Compact Cell Phone Pouch Will Keep You In Touch

Do you hate trying to find your cell phone in the bottom of your bag? has the perfect solution.  A quilted cell phone pouch constructed from your left over quilting scraps, and a few other materials, has a strap sewn in to conveniently attach to the outside of any purse, bag, backpack or belt loop.  Find the instructions and materials needed at: (  Quilt-Fuse is a sheer, non-woven fusible that adds light support without bulk.  Available thru HTC-Retail at: (  This is a great product for keeping small projects lightweight.

Handy Tools andTips Make Quilting Easier

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Here are some great tools for quilters that can help make quilting faster and easier.  The following tips come from the Quilting category titled “Unexpected Tools for Quilters.” ( • Stiletto Heel- Hold down the fabric with a stiletto heel as you feed it under the presser foot. Your seam allowances will come out more even. • Sandpaper- Glue fine sandpaper to a piece of foam board. Use this board under your fabric to hold it snuggly in place with no slipping. • Paper lunch sack- Fold down a paper sack a few inches and tape to the edge of your sewing table. Drop scrap fabric, excess thread and other trash into this bag as you sew to keep your area clean. • Old Car Mat- Place an old car mat under your sewing machine foot pedal to keep it from shifting. • White Vinegar- A cup of white vinegar added when prewashing fabrics will help set colors. • Furniture glides- Tape a thin Teflon rectangle to the bed of the sewing machine as a guide for seam allowances. The sticky, felt circle kind also help to secure rulers and other supplies

7 Steps To Improve Your Embroidery

Are your projects not quite what you expect when finished?   Maybe these 7 Steps to Improve Your Embroidery from Eileen’s Embroidery Blog will help you to achieve that final flair you are looking for.  (   A sample of this informative blog includes, pattern templates, correct hoop selection, and embroidery editing software and more. Check out HTC-Retail (, after reading Eileen’s Blog, to find the perfect stabilizer to make your embroidery project a success.

Enter Quiltmaker’s Christmas in July Contest

This contest is offered by Quiltmaker’s website for all quilting enthusiasts.  There will be eight winners! Each person wins one holiday-themed quilt top (plus backing and binding to finish) and a prize package that includes fabric from:

•Free Spirit •Northcott •Quilting Treasures •Red Rooster Fabrics •RJR Fabrics •Robert Kaufman •Timeless Treasures •Troy Corporation

Winners also will receive:

•GO! Baby from Accuquilt •Magnetic pin holder and other notions from Gammill •Quilting DVDs featuring David Taylor from Handi Quilter •Red and green thread from Sulky. Total Prize Value $583 (8 winners)

Correctly answer questions about the sponsors’ products in the trivia scavenger hunt found on the entry form for a chance to win one Christmas in July quilt top and a fantastic prize package. The contest will be open until 11:59 pm MST on 8/7/12. To enter visit

Make Your Own Recycled T-shirt Tunic


 Here’s a recycled project from June/July 2012 Family Fun Magazine.  This recycled T-shirt tunic can be made from old t-shirts in your closet.  Whether you are making this for a child as a dress or to be worn by an adult as a top, this project is under 30 minutes.  Start with an ironed T-shirt (men’s medium or large). Lay it flat, mark and cut the sleeves and neck from the shirt. At what will be the neck of the tunic, fold and press with an iron a 1 1/4-inch hem toward the inside of the shirt, on both the front and the back. Use embroidery thread and a needle to sew the two hems into 1-inch-wide channels. Attach a safety pin to a 48-inch-long, 3/4-inch-wide fabric ribbon. Feed the ribbon, pin first, through both channels to form a loop. Pull the ribbon to cinch up the neck of the tunic, and then tie the ribbon ends in a bow.

Make Your Stationary Inviting

Special occasions call for unique and different invitations, thank you cards, announcements, etc.  Design your very own personal stationery with the same techniques and materials used to create beautiful machine embroidery projects.  Secrets of Embroidery website gives you step by step instructions to this easy project.  All you need is a little imagination and this link ( To achieve your perfect design HTC-Retail has non-woven, tear away stabilizer to create embroidery and appliqué designs on knit, napped, quilted, light and dark fabric, and also paper.  (

Join The Block Party With Quiltmaker

Add to your amazing quilting skills you already possess by attending the Block Party with Quiltmaker, hosted August 2-4, 2012, Williamsburg, VA.  This is a big event with many classes to choose from, knowledgeable keynote speakers, and lots of fun.  One day, two day and full event packages are available.  Don’t delay and sign up now.  Classes fill up fast and this event is sure to be a winner.  For more information and registration details visit the Quiltmaker’s website at:

Happy Independence Day from HTC-Retail

Celebrate your Fourth of July with freedom of creativity.  This patriotic embroidered butterfly is compliments of The Embroidery Garden; a perfect design for a festive t-shirt or sundress. ( ) When choosing a stabilizer for 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. (

McCalls Quilting Offers Quilt Block Reference

McCalls Quilting has put together a webpage for accessible quilt block pattern referencing.  Each quilt pattern shown provides you with the skill level, finished size, downloadable templates, and cutting/assembly instructions.  The Spiderweb Star shown is a beautiful example of the many free patterns provided.   To access this unique quilt pattern and many visit the website at: