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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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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Katarina Roccella Indelible

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

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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

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Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander ( winner announced)

Clean lines, bright colors and a fresh feel can be felt from everything that Carolyn Friedlander creates.   This young architect turned away from the traditional to find a way to express her inner artist without boundries.

carolyn-friedlander-photo_largeCarolyn grew up in Lake Wales, Florida on a cattle and citrus ranch, where she spent much of her free time immersed in various creative activities such as drawing, painting, and sewing. She pursued a formal design education in college and graduated with a B.A. in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis in 2006. After a stint in the professional architecture world, Carolyn sought a different occupation, one that would allow her to be wildly creative, utilize her design background, and work with her hands. It so happened that later that year, 2009, she learned to quilt. Though she had long known how to sew, quilting was a revelation to her, as it entailed a whole new set of tools, materials, and, most importantly, creative possibilities. She quickly recognized quilting as a new passion and set out to learn everything she could about the craft. In 2010, she founded her business, Carolyn Friedlander LLC.

Carolyn’s custom machine quilting has received recognition at local and national shows. As a young quilter with a design school background, she was drawn to bright and bold fabrics and saw a need for clean, modern patterns. Thus, she began to create her own patterns. In 2011, she diversified her line by developing a line of art quilt stamps that offer makers new creative opportunities for surface design, and her first fabric line with Robert Kaufman debuted in the fall of 2012. Carolyn’s designs have been featured in many magazines, including Stitch, Love Quilting and Patchwork, Generation Q, and American Patchwork and Quilting.

Carolyn’s newest fabric line for Robert Kaufman Fabrics Botanics is filled with a full spectrum of colours to tonals that can be incorporated into any quilting project.

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Carolyn’s love of designing also has been used to create quilting patterns and fun, one of a kind paper piecing patterns like local.

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Her booth at the International Quilt Market in Houston was filled with her unique designs that truly reflect her origins.

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( booth photo courtesy Katie Blakesley from Swim Bike Quilt)

To compliment her free spirit and her personal design style Carolyn’s Aurifil colors were chosen for a few reasons.

“First, many of them are colors that I go through spool after spool of–like the orangey-reds, blues, grays, yellows and creams. Second, I also incorporated colors that match the colors in my Botanics fabric line. When I first started quilting with this line, I already had the perfect reds, creams, blues, and grays, but what I lacked were the right greens and turquoises to match. Since getting my hands on those, sewing has been super easy, and I wanted to include them in the set.

To sort of wrap things up, it’s the perfect set to work with Botanics, as well as a grouping of my favorite Aurifil colors that I use all the time.”

 

This lovely collection will be offered in two sizes:

The large spool collection is 12, 50wt spools containing 1422 yards each of lushious color!

Colors included in this collection:

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The small spool collection has 10 spools of 50wt containing 220yds each

This collection includes:

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To celebrate this new addition to the Aurifil family, we will be giving a large spool collection away to one lucky winner! And to make this giveaway even more spectacular, Our friends at Robert Kaufman are adding in a full fat quarter bundle of Botanics!  Thank you Robert Kaufman Fabrics!

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To enter for your chance to WIN the Aurifil and Robert Kaufman Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander bundle please answer the question ” What is you favorite color to use in quilts?”

For a second entry, like the Aurifil Facebook page, post here that you liked it.   If you already like our Facebook page, thank you so much and please post that in your comment.

For a third entry, follow our Aurifil Pinterest boards, comment here that you follow.  If you are already engaged in all the inspirational pinnings, thank you and please post here that you do follow.

Three possible entries to win this wonderful prize!  This giveaway will close March 31, 2014 at 11pmEST.  A random winner will be chosen and announced on this post on or about April 2.  If you are a no reply blogger please leave your email  in one of your comment posts so we will be able to contact you.

 

 

Thank you so much to everyone for entering the contest!

Congratulations to Elizabeth Timmions who said:

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I love using gray in my quilts! If I had to pick and actual color, lately it is blue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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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