Quiltmaker Gives Away 100 Quilt Blocks Book and A Pair of Mugs

Quiltmaker has partnered with Martingale on an exciting new book project: 200 Blocks from Quiltmaker Magazine.

The publication is awarding a copy of the book and a pair of mugs from Volumes 1 and 2 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks to five lucky winners!

This full color 128-page book includes all the blocks from Volumes 1 and 2 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. The full-size pattern elements come on a bonus CD with a user-friendly index.

Enter the contest by filling out the online form http://www.quiltmaker.com/contests/quiltmakers-200-blocks-book-contest.html  now through June 4. Winners will be selected randomly from the entries. No mail-in entries will be accepted.

New Online Machine Quilting Class Teaching Free Motion And More


Want to learn how to quilt with your sewing machine? Craftsy.com is offering a new online webinar, “Machine Quilting and More,” for only $19.99, a $10 savings off the regular price of $29.99. It’s taught by Wendy Butler Berns, author of “Photo Album Quilts,” who is an award-winner instructor and quilter.

Find out more here: http://www.craftsy.com/class/Machine-Quilting-Free-Motion-More/37

Support Open Work Embroidery With Water Soluble Stabilizer


RinseAway, a water-soluble tearaway, is designed for doing decorative, heirloom, and open embroidery on light cottons and linens. When the embroidery is finished, the excess tears easily away from the stitches, and the rest dissolves in water with the first wash.

The secret is in the construction. It is composed of some water soluble and some non-water soluble materials. Only some of the stabilizer dissolves leaving the nonsoluble fibers under the stitching to give the embroidery the support it needs to keep the design looking sharp and crisp throughout the life of the garment.

RinseAway is made using a wet-laid nonwoven process which ensures it is nondirectional and dense for maximum support. This type of stabilizer also makes it easier to achieve the tambourine skin tension level that is ideal for perfect registration and fine details.

For more information or find the dealer nearest you, visit www.htc-retail.com or call (800) 275-4275; fax: (212) 545-0603: e-mail: info@htc-retail.com.

Memory Quilts Make Meaningful Graduation Gifts

Check out these fun memory and T-shirt quilts that Sherri Osborne from About.com made for her kids’ high school graduations! To make each of these T-shirt quilts, she not only used T-shirts and photos, she also gathered school art projects, reports, original poems, and certificates.  They were scanned directly onto the fabric.  What a great memory and keepsake for that special graduate in your life.  Go to: http://familycrafts.about.com/od/graduationgiftideas/tp/Graduation-Memory-And-T-Shirt-Quilts.htm to learn how she made these incredible quilts for each of her children. Fusible Fleece (9720-1) http://www.htc-retail.com/product-info.php?pid22.html is a great way to finish off this project.

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Don’t you absolutely love all the wonderful spring and summer floral designs that arrive this time each year?  The possibilities are endless for creative minds. Try out this pattern from Embro World and post your project pictures on our Facebook page. http://www.embroworld.com/embroidery/unique-floral-design-71/ We would love to see how this one turns out. If you’re sewing the design on a stable fabric like lightweight cottons, silks, or canvas, our standard tearaway, 3190-7, http://www.htc-retail.com/product-info.php?pid35.html, is ideal. It’s also appropriate for sheer fabrics as it can easily be removed when finished. Try for your next in-the-hoop project!

Just Getting Started?

Photo courtesy of A Design by Lyn,  http://www.adesignbylyn.com/


The age old question when starting any new project is, “Where do I begin?”  For all of you quilters, crafters, sewers, and embroiderers just getting started, let me turn you onto the greatest help for me personally.  Choosing the right stabilizer or interfacing can make or break your greatest project.  Here is a link to HTC Retail’s Interfacing Usage Chart.  No more frustration or worries when trying to pick the perfect product for the perfect project!  Simply visit: http://www.htc-retail.com/cmspage.php?page_id=16

Part of doing what we love it that it should be easy and stress free.  Enjoy!

Sign Up Now For The Original Sewing And Quilt Expo!

Here’s a great opportunity to get away and follow your passion at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo http://www.sewingexpo.com/RaleighNC.aspx in Raleigh, NC.

Scheduled for June 21, 22, and 23, you can spend your days shopping and see the latest in fashion sewing, home décor, and quilting. Learn a few new tricks in workshops and classes going on all weekend long. See more than 400 quilts on display, stage presentations and more. Join in on Friday evening’s revolution, when Quilters Take Raleigh, a benefit for the Quilt Alliance. Don’t miss a moment!  Register here: http://sewingexpo.com/

Floral Decor Pomander Embroidery Design Linda Martin, SewAZ Embroidery Designs

With Mother’s Day and graduation celebrations right around the corner, brighten up your home by downloading the free flower pomander embroidery design to make a sweet-smelling decoration. Traditionally, a pomander is a perforated ball or bag containing fragrant substances to scent clothes and linens. Use machine embroidery and potpourri to create a modern pomander for decoration.

Download the the design for free until June 29, 2012. The design will be available for purchase at sewazdesigns.com after the expiration date. Instructions to make this project are included in the May/June ’12 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery. Purchase the issue at the Quilt and Sew Shop.   For your special project, you can use Easy-Stitch, which is great for a wide variety of sewing and craft projects.  Check it out here: http://www.htc-retail.com/product-info.php?pid34.html. Created by Linda Martin, courtesy of SewAZ Embroidery Designs

Help Mom Look Amazing For Mother’s Day Dinner!

Make a fast and simple gift for Mom. Pick your favorite apron or make one yourself and embellish it with any of your favorite appliqué patterns or embroidery designs. This is a cute one from FaveCrafts.com. A lot of imagination and a little Stitch Witchery http://www.htc-retail.com/product-info.php?pid21.html will have this product looking fabulous and ready for Mother’s Day in no time. Find some great free apron patterns by visiting Fave Crafts at: http://www.favecrafts.com/Sewing/14-Favorite-Free-Apron-Patterns-Easy-Sewing