29 Mar 2017
March 29, 2017

For the Love of Pets

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The Puyallup WA Sewing & Stitchery Expo is fondly known as the biggest sewing party in North America. As a Pacific Northwest resident, I have the privilege of attending and usually teaching each year.  The special events at the show are always incredibly fun, too. This year, I had a really paw-riffic time making a.. read more →

16 Mar 2017
March 16, 2017

The Legacy of Quilting

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March is National Quilting Month in the USA and on Saturday, March 18th, quilters everywhere will also celebrate Worldwide Quilting Day. The legacy of quilting has had an amazing, heartfelt, hands-on impact in our nation and the history is rich. Come with me on a little journey! Quilting Connects Us to the Past We often.. read more →

Those who sew and quilt are the most generous people I’ve known. There’s something about hands-on making  that expands our hearts and inspires us to reach out to others. Our Sewing Superpowers can enrich lives around the world through charitable sewing! Little Dresses for Africa My fabulously generous friend Barbara, has been making Little Dresses.. read more →

It’s time to put it all together!  To finish our Quilt Along, Designer Cheryl Adam has instructions for adding the sashing and borders to the beautiful galaxy of paper pieced stars. It’s the LAST BLOCK in our Quilt Along and it is a beauty! Here’s Block 5: From designer Cheryl Adam: Our last block is.. read more →

It’s the LAST BLOCK in our Quilt Along and it is a beauty! Here’s Block 5: From designer Cheryl Adam: Our last block is the biggest and brightest star with many planets circling it, much like our own sun.  This may be the center of our new galaxy when our star dies.  Although it has.. read more →

Block 4 in our Milky Way Paper Piecing Quilt Along is a beauty with long points reaching out through the heavens. Cheryl describes Block 4 this way: This star throws long beams of light out into the universe as it travels through the not so dark night sky.  Don’t let the skinny pieces scare you. .. read more →

Block 3 in our Milky Way Quilt along has a new color palette and is more challenging. Here’s what Cheryl has to say about it: This is the most complicated looking block so it must be the big important star in the sky.  Although there are lots of pieces, it will go together easily as.. read more →

How did your first block turn out? Be sure to post and tag #Coatsquiltalong so we can see your progress!  Drumroll, please! Here is Block 2. Cheryl Adam, designer of the Milky Way quilt, describes her inspiration for Block 2 this way: This star is spinning through the universe trying to avoid collision with another space.. read more →

Join us for our Milky Way Wall Hanging Quilt Along featuring paper-piecing! Are you ready? Here is the first block!                               Cheryl Adam, designer of the Milky Way quilt, describes her inspiration for Block 1 this way: “I imagine this star.. read more →

Join us for our Milky Way Wall Hanging Quilt Along featuring paper-piecing. This colorful quilt was designed by Cheryl A. Adam. We asked Cheryl what was her inspiration for the design and why she selected paper piecing to create it. “I love to be in the country, away from all the city lights, and gaze.. read more →

Is your sewing group or guild planning a special get-together this Summer? Even if you don’t belong to a formal group, this is a great time of year to gather your friends for a Summer Sewing Soiree! Have you ever sewn outside? It’s a blast and this could be a deck or patio party. Your.. read more →

Let’s hold a Love of Quilting Party! The encouragement and inspiration we gain through a community of like-minded sewists is a huge part of what keeps us quilting, isn’t it? Even if you follow quilting blogs or participate in quilting on social media, nothing compares to warm, smiling faces and in-person quilting support! March is.. read more →

In her book, Vintage Notions, Amy Barickman, owner of Indygo Junction, shared a small piece of history of her muse Mary Brooks Picken, and the school she founded, The Women’s Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences. Mary Brooks Picken is special to us at Coats & Clark, because she was the author of some of.. read more →

29 Feb 2016
February 29, 2016

Sewcial Sewing Retreat

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Sewing is fun! That’s no surprise to anyone reading this, but do you know what is more fun? Sewing with your friends. Okay, that’s not a surprise either, but we all know sewing isn’t an activity that allows us to do that very easily. It sounds like a great idea until you are lugging your.. read more →

This weekend at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup Washington, Coats & Clark will be sponsoring Quilter’s Night Out.  We are particularly excited that Mary Fons will be the speaker for the evening. Her topic, “You call THAT a quilt” promises to be entertaining and educational. Here is a message from Mary. We are.. read more →

