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.

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

Let’s get to it!

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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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Big City Bags Review (winner announced)

We are so very excited with this new book by Sara Lawson!  Aurifil is known for its excellence in piecing and quilting but not very much is shared when it comes to garment and bag making.  Aurifil’s quality is the perfect choice for all of your sewing projects which Sara shares in her new book Big City Bags. Sara used both Aurifil 40wt and 50wt in all of the bags for her book.
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headshot“My name is Sara, and I live with my family in Chicago, Illinois. My son, William, is 7, and my daughter, Violet, is 5-1/2. I love horses, sewing, photography, reading books, Australian Shepherds, and music. The blog was named for one of my favorite Jimmy Eat World songs that I had on a cute pink 7″ record. It just sounded cool with the word ‘sew’ in front of it. :-)

I started blogging because I love sewing, and I am really inspired by the sewing community out in blogland. My blog would not exist if it wasn’t for the wonderful blog Amy Lou Who and for my partner in (fabric) crime, Kim.

My grandmother, my mom, and my aunt all sew. My grandmother is very good at making and altering clothing. I learned the basics when I was in 3rd grade, when my mom taught me and my friend a little sewing class once a week. I made a simple dress, which I proudly wore to school (my friend’s mother did not allow her to wear hers). At the time, I loved all sorts of crafty things, and so sewing took a back seat for a long, long time.

As an adult, I began sewing again when my first child was born. I needed something to occupy my time in the evenings while my baby was asleep, and I found sewing. At first it started out as a weekly goal to complete a little sewn project, but soon I was spending every free hour in the evening sewing. I was obsessed. I laugh because I often show my grandmother my finished bags, and she is always quick to point out that I have twisted a strap, or that my topstitching is not perfect.

Even though I take care of my family during the day and work a part-time job on the weekend, I devote every spare minute and stay up until midnight every night, so that I can work on my bag designs and blog. I have found my calling, and I’ll do whatever it takes to make it happen.

I started designing free bag sewing patterns for Pellon Projects, in late 2011. They include detailed instructions and step-by-step photos. My book, Big-City Bags, was published by Martingale on November 5, 2013. I also produce pdf and paper sewing patterns.

My love for sewing has truly brought me out of my shell. I have always been a shy person, but now I feel confident in myself and in my sewing abilities, and I can now do things that I never in my life would have imagined that I would be doing. I taught two classes at Sewing Summit in 2012, I’ve had patterns appear in magazines (Modern Quilting, Sew News, Stitch, etc.), I have taught lectures and classes at events and guilds, and I’ve even been on Pat Sloan’s ‘American Patchwork and Quilting Radio’ internet show.

I am proud to say that I use By Annie’s Soft and StablePellon interfacings, and Aurifil Thread (usually 40 wt., but I enjoy 50 wt. as well) in all of my bags.”

There are twelve adaptable projects in this book. These bags are designed to be made by everyone in their own personal style.  Sara has a team of testers to make certain that every bag pattern is well written and looks good no matter what fabric is used.

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Throughout the book Sara gives her personal tips for everything from what interfacing to use and why to what kind of fabric glue she uses to make sure your twist locks stay secure.  The pattern pieces are printed in the pages so you do not have to worry about unfolding and refolding, just trace and sew!  The projects in the book have many photos with very detailed instructions for sewers of all skill levels.

Let’s look at some of the fabulous bags you could make from this book.

The Miss Independent Bag is the perfect selection for that girl on the go, with pockets for all of your pens or other work and school related necessities.  It also includes a pattern to protect your laptop that will fit right inside.

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The Bee Sweet Bag is a wonderful choice if you want to really show off that large scale or statement print.  Sara’s bag shown is using Tula Pink’s Flutterby.

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For a purse with a flap and secure clasp closure, Sara offers the Go-Go Bag.  A moderate sized bag that still includes all the storage space you could possibly need. Looking to upgrade from your messenger bag?  This bag looks fabulous no matter if you are in business attire or jeans.

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Sara has graciously offered a signed hardcopy of her book Big City Bags!

To make this giveaway even more exciting there will be also an Aurifil The Basics Collection by Mark Lipinski.  This collection features 12 of Mark Lipinski’s favorite threads, the Basic Collection includes a variety of Aurifil’s outstanding threads in the 12 most versatile colors, each 1422 yards, 50wt.

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One winner will receive one signed copy of Sara Lawson’s book and one collection of Mark Lipinski’s thread collection

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Meet the 2014 Aurifil Design Team

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We are very excited to announce the 2014 Aurifil Design team!

This coming year we will have 12 fantastic blocks designed by this incredible group. Pat Sloan will be our host interviewing each designer and sharing their work with us! This year we have a special guest, quilter Natalia Bonner. Each month Natalia is going to share a machine quilting tip and at the end, she is going to quilt the finished piece!

2014 is going to be a super exciting year, please give our design team a warm welcome and visit their websites all year long!

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/

October Designer of the Month Allison Harris

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Hi I’m Pat Sloan the Aurifil Designer of the Month coordinator. October’s Designer of the month is designer Allison Harris who creates wonderful, doable quilts!  I am always excited to see Allison’s newest creations as they are always quilts I want to make.

Allison has been on my Radio show February 18, 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 Allison 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 Allison Harris…

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September Designer of the Month Kimberly Einmo

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Hi I’m Pat Sloan the Aurifil Designer of the Month coordinator. September’s Designer of the month is Author, Quilt Judge and amazing designer Kimberly Einmo!  She rocks the precuts, makes amazing modern quilts and her tips are awesome.

Kimberly has been on my Radio show Feb 25, 2013 and Oct 1, 2012. You will learn SO MUCH from her! The best tip she shared on my radio show is for jelly rolls. Before you open it, take a lint roller to the top and bottom.. LESS LINT! Love these kinds of tips Plus if you want to take an online class.. see what Kimberly is teaching at Craftsy!

 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 dates Kimberly is on and listen!

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 Kimberly Einmo…

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LUKE! and a special Giveaway

There are some who think a quilt is something to be placed on a bed or sofa, to throw over a chair and to drag out when it gets cold to provide warmth.  For others, the idea that what is providing comfort is also a piece of art is foreign.  Fortunately, in the world of quilting, there are artists with many different styles of quilting that open up the opportunity to create something for every one to enjoy.  They show that the possibilities of quilt art are almost infinite. The quilting community has been taking the art world by storm with artists that are creative, fun, provocative and even scandalous.  These artists are taking art out of the bedrooms, off the sofas and putting it back where it can be seen in galleries and museums.

One of the quilt artists that takes all doubt out of quilting as an art form is LUKE!

luke-profileLUKE Haynes creates scenes, images, portraits and environments out of fabric and thread. Drawing from a tradition of meditative American portraiture, with influences ranging from Chuck Close to Kehinde Wiley, Haynes depicts the images with which we find comfort, constructed within the traditional quilting process, layering found cloth pieces, inscribed by thread. With roots in the American South, and an architectural education at Cooper Union, his work lies within the juncture between form and function, art and craft, quilt tradition and contemporary design culture.
Quilting for 10 years, Haynes has completed almost 200 quilts, the largest to date reached 9×17 feet. His work has been showcased in exhibitions and installations in 15 states and 3 different countries. Haynes gives new life to the tactile American experience. His work is in the collections of the Newark Museum, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Private collection of the Norton Family, and in the lobby of Duke University to name a few. He is coming up on his 60th exhibition.
Haynes was born In Colorado, but grew up primarily in the American South, which was the generative source of his craft and culture. He has lived in 15 States and attended 14 schools creating a foundation of knowledge and human interactions that is ripe within his work. He currently splits his time between New York and Seattle.
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