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.

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Flowers – Not that flowers ever go out of style, but this year they seem to be everywhere!

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I see them in fabrics of all kinds, traditional, modern and reproduction fabrics, in machine and hand embroidery designs and in the hottest clothing trends, even on shoes!

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Black and White – Does black and white ever go out of style? Probably not, but I was really impressed by the Crafty Gemini‘s second fabric collection for Timeless Treasures called Kinfolk, which is all black and white fabric. (She curated a really cool thread collection to go with it too). I love the use of black and white with a pop of color.

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Contrasting Color -We have always been a fan of color (Have you seen how many thread colors we have?) but I was over the moon happy to see the response to the contrasting color spools and thread in our New Cotton + Steel Thread by Sulky. The contrasting colors make the thread look like candy. As Melody Miller, Creative Director for Cotton + Steel says, the entire sewing experience should be beautiful and inspiring. Lots of wonderful designers, quilters and shop owners told us they were indeed inspired by this new line of thread so we humbly and gratefully say Thank you! We know you will make wonderful things with this Mighty Fine Thread. For this Spring Market, we have a thread collection that perfectly matches each of the new fabric collections from Cotton + Steel as well. Making life a little simpler so you can spend less time deciding what you need to create something beautiful, and more time actually creating.

Beauty Shop by Melody Miller and Sarah Watts

Kicks by Melody Miller

Lagoon by Rashida Coleman-Hale

Magic Forest by Sarah Watts

Sienna by Alexia Abegg

Snap to Grid by Kim Kight

4.Embroidery – To say embroidery is trending would be an understatement. Embroidery, both machine and hand, are everywhere these days!

Trash to Couture DIY – Embroidery on Sheer Fabrics with Sulky

On clothing, bathing suits, shoes, quilts, bags, purses, and home decor. My personal favorite is the resurgence of hand embroidery and big stitch quilting.

5. Back to Basics – As the saying goes, everything old is new again. This will always be true, I think, but this spring, there does seem to be a stronger presence of things that are simple, basic and reminiscent of the past. Whether it’s in a fabric line like Melody Miller and Sara Watt’s collaboration Beauty Shop or in Audrey Wrights 1800’s reproduction fabric line Pioneer Brides, the common theme seems to be a longing to get back to a place or time that seemed simpler and easier.

Pioneer Bride Block of the Month Quilt by Audrey Wright

This back to basics theme seems to be the threads that hold these trends together: the beauty and simplicity of flowers, the classic feel of Black and white, the undeniable joy that comes from lots and lots of colors, and the vintage feel of embroidery. It all seems to say to us in a quiet yet determined whisper, “Let’s not over complicate things. Lets just enjoy the creative process. Let’s just make beautiful things.”




Quilt Market Recap from Cotton + Steel

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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.

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Our five designers (L to R): Rashida Coleman-Hale, Sarah Watts, Alexia Abegg, Melody Miller, Kim Kight

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 floor to fully set-up booths. We have a rad team that helps us design and execute our Quilt Market booths called Readyset Atlanta, and we couldn’t do it without them!

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Our main booth had a spot for each of our newest collections. Our five designers released their sixth collections, and Rifle Paper Company released their second fabric collection as Guest Designer for Cotton+Steel. We also released two new collaborative collections and our first ever Block of the Month program in collaboration with Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries. (For more photos of our Quiltmarket booths, follow us on Instagram!

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For this Market, Sulky Threads was our neighbor, which was convenient since we collaborated on a brand new line of thread! They had a super cute setup that looked like a vintage soda shop.

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In the Cotton+Steel booth, we had a mini sewing room set up where people could actually try out our thread and sew a project. We are super excited to have designed both 2017 BERNINA 350 Special Edition sewing machines, and Market was the first time we saw them in real life. They are so cool, and the thread and machines both sewed like a dream.

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Cotton+Steel Thread by Sulky is a brand new line of 50 wt thread. It’s made from 100% Egyptian grown cotton that is dyed in Italy and wound in Germany. There are 100 colors that were all carefully chosen to include essential sewing colors and a mix of fun, vibrant colors. There are lots of different spool colors and label designs, and when you see everything together it’s really like eye candy. We really feel like everything in your sewing room should be thoughtfully designed, inspiring, and reflective of your creativity, even your thread!

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A few weeks ago, our Creative Director Melody Miller went to Europe with Jason Prater from Sulky Threads. Together they traced the manufacturing path of Cotton+Steel Thread, and we made a video about their experiences and the people they met along the way. It’s so interesting to see all the steps involved in making thread. Check it out below:

Cotton+Steel Thread by Sulky from Cotton + Steel on Vimeo.

