Heat Press Batting Together Now Patented

We all know that when someone has a brilliant idea, there are copy cat products that immediately jump on the band wagon.  That is why I was thrilled to receive a press release from Jeanne and Linda Harwood of Heat Press Batting Together.  They just received a patent that protects their idea.










Item #HP1574  Retail $7.99

Heat Press Batting Together is a 1-1/2in x 15yd roll of cloth tape that will fuse two edges of batting together. It’s soft, it’s thin, it stretches, it needles easily for hand or machine quilting. This can be used on any batting fabric content. (This replaces Item #HPBT).

It is available in two different widths and two different colors – black and white:

Item #HP10074 – 1 1/2″ x 100 Yards of White – Retail $50.00

Item #HP34 – 3/4″ x 10 Yards of White – Retail $3.99

Item #HP34BL – 3/4″ x 10 Yards of Black – Retail $3.99

Item HP74BL – 1 1/2″ x 10 Yards of Black – Retail $7.99

There are also counter displays available.  Check our website for details…

Here is the official press release:

Los Angeles, California, Jan. 9, 2014- HPBT, Inc. is happy to announce the issue of its United States Patent for the Heat Press Batting Together TM Fabric Batting Tape, Patent No. 8,435,634.

Jeanne and Linda Harwood are the inventors of the batting tape and own a USA manufactured family- run business that specializes in quilting, crafting and sewing products.

Jeanne Harwood was merely a hobby quilter, who specialized in Long Arm quilting. Jeanne and her daughter Linda invented the batting tape when Jeanne continued having a problem with the quilt batting size changing, while loading the quilt on the long arm machine.

“The U.S. patent issued in 2013 and it was very exciting for us. Since the launch of the business, the company has expanded with distributors throughout the U.S. and around the world. It’s the American dream of innovation. We created a unique product that makes quilting and crafting so much easier! We are very grateful to the quilting, crafting and sewing industries for their continued enthusiasm for our patented products.”, says Linda Harwood

HPBT, Inc. plans to bring many new Heat Press Batting Together TM quilting, crafting and sewing products to the market in 2014.

So, buy the original and see what all of the fuss is about!



Cuddle isn’t just for babies any more

Cuddling is not just for babies any more!  The latest line of Cuddle fabrics has sophistication and style that everyone will love – no matter how old you are!  Check out our website to see the wide variety of colors and textures – and when they will be available.  The selection continues to grow:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/search?v=D500

This textured pine needles design would take center stage in any log cabin or rustic quilt.


Paisleys are always popular.  Your customers will love this embossed design.


And look at the fashion colors…


There are classic prints as well…


These lush fabrics come in a variety of pre-cut kits as well.  Make any child smile…


There are adult versions too…

Item #CQ6072-BRNAN

You and your customers love these fabrics – now come to the Open House and learn the tricks that make sewing these fabrics a piece of cake!

Machine Quilting on a Longaram Machine

They are actually very easy to machine quilt if you know the basics.

These fabrics are all 60″ wide so they are great backings for throws.  The fabric stretches from selvage to selvage but doesn’t stretch at all parallel to the selvage.  So to machine quilt these fabrics, pin the selvages to the bars so that you can control the stretch.  Simply don’t put tension on the fabric.

This is a polyester fabric so it does not shrink.  Therefore, if you have not pre-shrunk the cotton fabric and batting quilted to this backing, they will shrink slightly when washed – and the backing will not.  This doesn’t bother me at all – in fact, I think it adds interest and texture to the quilt so I never pre-wash.

Machine Quilting on a Domestic Machine

If you would like to machine quilt on a domestic machine, use a basting spray such as 505.  This will stabilize the stretch.  Be sure to support the quilt while machine piecing – that helps too!

Item #505  Retail $12.99

Use a 90 Stretch needle.

Item #1713  Retail $4.99


This product does not fray so you can use it for three dimensional appliques without turning the outside edges.  This is easy if you stabilize the fabric with a product such as Easy Knit (EK130PWHT).  That stops the fabric from stretching or curling when appliqueing it in place.

Combining Cuddle with other Fabrics

Tactile quilts are all the rage.  They add a shabby chic look to an adult decor and provide endless entertainment to the younger set.  You can either stabilize the entire fabric with Easy Knit and cut it up or use one of my favorite products – Heat Press Batting Together.

Item #HP1574  Retail $7.99

It comes on a 15 yard roll and is 1 1/2″ wide.  I draw the cutting lines on the wrong side of the fabric and press this tape over the lines.  Then when I cut it, the edges are entirely stable and there is absolutely no stretch!  You can use this product to sew together the strips in kits as well.  I butted the strips next to each other on my ironing board – wrong side up – and pressed this on both.  Then I folded the strips right sides together and sewed.  There was absolutely no distortion or stretch!  The fabric is stabilized 3/4″ on each strip.  I sew with 1/2″ seams because of the thickness of the fabric so this is perfect.

If you are sewing pillow cases and backings together, this works beautifully!

Just remember – use a light touch when pressing.  Many of these designs are heat embossed so aggressive pressing can remove the design.  And, these fabrics have a nap so you sew it like you would velvet or corduroy.  Piece it so the fabric nap is going in the same direction.

When I lectured at a recent quilt show on this product, it was standing room only!  Your customers want it, they just don’t know how to use it.  That is where you come in.  Offer a class or lecture, teaching them the basics, and you won’t be able to keep it in stock!

Come to the Open House and see the entire collection.  Talk to the folks from Shannon Fabrics, who have created the next big profit center for your store!