Glow in the Dark

I want to make sure I get this right so in the words of Mettler:

POLY GLOW is a phosphorescent, washable embroidery thread that stores UV and artificial light, making embroideries and seams glow in the dark. The thread is extremely well-suited for extraordinary effects on sports, kids, leisure wear, bags and satchels as well as for embroidering logos and letterings. T

It is a 40 weight thread and comes on 109 yard spools for around $6.00. A 70 or 80 needle is recommended. It is due to arrive any day.

Why not display it with this glow in the dark fabric by Benartex :- due to arrive in March:

Pillowcases and pajamas would make your child smile!

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!

Notions Creating a Buzz

I have not tried any of these notions – we haven’t even been sampled on them yet – but if the initial hype is any indication, these are going to be the stars of your summer shop hop – and everyone is going to want them!

The Quick Ripper

The Quick Ripper is an electric seam ripper which operates on just one AA battery (included).  It fits in the palm of your hand and makes fast work of something we all dread!  Machine quilters and sergers will love it – tear out those close stitches in a matter of minutes – not hours!  I’ve been doing a lot of paper-piecing lately and would have loved to have this – no more torn foundation papers!  After all sometimes we’re the princess….and sometimes we’re the frog.  So when rip-it; rip-it; rip-it is the only word in your vocabulary pick up this tool and you’ll be done in no time!

Item #QRIPPER  Retail $21.95

Web Bond

Web Bond by Mettler is the newest – and most reasonably priced – addition to the spray adhesive family.  Spray this product on batting, backing, paper-piecing foundations, patterns, and templates – any time you need a temporary hold!  This web bond reduces over-spray so there is less mess and better coverage – with minimal odor.  It is acid-free and transparent so it works for scrap booking and mounting pictures as well!  Don’t forget this is an ORM-D item so there are some shipping limitations.

Item #WEBBOND  Retail $14.99

Bohin Extra Fine Chalk Pencils 3-in-1

Many of you love the Bohin chalk pencils.  Now they have combined three colors in one so you will definitely have the color you need to mark your project!  The pen is filled with three colors of lead:  dark, pink, and white.  The standard refills work:  91474 (pink); 91475 (grey); and 91478 (white).  We are expecting them to arrive by Memorial Day – but don’t make any promises!

Item #91472  Retail $19.89

Why not showcase an area of “new” products at your shop hop – you’ve got to get their attention!