We try to make Quilt Market as fun as possible, because it is a ton of work and can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. One morning, everyone secretly wore pink wigs and dressed like Melody because we all love her so much. She was so surprised and happy that she might have cried just a little bit.

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Fall Quilt Market was a blast, and now it’s time to look forward to the next year. We can’t wait for March 2017, when our thread starts appearing in shops. Until then we’ll be dreaming about all the projects we’ll be making with it!




Trends from 2016 Spring Quilt Market

Trends From Spring Quilt Market! (1)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, this is what I saw. (Disclaimer: This is my opinion, and just my opinion. If you were there, please let me know in the comments what you saw and what you think.)

Handwork

Photo May 20, 3 41 08 PMHandwork was not only in the places you would expect, like in the booths of  Plays with Wool and Wing and a Prayer , but handwork was playing a nice role in lots of quilting projects!

Georgana from Adorn It sewing with Sulky Petites and Sulky Stick 'n Stitch.

Georgiana from Adorn It sewing with Sulky Petites and Sulky Stick ‘n Stitch.

Fabri-Flair from Indygo Junction

Fabri-Flair from Indygo Junction

Everything from pillows to 3 D table toppers to handbags.

Quilt in the Cotton + Steel Booth using Kimberly Kight's new Rotary Club collection

Quilt in the Cotton + Steel Booth using Kimberly Kight’s new Rotary Club collection

Clothing

Considering this is a QUILT Market, there was an awful lot of clothing!

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Apron made with Stitcher's Garden Fabric

Apron made with Stitcher’s Garden Fabric

Cute dress and kid's shirt in Cotton + Steel designer Rashida Coleman-Hale's new line Raindrop

Cute dress and kid’s shirt in Cotton + Steel designer Rashida Coleman-Hale’s new line Raindrop

Precious skirt in the Riley Blake booth

Precious skirt in the Riley Blake booth

Great Dresses in Cotton + Steel designer Melody Miller's new line Trinket.

Great Dresses in Cotton + Steel designer Melody Miller’s new line Trinket.

 

Flowers

Cotton + Steel Collection Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co.

Cotton + Steel Collection Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co.

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Pattern by Wing and a Prayer

Pattern by Wing and a Prayer

In quilt patterns,

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Michael Miller Booth

The Sulky Booth

The Sulky Booth

Or in the booth designs, flowers were everywhere! Flowers even played a big part in the Sulky booth this time.

Mixing and Matching

Quilters are certainly known for their innovation, and this year is no exception. I particularly loved how the designers were mixing techniques together.

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Photo May 22, 4 19 26 PMHand embroidery mixed with applique and piecing.

Color!

So for the last 12 months, I feel like the quilting ‘powers that be’ have been giving us a very muted color palette with a limited number of colors. All the backgrounds were grey and the fabrics all seemed to be, well, a little muddy for me taste. Like we all decided to turn on the sepia tone filter for the whole world.

Well, full color is back! YAY! Once again we are using very bright colors and pairing those bright colors with even more bright colors. The full rainbow is back in action and here to stay (I hope!)

Fabric from Loralie Designs, Church Ladies line

Fabric from Loralie Designs, Church Ladies line

Sulky has always loved color!

Sulky has always loved color!

Quilt called Weekender in the Jillily Studio booth

Quilt called Weekender in the Jillily Studio booth

We love this quilt in the Riley Blake Booth using their Crayola line of fabric

We love this quilt in the Riley Blake Booth using their Crayola line of fabric

Another Great quilt in the Riley Blake Booth

Another Great quilt in the Riley Blake Booth

This was a great market full of inspiration. I hope it has inspired you too.

Happy Sewing!




Copyright and Crafters – Recap of my panel discussion at Quiltcon

QuiltConWestLogo-DatesLocation1One 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 collective paraphrased answers:

