Get Scrappin’ with Free Webinar: Scrap Quilting Made Better with Stabilizers

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Scrap Quilting Made Better with Stabilizers 

For all you scrap lovers! Have piles of scraps around your sewing room, and need a little inspiration for what to DO with all those wonderful scrap pieces? Then our newest, FREE Webinar: Scrap Quilting Made Better with Stabilizers is perfect for you! Our Special Guest, Judy Gauthier is the author of “Quilts for Scrap Lovers” and “Rainbow Quilts for Scrap Lovers”.

Judy will amaze you with her beautiful scrap fabric quilts, as she demonstrates how easy (and fun!) it is to delve into your scrap bins so you, too, can make gorgeous quilts from all those leftover pieces. Not only that, but you will learn template techniques, stabilizer techniques, and applique tips to help make scrap quilting easier, AND save you money!

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Get the details…

Title: Scrap Quilting Made Better with Stabilizers

Special Guest: Judy Gauthier

Date: August 8, 2017

Time: 9 pm EDT

Duration: One hour

Cost: FREE!

Register Here

ADDED BONUS: If you watch the webinar on August 8th, you’ll receive a special coupon that’s good for 24 hours! You won’t want to miss it!

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What you will learn:

  • How to organize and “bust” your scrap fabric stash for quilting
  • How to use the Fast 2 Cut Simple Square Templates to cut odd-shaped scraps
  • Judy’s secret way of using Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy Stabilizer to improve your quilting (and save you money!)
  • Applique tips and how Judy uses stabilizers on specialty fabrics that cannot be ironed

PLUS: You will receive a FREE scrap fabric quilting pattern!

 

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Can’t make it? No worries! After the initial broadcast, this webinar will be available as a Start Anytime course!

Register now to save your spot!




Why You’ll Love This Cotton+Steel Webinar

Cotton + Steel Webinar

Sunshine Pillow


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Want to add a little extra cheer to your home or office? Maybe you’re looking for a neat gift for a baby shower, wedding, or birthday! Whatever the occasion, the Sunshine Pillow project by Cotton+Steel is your winner. Here’s why…

  1. You get to watch how it’s made in a FREE webinar!

  2. You get to hang out with Devon Iott, Captain of Creative Communications at Cotton+Steel! (And we all know how cool those gals are!)

  3. If this fabric is too bright for you or doesn’t fit the occasion, you can change it out with whatever fabric suits your style! (Like these other fun Cotton+Steel Fabric Collections)

  4. You’ll get to see the new Cotton+Steel Thread by Sulky in action

You will learn…

Why You'll Love This Cotton+Steel Webinar: Sunshine Pillow

Register Now!

Once you register, share the registration link with your friends on Facebook with hashtag: #cottonandsteelwebinar to have your name in the hat to win a 6-pack of Cotton+Steel Thread by Sulky!! (Make sure you use the hashtag so we see it!)

Can’t make it? You can still sign up and receive everything that’s included in the webinar AND watch the recorded webinar at your convenience anytime in the future.

Added bonus: Following the webinar we have a special discount running on the Sulky website that you have GOT to see!

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On the Go! FabricPlate FREE Webinar

On the Go! with Janet Lutz of Row by Row Experience® and Debra Gabel of Zebra Patterns

Join us for this FREE Webinar!

When?

Tuesday June 13, 2017

at 9:00 pm EDT

Featuring: Michelle Umlauf, National Educator Representing Sulky of America, and Special Guest – Debra Gabel, Owner of Zebra Patterns and Art Director of Row by Row Experience

Duration: One Hour

Cost: FREE!

Project Description: On the Go! FabricPlate™ Doorhanger

In this FREE 1 Hour Webinar you will be walked through making a fun appliqued door hanger for your sewing area by Debra Gabel featuring Debra’s famous FabricPlates™ that have been collected by quilters all over the world! You will learn Debra’s no trace and no reverse applique technique.

You will be able to download a FREE Pattern for the project that you can print at home. This project is great for beginners and the techniques demonstrated may be new for the experienced quilter.


Overview:
-Meet Janet Lutz owner of Calico Gals in Syracuse and the Row by Row Experience®
-Meet Debra Gabel owner of Zebra Patterns and Art Director of Row by Row Experience®
-Brief shop tour of Calico Gals and explanation and facts and figures of RxR
-Studio tour and explanation of the applique FabricPlate™ project
Demo of Project, tips and techniques

Please Join Us! Tell your friends, too! 

