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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sew Steady Tables Ship Free in July 2014

 Happy Apple Quilts is offering free shipping on Sew Steady Tables in July 2014.
Sew Steady Tables are fully portable extension tables made to provide a flat sewing surface for any sewing machine or serger. These handy tables are available in 6 sizes, ranging from the 11.5” x 15” Junior to the 32” x 24” Giant.
Sew Steady Table surfaces are constructed with high-quality transparent acrylic with a rounded front edge for comfortable use. The adjustable support legs may be easily removed for transport or storage without the use of tools; Large, Big, and Giant sizes include additional support legs for increased stability.
Available accessories include polish kits, sewing guides, spinner trays, and travel bags. The Quilter's Wish and Sewer's Wish tables include the features most requested by customers. The Deluxe table and the Quilter's Wish table include a circle sewing kit, making it easy to sew circles.
If you haven’t mounted your machine in a cabinet, this product will provide a flat sewing surface for maximum control. Additionally, the transparent surface includes built-in rulers and can be used as a light box or for an easy accessible storage area.
Sew Steady Tables are made in the USA and include a 1-year limited warranty.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Have you see Kraft-Tex? The New Paper Fabric!

Kraft-tex Paper Fabric in three colors, natural, white and black

Kraft-tex Kraft Paper Fabric is a rugged, paper craft product that looks, feels and wears like leather, but cuts, sews and washes like fabric. It is perfect for crafters, mixed media artists, quilters and book artists. Available in NATURAL, WHITE, and BLACK Kraft-tex is 19" wide and available by the yard or in a 1.5 yard roll.

Kraft-tex texture crinkles and softens with handling and washing, becoming more pliable and "leather-looking."  It is durable, making it a great choice for projects that receive a lot of wear. It doesn't require interfacing and doesn't fray.

Use Kraft-tex for crafts, mixed media, quilts, book art, wallets, totes, purses, luggage tags, home decor and more. It can be painted, embossed, embroidered, rubber stamped, stitched, die cut, and more.

For a faux-leather look, Natural Kraft-tex is ideal. White Kraft-tex is a great "canvas" for painting, rubber stamping, drawing and stitching projects. Black Kraft-tex makes metallic ink and threads, gel pens, and powdered pigments pop!

A new book with 27 Kraft-tex project will be released by C&T Publishing in August 2014. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Put Some HOP in Your Summer Travels

A New Kind of Shop Hop!
1250 Shops across 35 States and Ontario, Canada
No Passports, No Fees

It must be FUN!
It began in 2011 in New York state with just 20 shops.
Just look at this map of participating shops

There are no boundaries. If your travels take you across the country, visit any participating shop in as many states as you want. Each participating shop has designed its own unique row. The row pattern is yours FREE, just for visiting the shop. And only for visiting the shop. No patterns will be mailed or emailed. 
Here's the row designed by Happy Apple Quilts, Palm Harbor, FL (That's us!)

There is a special Facebook page for each state so you can see the rows before you go.

What about PRIZES! Can’t have a shop hop without prizes!

Combine at least 8 different rows into a quilt. Be creative. Assemble your rows any way you like. Be the first to take your completely finished quilt to a participating shop and receive a stack of 25 fat quarters! That means 1250 quilters can win! Receive a bonus prize if you used that shop's row in your quilt.  All winning quilts will be posted on Facebook.

Row by Row traveling dates for 2014 are July 1 through September 2. You can take your completely finished quilt (including quilting and binding) to any participating shop as soon as it is finished, but no later than October 31 in order to be eligible for a prize.

You can show off your quilt in as many shops as you want. But remember – only one prize per person.

Also have fun collecting fabric license plates specially designed by Zebra Patterns. Each shop has chosen their own vanity phrase for their plate.

See how cute our Sew Happy plate is on this
And the bag pattern is available to anyone - in the shop and online

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Christmas is Coming! Decorate to Win!

Anyone - Anywhere can enter
This contest is online as well as at our Palm Harbor shop.

The Viewers' Choice Winner
receives a 25 Fat Quarter Bundle AND
a $100 Happy Apple Quilts Gift Certificate.
(valid at the shop or online)

All participants will be entered in three random drawings
for $25 Happy Apple Quilts Gift Certificates.
(valid at the shop or online)
Adorn Me, The Challenge
Enter our challenge and decorate your
Adorn Me Christmas tree panel however you want.
There are no Rules! Be creative! Borders are optional!

Simply purchase the ADORN ME TREE PANEL from Happy Apple Quilts,
adorn your tree, 
and submit a photo of your masterpiece with your completed ENTRY FORM
 Send a jpeg of your decorated Adorn Me Tree Panel to:
no later than October 25, 2014.