QuiltCon2016 Pasadena

FreeSpirit and Coats are excited to be Platinum Sponsors of QuiltCon 2016 in Pasadena, California. Presented by the Modern Quilt Guild, QuiltCon is the largest modern quilting show of its kind featuring hundreds of modern quilts, dozens of lectures and workshops by leading modern quilters, shopping and more! FreeSpirit brings together a global portfolio of.. read more →

It’s time for the final post in our four-part sew-along series! In case you missed it, here are the first three posts: Gather your supplies Sew a skirt Fabric Fun Today we’re talking about how to tweak this pattern to make a different skirt every time. Try out one of these variations or come up.. read more →

In case you missed the announcement, we’re hosting a mini sew-along for National Sewing Month! In this four-part series, I’ll walk you through all of the steps to make your very own skirt – or a closet full of them!  The first post was all about how to gather your supplies, so go check that.. read more →

In case you missed the announcement, we’re hosting a mini sew-along for National Sewing Month! In this four-part series, I’ll walk you through all the steps to make your very own skirt – or a closet full of them! The first post was all about how to gather your supplies, so go check that out.. read more →

Sewing Secrets welcomes Heather Valentine, owner and designer of The Sewing Loft blog. Each week in September, Heather will be taking you through making this simple skirt. September is National Sewing Month and what could be a better time than to challenge yourself to try something new. To get started, I’ve put together a simple.. read more →

02 Feb 2015
February 2, 2015

10 Charity Sewing Tips

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Sewers are blessed with many skills and those skills can be shared in many ways to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Here are 10 tips for organizing a charity sewing project: Consider working on charity projects with a group of sewing friends. Whether you’re an organized group like the American Sewing Guild, or simply.. read more →

If you will be attending Fall Quilt Market in Houston, TX this month, mark your calendars for a fun afternoon with our expert panelist for the debut of The Thread!! Joining us for a “modern chatfest about Coats Thread” with amazing bloggers Susan Beal, Becky Jorgensen and Amy Gibson from our industry. Friday, October 24th 3:45pm –.. read more →

Jessica Abbott, of the Sewing Rabbit, and Celina Bailey, of Petit à Petit & Family, have teamed up to create STYLO, a new stylish magazine full of interviews with designers, tutorials, and photography that will make you want to pick up a needle and thread to create your own kidswear. Here’s a look at Issue One. We.. read more →

08 Feb 2014
February 8, 2014

Pillowcase Fun

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Pillowcases are possibly the most fun you can have with a yard of fabric. They make wonderful gifts; after all, everyone has a pillow, right? While a yard of 45″-wide quilting cotton is just the right size for making a standard pillowcase, there’s so much more fun to be had by embellishing the pillowcase with.. read more →

07 Feb 2014
February 7, 2014

Vintage Rag Dolls

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“Made to be Loved” was a leaflet published by Coats & Clark in 1955. We thought it would be a great “Then and Now” project for February as we are celebrating “Make It for Others”. These soft durable dolls could be donated to shelters, hospitals or law enforcement agencies that provide stuffed toys to children in traumatic.. read more →

Right now we have our gaze set on the magic being created over at Pretty Prudent, a lifestyle blog created by two moms, Jamie and Jacinda, that features all kinds of stylish, whimsical, modern (and retro) sewing tutorials for grown ups and kids. Once you’ve landed on their site, you’ll stay there, spending hours and.. read more →

24 Jan 2014
January 24, 2014

Quilt Along 2014- Leaf Quilt

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Join us in making this beautiful quilt this year. Start now and it will be completed when the fall leaves begin to turn. Each block is a leaf design. This quilt combines applique, free motion embroidery, decorative stitches, paper piecing and more. Links to each Block pattern are listed below.   We challenged quilt designer.. read more →

Most of our sewing projects are practical and fun, everyday things we find that we need and discover we can make ourselves! We love the practicality of our skills in sewing, and how useful that skill can be when you’re in a bind or in need of something original in your wardrobe. No matter how.. read more →

Greetings, Sewing Secrets Followers: A big ‘thank you’ goes to Coats & Clark for inviting me to participate as a guest on the ‘Sewing Secrets’ blog. I appreciate the opportunity to share some of my thoughts about sewing and quilting with you. In chapter six of my debut novella, ‘A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom,’ a colorful.. read more →

