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Posts From July, 2016

A Quilt for My Mom 



A Quilt for My Mom


Last summer I found a package of 10" square batik precut fabrics that I just had to have.  I decided to make a quilt for my mother and give it to her for Christmas 2015.  I found the perfect pattern on the Moda Bakeshop called Mountain Blossom by Emily Bailey.  This would be my very first experience working with precut fabric.  



I remember the day I started it.  My husband went out of town for business, and I later met up with him.  During my down time at the hotel, I cut the fabrics and stitched them together, making a simple Nine Patch block.  I later cut the blocks again into what is known as a Disappearing 9 Patch.





Piecing the quilts goes by so much faster when you have the purr...fect helpers!  Chai Kitty is SuPurrVising the make shift cutting station and MagiKat is the Pressing SuPurrVisor!



Here's the quilt top all pieced together.  I chose a simple solid white fabric for the alternate blocks.  I used Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive to baste the backing, batting and top together.  I love KK 2000!



I wanted to make sure there wasn't going to be any shifting, so I installed my walking foot and stitched in the ditch. Then I basted along the outer edge of the quilt.


I had big dreams for this quilt.  It had been a long time since I made a quilt, and I get so much personal satisfaction doing the whole process.  I trying something new each time I make something.  This time, my personal challenge was to quilt it with embroidery machine.  




As the clock ticked and Christmas was getting close, tragedy struck...a MAJOR unplanned set back.  Zero blessed the quilt.  Yep...he peed on it!  Luckily I had the quilt draped across a table top, but he managed to get it.  It's a good thing he's so darn cute.  I love his crooked smile!


I was a little perplexed because the precut fabric was not prewashed.  I washed the unfinished quilt in cold water along with a couple Shout Color Catchers!  Then I hung it to dry.  I did not want this quilt to shrink on me.  Still, afterwards it was such an eyesore to me because it was so wrinkled.  NOTHING would take the wrinkles out.  So, the quilt sat unfinished, and it was not finished in time for Christmas.  That's all right, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree and my mom did not finish the gift she made for me in time for Christmas either.  So we decided to exchange gifts when I visited in January.


I took the unfinished quilt and sewing machine to Florida.  I thought I would bind it and give it to her.  I just did not want to look at it.  I was sooo... discouraged.  But Nooooo....it came back home with me.  My mom, was not finished with my gift either.  But, we let each other see what we were making wink


Then inspiration struck. I found the perfect machine embroidery CD. It had 42 different quilting motifs.  Being a National Educator for Sulky, let's just say I have just a little bit of Sulky thread in my stash.   blush  So, I knew I could easily embroider each quilting motif with a different 30 wt. Sulky Cotton Blendables thread.  BTW...There are 126 different colors of Cotton Blendables thread.



For the first time ever, I quilted all of the white blocks using my embroidery machine.  It was so easy!!  I was especially proud of myself when most of my alignments were spot on!!!  If I could change just one thing about the design, it would be to increase the stitch length.  But, each block was stunning!



I was beyond the moon and back ecstatic with how beautiful this quilt turned out despite all of its trials, and my mom loved it too!!!


My mother came to visit me in June 2016.  I made up the guest room with her quilt on the bed, and she took it home with her.  While she was here, she finished my gift.  I'll share it with you another time!


Until the next time...Sew Long!



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Posted by SewSimplifiedLLC Admin Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:09:00 AM

Fun with Preprinted Panels 

It's Christmas in July!




Fun with Preprinted Panels...It's Christmas in July


Hi Sewing Friends!


It's hard to believe it's time to start thinking about Christmas already.  We all know it takes time and TLC to make special handmade gifts from the heart for our family and friends.  In this video, I inspire you to embellish a preprinted panel with Sulky decorative threads.  I also give you amazing tips and exercises to practice so that you can free motion sew, or quilt interconnecting circles!  If I can do it, so can you!  It's really a lot of fun and easy, especially after you practice.  

​Let me hear a whoa hoo!  I hope this video inspires you to try embellishing a preprinted panel with beautiful Sulky threads.


By the way, don't forget to visit my shop to link to the Sulky online store, if you need to order supplies!


Here's the exercise sheet I promised.  Print it out on regular paper and practice tracing the lines and complete the rest of the row.


The next exercise is optional, and well worth it.  When you are ready, print the  exercise sheet on a piece of Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy Stabilizer (soon to be called Stick 'n Stitch) from your home printer.  This is a Wash Away stabilizer, and is available in convenient 8 ½" by 11" sheets.  It has a self-adhesive backing, like a postage stamp.  Peel that backing off and place it on a practice quilt sandwich!


There's one or two more exercises you can try, and I explain them in the video.


I hope you enjoyed this post and are inspired to embellish preprinted panels with beautiful Sulky decorative threads.


Sew Long!




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A New Beginning 

Happy 0 Birthday!

Cake to Celebrate!

Hi Sewing Friends!  

Thank you for finding me, and a warm welcome to my new home on the Internet!


If you are reading this, that means I did it!  I pushed the "live" button for this brand new website, Sewing Machine Artistry!  Cheers to a fresh new look, a new design, a new beginning AND…lots of amazing good things to come.  I love my new logo so much, and it gives me that extra boost of confidence and inspiration to DO IT and put myself out here.  


If you are look for a graphics designer, I cannot recommend BTownBetty on Etsy enough.  I sent her several pictures of me and see what she came up with!  Love it!!!



Tonight is the night!  I am hosting the Sewing Online with Sulky (S.O.S.) Webinar at 9pm EDT.  There's still time to register and our special guest is Vanessa Vargas Wilson, aka The Crafty Gemini.  She has an amazing project lined up for you, called the Pinnacle Table Runner. Vanessa is great to work with.  She’s a lot of fun, talented and very inspiring.  I know you will enjoy her fabulous presentation.  If you want to register, go here https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4278360647957194243


See my social media buttons at the top of the page?  Go ahead and give them a like or a follow, so you can keep up with me there too!


I hope to "see" you later!


Sew Long!




Posted by SewSimplifiedLLC Admin Tuesday, July 12, 2016 11:20:00 AM Categories: Sewing Online with Sulky Webinar Sulky