• Easy English paper Piecing

    Easy English Paper Piecing Quilt Block – Andy Knowlton

    Easy English Paper Piecing Quilt Block designed by Andy Knowlton Learn an easy English paper piecing method to create this pentagon appliqued quilt block. Andy Knowlton shows you how! About Andy Andy is a quilter and pattern designer who loves finding shortcuts and new techniques and sharing them with fellow quilters on her blog: A Bright Corner.  She’s been quilting since she was about 7 when her grandma handed her a needle and thread and taught her how to hand quilt a little doll quilt. She lives in Utah with her husband and sons where they enjoy camping, hiking, and playing video games together. from Andy: If you follow me…

  • diy snowflake wreath with freestanding lace

    Snowflake Wreath with Freestanding Lace Designs

    Snowflake Wreath – Sulky Challenge by Pamela Cox Create a wintry snowflake wreath using freestanding lace designs and winter white thread. A snowflake wreath fits my home-decor bill quite nicely. I live in New England and the next few months promise to bring continual snowy-weather.  It seems only fitting that snowflakes take center stage on my Sulky-challenge wreath. My real inspiration for the snowflake wreath began after searching several of my favorite embroidery websites looking for possible designs.  The perfect set for the snowflake wreath, “Light and Lacy Snowflakes” was found on Embroidery Library. www.emblibrary.com There were two collections of the FSL snowflake designs, each available in three sizes.  Since…

  • Build Your Collection: New Sulky Thread Packs + 20% off Sale

    Build Your Thread Collection: New Sulky Thread Packs + 20% off Sale We’ve been busy creating all-new thread packs to help you grow your own thread collections.  From names like Favorites, to The Essentials, to Grooviest and Majestic, these 22 New Thread Packs have got it all! If you are into convenience and saving money, (You save 15-20% when you buy any Sulky Thread Pack versus buying individual spools!) you will definitely want to check out all of Sulky’s Thread Packs: Samplers, Assortments, and Collections.  Let me start by first breaking down our “Packs” for you…. Samplers First, we have our Samplers, which contain 6 spools of thread.  These are perfect…

  • Machine Embroidery Series: Rayon vs. Polyester

    Rayon versus Polyester Thread Crayons, oil paints, water-colors, and even chalk are ways in which an artist expresses creativity. Almost all of us began our machine embroidery love affair by stitching designs in a 40 wt. Rayon or Polyester Thread. Embroidery supplies and techniques tend to be very personal, and we may have, at one time or another, engaged in a somewhat excitable conversation in defending our choice. Hopefully, after understanding a bit more about both Rayon and Polyester Thread you will agree that not only is there a place for both threads in machine embroidery, but that it is a must to include both thread types within your own…

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    The Pinwheel Block Tutorial

    I recently finished a very traditional quilt where I used pinwheel blocks as cornerstones. Since I made this quilt to go on the wall of my living room, and I really wanted to keep all the points on all of the half-square triangles. I know this is a simple block, but I thought I would share with you how I did them because the results were great! I didn’t cut off a single point and they all finished to a perfect 3 inches (I had a little dance party in my sewing studio when I saw the results). I started with 2.5″ squares in the 2 colors. I put the…

  • My Dresden Garden quilt

    Making a Quilt Your Own Series- Part 1

    I just finished a quilt that I have been working on for awhile now. I finished it, of course, because I want it in my local guild’s quilt show in a couple weeks. I really need a deadline to push me to completion a lot of the time! But this quilt was a little different because I really wanted it to be my own design, all me, not just a pattern. So many months ago, I pulled out my graph paper and colored pencils and decided I would draw a quilt. I stared at the paper…and stared….and stared. Nothing ever got down on that paper. It was as if I…

  • Chevron Quilt with thread

    Easy Chevron Quilt – Tutorial

    Sometimes you need a quilt and fast. There is a little girl at my church who was just diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. She is 10 years old and she will start some pretty intensive chemo treatments this week. Although we are all praying for a full and complete recovery for her, we also know that she is about to walk a very hard road. I just couldn’t in good conscience allow her to start chemo without a snuggly quilt to take with her. When I was in Los Angeles for the Mimi G Style conference I found this wonderful Minky at Michael Levine’s. I knew this would be perfect for the…