All entries will be posted on Happy Apple Quilts Facebook on Nov. 1.
Vote by November 14th and the winners will be announced on facebook Nov. 15th

The Adorn Me Panel is 24" X 44" 
from Michael Miller Fabrics

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What is Craftsy?

What is Craftsy?
Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more.

Why should I take a class online?
Online education isn’t just for schools and universities anymore. Craftsy courses provide you the convenience of a world-class instructor in your home, whenever you want to learn. Online education, no matter what subject, is a great alternative to in-person classes for a number of reasons.

With many online learning opportunities being on-demand, you are able to learn at your own pace, anytime. Online learning is a fantastic alternative to in-store craft classes for people with busy schedules or who have difficulty leaving the house. It also allows you to watch a troubling section over-and-over again, so you can see exactly how a technique is carried out, or refer back to your class for relevant concepts before beginning any new projects.
Click on the image below to find all of the
FREE CLASSES - Quilting - YES! - and others, too!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Tell Us A Story Challenge

Anthology Fabrics invites you to a Challenge: Tell Us A Story. So get creative. Use Anthology Batiks. Choose from yardage or pre-cuts, batik prints or solids. Completed quilts must be entered by December 15, 2013. Details and Entry Form

1 National Grand Prize Winner: 200 half-yard cuts of Anthology's assorted Solids (valued at over $1,000)
5 Regional Prize Winners: Anthology's Fabric Prize Package (valued at $200)

All quilts meeting the Challenge criteria will be shown on Anthology's website and Facebook page in January 2014. The winning quilts will be displayed at the 2014 Spring Quilt Market. Your local shop will also get to show you off with a poster acknowledging your win! The stores sponsoring the Grand Prize winner and the Regional winners will receive also receive prizes. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Sew Steady Sewing Machine Tables

Sew Steady Tables are terrific! Karen has had hers for a few years and now Happy Apple Quilts is very pleased to be a Sew Steady retailer. Sew Steady tables are made in the U.S.A. by Dream World. As with most fantastic products, someone had an idea to make a task easier. In this case, a sewing instructor wanted a table that fit around her sewing machine to give her a better work area. Her table was so practical and helpful that the ladies in her classes all wanted one too. Since that humble beginning in 1994, Dream World has made thousands of Sew Steady Tables. Each table is made from the highest grades of acrylic available, and custom fit for the purchaser's specific model and make of sewing machine. The tables are very easy to transport and set up and are perfect for taking to classes and retreats.There is a variety of sizes available to fit individual needs and budgets.
The larger tables include a handy clear acrylic storage drawer. Wonderful accessories include a durable vinyl travel bag,clear acrylic spinner rack for more convenient storage, and the Universal Sew Straight Guide. Sew Steady Tables and accessories can be purchased at www.happyapplequilts.com and shipped directly from Dream Works to your home. You can also place your order at our shop, Happy Apple Quilts, 3335 Tampa Rd, Palm Harbor, FL.

Saturday, September 14, 2013


or 2, or 3 or 4 . . .
Sale is Sept 14 through Sept 21, 2013
Classes starting at $9.99

Wide selection of crafting class from the best instructors from around the world

Classes you can watch anywhere, anytime from any device with an internet connection: Cake Decorating, Cooking, Embroidery, Fine Art, Jewelry, Knitting, Photography, Quilting, Sewing, and more

Unlimited access to your Craftsy classes - watch them again and again

A wide selection of fabric and yarn at great prices

A community of like-minded enthusiasts to share your hard work with.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Modern Look in Marcia Derse Fabrics

Gathered Go-Go Purse
in 3 Marcia Derse Fabrics
made by Cindi Clapp
    Marcia Derse writes, "Each piece of fabric is a new exploration of color, form and texture. They are paintings in themselves and when I bring them them together on a giant white wall in my studio space each piece becomes a landmark or road in the map of the idea I am translating."

Born in Heidelberg, Germany, Marcia was raised in Sylvania, OH and educated at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her creative heart was influenced from a very young age by the creativity of her mother. Sewing clothes for her four daughters meant hours of sewing joy for her mother while Marcia was nearby creating her own ideas for her clothing with crayons and colorful pieces of paper.

Today Marcia creates works of art for fabric in the Riverwoods Collection of Troy Corporation. Working at her studio in Sylvania, OH, she is inspired by everything she encounters. Her artist's "tools" are found in nature, the seasons and her travels. Beginning with a bolt of muslin, fabric dyes and primary colors of silkscreen paints, Marcia blends, mixes and paints with abandon, examining her work from every vantage point and angle until fully satisfied. Only then is her creativity transformed to the Marcia Derse fabric collections, excellent fabric designs for quilting, clothing and purse making.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

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