The annual “Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks” Special Issue is something we look forward to every year! 100 blocks from today’s top designers is something you do not want to miss and you can win a Collector’s Edition by commenting here! Enter for a chance to win a copy of “Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol.8” and a special.. read more →

Hey everyone! I’m Jennifer Mathis, a pattern designer, modern sewist and blogger at Ellison Lane. I’m delighted to be guest blogging today at Sewing Secrets sharing all about my recent trip to Houston for International Quilt Market. It was my first trip to market and boy what a whirlwind! Quilt Market is a total burst.. read more →

We look forward to the One Million Pillowcase Challenge  from the folks at American Patchwork & Quilting. The great thing about this challenge is that it benefits so many local causes. We have had an opportunity to see just how much these pillowcases mean to children who receive them through our involvement with Mary Bridge’s.. read more →

Sew South was a BIG success!   Lots of sewing, creating, laughing and FUN!  Want to see for yourself? Take a look a this video to get a feel for what Sew South is all about.      Sew South has some very gracious sponsors and friends that sent some FABULOUS swag and today I’m.. read more →

Would you like to win this gorgeous bundle of Michael Miller Gingham fat quarters from Westwood Acres? How about a this amazing little set of jewelry tools from Whimseybox? You can also win a Storybook Set of Coats and Clark thread! One lucky winner will win all three of these prizes! But hurry, because you.. read more →

This Saturday, March 16, is Worldwide Quilting Day! My guild, PMQG, organized a fun fabric shopping and sewing day last year in Portland, Oregon for National Quilting Day in 2012, but this year the celebration has gone global. “So many international quilt and fabric shops contacted me after hearing about National Quilting Day last year,.. read more →

By Susan Beal Saturday and Sunday were both packed days at Quiltcon! I was lucky to have some free hours to see some of the magnificent quilts in the show on Saturday, after two great classes, fabric shopping, and lots of lectures kept me busier the first couple of days. The Quiltcon show included about.. read more →

We asked Susan Beal to be our “roving reporter” at QuiltCon last week. Here is part 1 of her report   I’m so happy to be here at Quiltcon, on my first visit to Austin, Texas, representing the Portland Modern Quilt Guild! This is a beautiful show and two days in I haven’t even come.. read more →

We’re thrilled to announce our Coats and Clark holiday guest blogging and pinning series. Some of your favorite sewing experts, designers, and bloggers will be sharing and inspiring us with holiday themed articles and amazing pins. We begin with Liesl Gibson, the designer and author behind the oh so loved brand Oliver + S. She’ll.. read more →

06 Dec 2012
December 6, 2012

Spool Quilt Along Wrap Up

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Are you ready to complete this beautiful Quilt? This month we have posted the last installment- creating the sashing, joining the blocks and putting the quilt together. We appreciate all of you who have quilted along through this process. Sashing and Assembly Instructions Wouldn’t it be great to see a gallery of all of the.. read more →

WINNER: DIANE H. !! CONGRATULATIONS!! We are big fans of Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch’s popular sewing blog, Gertie’s New Blog For Better Sewing.  Gretchen has a talent for making what might seem like intimidating sewing techniques to the novice easy to understand with her step by step tutorials. You have seen her tutorials here on Sewing Secrets. Now.. read more →

Many Sandy victims in New York City and surrounding areas are living without power, desperately trying to keep warm. Reports from the hardest-hit areas are that folks are in need of warm garments to make it through–and making matters worse, temperatures in the area have dropped this week. It is really starting to feel like.. read more →

24 Oct 2012
October 24, 2012

Sewing Summit Round-Up

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  Last week we had so much fun at Sewing Summit. We met sewing and quilting bloggers face-to-face that we knew “on-line”. It’s so much fun to see what other’s have made. We snapped a picture of this great tote belonging to one of the attendees.  It sums up three big trends that we saw–Hexagons, hand.. read more →

18 Oct 2012
October 18, 2012

Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt

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Even though it’s almost Halloween, you don’t have to dress like a pirate to hunt this treasure! The Nov/Dec issue (paper or digital) of Quiltmaker Magazine is your map.  Each ad by a sponsor will help lead you to the Treasure Hunt button on the sponsor’s website. Enter Quiltmaker’s biggest contest ever for a chance to win.. read more →

Introducing the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Girls Night Out Blogger Get Together! We are co-sponsoring this event that will bring together some of our favorite sewing bloggers and you have an opportunity to join in the fun.  Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Girl’s Night Out is an event where bloggers will gather to unite the on-line.. read more →

24 Sep 2012
September 24, 2012

We have a new Banner!!

