Dry Ideas

This quarantine has brought back so many memories of my grandma! (Who knew that house dresses would be back in style!) She always had a half-filled sink of soapy water and a towel on the counter with a rack on top to dry the dishes. So when Kristine Poor of Poorhouse Designs submitted this pattern, I was all in! So many teachable moments!!!

It uses pre-cut sheets of In-R-Form to make it even easier to have a class – and they will go home with a finished project! Or do a little video and sell the kits on-line!

Dry Ideas Drying Mat In-R-Form Sew in Foam

After this quarantine, you should have a lot of new customers who dug out their old sewing machines to make masks – and now want new projects. This is the perfect beginner project! Teach them strip-piecing, paper-piecing, (yes, those wine glasses are paper-pieced) top-stitching with micro-tec needles… Remember – these new sewers probably came from clothing and are used to 5/8″ seams so there will be a learning curve!

Kristine has also written a pocket guide to Interfacings. Many of your customers have not worked with this product before so it is another educational opportunity!

Guide to Interfacings

They are due to arrive this month so order now!

Show Some Love with Creative Grids®

The popular I Love my Quilting Friends ruler is now available in a smaller size!

Creative Grids I Love My Quilt Friends Mini Quilt Ruler 2-1/2in x 6in

This 2-1/2″ x 6″ ruler is the perfect carry-along size. The pink you see is actually our exclusive grip – just in oh so cute heart shapes! The center pink strip is 1/2″ wide and divides the ruler into three sections. The bottom inch features out traditional markings with a dashed 1/4″ marking along the entire six-inch length.

The top inch is divided into two 3-inch sections. One features a 1/8″ grid, the other features a 1/4″ grid.

This is the little sister to the popular larger 2-1/2″ x 10″ version.

Creative Grids I Love My Quilt Friends Quilt Ruler 2-1/2in x 10in

These should be arriving the end of April so order yours now.

Think Gifts

We are all in this together and are probably experiencing the same issues. The only full load of laundry I have run since this started was a load of jammies! And the facial recognition on my phone didn’t recognize me this morning. Times are tough so what is a gal to do?

Crisscross Apron

I’m reverting back to my grandmother’s time and making aprons for my friends. Let’s face it – we are spending a lot more time in the kitchen and with everyone home, cleaning has become a daily chore so the pockets are great. An added bonus? No one can tell if you are wearing a bra!

It takes just two yards of fabric – one for each side – and it is fully reversible.

Or, make this apron from Terry Atkinson. It comes in three sizes – from toddler to adult. Haven’t you always wanted to make matching aprons for that Christmas cookie party? Well now is the time! This one has big pockets as well – perfect for picking up all of the stuff that is laying around!

Mom & Me Aprons

Want a little something to add to it to make them smile?

Myrtle The Turtle

This new pattern by Susie C. Shore Designs is due to arrive April 20th.

This new table runner pattern is due to arrive at the end of April – and I love that it is fast, easy but looks dramatic when featuring one of your favorite fabrics. You know the ones – the fabrics you can’t stand to cut into little pieces!

BQ Double Time

This new design by Maple Island Quilts is stunning! These are all easy to kit and would easily fit in a large envelope for shipping so why not offer them to your customers today?

Featherweights in Style

The Featherweight Shop has created the perfect travel case for your special machine! These padded cases protect your case – as well as the machine – and come in three colors.

Tote Bag for Featherweight Case - Black
Tote Bag for Featherweight Case - Pink

Tote Bag for Featherweight Case - Green

This mat features the mechanics of the entire machine. It is a padded surface – perfect for maintaining your machine. And, during regular sewing, is a great surface for your machine. It absorbs any vibration and just plain looks cool!

Featherweight Schematic Servicing Mat

These items are due to arrive next month, so order them now!

The Perfect Gift Items for Quilters

The Featherweight Shop has added such cute gifts to their repertoire! These socks are darling and will sell like hot cakes so get in your order now! In their own words:

Shoes off! Show off your socks and love for sewing and the Singer Featherweight! Sizes are the average women’s sock size 9-11. This usually translates to a women’s U.S. shoe size 5-10 (European 36-41, UK 3-8). Fiber content 75% Cotton, 23% Nylon, 2% Spandex

White with black Featherweights….

Quilt Socks - Black Featherweights

Black with white Featherweights….

Quilt Socks - White Featherweights

Black bobbins……

Quilt Socks - Jade-ite Green Bobbins

Assorted notions…..

Quilt Socks - Black Notions

Wouldn’t these be great retreat gifts????

Hours of Entertainment

There is quality – and then there is QUALITY! and these jigsaw puzzles by Quiltfolk are the best. It is cold outside – perfect weather to sit by a fire and work on a puzzle. But, first a little eye candy….

Quiltfolk Puzzle 01 - Quilt Backs
Quiltfolk Puzzle 02 - Barn Blocks
Quiltfolk Puzzle 03 - Quilt Fantasia

The problem is that as I age, it is harder to deal with the glare,etc. with traditional puzzles. These puzzles are high quality – 20 -per cent thicker than traditional puzzles, printed with a non-glare linen look – out of recyclable materials, What more could a gal want? Each puzzle is a limited edition print of 500. When they are gone, they are gone!

Quilt Cadets

This is such a brilliant idea that I wish I would have thought of it! For those retired Girl Scouts among us, this will make you smile!

Quilt Cadets First Project Badge

Why not start your own Quilt Cadet program? There are twelve badges – each supporting a different skill. There are even age-appropriate patterns! Some are beginner level but as their skills grow, the projects include more techniques.

Kid Cave Pillows
Braveheart Backpack

Why not start a group in your shop next year???

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!

Engagement and Wall Calendars

Tis the season for a new calendar or planner for 2020! Make your choices while they are still in stock. Quilt Art offers 52 weeks of inspiration.

2020 Quilt Art Engagement Calendar

These wall calendars provide wall art all year long.

2020 AQS Wall Calendar
2020 Fiberworks Collage Calendar
By The Yard 2020 Calendar For Quilters

The Art of the Quilt includes patterns for the 12 quilts showcased.

2020 Art Of The Quilt Wall Calendar

Cross Stitching is staging a comeback. This calendar includes patterns for the designs!

2020 Cross Stitching Wall Calendar

These make great last minute gifts so have plenty on hand.

Quick and Easy Gifts

I worked a show over the weekend and this was one of the top sellers.

Quilt As You Go Wine Totes

Inventory is due to arrive next week. These projects use a quilt as you go technique. The package includes batting printed with Sew by the Numbers – sew in the order shown to complete a project in a number of minutes. Make three wine bottle holders for less than $5.00 a piece. The pattern uses strips so it would be a great make it/take it for a Christmas open house. Once they learn the technique, they will want other options:

Quilt As You Go Tote Bag Alexandra Design
Quilt As You Go Table Runner Venice Pattern

Check out our website for all of the possibilities. There is still time to make gifts for this holiday season.