2017 Fall Quilt Market, Part 3

One of our favorites parts of International Quilt Market is having the opportunity to walk the aisles, visit with designers, industry partners, and friends. The booths are always breath-taking and the care and planning that goes into getting every detail right is always incredible. Our last Market post is a celebration of those booths! We hope you leave feeling as inspired as we did! 🙂


ANDOVER
Andover‘s booth was full of vivid colors (Alison Glass & Libs Elliott) and vintage vibes (Edyta Sitar & Di Ford-Hall). We loved getting a peek at the gorgeous upcoming collections and were thrilled to launch two new Aurifil collections for Libs Elliott with Wild Side and Edyta Sitar with Crystal Farm.


ANNIE SMITH
Aurifil Designer Annie Smith was at Market with a gorgeous range of patterns (including Color Pop, shown here) in a delightful burst of Robert Kaufman Solids! She had her Aurifil collections — Love is Spoken Here, Summerset and Winterset — to coordinate.


CAMELOT
We were just down the aisle from Camelot and had so much fun with their Star Wars display! They had some fabulous quilts, but what really stole the show were the appearances of Darth Vader, a Storm Trooper, and Chewbacca. We’ll admit that more than a few of us got videos with our childhood heroes and villains!!


ANNA MARIA HORNER
Anna Maria‘s booth was as stunning as ever, filled with gorgeous florals and bright and bold colors. Her new collection, Sweet Dreams, is every bit as lovely as we would all expect and I know we’re already plotting what to make once we get these fabulous prints in hand. There were some gorgeous projects on display, with more than a few featuring threads from Anna Maria’s collections — Stitch Gallery, Warm Reception, and Cool & Collected.


TULA PINK
Tula Pink‘s booth was a rainbow of wonder. We likely could have nestled into one of those chairs and just stayed there for the whole of Market. 😉 We loved her custom pillows, the stunning quilting on her color wheel quilt, and the beautiful parade of handbags.


HOFFMAN
Aurifil Designer McKenna Ryan is back with Hoffman Fabrics and we’re looking forward to working with her on a new collection for 2018. We were super excited to present two new collections for Fall — first, Me + You… a stunning Large box of 50wt thread to coordinate with your favorite Me + You Indah Batiks. We also debuted the new 2018 Hoffman Challenge box celebrating their 30th anniversary! Stay tuned for more info on the challenge in the next few weeks.


ISLAND BATIK
For Fall, we presented new Island Batik collections for Jackie Kunkel with Blue Moon and Ebony Love with Southern Blooms. We are so excited about these two colorways and have every confidence that you’ll all fall in love as quickly as we did:). We loved getting the full tour from Katie, giving us the opportunity to see all of the lovely batiks up close, including new collections for Aurifil Designers and friends Tammy Silvers, Nan Baker, & Cheri Good Designs.


MICHAEL MILLER
Michael Miller presented something a little different for Fall Market and we’re already smitten. Project Dovetail is a collaborative collection featuring one new design in two different colorways from each of Michael Miller’s licensed designers. The collection was launched with a heartfelt charitable goal — learn more about that here. We are thrilled to have a coordinating thread box and are looking forward to working with all of the designers on some fun promotion in 2018!


MODA
Moda‘s booths always make us smile:). We didn’t get a ton of photos this time around, but we did do a fairly extensive tour! From new designers to those who have been established for quite some time, we had a blast giving a shout out to some of our favorites!


JEN KINGWELL
Moda Designer Jen Kingwell had a gorgeous booth, full of color. Her collection, Beach Road, draws inspiration from her home and in looking at it, we could be instantly whisked away to the Australian beaches. We were thrilled to present Jen’s debut Aurifil thread collection — 10 sweet small spools of her go-to 50wt thread.


QUILTMANIA
Quiltmania launched the most spectacular subscription box. Featuring Andover and Aurifil designer Di Ford-Hall, the boxes features 6 individual drawers, each with a variety of must-haves, including fabric, thread, marking tools, piecing papers, and more. The boxes are limited edition, with only 400 available. We hear that these boxes have already sold out, so we’ll have to admire them from afar. ❤ To learn more, head here.


RILEY BLAKE
Oh how we love Riley Blake!! We had two new collections launching at Market — Jill Finley‘s Quilter’s Palette and Minki Kim‘s Dear Diary. The booths were full of gorgeous fabrics and projects, including the awesome wall of fries (yes, french fries!!) in Christopher Thompson‘s booth. Oh, how we love Market so!


ROBERT KAUFMAN
We absolutely adore the team at Robert Kaufman! Once again, we got the grand tour from the illustrious Elisabeth Hardy. Did you know that our Robert Kaufman designers all have ‘Designer Palette’ thread collections? While each color may not necessarily be a perfect match with every fabric collection, the thread boxes represent the typical palette for each designer. It’s so absolutely fabulous because you can buy a Large box of Carolyn Friedlander‘s Favorites to stitch up projects using her Friedlander, Architextures, or even her new Manhattan fabrics. Perfection!


WINDHAM
We were delighted to see Windham and Aurifil designer Sarah Fielke in Houston! Though her WordPlay collection officially launched at Spring Market, she had a wonderful showcase at Fall. Sarah was one of our first 80wt designers and we just love seeing all that she does with it! New Aurifil Designer Shayla Wolf of Sassafras Lane had a bold and brilliant booth full of color to launch her debut collection, Foundation. *swoon*

That’s all for now! Thank you so very much for following along with us. International Quilt Market was a wonderful whirlwind and we’re so grateful we got to be a part of it! Until next time!

