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!
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!
The popular I Love my Quilting Friends ruler is now available in a smaller size!
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.
These should be arriving the end of April so order yours now.
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?
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!
Want a little something to add to it to make them smile?
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!
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?
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.
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!
These items are due to arrive next month, so order them now!
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
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….
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!
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!
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.
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…
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!
I worked a show over the weekend and this was one of the top sellers.
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:
Check out our website for all of the possibilities. There is still time to make gifts for this holiday season.