Place Mats for Round Tables

Margaret Travis – the queen of place mats – has outdone herself with this one!  Cupcakes are all the rage so why not decorate with them as well – and change them out for every holiday???

Cutezy Cupcake


Item #EPQ139  Retail $9.00

I love this pattern because it gives you an opportunity to be creative – and shops have a chance to educate their customers on several different products that should be staples in every sewing room.

Bias Press Bars


Item #165C  Retail $6.79

These bias bars include heat resistant bars in five widths and are 12 inches long. Make several and weave a basket base or add the “cupcake paper” look.

Flower YoYo Maker


Item #8707CV  Retail $6.50

Take the yoyo craze to a new level with this flower version – another great demo!

Temporary Spray Adhesive










Item #KK2000  Retail $15.99

Love, love, love this product!  Basically, it turns any fabric into a Post It note.  The treated fabric is repositionable – and disappears in two to five days.  The spray is very concentrated so there is very little over-spray.  And, it can be sprayed indoors – no odor!

But, we need a foundation – and this new shape by Bosal was the inspiration for the entire project.


Item #PM-6B  Retail $12.99

Take it from a reliable source – (Margaret) – there are more patterns coming based on this foundation so order them now so you have them in stock!




Hang It! for Charity

October is breast cancer awareness month.  Lisa Mullins of Wandering Stitches had a great idea for a program to support the cause.  She asked that her customers make the “Hang It” (protective clothes hanger cover) from the book Eazy Peazy Gifts by Margaret Travis.


Item #15102  Retail $9.95 Here are just a few of their entries..

They can embellish it to their hearts content.

. hangit3             hang it

The Hang Its are then displayed in the shop.  Customers vote for their favorite(s).  Each vote costs a quarter – and all proceeds are donated to the cause.
Why not “launch” the event by hosting a class?  These are great gifts – and the perfect gift for a bridal shower.  I can picture this in white – what bride wouldn’t love a personalized hanger for her wedding dress??
But, let your customers use their imaginations.  We would love to share pictures of YOUR event on the Checker Facebook page.  Keep us posted….


Meet the Vendors – Part Three

Karen Kay & Joseph Buckley

Her scissors are simply amazing – and the new 6″ size with the cushioned handles are spectacular.  And, your customers want more than one – one for their sewing basket, one for their sewing room, one for their sewing machine….//

2013-08-18 20.14.11


Margaret Travis & Marie Darrow of Eazy Peazy Quilts

Her book – Eazy Peazy Gifts sold out early because it is lots of fast, simple gift items that can be made with a minimum of fabric and a maximum of charm.  And, each gift can also be used to demonstrate a variety of techniques – a home run for any shop owner!!!

2013-08-18 20.12.59

Carol McLeod of Auntie’s Two

Carol makes a living by creating techniques for adults – based on the childhood memories we all share!  Who doesn’t remember weaving pot holders on a little metal frame?  I was fascinated with the adult version – it will make your customers smile as well:  //

2013-08-19 01.31.53

Ericka Wright and Jessica Herning of Violette Fields

2013-08-17 20.49.36


Their children’s clothing is not just adorable – it is DOable!  I was blown away when I saw the high quality pamphlet in each pattern that showed step by step how to make their darling clothes.  Even a beginning seamstress will be successful.  Check this out:  //



Kathy McGee of Hemma Designs

Kathy specializes in storage containers and organizational projects that your customers will love.  She used oil cloth in some of her projects and said that it was very easy to work with because it doesn’t ravel or fray – an added bonus that never occurred to me!  You con’t have to finish the seams….//

2013-08-19 01.17.22


Kimberly Jolly, Sarah Price, and Jocelyn Ueng of It’s Sew Emma

These ladies have figured out how to make the most of the pre-cut market and have incorporated it into their patterns and books – and using their books and patterns, you can too:  //

2013-08-18 20.14.28-1


More vendors, more displays, more quilts, and more pictures next week – an event this big just can’t be covered in one post!