  1. What is one or two things that you think should be general knowledge about intellectual property law amongst quilters?
    • If a company pays you to create content for them, they own that content, not you, unless you have specifically spelled out an agreement with them (such as one time use, only for one year, etc.).
    • You cannot copyright a technique (like paper piecing).
    • Their is no such thing as the 10% rule, as in if you change something 10% from another idea, you can now call it your own and copyright it.
    • Documentation of an original idea is your best tool for being able to prove that something is in fact your original idea.
  2. What are the most common misconceptions that you come across?
    • The 10% rule (see above answer)
    • People often want to copyright a technique rather than an actual piece of art or pattern.
    • It is not okay to buy one pattern, and make copies for all your friends. I know you aren’t selling the pattern, but you are also not allowing that artist to sell that pattern to the people that you just gave it to.
    • Most companies and people are reasonable people. If you are ever in doubt about whether or not you can use something, call and ask! Most people and companies will work with you.
  3. If you could change one thing about the reality of copyright or intellectual property law, what would it be?
    • Copyrighting and copyright law are not as black and white as we would like them to be. There is not an exhaustive list anywhere of all the ideas and works of art that have already been copyrighted for someone to just go and look through.
    • It is also entirely possible for two people to come up with a very similar idea at the same time and not actually be copying each other.
    • If we could change one thing, we would eliminate the idea of the 10% rule and make everything a little easier to navigate.

Copyright and intellectual property can make your head spin, especially if you are new to this world. I found this wonderful chart by Ginger Davis Allman on The Blue Bottle Tree that can help you navigate these foggy waters.

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Ginger also wrote a very extensive blog post talking about copyright and the crafting world here. She is a polymer clay artist but the concepts apply to any crafting hobby. If you are looking for more info on this topic, her blog post is a great place to start.

Happy Sewing!




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.

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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 about the quilt and the artist.

Witchs Brew by Alicia Merritt

Witchs Brew by Alicia Merritt

Out Of Thin Air by Lin Hsin-Chen

Out Of Thin Air by Lin Hsin-Chen

Intercellular by Betsy Busby

Intercellular by Betsy Busby

Firewonk Recall ENIAC by Diane Wright

Firewonk Recall ENIAC by Diane Wright

Craving Mother Nature by Lisa Marie Sanders

Craving Mother Nature by Lisa Marie Sanders

Control by Kate Themel

Control by Kate Themel

Communication by Misik Kim

Communication by Misik Kim

Artistic Potential by Sue Dennis

Artistic Potential by Sue Dennis

After Life by Martha Wolfe

After Life by Martha Wolfe

Do you have a favorite from this exhibit? Let me know in the comments.

Happy sewing!




Trends From 2015 Fall Quilt Market

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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.

  1. 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.

    Hand Embroidery from Adorn It

    Hand Embroidery from Adorn It

    Traditional Blue Work

    Traditional Blue Work

    Quilt by Lin Hsin-Chen from The Viewpoints 9 Exhibit with hand quilting

    Quilt by Lin Hsin-Chen from The Viewpoints 9 Exhibit with hand quilting

  2. Colors – I am in love with the current color palate that is permeating the fabrics, threads, notions and buttons. They are soft, yet rich in value. They play with daring mixes of color, pattern and texture. They give a respectful nod to our past while still looking fresh and modern.TrendingColors with logocolors

    Cotton + Steel by Rashida Coleman-Hale

    Cotton + Steel by Rashida Coleman-Hale

    Cotton + Steel by Sarah Watts

    Cotton + Steel by Sarah Watts

    Cotton + Steel by Kimberly Kight

    Cotton + Steel by Kimberly Kight

    Shannon Fabrics

    Shannon Fabrics

  3. Quilting isn’t just about quilts anymore. As I walked around the exhibit hall, I saw plenty of wonderful and innovative quilts, but I also saw lots of other ways to express yourself! Everything from purses, wool candle mats, and pillows; to clothing, aprons, stuffed animals and even rugs. It is like the quilters of the world have collectively said, “I will no longer stay in the quilting box! I will now create in any way I see fit!”

    Amy Barickman has patterns for her shirt, this purse and the hand embroidery on the purse!

    Amy Barickman has patterns for her shirt, this purse, and the hand embroidery on the purse! Amy did the embroidery using the Sulky 12 wt. Cotton Petites in her collection shown above.

    I love this dress, rug and pillows!

    I love this dress, rug and pillows!

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  4. Machine Embroidery is not so traditional anymore! If you are looking for a cool new way to add some spice to your work, machine embroidery may be the way to go! It’s not just teddy bears and tea cups anymore. Now you can get everything from skulls and full Halloween designs to amazing Free Standing “Lace” that often doesn’t look anything like lace. The variety of In-The-Hoop designs that are available now is wonderful, too. Machine Embroidery is not just for monogramming any longer. (Don’t worry, I’m southern. If it stands still long enough, I will still monogram it.)

    Claudia and I in front of Claudia's Creations Halloween embroidery design

    Claudia and I in front of Claudia’s Creations Halloween Embroidery Designs

    This is not your grandmothers free standing lace!

    This is not your grandmother’s free standing lace!

