April 2014 Designer of the Month

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Hi this is Designer/Radio show host Pat Sloan! Aurifil is thrilled to have a lot of you joining us for our Designer of the Month program for the first time this year, welcome!  I’d like to explain just a few things about our program

  • What is a Designer of the Month? Aurifil has many wonderful Quilt designers that use our thread on a regular basis. For the last few years we have showcased a designer a month on our blog.  I interview the designer so we get to know them. And the designer gives us a free block that many of you are making as a sampler. If you share your block in the Flickr folder we pick a thread kit winner EVERY MONTH!
  • Is there a full Supply list? No. This is a challenge, there is no supply list. But we have a suggested fabric list to share CLICK HERE And in December I design a setting for the blocks after I see what they look like.
  • Where do I find the Free pattern? The Designer’s free block is ALWAYS in the same spot. At the end of their interview with the PDF to click RIGHT UNDER the block photo. Easy! We do hope you get to know our featured designer with the interview and thank the designer for the gift of a super block!
  • Is there a way to find ALL the Designer blocks from years gone by? Yes! It is the tab on the right sidebar called “Designers of the Month”..Click that for every post in the series.

This year the designer blocks reflect a woman who has given them inspiration.  I am so excited to get to know the inspirations behind our wonderful designers!

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Our April Designer is Angela Yosten! She is an author, has fabric lines with Moda, and is one of our thread kit designers as well.  I asked Angela where she lives and this is what she said “We live in Texas, just north of Dallas. Out in the country… or as our friends like to refer to it as Oklahoma. We have three children, which is where most of my inspiration comes from.”

I have had the pleasure of chatting with Angela on my radio show Dec 9, 2013 and Aug 6, 2012. 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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March Designer of the Month Emily Herrick

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Hi this is Designer/Radio show host Pat Sloan! We off to a really fun start this year! The designers blocks have made you happy.. I know because a ton of you have shared your blocks with us! There is a theme for the year, I asked each designer to create a block inspired by a woman who has given them inspiration. 

Our March Designer is Emily Herrick of Crazy Old Ladies Quilts... yes.. that is the name of her company. And what’s even more confusing is she is NOT old.. but maybe she is a tiny bit ‘crazy’.. in a good way… wink! Emily lives in Springville, Utah.. which you’ll see some of those amazing mountains in her photos! I really enjoy Emily’s love of life, her blog posts, her fabric lines and her quilts are happy and fun.. my kind of quiltmaker!

I have had the pleasure of having Emily on my radio show April 30 2012 and. 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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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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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

2014 Aurifil Design Team in Houston

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!

Pat Sloan 2014 Aurifil challenge fabric

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.

Pat Sloan 2014 Wishes by Sweet water

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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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

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.

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

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..

CLICK HERE to see the photos at Flickr,

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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.

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.

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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