Mug Rugs for Everyone

We all just did it – wanted to thank those people who touch our lives throughout the year – but wait until the last minute. Why not start early and make a few of these beauties designed by Kimberbell each month?

Mug Rugs Volume 4
Mug Rugs Volume 4
Mug Rugs Volume 4
Mug Rugs Volume 4
Mug Rugs Volume 4

With twelve to choose from, why not make it a block of the month type class or project???

The perfect addition to these projects is the scissor assortment by Kimberbell.

Deluxe Embroidery Tool & Scissor Set

Designed with exclusive innovations, Kimberbell’s Deluxe Embroidery Scissors & Tools feature sharp blades that cut all the way to the tip and large, double-loop rings for a comfortable grip in every hand. Protect fabric and stitches while cutting applique pieces with our 5” Duckbill Applique Scissors, then trim intricate details with Sharp Snips! Our Precision Fine Tip Tweezers With Blade have blades on all four sides, ideal for unpicking basting stitches, while our 4” Micro Tips feature a longer blade for precise clipping. Made of the finest steel, Kimberbell’s Deluxe Embroidery Scissors & Tools are a must-have for every stitching enthusiast! What a great gift!

Gift Card Ornaments

Gift-giving has never been easier! These delightful ornament bags, designed by Rachel’s of Greenfield, are just the right size for gift cards or other treasures of your choice. Each envelope-style ornament bag has a different decoration on the front and fastens on the back with an old-fashioned figure-eight closure. The kit includes woolfelt®, embroidery floss, and gold string plus precise patterns, and complete instructions to make 6 gift bags.

Gift Bag Ornaments Kit

There are lots of kits to choose from.

Kit Warm Feet Ornaments
Christmas Critters Ornament Kit
Kit Warm Hands Mitten Ornaments
Charcoal Mittens Kit

These kits are a great way to keep those mask makers engaged. This is my plan:

This year I made GALLONS of Chex mix, filled quart jars, and put them in gift bags. My children and grandchildren had a ball leaving these gifts on the doorsteps of friends and on the desks of their favorite teachers. Hopefully, we will be able to celebrate the holidays this year up close and personal, but we want to continue the tradition. I drew squares the size of each woolfelt piece onto freezer paper. Then, I traced the templates for that color within the square. Since my family and friends are making multitudes of these, we can run as many copies of the template sheets as we have kits – and only have to trace them once. Now, the instructions say to trace the templates right onto the wool felt, but ironing the freezer paper onto the woolfelt with a warm iron was much faster. Why not provide a template sheet to your customers as that “value-added” bonus with the purchase of each kit?

This Gypsy Quilter Appliqué Freezer Paper is over-sized and worked well!

Gypsy Quilter Freezer Paper 12in x 15in Heavy Weight 40ct

And, what great handwork while sitting in front of a fire…..

Cross-Stitch Samplers

Cross-stitch is returning in a big way. All of those homebound souls who have tried making something from scratch – be it masks or homemade bread – have experienced the sheer joy of creating something with your own hands! These samplers by Artful Offerings have just the right amount of nostalgia to stir memories of days gone by…

In Honey Hill, a newly crowned queen bee holds court in the magical hamlet of Honey Hill. Red picket fences surround a pair of clapboard houses and twin bee skeps mounted on pedestals mark the center of this quaint neighborhood. Honeybees buzz to-and-fro sipping nectar from bordering flowers to craft their golden honeycomb. A unique alphabet and numbers 0-9 complete this sweet sampler.

Rocking Horse Holiday harkens back to holidays-gone-by with a sweet rocking horse nestled in the holiday greens. Softly falling snow, adjustable bottle-brush trees, a lovely alphabet and numerals 0-10 complete this festive miniature sampler

Rocking Horse Holiday Sampler

Cranberry Christmas features a petite pinstripe house, a pair of red birds, pine boughs and a blanket of new-fallen snow, add charm to this winter scene. Simple numerals from 0-9 complete this festive miniature sampler in the count down to Christmas!

Welcome to Folly Farmstead, an enchanting barnyard where a menagerie of cows, pigs and chickens are actually whimsical topiaries.

Some of these patterns are in stock now, others are due to arrive this month. Why not order your patterns now and set up a display? Who wouldn’t want to sit in front of a fire and see these pictures come to life with a needle and thread!

Noah’s Journey Block of the Month

Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Studio has released the next two installments of her 12 month BOM ark series which will finish to 66 1/2″ x 78 1/2″. Meg releases these as a mystery quilt – you have to trust that you will love the final quilt as you stitch each month – and we ALWAYS do!

I love Meg’s descriptions of the blocks and will incorporate them into the story I tell my grandchildren:

The pigs were a little bit leery about getting out on the water! Noah’s crew has outfitted them with floatation rings, so they’re happy now, and hopefully they’ll take them off at some point during the journey! The Canada Geese can’t wait for the rains to start, and the turtles and snails are bringing up the rear…slowly! Three blocks in this single pattern!

Noah's Journey #3 Pigs Geese and Turtles

The monkeys decided to hitch a ride to the ark, and the camels were happy to oblige! They’re expecting rain, but it’s sunny right now, so this pretty lady is wearing her favorite hat so that her cheeks don’t get overly pink.

Noah's Journey #4 Camels & Monkeys

These two additions will be released in the next few weeks. The original blocks follow:

Let’s all get started with the large 24”x 24” Ark block! Almost every floss and colored pencil used in the quilt are used in this block! The colored pencil tinting is easy and fun, and the stitching isn’t anything a confident beginner couldn’t easily handle. Jump on board, we’re almost ready to sail!

Noah's Journey #1 The Ark


A lovely little Kangaroo couple with baby in tow! The bunnies have had to wait in line quite a while… so here are a few more!

Noah's Journey #2 Kangaroos and Rabbits

It is the perfect season for handwork! Who doesn’t love to pick up a needle and thread and sit in front of a fire! Order your patterns today!

Noah Meets CrabApple Hill

I love everything that Meg Hawkey designs – and this new series is truly special!

Noah's Journey #1 The Ark

In her words:

The animals are lining up to board the Ark! This whimsical 12 month BOM of the ark and it’s sometimes silly animals, all comes together in an enchanting 66 1/2” x 78 1/2” quilt. We’ll start with the large Ark block, and then move on to months where there will be 1 to 3 blocks given in one pattern, ending with the quilt assembly pattern. Most of the embroidery floss colors needed for the entire quilt are used in the Ark block, with a few more being added later. 
The embroidery on all of these blocks would be very easy for a confident beginner. The piecing in the quilt is the same… easy, but impressive looking! Instructions for cutting all of the embroidered blocks are given in the Ark pattern so you can have all of your stitching fabric ready to go!

Noah's Journey #2 Kangaroos and Rabbits

I can’t wait to see this quilt as it emerges each month! The first patterns are due in any day!

New by Sew Cherished

I love these wool designs by Dawn Shuck. The height is an added bonus since you can still display pictures, etc. beneath them. And the magnets make it easy to change out the designs.

A Round the Year March
A Round the Year April
A Round the Year May

These are great projects for those newbies that came from knitting or cross-stitch. These newest additions to the line are expected at the beginning of October. And, don’t forget to order your stand! From Kraft Klub, Black Round Stand# KK8864-B.

Black Round Stand

Homegrown with Sue Spargo

I love everything by Sue Spargo – it just makes me happy! And Homegrown is so cheerful – don’t you want to live in this village???

Homegrown Book

Just look at the detail in every single block – and the colors are so unexpected in wool and mix beautifully with the cottons.

Homegrown Book
Homegrown Book
Homegrown Book
Homegrown Book
Homegrown Book

Why not start this as a block of the month? Handwork is definitely on the upswing and embroidery is exploding!

Pickle Pie Online Event

Have you been wanting to host an online event but don’t know where to start?

Dealer Event Kit: Brilliant Blooms Online Embroidered Quilt Event

Pickle Pie Designs is here to help with their ‘Ready-to-Run Embroidered Quilt Event’! Whether your shop sells machines or not, you can host this event! Your students will use their own machines in the comfort of their sewing room. Pickle Pie has included everything to host a fun event – they will even guide you through the setup and running your easy-peasy online event on a proven platform that your customers already know how to use.Your customers will tune in to participate and watch the series of provided instructional videos you’ll post throughout the day. They’ll be able to post questions and get answers from your staff and other participants in real-time, have the opportunity to socialize with others in the group during this fun shared experience, and they’ll stay tuned in for exciting door prizes, all within the comfort of their sewing room.

To help you gain confidence to host your own event, YOU can experience the Brilliant Blooms Online Embroidered Quilt Event on Monday, August 24!

Checker will host a class for shop owners on Monday, August 24th. To attend, you need to order one Student Kit (Item #ESKBB1) by August 14. (There is no prep work for the class but this grace period gives us a chance to make sure everyone gets their kits in time! We will take care of the rest.) Simply email our Buyer, Nichole Schneider after ordering to gain access to the class. nichole.schneider@checkerdist.com.

Your customers will learn to stitch the Brilliant Blooms Table Runner during your Event. Just a reminder, you ONLY need ONE Student Kit to attend Checker’s Shop Owner Event on Monday, August 24th, BUT to host your own event you will need ONE Dealer Kit plus as many student kits as you have attendees.

BRILLIANT BLOOMS DEALER EVENT KIT Includes Marketing Video and Ad Graphics Custom Branded for your shop, access to complete instructional videos to post/play during the Event, Pickle Pie Designs USB Drive with full Embroidery Design Set for store samples, Cut-to-size and labeled Fabric and Batting Kit, Event Planning Guide PDF, Easy-to-follow Event Day Schedule PDF, Online Event Set-Up PDF, access to Pickle Pie’s Customer Service with any questions you have along the way, and Pickle Pie Door Prizes for the event when you schedule your Event Video Trunk Show with Lisa. Please note that separate Brilliant Blooms Customer Event Kits must be purchased for each customer who signs up for your event (Item #EDKBB).

BRILLIANT BLOOMS STUDENT EVENT KIT Includes the following all packed in a sweet Pickle Pie Pink box valued at over $200, Brilliant Blooms Embroidered Quilt Block Design Collection, a $59 value. Cut-to-size and labeled Fabric and Batting Kit, a $29 value, Pickle Pie Pink Tote, Pickle Pie Swag/Goodies, Free Bonus Embroidery Design Collections, and a Catalog. 

Don’t own a shop? Ask your local shop to host an event!

Simply Stitched – Stunning Projects

I was lucky enough to see an advance PDF of this book – and I am so glad I did! It is exquisite in every way! The photography, the instructions and the details make every project in this book a work of art!

Simply Stitched with Embroidery

From Zakka Workshop: Introducing beloved Japanese embroidery artist Yumiko Higuchi’s newest collection of motifs, showcased on a variety of purses, wallets, and bags. Inside, you’ll find an assortment of the simple, folk-inspired floral and animal designs stitched in Yumiko’s signature style, as well as nine lovely bag patterns inspired by the motifs. Beautiful step-by-step photos clearly explain Yumiko Higuchi’s favorite techniques for sewing bags, installing metal purse clasps, and making pompom and tassel embellishments. A helpful embroidery stitch guide outlines the eight basic stitches used to create the designs in this book. Full-size templates are included for all 20 embroidery motifs and nine bag patterns. Use these lovely embroidery motifs to make stunning, one-of-a-kind bags, or be inspired to design your own unique projects.

Just look what awaits you inside….

Simply Stitched with Embroidery

It is one thing to see this design, and a whole new experience when you see the stunning results when it is showcased in a purse!

Simply Stitched with Embroidery

Look how the dark background makes the design pop!

Simply Stitched with Embroidery

Simply Stitched with Embroidery

Yumiko recommends linen for all of her foundations. We have a wide variety of colors: essex linen. She recommends washing it before beginning your project.

And, all of the purse clasps are listed as companions to the book so you will be able to get everything you need to start making heirloom projects next month when the book arrives!

Halloween at Crabapple Hill

Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Studios has designed six new patterns that will be shipping next month. Meg does such an incredible job of describing her patterns that I am going to bow to her:

Let me introduce you to the owner of Bitterbottom Herbs, a very well known and respected nursery in Lower Sneegleshire. She spends long hours in the garden and preserving rooms always accompanied by her faithful and loving cat Mr. Teedles. They take long breaks together in the garden, basking in the same sunshine that makes her glorious herbs grow. The pattern is for hand embroidery with colored pencil tinting, and simple piecing, and her Scherenschnitte style border is easy to stitch.

Madawnga Bitterbottom

Let me introduce you to our prize winning Jack o’ Lantern Pumpkin grower! You can always find her in Spellcaster’s Garden carefully tending her special plants. They always produce absolutely the BEST shapes and sizes for Jack o’ Lanterns! Every step of her day she is accompanied by her faithful sidekick, ICK. Yes, his name is ICK. But he IS a big, black garden spider after all! The pattern is for hand embroidery with colored pencil tinting, and simple piecing, and her Scherenschnitte style border is easy to stitch.

Zurbinda Bitterbottom

High on a hill in the center of Spellcaster’s Garden, is the Stitching Tree. Witches come from far and near to sit under the tree and embroidery together. It’s said that it has magical powers that greatly improve things like Bullion stitches… but the truth is, it’s just fun to sit in its shade together and visit while we stitch! This pattern was designed to match the tree print in the Spellcaster’s Garden fabric line, and it mimics Scherenschnitte. The pattern is for hand embroidery with colored pencil tinting, and simple piecing.

The Stitching Tree

Your spell book, scrolls, magic needles and pins… All perched on your favorite broom! Ready for your favorite stitching “spell”? The pattern is for hand embroidery with colored pencil tinting, and simple piecing.

Sewing Spells

Vintage style Halloween Cats center the wonky pieced star blocks on this quick and easy quilt. They’re just SO MUCH fun! The pattern is for hand embroidery with colored pencil tinting.

Spellcatster Stars


A fun Halloween row quilt for only the most MODERN witches! Herbs, Jack o’Lantern Vines, and Herb Plant Markers are planted on some of the rows, while appliqued borders could easily be done traditionally, or by machine. The piecing is easy, easy, easy! Because of the simple row piecing, it would be really easy to make this quilt larger or smaller! The pattern is for hand embroidery with colored pencil tinting, some simple applique, and easy piecing.

Spellcaster Garden Rows

Whether you choose to frame them or incorporate them into a quilt, her Halloween designs are always the highlight of the show!