View projects in the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher classes – Discount on registration extended!

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Creative Machine Embroidery and Sew News are excited tell you we’ve extended the offer for the  Sulky® Online Certified Teacher program. Register now and save $100, hurry this offer ends August 15! Just use code: SN100 at checkout!

We’ve been talking about the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher Training for the last couple of weeks. We’d like to show you some of the projects that you’ll be working on through the programs.  Click on the image to get a closer look.

Butterfly View projects in the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher classes   Discount on registration extended!Butterfly in Flight
A fun and easy way to create a background for simple but dramatic free-motion Thread Sketching, using a sharply contrasting Sulky Cotton Thread to sketch the butterfly over the pieced background. This piece would look beautiful as a pillow, wallhanging, tote or wearable. Ours will be framed, but don’t let that hinder your creative juices. There are many other possibilities for this art.
CatCourthouseSmall View projects in the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher classes   Discount on registration extended!Cat on the Courthouse Steps
A traditional courthouse steps quilt block, done simply in two neutral fabrics, showcases this adorable cat. Dramatic and intriguing – a new dimension to add to your quilting repertoire.
SunflowerSmall View projects in the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher classes   Discount on registration extended!3-D Sunflower in an Edible Garden
We fell in love with Stephanie Brandenburg’s fabric art. She turns her paintings into fabric and they are spectacular! Her “Edible Garden” collection caught our eye and Carol Ingram took it to another level, of course! Stephanie’s art fabric is further embellished with a 3-Dimensional Sunflower and it becomes a magical, mystical garden wallhanging. IMAGINE! Stephanie has reprinted this fabric and continues to add beautiful, similar fabrics to her line.
PennyRugSmall View projects in the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher classes   Discount on registration extended!Penny Rug Candlemat
Evelyn Byler, our quilter extraordinaire dialed it down and designed a simple but lovely candlemat using beautifully hand-dyed wools. Can be stitched by hand or by machine. Evelyn lives in Amish country with an Amish background herself and her homespun creations are truly subtle and lovely. However, she can jazz it up with the best of them, and her quilted pieces and Sulky Teacher Certification samples are always breathtaking.
SerenityDuckSmall View projects in the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher classes   Discount on registration extended!Serenity Duck Staggered Bargello Wallhanging
This beautiful wallhanging is easy and fun, but still elegant and intricate looking. Even a quilting newbie will love this easy staggered bargello technique and the amazing ease of using appliqués. The unusual staggered-bargello bottom-finish makes this project especially unique.
TigersSmall View projects in the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher classes   Discount on registration extended!Magical Tigers
Magnificent tigers come almost alive using this special technique that has evolved in simplicity and sophistication over the years. Animal print fabric is spectacular and you will likely want to keep this endangered species for yourself to showcase in your home. (Makes a fabulous gift for a man in your life, too.) You will find yourself captivated by the technique and imagine all kinds of creative things you can do (or teach) using floral fabric, geometrics, fish and other animals. The technique works for wearables, pillows, totes, wallhangings and more. We’ll show you how to make this technique work with any beautiful print.
Flowersmall View projects in the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher classes   Discount on registration extended!Floral Fantasy Sculptured Art
Another fabric from Stephanie Brandenberg’s “Edible Garden” collection sent Designer Carol Ingram on another artistic whirlwind. Using a new heat-moldable sculpture product, you will LOVE making this Floral Fantasy Art. Embellished with Sulky Blendables® Thread and beads, it will become a conversation piece in your home and everyone will want one. We’ll show you how to make other shapes too, like leaves and fish! You’ll be raiding your holiday fabric stash to make one for every occasion! Match your quilts or home décor, too!
PlacematSmall View projects in the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher classes   Discount on registration extended!Sun’s Up Placemat
Using the Phillips Wedge Ruler and placemat forms, Margaret Travis’ Sun’s Up, Eazy-Peazy design, and contemporary fabrics, you will really enjoy the easy geometry of this placemat and the sophisticated look that results. Using a pre-made placemat form, it’s easy and fun to do. There are lots of other projects that can be done with the wedge rulers and we’ll share some of those with you, too! Cheryl Phillip’s tools make complicated designs easy.
 View projects in the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher classes   Discount on registration extended!Free-Standing Swirly Lace Pear Décor
Prepare a free-standing embroidered lace pear and place it three-dimensionally on a beautiful and sophisticated background; add a bold, contemporary scroll appliqué to accent this elegant embroidery and it will fuel your desire for more and more of this free-motion or computerized embroidery lace. The possibilities are endless! Learn all about free-standing lace and how to incorporate it into home decor, wearables and more. (Free-standing lace can be made with or without a computerized embroidery machine.)
BalloonSmall View projects in the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher classes   Discount on registration extended!Magical Mystery Hot Air Balloon Ride
Carol dazzles us once again with one of her amazing artistic landscapes in fabric. For the last several years, Carol’s landscape designs have been the favorite project of the Sulky Certified Teacher Trainings…and for good reason. Carol’s background in fine art shows through in her careful eye and magnificent perspective, allowing you, too, to create through her artistic generosity.

