April 2014 Designer of the Month

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Hi this is Designer/Radio show host Pat Sloan! Aurifil is thrilled to have a lot of you joining us for our Designer of the Month program for the first time this year, welcome!  I’d like to explain just a few things about our program

  • What is a Designer of the Month? Aurifil has many wonderful Quilt designers that use our thread on a regular basis. For the last few years we have showcased a designer a month on our blog.  I interview the designer so we get to know them. And the designer gives us a free block that many of you are making as a sampler. If you share your block in the Flickr folder we pick a thread kit winner EVERY MONTH!
  • Is there a full Supply list? No. This is a challenge, there is no supply list. But we have a suggested fabric list to share CLICK HERE And in December I design a setting for the blocks after I see what they look like.
  • Where do I find the Free pattern? The Designer’s free block is ALWAYS in the same spot. At the end of their interview with the PDF to click RIGHT UNDER the block photo. Easy! We do hope you get to know our featured designer with the interview and thank the designer for the gift of a super block!
  • Is there a way to find ALL the Designer blocks from years gone by? Yes! It is the tab on the right sidebar called “Designers of the Month”..Click that for every post in the series.

This year the designer blocks reflect a woman who has given them inspiration.  I am so excited to get to know the inspirations behind our wonderful designers!

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Our April Designer is Angela Yosten! She is an author, has fabric lines with Moda, and is one of our thread kit designers as well.  I asked Angela where she lives and this is what she said “We live in Texas, just north of Dallas. Out in the country… or as our friends like to refer to it as Oklahoma. We have three children, which is where most of my inspiration comes from.”

I have had the pleasure of chatting with Angela on my radio show Dec 9, 2013 and Aug 6, 2012. You can CLICK HERE and scroll back on the player to listen

We have a sew along with a MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!).

And we have an added feature this year of a machine quilting tip from Natalia Bonner. Look for that at the end of each interview!

EACH MONTH we will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the  prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE

Let’s get to it!

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Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander ( winner announced)

Clean lines, bright colors and a fresh feel can be felt from everything that Carolyn Friedlander creates.   This young architect turned away from the traditional to find a way to express her inner artist without boundries.

carolyn-friedlander-photo_largeCarolyn grew up in Lake Wales, Florida on a cattle and citrus ranch, where she spent much of her free time immersed in various creative activities such as drawing, painting, and sewing. She pursued a formal design education in college and graduated with a B.A. in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis in 2006. After a stint in the professional architecture world, Carolyn sought a different occupation, one that would allow her to be wildly creative, utilize her design background, and work with her hands. It so happened that later that year, 2009, she learned to quilt. Though she had long known how to sew, quilting was a revelation to her, as it entailed a whole new set of tools, materials, and, most importantly, creative possibilities. She quickly recognized quilting as a new passion and set out to learn everything she could about the craft. In 2010, she founded her business, Carolyn Friedlander LLC.

Carolyn’s custom machine quilting has received recognition at local and national shows. As a young quilter with a design school background, she was drawn to bright and bold fabrics and saw a need for clean, modern patterns. Thus, she began to create her own patterns. In 2011, she diversified her line by developing a line of art quilt stamps that offer makers new creative opportunities for surface design, and her first fabric line with Robert Kaufman debuted in the fall of 2012. Carolyn’s designs have been featured in many magazines, including Stitch, Love Quilting and Patchwork, Generation Q, and American Patchwork and Quilting.

Carolyn’s newest fabric line for Robert Kaufman Fabrics Botanics is filled with a full spectrum of colours to tonals that can be incorporated into any quilting project.

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Carolyn’s love of designing also has been used to create quilting patterns and fun, one of a kind paper piecing patterns like local.

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Her booth at the International Quilt Market in Houston was filled with her unique designs that truly reflect her origins.

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( booth photo courtesy Katie Blakesley from Swim Bike Quilt)

To compliment her free spirit and her personal design style Carolyn’s Aurifil colors were chosen for a few reasons.

