Free Valentine’s Day Flag Pattern

Valentine Flag

Freeda’s Hive is offering a free pattern that is perfect for your Valentine’s Day decor.  Use this pattern to make a Valentine’s Day heart garden flag or banner that is sure to be the perfect boost to your curb appeal.  When choosing materials for this project, be sure to pick up HTC Retail’s Fusible Fleece #9720-1, http://www.htc-retail.com/product-info.php?pid22.html. For the free pattern and tutorial, go here:  http://www.fredashive.blogspot.com/2008/01/free-pattern-valentine-flagbanner.html

How Much Is Enough?

Fri Dec 27 Fabric Shopping

How To Sew Together Quilt Blocks Using The Jenny Join Technique

Jenny Join

This instructional YouTube video, by poster bonetge, instructs on how to join quilt blocks together using the Jenny Haskins’ Jenny Join technique.  This allows you to complete blocks in the hoop and join them together afterwards.  Check out this simple video tutorial at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTTKjtbKwSE

End Interfacing Confusion

Interfacing Confusion

Craftsy.com has a great blog all about interfacing:  when to use it, what kind to use, and how to apply it. It’s a handy reference for any time you’re tackling a new project and are not sure which product is best. Go to http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/06/using-interfacing/

HTC Retail also has an Interfacing Usage Chart on its website to help customers choose the best type of interfacing for a current project:  http://www.htc-retail.com/pdf/htc-retail-interfacing-usage-chart.pdf

New Definition of Success

Fri Dec 20

Untangle Your Mess With The Bird’s Nest Tool Kit

Bird Nest

Every sewer has experienced the tangled thread nightmare known as the bird’s nest.  When this situation occurs, regular scissors are too short and thick to properly dislodge thread from the machine. The Bird’s Nest Tool kit is designed to quickly and efficiently overcome this situation.  Design Magazine’s website offers the Bird’s Nest tool set for a discounted price for a limited time.  Order at:    http://www.shop.dzgns.com/collections/tools-organizers/products/birds-nest-tool-kit

Velvet-Clad Santa Ready To Deliver Gifts

Velvet Santa Bag

At Stitcher’s Showcase, http://www.emblibrary.com/el/elprojects/Showcase.aspx?page=sh_071610_a, where new projects and photos are showcased every morning Monday through Friday, Tracey from England contributed a Santa sack. The sack was created for “a very special little girl,” and the Santa appliqué was made from crushed velvet.

100 Things Every Quilter Should Do

Dec 16

Diane Harris from The Quiltmaker Blog has compiled a great list of 100 things every quilter should do before she dies. The first three are: visit a quilt shop, make a nine patch, and make a log cabin. For fun and quilting inspiration, check it out at:  http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/2013/11/100-things-every-quilter-should-do/?utm_source=QVNL&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=QVNL_20131115

A Word To The Wise

Fri Dec 13

Turn T-Shirts Into A Cozy Quilt

Tshirt Quilt

Turn drawers full of loved T-shirts into a memory quilt that can be cherished forever with this online class by Jodi Davis of Daily Craft TV.  Learn how to convert shirts into suitable quilting fabric, how to cut shirts to best use the design, and how to piece shirt blocks together with added sashing and border.  Purchase the class and pattern here:  http://www.dailycrafttv.com/videos/4368_turn-your-t-shirts-into-a-cozy-quilt/?utm_source=MCQNL&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MCQNL_20131105

Consider using HTC Retail’s Fusi-Form Lightweight #1140-1 interfacing, http://www.htc-retail.com/product-info.php?pid3.html, to stabilize the knits before quilting.