How to sign up!

  • Tuition is $499 (before discount), with a supply list being mailed to you from Sulky. You can call Sulky at 1-800-874-4115 or email at for more information on supplies and cost of supplies.
  • Start date is September 8, 2014
  • All projects are due December 8, 2014(7 of 10 projects must be completed to be eligible for certification)
  • This course and registration for this course take place on our sister company’s Website: Craft University.
  • Instructors are: Carol Ingram Ellen Osten Patti Lee



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Only a few days left to save $100 on Sulky® Teacher Certification Training!

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There are only a few days left to take advantage of the $100 of the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher Training! Seats are filling up fast!

Creative Machine Embroidery is excited to bring this opportunity to our readers and fans. Long time machine embroidery fans may have heard of Sulky’s certification program, the exciting news is now  you can experience all the fun and knowledge but in the comfort of your home. Same great educators, curriculum and projects only now there’s no more booking expensive flights, traveling or waiting for Sulky to come to you. Now YOU can get it all right now (Well, September 8th when classes start!).

 Read through for all the details in today’s post and leave a comment telling us what you like about Sulky’s products or if you’ve taken their classes before and you’ll be entered to win a prize.

The Details

  1. This is course is a three month class. This is not a 3 day course but 3 MONTHS of quality instruction.
  2. You can take the classes in the comfort of you home. No traveling, great for those who don’t like to fly!
  3. Course starts September 8, 2014, all projects must be submitted by Dec 8, 2014.
  4. Video instruction by the top professionals in their field.
  5. The classes are live &  you can ask questions just as you would in a regular classroom setting.
  6. Comprehensive, tried and true curriculum, lesson plans, reproducible class handouts, full color photos which show you step-by-step how to create each project, plus Sewing and Business Education.
  7. The Sulky brand, name and company is a highly valued  leader in the sewing, quilting and machine embroidery world.
  8. You will make 10 projects during the course and you will learn over 60 beautiful machine art techniques.
  9. Also included is instruction on how to teach others sewing and quilting.
  10. Last but not least if you register before August 5, 2014 you can get a $100.00 off the course fee (full price is $499.00)! Coupon code is SN100. Use this code at checkout, but hurry seats are filling up fast (only a few available!).

Here is how to get started!

Go to Craft Online University to sign up. Classes start September 8th.

You’ll find all sorts of valuable information on the class and all the specifics.

When ready to register use the discount code SN100.

And, you will be on your way to becoming a certified Sulky® Educator!

Make a comment on your way out about what you love about Sulky® products, your favorite Sulky® Educator or class and you’ll be entered to win a roll of Sulky®Fabri-Solvy – Fabric like water soluble stabilizer.

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Happy learning & embroidery!

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Rocky Mountain Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival – New Location

rmqsexpoAM Rocky Mountain Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival   New LocationHave you heard? The Rocky Mountain Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival has moved to a new location, the Douglas County Fairgrounds, Castle Rock CO.

There is plenty of FREE parking and there will be plenty of inspiration, sparkly sewing machines, fabric and more! The festival is from July 10, 11, & 12 2014.

Please be sure to  visit their website HERE for a discount off of admission.

If you can’t make the festival pick up a copy of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine

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Creative Machine Embroidery Jul/Aug 2014 issue

 Sew News

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Sew News Aug/Sept 2014 issue!

Or Sew it All Volume 8 for inspiration, quick and easy sewing projects, free patterns and embroidery designs. Pick up current issues at or at your local newsstand!

