• National Quilting Day

    National Quilting Day + free quilt pattern & embroidery design

    Happy National Quilting Day! I hope you’re inspired on this National Quilting Day to find a free quilt pattern you love and start a new project. Quilt Beginnings If you’re new to quilting, we have a ton of resources for you. The best advice I can give is to simply START. Look for inspiring designs that are simple to make, require minimal fabric investment, and get stitching. Start small with a lap-sized quilt (another free quilt pattern) using a craft batting. Or make one block and turn it into a pot holder or coaster. After piecing the top, layer it with batting and a backing fabric that’s large enough to…

  • Easter Sewing Projects

    Easter Sewing Projects to Make & Give

    Bring on Spring with fun and festive Easter sewing projects! Need Easter sewing projects? Easter is later this year, giving us more time to create handmade gifts, decor and wearables. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. 1. In-the-Hoop Scissor Case This design is completely free and comes with instructions for both sizes from the digitizers themselves in our free webinar download. Sulky 40 Wt. Rayon Thread really makes this case shine – kits are available, too and come with all you need to make both sizes!  Fill it with some Easter grass and a little gift for a friend or little one.  Not just for…

  • Easter Egg Quilt Block

    Easter Egg Quilt Block + Free Stitching Templates

    An Easter Egg Quilt Block is a great addition to a pillow set, table runner or quilt (of course!).  You could also bind the quilt block and use it as a potholder or decorative place mat for Easter. Combine free-motion stitching with paints and learn from Eric Drexler how to create your own Easter Egg Quilt Block work of art. This Easter Egg Quilt Block combines free-motion stitching with custom paints for a truly unique block. If you’re new to free-motion stitching or need a refresher, Eric takes takes you through the process in his video course, Fearless Free Motion. If you want to learn more and have virtual hands-on…

  • St Patrick's Day Sewing Projects

    St. Patrick’s Day Sewing Projects to Make & Give

    There’s still time to decorate with St Patrick’s Day Sewing Projects! Here are 5 St Patrick’s Day Sewing Projects to whip up in time for the little leprechauns to visit. Shamrock Place Mats These cute place mats are quick to make and you can use whatever green and white fabric you have in your stash. Try quilting them with Summer Grass Blendables 30 Wt. Cotton Thread. 2. Mug Rug Use this under your Shamrock Shake or Green Tea for a festive addition to afternoon tea. 12 Wt. Cotton Petites Thread is perfect for wool applique. 3. Pretty St Patrick’s Day Pillow Embroider a shamrock, like this Mendhika Shamrock from Urban…

  • Amy Ellis Scrappy Stella Block

    Scrappy Quilt Block by Amy Ellis

    Amy Ellis shares her tutorial for the Scrappy Quilt Block in today’s Sulky Block Party installment. About Amy Amy Ellis is an author, designer, quiltmaker, co-founder of Curated Quilts, and host of #IGQuiltFest on Instagram.  Her books include Modern Basics, Modern Basics II, Modern Neutrals, Think Big! and Modern Heritage Quilts. She blogs at AmysCreativeSide.com and is always busy with a new project. AmysCreativeSide.com instagram.com/amyscreativeside facebook.com/amyscreativeside CuratedQuilts.com Scrappy Quilt Block Learn how to make Amy’s Scrappy Stella Quilt Block for a new twist on an old favorite! From Amy: I love taking a recognizable block and updating it with a twist, like made-fabric instead of using a single fabric in…

  • make a batik block

    Make a Batik Quilt Block with the Sulky Block Party

    How to Make a Batik Quilt Block with Foundation Piecing   Learn how to make a batik quilt block with sharp points using Sulky thread for quality and strength. Lori Baker shows you how. Lori Baker, acquisitions editor for The Quilting Company and editor of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, has been sewing “nearly forever.” She makes garments, quilts, home decor projects, and whatever else she can dream up. Her latest adventure is co-hosting a podcast for The Quilting Company.  She’s an expert on sewing machines and loves the quilt-making process from the start to long-arming her own quilts. from Lori: Batik fabrics are great for quilt designs. Even if…

  • make a mandala block

    Make a Mandala Quilt Block

    Block Party: How to Make a Mandala Quilt Block To launch the Sulky block party, Karie Jewell shares how to make a mandala-inspired quilt block. Learn how to incorporate mandala-inspired design into your quilt from Karie Jewell. She’s been creating her own designs since a friend handed her a rotary cutter and asked her to “figure this out.” Twenty-seven years and over 80 published patterns later, Karie is still designing for every skill level, with no plans to stop any time soon. Co-founder of Two Kwik Quilters, Karie is excited to move into 2019 with a new name, new look, and new projects for today’s quilter. from Karie: I’m so excited to share…

  • choosing the right thread

    Cotton Thread & When to Use It

    When to Use Cotton Thread & Why Choosing the right thread for your project is an important factor that determines the final look, feel, and oftentimes longevity, of the project. With so many choices, how do we decide? Sheen I think about thread sheen the same way I would if I were choosing paint for a room. Do you want the thread to shine, glisten, reflect light, look slick, matte or textured? These decisions will determine how to choose the right thread for your project, specifically whether you choose between rayon and cotton. Strength When choosing the right thread, decide if you need the thread to hold up to heavyweight…

  • quilt block party

    National Quilting Month + Quilt Block Party Kickoff

    Yay! It’s National Quilting Month and we’re having a Quilt Block Party! For the inaugural quilt block party, we’ve invited some of our favorite quilters, and non-quilters, in the industry to participate. In the first-ever Sulky Block Party, we’ll bring you a variety of quilt blocks that celebrate every type of quilter: modern, traditional, hand-or machine-quilters, art quilters and more. Each block will represent who the quilter is as a designer and what products they love to work with most. I’m confident the Block Party inspiration will fill you up and have you itching to create a quilt, whether it be your very first or one of thousands. The fun…

  • How to Embroider a Pillowcase

    Embroider a Pillowcase for Memory Care Patients

    Learn how to embroider a pillowcase with our free pattern, plus donate it to a charity of your choice. We’re focusing our charity sewing effort on Memory Care facilities this month, and partnered with a facility to provide them with personalized pillowcases for their residents. If you’d like to join our effort and embroider a pillowcase, comment on this post and we’ll provide you with a name of a resident and mailing instructions for your pillowcase. This partnership will end March 16, 2019. After that time, or in lieu of participating in our effort, please contact a facility in your neighborhood and ask if they’d take pillowcase donations. Or embroider a…