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, 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 or visit the website at

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,

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 or call (678) 514 0400; (800) 275-4275; fax: (678) 510 0349: e-mail:

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 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:

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:

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


Road to California Quilter’s Conference and Showcase Scheduled For Jan. 19-22

The 16th Annual Road to California Quilters’ Conference and Showcase is scheduled for January 19-22, 2012 in Ontario, Calif. Also known as “The Best in the West,” this multi-day event is held at the Ontario Convention Center five minutes from Ontario Airport,
Vineyard Exit South, off I-10.

It offers four full days of exhibits by quilting vendors around the country. Also enjoy long-arm classes, which start Monday, Jan. 16 and regular classes, which begin Weds. Jan. 18.

On Friday, Jan. 20, The Roundabout will feature an evening of ongoing demos where attendees can go from table to table to watch a demonstration of a quilting method, technique, or notion.  Saturday, Jan. 21 is “An An Evening With Carol Doak,” who will share her lifetime experiences in quilting.

Don’t miss this year’s winners of The Road to California Showcase, which features entries from national and international participants. Showcase sections include Art Quilts, Traditional Quilts, Innovative Quilts, Pieced, Appliqué, Mixed, Other and Wearable Art.

For more information go to or check out the Facebook page at