A Fall & Winter Event for the Independent


Post Card Party DescriptionA Fall & Winter Event for the Independent.
Postcard Party is an excellent sales idea created by Independent Shop Owner, Janet Lutz of Calico Girls Quilt Shop and Deborah Gabel of Zebra Patterns. Registration and Post Card Kits will be available September 21st at www.rowbyrowexperience.com. The Post Card Kits are complete with fabric backing, Bosal interfacing, and instruction sheet. Visit www.checkerdist.com for supporting notions, Creative Grids® rulers, Cut Loose Press™ patterns, and fabrics.


For an overview of the program, click ‘WATCH VIDEO’ above or visit www.checkeryou.com.  Login with your Checker ID and password. Select the SCHOOLHOUSES tab and the 2014 Post Card Party is the first video listed.

The Story Behind the Patches.


The Story Behind the Patches.


“I grew up in the house next door …” Mary Troyer, Independent Shop Owner. Patches of Life is our tribute to the Independent shop owner. The hard-working creative individuals around the world who all have a special story behind what they do and why they do it. There are thousands of Independent Quilt shops out there, our goal is to take you behind the scenes and perhaps provide some inspiration and pride to all. Enjoy!

Thanks for the Memories – Open House in Pictures – Part Three

The vendors went above and beyond to make our customers feel welcome.  They are the heart of the event…

Kathleen and Pat are the ladies behind the scenes that make Cut Loose Press a reality…


Terry – the creator of Terial Magic shared all of the uses for this “super starch” that totally washes out – amazing….


Debra from Zebra Patterns shared many of her block of the month programs – as well as the new shop program, Post Card Party….


Janet Lutz – the shop owner who developed and launched the Row by Row Experience – single-handedly made shops profitable this summer…








Jessi from Lumi shared her sun activated dyes – the first dyes that are truly user friendly….



I spent way too much time in the Mettler booth talking to Phil Newton – who is an expert on thread….


Susan Cleveland of Pieces be with You accents her pieces with exquisite piping and shared the technique with our customers….


Lanette Edens demonstrated a host of notions as well as the Gypsy Quilter products….


Diane and Dotti of Graphic Impressions hosted a Toy Shop for those impulse sales at the register…




Deborah and Adam of Plum Easy shared their pin cushion and hot pad patterns that are always int he top 20, along with walnut shells….




Stephanie Prescott of Quilter’s Dream has an amazing sense of color – and it shines through in her fabrics and patterns….


Everything is bigger in Texas – except Kay Whitt of Serendipity!  This diminuative lady has a dramatic sense of style and showed shop owners how to incorporate garment sewing into their business…








F & W Media shared the details of a new magazine program geared for shops….










Learning opportunities were everywhere!

Thanks for the Memories – Open House in Pictures – Part Two

There were learning opportunities everywhere – but there was also lots of eye candy – quilts from some of our vendors,  The lunchroom was turned into a quilt show…




The food was great – and with six lunch periods, the lines moved right along….



After lunch, some shoppers got organized….


Nancy Weber, the pattern buyer, treated the vendors and customers to plates and plates….and plates of cookies….


When it was time to head home, our cheerful, friendly staff loaded their cars with a smile….



Thanks for the memories…..See you next year…..

Crazy about Crazy Quilting and Embroidery

I saw these quilts up close and personal at Fall Market – and immediately put one on my bucket list!  Jan does the most exquisite applique and embroidery that I have ever seen – and writes directions that even a novice like me can understand!  Combining both talents is rare indeed…










Item #L11314  Retail $27.95

The cover quilt is a variation of an antique quilt and is also available in a wall hanging size. The red and creams are luscious!  I’ve already started collecting them!



