Sixty-degree Angles Just Got a WHOLE Lot Easier!

Designing quilts with sixty-degree angles just got a WHOLE lot easier with the introduction of Sheila Christensen’s Creative Grids® Half Sixty ruler.

Creative Grids Half Sixty Triangle Ruler

This tool is the perfect companion to the Creative Grids® 80-degree rulers. Since it is 12-1/2″, it works with both. Sew the straight side to create pieced 60-degree units; sew the angles side to create pieced rectangles. It is really that easy!

Just look at the possibilities! This Cut Loose Press™ pattern – Pinwheel Hexagons #CLPSCH001- is a great beginner class. Sixty-degree triangles are pieced from two half sixties and then squared up to create blocks with half sixties. How simple and easy is that!

Pinwheel Hexagons

But this is NOT a one-trick pony! Look at just some of the possibilities! Who would ever think that they were all created with the same tool!

Arrows Quilt
Slice it Up Quilt
Topsy Quilt
Be a Mod Runner
Hover Quilt
The Quick & Easy Triangle Block Tool

And don’t you love her vibrant choice of colors? The sixty-degree triangle is our number one selling triangle of all time – and now it has a friend! Your customers will love it!

Christmas All Year Round

I just love this guy! Noggin #CLPLDB003 is a Cut Loose Press™ pattern made with two different Creative Grids® rulers. I already have mine cut out!

Most of the strips are cut to 1 1/4″ – half the width of a jelly roll so it is a great stash buster as well.

You need the four-inch Creative Grids® Log Cabin Trim Tool…

Creative Grids 4in Log Cabin Trim Tool Quilt Ruler

and the four-inch Creative Grids® Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool.

Creative Grids 4in Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool

The pattern features three different versions of log cabins – log cabins, courthouse steps, and curvy log cabins. What a great series of classes.

New Creative Grids® Cutting Mats are in the House!

It took almost two years to get it right – and boy did we get it right! I have been working with a prototype for a few months now – and they are WONDERFUL! All sizes, rack, and assortment are in stock and starting to ship today.

The three larger sizes of the Creative Grids® Rotary Cutting Mats are double sided. One side features one-inch grids with eighth inch markings over the entire surface. All numbers are printed outside of the grid area so they are always visible. Popular 1-1/2 inch cuts are highlighted with white stars; 2-1/2 inch cuts with white squares.

The other side of the smallest 6 x 8 inch mat is blank – perfect for trimming blocks.

Creative Grids Cutting Mat 6in x 8in

The other side of the three larger sizes are designed to use with the Creative Grids® Stripology series of rulers by Gudrun Erla. Line up the fabric and rulers on the spaced horizontal half inch grid lines. That is all you need – no other distracting markings and lines are needed!

Creative Grids Cutting Mat 18in x 24in
Creative Grids Cutting Mat 18in x 24in

Now all you have to do is choose your size: 12 x 18; 18 x 24, or 24 x 36 inches.

Creative Grids Cutting Mat 12in x 18in
Creative Grids Cutting Mat 18in x 24in
Creative Grids Cutting Mat 24in x 36in

You may want more than one!

Coffee for Christmas

Coffee Break from Cut Loose Press™ by Karla Alexander is so much fun to make! I got out my Fiestaware and started throwing out fabrics that coordinated. It turns out, I couldn’t stop at a table runner. They are just way too much fun – and I am a little OCD…

Coffee Break

So what is a gal to do? Make 35 more and turn them into mug rugs for gifts for coaches, teachers, principals….you get the picture. And, if you have a good relationship with your machine quilter, she may even add their names.

But, I live in Ohio – and they are #1 so…..

These individual cups measure approximately 8″ so I cut an 8″ square of fabric, folded it in half, and used it as a pocket on the back. I’ll put coffee gift cards in the pocket as a homage to Karla. After all, she lives in the Pacific Northwest and KNOWS good coffee!

You still have time to finish six or six dozen by Christmas so get started!

Rotary Blade Guards

These were a big hit at Market! These guards protect your fingers from the blade! They come in packs of four – and should be a must have for every rotary cutter in every shop and class!

Rotary Blade Guards 45mm for RTY2DX

Rotary Blade Guards 45mm for RTY2DX

They are specifically designed to work with the OLFA ergonomic cutter.

45 mm Deluxe Ergonomic Rotary Cutter

They are also available for the 60mm size:

Rotary Blade Guards 60mm for RTY3DX
60mm Deluxe Ergonomic Rotary Cutter

What a great stocking stuffer! They will be available very soon!

Creative Grids® Cutting Mats

The hit of Houston! Creative Grids® now has cutting mats in four sizes: 6 x 8; 12 x 18; 18 x 24; and 24 x 36 inches.

Creative Grids Cutting Mat 24in x 36in
Creative Grids Cutting Mat 18in x 24in
Creative Grids Cutting Mat 12in x 18in
Creative Grids Cutting Mat 6in x 8in

Why am I soooo excited about these mats? Gudrun Erla and I were on the design team from the very beginning and got to create our dream mat. The Creative Grids® Rotary Cutting Mat is double-sided. One side features one-inch grids with eighth-inch markings over the entire surface. All numbers are printed outside of the grid area, so they are always visible. Popular 1-1/2 inch cuts are highlighted with white stars; 2-1/2 inch cuts with white squares. Eighth, quarter and third-yard cuts are marked with dashed lines for easy reference.

The other side is designed to use with the Creative Grids® Stripology series of rulers. Line up the fabric and rulers on the spaced horizontal half-inch grid lines. That is all you need – no other distracting markings and lines are needed.

AND, they are not available in chains! If you buy three of each mat, the display rack is free. Just order the assortment. The heavy-duty rack can be purchased separately as well.

Creative Grids Cutting Mat Assortment With Rack

The black and white markings on our rulers show up perfectly on the gray and teal colorations. For designers, it photographs wonderfully so is a great backdrop for demos, videos, and illustrations! Give them a try!

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Sometimes Bigger IS Better

The Creative Grids® Stripology XL combines all of the features you love in the original Stripology ruler AND the Stripology Squared. This beauty combines the height of the Stripology Squared – so you can square up blocks up to 12-1/2in – with the width of the original Stripology so you can cut up to eight 2-1/2in strips or 14 1-1/2in strips without ever moving the tool, reducing your rotary cutting time by up to 75 percent. The 2½ inch increments are marked with squares; the 1½ inch increments are marked with stars – no math required!

Creative Grids Stripology XL Ruler

Need to cut in 1/4 inch increments? No problem, just follow the chart included in the instructions and use the 1/4 inch line on the ruler. We have added additional bells and whistles as well. There are 60-degree lines as well as 45-degree lines; 1/2in lines; and additional markings to aid in cutting perfect triangles every time. This ruler comes with a fully illustrated step by step instructions or watch Gudrun’s video tutorial.

The ruler slides easily over the fabric until pressure is applied. Then, our exclusive gripper holds the fabric in place while cutting, eliminating slipping and miss-cuts!

The perfect companion pattern? Gudrun’s Stripology Mixer patterns. Ava and Gina combine 10-inch squares and 2 1/2 inch strips to maximum effect.

Ava
Gina

Trinity combines 1 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ strips with 10-inch squares for a dramatic effect.

Trinity

Lucy includes multiple sizes and layouts – all created with ten-inch squares.

Lucy

And then there is Sara – a Cut Loose Press™ pattern that is cute enough to compete with her favorite sewing companion.

Sara

All of these patterns are made easier with the use of her G-Easy Point Trimmers. What a difference a tip makes!

GEasy Point Trimmers

The ruler and patterns are in stock. The trimmers are due in next week. What a great gift!

Scrap Crazy just got Crazier

Crazier Eights is the latest addition to the Creative Grids® Scrap Crazy family. The fans of Scrap Crazy 6 and Scrap Crazy 8 are sure to love this latest five template version.

Creative Grids Crazier Eights Template

Create 8-inch finished Scrap Crazy blocks with the five templates in this Crazier Eight set. All of the pieces can be cut from those odd sized scraps in your stash or stack fabrics and cut multiples out of ten-inch squares in a matter of minutes. The tips are trimmed when needed so the pieces sew together perfectly every time. Embellish the seams with your favorite decorative stitches and threads. Make an entire quilt or sew them into a scrappy, decorative border.

Piece the five units together for a great scrap quilt or use some of the templates to make these dynamic versions.

Fireworks
Snow Crystals

The templates sets are in stock. The patterns will be in stock shortly.

Terry – the Queen of Designs

The newest patterns by Terry Atkinson are easily recognizable – they just exude her style! Floating Peaks can be made from fat eighths or 10″ squares. The points are floating so they will be perfect every time! The finished size is 15.5″ x 38″ – which means the backing can be cut from the width of fabric. Or, since you won’t be able to make just one, two can be backed with just 1 1/4 yards of fabric.

Floating Peaks

This pattern features the Creative Grids 60 degree triangle ruler.

Creative Grids 60 Degree Triangle 8-1/2in Quilt Ruler

Pint Size Parking is perfect for holding pint sized canning jars.Pick a pretty pair of fabrics – a fat quarter of the main fabric and a half yard of the lining and contrast – is all you need! These little treasures are the perfect copliment for picnics, parties, or any room in the house.

Pint Size Parking

Both patterns will be available next month!

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

Krista Mower’s top selling Creative Grids 60 Degree Diamond Ruler now comes in a mini size! This little ruler is packs a lot of punch! You can cut 60 degree triangles, trapezoids, diamonds and hexies up to 4 1/2″!

Creative Grids 60 Degree Mini Diamond Ruler

I Krista’s own words – and who could say it better: Up your quilting game with this charming pattern! Bumblebee Blossoms gives you a complicated look without tedious piecing. Gain confidence with angles and color placement. This quilt is constructed of three main blocks: the flowers, the bees, and the leaf blocks. Each one illustrates a different technique which are valuable additions to your quilting skills library. Use ombre fabric to get the most out of shade and value, or use scraps from your stash for an eclectic look!

Bumblebee Blossoms

Simple and classic, this table runner, placemat and tree skirt set is made entirely out of 2-1/2in strips. You’ll be pleased how quickly these go together. Use a variety of greens for the trees or make them all the same for a timeless look. The pattern includes cutting, piecing and pressing instructions designed for the best possible outcome. You’ll gain confidence with angles without the daunting task of a big project.

Buffalo Lodge

Need a quick and easy pattern that can be whipped up in a weekend? Rock’n Rollercoaster is so fun and foolproof you’ll want to make it again. Use a favorite jelly roll or a Jr. Jelly Roll, plus a background color, to showcase this simple modern design. The pattern includes cutting, piecing and pressing instructions designed for the beginner to achieve the best possible outcome. If you have been sticking to squares and rectangles, this is a good next step!

Rock N Roller Coaster

And then there is this strip friendly Cut Loose Press pattern. Just twenty 2 1/2″ strips and 2 yards of background make this eye catching quilt!

Pool Party

These patterns are literally flying off the shelves! Nore are on order, so if they aren’t in stock now, they will be arriving soon! Add these to your Fall teaching schedule!