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SIA now on newsstands


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Easiest Beach Bag Ever Tutorial + 3 Free Designs!

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Embroider and stitch this cute beach bag for summer trips! Get full instructions below plus two free designs!

Download the Sea Shells and Sandy Toes design free from Embroidery Library here. Hurry, the design is only free until July 31!

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Download the anchor design free from Embroidery here.

Or choose a fun CME exclusive design, such as our new Fireworks Collection.

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Or pick an adorable sea critter from the CME Sea Critters Collection. Get one or catch them all! Find more cute and fun embroidery designs at

CMESCBUNSM Easiest Beach Bag Ever Tutorial + 3 Free Designs!Supplies

1/4 yard each of 2 print cotton fabrics (main & lining)

Coordinating cotton fabric scrap (pocket lining)

Thread: embroidery & matching all-purpose

Lightweight tear-away stabilizer

Mediumweight fusible interfacing


Load the designs in the correct format onto your machine.

From the cotton fabrics, cut two 15″x22″ body rectangles and one 4″x25″ rectangle each.

From the lining fabric, cut one 10″ pocket square.

From the coordinating fabric scrap, cut one 10″x14″ pocket lining rectangle.

Hoop the pocket square with a piece of lightweight stabilizer. Embroider the anchor design. Remove the stabilizer from the design wrong side; press.

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With right sides together, align the pocket and pocket lining upper edges; stitch.

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Press open the seam, and then align the pocket and lining lower edges. Stitch the sides and lower edge, leaving a centered opening along one edge for turning. Clip the corners.

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Turn the pocket right side out, folding the opening seam allowances toward the wrong side; press.

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With right sides together, align the long rectangles. Stitch each long edge, and then turn the strap right side out.

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Press with the seams along the edges, or like me, go a little crazy and press with the seams 1/3 of the way from the fold so you can see both fabrics when using the strap.

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Hoop one large main fabric rectangle with a piece of lightweight stabilizer. Embroider the Sandy Toes design centered on the rectangle. Remove the stabilizer from the design wrong side.

Fuse light- to mediumweight interfacing to each main-fabric rectangle wrong side.

Tip: Use lightweight cut-away stabilizer when embroidering the design on the bag body. Leave the stabilizer intact after embroidery and skip the interfacing.

Center the pocket rectangle over one lining rectangle. Edgestitch the sides and lower edge. I played around with decorative stitches as I attached the pocket, because why not. Backstitch at the pocket upper edges to secure.

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With right sides together, align the lining rectangles. Stitch the sides and lower edge; press open the seams. Flatten each lower corner, aligning the side and lower seams. Draw a 2″-long line across the corner 1″ from the lower corner. Stitch along the line, and then trim 1/4″ from the seam.

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Repeat to construct the outer bag. With right sides together, insert the lining into the outer bag. Insert the strap between the layers, centered along the side seams with raw edges aligned. Ensure the strap isn’t twisted inside the bag.

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Stitch the bag upper edge, leaving a 6″ opening along the bag back for turning. Turn the bag right side out. Press the seam allowances downward and favor the upper seam toward the lining side. Press the opening 1/2″ toward the wrong side. Edgestitch the bag upper edge, closing the opening with the stitches.

Tote your towel, sunscreen and book to the beach in your snazzy new bag!

In hindsight, my designs got a little lost in my fabric print, so a more subdued print might work better. I just love loud fabrics!

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The bag is completely reversible, so use the lining as the outside to freshen it up.

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Happy Summer and Happy Sewing!


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Meet Embroidery & Textile Artist Kirsten Chursinoff

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I encourage you to take some time out of your busy day to read the interview with Textile Artist Kirsten Chursinoff and to view a sampling of her work.  I thought you all might like to learn more about Kirsten and her work since she appeared on CME’s back page in the May/June issue. Please visit her on her blog, website or Facebook page, her links are supplied at the end of the interview as well. Please feel free to leave a comment.

Where do you live/from? Are your surroundings inspiring?

I work from my cottage-in-the-sky studio, which is downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The urban environment is exciting, but I’m never very far away from nature, which is my true source of inspiration. Extensive seawall trails, parks and lively community gardens are only a few minutes away.