Jan used the fan element in the larger quilt and repeated it into this quilt.  The black background is so sophisticated…


What a great opportunity to try new embroidery stitches.  Jan shows how to combine stitches in new and interested ways…
















This book includes 16 embroidery stitches and additional combinations.  For more stitches and an easy reference guide to all of your embroidery projects, check out Hand Embroidery Stitches at-a-glance which features complete step-by-step how-to instructions for 30 favorite embroidery stitches such as backstitch, blanket/buttonhole stitch, chain stitch, feather stitch, fly stitch, French knot, running stitch, stem stitch etc…

This is the only embroidery guide that also includes needle and thread charts for easy reference – lots of information presented in a clear, concise format and a handy, 4” x 6” carry-along size.



Item #L113213  Retail $8.50

Jan combined her favorite Valdani pearl cottons in either 8 or 12 to complete these projects.  When completing an heirloom project, why not start with the books and notions that Jan uses?


Item #FFVPC12SMPLR  Retail $70.00

Item #FFVPC8SMPLR  Retail $70.00

All of these products are due in in the next couple of weeks so order them now…


Enjoy some Slow Sew with Kathy Schmitz

These small projects combine embroidery with patchwork to create a block of the month program that will have your customers coming back for more!  Each one stands alone so who can stop at just one?  These are great gifts all through the year!


Item #KS1306  Retail $8.00

They measure 13″ x 24″ so they can be used as place mats, hot pads for casseroles, candle mats – the possibilities are only limited by your imagination!

Make the entire set as a special wedding or Christmas gift – or pick and choose your favorites for a shower.  Include a few with some Fiestaware or a ceramic casserole dish for a kitchen shower.

Don’t  overlook the charming book marks with each pattern.  These could be stitched to the back and used as a label.  Once again, let your creativity soar!



Item #KS1307  Retail $8.00


Item #KS1308  Retail $8.00


Item #KS1309  Retail $8.00


Item #KS1310  Retail $8.00


Item #KS1311  Retail $8.00


Item #KS1312  Retail $8.00


Item #KS1313  Retail $8.00


Item #KS1314  Retail $8.00


Item #KS1315  Retail $8.00


Item #KS1316  Retail $8.00






Item #KS1317  Retail $8.00

These patterns are arriving in the next few weeks so order them now.  These are great summer projects for quilters on the go.  Why not offer classes to help them piece the blocks so they can do the embroidery on vacation?








New Notions Arriving Soon

Karen Kay Buckley fans will love this silver chain which keeps the point protector with the small scissors – and adds a touch of class.


Item #KKBSPC  Retail $10.00

This product is designed to fit her small scissors:


Item #KKBPSS  Retail $19.99

I wish I would have had these glasses when I was choosing fabrics for a recent log cabin quilt series.  Wearing the red glasses immediately changes the color to grey scale so you can see the contrast between the fabrics.  These are a must for scrappy quilts and are available as clip-ons as well.


Item SRGGL01  Retail $20.00 (glasses)

Item SRGGL02  Retail $18.00 (clip-ons)

Measure twice – cut once has never been easier with this new product from Alicia’s Attic. These reusable markers can be used on either side of a ruler and come in a variety of colors so they show on any fabric.










Item #TOD007  Retail $7.99

These products are in stock now – but they are all due in in the next few weeks, just in time for your next demo day!

Beautiful Hand-Dyed Burlap

I must be fixated on Spring – and putting this winter behind us as we are bracing for yet another storm!  But when i saw and felt these hand-dyed burlaps, the wheels started spinning.  Once again, these could be the start of something big – and a perfect Spring break class or Shop Hop Make and Take.

There are a few patterns available but I’m sure you can come up with dozens of ideas of your own…


Item #FOWP-7037  Retail $6.00

Or this Wine Bottle Gift Bag….










Item #FOWP-7041  Retail $4.00

This burlap is available in luscious colors in fat quarters that measure 17″ x 29″ or 14 1/2″ x 18″ pieces.

Item #FOWB6479  Retail $9.00










Item #FOWBS-7011  Retail $5.40

There are also bundles available with 7″ x 9″ pieces of four different colors:


Item #FOWBC-7051  Retail $11.00
Visit our website to see the complete collection – Fiber on a Whim – and let your imagination run wild….

