The Greener Option To Paper Towels

ReUseable Paper Towels

What could be greener than reusable kitchen towels? In this Sew A Straight Line blog by Sabra Gubler is a pictorial step-by-step on how to make them.


“They make a great gift because you can personalize them with fabrics, and they’re practical,” says Gubler. “We still use paper towels for some things, but in the past year since making our set, we’ve only gone through four rolls of the paper towels.  That’s down from at least one roll a week prior to switching over! 

The Ornament Girl Offers New Floral Project For Spring

Ornament Girl pomander-kissing-ball-DIY

At the Ornament Girl website, you’ll find unique handmade ornaments, patterns, and kits, as well as tons of free ornament tutorials. Just in time for spring is a new blog on how to make a wedding pomander, kissing ball, or ornament with silk flowers. It’s free and you can sign up here

Use Bloc-Loc Rulers for Quilting Precision


In her latest “Quilt Girl” blog, Denise Clason reviews Bloc-Loc Rulers. According to Clason, “They are for squaring up blocks for piecing.” She also includes a video showing how to use them. You can check it out here.

HTC Offers Trans-Web Fusible Interfacing For Home And Craft Projects

HTC TransWeb Butterfly

Creating appliqués is faster and easier with Trans-Web™, a fusible interfacing offered by HTC Retail. This versatile product comes on a clear, heat-resistant paper 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 now ready to be applied and sewn down.

Made of 100% polyamide webbing, Trans-Web™ is machine washable and dry-cleanable. It comes in a single sheet measuring 16 inches wide by 36 inches long. It’s the easiest way to transform any piece of fabric into an iron-on appliqué.


For more information, visit or call (678) 514 0400; (800) 275-4275; fax: (678) 510 0349: email:

Free Online Bag Making Sewing Course

Zipper Bag

Learn how to make two types of bags in this free online sewing course. The Bag Making Basics course is taught by Kristin Link, Sew Mama Sew. She shows you how to make a tote bag and a zipper pouch.

New Posh Pincushions Book Offers 15 Inexpensive Projects

 Posh Floral Pincushions 

A brand new book, Posh Pincushions, offered by Designs In Machine Embroidery, has 15 in-the-hoop floral pincushion projects that cost only around $2 to make. The 72-page book written by Katherine Artines includes 35 machine embroidery designs on CD as well as tips on how to choose the right fibers and create custom colors. For more information, go here.



Sign Up For the Monthly Mystery Quilt!

Jolandas Quiltshop

Jolanda’s Quiltshop has created a unique country quilt. She is offering the patterns and instructions for free. Based in Germany, her website, as well as these instructions, are offered in English and German so when you see German on the top of the page, just scroll down for the English.

You must sign up by Oct. 4, 2013. Afterwards you will receive 18 monthly patterns with clear descriptions and drawings. Go to to sign up.


Also check out Jolanda’s Quiltshop Facebook page.

Easy Frayed Quilt Kids Can Make



Here’s a great project that your kids can help you make. This Frayed Edge Quilt by
Elliana Reickard can be made any size you want and if you don’t want the edges to fray, you can use pinking shears.

HTR Retail Offers Free Card Project

11. HTC Trans-Web

HTC Retail has added a free projects section to its website. Each month a new project will be featured. The first project is a Mother’s Day Card, but these instructions can be used to create any type of card for any time of the year. Check it out at

Original Sewing and Quilt Expo Set for June 20

Original Sewing and Quilt Expo Set for June 20


Ready to see the latest products and learn about the newest techniques for creating beautiful quilts? At the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, June 20-23, Raleigh, N.C., Raleigh Convention Center, you will have the opportunity to attend classes, workshops, trunk shows, and how-to demos. Register today!