Can you give us a little background on how/why you got started embroidery and working with textiles.

My mother and grandmothers always had some project on the go: needlework, knitting or sewing. I was initially seduced by the colors of hand embroidery floss, all beautifully organized and bundled in little skeins. I didn’t think I was an artist, but I loved to make decorative things.

What do you find are the greatest challenges in your profession?  Are there any challenges with technology that you find inspiring and/or frustrating?

Professionally, there are so many choices to make when you build your own career from scratch. Deciding whether to teach, submit book proposals, design patterns, or make original work to sell, are huge decisions and I hope to be able to do a combination of those without having to compromise too much of my creative vision.

There are technological challenges as well. My work is made using free-motion machine embroidery on a domestic sewing machine (with the feed dogs removed) and I enjoy the sketch-like/drawing quality of the stitches. I’d like to try a more professional machine but I worry that I’ll loose my signature style.

I also have trouble because I love building up layers in my embroidery. I try and blur the lines between hand and machine work, but it can be difficult stitching through all the layers of fabrics and stitches.  I like to add finishing details by hand and sometimes I have to use pliers to pull the needle through!

In the years you’ve been working with embroidery what is the greatest change that you’ve noticed? Or is there something that you’ve had to adapt to?

I think we all need to try and remain a few steps ahead of mass-produced work. Keep our work personal and creative. We use machines, but the work should reflect the person guiding the stitches.

What is your conception process for a design or project? Do you sketch it out, take a photo etc.

I love to use a collage-type approach to designing. Yes, I take photos, do research, and spread out all the possible colors that might work for the subject; but then I start cutting shapes of fabric and laying them out in different arrangements until I find something pleasing to my eye.

What are your favorite items, textiles etc. to work with? Where do you go to find these items? What was a “I can’t believe I found this” item?

I combine embroidery, quilting, beading and other textile techniques in my work so I can always find something for my stash in any crafting or art supply store. Shopping can be dangerous! Finding materials to build a stash is always exciting. I also find delight in small scraps and castaways from other crafters.

What has been your (to date) greatest/proudest achievement in the creative world?

Seeing my artwork and writing published in magazines was very exciting, and I was interviewed and had my studio photographed for the book Hoopla: the art of unexpected embroidery, by Leanne Prain.

What would be a dream project or commission for you?

I would love to illustrate a children’s book with embroidered pictures.

Between all that you do, where do you find time to actually create?

I was able to pursue my embroidery art full-time for several years before we started a family, but initially I would sneak it in whenever I could. I stayed up late at night, and even did hand-embroidery on the bus while commuting to college.

At the moment, I’m finding it challenging to find time for my embroidery work. My two little boys are full of life and energy. I don’t want to miss a moment of their joy for life, but at the same time, I feel a bit lost without a project in my hand or at my machine. During the early days of their lives I returned to my roots as a hand-embroiderer so that I could work quietly during nap times and at night, but I’m itching to work faster and miss the speed of a machine.

What do you do when you are not at your sewing machine/studio

I take my boys to the beach!

What are your plans for the future?

Build up a body of work for my next exhibition. I’ve been working on some hand embroidered birds. Hopefully I’ll find the time to develop some bird ideas that combine hand and machine embroidery.

Any tips you’d like to share with the Creative Machine Embroidery readers on embroidery, creating or inspiration?

I would like to encourage people to find a way to personalize their embroidery work and try new things. Combining familiar techniques with new ideas can enrich both the work, and the experience.

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To see more of Kirsten’s embroidery and textile art:

Kirsten Chursinoff, Textile Artist (on Facebook)

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CME 4th of July Freebies!

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Seems hard to believe but 4th of July is only a few days away. Get ready for  BBQ’s and summer fun with these FREE projects from Creative Machine Embroidery and Sew News.

Get this FREE 4th of July embroidery design to decorate tote bags, lawn blankets, napkins, beach towels the sky’s the limit. Get it FREE until July 15th.

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If you would like the entire CME Fireworks Collection please visit The collection is  15.00 for 6 unique firework designs in small and large sizes for a total of 12 designs in all.

