Tools for the Aging Quilter – Part Two

Threading needles becomes a problem but there are several solutions. For those who love handwork, try the Tulip self-threading needles. They come in a package of assorted sizes.





Or invest in a quality needle threader such as my favorite – this Clover version.  The mechanism is enclosed so breakage is not a problem.









Consider the scissors as well. Some of them look cute but do they really meet your needs? Larger handholds and cushioned grip make everyone’s life easier.  Throw in serrated edges that stop the fabric from slipping and you have a winner.  Karen Kay Buckley’s scissors are the most popular.









Many of us prefer to hand stitch our bindings. But using your thumb to hold that fabric in place to create a nice, full binding edge can cause aches and pains. Clover Wonder Clips are the perfect solution. Move them as you sew or buy a large package that will hold the edges of an entire quilt.









Have trouble threading your sewing machine? Try Jeans needles. They have a larger eye because jeans threads are thicker and the points are very sharp to penetrate the thicker fabric. These same characteristics are great for all quilters as well.






What is causing you frustration when quilting?  Why not ask your shop owner on possible solutions?

The Clover Iron has Found a Home

When the gals at Sister’s Common Thread saw the new Clover portable iron, it just looked naked!  They immediately went home and created The Wedge Tote – an additional size for their ever popular Ironing Caddy line of patterns.

Clover Iron Tote

Item #SCT10154  Retail $15.00

The tote opens flat.  The inner lining is heat resistant so it makes a great ironing surface.

Open Tote

This is the perfect companion to all of those customers who have already bought the Clover iron – and for those who have it on their wish list.


Item #9200CV  Retail $49.98

The pattern is on order and should be in any day.  What a great combo gift for every quilter on your list!

A Few of My Finds at Market

Annie Unrein has created the perfect stiletto and pressing tool.  My favorite part?  The quality wooden handle has flat sides so it doesn’t roll off of my sewing table.  And, the tip is rough – kind of like a metal sandpaper – so it holds the fabric without slipping.  Annie uses a stiletto every time she sews – and if you have seen her samples, there is no denying the quality of her workmanship!  This is an heirloom quality pieced that will last a lifetime.


Item #SUP207  Retail $19.95

I am in the process of making curtains so this new pressing tool by Clover will be a godsend.  It measures 2 1/2″ x 10″ and includes all of the markings so you can turn and press a perfect hem.  That’s right – it is heat resistant so you can press right over the tool for perfect crisp hems every time!


Item #7811CV  Retail $19.95

These scissor holders come in pink and purple and are designed to hold 3-1/2 to 4 inch curved or straight embroidery scissors. It is made out of a quality silicone with molded secure tabs to keep scissors in place. It comes with a 31 inch lanyard to wear around your neck.









Item #SIZO-PINK  Retail $15.99

Item #SIZO-PUR  Retail $15.99

These items are in stock or due any day so order now to ensure that you will have them in time for stocking stuffers!

New Items by Clover are Go-Tos

Clover produces quality products that stand the test of time – and their releases for Fall Market are no exception.

Their new iron – The Wedge – features a narrow tip which gets into all of those hard to reach places.  It is lightweight and the perfect portable size.  This iron packs the punch of traditional irons.  The highest temperature  is 390 degrees!


Item #9200CV  Retail $49.98

This is not a steam iron.  A small spray bottle is included when steam is needed.  Or, use the newest scent by Best Press, Winter Magic:


Item #60095  Retail $7.95

The Junior Iron Caddy is the perfect companion:


Item #SCT10114  Retail $15.00

Inserting ribbons in casings has always been a problem.  Not any more!  In their words: The Flex ‘n Glide Bodkin is a long flexible bodkin featuring an elongated “eye” with grippers. The elongated eye accommodates ribbons and trims up to 1-1/2″ wide. The “grippers” hold trims and elastic in place while pulling through the casing. The handy length and flexibility allow for a smooth passage—even along curves.


Item #9582CV  Retail $6.25

The Elastic Lock Set includes the Elastic Lock and Flexible Bodkin. The Elastic Lock firmly holds elastic or trim ends and prevents the end from slipping into the casing. The Elastic Lock is also ideal for securing multiple rows of elastic. The flexible bodkin features a 1″ eye with grippers.


Item #9583CV  Retail $5.50

The irons are in stock.  Their other new products are coming soon so order now for your post Market events!

The Cadillac of Notions

Clover produces classics – plain and simple. And the woman who has shared these with us for more years that I can count, will be at the Open House for one last time.  Come share some of Fran’s favorite things…..

Press Perfect Products

The Hot Hemmer Pressing Tool – my personal favorite – allows you to turn, measure and press a hem all in one step.  They recommend a dry iron…


Item #7806CV  Retail $17.95

The Touch Up Pressing Mitt is an ironing glove for your hand – perfect for pressing odd places like the base of a tote bag while protecting your hand.


Item #7808CV  Retail $18.95

Fran will be glad to share the benefits of the complete line of ironing products.

Clover has gone pink with two of their most popular products to support Breast Cancer research.

Wonder Clips


Item #3167CV

Needle Threaders


Item #4080CV

Nancy Zieman is a legend for a reason – she knows what she is doing!  Learn how she creates blocks with curves in three different sizes….


