Quilters Take Manhattan Ticket Giveaway!!!

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Quilters Take Manhattan, the once a year extravaganza hosted by the Quilt Alliance, has grown every year adding classes, tours and special contests to the delight of the quilting community.  Although all of this is fun, the Alliance has a very important purpose in the preservation and education of the quilting arts.

The Quilt Alliance 

Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our American quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation’s diverse peoples and their communities.

In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals:

to promote the understanding of the quilt as an important American grassroots art form

to make information about quilts available to a broad public

to educate Americans about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.

This year’s event speakers include  the very talented designer Amy Butler and the president and owner of Moda Fabrics, snazzy dresser, and Quilt Alliance board member Mark Dunn, a beautiful quilt exhibit and a goody bag that will make you drool!  Everyone that attends  this event is inspired to go home and create!

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The Quilters Take Manhattan 2014  has completely sold out ( you can still buy tickets for the at home option) but Aurifil has a wonderful surprise!  Two people will win one ticket for the SOLD OUT day event at FIT in NYC and one ticket for the After Hours party at the loft of Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

 

To enter this giveaway is made easy with many options on Rafflecopter!  This giveaway will close on September 8, 2014 and  the winner will be announced on or about September 6.

 

Congratulations to Lynn Harris and Marija Vujcic!!!!!   Looking forward to seeing you at this fun event!!!

 

 

 

 

 

September 2014 Designer of the Month

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Welcome to our September Block of the Month! I’m Designer/Radio show host Pat Sloan! Our September Designer is the dynamic, energetic and oh so talented Pat Wys of Silver Thimble Quilt Company!  I first met Pat when her group invited me to teach. We ventured to the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia and I felt like I was ‘home’.  Pat and her friends put on a feast for my husband and I, including a full array of southern cooking (including labels) so we ‘northerners’ could have try it all!

I have had the pleasure of having Pat on my All Quilting podcast Nov 25, 2013 . You can CLICK HERE and scroll back on the player to listen

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We continue our 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!). 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

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!

Let’s get to know Pat!

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August 2014 Designer of the Month

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Welcome to our August Block of the Month! I’m Designer/Radio show host Pat Sloan!

Michele Foster is the designer, producer and developer of the amazing Quilting Gallery website. If you have not discovered her site yet.. CLICK HERE right  now, sign up for her newsletter and then come back.. I’ll wait… Back? GOOD!

Michele and I have been friends for a very long time. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s National Capital. Michele’s online website, her quilt designs (HERE) and her quilt communities are wonderful, fun and friendly! She hosts all kinds of projects, including super successful swaps and sew alongs. I’m in love with her quilt patterns too! I am doing her Delightful Stars .. we’ll i’m doing TWO of them.. in some special fabrics! Michele has also been using Aurifil thread forever!

I have had the pleasure of having Michele on my All Quilting podcast Jan 9, 2012 . You can CLICK HERE and scroll back on the player to listen

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We continue our 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!). 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

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!

Let’s get to know Michele!

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Valori Wells Aurifil and Robert Kaufman Giveaway

 

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Valori Wells possesses an incredible gift of capturing the true essence of natural beauty that surrounds her and putting those colors and and images into her art. Her background as a photographer and painter brings a unique perspective and a special quality to her fabric lines.  You can find whatever you may be looking for with blender options in Blueprint Basics or lavish colors and designs in her new fabric collection Quill.  With so many choices, you will never be disappointed with Valori’s designs.

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Valori’s lovely colors are now available in Aurifil thread collections, all carefully coordinated to match her fabric lines. These collections are offered in both the large box, including 12 spools (1,422 yds each) of Aurifil 50wt. cotton thread, and the small box, including 10 spools (220 yds. each) of 50 wt. thread.

Aurifil and Robert Kaufman have teamed up once again to bring you an amazing giveaway featuring an Aurifil large spool collection and four fat quarter bundles ( the entire collection) of Blueprint Basics.

 

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Entering  is easy for your chance to win a Valori Wells thread collection from Aurifil and the entire collection of Blueprint Basics by using the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Entries accepted until Monday, July 28 at midnight EST. Winner will be announced on or about , July 31.

The giveaway end date was incorrectly posted so this giveaway ended a day early.  We will be running a second giveaway to make up for the mistake with TWO winners each receiving a Valori Wells large spool Aurifil collection!

