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Hot Picks!

Hot picks

Need more inspiration? Check out our picks of notions and fabrics to freshen up the supply in your store.


  • Time For All Seasons: Janet Rae Nesbitt of One Sister Designs – If you’re a fan of gardening then this is the design for you. One quilt breaks down into seven different seasonal projects to be pieced and stitched.
  • Beginner Box Cuddle Kits: Shannon Fabrics – Help sewers get used to working with plush fabrics through this stylish project.
  • Gemini Flight Bag: Studio Kat Designs – Get ready for traveling again with this flight bag that includes two zippered areas.
  • Camping Quilter: Puppy Girl Designs – Going camping? Then take this embroidery design to stitch during your stay.

Notion Picks

  • Silicon Applique Mat: Sew Quirky – This 18 inch mat is clear to provide better visibility while working on your projects. It can sustain heat up to 428 degrees Farenheit and fabric won’t stick to it (even after it cools off).
  • 2022 That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar: Martingale Wholesale – 2022 marks the 20th year of this calendar tradition. Each month contains a different quilt to inspire your creations (and even comes with the quilt patterns).
  • A Scrapbook of Quilts: Joanna Figueroa and Carrie Nelson for It’s Sew Emma – Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. and Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co. paired up to create over 30 projects with just six quilt blocks.

What new products have you brought to your store? Leave your favorite picks in the comments below.

Inspiration for this post came from “Hot Picks!” published in the June 2021 issue of American Quilt Retailer.

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Shannon Fabrics Color of the Year

Bluebell printEarlier this year, Shannon Fabrics announced Bluebell as their color of the year. The color of the year is chosen following design trends, and is a time every creative looks forward to.

Bluebell is known for evoking tranquil feelings and a sense of reassurance. In the age of the social this color seemed the right fit for what 2018 should be; a reminder to stop and smell the roses somewhere in our busy and ever-moving lives.

Bluebell has warm violet undertones and matches well with denim blues, navy, and dusty blue when used as the main focus. Bluebell also matches well with cooler purples (think along the lines of lavender), and neutrals like sand, beige, steel, and graphite.

Shannon Fabrics features the color in many of their patterns and has received positive feedback from choosing the relaxing hue. Bluebell

This compares to Pantone’s color of the year, Ultraviolet. Ultraviolet, a much deeper purple than Bluebell, is a color of vision, promoting originality that points to the future.

Unlike Bluebell, Ultraviolet features better as an accent. Search for colors to soften it, like purples, pinks, and blues. A vase of these shades of flowers look all the more lovely next to the powerful and emotion-evoking deep purple. If looking to use Ultraviolet, embrace a darker, more moody theme.

As we enter the second quarter of the year, try to look for opportunities to include the colors of the year into your products for a reminder to stay calm, cool, and collected while keeping your eyes on the prize.

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