• Christmas in July Series – Mantel Scarf

    It may be extremely hot and humid outside, but I am dreaming of a white Christmas in my sewing studio! Okay, maybe not white, but bright red, green, pink, orange and blue! I am in love with the new color scheme that I am using for my holiday season decor this year. It started with the Speedy Spiral Christmas Tree Skirt, then the Bonus Projects that I made from the scraps. Now I have dug into Cotton + Steel’s new Christmas line Tinsel. I have always used a very traditional Garnet and Gold color scheme during the holidays (yes, it is because I went to FSU). This year I am…

  • 7 Reasons to Sew Everyday

    Sewing is my favorite hobby. I really would rather sew than just about anything, but life, kids, the house, the hubby , the job…it all seems to drown out that precious time to sew. One the my favorite bits of advice that I received when I asked you to send in advice to new sewists (see that post here) was to sew for at least 20 minutes per day! I love that and have tried to put that great advice into practice ever since then. It has been an amazing change for me in my life! Today I want to motivate you to do the same thing by giving you seven…

  • Quick Gifts – Make These In Less Than An Hour!

    Sometimes you just need a really quick gift. Maybe you forgot about that bridal shower you are supposed to go to this weekend, or maybe you thought Father’s Day was next weekend (it’s not, by the way, it’s Sunday), or maybe you are just really good at procrastinating like me! Whatever the reason, sometimes a quick, yet thoughtful gift is in order. Before I go any further I do want to clear something up. Just because a gift is quick to make, doesn’t mean it isn’t meaningful. I mean you could have just stopped by the grocery store on your way to that shower or Father’s Day lunch, picked up…

  • Eric Drexler’s Top 10 Notions

    Today’s Post was written by Sulky National Educator and Free-Motion Guru Eric Drexler. On a personal note, Eric is an awesome person and friend. You will truly never meet someone as genuine and kind-hearted as he. On a professional note, if I could have a thimble-full of his free-motion talent I would be set for life. In addition to his amazing talent, he is also a sewing machine repairman and has been for more than 30 years. I don’t know about you, but when someone knows that much about sewing and about the machine, I am going to take note of the notions he can’t live without! Eric Drexler’s Top 10…

  • 10 Great Places for Tutorials & Patterns

    In so many ways, the internet has brought the world to our fingertips. The other day, I was watching a TV show and they said a word I had never heard before. I quickly pulled out my phone and looked it up. A couple weeks ago, I was making a pair of shorts for my daughter and I didn’t understand the pattern directions for the zipper so I looked up a How-to video on YouTube and followed it to get the zipper just right. I love having so much accessible at any time, but this can also be overwhelming. Where should I look for what? Is the information correct? Can I…

  • Free-Motion Fun with Eric Drexler

    If you have seen any of Sulky National Educator and Free-Motion Guru, Eric Drexler’s work, then you know what an amazing artist he is. Last summer, he learned how to Zentangle®. The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. When Eric learned it, he immediately thought, “I could do this with thread!” So he did! And he has created some amazing things. (Eric did the above pattern using a FriXion™ pen, but once ironed this amazing pattern is gone!  So, he figured out a way to get the pattern on the fabric and yet still keep it – learn his secret.) So…

  • Some Inspiration!

    Sulky Certified Teacher and Quilt Artist Chris Eichner recently sent me these great pictures of a maple leaf that she thread painted. I was already impressed and then I asked her about how she made these two leaves. She answered, “Those aren’t two separate leaves, that is the front and back on one leaf that I thread painted onto an already quilted wall hanging.” How cool! She said she used Sulky Solvy® as her template. She drew the design onto the Solvy with a pen (I recommend using a FriXion pen), then she stuck the Solvy to the front of the quilted wall hanging with Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive.…

  • Liv is Cancer free!

    I just wanted to to a quick post so you can celebrate with me! Do you remember this Chevron Quilt that I made for my little friend who was about to start chemo?   Well, her name is Liv and after 8 months of very hard chemo, lots of hospital & doctor visits, huge changes in her physical appearance, but never anything but a positive spirit, I am so happy to let you know that Liv is officially cancer free!   I love this little girl and just wanted to share the good news with you. Her parents told me that she still loves her quilt. It has spent every night with her…

  • Crossbody Bag with Sulky Blendables Thread

    I am so excited to be on Amy Barickman’s Crossroads Denim Blog Tour! I hope you have been following along on the tour. I have the full schedule with links at the bottom of this post. Be sure you head over to Amy’s blog too so you can enter the fabric and pattern giveaway at the end of the tour! A few months ago I got Amy’s Magic Pattern book and fell in love with it. I have made a dress from the book and have started on one of the jackets using some of the Crossroads Denim that I received. I also got a pattern for a Crossbody bag. I love this…

  • Advice to Sewists in 2015

    Have you noticed this picture making it’s rounds on the internet lately? Since this was the advice given to women who had just purchased a sewing machine in 1949, I wondered what advice we would give today. So a few weeks ago, I asked my eNewsletter readers to send in the advice that they would give to a person who had just purchased a brand new sewing machine. I received over 100 responses! After combing through all the advice: some gave the same advice, some gave funny advice and yet others had conflicting advice! I have sorted through them all, consolidated it and here is what Sulky fans came up with: If…