American Quilter’s Society Offers Free Forum for Avid Quilters

If you are looking for an online meeting place to network with other quilters, check out http://www.MyQuiltPlace.com, a forum offered by the American Quilter’s Society.  In addition to the interactive forum, there also are galleries, an event calendar, blogs, videos, giveaways and more.

Quilts For Kids Recycles Fabric Into A Piece of Home for Sick and Abused Kids

Quilts For Kids is an international organization that was founded by Linda Arye as a way to prevent discontinued fabrics from being dumped in a landfill and a way to support children who were in scary situations. Patchwork quilts made by volunteers are distributed to children with life-threatening illnesses as well places that assist children who have been abused.

If you are a quilter, you can use your stash of brightly colored kid-friendly fabric to create patchwork quilts of your own and donate them to us for nationwide distribution. They need to be sewn and quilted on a machine with lots of quilting so they hold up to industrial hospital laundering.

You also can request a quilt kit from the organization. They will send you the materials, you create the quilt and send it back. You also are invited to donate unwanted quilt materials to the organization. For health reasons, the fabric must be new 100% cotton.

For more information or ideas about how to help, contact us at info@quiltsforkids.org or visit the website at http://www.quiltforkids.org.

HTC Offers Trans-Web Fusible Interfacing For Home And Craft Projects

Craft projects like fabric-covered photo frames are made fast and easy with Trans-Web. (Photo courtesy of Bambi Creations, Hawaii, etsy.com)

Creating appliqués is faster and easier with Trans-Web™, a fusible interfacing offered by HTC Retail Division. This versatile product comes on a clear, heat-resistant plastic liner that allows for accurate tracing because you can write directly on the plastic. Trace the shape you want for your appliqué, lay it over the fabric, and cut both layers.

Iron the interfacing to your fabric. The adhesive will release only with the heat of an iron for a complete, secure bond. Your appliqué is now ready to be applied and sewn down.

Made of 100% polyamide webbing, Trans-Web™ is machine washable and dry-cleanable. It comes in a single sheet measuring 16 inches wide by 36 inches long. It’s the easiest way to transform any piece of fabric into an iron-on appliqué. For more information, visit http://www.htc-retail.com or call (678) 514 0400; (800) 275-4275; fax: (678) 510 0349: e-mail: info@htc-retail.com.

Win A Quilter’s Design Mirror From The Quilt Life Magazine

The Quilter’s Mirror is a extra-large, two-paneled mirror that allows you to view your quilt before you start sewing. It’s also handy for designing a quilt with a secondary design. Use it for quilt designs such as Lone Star, Kaleidoscope, Mariner’s Compass, and many more!

An article about this mirror by Cheryl Lynch is published in the February 2012 issue of The Quilter’s Life, and the magazine in conjunction with C&T Publishing is sponsoring a giveaway. Two lucky winners who register before February 29, will be chosen. This mirror has a retail value of $26.

To register to http://www.quiltviews.com/tqlgiveaway before February 29, 2012.

Sew It All Magazine Offers Free Belted Blouse Project

Andrea DeHart shows you how to create a trendy top from a worn-out dress in the volume 3 of Sew It All Magazine. Combine the leftover dress fabric with a complementary print to create a reversible obi-inspired belt. You can download the pattern for free here: http://www.sewitallmag.com/articles/Belted_Blouse.

How To Embroider A Baby Blanket Article Available on HTC-Retail Website

When choosing a stabilizer for baby wear and accessories, a top consideration is softness. Easy Stitch, offered by HTC Retail is made of super soft 100% polypropylene and ensures that the wearer will never know it’s there. Because it is manufactured without formaldehyde, it is safe for children and better for the environment. It also is inherently fire retardant.

Easy Stitch also is ideal for any light stitch embroidery project.
This article shows the step-by-step procedure on how to use Easy Stitch to embroider a design on a baby blanket. You can find it here: http://www.htc-retail.com/cmspage.php?page_id=15.

Educational Conference Targets Quilters Of All Levels

Quilting in the Desert is holding an educational quilting conference January 22-27 in Phoenix, Ariz. This event offers a variety of sessions ranging from one-day classes to three-day workshops. This conference includes everyone from traditional and art quilters to hand and machine appliqué enthusiasts.

Topics include how to incorporate technology like computers, scanners, and digital cameras to design; raw edge appliqué technique; beginning free motion machine quilting; Electric Quilt versions 6 and 7; and more.

All classes and events will be held at the InnPlace Hotel Phoenix North,
(formerly the Four Points Sheraton), 10220 North Metro Parkway East
Phoenix, AZ 85051.

Classes are from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, , call 480-874-3411; or email quiltcampretreats@gmail.com.