“First, many of them are colors that I go through spool after spool of–like the orangey-reds, blues, grays, yellows and creams. Second, I also incorporated colors that match the colors in my Botanics fabric line. When I first started quilting with this line, I already had the perfect reds, creams, blues, and grays, but what I lacked were the right greens and turquoises to match. Since getting my hands on those, sewing has been super easy, and I wanted to include them in the set.

To sort of wrap things up, it’s the perfect set to work with Botanics, as well as a grouping of my favorite Aurifil colors that I use all the time.”

 

This lovely collection will be offered in two sizes:

The large spool collection is 12, 50wt spools containing 1422 yards each of lushious color!

Colors included in this collection:

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The small spool collection has 10 spools of 50wt containing 220yds each

This collection includes:

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To celebrate this new addition to the Aurifil family, we will be giving a large spool collection away to one lucky winner! And to make this giveaway even more spectacular, Our friends at Robert Kaufman are adding in a full fat quarter bundle of Botanics!  Thank you Robert Kaufman Fabrics!

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To enter for your chance to WIN the Aurifil and Robert Kaufman Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander bundle please answer the question ” What is you favorite color to use in quilts?”

For a second entry, like the Aurifil Facebook page, post here that you liked it.   If you already like our Facebook page, thank you so much and please post that in your comment.

For a third entry, follow our Aurifil Pinterest boards, comment here that you follow.  If you are already engaged in all the inspirational pinnings, thank you and please post here that you do follow.

Three possible entries to win this wonderful prize!  This giveaway will close March 31, 2014 at 11pmEST.  A random winner will be chosen and announced on this post on or about April 2.  If you are a no reply blogger please leave your email  in one of your comment posts so we will be able to contact you.

 

 

Thank you so much to everyone for entering the contest!

Congratulations to Elizabeth Timmions who said:

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I love using gray in my quilts! If I had to pick and actual color, lately it is blue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March Designer of the Month Emily Herrick

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Hi this is Designer/Radio show host Pat Sloan! We off to a really fun start this year! The designers blocks have made you happy.. I know because a ton of you have shared your blocks with us! There is a theme for the year, I asked each designer to create a block inspired by a woman who has given them inspiration. 

Our March Designer is Emily Herrick of Crazy Old Ladies Quilts... yes.. that is the name of her company. And what’s even more confusing is she is NOT old.. but maybe she is a tiny bit ‘crazy’.. in a good way… wink! Emily lives in Springville, Utah.. which you’ll see some of those amazing mountains in her photos! I really enjoy Emily’s love of life, her blog posts, her fabric lines and her quilts are happy and fun.. my kind of quiltmaker!

I have had the pleasure of having Emily on my radio show April 30 2012 and. You can CLICK HERE and scroll back on the player to listen

We have a sew along with a MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!).

And we have an added feature this year of a machine quilting tip from Natalia Bonner. Look for that at the end of each interview!

EACH MONTH we will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the  prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE

Let’s get to it!

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Name the New Auricolor Contest ( winner announced)

There is a great excitement in introducing eighteen new colors into the Aurifil collection!  With the new colors, we thought it would be fun to have contests to figure out the new names for the yummy new additions!  The first was run on the Aurifil Facebook page.  It was so much fun and there were an amazing amount of entries and fantastic suggestions!

Now it is time for a new contest to name this lovely pink

Meet the new Aurifil color Fairy Floss!

The winning entry was from

Sweet pink
Pale rose
Fairy floss

Congratulations Sue!

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Entering the contest is easy!  Suggest as many name as you like! The staff at Aurifil will choose the winner and that lucky person will receive a collection of all eighteen of the new colors!

If the winning entry is a name that is suggested more than once, the one that was entered first will be the winner

This contest is open internationally and will close  February 28, 2014 at 11:00 EST. If you are a no reply blogger please enter your contact information in your comment

Victoria Findlay Wolfe Fresh, Modern & Timeless ( winner announced)

Fresh, Modern & Timeless are the perfect combination of adjectives to describe Victoria Findlay Wolfe. An incredibly talented artist, teacher and designer, she has the ability to take the everyday mundane and make it something special.  There are no unattractive fabrics in her stash, every scrap is beauty waiting to be discovered.