After the webinar, until midnight get 30% off All Soft N Sheer Extra and Totally Stable Stabilizers…. and more!

Can’t make it? You can still sign up and receive everything that’s included with the webinar AND watch the recorded webinar at your convenience anytime in the future!

Got Thread? FabricPlate – made exclusively for Sulky!

 




Cork Fabric Needle Case – A Free In-The-Hoop Project

Cork Fabric Needle Case

In-The-Hoop Project by Pamela Cox

Supplies:

3-1/2”x 5-1/4” piece of cork fabric

3-1/2”x 5-1/4” piece of felt

Sulky Soft ’n Sheer™ Stabilizer

Sulky KK 2000™ Temporary Spray Adhesive

Sulky 40 wt. Rayon thread

Basic Needle Case Embroidery Design – Free download (Download is below)

Color Chart for Needle Case – Free download (Download is below)

Embroidery Design of Choice – optional (No larger than 1-1/2”x 2-1/4”.)

Preparation:

  1. Download both the needle case design and the color chart here: Needle Case Emb Designs
  2. If a design is to be added to the cover of the needle case, open the basic case design in a software editing program.  Be sure to note the maximum design sign above.If the case is to be stitched plain, load the design into your embroidery machine.
  3. Bring the chosen design into work space. I selected Design #16 from a Graceful Embroidery Collection, Graced in Petals – Set 1, available at www.gracefulembroidery.com.
  4. Center the design within the available front cover space. Use the gridlines and arrows around the new design for placement.
  1. Combine the two designs. The number of colors will now increase from the 5 basic needle case colors to include as many colors needed to stitch the added design, which, in this example is now 12.
  2. Not all software operates the same. If possible, such as in Premiere+ Embroidery Extra from Husqvarna-Viking, move colors 3, 4 and 5 to stitch, in their same order, but after the last color of the cover design.   If you are unable to physically change the order, when embroidering, stitch colors 1 and 2, skip over 3, 4 and 5; stitch all the colors needed for the cover design, and backup to 3 to stitch.  Finish with 4 and then 5.

In the Hoop Project:

  1. Securely hoop a piece of Sulky Soft ’n Sheer Stabilizer in a 150 mm hoop.  It comes in black and white, and I used black for this project. NOTE:  If you read this Blog Post on cork fabric, I said that Sulky Sticky+™ is the stabilizer of choice when machine embroidering on cork fabric.  This is still true, however, there are always exceptions to the rule and this happens to be one of them.  The stabilizer will remain in the final project sandwiched between a layer of felt and cork.  This “unsticky” stabilizer prevent the needles from possibly grabbing a sticky surface when they are stored in the case.
  2. Lightly spray the wrong side of the cork piece with Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive.
  3. Stitch color #1, placement lines, directly on the stabilizer.
  4. Press the cork, right side up, firmly on the stabilizer covering all placement lines.
  5. Stitch color #2 to further secure the cork to Soft ’n Sheer Stabilizer. NOTE: If a cover design has been incorporated, make sure it completely stitches before going on to the gold thread color – originally color #3
  6. Lightly spray one side of the felt piece with KK 2000 Temporary Adhesive. Remove the hoop from the machine and press the sticky side of the felt to the underneath side of the hoop. Cover the placement lines.
  7. Return the hoop to the machine and finish stitching the needle case colors which were originally #3, #4 and #5.
  8. Once all stitching is completed, remove the project from the hoop. Using a straight edge and a rotary cutter, trim through all layers just outside of the decorative stitching.  Be careful to not cut into the stitching.
  9. Crease in half. Place case under a heavy weight overnight to help crease the case.




New Free Project – A Mother’s Day Sachet

lavenders-in-the-sun-1538100-640x480Lavender is one of my very favorite things. I love how it smells, feels and looks. Walking through a field of lavender in France is on my ultimate bucket list.

whatsnewslider-sachetThat is just one of the reasons this month’s Free Project from Sulky would be a perfect Mother’s Day gift for me. This month, our friend and machine embroidery expert, Pamela Cox created a fantastic lavender-filled sachet as our project.

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The project includes the machine embroidery design FOR FREE also!

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It’s such a quick and thoughtful gift, go ahead and make several for all the moms in your life.

