Show Your Love With Fun Mug Rug

Robie Dodson features a great twist on a mug rug in her blog “So Sew Something.” Consider her idea for this cool coaster with a heart shaped pocket for leaving special notes. It can be sewn in one afternoon. Check it out at http://sosewsomething.com/2012/01/17/hearts-arent-just-for-valentines-a-mug-rug-tutorial/

Quilt-Fuse is a nonwoven, preprinted fusible batting, which would be ideal for this type of project. Find it at http://www.htc-retail.com/product-info.php?pid37.html

House Of Bos Offers Great Deals, Unique Designs

Looking for fun, fresh embroidery designs? House of Bos offers numerous categories including stained glass, holidays, seasons, alphabets, and more. They have a design of the day and often you will find sample designs for free.

Send in your embroidery project ideas to House of Bos and if selected, you receive the pattern as a gift in your format choice.

Check it out at http://www.hob-embroidery.com/.

Protect Your Christmas Gift With A Custom Made i-Pad Case

Safeguard your i-Pad with this step-by-step tutorial for a custom made i-Pad cover. Measurements are for older i-Pad versions, but are easily formatted for the new, slimmer models. There also is a tip for making zipper ends. Check this out at Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts’ blog http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=1343

A great material to use in making this i-Pad cover is Form-Flex All Purpose interfacing. It is made of 100% cotton and is a durable press, fusible woven interfacing with firm support and stability. Find it at http://www.htc-retail.com/product-info.php?pid1.html.

Quilting Cruises Offer Fun, Sun, And Sewing

No time to book that overdue vacation? Stitchin’ Heaven Travel can do it for you. From travel arrangements to sewing machines to precut quilt patterns, this service is hard to beat.

Upcoming trips include a Civil War Quilt cruise to the western Caribbean, a Batik cruise to the Caribbean, and an Alaska Needlework “School At Sea” cruise. Destinations are varied and combine relaxation with your passion for quilting. To book a trip, visit http://www.stitchinheaven.com/travel.asp.

Make Your Quilt Back As Beautiful As Your Quilt Front

Make your quilt back a work of art in the free online Craftsy class, “Creative Quilt Backs” with Elizabeth Hartman. Learn simple ways to create several styles of quilt backs that will complement your top making your entire quilt a masterpiece. Go to http://www.craftsy.com/ext/FBQD_CP88 to sign up for the class.

See How to Repair Embroidery Mistakes

Deborah Jones, My Embroidery Mentor, offers great tips to fix mistakes that happen when rushing or having an all-night sewing marathon for the holiday season. When an uh-oh happens, it’s important to know how to recover the mistake and save the item.

In Jones’ latest volume of her “Learn from the Expert” series, she shows her favorite techniques for removing embroidery stitches, removing puckers, repairing holes in fabric, and lots more. See details at http://www.dzgns.com/blast2012/emails/43_LearnfromtheExpertDVD4_102612/server.html

Be sure to join Jones’ social network at http://www.myembroiderymentor.ning.com. Share what you are working on and get helpful tips from fellow embroiderers.