Love is in the Air

There are a multitude of heart projects in the top 100 patterns. It is that time of year….

Jen Kingwell and Andrea Bair’s Boho Heart is a booklet of block patterns that are then combined into an over-sized lap quilt. Add a border to make a double size quilt. The pieced strip border is stunning and adds that awe factor to the quilt.

Boho Heart Booklet

What makes your heart burst with joy? Capture the feeling with the Exploding Heart by Slice of Pi Quilts! This advanced beginner pattern makes a large 72” x 72” throw quilt and is fat quarter and fabric cutter friendly.

Exploding Heart

Shoot the moon with a winning hand of hearts. With 5 fat eighths, make a “pair of hearts” from each print. Three fat quarters will yield “four of a kind” from each print. To make each heart different, deal 10 – 10″ squares to each player. No need to avoid the black queen, we’re playing with just hearts. Let’s Play Hearts by Atkinson Designs.

Let's Play Hearts

Have a Heart by J. Michelle Watts is created with 1-1/2 inch strips for a small quilt, 2-1/2″ strips for a generous throw. Choose one pack of strips for the heart, two for the background, and you are ready to sew!

Have A Heart

Why not set up a Valentine’s Day display?

New Wintry Flare from Atkinson Designs

When I see a pic of a project, I instantly know that it was designed by Terry Atkinson! She always adds that awe factor that makes me smile. Her newest patterns, being released this month have that awe factor multiplied!

Hat Hat Hooray features winter hats in a variety of styles, colors, and fun techniques. But check out the border – these scarves are the perfect frame for this quilt and is why I knew Terry designed it! She always adds that extra dose of cuteness…

Hat Hat Hooray
Hat Hat Hooray

This quilt is fat quarter friendly and includes fabric requirements in three sizes.

Frosty Fun includes everything you need to go out and play in the snow! I am from Ohio and we had our first snowfall yesterday so this is so appropriate!

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Frosty Fun

I already ordered my patterns and can’t wait to get started. This would be the perfect January sewalong!

Easy to Kit Fat Quarter Quilts

This is the perfect time to be your customer’s personal shopper. Many of them don’t like picking out fabric – and you have a store full of beautiful fabrics they can’t wait to sew! These quilts are fat quarter friendly. In most cases, just add a background and binding.

Yellow Brick Road hit the top five again this week and is a perennial favorite!

Yellow Brick Road

The pattern includes yardage requirements from baby to king. Let them choose the size!

Boomerang also comes in five different sizes. It features the Super Sidekick ruler by Jaybird Quilts.

Boomerang

Stargazer is a Villa Rosa pattern that features fat quarters as well and is a generous throw size at 64 x 76″.

Stargazer

Brightly can be cut from fat quarters OR 10′ squares.

Brightly

Just add the background fabric to complete this 60 x 72″ quilt.

Cool Cars uses fat quarters plus yardage for the windows, tires and background. It also uses the Sew Wonderful Wonder Curve ruler. Who doesn’t need a kid’s quilt on hand?

Cool Cars

Another favorite – Lucky Stars features “floating” star points so it is perfect for beginners and experienced sewers alike.

Lucky Stars

Once again, it is made up of fat quarters and background fabric and the instructions come in five sizes! You probably have a wide selection of fat quarters cut already so you can make up kits in no time. Put up several different colorways – and when they are gone, they are gone!

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?

Terry – the Queen of Designs

The newest patterns by Terry Atkinson are easily recognizable – they just exude her style! Floating Peaks can be made from fat eighths or 10″ squares. The points are floating so they will be perfect every time! The finished size is 15.5″ x 38″ – which means the backing can be cut from the width of fabric. Or, since you won’t be able to make just one, two can be backed with just 1 1/4 yards of fabric.

Floating Peaks

This pattern features the Creative Grids 60 degree triangle ruler.

Creative Grids 60 Degree Triangle 8-1/2in Quilt Ruler

Pint Size Parking is perfect for holding pint sized canning jars.Pick a pretty pair of fabrics – a fat quarter of the main fabric and a half yard of the lining and contrast – is all you need! These little treasures are the perfect copliment for picnics, parties, or any room in the house.

Pint Size Parking

Both patterns will be available next month!

Atkinson Designs

The versatility of Terry’s latest patterns says it all! She is so diverse in her talents, whether it is bags, table runners, or sampler quilts, yet as soon as I saw the pics, I knew she designed them.

Letter ZIP! is a perfect example. The name is perfect, the pic draws you in, and the letters make you think of the first or last initial of every friend. After all, we want the cutest letters! And, of course, this is the perfect class to show how to insert those Atkinson zippers the easy way – Terry’s way

Terry’s designs always add that awe factor – just that little something that makes her designs stand out! In Simple Sack, she includes tabs on the sides so the bag will fit on the metal stands at the grocery. And, they collapse for easy storage.

Desert Stars includes two possibilities. Don’t you love the way the stars float into the border???

And then there is her Sampler quilt which includes the cover quilt along with nine projects that expand on the blocks featured in the quilt. The photography is amazing, showing step by step illustrations of many of the techniques explored in the blocks.