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When Victoria is not busy in her studio finding ways to bring her brand of new twists to traditional quilting blocks, you can find her sharing her love for the art of quilting through teaching classes, workshops and lectures throughout the country.

0ea87d2969d80a7e9d9ae8.L._V144489087_SX200_.pngVictoria Findlay Wolfe is a New York City based award winning quilter, designer, author of 15 Minutes of Play (C&T publishing), Founder of NYC MOD quilters, Board member of the International Quilt Association, the Quilt Alliance, and runs several community drives with BumbleBeansBASICS. She is excited to share her series of 12 Double wedding ring quilts, including QuiltCon Best in Show, “Double Edged Love”, in the exhibit “Traditions Made Modern” starting June 2014 at the Wisconsin Quilt museum, and on to the International Quilt Study Center in Nebraska, 2015. Victoria also writes a regular column for The Quilt Life Magazine focusing on Modern quilt making.

Born and raised on a farm in Minnesota, She credits her quilting influences to her grandmother’s double knit crazy quilts that kept her warm, growing up. Her biggest supporters are her husband Michael and daughter, Beatrice.

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Victoria’s choices for her Aurifil collection are a combination of the “palette of colors I find I use over and over in my work, and also what I used for the free download embroidery panel in the medallion joy quilt pattern.”

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The  Fresh, Modern &Timeless large spool collection  includes 12 spools (356 yards each) of Aurifil 12wt. cotton ThreadFresh Modern & Timeless large Fresh Modern & Timeles large open

The small spool collection includes  includes 10 spools (220 yards each) of Aurifil 50wt. cotton thread

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This exciting giveaway is for the Aurifil Fresh Modern & Timeless Collection by Victoria Findlay Wolfe large spool collection in 12wt.

Many thanks to everyone entering the giveaway!  Congratulations to the winner who said…

Sorry, forgot the block, got so excited *blushes*. It’s an intricate star block I’ve seen in an old reference book.”

To enter this contest please leave a comment answering the question “What is your favorite traditional block?”

 

February Designer of the Month Amy Gibson

2014 Brigitte Heitland Amy Gibson Feb Aurifil designer buttonHi this is Designer/Radio show host Pat Sloan! I’m once again honored to be hosting the Aurifil Designer of the Month program.  This year we selected a fresh clear palette of fabrics and I am so excited to see what each person does with them.  I asked each designer to create a block for a woman who has inspired them. I’m looking forward to learning who sparks their creativity this year.

Our February Designer is Amy Gibson from Denver Colorado, her company name is Stitchery Dickory Dock. Amy is an incredible teacher. She hosted the first free Block of the Month for Craftsy and people fell in love with her.  She has had several new workshops there, but her own patterns and sew alongs. I love Amy’s style and how thoughtful she is.

I have had the pleasure of having Amy on my radio show two times. July 8, 2013 and January 7, 2013. You can CLICK HERE and scroll back on the player to listen

We have a sew along with a MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!).

And we have an added feature this year of a machine quilting tip from Natalia Bonner. Look for that at the end of each interview!

EACH MONTH we will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the  prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE

Let’s get to it!

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How to add a photo to the Aurifil Threads Flickr group

With all of the changes to Flickr in the recent months there have been some questions on how to add photos from your Flickr account into your favorite Flickr groups.

Here is a quick tutorial on how to make sure all of your wonderful Aurifil inspired photos are added to the group and make certain you will not miss out on any of the giveaway opportunities or fun in the Aurifil Threads Flickr Group!

To get started, open your  Flickr account and locate Communities on the bar.  Under the Communities heading use the drop down to find the Groups List. Select the Groups list.

The Groups List will take you to all the wonderful groups you currently belong.   Click on the group you wish to share your photo(s).  To share your Aurifil creations click on the photo Aurifil Thread group.

When the group page pops up look next to the group title and there is an +Add Photos button. Click on that button.

This page will appear and you are almost done!  Simply click on the photo(s) you wish to share. You can share six at a time. For this example, I selected ( the photo in pink) my 2013 December Aurifil Designer Block of the Month by the FAB Pat Sloan!  The photo you choose will appear in the “Your Selections” box to the right of the screen.

