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Embroidery on Blankey Buddies!

Embroider onWe are all ooo-ing and aahh-ing (and a little bit of cuddling) over these new Embroider Blankies that we have in stock on our website!how to eblankie

We have this cute giraffe, Rory Lion, Blue Bear, and Monty Monkey.

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The best part is they are sew easy to embroider! Here is how:

Pick your thread. I used Sulky 40 wt. Rayon that matched the heart on giraffe's chest.

Pick your thread. I used Sulky 40 wt. Rayon that matched the heart on giraffe’s chest.

Get your hoop and Sulky Sticky Plus stabilizer

Get your hoop and Sulky Sticky Plus stabilizer

 

Hoop the Sulky Sticky Plus with the release sheet up. Score the release sheet and tear it off.

Hoop the Sulky Sticky Plus with the release sheet up. Score the release sheet and tear it off.

Put the hoop inside the Blankey Buddy and stick it down under the heart.

Put the hoop inside the Blankey Buddy and stick it down under the heart.

You may want to spray some KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive on the Sulky Sticky Plus to make it extra sticky

You may want to spray some KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive on the Sulky Sticky Plus to make it extra sticky

Spray KK 2000 to the back of a piece of Sulky Solvy and put over the top of the heart.

Spray KK 2000 to the back of a piece of Sulky Solvy and put over the top of the heart.

You want everything stuck down like this.

You want everything stuck down like this.

The 'handle' of your hoop should be sticking out the bottom so it's easy to load onto your machine.

The ‘handle’ of your hoop should be sticking out the bottom so it’s easy to load onto your machine.

You may need to use some clips to keep the extra blankey parts out of the way.

You may need to use some clips to keep the extra blankey parts out of the way.

Once you have loaded your blankey on the machine, be sure your letter is going to stitch out in the right place by using this button. This makes the foot 'draw' a square around the area where the letter will embroider.

Once you have loaded your blankey on the machine, be sure your letter is going to stitch out in the right place by using this button. This makes the foot ‘draw’ a square around the area where the letter will embroider.

Now you are ready to go! Embroider that blankey!

Now you are ready to go! Embroider that blankey!

Isn't he sweet!?!

Isn’t he sweet!?!

Now go here and order a few to embroider for yourself, a grandchild, friend for Easter or the next baby shower you are attending.

Happy Sewing!




Some Fun Facts About Leap Day!

Today is Leap Day! Every 4 years we get this extra day. I have to be honest, it doesn’t quite make sense to me, but hey, I’ll go with it. Especially since it means we are running a great sale on Sulky.com!

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I also thought it would be fun to share other fun facts about Leap Day. these came from timeanddate.com

Leap Day Customs & Traditions

Leap Day, on February 29, has been a day of traditions, folklore and superstitions ever since Leap Years were first introduced by Julius Caesar over 2000 years ago.

Several pairs of colorful fashionable ladies gloves on display.

Gloves can hide a naked ring finger. ©iStockphoto.com/photllurg

Women Propose to Their Men

According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St. Brigid struck a deal with St. Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every four years.

This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how leap day balances the calendar.

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In some places, leap day has been known as “Bachelors’ Day” for the same reason. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on Leap Day.

In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a woman’s proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring. During the middle ages, there were laws governing this tradition.

Leap Day Babies World Record

People born on February 29 are all invited to join The Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies.

According to the Guinness Book of Records, there are Leap Day World Record Holders both of a family producing three consecutive generations born on February 29 and of the number of children born on February 29 in the same family.

Unlucky in Love

In Scotland, it used to be considered unlucky for someone to be born on leap day, just as Friday 13th is considered an unlucky day by many. Greeks consider it unlucky for couples to marry during a leap year, and especially on Leap Day.

St. Oswald’s Day

Leap day is also St. Oswald’s Day, named after the archbishop of York, who died on February 29, 992. His memorial is celebrated on February 29 during leap years and on February 28 during common years.

Glove Patterns

Since gloves are a big part of the Leap Day history, here are a couple patterns to make your own Leap Day Gloves!gloves

Here is an easy one.

Here is one from Threads Magazine.

Happy Leap Day and Happy Sewing!




