Gift Card Ornaments

Gift-giving has never been easier! These delightful ornament bags, designed by Rachel’s of Greenfield, are just the right size for gift cards or other treasures of your choice. Each envelope-style ornament bag has a different decoration on the front and fastens on the back with an old-fashioned figure-eight closure. The kit includes woolfelt®, embroidery floss, and gold string plus precise patterns, and complete instructions to make 6 gift bags.

Gift Bag Ornaments Kit

There are lots of kits to choose from.

Kit Warm Feet Ornaments
Christmas Critters Ornament Kit
Kit Warm Hands Mitten Ornaments
Charcoal Mittens Kit

These kits are a great way to keep those mask makers engaged. This is my plan:

This year I made GALLONS of Chex mix, filled quart jars, and put them in gift bags. My children and grandchildren had a ball leaving these gifts on the doorsteps of friends and on the desks of their favorite teachers. Hopefully, we will be able to celebrate the holidays this year up close and personal, but we want to continue the tradition. I drew squares the size of each woolfelt piece onto freezer paper. Then, I traced the templates for that color within the square. Since my family and friends are making multitudes of these, we can run as many copies of the template sheets as we have kits – and only have to trace them once. Now, the instructions say to trace the templates right onto the wool felt, but ironing the freezer paper onto the woolfelt with a warm iron was much faster. Why not provide a template sheet to your customers as that “value-added” bonus with the purchase of each kit?

This Gypsy Quilter Appliqué Freezer Paper is over-sized and worked well!

Gypsy Quilter Freezer Paper 12in x 15in Heavy Weight 40ct

And, what great handwork while sitting in front of a fire…..

ABC 123 Cool Pins

Numbered (0-25) on one side and lettered (A-Z) on the other, ABC 123 Cool Pins from The Gypsy Quilter are perfect for organizing your quilt pieces. At .5mm – these pins are sharp and will never leave holes behind in your fabric. As an added bonus, the pinheads are heat resistant up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 104 hexagon shaped pins come in a reusable storage box.

ABC 123 Cool Pins

And in this case, that box adds the awe factor. How cute is this???

ABC 123 Cool Pins

These are due to arrive in April and would be a great addition to any Mother’s Day promotion!

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!!!

Chain Piecing Made Easy

Meet the new and improved Cutting Gizmo by Gypsy Quilter®! The Chain-Piece Thread Cutting Gizmo #TGQ052.

Chain Piece Thread Cutting Gizmo

It is the extra hand you need to help separate chain-pieced units when quilting. To safely cut the threads between the chain-pieced units, simply hold the fabric pieces with both hands and slip the thread into the slot on the top of the Chain-Piece Thread Cutting Gizmo. The embedded razor blade cuts the thread quickly, easily, and safely. The non-slip bottom ensures that it will stay in place when in use. Five replacement blades and the magnetic tool needed for blade changes are stored in the base.

Chain Piece Thread Cutting Gizmo
Chain Piece Thread Cutting Gizmo

Order them now – they are due to arrive later this month!

Cool Pins!

Cool pins are just that – COOL! They are heat resistant up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit so you can iron over them without melting the tip of the pin or burning your finger. The large pinheads are easy to grasp and manipulate – perfect for all ages. And since the tips of the Cool Pins are colorful, they are easy to spot and remove – no pins left behind. Cool pins are sharp and fine. At just .5 mm, they will not leave holes in your finished project. 50 pins come in a reusable storage box. Available in 3 colors: Gypsy Purple, Bohemian Blue and Fortune Fuchsia

Cool Pins Bohemian Blue  50pc
Cool Pins Gypsy Purple  50pc
Cool Pins Fortune Fuchsia  50pc

Why not open a case and display them by the register so everyone can see how sharp they are? Or use them in your next class. Just make sure you have plenty on hand because everyone will want them!

Angela Walters Low Shank Tools

Creative Grids® now offers three of Angela Walters’ most popular machine quilting templates in low shank 1/8″ acrylic. These templates have all of the great features of the originals but are 1/8″ acrylic instead of 1/4″ acrylic.

Squiggy is the go-to tool for machine quilting serpentine lines and wavy designs. Use Squiggy for quilting: serpentine lines in both directions in 2 and 3 inch borders and sashings; overlapping serpentine lines; varied serpentine lines; allover ribbons; ogees; clamshells and more!