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  5. Nature. For as long as humans have been creating, nature has been inspiring us, but I saw an increase in nature inspired fabrics and projects this year. I personally loved these digitally printed fabrics from Red Rooster.

    Just Dahlias from red Rooster Fabrics

    “Just Dahlias” from Red Rooster Fabrics

  6. Coloring Books. Yes, you read that right, coloring books! Come one, come all, children of all ages are coloring. The most popular one at Market was Tula Pink’s new book. Let’s be honest here for a minute. We may be adults, but we never really outgrew coloring. We are quilters; loving color is a prerequisite and now it’s as if we have given each other collective permission to color, even as adults, to our little heart’s content.coloring+book (1)tula coloring book openThose are the trends that I saw this year! How about you? What trends are you seeing out there? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Sewing!




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

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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.

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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 :).

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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 with a fun way to give some away to you, my favorite blog readers.

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I will also be teaching a couple classes along with Suzy Seed, Sulky National Educator. We are teaching a thread painting class and a hand embroidery class. Keep an eye on Instagram and Facebook for pictures!

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Our BIG ANNOUNCEMENT is this:

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That’s right! We have some brand new Designer Thread Collections that will be available through Independent Retailers around the middle to end of November. I wish I could tell you more, but I can’t just yet. Keep an eye out and ask your favorite quilt shop about these great new Designer Thread Collections when they get back from Market.

As always, I will do a “Trends from Market” blog post when I get home so you can see all the fun new things that are coming down the pike for you.

Until then, Happy Sewing!




Why Sulky Partnered with Frond Design Studios

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Have you ever met someone, or even seen someone on TV or at a lecture and thought, “We could be good friends!” That is what we thought when we first met Stephanie Brandenburg, the creator of Frond Design Studios and saw her fabric. Well, just see for yourself. Look at this amazing fabric!

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From the “Love Blossoms” Collection

From the Think Outside the Vase Collection

From the “Think Outside the Vase” Collection

From the Edible Garden Collection

From the “Edible Garden” Collection

From the Sumi E Collection

From the “Sumi E” Collection

From the Carpe Diem Collection

From the “Carpe Diem” Collection

If the fabric wasn’t enough to inspire (which it totally is, by the way), Stephanie’s passion and vision for her company sealed the deal for us. This is what she says about starting Frond Design Studios in her own words:

A quote from Stephanie Brandenburg, Owner and Creator of Frond Design Studios

“Frond Design Studios is the perfect example of what my father used to say ‘crisis equals opportunity’. When I left the company I was with, I was pretty disillusioned with pursuing anything in fabric. I had started a new collection but for whom? I felt like a puzzle piece that didn’t fit in anywhere. Pursuing hand-generated design in fabric is very tedious and takes a long time. Most companies don’t like to mess with it because of this.

But I was truly inspired and the people I met at the retail quilt shows like the AQS Shows and Festivals through my mom’s shop Fern Hill Gifts and Quilts fueled many designs. People would come up and tell me how inspired they were by my work, some people even learned how to sew just to sew with my designs. They would request certain flowers and what they represented to them. So I have always seen my designs as an exchange, an open forum. That is the beautiful thing about art in fabric it is a relay race of creativity.

So an investor in the industry helped me get started in January of 2012 and I am so grateful. To me this was more than a business… it was a mission. This mission has grown to encompass more designers and beautiful fabric, amazing new patterns and projects! Frond will continue to thrive.”

After discovering her fabric and using it in several of our Sulky Certified Teacher projects, we finally approached Stephanie at Quilt Market in the fall. We had, in fact, designed our entire Market booth with Frond fabrics as our inspiration!

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Sulky’s amazing designer, Evelyn Byler, created several wall hangings, pillows, totes and more, for our booth and people kept asking for the patterns. They were so impressed with the way the fabrics and the threads worked together and quite frankly, so were we! After a few meetings and brainstorming sessions, Frond Design Studios and Sulky had formed a wonderful friendship that has resulted in patterns for several quilts and several thread collections!

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Think Outside the Vase Thread Set

“Think Outside the Vase” Thread Set

The first pattern was designed by Evelyn in Think Outside The Vase. The pattern is a free download on our website here and you can purchase the thread collection for this pattern here and the fabric kit for this quilt here.

 

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Vertical Blinds Thread Set

“Vertical Blinds” Thread Set

The next pattern Evelyn created is Vertical Blinds. Here is the free pattern for that one. Go here for the thread and here for the fabric kit.

We have a third pattern, thread set and quilt kit coming soon so keep an eye out for that. Here is a sneak peek of the quilt and the thread. This thread set is not only great for this quilt but is perfect for several of the Frond fabrics, especially if you want to try your hand at thread painting.