Quiltcon 2016

QuiltConWestLogo-DatesLocation1Growing up with a mother that is an artist and sewist means I have been going to quilt shows, craft fairs, art galleries and gatherings of creative people since before I can remember. Even our family vacations consisted of stops at museums, folk art installations (my mother’s favorite), the general store in a Mennonite community and fabric stores. So when I tell you that Quiltcon is different, I really mean different from any other kind of artist gathering I have been to.

It’s hard to put my finger on one thing that makes it different, so I thought I would make a list:

  1. The quilts – Quiltcon quilts are, of course, modern but that would be expected from the show put on by the Modern Quilt Guild. I think the real difference is a Quiltcon quilter doesn’t just see themselves as a quilter. They see themselves as artists. All quilters are artists but not all quilters see themselves as such. I know many quilters who say they aren’t artists; they say this is just a hobby. (News flash: It all started as a hobby for Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso, too!) But at Quiltcon, you can see it in every stitch of every piece. The work means something more than fabric put together. The piece is meant to make you feel something more. You can see the heart of the artist in the art.

    Charity Quilt from the Tasmanian Modern Quilt Guild

    Charity Quilt from the Tasmanian Modern Quilt Guild

  2. The demographic – I don’t know for sure the average age of a Quiltcon attendee, but my general observation from the ones I have attended is it is a young mixed crowd. I see lots more ladies with children, than with grandchildren, and a lot more men! These men and women also have a wide range of likes. There is everything from the Star Wars fanatic to the uber traditonalist but they all seem to be able to appreciate the full spectrum of art that is in the room.

    My new friend Seven from across the pond

    My new friend Seven from across the pond

  3. Lines – Whether its the architectural elements of the quilts or the straight line matchstick quilting, lines play a starring role in the modern quilt movement.

    I love this bridge quilt. This was another one of the charity quilts.

    I love this bridge quilt. This was another one of the charity quilts.

  4. Respect for the past – I have heard it said that a modern quilter has no knowledge or respect for how things ought to be done. There is just nothing further from the truth. My experience with the Modern Quilting Movement is that these ladies and gentlemen are proud to stand on the shoulders of tradition. A perfect example is the lovely quilt that placed 2nd in the Handwork category (sponsored by Sulky). faughnan_double_overall_1110This Double Wedding Ring by Tara Faughnan is a perfect mix of tradition and modern aesthetic. And take a look at the wonderful stitching!

    Detail of Double Wedding Ring

    Detail of Double Wedding Ring

  5. Eagerness to Learn – I remember my very first quilt show after I got really into quilting. It was Road to California. I was like a kid at Disney World for the first time. Everything was new and wonderful and I just couldn’t believe all the cool techniques and fabrics and notions that were available at my fingertips. Almost everyone is like that at Quiltcon. They are eager to learn, ask questions and compliment others on their work, style and art.

If you have never been to Quiltcon, I highly recommend you go! Even if you aren’t a modern quilter, I guarantee you will enjoy this show. Alright. Enough talk. Let’s let the pictures speak for themselves. Here are my favorite pictures from Quiltcon 2016.

Amy Garro of 13spools.com with her quilt at Quiltcon 2016

Amy Garro of 13spools.com with her quilt at Quiltcon 2016

wonderful use of thread!

wonderful use of thread!

I love the use of hand quilting and machine in this quilt by Letitia Chung and Laurie Grant that won 1st place in Modern Traditionalism.

I love the use of hand quilting and machine in this quilt by Letitia Chung and Laurie Grant that won 1st place in Modern Traditionalism.

1st place in the Handwork Category! Places Unfold by Heidi Parkes

1st place in the Handwork Category! Places Unfold by Heidi Parkes

Detail of Places Unfold

Detail of Places Unfold

Detail of Places Unfold

Detail of Places Unfold

Detail of Places Unfold

Detail of Places Unfold

Detail of Double Wedding Ring by Tara Faughnan, 2nd place in the Handwork Category

Detail of Double Wedding Ring by Tara Faughnan, 2nd place in the Handwork Category