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by Rebecca Kemp Brent   It’s a banner day at my house! I’ve been asked to stitch a new banner for Sewing Secrets. With colorful fabrics on hand and zakka style inspirations – and lots of wonderful threads to choose from – I’m ready to go.   First we chose a font. Digitizing software provides.. read more →

11 Sep 2012
September 11, 2012

Spool Quilt Along- Block 7

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By Lucy A. Fazely Welcome to Coats and Clark 200th Anniversary Quilt Along.Coats and Clark asked me to design an quilt to celebrate their two centuries of providing quality threads to sewers, crafters and quilters. What pattern could be more appropriate than the spool block? Celebrate with Coats and Clark by making this quilt and be.. read more →

13 Aug 2012
August 13, 2012

Make My Monday Winners

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Make My Monday Give-away Each Monday we will select one lucky Coats and Clark Facebook fan to win one of our 200th Anniversary Tins filled with a “Mystery Prize”. Here are the winners to date: July 30      Lacey Doyle August 6  Kay Sumpter August 13  Jill Schroeder Hicks August 20 Pat Feuerbacher August 27 Kimberly.. read more →

01 Aug 2012
August 1, 2012

Sidonia’s Thread

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About a year ago, Hanna Marcus contacted us about using excerts from a sewing book that Coats & Clark had published in the 1960’s for a book she was writing about her mother. Hanna shared with us a little about how she came to write the book, Sidonia’s Thread and her mother’s story: We know.. read more →

Make My Monday! It’s our anniversary, but you get the prizes! We want to make the next 20 Mondays fun by awarding a prize to a lucky Facebook fan each week. To add to the excitement each prize will be hidden in our 200th anniversary tin. Each winner will receive a tin, plus the prize.. read more →

Welcome to the first of in a series of 4 learn-to-sew projects by Elizabeth Hill. Tweens love to sew with scraps. This Sew Easy Strip Pieced Mini Shoulder Bag builds on the idea of sewing small scraps together using the presser foot as the seam guide. It is a perfect project for developing good straight.. read more →

We were amazed by the story that Marie Hall shared on our 200th Anniversary website. She created a beautiful quilt that told the story of how her family history and Coats & Clark’s history were intertwined. We asked her for more details and, of course, pictures, which she was kind enough to share. Here is her.. read more →

Bonnie Keller recently took home the Coats & Clark Wall Handworkmanship Award at the AQS Show in Paducah, Kentucky. Bonnie loves designing, creating and working with fabric from intricate hand work to portrait quilts to art quilts. Her winning quilt, Creme de la Creme is an amazing work of art and quilting. We asked Bonnie.. read more →

The well loved design and style blog Handmade Charlotte has teamed up with Coats and Clark to bring you fresh ideas and original projects. She writes weekly for Babble, Momtastic, Dotcoms For Moms, and Evos. 2011 was a very exciting year for author/designer Rachel Faucett. Rachel designed a mini collection for Anthropologie and collaborated with.. read more →

26 Mar 2012
March 26, 2012

Trade Card Winner

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The winner of a set of our newly issued Advertising Trade Cards is Carol in E TN. Watch for another give-away this week! read more →

In the late 1800’s both the Clark and Coats families had factories in the United States and selling agents representing their threads. One popular form of advertising of the day were trade cards.Advertising trade cards promoted the new thread.The original cards were issued in the late 1800’s and featured children, flowers, and other popular art.. read more →

People who sew are just “sew” special!! We look forward every year to attending the Sewing Expo in Puyallup Washington. The show is held at the Western Washington fairgrounds and the buildings are a little spread out so.. Enter the people movers!! These handsome tractors “haul” the attendees from one building to the next which.. read more →

By Lucy A. Fazely Welcome to Coats & Clark 200th Anniversary Quilt Along.Coats & Clark asked me to design an quilt to celebrate their two centuries of providing quality threads to sewers, crafters and quilters. What pattern could be more appropriate than the spool block? Celebrate with Coats & Clark by making this quilt and.. read more →