The final step is to hit the “Add To Group” button at the bottom of the “Your Selections” screen.

There it is in your favorite group!  January’s block is done and shared!

Hope this will help you to be able to share your wonderful creations without creating a headache! Looking forward to seeing all of your Aurifil blocks and please add any other projects that you have made with Aurifil.

January Designer of the Month Brigitte Heitland

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Hi this is Designer/Radio show host Pat Sloan! I’m once again honored to be hosting the Aurifil Designer of the Month program.  This year we selected a fresh clear palette of fabrics and invited a modern designer to create our January block.  I asked each designer to create a block for a woman who has inspired them. I’m looking forward to learning who sparks the creativity in each of these quilt designers this year.

We have a sew along with a MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!).

And we have an added feature this year of a machine quilting tip from Natalia Bonner. Look for that at the end of each interview!

Our January Designer Brigitte Heitland is from Germany and her company name is Zen Chic. If you have been following her work it might have blown your socks off, it does mine! Brigitte has a way of taking modern, clean, and simple lines and making them sing. I find that people who don’t think they do ‘modern’ are buying up .. and making her designs. Her added quilting layer is a brilliant accent to her patchwork.  She has a degree in interior design, which you will instantly notice on her pattern covers. I want to remake my home every time she releases a new photo!

I was lucky enough to be able to interview Brigitte on June 6, 2012. You can CLICK HERE and scroll back on the player to listen

EACH MONTH we will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the  prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE

Let’s get to it!

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2014 Aurifil Designer of the Month Challenge Fabric

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We had a chance for a group photo while in Houston!

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A lot of fun messing around .. almost the entire group was there this time!

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For 2014 we selected this group of fabric for the Design team challenge. The prints are all from “Wishes” by Sweetwater for Moda. Plus the Moda Bella Snow.

Each designer is going to create a 12″ finished block with a modern/clean feel using some of these fabrics and adding in ONE fabric from their stash. I love having that added spark that the designer uses to make the block perfect.

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Many on the design team also design fabric, so you will see some of them making the blocks with their fabric lines, which is what I’m going to do!  I’ll be using my Grey with a bit of the Green and Orange from Bobbins’ and Bits.

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And I love this line so much this pretty bundle is here to inspire me.. ((that’s my story.. you know the rest… wink!))

The first block is from Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic, which will set the tone for the entire year. I will be posting her interview and block the first week in January.

Be sure you are signed up for Aurifil’s newsletter at the top right of this block and mine on the right sidebar of my website!

The Team
Scott Hansen http://bluenickelstudios.com/
Camille Roskelley http://camilleroskelley.typepad.com/
Carrie Nelson http://lavieenrosie.typepad.com/
Emily Herrick http://crazyoldladiesquilts.blogspot.com/
Heidi Pridemore http://heidipridemore.blogspot.com/
Jane Davidson http://quiltjane.blogspot.com/
Pat Sloan http://blog.patsloan.com
Pat Wys http://www.silverthimblequilt.com/blog/
Natalia Bonner http://www.pieceandquilt.com/
Michele Foster http://quiltinggallery.com/blog-posts/
Brigitte Heitland http://www.farbstoff-bridge.blogspot.com/
Angela Yosten http://blog.angelayosten.com/
Amy Smart http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/
Amy Gibson http://www.stitcherydickorydock.com/

Let the fun begin!

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Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day Dec 2013 Camille Roskelley Simplify ( winner announced)

Are ready for Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day featuring Camille Roskelley!

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Camille Roskelley‘s style is graceful and timeless.  Light and bright, clean and happy are the colors that fill her patterns, fabric lines with Moda, her books published by Stash and  her Aurifil thread collections.

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( All photos by Camille Roskelley)

The fantastic giveaway today is for the newest Camille Roskelley large spool collection Simplify. Twelve colors of the finest 50wt cotton with 1422 yards of thread on each spool.

Congratulations to Audrey!  Thank you to everyone for your participation in this fun giveaway and please stay tuned in for more giveaway opportunities in the near future :o)

I love looking at fabric stores, not just to ogle the fabrics, but also to get an idea for awesome color palettes for future quilts. Love! I’m also a huge blog reader.

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