• Quilting in the Tropics – Book your Cruise!

    Quilting in the Tropics with Ellen Osten Book your Cruise! Combine the warm tropical breezes of the Eastern Caribbean with the fun-filled days of quilting with Ellen Osten and you have the perfect vacation.  Join us for this amazing adventure on the high seas.  This is a great ship to invite the family along to enjoy their activities while you enjoy yours – Creative Quilting and Stitching! Here are the details: Date: July 15-22, 2018 (7 nights) Ship: Royal Carribean – Oasis of the Seas Featured Educator: Ellen Osten Sponsored by: Sulky of America Package Includes: 7 Nights Onboard Accomodations Port Fees and Taxes Prepaid Onboard Gratuities Quilting and Stitching…

  • Trends Spotted in Spring 2017

    We usually do a post around this time of year, that specifically talks about the trends that we see at Spring Quilt Market, but this year, I couldn’t help but notice some really cool trends popping up all over the place this spring, so I thought I would expand my trends post to be a little more inclusive. Let me know what trends you are seeing in the comments below. 1. Flowers – Not that flowers ever go out of style, but this year they seem to be everywhere! I see them in fabrics of all kinds, traditional, modern and reproduction fabrics, in machine and hand embroidery designs and in the…

  • Trends from Quiltcon 2017

    Trends From Quiltcon 2017 Quiltcon is a quilt show like no other as it focuses specifically on the world of Modern Quilting! The quilt above won Best In Show. It is titled bling by Katherine Jones from Tasmania, Australia. The quilt was paper pieced from solid fabrics; the inspiration for this quilt was a princess cut diamond. I got a chance to chat with Katherine at the show. She is a lovely woman with a passion for all things quilty. Modern quilters use quite a lot of thread! Look at the beautiful machine and hand stitching in the quilt, Madonna by Brittany Bowen Burton, that won for Best Machine Quilting.…

  • Quilt Market Recap from Cotton + Steel

    Hello! I’m Devon from Cotton+Steel, and I’m a guest on the Sulky blog today to tell you all about the Cotton+Steel Fall Quilt Market experience! Quilt Market is always a blast, but this one was extra crazy and fun because we have so many projects in the works. While we’re recovering from the excitement, we wanted to share a little bit about our latest Houston experience, and especially tell you all about our new line of Sulky thread. The first two days of our time at Quilt Market are always dominated by setup. We only have a limited time to transform all of our booth spaces from empty squares of…

  • Trends from 2016 Spring Quilt Market

    My favorite part of Quilt Market is being able to spot the new trends for the industry. I love to see what is inspiring the people and companies in this wonderful world of quilting and sewing. Just like in the fashion industry, some trends seem to stay around for a long time while others fly off the scene as quickly as they show up. This year, I noticed some long standing trends slowly fading (I saw very little chevron compared to past shows) and some others leaving almost as quickly as they came (hint: we can use the whole rainbow again). After taking some time to digest this year’s Spring Market,…

  • Copyright and Crafters – Recap of my panel discussion at Quiltcon

    One of the fun thing I was able to do at Quiltcon West in Pasadena, CA a couple weeks ago was to be on a panel called Copyright and Your Work. We had a wonderful panel of people and an even better audience for this. The discussion was so interesting and well received that I decided to give a recap here. The panel was moderated by Rossie Hutchinson of rossiecrafts.com and my fellow panelists were Suzanne Paquette of ateliersixdesign.com, Amy Marson (@amymarson on Instagram), Publisher with C & T Publishing, and Linda Augsburg, Editorial Content Chief of the Better Homes and Gardens Crafts Group, allpeoplequilt.com. Here are some of the questions that we answered with our…

  • The Viewpoints 9 Exhibit in Houston

    Sulky was honored to be able to sponsor the amazing Viewpoints 9 Exhibit at the International Quilt Market and Festival this year. Viewpoints 9 is an international, invitational, fiber art group founded in 2012. Themes, posed by each artist, consider unique sources of creative inspiration with members sharing their interpretations on a bi-monthly, online blog. The emerging narrative allows opportunities to experiment with new techniques, share each artist’s individual perspective, and glimpse their creative process. Cultural influences, as well as personal experiences, resonate within the work, making the exhibit both beautiful and profound to experience. Here are the quilts in this Exhibit. Click on the picture to get more information…

  • Trends From 2015 Fall Quilt Market

    The International Quilt Market in Houston is an exhilarating experience. The exhibit hall is the biggest I have ever seen and it is full of new quilting and sewing things. Everything from the newest fabric lines to the latest gadget. All that newness is overwhelming. After a couple weeks of digesting, I have come up with what I believe are the trends from this year’s Market. Here are my thoughts. The Slow Stitch Movement is in full swing! Whether you are into traditional redwork, wool applique, sashiko or modern embroidery, everyone is incorporating hand embroidery into their sewing. Colors – I am in love with the current color palate that is permeating…

  • What it’s like to go to The Greatest Quilt Show On Earth

    We are finally getting back to normal around here after our whirlwind trip to Houston for Quilt Market and Festival. We did a recap of our trip in our latest newsletter. You can read that here. Diane Gloystein, A National Educator for Sulky, also went to Market and Festival and she wrote a wonderful blog series about her experience. Check it out on her blog, Design on a Whim. I think you will love her insight, pictures and descriptions of the “Greatest Quilt Show on Earth.” Happy Sewing!

  • I Am Off To Market!

    It’s that time of year! I am headed to Quilt Market in Houston tomorrow so the blog will be fairly quiet until the end of next week. I promise I will post lots of pics on Instagram and Facebook so be sure you are following @sulkythreads and Sulky of America. Do you want a sneak peak of what we will be doing at Market? I thought you might :). We are handing out these cute buttons in our booth. If you are coming to Market, stop by and see me at booth #2142 and get your button! If I have any left when I come home, then maybe we can come up…