Sunday Best!

When two designers decide to challenge themselves and each other, magic happens! Corey Yoder and Sharon McConnell chose designs that were on their bucket list: pineapples, courthouse steps, stars, scrappy, red and white, and Christmas. In this case, a picture is worth a thousand words, so lets let the projects speak for themselves….







Why not use these quilts as inspiration to create your own challenge? All it takes is a few willing friends….

Pillow Case Kits

What a brilliant idea! I love Susybee fabrics. They always have a shop owner in mind – smaller collections that are affordable. Now they have taken many of these collections and created pillow case kits!

Each kit includes 3/4 yards of the main fabric – printed so it works perfectly as a pillow; 1/4 yard of a contrasting band fabric; and a strip of fabric for a decorative falange. The best part??? Each kit comes with directions to make a pillow case with French seams using the “burrito” method AND there is a video tutorial as well!

What a great mother/daughter class – and a great first project for any beginner. Once your customers know how easy this technique is, they will make them to match ALL of their quilts!

A Unicorn Named Nola…

Two new patterns by Laura Heine are due to arrive this month and are sure to be as popular as her other designs.

Nola measures 35 x 47 inches – the perfect size for the center of a baby quilt or the focus of a nursery. But this whimsical unicorn will take center stage wherever she is placed!

Song Bird measures 30 inches square and is stunning on a dark background. I wonder how it would look on a light background??? Maybe you should make both???

Both patterns are due to arrive the middle of this month so place your orders now.

The Newest from Your Favorite Lazy Girl

Zoey Zips from Lazy Girl Designs are adorable zip pouches with basket-style handles created from leftover zipper lengths. The pattern features two sizes: Small: 7 1/2in L x 2 1/2in H x 2in D, uses one 14in zipper. Large: 9 1/2in L x 3 1/2in H x 2in D, uses one 16in or longer zipper.

Perfect for sewing notions, pencil case, and all of your little treasures! Grab your favorite fabrics and cut a little, sew a little, zip a little – and done! Joan recommends using Lazy Girl Designs Face-It Soft fusible interfacing and fusible fleece.

The Lexi Carryall is the perfect choice for a class! It combines several of Joan’s signature techniques so learning opportunities abound!

This crossbody bag with an adjustable one-inch wide strap has numerous pockets to organize everything you need in style!

Lexi features:
– A zippered main compartment loaded with pockets to keep your essentials organized and easily at hand.
– A roomy main compartment that easily holds a 16oz water bottle.
– A front zip pocket for quick access to secure storage.
– And a back slip pocket for your phone.

Teach your customers Joan’s innovative zipper installation that allows the top zipper to open fully from edge to edge for easy access to everything inside. Then show how to divide and use a double pull zipper. She includes numerous pressing and finishing tips that give all of her projects a professional quality look.

At 9 x 9 x 2 1/2 inches, this baby packs a punch and is big enough to carry an iPad Mini, Kindle, or your favorite small table. With over 100 full-color step-by-step instructions, you will be successful the very first time! These patterns are due to arrive later this month so order them now!

Pre-cut Friendly

Me and My Sister Designs have created some new patterns perfect for kitting. A Tisket A Tasket…2 Fat Quarter Basket is the perfect Make It Take It class!

Love Shack and Chex Mix are both 10 inch square friendly – fast, fun and easy.

Corsage is fat eighth friendly – or buy fat quarters and make one for a friend!

All are a perfect addition to a pre-cut display!

Wool in all its Beauty

Rebekah Smith has designed two wool mats that can add a spark of color to any decor. Folk Hearts has two options – both so charming you will want to make both!

This table runner is stunning in Fall colors but would be gorgeous in Spring colors as well. The shape adds that awe factor and highlights the design as well.

Summer is beginning and is the perfect time for a bit of handwork. Wool is the perfect choice for a take along project!

Cindi McCracken Shines

I love the way Cindi’s mind works. Just look how she cut apart just four Hoffman panels and created a stunning quilt! Talk about letting the fabric speak for itself! And, since there is very little waste of fabric, it is very affordable.

Mountain Stream creates an ombre effect which gives the illusion of the sun shining on the water.

Along the Lake adds a graphic element with black highlights.

And, Hashtag is just plain fun!

All of these patterns are due to arrive the end of June so order them now.

GE Designs – Techniques Abound!

I was lucky enough to attend Gudrun Erla’s schoolhouse at Spring Market and got to see all of these quilts up close and personal – and they are stunning! All of Gudrun’s patterns include techniques that make them the perfect choice for demos – and they are all in stock!

Clarissa is the perfect quilt to show off those large scale prints and is fast and easy. Roxanne looks complicated but is a piece of cake if you follow Gudrun’s pressing instructions. Both feature the Creative Grids® Stripology Squared ruler.

Gudrun has expanded her line of Lil’s with these four additions – all made from five-inch squares and feature the Stripology Squared Mini.

Everything is in stock so they are perfect additions to your after Market showcase!