Judy Niemeyer Makes an Impression

The Quiltworx Impressions are laser cut applique shapes that are backed with fusible web. So for those of you who have always considered applique, the “A” word, it is time to embrace the art form!

Desert Blossoms includes 46 individually laser cut fused pieces for just $23.50.


Item #IDB-JNQ-01  Retail $23.50

Lily Patch includes 74 pieces….


Item #ILPJNQ-01  Retail $29.00

Judy has designed a Cut Loose Press pattern that features both of these products. If you have a shop sample,and will be needing them for your classes – order them now – first come first served!!!  Judy has already selected fabric that will make any quilt pop and sizzle.  You just have to place and apply!  It doesn’t get any easier than this – and you save the cost of the fusible and fabric.

As we all know, fabrics change frequently so the colorways of these Impressions are only available while supplies last – and you can only get them here folks – because we have the entire inventory!  If you have a shop sample, order them now – first come first served!!!

Judy has designed a Cut Loose Press pattern that features both of these products. Create an heirloom quality quilt in much less time….

Midnight Bloom



Item #CLPQLT001
This pattern also features Charm Elements.  These are paper-pieced foundations for some of the most popular elements in Judy’s designs.  These packets are intended to be a stepping off point to your own creativity. Charm Elements #1 includes the foundations and instructions for flying geese borders and compass rose blocks.
Item #JNQ119P  $10.00 
To spark your creativity and show the diversity of these elements, Judy has designed a second Cut Loose Press pattern, Farmhouse Window….
Item #CLPQLT003
Charm Elements Pack #2 includes Flying Geese units.
Item #JNQ132P  Retail $6.00
Include them in borders, sashings, or insert them into these Pinecone Mocha Placemats…
Item #CLPQLT002
If you are a shop owner, visit CheckerYou too view videos of Judy and her techniques so you can share them with your customers.  It is easier than you think!



Little Quilts embrace Big Technology!

According to their website: once upon a time, three ladies met at Quilt Guild. They started making small quilts as wall hangings. These “little quilts” became so popular and before the girls knew it, they were selling them. What started out as a “hobby” turned into a “little” business.  In 1998, Little Quilts opened in an old corn mill in Marietta, Georgia… and the rest, as they say, is history.  This year they will be their 15th anniversary, and they have watched the industry grow and evolve in many ways.

Wanda Hizer took time out of her busy day to tell me how the Checker Mobile App has saved them time – and whenever you save time – MONEY!  Their shop has become the poster child for this App.  When Jim McDonald went down to visit their shop, they were like most of us.  Their first reaction was, I don’t have time to learn it!  I’ve got customers to serve; classes to teach; and a blog to write!  Then, they showed it to Kathie West – who walks the floor everyone Monday morning so Wanda can place the order!
Wanda loved it!  She now walks the floor and enters the items right into her iPhone.  They have the Checker hang tags – that have colored pictures – so she knows what is missing and needs to be re-ordered even if they are totally out of inventory.
She then takes the order back to Wanda who adds any special orders, class requirement, new products she has read about in our newsletter, etc. – and can adjust quantities or delete items from the order before it is sent!  No mess, no fuss – and as long as they hit send by 2:00, the order arrives in two days!
Some of their favorite features:
What’s New:  You can check to see what is new in every category – and instantly see the products that have been added into the system most recently.  Wanda always checks these out to see if there is anything she wants to add.
Favorites:  The favorites for their shop are also listed by category so she glances through those lists as well to make sure she didn’t miss anything.
Back Orders:  If she already has some of a product on order and orders the same product again, the App tells her.  She can still order it – and increase her order – but doesn’t end up with multiples that she doesn’t need!!!
The Mobile App works on your iPad as well.  And if you have an iPhone, two people can be adding inventory to a basket at the same time.  Just ignore the dollar totals on the device you are using.
Checker strives to be the leader in the industry and to make your job easier!  They are working on ways to make your life easier every day.  As the saying goes, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!!!!