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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December Designer of the Month Pat Sloan

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Hi I’m Pat Sloan the Aurifil Designer of the Month coordinator AND the featured designer for December! I decided to ask you what you want to know about me over at my blog a few weeks ago. Fun right?

It turns out there are a lot of questions, so I put half of them here, and half on my blog with my version of all 12 Aurifil blocks done in my Bobbins and Bits fabric. CLICK HERE to see.

I’m always sharing which of my radio shows the featured designer is on, well you can hear me on ALL the shows.. wink! To Listen to my All Quilting radio/podcast show CLICK HERE.

EACH MONTH we will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 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 Flickr page in the winner topics.

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Meet Designer Pat Bravo

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Hi I’m Pat Sloan the Aurifil Designer of the Month coordinator. I’m so pleased to have a chance to interview Pat Bravo, the designer of  “Rock and Romance”, the fabric line the DOM Team used to create the monthly block.  Pat and her husband Walter own Art Gallery Fabrics. That is where Pat and her staff create beautiful fabrics for all of us to use!

EACH MONTH we will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 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 Flickr page in the winner topics.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/2013aurifildom/

Let’s get to know Pat!

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Aurifil 30th Anniversary

aurifil 30 anniversary alex and elena Hi I’m designer and radio show host Pat Sloan here to tell you about Aurifil Thread’s awesome 30th Anniversary! First meet Elena Gregotti the CEO of Aurifil USA and Alex Veronelli the Marketing Manager. these are the two people that lead the company to bring you amazing Aurifil thread! The past few weeks in Houston we had so much fun celebrating their Anniversary. aurifil team 2 Elena, Alex, myself and Kim Neidzwiecki, the social media manager, all popped in and out of the Aurifil booth at the trade show. alex elly elena And everyone was delighted to finally meet Elly Destro the sales and marketing specialist who works with the quilt shops! pat sloan golfing The Aurifil team set up a mini golf game.. ‘put put’ for Aurifil thread!  It took me some practice.. but I got better! aurifil 2013 golf game houston And the games continued all during Festival in Houston with loads of special guests showing up. Here are just a few of the celebrities that played golf for our 30th Anniversary. Hanspeter Ueltschi the president of Bernina (click here for a cool article), Jerry Granata, Marti Mitchell, and Victoria Findlay Wolfe! Click over to the Aurifil Facebook page for tons of fun photos from the 2 weeks in Houston! aurifil 30 anniversary party 1 Every anniversary needs a party! Alex and Elena set up the party at the Four Season’s hotel… many wonderful friends of Aurifil Arrived for the celebration! We certainly love the Electric blue of Moda President Mark Dunn‘s jacket! aurifil 30 anniversary party 2 I was super delighted to introduce my good friends on this special party night! aurifil 30 anniversary party 3 There was amazing food, great wine, two magicians and a lady doing awesome caricatures!

I hope you enjoyed meeting the people who make Aurifil amazing!

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November Designer of the Month Laurie Tigner

2013 Nov aurifil designer buttonHi I’m Pat Sloan the Aurifil Designer of the Month coordinator. November’s Designer of the month is award winning Quilter Laurie Tigner. Laurie’s work is show stopping. It’s not wonder she has won countless awards for her quilts. I’ve interviewed Laurie twice and you MUST listen in! The first time she revealed what happened when she attended her first quilt show, super funny!! And she also talks about using fabrics other than cotton. Want to know how she get’s that shine to her quilts? Well it’s not cotton!

Laurie has been on my Radio show Oct 1, 2012 and July 15, 2013. To Listen to my show CLICK HERE. then scroll down until you see the Green “Disco” ball. Once the shows load.. scroll the radio player to the date Laurie was on the show with me.

EACH MONTH we will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 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 Flickr page in the winner topics.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/2013aurifildom/

Let’s meet Laurie!

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