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Do you need a source to buy wonderful dried lavender? I like these guys.




In-The-Hoop Piggie Softie – And It’s Free!

Little softies are fun to make and they make great gifts! This little piggie by Lisa Archer of Pickle Pie Designs is fun, easy and FREE! Here is the video tutorial

And here is the link to the Free Design Download

pig-200_28378Aren’t they adorable? I have several friends with new babies on the way and they will all love these guys! It’s perfect for girls or boys. I mean, who doesn’t like pigs?Now go make some piggies.

Happy Sewing!




St. Patrick’s Day TBT

St. Patrick’s Day is just 3 weeks away! Are you planning a fun party, an Irish meal or doing any St. Patrick’s inspired crafts with you kids?

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My girls love to ‘look for the leprechaun’. We usually color him, hide him somewhere around the house or in the yard; and once they find him, we eat candy or cookies. Simple but fun. Here are some fun leprechaun coloring pages.

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Last year I made these St. Patty’s Day Placemats.

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They are quick and easy to make. The full tutorial is here.

We also have some fun St. Patrick’s Day Machine Embroidery designs in the Sulky Embroidery Club. As always, click on the picture to take you right to the place to purchase the design.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Happy Sewing!




Cancer Fighting Hand Embroidery – Free Pattern

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Well, Breast Cancer Awareness month may be coming to an end, but we will still sell the thread sets and give 10% of the proceeds to National Breast Cancer Foundation through the end of the year!

I have one last free design for you.

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This simple hand embroidery is a perfect little gift for almost anyone! You can put it on a pretty handkerchief, on a coffee koozie, on a coaster, on a bag, your imagination is the limit!

Just download the free PDF pattern and print it onto Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy. Here is the pattern: NBCF ribbon line

Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy

Peel the pattern off the release, smooth it onto the front of your fabric, and stitch right through it. Don’t you just love that you don’t need a hoop since the Sticky Fabri-Solvy stabilizes the fabric for you?

After you stitch, rinse the stabilizer away and you are set!

I used a simple stem stitch to stitch my ribbon. Here is my favorite tutorial for the stem stitch.

Where are you going to put your ribbon? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Sewing!




Cancer Fighting Wall Hanging Tutorial

I went and got my mammogram a few weeks ago. I have to admit, they are not fun but they aren’t the end of the world either. The nurse was really sweet, they got me in and out pretty quickly. Truthfully, I’d rather get a mammogram than go for a 5K run :).

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The results came back normal, which is great. Have you gotten your mammogram done? One of the things National Breast Cancer Foundation does is help women get their mammograms through a National Mammography Program. They partner with medical facilities across the country to provide free mammograms and diagnostic breast care services to underserved women through the NBCF National Mammography Program. In addition, the NBCF National Mammography Program requires that medical facilities within our network have the capacity to continue treatment after an abnormal finding or diagnosis of breast cancer. It’s such a simple test, it could save your life, and it’s more fun than running. What do you have to lose!

Now onto the Wall Hanging Tutorial. This little quilt is a great way to show someone you love them and are thinking and praying for them during this journey.

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Supplies

4 Fabrics –  I chose two fabrics with pink ribbons on them, one light and one dark, and then complimented them with white fabric for the backing a binding and a light pink fabric for the heart in the center.
Batting – The finished size is 12″x 12″ so you need a piece about 15″ square to start
Fusible Web – I used Lite Steam-a-Seam 2
Sulky Totally Stable®
Sulky Tear Easy
The Pink Ribbon Cotton Thread Set (10% of the proceeds go to NBCF)
Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive

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Cut a 13″ square out of the base fabric and set aside (I used the lighter ribbon fabric). Following the manufacturer’s directions, add fusible web the darker fabric. You will need about 13″ x 10″ of fabric with fusible on the back.

If you use Lite Steam-a-Seam 2, you can take off the release sheet to expose the fusible which is slightly sticky. Gently press onto the mat and cut 1″ strips.

Place your strips about 1″ apart on top of the base fabric, then fuse. I recommend using an applique pressing cloth between the project an your iron, just to be safe.

Put the applique pressing cloth down onto the ironing board and turn the piece over. On the back, iron a piece of Sulky Totally Stable.

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Now its time for some fun. Pull out the Pink Ribbon Cotton Thread set and choose one. HINT: Be sure you use the spool cover that is slightly bigger than the spool. This helps the thread to come off easily and at the correct tension.