Detail of Double Wedding Ring

Detail of Double Wedding Ring

3rd place in the Handwork Category, Mod Mountains by Susanne Williams

3rd place in the Handwork Category, Mod Mountains by Susanne Williams

Detail of Mod Mountains

Detail of Mod Mountains

Detail of Mod Mountains

Detail of Mod Mountains

Let's Connect by Christopher Thompson

Let’s Connect by Christopher Thompson

Cheatin' Song: Stripes by Rosalind Daniels

Cheatin’ Song: Stripes by Rosalind Daniels

Cotton + Steel Fabric's inspiring booth

Cotton + Steel Fabric’s inspiring booth

DripnSplash by Katherine Jones

DripnSplash by Katherine Jones

Detail of DripnSplash

Detail of DripnSplash

Lots o' Dots by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

Lots o’ Dots by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

Holyoke 1938 by Timna Tarr

Holyoke 1938 by Timna Tarr

Modern Improv Sampler by Kristen Shields

Modern Improv Sampler by Kristen Shields

As you can see, this show is pure eye candy. Check out all the category winners from the show here.

Happy Sewing!




Become a Sulky Affiliate!

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We are so pleased to be able to announce that we have a new way for Sulky friends and fans to share their love for Sulky and make money doing it! I will give you an example. Let’s say you are writing a tutorial on your blog like this one I did on making a Heart Mug Rug & Placemats.

Heart Mug Rug & Placemats

In the tutorial, you mention that you used Sulky 30 Wt. Cotton Thread to do the cute topstitching and you put a link to Sulky.com in the blog post.

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When your blog readers go to Sulky.com and make a purchase, you get 20% of their sale!

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That’s a pretty good deal, right?

We think that all of you who use and love our products are the best advertising that we could ever hope for so this is our way of giving back.

Here are some more details about the program:

What Is An Affiliate Program and How Does It Work?

An affiliate program is a marketing partnership that allows participating websites to earn a commission on sales referred to Sulky of America using specially tracked links. We will provide you with advertising tools such as custom banner ads, links and tracking codes for you to place on your sites, in your emails or other internet listings. When a visitor you’ve referred makes a purchase on our site that transaction will be tracked and we will give you a commission on the sale. It’s that simple!

Who Should Join?

We are seeking partners that cater to all kinds of crafting, sewing, and embroidery and quilting enthusiasts such as:

  • Craft, Sewing and Quilting Bloggers
  • Sewing and Quilting Guilds
  • Sewing and Quilting Associations
  • Designers – (fabric, pattern, quilt, embroidery, etc.)
  • Ecommerce sites that cater to the crafting, sewing, embroidery and quilting communities

Program Highlights

  • 20% commission on all affiliate generated sales
  • 30 Day affiliate cookie (meaning if the customer purchases within 30 days you still get the commission)
  • Our average ticket is $60
  • Free Shipping on orders $60+
  • Leading brand in the craft, quilting and embroidery market
  • Free Projects and Designs
  • Educational newsletter promoting products, tutorials and projects (twice a month)
  • Promotions and sales email (2-4 times a month)
  • Willing to provide customized asset

Are you ready to join? Great! Go here to join our program today!

 




Sulky Clearance Sale!

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I don’t usually post about this kind of stuff, but this is one seriously good sale! Sulky is clearing some space in the warehouse and you get the benefit. We are clearing out some of our older books, some great deals on thread and a stabilizer grab bag!

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We have some perfectly good stabilizer that is packaged in our previous packaging so we are giving it to you for a great price! Each grab bag will have at least $50 of stabilizers in it and you are guaranteed 1 roll of Tear Easy (black or white) and 1 roll of Totally Stable (black or white). The rest of the grab bag is a surprise for you to enjoy!

Happy Sewing and Happy Shopping!




How Creative People Decorate For Christmas

Kelley Gullison's house, Kelley is a Customer Service Rep for Gunold, our sister company

Kelley Gullison’s house, Kelley is a Customer Service Rep for Gunold, our sister company

Do you love seeing how other people decorate for Christmas? I especially love seeing how creative people decorate so I asked some of the Sulky family and friends to send me pictures and stories of how they decorate for the holidays. I hope you love these as much as I do!

Stockings by Vicki Nielson, President of the Etowah Valley Quilt Guild and Sulky fan!

Stockings by Vicki Nielson, President of the Etowah Valley Quilt Guild and Sulky fan!

Vicki Nielson's paper pieced tree skirt.

Vicki Nielson’s paper pieced tree skirt.

Sulky's new graphic artist, Franchesca Rivera, has a very crafty family! They have made a lot of the decorations in their house!

