Diagonal Seam Tape

This notion created by Cluck Cluck Sew is flying off the shelves and we just got in another order so it is in stock!!!

Diagonal Seam Tape

I was teaching a class on Saturday and someone thought that you put this on the diagonal of the fabric – not true! It sticks to your sewing machine – right in front of the feed dogs. The red line aligns with your needle, the blue lines are the sewing lines – 1/4″ away from the red line.

A roll is 10 yards – and since you just need a small piece – it lasts a good long time! When you are ready to remove it, it comes right off – no pesky residue!

Half-square triangles have never been easier – no more drawing lines. But remember, this works just as well when sewing snowball blocks! I can’t wait to try it when I am making my Geese in the Cabin blocks – a Cut Loose Press™ Plus pattern (#CLPPLUS001)!

Geese In The Cabin Cut Loose Press Plus
Geese In The Cabin Cut Loose Press Plus

Adding those triangles to the corners just got a whole lot easier! This pattern showcases the Creative Grids® Log Cabin Trim Tool for 10-inch blocks (#CGRJAW10).

The Big Easy from Creative Grids

The Big Easy (CGR1224) is a whopping 12-1/2 x 24-1/2 inches – almost twice the size of our most popular 6-1/2 x 24-1/2 inch (CGR24) and the 12-1/2″ square (CGR12).

Creative Grids Quilt Ruler 12-1/2in x 24-1/2in

It has all of the markings you love plus some additional angles – which are perfect for marking cross-hatching, mitering corners on borders, etc.

The added width is also perfect for cutting borders, curtains, and other home dec projects. Personally, I bought the ruler to trim quilts after machine quilting. I like to trim parallel to an inside border so everything is square. The size of this tool means I can accurately square up corners as well as the borders.

The Gypsy Gripper from The Gypsy Quilter is the perfect companion for this tool. This suction-cupped handle attaches to the ruler so you can comfortably move and position the ruler without straining your hands.

The Original Gypsy Quilter Gypsy Gripper

Both products are in stock now so place your orders at www.checkerdist.com.

//www.checkerdist.com/products/CGR1224

Geese in the Cabin

Meet Cut Loose Press™ Plus. This pattern has six full pages – when a pattern is just too good to fit on one page – even if it is front and back!

This Cut Loose Press™ Plus pattern features a technique for making Geese in the Cabin blocks from the log cabin blocks created with the Creative Grids® 10-inch Log Cabin Trim Tool Duo by Jean Ann Wright (CGRJAW10).

Geese In The Cabin Cut Loose Press Plus

We have even filmed a video showing how easy it is to transform a Courthouse Block style log cabin created with the Creative Grids® 10-Inch Log Cabin Trim Tool Duo into an entirely new block. AND, you are welcome to share the video!

Once you have created the blocks, twist and turn them in a multitude of ways to create your own masterpiece. The pattern includes suggestions but there are many more possibilities.

Geese In The Cabin Cut Loose Press Plus

Since all 36 blocks are exactly the same – and the magic happens when you twist and turn them – the yardage requirements are the same for every version!

The ruler and patterns are in stock so order them now and let your customers know. We have already gotten requests from consumers who want to know where to buy!


New from Marlous Designs

I LOVE this quilt! I was just asked to make quilts for two gals in their early 30’s and this is perfect!

12 Carat

I love the off-set diamonds and the tone-on-tone diamonds. It could be the perfect choice for a wedding or graduation gift as well. The pattern includes yardage requirements and instructions for three sizes: lap, twin, and queen. The diamonds are created with the Creative Grids® Perfect Rectangle Tool #CGRTMT3.

Creative Grids Perfect Rectangle Ruler 9-1/2in Quilt Ruler

Mountain Gems is another asymmetrical design that packs a lot of punch and also includes three sizes.

Mountain Gems

Both patterns will be available in March so place your orders now!

A Fitted Mask

This mask pattern from Cut Loose Press™ #CLKAL013 includes three sizes: small for a child or petite adult; medium for most women; and large for most men and will even accommodate their beard.

The Cover Up!

The angled nose and chin pieces are cut with the Creative Grids® Spider Web Quilt Ruler #CGRKA6 to ensure a form fit. And wait until you see how she sews the pleat – pure genius! Pattern includes instructions on how to add an additional filter and a mask bar. Be sure to visit the Checker YouTube channel and watch the video before you start.

Many of you already have the Creative Grids® Spiderweb Quilt Ruler since Karla Alexander used it in the Cut Loose Press™ Crazy Christmas Tree, Crazy Hearts, and Coffee Break patterns.

Creative Grids Spider Web Quilt Ruler

Add an optional mask bar from The Gypsy Quilter.

The Gypsy Quilter Mask Bar 100ct

And, the adjustable elastics also from The Gypsy Quilter come in a variety of colors – and ensure a perfect fit.

Drawstring Mask Elastic Black 60ct

Let’s face it – pun intended – masks are going to be a part of life for a long time so find the best fit for your family and friends!

LOL (Lots of Little) Squares

The LOL quilt series from RJ Designs are unique variations of the traditional Irish Chain design.
The sixteen-page pattern booklet gives detailed instruction needed to construct bed-sized quilts using LOL (lots Of Little) one-inch finished squares.

LOL Traditional Style

RJ Designs has simplified the process to create these awe-inspiring quilts using an innovative method of strip-piecing. The strips can be cut quickly and accurately with the Creative Grids® Stripology XL ruler (Item #CGRGE1XL).

LOL Argyle Style
LOL Modern Style

You, and possibly a group of friends, can decide if you want to trade strips for a scrappier look – a multitude of different fabric strips are needed for constructing this stunning quilt. Decide whether you want to stay within a theme such as solid fabrics, reproduction prints, batiks, or totally scrappy- where anything goes (my favorite).