Item #9578CV  Retail $23.95

Everyone needs the basics – and this marking guide should be in every sewing bag.





Item #9579CV  Retail $17.50

Any questions on ANY Clover product?  Come talk to the woman who knows how to use them all and can help you choose the perfect demonstrations for YOUR shop!

Meet the Sidekick

Hexies and 60 degree angles are definitely the hottest trend in quilting for 2013.

The Sidekick cuts 60 degree; diamonds, and half triangles with just one tool.   And this newest companion to Julie Herman’s Hex n More (Item #JBQ201)  has launched two patterns in the top 20.
Item #JBQ202  Retail $17.95

Rock Candy is a charming table topper that measures 20 1/2″ from side to side; 23″ from point to point and is the perfect center piece for any table.









Item #JBQ135  Retail $6.50

Night Sky showcases 60 degree diamond stars and is striking in these color choices.  The pattern includes instructions for baby to king size.








Item #JBQ137  Retail $10.00

Julie has also designed a block of the month program that utilizes both rulers.  It is not due until January so why not start with the projects above too familiarize your customers with the tools.  Then they will be waiting in line to sign up for this one…..







Item #JBQ139  Retail $29.95










Counter Displays

Many of us focus our time and energy on fabrics and classes.  But we forget about those impulse buys which sell themselves right at the register.  Always have a great selection of these items on hand – they make great secret sis gifts and stocking stuffers as well.  Many of these selections aren’t just for quilters…


Kiss-Off stain remover is a nontoxic product that will find a home in every customer’s purse.  Just apply a little water and rub the stain with Kiss Off and rinse.  This product removes lipstick, blood, and even oil paint!  The display includes 24 tubes.  Check our website for pricing.

Item #136D

Best Press

This is a CHECKER EXCLUSIVE COMBINATION!! This 16 ounce assortment includes 1 bottle of Lavendar Fields, Caribbean Beach, Linen Fresh and Peaches & Cream, plus 2 bottles of Scent Free.   This is quilter’s perfume!  Let them try a new scent!

Item #60057CD  Retail $7.95

This is my favorite new assortment!  Who can resist these little snails???  They won’t be available until August – just in time for stocking stuffers.  The assortment includes 36 – 12 of each color.  Check the website for pricing.

Item #253SNAILDB

This is my all time favorite notion – so it always surprises me when people don’t know about it!  Have one open at the register with a needle and spool of thread – they sell themselves…

Item #4057CV  Retail $15.50

Your customers fell in love with the standard size Seam Fix.  Now they can buy this mini version – and have one with every project.  There are 60 per jar – check the website for pricing.  Once again, these are expected to arrive in August – just in time for stocking stuffers.

Item #SFM60D

Tooltron is releasing a Flag of the World series of scissors.  Wouldn’t these be great gifts for a Quilt of Valor group???  We also carry a United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and the United States.  Each display contains 12 pair.  See the website for pricing….

Item #TT00878UAST

To see the complete selection, visit:  //

Wonder Clips on Steroids

When a new product hits the door and everyone cheers, you know it is going to be big – and not just because it is a bigger size!  The Jumbo Wonder Clips are in the building!  These beauties are 2 1/4″ long and include 7 different markings for seam allowances.  The base is flat so your sewing machine can run right next to the clip.  There  are 24 to a pack – plenty for whatever you need.

Item #3157CV  Retail $24.95

It isn’t often that I can tell you that these are guaranteed sales – but with the original 10 and 50 packs both in the top 20, this is a no brainer!

10 Pack

Item #3155CV  Retail $6.95

50 Pack

Item #3156CV  Retail $32.95

I love to “kit” blocks as I cut them.  These new longer clips are perfect!  I cut out all of the pieces for a specific block and then just clip them together – everything in one place and no risk of rusty pins!  The longer size is also perfect for hems, marking curtains, tote bags, etc.  Sometimes bigger is better!

Bead your Way to Christmas Presents

When I first saw this “French Knitter”, I smiled.  Back in the old days – when they had wooden spools – my father would make one of these out of a wooden spool and four nails!  We would “knit” ropes for hours, were partial to variegated yarn, and didn’t do anything with them but enjoy the process!  Oh, baby, Clover has now made this tool for adults – and you will be shocked at the results!

Item #3100CV  Retail $13.95

Carol Porter demonstrated this tool at our Open House.  I had admired her jewelry earlier in the day and was shocked to see that she made it!  Check these out….

There are project sheets available:

Item #CT0101

Item #CT0103

It is so easy!  Just string the beads on embroidery thread before “knitting” it with the tool.  If you want your jewelry to be really clunky, add a bead with every stitch.  If you want it to be more sleek, add a bead with every other stitch.  It really is that easy!

We carry Bead Soup in a multitude of colors – which would be perfect with this tool!

See the entire selection at our website:

If you don’t have time to make a sample, that is O.K.  Just start a bracelet and have the tool and an assortment of Bead Soups by the register.  Invite them to do a round!  I guarantee you it will make them smile and bring back happy memories of their childhood.  How often do we have the opportunity to revisit our youth with such sophisticated results???

If you are doing an open house, this is a great demo item.  Your customers will have time to make them for Christmas giving.