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Decorate for summer! Instead of spending money on a BBQ cover, make your own with our Protect and Serve project. You can do as we’ve done and make it in a 4th of July theme or use year round appropriate colors like black, brown or grey to keep your grillin’ investment covered and protected throughout the year.

protect and serve 200 CME 4th of July Freebies!Dress up the picnic table with this fun table runner and napkin setBBBQ 200 CME 4th of July Freebies!Or make an patriotic table set with an easy to make bunting that can be used as a wall hanging too.

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And, to announce the winner of last week’s Wednesday Giveaway the winner is Sandra C. I will be in touch with you shortly to tell you how to claim your prize.

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Christmas In July – A fun contest from Quiltmaker + Wednesday Giveaway

CIJ14logo Christmas In July    A fun contest from Quiltmaker + Wednesday Giveaway Our sister publication Quiltmaker is holding a fun contest called Quiltmaker’s Christmas in July.

Below are their details and please go to their website to enter Quiltmaker’s Christmas in July.

There are 8 winners! Each prize package is worth over $558.

CIJ14quilts 500 Christmas In July    A fun contest from Quiltmaker + Wednesday Giveaway Each person will win one holiday-themed quilt tops (plus backing and binding to finish) and beautiful fabric from:

• Clothworks
• Hoffman California Fabrics
• Moda Fabric
• Northcott
• P&B Fabric
• Quilting Treasures
• Robert Kaufman
• Timeless Treasures

AND winners will also receive the following wonderful prizes:

• Three pattern book set from AccuQuilt
• Variegated thread set from Connecting Threads
• Quilt Ruler Upgrade Kit from Guidelines4Quilting
• Free-Motion Machine Quilting for Beginners DVD featuring Helen Godden from Handi Quilter
• 18 spool box of Cotona thread from Madeira
• Handwork Sampler: Printable Sticky Fabri-Solvy and 6 popular colors of Sulky 12-wt. Cotton Petites 50-yd spools from Sulky

To enter the Christmas in July contest please go to

The contest will be open from 2:00 pm MST on 5/29/14 until 11:59 pm MST on 8/5/14.

Are you ready for Wednesday Giveaway?

Since we have a quilting theme going on, lets’ stick with it! Up for Wednesday Giveaway is 3 quilting books from Patchwork Place. To enter into this contest enter a comment about how you keep cool while sewing in the hot months of summer.

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One winner will be announced next Wednesday!

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FREE Cutwork Design + Tips from Penny Muncaster-Jewell

Penny Muncaster-Jewell has a beautiful project in the latest Creative Machine Embroidery magazine.

Unique Technique: Cutwork Part 1 on page 54 will take you through step-by-step to beautiful cutwork designs you can do yourself.

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Plus, we’ve got a freebie too! Download the clamshell bitmap image and the embroidery desing for FREE from until October 31, 2014.

As an extra bonus Penny herself has some tips for you in creating your own cutwork designs. Read on:

  • When I am creating cutwork designs (or in fact any designs where there are multiple layers overlapping each other, such as applique) I often create each layer in a separate file and also in a different color thread!
  • Since the layers are created from the same image they will align up perfectly. Then when I put them together, if I can see a yellow thread which is in layer one and should not be visible, I know which layer to fix.
  • I also do my test stitch out using the different colors so that I can also quickly identify a naughty stitch and where it is from.
  • Once I know every stitch is behaving and nicely hidden I stitch it out using a single color. Using the different colors to just take the machine stop in-between layers. Hope this helps you when you are working with multiple overlapped layers.

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What are your tips for working with cutwork designs?

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Bernina announces the 2 winning designs for its faceplate contest

BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to announce the winners from its Faceplate Face-off contest that allowed Facebook fans to choose two faceplate designs for the 2015 BERNINA 350 Special Edition (B 350 SE).  Ricky Tims and Tula Pink’s designs were chosen from among 10 entries submitted by the sewing industry’s best designers.  The contest ran from Monday, March 17 through Tuesday, April 14.

Additionally, one lucky Facebook fan who voted was randomly selected to win a B 350 SE featuring the design receiving the most votes.  Brenda P. of Pensacola, Fla. will receive a B 350 SE with the faceplate designed by Ricky Tims.

“We congratulate Tula Pink and Ricky Tims on their winning designs and Brenda for winning the B 350 drawing,” said Paul Ashworth, President of BERNINA of America.  “We also thank all of the designers and BERNINA Facebook fans who participated in the contest.  BERNINA has a great relationship with the artisans in this industry and our customers, and the overwhelming response to the contest helped illustrate that.”