Sulky’s new graphic artist, Franchesca Rivera, has a very crafty family! They have made a lot of the decorations in their house!

More of Franchesca's decorations

More of Franchesca’s decorations.

I love the lights in this jar in Franchesca's house!

I love the lights in this jar in Franchesca’s house!

Great table scape Franchesca!

Great table scape Franchesca!

Franchesca's family does Christmas up right!

Franchesca’s family does Christmas up right!

Patti lee, Vice President of Consumer Relations decorated with some wonderful things made by our dear friend Carol Ingram who recently passed away. Sweet reminders of a sweet friend

Patti lee, Vice President of Consumer Relations decorated with some wonderful things made by our dear friend Carol Ingram who recently passed away. Sweet reminders of a sweet friend.

A table runner in Patti's house by Carol Ingram

A table runner in Patti’s house by Carol Ingram.

Lovely placemats by Carol

Lovely placemats by Carol.

This fabulous table topper was Carol Ingram's last project.

This fabulous table topper was Carol Ingram’s last project.

Diane Gloystein, National Educator representing Sulky, had a Mice Invasion for Christmas!

Diane Gloystein, National Educator representing Sulky, had a Mice Invasion for Christmas!

Diane said her family wasn't as amused by the mice as she was. I think they are amazing!

Diane said her family wasn’t as amused by the mice as she was. I think they are amazing!

A few years ago, Diane and her hubby were remodeling their home at Christmastime, so her husband made a Christmas tree out of Drywall! He painted in the colors they palnned to redo the house in to make sure they were the colors that they wanted to choose. How clever!

A few years ago, Diane and her hubby were remodeling their home at Christmastime, so her husband made a Christmas tree out of Drywall! He painted in the colors they planned to redo the house in to make sure they were the colors that they wanted to choose. How clever!

Sulky National Educator Eric Drexler lives in South Florida. What do you do when it's never cold at Christmas? You decorate your boat of course!

Sulky National Educator Eric Drexler lives in South Florida. What do you do when it’s never cold at Christmas? You decorate your boat of course!

Eric's Christmas Tree

Eric’s Christmas Tree.

Eric's Christmas Village

Eric’s Christmas Village.

The decorations on the outside of Eric's house.

The decorations on the outside of Eric’s house.

But Eric said it's not Christmas until the skeleton is dressed!

But Eric said it’s not Christmas until the skeleton is dressed!

Eric's neighbor has a manatee mailbox. They paint it for all the holidays. Good looking Santa, Mr. manatee!

Eric’s neighbor has a manatee mailbox. They paint it for all the holidays. Good looking Santa, Mr. manatee!

Joyce and Fred Drexler's home, Co-Founders of Sulky, is wonderful at Christmas!

Joyce and Fred Drexler’s home, Co-Founders of Sulky, is wonderful at Christmas!

The Drexler's go all out with decorations at Christmas

The Drexler’s go all out with decorations at Christmas.

We just love the festive feel!

We just love the festive feel!

How do you decorate for the holidays? Leave comments below and post pictures to our Facebook page!

Merry Christmas and Happy Sewing!




We Love You Carol Ingram

All of us at Sulky have lost a dear friend this week, Carol Ingram, designer extraordinaire.  With her most generous spirit, Carol has shared her incredible artistic creations and designs with us for almost 20 years.

Carol Ingram with Ellen Osten and Joyce Drexler

Carol Ingram with Ellen Osten and Joyce Drexler

Many of you have seen and duplicated many of her beautifully designed projects created for the Sulky Certified Teacher Classes in either the Sit and Sew events, or now, online.

Garden Gate Journey, Designed by Carol Ingram

Garden Gate Journey, Designed by Carol Ingram

Carol died suddenly and peacefully Tuesday morning.  She was an incredibly gifted artist in all mediums, and those of us who sew, are forever grateful to her endless generosity with her projects.

Sandpaper Seashells, a free project on Sulky.com design by Carol Ingram

Sandpaper Seashells, a free project on Sulky.com design by Carol Ingram

She was an inspiration to everyone she met, and more than that, she was a forever friend to all of us.  She will be missed more than words can say.

Pencil Drawing recently finished by Carol Ingram

Pencil Drawing of Toto recently finished by Carol Ingram for a friend

Our thoughts and prayers are with her 3 beautiful daughters and their families. May God bless them and help them through this.




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