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You know all those wonderful decorative stitches on your machine? Today you get to use them! Pick one and start sewing along the edges of the strips you use fused down. The Sulky Totally Stable will ensure that even if you are stitching a very intricate stitch design, there won’t be any puckering or tunneling.

 

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You can use the same stitch through out the whole piece or do like I did and choose a different stitch and different thread for each line. This was ‘sew’ fun and ‘sew’ easy to do.

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You can tell from the back how well the Sulky Totally Stable held the fabric ‘totally stable’ while I was sewing (yes, the pun was intended. hee hee).

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Now it’s time to embroidery on the heart. You can do it by hand with the Pink Ribbon 12 wt. Cotton Petites Collection or you can machine embroider with the Pink Ribbon 30 wt Cotton Thread Collection. I chose to machine embroider the word ‘Love’ on mine. You could do ‘Love’ or ‘Hope’ or your friend’s name. You could also choose form one of our free machine embroidery designs in the Sulky Embroidery Club.

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I hooped Sulky Tear Easy and the fabric then embroidered with Sulky 30 wt. cotton. Next add fusible web to the back of the fabric, large enough that fusible will be on the entire heart when you cut it.

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To cut the heart, fold the fabric in half long ways with the word centered.

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Use a FriXion pen and draw half the heart. You can free hand this, I promise.

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Cut along your line with the fabric folded and viola!

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Fuse the heart down to the center of your piece.

Make a quilt sandwich with the backing and the batting. I use Sulky KK 2000 to hold the three layers together. Use one of the Sulky 30 wt. cotton threads in the pack to satin stitch the heart down and the quilt as desired. I did loops that sort of look like the support ribbon.

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After quilting, square up your project to 12″ x 12″, add a hanging sleeve to the back and bind with the white fabric.  Now you are ready to share some love with your friend. This project only takes a few hours to do, but it will mean the world to someone struggling through cancer.

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Remember to shop in the Beat Cancer shop on Sulky.com for your threads. 10% of the proceeds will go to National Breast Cancer Foundation. These threads are not just great for these projects, they make great gifts for sewists as well.

Pink Ribbon Petites Thread Collection

Next week I will show you a cute hand embroidery project with the Pink Ribbon 12 wt. cotton Petites collection that I think you will love.

Until then, Happy Sewing!

 




Sulky Supports Project Linus

We are continuing our Sulky Supports series today! I love being able to tell you all the wonderful things this company does. It actually took a great deal of convincing to be able to do this series. Both the President, Jason Prater, and the owners, Fred and Joyce Drexler, were reluctant. They are such generous people and would never want anyone to think their generosity had anything to do with publicity. I am here to tell you that it doesn’t. They give because they are great people who want to help. Besides, the more you know, the more you’ll want to get involved!

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Today’s organization is Project Linus. This wonderful charity gives homemade quilts and blankets to children who need them. This is the mission statement:

  • FIRST: Provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need, through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
  • SECOND: Provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.

You may remember that last year my sweet friend Olivia was diagnosed with cancer. She had just finished her 4th grade year at school when the diagnosis was received. This sweet girl spent the next year battling cancer like a boss and I am so happy to say today she is cancer free!

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Because of Sulky’s work with Project Linus, I knew a quilt would help her through chemo. I made her the easy Chevron Quilt in two days (Get the tutorial here). It’s not a perfect quilt, but Olivia never went to the hospital without it. Her dad told me that it has become one of her prized possessions.

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Project Linus knows that a handmade quilt or blanket is different. They only accept items that are handmade! This is what the website says, ” It has always been the mission of Project Linus to donate only handmade blankets. We receive thousands of letters and thank you notes every year from children. Over and over they express how touched they are that a stranger would take the time to make something for them. They really know the difference. Purchased blankets are nice, but handmade blankets are from the heart.”

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For years, Sulky has provided supplies to guilds and community groups who were making quilts for Project Linus, but I believe our biggest impact has been through our friendship with Quiltmaker Magazine. Sulky provides thread and stabilizers to designers who are creating patterns for Project Linus quilts. These are top quality patterns that are completely free to help encourage sewers to make quilts for this organization. You can see all the patterns they have made over the years here.

Have you made a quilt for Project Linus? I would love to hear your story! Let me know in the comments.

Happy Sewing!