Coats & Clark is celebrating its 200th Anniversary this year! In 1812, Patrick Clark built the first mill for making cotton thread in Paisley, Scotland and the rest, as they say is history!! Read all about it in our on-line history museum: Coatsandclark200years.com. We launched our celebration at the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Trade.. read more →

16 Aug 2011
August 16, 2011

Sewing Month Sew Along

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We are celebrating National Sewing Month with a month-long sew along. Learn new sewing techniques and have some creative fun during the FreeSpirit Fabric and Coats & Clark® Sew Along celebrating September’s National Sewing Month. The sew-along will be hosted by BurdaStyle. Designer Tula Pink will share a multitude of ways to rev up the.. read more →

16 Mar 2011
March 16, 2011

Pro-Am Sewing Exhibition

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Coats & Clark sponsored a Pro-Am Sewing Exhibition at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup Washington. We wanted to plan an event that would promote sewing, showcase the talents of the fantastic instructors and people from the sewing industry who are at the expo each year and that would be entertaining. After much brainstorming.. read more →

> We had the privilege of sponsoring a charity event at the recent Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup (it’s near Tacoma!) Washington last week. Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital was the benefactor and received the proceeds from ticket sales to our Pro-Am Sewing Exhibition. But all expo attendees had the opportunity to get involved by.. read more →

We are excited about the Pro-Am Sewing event we are sponsoring this year at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA. The Expo is March 3-6, the Pro-Am event is Sunday, March 6. The concept is that teachers and authors from the sewing industry (aka Sewing Stars) have been paired with a sewing rookie… read more →

26 Jan 2011
January 26, 2011

Coats & Clark on Facebook

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Join Coats & Clark’s on Facebook! This Facebook page brings together those who love to sew and quilt using threads from Coats & Clark. We will be sharing sewing how-to’s and tips, news from the sewing & quilting world and things that we think you may find interesting related to sewing, quilting, thread and Coats.. read more →

Red Wool Needlecase Women who sew share a special kinship when it comes to the cause of Breast Cancer Awareness and searching for a cure. Through sewing, we are able to make a sister a little more comfortable and to let her know we care. I’d like to share with you a very special gift.. read more →

As of late, there seems to be so many natural disasters which leave people with literally the shirts on their backs. Earthquakes, floods and hurricanes occupy the news and give us reason to pause. Sewers, generous by nature, love to share their abilities with others by using this wonderful lifeskill to give back. Such was.. read more →

05 Feb 2010
February 5, 2010

Voting for Pink Red Challenge

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Voting will begin Monday, February 8. We have almost 100 entries!! We will post the link here on Monday to take you to the slideshow on Burdastyle, or you may go directly to Burdastyle.com. Remember, in order to vote, you must be a member of Burdastyle. Membership is free and simple to do. Burdastyle is.. read more →

This weekend, in the blustery corner of the world called Kent, OH, Coats & Clark will sponsor the second annual Project Runway type Design Challenge at the Kent State Univeristy Shannon Rodgers & Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design. Initiated by Coats & Clark, the scholarship program brings the world of sewing and the pressures.. read more →

22 Jan 2010
January 22, 2010

Pink & Red Challenge Prizes

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Are you planning to enter the Pink & Red On-line challenge? Would these prizes for the top vote getter entice you to enter? You have one week left to send your image to submissions@burdastyle.com or upload it directly to BurdaStyle.com.The details are in our last post. One question that we have gotten is can the.. read more →

08 Jan 2010
January 8, 2010

Pink & Red On-line Challenge

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Coats & Clark is sponsoring a Pink & Red Fashion event to benefit the American Heart Association and The American Cancer Society at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA, February 28. Heart disease and breast cancer are the two biggest silent killers of women and we would like to raise awareness and support.. read more →

Happy New Year! With the start of a new decade, comes many new opportunities to involve those in the world of sewing with our thread. One such, is the Independent Handbag Designer Awards. This year, Coats & Clark is sponsoring the Best Handmade Handbag category. What is so exciting about this opportunity is Coats &.. read more →

04 Dec 2009
December 4, 2009

Pink & Red Fashion Show!

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The Sewing & Stitchery Expo held February 25-28 in Puyallup, WA is the largest consumer sewing show in the country. Last year, for the first time the show held a Charity Fashion Show at 8:30 AM on Sunday morning. Organizers were worried that people would not come to the early morning Go RED Fashion show… read more →