I have even heard that this project – which would be a great Block of the Month program for shops – features Creative Grids® rulers! It just gets better and better! Everything is due to arrive in May, just in time for shop hop season!

Atkinson Designs Has a Point!

There is a reason that Terry Atkinson is a legend in our industry! She dots all of her “i’s” and crosses all of her “t’s”. When she releases a pattern, you know she has looked at it from every angle and doesn’t release it until she has a winner. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case in point: Hat Trick Runners. The runner takes only three fat quarters and an accent fabric. Kitting is so easy! Make the individual 60 degree triangles with the Creative Grids 60 degree ruler and choose the layout you like best. Talk about a great class! Who will be able to make just one – especially when they are inspired by their classmates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sugar Sand Beach is so clean and crisp – and is made with 2 1/2″ strips. The instructions include four different sizes so you don’t have to do the math. There are also fabric requirements for fat quarters if that works better for you. This quilt is made with the Creative Grids Spiderweb ruler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t you love the names? These patterns will be arriving soon so add them to your class schedule.

The Newest Must Haves from Atkinson Designs

You might as well schedule the class right now because who could resist these Hippie Zips?  And who could make just one??  We have everything you need -hooks, line and
zippers to create these Market releases!

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Bacon and Biscuits – a perfect name for an apron – is pieced and fully lined by turning it inside out through the arm openings.  The binding over the raw edges is extended to fit around the neck and create the ties.  Simply brilliant and oh so easy!  Both of these patterns feature her Creative Grids Round Up Tool.

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Although Terry is the queen of fast and fun, her roots are in quilting.  Her newest quilt pattern – Birthday Presents – is striking in its simplicity!

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Visit our website to see everything by Atkinson Designs.  Her designs are truly classic!

Christmas Throughout the Year – Part Two

The holiday season is all about  food – and the gifts can be as well!  These gifts can add that awe factor as well.  Invited to Thanksgiving dinner?  Why not give the hostess a table runner for a hostess gift?  This Triangle Frenzy Runner is a great way to showcase a beautiful stripe and can be completed in an afternoon!  It only has 14 pieces so you can definitely make more than one!

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Giving a kitchen related gift?  Why not include a set of place mats?  Here are two great options!  Take Four uses four fat quarters so it is easy to kit and fast to make!  Inside Out Mats feature a no binding technique that means a set of four can be completed in an afternoon!

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Baking cookies a family tradition?  Why not make matching aprons for everyone?  I love this version which comes in Mother/Daughter sizes and is lined.  Why not make the lining a light fabric?  Then everyone can sign each other’s aprons as a lasting memory!

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Do you give gifts of candy?  Why not present it in a Fat Quarter Pop-Up?  The gift that keeps on giving!

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Think outside of the box!

 

Prepping for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday

This blog has two different audiences – and today I am speaking to both!  Quilters – use this holiday season to support your local quilt shop.  Quilt shops who don’t sell machines are historically not as busy this time of year because most of you have already made your gifts and are busy cooking, cleaning, decorating – you get the picture!

How can we make this a win/win for everyone?  As a shop owner, take a minute to look at your shop through your customers’ eyes.  Set up vignettes that will interest everyone!

For those of us who have friends who want to learn to quilt, why not buy them a kit? For instance, the new Stripology Squared #GE-512, ruler by Creative Grids® #CGRGE2 is a perfect companion to the book.  Add a bundle of 10″ squares to complete the package.

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Go through all of the books and patterns in your store and “kit” everything that is based on fat quarters and other pre-cuts.  If they require a specific tool or ruler, include that in the display.  And, if you have a sample of it, all the better.  Bringing that sample to the forefront may have everyone looking at it with fresh eyes!

One of my favorite families who quilt buy each other a “kit” each year.  They pick out a project that they know the other will love.  Everyone has a year to finish them – and bring the finished project to the get together the following year.  Past “kits” have included a baby quilt for the sister that was going to be a first time grandmother; a collection of musical fabrics for the piano teacher – you get the idea.  And what a great tradition!  As newbies marry into the family, they are asked to join the group  – and taught how to quilt!  Talk about paying it forward!

And for that beginner?  Have a display of rotary cutters, mats, and rulers as well.  Be sure to include lots of gift certificates so they can buy a beginning class to go to with their new tools.  Be sure to include some beginning patterns such as Yellow Brick Road and kits to go with them.

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Have written copies of your class schedule that starts in January so they can give that as part of the gift!

Now, lets move onto stocking stuffers!  Go through all of your notions, buttons, and embellishments and make a display that is eye appealing!

Last but not least, tell your customers that you are ready for them!  Facebook is your friend!  My best idea?  Ask your customers to come in and fill out a wishlist.  Have them give you their spouses email.  Then, send their significant other an email with the items on the wishlist and prices.  Offer to get everything together and wrap it for them.  Be their one stop shop!!!  And don’t forget to ask them if they want to add a gift certificate to the order.  Believe me – they will be so thrilled they will actually be buying something that their partner wants, that they will be thanking you – and want to repeat this for other holidays!

Ready, set, go!  Wishing you all a great weekend!