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!

 

July Designer of the Month Laurie Simpson

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Hi I’m Pat Sloan the Aurifil Designer of the Month coordinator. July’s Designer of the month is the one half of the Minick & Simpson design team, Laurie Simpson. Sisters Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson design fabric together for Moda, you might have seen it.. actually look on your fabric shelf I bet you have some!  Laurie is the quilt maker and Polly is the rug hooker.  They teamed up with Aurifil recently to design thread kits that work perfectly with their fabric lines with Moda.

I had a super time interviewing Laurie and Polly on my Radio show on January 23, 2012. We talked about how they got started and how they work together as a team to develop the fabric and wool lines.  The ‘division of labor’ comes in when you get to making things. Laurie only does quilts and Polly only hooks rugs! They are so fun! 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/

Polly and Laurie decided to let Laurie take over this project, because it’s a quilt, wink! Let’s meet Laurie Simpson

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Seasonal Silhouettes by Edyta Sitar book review and giveaway!

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Inspired by nature and seasonal changes, Edyta brings the ease of raw edge quilting into your hands to create one beautiful quilt block at a time, with no limits on the size of your completed project.  Edyta Sitar‘s newest book Seasonal Silhouettes from Landauer Publishing , features twelve inspirational quilts blocks, one for every month of the year, using raw edge applique with five different block settings for you to decide the final size of your quilt.

Edyta has put together a lovely video to show even more of what her book has to offer

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June Designer of the Month Wencke Wolff Hatling

2013 Wencke Wolff Hatling June Aurifil designer buttonHi I’m Pat Sloan the Aurifil Designer of the Month coordinator. June’s Designer of the month is the ultra talented Norwegian designer Wencke Wolff Hatling. If you have not yet heard of Wencke you are in for a REAL treat my friends. She is an experienced designer, a very enthusiastic shop owner (who does videos for her customers) and her designs are beyond delightful! I’m been happy to call Wencke my friend and you are going to adore her designs.

I interviewed Wenke on my Radio show on March 5, 2012. To Listen CLICK HERE. then scroll down until you see the Green “Disco” ball. Once the shows load.. scroll the radio player and listen!

She did a video as she toured the Aurifil plant.. CLICK TO  see her video and CLICK HERE to her Youtube channel. Some videos are in English, like her interview of me, and some in Norwegian! She also has one of all her new designs in her booth at market.

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 Wencke! (pronounced Ven-Key)

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WINNER of the Aurifil May Designer of the Month drawing!

May Block Solvi01 winner buttonAre you following along with our Designer of the Month Sew Along?

Each month we select a random person that made a block, For May our winner is Solvi from Norway, who has made all the blocks!

What FABULOUS juicy colors she is working with. Put a photo of YOUR finished block in our flickr group and YOU might win the next box of Aurifil thread.. yes a BOX.. a box worth over $120.00 …. just for showing us your block.  Easy eh?

Flickr group – http://www.flickr.com/groups/2013aurifildom/

Past Designer of the Month posts CLICK HERE

Pat-Sloan-LogoFinalsmOur June Designer is up next.. stay tuned…. Your Host.. Pat Sloan

 

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day with Aurifil and cupcakes ( updated with winner announcement)

Welcome to another fun round of the fantastic Giveaway Day hosted by the wonderful Sew Mama Sew.  Twice a year, all the best sewing and craft related giveaways  posted in one spot so you can grab a cup of coffee, start up a film for the kids, kick back, browse and enter for a chance to win everything you could possibly want in your sewing stash.

Do you know what cupcakes and Aurifil have in common?

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MARK LIPINSKI!!!!

“What happens when a great Italian thread maker joins forces with a bold American quilter? You get thread with a passion.

Look, anyone who knows Mark Lipinski knows that I speak my mind and have passion for the truth. I’ve based my quilting career on it. So you can trust that when I put my name on a box of Aurifil thread, it’s not for celebrity or money, but for the pure love of the thread.

When you use a quality thread on your patchwork, quilting and embroidery you know it. And there is no better thread than my personal favorite, Aurifil. Here’s the deal: When I sit down to a project, I want to finish with the least thread breaks, without having to change spools, and produce projects that have the flattest seams and less bulk. I also want a smooth thread, one that’s practically lint free, machine washable and colorfast! Aurifil fits the bill.
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May Designer of the Month Jackie Kunkel!

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Hi I’m Pat Sloan the Aurifil Designer of the Month coordinator. May’s Designer of the month is the fantastic Jackie Kunkel!

Jackie and I have known each other for many years and when we finally meet in person it was in the ladies room at a restaurant in Houston.. really! I can’t make this stuff up.  What I love about Jackie is her use of color. BOLD use of color. She is a master at combing fabrics and making outstanding quilts.

Jackie is so full of information I’ve had her on my radio show several times. She did a super segment on paper piecing that you will want to listen to! CLICK HERE to listen When you get to the page scroll to the bottom until you find the “Disco Ball Player”. Once it loads, scroll down the list to April 8, 2013 and July 16, 2012,

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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.

You can make ANY of the 2013 blocks to be in the running (and we hope you make them all!). Share your photos at our Flickr Folder… we can’t WAIT to see what you do!

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Let’s get to know Jackie!

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