The booklet includes instructions for two twins, a queen and a king size version. You are about to embark on one of your most exciting and unique quilt piecing experiences! The patterns are due to arrive this week so order them now.

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Sewing Room Makeover

Everyone I know has cleaning and organizing their sewing room on their list of New Year’s resolutions. And that is the perfect time to take stock of what you really have, what you need – and what needs replaced!

Check out the top 100 notions on our website: //www.checkerdist.com/top/notions

This will give you an idea of what other quilters value and brands that have stood the test of time. Now look at your basic quilting supplies – the ones you use EVERY day! Is it time to replace your rotary cutter blades? Why not buy a multipack so you actually cut instead of “saw” in 2021?

Rotary Blade 45mm 5ct

Check out your stash of needles and buy your most popular sizes.

Schmetz Universal Machine Needle Size 12/80

Are your pins all bent or is your pin cushion bare? Why not replace them with these extra long, sharp, heat-resistant Cool Pins by The Gypsy Quilter?

Cool Pins Gypsy Purple  50pc

Has your mat seen better days? Maybe it is time to replace it – and upgrade to a larger size:

Creative Grids Cutting Mat 24in x 36in

Have you dropped your ruler so many times that there is not a corner left in sight?

Creative Grids Quilt Ruler 6-1/2in x 24-1/2in

If you got a small wool mat to try it, it may be time to admit that it is the greatest notion of the last decade!

Wool Pressing Mat 14-1/3in Wide x 18-7/8in Long x 1/2in Thick

Refresh the notions you use every day and make sewing a pleasure again – just don’t cut your finger with that new blade!!!

Stripology Mixology 2 Book

In Gudrun Erla’s own words: Put your Stripology Rulers to work with this sequel to the first Mixology book. You will find 13 great quilts in multiple sizes, made from Precuts. That includes quilts made from 10″ squares, 5″ squares, 2-1/2″ strips, and 1-1/2″ strips. Be inspired to put your stash to work by curating and cutting your own precuts. Full-color instructions for using all three Stripology rulers or regular rulers are included in the 84-page book, along with 13 delicious cocktail recipes. (#GE-515)

Gudrun is quite simply a super star! And this book is a perfect example of the breadth of style she creates, appealing to quilters of all ages! A picture is worth a thousand words so…..

Stripology Mixology 2 Book
Stripology Mixology 2 Book
Stripology Mixology 2 Book
Stripology Mixology 2 Book
Stripology Mixology 2 Book
Stripology Mixology 2 Book

This is just a sampling of the treasures inside! The book could serve as a lesson in how to combine fabrics to their maximum effect as well! Gudrun’s color sense makes every quilt she creates a stunner! The book will be available next week. The showcased rulers from Creative Grids®: CGRGE1XL, CGRGE2, and CGRGE3 are in stock now.

The Wreath Quilt Sampler

To see how gorgeous – and easy – this quilt is, view the video tutorial before you do anything else!

In Krista’s words: The Wreath Quilt Sampler (#TQL10023) is a fun, fresh addition to your holiday decor. It’s composed of six different blocks or concepts, each one teaching a new technique using the Creative Grids® 60-Degree Diamond Mini Ruler. The shapes are simple, and the construction is a breeze, building your quilt block by block with no Y seams! Work from your stash or collect a variety of reds and greens and enjoy the process of shade and color placement to get the complete effect. Finished size: 55″ x 55″.

The Wreath Quilt Sampler

All of the units are created with the Creative Grids® 60 Degree Diamond Mini (#CGR60DIAMINI). The quilt can be made with the Creative Grids® 60 Degree Diamond (#CGR60DIA) as well – but since the pieces are smaller, it is much easier to manipulate the mini!

Creative Grids 60 Degree Mini Diamond Ruler

Krista does such great support for everything and her latest addition is no exception! She has created cutting charts for the diamond rulers. These charts show how many triangles or diamonds can be cut from each width of fabric strip. And while you are there, stay awhile and check out her other videos. You will be glad you did!

Grids Girls Unite

Many of you know Deb Heatherly from her Grids Girls program. Almost 7,000 women sew along with her as she designs projects using Creative Grids® rulers. She is responsible for the design of many of my favorite tools: the Cat’s Cradle and Cat’s Cradle XL; the Ultimate Flying Geese Tool; Strippy Star, Kitty Cornered Tool, and Turbo 4-Patch.

She also loves to play with Creative Grids® tools by other designers. All of these designs were inspired when she was testing and playing with other tools:

Both of these Cut Loose Press™ quilts were made with the Creative Grids® Folded Corner Clipper – one of our most versatile tools!

Starry Nights Table Topper
Starry Nights Table Topper #CLPDHE044
X Marks The Spot
X Marks The Spot #CLPDHE040
Creative Grids Folded Corner Clipper Tool

These Cut Loose Press™ patterns feature the Creative Grids® Seam Guide – the fastest way to mark half-square triangles:

Cherokee Star
Cherokee Star #CLPDHE045
Falling For You Table Topper
Falling For You Table Topper #CLPDHE046
Creative Grids 9in Seam Guide Tool

And, this table topper and table runner feature the Creative Grids® Diamond Mini by Krista Moser.

Diamond Delight Topper
Diamond Delight Topper #CLPDHE042
Prairie Bound Runner
Prairie Bound Runner #CLPDHE043
Creative Grids 60 Degree Mini Diamond Ruler

For those of you who love handwork, she also created this hexie pillow to highlight a favorite photo or block.

Hexagon Frame Pillow
Hexagon Frame Pillow #CLPDHE039
Hexagon Frame Pillow

Deb is using this quarantine time to her best advantage – designing, creating, and playing in her studio! I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!