Staying Organized Is A Shoo In!


Here is a great way to use a simple over-the-door shoe bag as a way to organize your business or home.  Just to name a few:  toys, pantry items (shown), sewing notions, cleaning products and tools (shown), holiday wrapping center, cosmetics and jewelry…the possibilities are endless.  At the end of the day you simply shut the door on clutter and cleanup!  We can’t wait to try this out!





Vote and Win A Beautiful Raven Pillow

Rose Hughes with RavenSpeak Quilts is hosting an adorable quilted Raven pillow giveaway.  To be entered for a chance to win this cutie, simply pick your three favorite raven quilts from the 16 pictured on her website and leave their numbers in the comments section.  Just follow this link:

The contest ends July 1, 2012.  Good Luck!

Green Gets a Makeover

Recycling grocery bags is a common practice for today’s savvy shopper who wants to be ecologically friendly.  Even better, use and re-use cloth or nylon bags in their place.  Here is a great idea for a re-do of your old cloth, canvas or nylon shopping bags.  This idea came from Sew Much Class and Crafty, Too.

To view instructions visit:

Although, the crafter in this blog used fabric glue, Stitch Witchery is a great alternative to easily bond your fabric to the bag.  Available thru HTC-Retail at:

Decorate Wearables Or Home Decorative Items With This Satin Butterfly Appliqué Pattern

This embroidered butterfly appliqué pattern is perfect for any occasion.  Dress up a room with a pillow, embellish your favorite skirt, or think big and add them to your favorite satin bedding.  We found this fun pattern at  To view the pattern follow the link to:

You can be as creative as you like with this pattern.  Whether done by hand or in a hoop, HTC offers the perfect stabilizer, Pattern Ease for your project.  Find it at:

Make A Patriotic Paper-Pieced Independence Day Quilt

Originally a wall hanging, this pattern can be doubled or tripled to make a great patriotic quilt.  What a wonderful piece to have for a July family picnic or fireworks show for the Fourth of July.  A few basics are all you need.  With these simple directions courtesy of the QuiltBus, you will be the envy of all your friends.  Follow the link to:

Don’t forget to use Fusible Fleece from HTC-Retail to make this an easy finish.  Available at:

Quilted Table Runner Goes Well With Wine

This beautiful quilted grape table runner is a great décor choice to dress up a table for a backyard picnic or Sunday brunch.  Deborah Schlegel, Art Threads, is the crafty designer of this project.  You can find patterns and directions on her blog at:

HTC-Retail offers Fusible Fleece,, which is ideal for this type of project. It is a 3.2-ounce material that is denser than batting but offers better loft, dimension, and is more durable. It can be washed, dry-cleaned and run through the dryer without damage.



Custom Ties Make Great Gifts For The Man In Your Life

Looking to the perfect gift for Dad on Father’s Day?  Or maybe your husband or son has an upcoming birthday?  These ties will make any suit look like new! They are quick and easy to make, and you can find fabrics that reflect the interests or personality of the recipient. For example, fish for the fisherman, soccer balls for the soccer son, or any classic patterned fabric for the corporate office worker.  You can find this free pattern (courtesy of the Purl Bee) available at:

HTC-Retail offers a heavy weight sew-in interfacing ( and a light weight fusible interfacing ( to make your project easy and achievable.

43rd Annual NQA Quilt Show Columbus, Ohio — June 14-16, 2012

Want to know the latest in quilting tips and techniques?  You can, by attending the 43rd Annual National Quilting Association Quilt Show held in Columbus, Ohio —  June 14-16, 2012.  This year, for the first time, all lectures are free and will be included in the price of admission.  Interested in batiks, free motion quilting, or self portrait quilting? These are but a few of the challenging and interesting classes offered at this year’s show.  From quilt auctions to special events, this show is sure to offer something for everyone.  To find more information or make your reservation visit: