Meet Designer Pat Bravo

2013 aurifil designer Pat Bravo

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.

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Let’s get to know Pat!

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Aurifil Hey Girl Slogan Game for our 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 Alex Veronelli the Brand Jedi of Aurifil and Elena Gregotti the CEO of Aurifil USA.. 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! Aurifil 30 anniversary prize You know Aurifil likes to celebrate in STYLE! Moda Fabrics has partnered with Aurifil and I to host a super fun GAME The “Hey Girl” Slogan Game!  What’s it all about?  read on… Aurifil 30 anniversary ufo There was a super fun wave of ‘Hey Girl’ photos with Ryan Gosling that all of us had a super time following (even with quilt ones!) Moda and I challenged Alex to give us a set of photos to caption for their anniversary… Alex asked Jessica http://instagram.com/jekajk to take some fun photos of him around town in Italy so that we can add slogans And then we had some fun..

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Now for the Contest …. Aurifil 30 anniversary slogan template2 On our flickr page we have THREE photo options. CLICK HERE Add a fun Aurifil Slogan/Saying.. upload it back to the Flickr page. Or share it on the Aurifil Facebook page. Or just leave a slogan/saying in the comments of the empty photos, or this blog post (we’ll find them!)

We have selected two winners, One received my “Perfect Neutral’s” and the second winner received a mystery box from Moda! THANK YOU EVERYONE for playing!

Are you ready??? (ps.. my favorite is the pizza one so far.. i want a pizza from Italy!  be sure to visit me at my blog HERE and Facebook page HERE)

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.

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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.

Miss Independent Bag

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.

Bee Sweet Bag

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.

Go Go Bag

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

Aurifil 2014 Design team announcement

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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August Designer of the Month Jill Finley

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Hi I’m Pat Sloan the Aurifil Designer of the Month coordinator. August’s Designer of the month is dynamo designer Jill Finley!  Jill designs fabric for Henry Glass, has her own line of patterns, a book, and an Aurifil thread kit that blends with all her beautiful fabric lines.

I had a super time interviewing Jill on my Radio show on January 21, 2013.  I learned all about her love of fabric and applique, and about the ‘poke-a-dot’ product she designed!

 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 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 Jill Finley…

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Modern Holiday Blog Hop and Giveaway!

With summer in full swing, it is the perfect time for thoughts of cooler weather.  It is also time to start to plan out all of the gifts to be stitched for for our loved ones. Amanda Murphy has a wonderful new book filled with ideas of  all sizes to fit your holiday needs.

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Modern Holiday- Deck the Halls with 18 Sewing Projects published by Stash Books may be just what you are looking for to inspire the fun colorful gifts that will make you proud to give more!  Amanda, well know for her beautiful design sense has brought her brand of style to your holiday.

Welcome friends into your home with a bright advent calendar made with Ready, Set Snow by Me and My Sister Designs for Moda Fabrics  is ready with the most adorable yo-yo bows to count down the days!

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Hanging these stockings by the chimney with care will be super simple.  Trying to decide on a favorite will be difficult with these fabulous four designs. The choices include a vertical  zig zag, a horizontal zig-zag, a circle, or a mock hexagon, all fun and perfect for all ages.  The stockings shown are made with Santa’s Workshop by Doodlebug Designs for Riley Blake.

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Winter without a quilt to snuggle under?  Poppycock! Amanda’s Snowfall quilt made with a mix of fabrics from Brrr! by Laurie Wisbrun for Robert Kaufman Fabrics  and Mixmasters by Patrick Lose for Robert Kaufman Fabrics will be the go to quilt when the temperatures start falling.

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This fun Blog Hop will last for two more days so do not miss any of the fun!

Modern Holiday Blog Tour (July 8th-24th)

Monday, July 8th
Stash Books and Amanda Murphy Design

Tuesday, July 9th
Sew We Quilt

Wednesday, July 10th
Sew Sweetness

Thursday, July 11th
Me and My Sister Design

Friday, July 12th
Fat Quarterly

Monday, July 15th
Bernina (We All Sew)

Tuesday, July 16th
Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio

Wednesday, July 17th
Diary of a Quilter

Thursday, July 18th
Ellison Lane Quilts

Friday, July 19th
A Quilting Life

Monday, July 22nd
Aurifil Threads

Tuesday, July 23rd
Laurie Wisbrun/The Scarlet Fig

Wednesday, July 24th
Amanda Murphy Design

The best part of this Blog Hop is that Amanda is kindly giving your holiday a jumpstart by offering a giveaway of a hard copy of Modern Holiday ( or an e-copy for international friends).

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 hard copy ( or an ebook for international friends) and one collection of The Basics Collection by Mark Lipinski.

This giveaway is closed.  Many thanks to everyone that left comments. It was very fun to read all the traditions and memories!

Congratulations!

My favorite holiday tradition is listening to my father read How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Christmas Eve. He’s been doing it for almost 40 years now! Thanks for the chance to win such an awesome prize!