• Patriotic Placemats Tutorial

    In honor of Independence Day, I wanted to make some new placemats for my kitchen. They were quick and easy to make and will be fun to have in my kitchen for July. Here is how I made them. I used the “Tube Method” to make the blocks. IF you aren’t familiar with this method, watch a great YouTube tutorial on how to do it here. I took 4 sets of 4 blocks to create 4 square placemats. Next I made my “quilt sandwich.” I layered the backing, batting and placemat tops together using Sulky KK 2000™ Temporary Spray Adhesive to hold everything in place. I prefer KK 2000 to pins especially…

  • Christmas in July On Sale at the Sulky Embroidery Club

    Can you believe Christmas is less than 6 months away? Me neither! I love Christmas and all the decorations. I am one of those people who starts decorating for Christmas about 30 minutes after we have finished eating the Thanksgiving turkey. This year, I am planning to make some new decorations for my house in updated colors. I am going to add another Christmas Tree for our family room. Don’t tell my hubby; he thinks it’s crazy to have more than one tree. We currently put up 4 (3 are small ones) but my goal is to have one in every room. If you are making some new Christmas-y things…

  • A Great Quilt and a Great Reaction!

    Mary and Ron Mangum are great friends of Sulky. As a matter of fact, they went to Germany with us! They were the winners of our 25th Anniversary Contest. You can read all about the dream vacation that they received here.   Mary has been working on this very special quilt for a very special  guy, her grandson, for a while. She knew he loved the Beatles and wanted to be sure to capture that love, and her love for him, in a quilt for his graduation. Have you ever made a quilt for someone and wondered if they would truly appreciate all of your hard work and artistic effort as much…

  • Sulky Sponsors 3rd Annual Sewing Fashion & Style Conference

    Sulky is proud to announce that we are sponsoring Mimi G Style’s 3rd Annual Sewing Fashion & Style Conference in Los Angeles, CA July 19 – 20. “Trending Expert” Mimi Goodwin is the creator of the outrageously popular fashion, lifestyle, and DIY blog, MimiGStyle.com, as well as the Mimi G Style Youtube channel, which houses DIY projects, health and fitness tips, product reviews, highlights from her annual “Sewing, Fashion & Style” conference and everyday family shananagans. This year’s conference is the most anticipated 2 days of the year for loyal and enthused DIY’ers and fashionistas. Over 200 women will learn and shop with Mimi G and special guest speakers. Check out…

  • Sulky Sew Exciting Seminars and Sulky Guild Programs

    Do you get my newsletter in your inbox? I hope so. If not, sign up to get it here. Read my latest one here. It’s all about the amazing educational programs Sulky offers. Sulky may sell decorative threads and stabilizers, but our passion is education. Read all about our Sew Exciting Seminars and Guild Programs in this latest one.

  • Friday Inspiration

    Katrina Wright is a great artist and a member of the Sulky Designer Endorsement Program! She wrote a great blog about making this wonderful quilt and using Sulky PolyLite and Sulky Premier Invisible Monofilament.  Katrina uses PolyLite in the bobbin and monofilament thread for the top. Read Katrina’s blog here I hope this will inspire you to do some quilting this weekend!

  • I broke the rules and boy am I glad!

    I have been quilting since I was about 7 years old. Here is my first quilt that was made from my old clothes (I think that green in there is from my Girl Scout uniform!).  From the very beginning I had been told that quilting had very strict rules that must be followed: You must always use a scant quarter inch seam, you must quilt with a walking foot and you MUST use cotton fabric and cotton thread only. Polyester was the devil’s thread as far as my quilt teachers were concerned and must be kept as far away as possible from our precious cotton quilts. Fast forward a few…

  • Mitered Corners Made Easy (Well, easier)

    Considering that my first thought when I see a quilt with mitered corners is “show off”, it won’t come as a shock to you that I don’t normally miter my borders. I do miter the corners of my binding, but not usually my borders. I am currently working on a project, however, and mitered corners are essential. I am using a striped fabric so the small 1.5″ border creates a framed picture effect. In the process, I have discovered some tips that make mitered corners a little easier!   I also made a bunch of mistakes. Like not matching up the stripes. And sewing the strip onto the wrong side. And ironing my seams the wrong way!  Once…

  • Sulky Focus on Blendables Photo Contest Winner

    For the month of May, Sulky ran a photo contest on our Facebook site. For the contest, the entrants had to submit a photo of a project that used Sulky Cotton Blendables® and the photo had to include the spool of thread they had used. The winner received a Slimline box of Sulky 30 wt. Cotton Blendables thread. The winner was Anne Marie Miro and she did this amazing thread sketch. She said this is her first thread sketch! Anne Marie was thrilled when she got her box of thread. I hope Anne Marie has inspired you as much as she has inspired me. I think I will do a little sketching…

  • Coasters – The Perfect Hostess Gift – Tutorial

    Recently, a friend of mine sent me a Pin from Pinterest that she knew I would love: some adorable little coasters using half-square triangles. Later we were shopping and  saw the Moda® Dottie™ mini charm packs! I snatched one up immediately knowing these adorable little 2.5″ squares were perfect to make those little coasters. This is the result: What I used: • 1 Moda Dottie mini charm pack • Scrap of Warm & Natural® Batting • Scrap of white and black fabric for backing • 1 fat quarter of white tone-on-tone fabric • Sulky® PolyLite™ in #1001 Bright White • Sulky 40 wt Rayon in #1001 Bright White The very first thing I did was…