• 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…

  • Make A St. Patricks Day Coaster

      Make a St. Patrick’s Day Coaster or Mug Rug for your Shamrock Shake or Green Tea and cozy up to some wool felt applique! I have a soft spot for the minor holidays like Valentine’s Day, Arbor Day, Pi Day and of course, St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe it’s because it’s March and I love green and the promise of spring. Maybe because I could eat corned beef and sauerkraut every day. Or maybe it’s just a great excuse to have a party and stitch something new. My other addiction is coffee. So I decided to design a St. Patrick’s Day coaster or Mug Rug that celebrated both. Instead of…

  • 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…

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    Sew a Kraft-tex Bag

    Sew a Kraft-tex Bag – Blog Hop Make a modern and versatile messenger bag look even cooler and sew a kraft-tex bag with Kraft-tex Kraft Paper Fabric! I have to admit, I have been intrigued with kraft-tex Kraft Paper Fabric since it first came out. We even did a webinar with kraft-tex (watch it on-demand here)! kraft-tex looks and feels like paper, but it sews and mashes like fabric. It’s such a fun textile to use when you want to create a very unique look. Stash books has a great new book, Sew kraft-tex Bags, Tips & Techniques for Working with Kraft Paper Fabric. I chose to make the Stem…

  • 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…

  • Pillow of the Month: How to Make a Trapunto Pillow

    Pillow of the Month: Trapunto Pillow by Pamela Cox Continuing on our Pillow of the Month series, we’ll learn how to make a trapunto pillow using two methods. Trapunto is a hand-stitching technique in which designated areas within an embroidered pattern are stuffed, producing raised areas. The Trapunto effect is easily mimicked using an embroidery machine. Special collections digitized to copy a Trapunto 3-D effect are available on many embroidery sites. However, when learning how to make a Trapunto pillow, you may be surprised to find suitable designs already in your personal design library. Line designs, especially those with large open spaces, work well imitating Trapunto when stitched over a…

  • 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…

  • how to make a quilt label with machine embroidery

    How to Make a Quilt Label with Machine Embroidery

    How to Make a Quilt Label with Machine Embroidery How to Make a Quilt Label Adding a quilt label to a quilt gift is a great way to add a personal touch and provide information to future generations. If you’ve wanted to learn how to make a quilt label, first decide on the design. Add just a name, a message or simply a design with initials. Make the label as big or as small as you like. I always add a quilt label after the construction is complete. I hand stitch it to the back of the quilt along the lower-left corner. I didn’t intend to have a “signature quilt…

  • hand embroidered valentines day cards

    Hand Embroidered Valentine’s Day Cards

    How To Make Hand Embroidered Valentine’s Day Cards For Your Loved Ones Making hand embroidered Valentine’s Day cards is a great way to say I Love You with stitches. This project is easy enough for beginners, children included, and fun for everyone! Honestly, I don’t care if it’s a made up holiday or not, I LOVE VALENTINE’S DAY! How could I not? It’s all about love and romance and a great excuse to decorate and sew with all my favorite things: Pink, Red, Hearts, and more Hearts. I have already started making heart-shaped muffins for my family to enjoy at breakfast and, this weekend, we will make a heart-shaped cake.…

  • Easter Sewing Projects to Make & Give

    Learn How to Make an In-the-Hoop Scissor Case

    In-the-Hoop Scissor Case Join Sulky and Allison Nash of Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery for a FREE 1-hour webcast teaching you how to create an In-the-Hoop Scissor Case. This in-the-hoop embroidered scissor zipper case is the perfect size to keep any pair of scissors safe and sound in your sewing room. The design comes in two sizes and only requires one hooping. The case is lined with no raw seams and a thick tip to prevent the scissors from cutting through the bottom of the case. It is a quick, easy project to make – and the perfect gift! Join Us Live: Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Time: 9:00 pm EST…