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After developing these kits and thread sets we all felt something was missing, so we decided to create the Frond Ultimate Collection. If you are like me, when you fall in love with a fabric company, you want it all. But I also want to know that I have the right thread that will go with all of those fabrics that I just added to my stash! Coming up with the Ultimate collection was so much fun! It was a collaborative effort between Sulky and Frond. I started the process by laying out lots and lots of thread with lots and lots of Frond Fabrics.

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I wanted to see how the thread and fabrics played together in several different lights, so I put it all on my kitchen table and left it for a few days so I could see them in morning, afternoon and evening light. My hubby kept asking when the thread and fabric would be done with the table so he could eat his breakfast there again! I told him as soon as the fabric and thread told me who needed to go with whom. Someone else may have thought that was a weird statement, but Rich and I have been married for 15 years so he knew that was pretty normal for me. I have always said that really good fabric and thread will tell you what they want to be.

After lots of time and auditions by different threads, I came up with a first draft, so to speak. We sent that off, along with all of our other threads to Frond. Stephanie and her team did a second round of auditions with the thread, made some changes and then a few more, and we finally came up with the Ultimate Collection.

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One of the things that makes this collection unique is there are a variety of thread types in this collection. it has Sulky 30 wt. Cotton Solids, Sulky 30 wt. Cotton Blendables®, Sulky 40 Wt. Rayon, Sulky Polyster Invisible and Sulky Metallic Threads! I love the variety of color and thread types. It’s almost like this box of thread is giving you permission to “Go ahead! Break the rules! You will love it!”

Sulky President Jason Prater, Frond Project Manager Sarah Gustason and Sulky Founder and Owner Fred Drexler at Spring Quilt Market

Sulky President, Jason Prater; Frond Project Manager, Sarah Gustason; and Sulky Co-Founder and Owner, Fred Drexler, at Spring Quilt Market

Our mission for the sewing and quilting community and Frond’s mission are so similar! Sulky strives everyday to not only inspire people to express themselves in their own creative voice, but to do so with confidence, knowing they have the right tools and knowledge for the job. Frond’s mission is the same! Give creative people amazing fabric that began as original, hand-generated art so they can take the next step in their creative journey.

I hope you are as inspired by this collaboration as we are.

Happy Sewing!




My Experience at Quiltcon!

When I first heard about the Modern Quilt Guild I was a little skeptical. I grew up learning how to sew from my mom and her friends who are all very traditional quilters. I am a southerner, and we like traditional down here in the south. I never in a million years would have considered myself a modern quilter…until now.

My early impression of modern quilts were quilts that didn’t take much time or talent to make. Boy! Was I wrong! I haven’t been this impressed by the work, the artistry or the enthusiasm at a quilt show in a long time. The modern quilter is a girl (or boy) who isn’t encumbered by some of quilting’s silly “rules” or patterns. The modern quilter looks at a traditional design, like Flying Geese, and does this:

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The definition as to what makes a quilt modern is a bit loose, but my personal observations are that a modern quilt uses lots of negative space, uses fresh colors and places an emphasis on the actual quilting. The quilting of these quilts at Quiltcon in Austin, TX were amazing. Here are just a few of the examples.

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Sulky sponsored the hand quilting category of this show and I couldn’t be more happy with the winners’ quilts.

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Here are close ups of each quilt as well.

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Detail of Fill The Void by Cinzia Allocca

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Detail of North Alabama Hillsides by Cathy Fussell

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Detail of Fuzhou Fujian by Patricia Lutteral

 

While we were at the show, we met lots of great people, saw some long time friends and I even got to meet one of my favorite quilting stars, Liz Porter!

Eric Drexler, Liz Porter and me!

National Sulky Educator Eric Drexler, The amazing Liz Porter and me!

Amy Barickman and I! I love her new pattern book! Click here to check it out.

Amy Barickman and I! I love her new pattern book! Click here to check it out.

This sweet girl came all the way form India just for Quiltcon!

This sweet girl came all the way from India just for Quiltcon!

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You know those cool sewing car decals that you see? This is the lady who makes them, Lynn Kraus. Check out all the cool styles here.

Isn't her shirt great?

Isn’t her shirt great?

National Educator Suzy Seed and her friend came from Houston to enjoy the show.

National Educator Suzy Seed and her friend Janelle Archer came from Houston to enjoy the show.

Overall, this was a fantastic show. The passion and energy of these quilters was contagious. I must admit, I can’t wait until next year!

Happy Sewing!