To enter the new giveaway please visit the newest blog post http://auribuzz.wordpress.com/2014/07/28/valori-wells-aurifil-and-robert-kaufman-giveaway-second-round/

 

 

Pat Sloan One for Me One for You and Aurifil!

Pat Sloan is such an #Aurigirl she should be speaking Italian!  Dynamic and passionate about quilting, this star of the quilting world has written 30 books, designed hundreds of quits, many of which are still in her care ( her shipping department and husband Gregg has confirmed this as being true), has created fun and fabulous fabrics for Moda Fabrics and still has time to travel to lecture, teach and has a live radio show on Creative Talk Network.  Any other human would be exhausted at all of this activity but not Pat, she also runs her active blog, has a hugely successful and lively Facebook page and, of course, is the Coordinator for the Aurifil Designer Block of the Month!

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It is safe to say that Pat Sloan really loves quilting!

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Pat’s  newest Aurifil collection The Perfect Box of Neutrals contains a lovely array of colors in the most popular 50wt that will give you delightfully flat seams and quilting that melts into your fabric.

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This Aurifil collection compliments Pat’s wonderful new fabric line One for Me One for You for Moda as shown in this fantastic new pattern Stargazer.

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Always ready for a fun quilt adventure Pat was spotted with Alex only a few days ago at Kelly Ann’s Quilting to hear his enlightening lecture about the fantastic production and quality of Aurifil thread!

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If you would like a chance to be one of the first to get your hands on this incredible Aurifil thread collection, a layer cake of One of Me One for You and Pat’s pattern “Let’s Go Sew” you can enter with many chances to win through Rafflecopter. This giveaway is open internationally!

To enter please visit:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/7154655/

 

July 2014 Designer of the Month

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Welcome to our JULY Block of the Month! I’m Designer/Radio show host Pat Sloan!

I think many of you have some of Camille Roskelley’s fabric on your self, and I know you have her patterns (Swoon anyone?) . I believe I’ve been collecting Camille’s fabric since she and her mom Bonnie first started to create with Moda.  The fabrics are so happy and the names are fun too!

I have had the pleasure of having Camille on my All Quilting podcast June 25, 2012 . You can CLICK HERE and scroll back on the player to listen

We continue our 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

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Ann Kelle Aurifil and Robert Kaufman Giveaway

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You can’t help but smile when you see Ann Kelle designs! They are always so bright and cheerful, whether it is fun geometrics in Remix or friendly animals in Urban Zoologie or all the kids in Girl Friends.

Ann Kelle’s happy colors are now available in Aurifil thread boxes, all carefully coordinated to match her fabric collections. Available in both the large box, including 12 spools (1,422 yds each) of Aurifil 50wt. cotton thread, and the small box, including 10 spools (220 yds. each) of 50 wt. thread.
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So much happiness in one box! But the team at Aurifil doesn’t want to just show you the colors, they want to give them to you. And we want to give you some fabrics to try it out with!

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Would you like to win your very own box of Ann Kelle threads from Aurifil PLUS a stack of Remix fat eighths? Here’s your chance, by entering the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Entries accepted until Monday, June 16 at midnight EST. Winner will be announced on or about , June 18.

 

There are many options to enter this giveaway through Rafflecopter!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/7154653/

 

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One of the best things about International Quilt Market is the ability to meet the designers in their booths and put a personality to what is usually left to the images in brochures or a computer screen.

We took the time to meet up with all of the Aurifil Art Gallery Designers ( that were available) and asked them a few questions so you would be able to get to know them better too.

 

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The first in this series is Katarina Roccella.  Katarina is a fantastic designer with Art Gallery Fabrics and has a very diverse background in the art world.  There is nothing this stunning lady cannot do!  She has a wonderful and charming husband with a fabulous sense of humor and three lovely children that keep her on her toes.

 

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” – Georgia O´Keeffe

imagesWhat or who inspired you to want to learn to sew or design?

