With a passion for sewing, quilting and a Bachelor Degree in English from Florida
State University, I enjoy creating new projects and writing easy-to-follow
tutorials that even the busiest sewists will enjoy and have time to make.
Cut the batting to 15″ squares and cut the back and front fabric to 16″ or 17″ squares, whatever you are comfortable with, You will square them all up at the end.
Make quilt sandwiches and spray baste them with Sulky KK 2000
Go to your computer and type out the names you want on each mat in a font that is pretty wide. I use Google Docs and used font verdana. I was able to fit all 4 names on the page and then print on one sheet of Sulky Stick ‘n Stitch. I printed the names in grey instead of black so there is less ink to rinse away later.
How To Do It
If you are anything like me, you aren’t going to read all the words anyway so I will use as few words as possible. 🙂
Once your initial guidelines are sewn, Let’s sew the name!
Change back to the walking foot and use the edge of the walking foot to keep the lines straight and keep sewing in between the lines until you are the desired width apart. I sewed mine until there was approximately a 1/4″ between each line.
Iron the placemats partially dry and square them up as much as possible. Let them air dry after ironing.
Square up the placemats and get ready for binding!
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – His very name evokes some kind of emotion in most people. For some, that is honor and respect. Unfortunately, for others it is anger and hatred. It is because of the later that we must continue to share his message and passion with the people around us. This is my small part to spread the love that Dr. King died to show.
I designed this project and embroidery design for Sulky a few years ago. It’s completely free. I hope you will download it and stitch it out. Even if it’s just for yourself.
Paper piecing is a great technique that is the perfect tool when precision is key to creating the look that you want. I designed this fun quilt for Sulky using two different paper piecing techniques. This is a great way to learn how to do these on a simple quilt so you can use them on a more complicated quilt later! You don’t have to be intimidated by paper piecing. Once you know the basics and the tips I show you here, you are ready to tackle any pattern your heart desires.
The full pattern including the templates are on the Sulky website.
Enjoy the pattern and let me know your thoughts in the comments!
I think he will love this pillowcase! If you don’t already have the book, you can get it here.
As a side note, my nephew is autistic and April is autism awareness month! If you don’t know much about autism, or want to know how you can help people and families affected by autism, check out the Autism Speaks website here.
I was honored to be asked to participate in Sulky’s Block Party this year. Since Matchstick quilting is one of my favorites, I featured a block using this technique and using the negative space to spell out my name.
Thank you for joining me in my brand new adventure. If you read my bio, you already know I love to sew and create, but you also know I love my family.
In 2018, I realized that my job, although it was my dream job, was keeping me away from my family too often. My two daughters are in middle school and they need me to be home now more than any other time in their life.
So I talked to some good friends in the industry, I prayed and talked with my family. We brainstormed, cried, argued and prayed some more. That is when the idea for Southern Sewist came to me.
I decided to start this website that will hopefully grow into a brand. Here is where I will continue to bring you all the tutorials, new designs, advice and tips that I previously did for Sulky. You will probably still see me doing guests blog posts and projects for Sulky!
I hope you will join me, talk with me and help me along. I am excited (and a little scared) to start this great journey with you.