Creative Grids Low Shank Machine Quilting Tool Squiggy

This tool does double duty! Inspired by the dome of the Taj Mahal, Taj is perfect for quilting curvy, pointed arcs on your quilts. This versatile tool can be used in all areas of your quilt, including borders, blocks and backgrounds.

Quilt along the outside to create: pointed arches in borders; overlapping arcs or rotate to quilt complex looking motifs. Work along the inside of the tool to create: a leafy allover design; leaves in a row for thinner borders or rotate to quilt flower-like motifs for blocks. By combining the inside and outside, or alternating directions, there are endless quilting possibilities.

Creative Grids Low Shank Machine Quilting Tool Taj

This tool will become your new quilting best friend. Efficient and beautiful quilting is her specialty! Use Shelley to quilt clamshell designs from either side of the tool – no need to rotate the quilt since you can quilt from any side of the quilting foot. The Clamshell design can be classically quilted for an open traditional feel, or given a modern update by flipping it around to create orange peels. But that’s not all she does! Use Shelly for: quilting clamshells or orange peels; rotate to create beautiful flower motifs, arcs, and leaves.

Creative Grids Low Shank Machine Quilting Tool Shelly

These machine quilting gloves by The Gypsy Quilter® are the perfect companion for these templates. Gain extra precision control where you need it most with grip dots on the fingertips. Or flip the glove around for maximum control with grip dots all over the palm and fingers. Hold Steady Machine Quilting gloves are breathable and comfortable.

Gypsy Quilter Hold Steady Machine Gloves One Size

Everything is in stock, so order yours today!

The Perfect Ironing Surface Combo

The Sullivan BetterBoard is the perfect choice for an ironing station or a portable workstation. An added bonus? It folds in half – with attached handles – so it is easy to store and travel. You can even take it to retreats!

Better Board

In their words:

Turn your standard ironing board into a spacious pressing surface with the BetterBoard. This overlay offers plenty of space for your biggest projects. Simply place over your existing ironing board to create a 59″ x 22″ work surface with rounded corners. The BetterBoard comes completely assembled with a smooth laminated surface and a fitted ironing cover with protective pad. It features bottom railings that are 14.875″ wide and will fit over most standard ironing boards. It is great for pressing lengths of fabric and quilt tops easily and quickly. Sit or stand while working on projects such as ironing, quilting, crafting, painting, cutting, and more. The ironing board can be lowered or raised to your desired height making the BetterBoard an ideal solution for any type of project.

Better Board
Better Board

Better Board

The Gypsy Quilter wool mat is the exact same size – which make them the perfect combo!

Wool Pressing Mat 21-5/8in Wide x 58-5/8in Long x 3/8in Thick

Wouldn’t this be a great 12 days of Christmas pick?

Create a Design Wall

The days of crawling on your hands and knees to layout a quilt project are over! This 60″ x 72″ piece of felt is the perfect foundation for a design wall. Tack it up in your sewing room so you can visualize your project as you go. And a little visual inspiration keeps you focused on the quilt at hand.

Center Stage Design Wall White 72in
Center Stage Design Wall Gray 72in

You have a choice of white or grey. And, at 5 x 6 feet, you will be able to display most projects up to throw size or a quarter of a queen or king-size quilt.

Adjustable Mask Elastic

I love these adjustable elastic cords for face masks. The bead moves to ensure the perfect fit. They are approximately eight inches long and can stretch to 12 inches. And, for those with allergies, they are latex-free!

Each package includes 60 – enough for 30 masks.

Drawstring Mask Elastic Black 60 Ct
Drawstring Mask Elastic White 60 Ct

These Gypsy Quilter elastics come in a multitude of colors: navy. red, purple, gray, green, and royal. They are due to arrive next month so order now!

Tote Trivet – the perfect companion

The Gypsy Quiltee® Tote Trivet is designed to keep notions organized while on the go. The Trivet holds a wide variety of notions in the zippered pouch. When you are at a class, snap the corners to create the sides of an adorable trivet that holds all of the notions you need for class. Class over? Unsnap the corners and put the notions back in the zippered pouch!

These 13″ squares come in a variety of colors.

Tote Trivet Purple Dot
Tote Trivet Purple Dot
Tote Trivet Teal
Tote Trivet Red
Tote Trivet Purple
Tote Trivet Black

These are due to arrive in September and would be a perfect choice for a holiday gift!