• Machine Appliqué Tips Part II

    This series is written by guest blogger, Pamela Cox. Pamela is an expert embroiderer, designer, digitizer and all around wonderful girl! We are so happy to have her contributing to the Sulky Blog! In my previous Sulky® Blog post, you discovered that machine-embroidered Appliqué Designs stitch up quickly and are fun to create, combining different textures and prints of fabrics. The only “rules” cited for this process was to follow the digitizer’s directions: Understand what each color stop represents Follow the digitizer’s stitching order Do not color-sort/combine threads colors However, sometimes being a bit naughty and “coloring outside of the lines” produces a new twist to a design. Appliqués use…

  • Machine Applique Tips

      This series is written by guest blogger, Pamela Cox. Pamela is an expert embroiderer, designer, digitizer and all around wonderful girl! We are so happy to have her contributing to the Sulky Blog! Machine Applique Tips Applique designs are one of the quickest, most fun methods of machine embroidery.  Quick, because fabric takes the place of fill stitches (check out the difference in thread count!). And fun because fabric color, print, and even texture combinations are endless! Owl with Heart: Sulky Embroidery Club #684 – American Sweetie Pie: Sulky Embroidery Club #762 (free download) – Heart and Megaphone: Original design Basic steps are involved with every applique. Although, the…

  • Free Webinar | Unicorn Towel Hoodie

    Free Webinar: Let’s Create a Unicorn! Demystifying the Hooded Towel “Let me walk you through the process of creating adorable Hoodie Towels using my new Unicorn pattern. Creating these towels as fun gifts is easy and so satisfying. I will even show you how to fold it and add a bow so it is all ready to give away.” Desiree of Desiree’s Designs   You’ll learn: How to hoop up your stabilizer and float your towel How to make different-sized towel hoodies for different ages How to follow a machine guided applique by either cutting or using SVG files How to use a topper like Sulky Solvy Stabilizer, as well…

  • 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…

  • Behind the scenes of filming Artistry in Applique

    Back in March, I had the pleasure to go to Denver, Colorado, with Sulky Director of Education, Ellen Osten, and Sulky National Educator, Eric Drexler, to film some new online classes that are now available, Artistry in Applique. This is the first time I had done anything like this so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Filming an online class is VERY different from writing a blog or public speaking. When you are filming, you have to have separate pieces prepared for each step of the project. On a blog, you just take pictures as you go. When speaking to a group of people in person, you can look people in the eye, you…

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    Making a Quilt Your Own Series – Part 3

    Note: This is part 3 in a series. Read part 1 here and part 2 here. After making lots of Dresden Plate blades, and one full circle, I knew I wanted to make these into flowers. I didn’t want to box myself into all the flowers being full circles, so I start putting together just twosies and a few foursies. (If you want to add the extra star point between your blades, I highly recommend the pattern Dresden Star by Edyta Sitar) As I mentioned before, I had purchased a kit for this class, so I made all the blades that I could with the fabric I had. I figured…