2013-08-17 20.49.36



2013-08-17 20.49.11




2013-08-18 20.14.28-1


2013-08-19 01.17.22

Eazy Peazy + Placemats = Eazy Sales

Margaret Travis has become the queen of place mats!  Combining her simple, easy patterns with the Bosal pre-cut placemats was a marriage made in heaven…

These place mats feature the oval version that comes in a package of four.


Item #PM-1B  Retail $9.00

Sun’s Up


Item #EPQ126  Retail $9.00


Item #CLPMTR002

Round place mats have become very popular – and so have the pre-cuts forms to make them.


Item #PM-3B  Retail $9.00


Item #EPQ128  Retail $9.00


Item #EPQ130  Retail $9.00


Item #EPQ129  Retail $9.00

And, now Bosal has added the increasing popular hexagon to it’s collection….










Item #PM-5B  Retail $12.99


Item #EPQ134 Retail $9.00

Many of these patterns also include instructions for coasters.  To view all of Margaret’s patterns, visit our website at:  //

Yes, Bosal has those too.  Visit our website to view all of the products:  //

Come visit Margaret and the folks from Bosal at our Open House.  Why not talk to the experts – and find out how to turn quick easy projects into full classes and sales in your store!








Eazy Peazy Gifts in Less than Two Hours

This is one of those books that should be on the shelf in every quilter’s library!  It is the perfect source for patterns for those times when you just want to give “a little something” – and no matter what the occasion, Margaret has the gift!

Item #151052  Retail $9.95

Give your favorite shut-in this “Stow It”.  Include some tissues, hand sanitizer, and a little light reading – and they will love you for it!

Or celebrate any occasion with a bottle of wine or champagne.  This wrapping even includes a pocket for a note or a gift card.

Or turn any sweatshirt into your favorite jacket.  Who doesn’t love pockets and embellishments!

I don’t have pictures of everything – but one of my favorites is a garment bag!  What a great shower gift for a special wedding.  Why not make matching sets for all of the bridesmaids?

And, then there is the small zippered clutch that is featured as a first aid kit – right down to the appliqued band-aid!  How cute is that???  These would be perfect stocking stuffers for every child on your list.  Everyone needs to have a first aid kit handy in their car – and this one definitely has style!

Or give someone a basket for a home spa experience complete with flip flops, eye mask, and scrubber – but you’ll have to buy the book to see the rest….Believe me this teaser is worth it!

Standing Room Only Classes – Part Three

In this class, your customers will learn:

  • Create a “Quilt as You Go” Placemat
  • Try the Pre-Cut Bosal Placemats
  • Learn How to Cut a Bias Binding
  • Hold that Binding in Place with Fusible Thread

Start with a great Cut Loose Press pattern by Margaret Travis of Eazy Peazy Quilts….

Item #CLPMTR002  Retail $3.99

Use the fusible oval placemats by Craf-Tex.  These placemats are fusible on both sides so you may want to showcase the Applique Pressing Sheet that comes in an 18″ x 20″ size (Item #BTD209).

Item #PM-2B  Retail $9.00

Once the piecing is complete, show them how to use the CGRABB1 ruler to cut a bias binding.  They already have the ruler and the binding card (QPBS) if they took the previous class.  If possible, show them an old quilt that has a worn binding and explain that if they cut binding on the straight of grain, the same thread is being worn on the edge of the quilt.  When it wears out in one place, it wears out on the entire length.  By cutting the binding on the bias, 65 threads per inch are wrapped around the edge so if one thread is worn, there are 64 more per inch to preserve the integrity of the quilt!

Show them how to use fusible thread in the bobbin when attaching the binding.  Then when they fold the binding over to the back and press it in place, it can be positioned right over the previous stitching line.  Then, when your students stitch in the ditch from the front of their work, they are guaranteed to cover the stitching on the back AND catch the binding!

Item #12301  Retail $5.99

These classes all offer different techniques and can be taken independently of each other – but many of your customers will sign up for all three because they know they are going to actually learn something!!!  Once again, going home with a finished project is a bonus!  And, these projects are so easy to do that they will want to make several as gifts.  Talk about a win/win situation!!!