Trans-Web™ Makes Appliqué Easy

Who doesn’t love personalized gifts? Especially for new arrivals in the family, we have a great how-to-sew tutorial for a personalized appliquéd baby blanket. Follow this link ( step by step instructions to create your own blanket.

 Really Handmade, featured this tutorial, by Amy Alan using HTC-Retail’s Trans Web™ fusible interfacing. 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 new ready to be applied and sewn down.

Made of 100% polyamide webbing, Trans-Web™ is machine washable and dry-cleanable. It’s the easiest way to transform any piece of fabric into an iron-on appliqué.

 Trans-Web™ is available at

Free Embroidery Designs Available Weekly


This free deal comes from With more than 1,000 free designs and patterns to choose from, there is something for everyone. The offer is for 3 FREE PER WEEK with no purchase, 6 FREE PER WEEK with $35 purchase, 9 FREE PER WEEK with $75 total purchase. Simply register a new account if you are not a current customer and make your choices. also offers embroidery packs, software, equipment, tools, education, and much more. To receive free embroidery designs & machine embroidery patterns online visit

Save The Date For The 2012 International Quilt Festival In Houston, TX

Mark your calendars now for the International Quilt
Festival 2012 to be held in Houston Texas, November 1-4, 2012 at George R.
Brown Convention Center. Preview night will be October 31, 2012 from 7 p.m.-10
p.m.  This event will feature more than
365 hands-on classes, nearly 30 lectures, numerous special events, and a
renowned faculty of more than 100 experienced teachers. Select from a variety
of beginning to advanced classes on every aspect of quilting, plus other
subjects. Also special exhibits, shopping, and more!  Don’t wait to make your reservations. Visit
the website to register and enroll for this spectacular event at

Halloween Quilt is “Spooky” Fun

October is around the corner and so are all of the fun craft and sewing projects that accompany Halloween.  We found a really cute Spooky Witch Paper Pieced Blocks pattern, compliments of  These block pieces would be super cute interchanged with Halloween prints or neon solids in your favorite Halloween colors, or ginghams and calicos for a country look to your Halloween holiday decorating.  You will find this free pattern at

Beware!  HTC-Retail has interlining to complete your quilt. To really warm things up on a cold night try Fusible Fleece which 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. Find it at

Just For Fun!

Happy Friday!

Silk Embroidery Meets Quilt

Creativity flows with these exquisite quilts embellished with silk embroidery, beads, and more. Crazy Quilts Fabric is a home-based business that delivers quality fabrics directly to you. Many of the designs created on the gallery page are full of rich bold fabrics ranging from satins, silks, taffetas, damasks, velvets and much more.  You can combine your quilting and embroidery skills with these designs and find them at

Don’t forget, to enhance your project with any one of HTC-Retail’s quilting interlinings.  Available at

Vacation Gets An Upgrade With This Travel Guide

For those who find it hard to get away and leave your work or passion behind, worry no more.  Fiber & Fabric Mania! A Travel Guide will lead you to any U.S.-fiber and fabric shop (quilt, yarn, needlepoint, cross-stitch, embroidery, spinning and weaving).  This compact guide includes 5,000 shops complete with easy-to-read state maps and detailed listings by city.  To learn more visit

 Purchase your copy at

Happy “Shopping” trails to you…