative Grids is our mantra – and you will be able to actually cut out a block with many of the new rulers!  That’s right – the designers will not only show you how to use them and share their expertise – you will take home a fabric sample!

The most diverse ruler line in the world has many features that will have you coming back for more:

  • They are only available through Independents like you!  They will never be sold in chains!
  • The gripper embedded on the back of every ruler holds the fabric in place while cutting – so accuracy is ensured!
  • The Black and White markings are easy to read.
  • An MS Tag is printed directly on the acrylic so a video tutorial of every ruler is right at your fingertips.
  • Lost the instructions?  No problem – downloadable versions are available at: //www.creativegridsusa.com/

Friday, May 17, 2013

10:00 – 11:30
Karla Alexander demonstrating the CGRKA6 Spider Web ruler

Item #CGRKA6  Retail $22.95

11:30 – 1:00
Kathy Brown demonstrating the Fat Quarter Cutter (CGRY1) and Double Strip 90 (CGRDBS90) rulers

Item #CGRY1  Retail $25.95

Item #CGEDSB90  Retail $26.95

1:00 – 2:30
Karen Montgomery demonstrating her new Scrap Crazy Template (CGRMT4)  and the Triangle series (CGRT45; CGRT90; CGRTKAL45; CGRMT2; and CGRMT3)

Item ECGRMT4  Retail $22.95

2:30 – 3:30
Jean Ann and Carolyn Griffin have plans, so I am demonstrating the Pineapple Ruler (CGRJAW3) and the Single Strip Tumbler Ruler (CGRSRTUMB)

Item #CGRJAW3  Retail $22.95

Item #CGRSRTUMB  Retail $24.45

3:30 – 4:30

Swirly Girls Design demonstrating the new 30 degree triangle (CGRSG1) and how to combine it with the Circle Savvy ruler (CGRSAV1)

Item #CGRSG1  Retail $25.95

4:30 – 5:30

Janice Pope demonstrating her Bias Binding Tool (CGRABB1) and the Log Cabin templates by Jean Ann Wright (CGRJAW1 & CGRJAW2)

Item #CGRABB1  Retail $18.95


10:00 – 11:00
Karla Alexander demonstrating the CGRKA6 Spider Web ruler

11:00 – 12:00
Jean Ann and Carolyn Griffin have plans, so I am demonstrating the Pineapple Ruler (CGRJAW3) and the Single Strip Tumbler Ruler (CGRSRTUMB)

12:00 – 1:30
Karen Montgomery demonstrating her new Scrap Crazy Template (CGRMT4)  and the Triangle series (CGRT45; CGRT90; CGRTKAL45; CGRMT2; and CGRMT3
1:30 – 3:00
Kathy Brown demonstrating the Fat Quarter Cutter (CGRY1) and Double Strip 90 (CGRDBS90) rulers
3:00 – 4:00
Swirly Girls Design demonstrating the new 30 degree triangle (CGRSG1) and how to combine it with the Circle Savvy ruler (CGRSAV1)

4:00 – 5:00
Janice Pope
demonstrating her Bias Binding Tool (CGRABB1) and the Log Cabin templates by Jean Ann Wright (CGRJAW1 & CGRJAW2)
10:00 – 11:30
Karen Montgomery demonstrating her new Scrap Crazy Template (CGRMT4)  and the Triangle series (CGRT45; CGRT90; CGRTKAL45; CGRMT2; and CGRMT3
11:30 – 1:00
Karla Alexander demonstrating the CGRKA6 Spider Web ruler
1:00 – 4:00
Jean Ann and Carolyn Griffin have plans, so I am demonstrating the Pineapple Ruler (CGRJAW3) and the Single Strip Tumbler Ruler (CGRSRTUMB)
I will be in the booth most of the time as well so if you have any questions about the entire line, we will be able to answer your questions!  Come by and CUT!!!

Sunday Morning at Market….

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Penny Haren 8:00 – 9:30 Creative Grids + Cut Loose Press = Perfect Demo
Join me to learn how to combine two Checker exclusives – Creative Grids and Cut Loose Press – and make them the foundation of your class and demo schedule.
Creative Grids is the most complete ruler line in the world – but is made right here in the USA!  Once you “Experience CGR”, you will never go back.  Our rulers feature Non-Slip grip which stops the rulers from slipping on the fabric when pressure is applied.  And, these rulers are not – and will never be – sold in chains.  They are exclusively sold to Independents like you!
Item #CGRTKAL45  Retail $17.95

Cut Loose Press are reasonably priced patterns that are, again, only available through Independents.  These patterns are printed on card stock on protected paper which makes it difficult to copy.  Since they are printed on demand, each pattern comes imprinted with your business name – and therefore, are always in stock.  Each pattern showcases four notions to encourage additional sales.
Surf and Sand
Item #CLPPHA003
This pattern features the ruler above.  The Dresden Plates are created with the CGRTKAL45.
Three other notions are featured:
The Creative Grids 8 1/2″ Square It Up and Fussy Cut Ruler is used to square up the blocks after the Dresden Plates are appliqued.
Item #CGRSQ8  Retail $22.45
The Hole Thing is used to trace the templates for the center circle on the Dresden Plate.
Item #CGRTPHT  Retail $5.95
This template is created with freezer paper….
Item #FREPA8112  Retail $8.49
One simple pattern gives you the opportunity to share four different quality products with your customers!  And, once they like the technique – and are comfortable with it – they can move on to other projects – a few are featured in this book:
Item #L113008  Retail $24.95
Kathy Seal has written three CLP patterns that support the Creative Grids Double Strip 90.
Item #CGRDBS90  Retail $26.95
These patterns all feature a specific technique using the ruler:
Tropical Blues:
Item #CLPKSE003
Hot Cross Stars
Item #CLPKSE002
Mirrored Tiles
Item #CLPKSE001
All of these blocks have bias edges, so it is a great opportunity to share the benefits of Best Press.
Item #560032  Retail $3.99
Janice Pope – Bias Binding Simplified
Janice designed the Bias Binding Ruler for Creative Grids and has made me a believer!  I had always heard that you should use bias binding – but never thought it was worth the time – until I talked to Janice and watched her video!
Item #CGRABB1  Retail $18.95

This is the first CGR ruler that illustrates how to cut bias binding right on the ruler and the video shows the entire process:  cutting the bias, turning the corners and joining the sides!
She even designed a quilt made with 2 1/2″ strips cut with this ruler and the 45 degree angles that are cut from the ends.
Item #ABB1207   Retail $8.00
Creative Grids designers love Creative Grids and are very supportive of each other.  So when Janice tried Jean Ann’s Log Cabin Trim Tools, these two Southern gals clicked!  Janice designed a quilt that uses all three sizes of the Log Cabins – 6″; 8″ and 12″!  And, yes, she will be sharing this quilt with you too…..
Item #CLPJDP001
These are demoes so no supplies are required.  Just show up and be ready to learn!  Then come to the booth to “Experience CGR!”

Saturday Morning at Market

Saturday, May 18, 2013
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Karla Alexander

Spider Web with Attitude
Start the week-end with a bang!  Join Karla Alexander as she shares how to use her new Creative Grids Spider Web ruler.
Item #CGRKA6  Retail $20.95
This spider is revolutionary – for the first time, you can “float” the webs – and Karla will show you how to do it!  The lines are incorporated into the ruler!
Item #SSQ422  Retail $9.50
The same ruler was used to create Marco Polo for a totally different look.  This one showcases the stars.  And don’t you love the inner border?
Item #SSQ423  Retail $9.50

In Junk Jewelry, the Spider Webs really do look like faceted jewels but there are half and quarter webs on the edges of the quilt.  Yes, she will show you how to do that too!
Item #SSQ424  Retail $9.50

Or why not use a wonderful Paula Nadelstern print and fussy cut the segments in this table runner?  This is a Cut Loose Press pattern so it is a great one to showcase in a demo
Item #CLPKA003
Kathy Brown

“Cut ‘Em Quick” with Creative Grids & Take 5 Chubbies

Kathy used to be a kindergarten teacher, so she is a morning person!  By the time you get to class, she will be ready for her mid-morning snack so she will be raring to go!  Kathy will show you how easy it is to cut all of the pre-cuts on the Market with her Fat Quarter Cutter.  This will become your simple, go to ruler!
Item #CGRY1  Retail $25.95
Her new book – Fat-Quarter Quickies – is being launched at this Market.  Kathy has outdone herself!  This book includes 14 different patterns that are all cut with the ruler!

Item #B1171T  Retail $16.99

These are a collection of fast, fun, and easy quilts that are ideal for a series of classes.  Why not host a “quilt league”?  Members come once a month and sew for two to three hours.  In that amount of time they will be able to complete four quilts in a year!  We are so scheduled these days – so why not schedule some time for quilting???

These quilts are simple enough that they will be able to finish one each quarter with no homework!  Our families understand if we have an appointment – so let’s add a “mental health” appointment today!
This adorable table runner also uses the ruler to stunning effect!
Item #TP011  $5.00

And Kathy will be premiering a couple of Cut Loose Press patterns as well….Can’t wait to see them…..And then come to the booth to “Experience CGR”!  These rulers and patterns will be in stock for your after Market shows.  Kathy’s book is due June 15th!  Remember, this is a lecture only – no sewing machines are provided so all you have to bring is YOU!

Friday Morning at Market….

Come and join some of our favorite Creative Grids designers during Take and Teach sessions at Spring Market!  Meet the ladies who created your favorite rulers and learn how to use their creations to the max!  We have two sessions every day so come join in the fun!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Swirly Girls Design
30 Degrees of Fun!

8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Join your favorite Swirly Girls as they launch their new book and ruler.  The 30 degree triangle ruler stands alone.  12 segments create a complete circle.  This baby is so new that we haven’t released the images yet but it will be available by Market!  There will also be a couple of CLP patterns to support it.  The ruler can be combined with the ever popular Circle Savvy ruler.  You may have noticed that the Circle Savvy has 30 degree markings on it – now they will show you what to do with them!  Just picture piecing segments – and then cutting them into arcs!  Need I say more???

Item #SGDSA01  Retail $21.95

Item #CGRSAV1  Retail $35.95

Karen Montgomery
Get to the Point!

Start your morning with Karen Montgomery as she shares how to use the Triangle Series by Creative Grids.  Following the success of the popular 60 degree triangle, there are now five new angles to choose from!

Karen designed “To the Point”  as a row of the month program so you can teach all of your customers how to use them too.

Item #TQC331  $14.00

The 8 1/2″ – 45 Degree Triangle…..

Item #CGRT45  Retail $17.95

There are also individual patterns and Cut Loose Press to support them! I like to use these eight to nine inch triangles   to cut strip pieced units.  Complicated blocks can be made in a matter of minutes!  I sewed four 2 1/2″ strips together and then cut them all at once to piece this table runner in just a few hours!  And since it is a Cut Loose Press pattern, it is soooo affordable!

Ring Around the Ruler

Item #CLPPHA002

The 8 1/2″ – 90 Degree Triangle….

Item #CGRT90  Retail $18.95

In this case I sewed together 1 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ strips before I cut the units to create 16″ quarter square triangle blocks!  Nine blocks make the entire 56″ quilt!!!  Once again, it’s a CLP….

Key Lime Star

Item #CLPPHA001

Kathy Seal designed Sherbert Punch.  What a great strip pieced setting block for this quilt!

Item #CLPKSE004

Rita Fishel Designed Ojo de Dios for a totally different look – and don’t ask me what it means….but setting the blocks on point and using solids adds a dramatic touch!

Item #CLPRFI006

Renae Allen features great places for her signature machine quilting in this quilt…

Item #CLPRAL001

The 9 1/2″ Triangle Squared….

Item #CGRTMT2  Retail $19.95

Karen has developed several patterns that feature this ruler…

This Triangle in a Square Baby Quilt is absolutely adorable and goes together very quickly.  Don’t you love the mitered borders???

Item #CLPKMO001

The 9 1/2″ Perfect Rectangle…

Item #CGRTMT3  Retail $17.95

“Any 12 Will Do Runner” is a setting for any 12″ block – but the star that is shown is included in the pattern just in case you don’t have any orphan blocks in your stash!

Item #CLPKMO003

Stars on Checks combines four-patches and perfect rectangles to make a quilt that is quick and easy!

Item #TQC330  Retail $8.50

These patterns use the CGRTMT2 and CGRTMT3. Keystone is available in a table runner size as a Cut Loose Press pattern or in a quilt size from The Quilt Company…

Item #CLPKMO002

Item #TQC329  Retail $8.50

The 8 1/2″ Dresden Plate and Kaleidoscope Ruler ….

Item #CGRTKAL45  Retail $17.95

I love to use this ruler to create eight petal Dresden Plates.  Surf and Sand goes together very quickly with strip pieced sashings and borders.

Item #CLPPHA003

Several patterns in my new book also feature this ruler…It will be shown at Market – and available June 15th!

Item #L113008  Retail $24.95

These school house sessions do not include sewing machines so they will be lecture only.  You don’t have to bring anything – just show up with a smile and be prepared to have a good time!

Then, “Experience CGR” at the booth during the entire show!