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.

Choose A Pink Ribbon Snowman And Give Back

A Design by Lyn offers its Pink Ribbon Snowmen Collection for the holidays. There are eight designs, and all proceeds are donated to Relay for Life. To purchase go to http://www.adesignbylyn.com/PRSnowmen.htm.

These designs are digitized and tested on multiple machines to work with all popular embroidery machine formats. They are manually digitized to minimize jump stitches and color changes. For more information, or see other available designs go to http://www.adesignbylyn.com or e-mail lynchristian@insightbb.com.

Towels in the photo were provided by All About Blanks website; a great source for embroidery blanks and linens. Check them out at http://www.allaboutblanks.com/.

Three Quilters Document Contest Projects In New Film

Here is your next movie night. “Stitched” is a documentary about three quilters and their journey to complete entries for the International Quilt Festival in Houston, the largest quilt show in the nation.

Legends in quilting, Caryl Bryer Fallert, Hollis Chatelain, and Randall Cook compete in this 72- minute film to perfect their pieces for the 2010 quilt show. These artists are not newcomers to controversy in their careers of quilting. Sparking your interest even further, this film offers interviews with other quilting greats including Ricky Tims.

Accepted into nine film festivals and the winner of two audience choice awards, “Stitched” is a great movie woven with provocative stories of three quilters who went outside the box to achieve greatness in their genre. Purchase it today at http://www.stitchedfilm.com/buy-stiched-film-dvd.html.