Being “crafty”and creative is something that consorted me since the early childhood. I was raised in an artistic family: my father is a painter, my mother ceramic-pottery artist, sister is a production designer and growing in such an environment rich with artistic events and creating daily definitely determinate my life and creations. So, since my father was working even as a graphic designer when I was just a little girl (no computer was used in that period), I often had the opportunities to create some smaller parts for some designs when it was something in correspondence with or for children.
Well, sewing for children came much later, after getting my first daughter 13 years ago…..when I found myself in the role of the mother and therefore had very limited time to dedicate to art. So, being mainly in home with a need to create, I have discovered the world of fabric, were the options were almost unlimited and very challenging. I always loved fabrics and funky patterns, giving them the important roles in my graphic compositions and assemblages, but now I really wanted to learn to sew. I have repaired my mother’s vintage sewing machine, bought some pattern magazines and the first results were very encouraging, pushing me always more, giving me the goal to try more complicated techniques and garment pieces. I have always been more visual sewer, as the sewing explanations were sometimes like another unkown language for me, so with a lot of practice, after a few years, I have achieved good sewing skills.

 

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If you could paint a room an #auricolor color, what would it be?

1148 2BH – this teal is and will be one of my favourite colors ever since…I think it’s one of those colors that you may never be tired of and I have been dreaming about painting the main wall of my dining room in this color for a long time now (one of the walls in my booth was covered with this color that correspond perfectly to the AGF’s conzumel blue – pure element color)

Do you participate in your local quilt guild or another sewing group?

No, unfortunately, in my country quilting is not that popular and common as in the US.  Once I started sewing more intensively (like 9 years ago), I joined a few on-line forums and sewing groups(mainly US people) that helped me a lot not only with sharing my craft passions, projects and ideas, but with learning and gaining more advanced sewing skills, techniques and making some wonderful relationships, that now, thanks to attending the Quilt Market became a real life relationships as well. People in this industry will never cease to amaze me with theirs wonderful spirit, energy and creations.

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If you were not sewing/designing, what profession would you choose?

Well, as an artist, it would always have to deal with some form of art. Until now, through my education and experience, I was so blessed to deal with many forms of art: collages, drawings, illustrations, calligraphy, graphic design, prints-mainly linocuts, photography, sewing….. I am very passionate about my work, wether it’s painting, drawing or sewing.  Now I am so happy to be living my dream of being the textile designer, where I have the chance to apply a bit of every creative discipline I mentioned before.

Actually I am currently working toward my PhD in Applied Arts and Design and my goal is to implement printmaking, painting with the textile and quilt design, so I am dreaming about making a huge exhibition at the end of it, with many installations that would gather these three fields of art and design.

 

Katarina’s Aurifil collection Indelible is available in 40wt.  This weight is perfect for long arm quilting, hand stitching, makes a beautiful topstitch and quilting on any domestic home machine.  The 40wt is also a go to choice for garment sewing and bag making.  This thread is perfect on any machine including your serger.

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The Indelible fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics are a high quality cotton with so many of the colors and inspirations taken from nature, books and Katarina’s travels.

 

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These collections are so wonderful, Aurifil ,in cooperation with our friends at Art Gallery Fabrics, have put together a fabulous bundled giveaway that includes a Lagre spool collection for one lucky winner to win!

To make this giveaway even easier we will use Rafflecopter!  There is more than one way to enter for your chance to win this incredible bundle!

To enter for your chance to win this fabulous bundle please visit: 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/7154652/

June 2014 Designer of the Month

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Welcome to our JUNE Block of the Month! I’m Designer/Radio show host Pat Sloan! The theme for the Aurifil Designer blocks is a ‘woman who has given you inspiration’, our June designer has a wonderful story about her block that I bet a LOT of you will relate to.

Heidi Pridemore from The Whimsical Workshop joins us as our June Designer.  She lives in Chandler, AZ.  Once you visit Heidi’s site you will immediately recognize quilt after quilt you have seen in magazines and at your favorite fabric sites… she is a design machine! She also designs fabric, travels, teaches and has used Aurifil thread for many years.

I have had the pleasure of having Heidi on my All Quilting podcast May 7, 2012 . You can CLICK HERE and scroll back on the player to listen

We continue our 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

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May 2014 Designer of the Month

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Hi this is Designer/Radio show host Pat Sloan! The theme for the Aurifil Designer blocks is a ‘woman who has given you inspiration’.  I love learning who inspires our designers.  

Our May Designer is  Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter. She lives just outside Salt Lake City Utah. I love Amy’s approachable style and the quilts she makes are fun, relaxing and always have me itching to stitch!

I have had the pleasure of having Amy on my All Quilting podcast Feb 18, 2013 and she will be on the show again in this May!. 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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