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Tula Pink graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. After graduating she worked as an exhibit designer for museums in Los Angeles and then got involved in the music industry.  She later moved east to focus on fabric design and sewing, where she designed her first collection in her living room.  Today, Tula works for Free Spirit Fabrics.

Ricky Tims has successfully blended two diverse passions into one very unique and interesting career with his love of music and quilting.  He is known in the international world of quilting as a best-selling author, enthusiastic and encouraging teacher, an award-winning quilter, fabric designer, and a talented and spellbinding speaker.  His innovative and entertaining presentations feature live music and humor combined with scholarly insights and wisdom.  Ricky’s quilts have been displayed worldwide and are highly regarded as excellent examples of contemporary quilts with traditional appeal.

FP RickyTims Bernina announces the 2 winning designs for its faceplate contestThe B 350 SE comes equipped with six full shank presser feet, a slide-on extension table to quickly increase the work area, and the BERNINA Free Hand System (FHS), which is a knee-operated lever that raises the presser foot, lowers the feed dogs and releases the thread tension at the same time.  Other accessories included with the B 350 SE are the BERNINA Walking Foot #50 and the BERNINA Free-motion Quilting Foot #29C.  MSRP for the B 350 SE is $1,899.
The machine also comes equipped with 115 stitches, a maximum sewing speed of 900 stitches per minute and a stitch width up to 5.5 mm.  It has a direct-selection function with a bright LCD screen that allows sewists to switch quickly between 20 utility stitches, 52 decorative stitches and 11 quilting stitches.  In addition, a high-precision buttonhole function with two programmed buttonhole styles will give users the ability to sew buttonholes of the exact same length every time.  The B 350 SE has memory space to permanently store up to 30 stitch-pattern combinations, and a bright LED sewing light.

BERNINA’s 3 Series line of machines is ideal for beginner and more experienced sewists.  The B 350 SE is an outstanding choice for everyday mending jobs and alterations, as well as creative sewing and quilting.  With simple, intuitive handling, first-class functioning and solid, Swiss-quality construction, the B 350 SE will provide continued enjoyment for the sewist making the transition from simple to more complicated projects.

Founded in Switzerland more than 100 years ago, BERNINA is the world’s premier manufacturer with a proven reputation for offering state-of-the-art sewing and embroidery systems, sergers and embroidery software.  BERNINA’s leadership is marked by an impressive number of industry leaders, influencers and artisans who chose to partner with the company.  BERNINA products are sold in the United States through a network of approximately 450 fully trained independent dealerships.  In 2008, the company introduced the revolutionary BERNINA 830, a machine designed to change the home sewing industry. 

To learn more and to find a dealer, visit or call (630)978-2500.

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Quilters Need To Know Webinar

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Diane Tomlinson on May 29th will walk you through an hour of tips and techniques that will not only save you time, but also improve on your quilting skills.

Here is what you’ll learn with Diane Tomlinson’s Quilters Need To Know webinar:

  • How to figure the finished size of the quilt you want to make.
  • How to calculate yardage for your quilt.
  • How to figure the diagonal measurements of standard blocks.
  • How to figure and cut diagonal setting pieces for diagonal-set quilts.
  • Ruler to decimal conversions
  • The math of an eight-pointed star and how to size it.
  • Quick cutting guidelines for patchwork pieces
  • Step by step instructions on how to make and apply regular binding & make bias  binding from a square of fabric.

Who should attend?

  • Beginners and experienced quilters
  • Quilt class teachers
  • Shop owners
  • Editors and designers writing patterns

Can’t make the live event? Don’t worry! Your registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for one year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation. You will receive a copy of the recorded presentation in an email that goes out within 1 week after the live event.

Diane Tomlinson is Associate Editor at Fons & Porter. She loves her job meeting and working with the designers who provide all of the beautiful quilts readers enjoy in every issue of Fons & Porter magazines.  She is a fourth generation sewer and quilter, designer, and art enthusiast.  For Diane, it’s all about the design, color, and making! She enjoys teaching and encouraging quilters to learn new skills and enabling them to design and create their own treasures to hand down to future generations.

Cost: 19.99 for an hour of professional quilting instruction.

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