2017 Fall Quilt Market, Part 2

Although Quilt Market & Quilt Festival keep us in Houston for weeks, it’s rare that we see much beyond our hotels and the George R. Brown convention center. Thankfully, we’re regularly treated to views like these, so we tend not to mind!

Alexander, Brad, Hilary, & Kate en route to Schoolhouse!


SCHOOLHOUSES
Friday, October 27 was officially Schoolhouse day at Quilt Market and we were thrilled to present a brand new product and a brand new series, both equally exciting.

Forty3 is Aurifil’s brand new 40wt, 3-play thread, 100% Cotton thread, specifically designed to handle the rigor of today’s high-speed, high-tech Longarm machines. Alex Veronelli introduced the amazing new thread to a packed house… standing room only.

Forty3 is manufactured to Aurifil’s standards and has all the versatility and lustrous color of the original 40wt threads, with the added benefit of extra strength. Don’t worry, it’s still virtually lint free! Because it is made specifically for Longarm machine use, the thread is offered on a 3280yd cone only. It is available in 50 gorgeous colors.

Aurifil Designer Sarah Thomas of Sariditty and quilter Alfonsina Uriburu joined Alex for the launch. Both had tested the thread and had some gorgeous samples on hand to showcase.

AuriKids is a partnership between Aurifil and a new generation of sewists and quilters. We aim to generate excitement, create joy, educate young minds, and pass along a time-honored tradition. We launched 4 new small-spool collections at Market featuring 4 young designers. The program grew out of the work that Aurifil Designer Wendy Sheppard (of Ivory Spring) has been doing with her daughter Gwendolyn, now one of our debut AuriKids designers.

We welcomed Wendy to the stage to debut the program. We will be sharing more in the weeks to come and have some exciting plans for 2018!


DEMO TABLE
We first introduced our demo table at Spring Market earlier this year. We had an absolute blast and felt so honored to have such an amazing group of designers come by to share their talents and drop a little quilty knowledge;). We upped the ante a little for Fall and offered a string of events every day, from mini-classes to book-signings and trunk shows.

Wendy Sheppard:
Wendy joined us for 3 awesome events — a demo on her masterful free-motion quilting, a book signing for her latest book with Landauer, and a showcase for our brand new AuriKids series.

Victoria Findlay Wolfe:
Victoria shared a remarkable mini-class on a piecing method from her new book, Modern Quilt Magic.

Sarah Fielke: 
Sarah traveled all the way from her home in Australia to attend Quilt Market — officially presenting her WordPlay collection with Windham Fabrics and offering 2 fabulous mini-classes in the Aurifil booth! Sarah schooled us on hand-quilting & hand-appliqué.

Sarah Maxwell: 
Sarah joined us for a demo on hand appliqué using Aurifil 12wt and her stunning flannels with Marcus Fabrics.

Jill Finley:
Jill shared a wonderful demo on hand appliqué using Aurifil 50wt thread. She also debuted a brand new collection featuring 20 small spools of her go-to 50wt threads, Quilter’s Palette.

Karen Miller:
Karen joined us for 2 awesome events, one a mini-trunk show and one a mini-class, giving attendees excellent tips on how to FMQ on a home machine. Karen’s debut collection with Aurifil, The Subtle Sampler, released in September.

We also had Christa Watson, Amanda Murphy, Alfonsina Uriburu, & Patricia Belyea. Thank you so very much to all for making our Market experience so darn amazing and for allowing us to leave with so much more quilty knowledge!

For a closer look at some of these events, check out the video tab on our Facebook page — many were broadcast on Facebook Live!


We’ll be back with you tomorrow for a peek at all of the other inspiring things we spotted at Market! Thanks for following along. 🙂

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2017 Fall Quilt Market, Part 1

In one of those rare quiet moments after International Quilt Market in Houston last month, a co-worker and I were marveling over what a whirlwind it always is. It’s almost like being back in school — we work and prepare and cram and create, then we take the final and wait in silent anticipation of what comes next. And then… we dive into the new school year. Chaotic as it may be, we love it. We relish the opportunity to share all of the exciting new products, to herald all of our beloved designers, and to learn from our mentors and peers.

Getting the party started! 😊❤️ #quiltmarket #aurifil #aurifilthread

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We’ve been back for a little over two weeks now and have been bursting with excitement over new ideas, still reeling from the wonder of the demos and events we were able to share. We wanted to take some time over the next few days to share some of the magnificent madness with all of you, in hopes that you might all feel as inspired as we do!


SAMPLE SPREE
We made a splash at sample spree this year with our new favorite t-shirts — the Sew Many Colors Tee by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill in collaboration with Patchwork Threads. Want to show off your favorite spools right along with us? You can grab your own right here.

Back Row (L to R): Alex Veronelli, Alexander Winton, Bradley Mitchell, Jon Werst || Front Row (L to R): Erin Sampson, Hilary Jordan, Elena Gregotti, Kate Brennan

This time around, we brought a mix of House & Designer Collections in a variety of weights, including hefty supply of our 80wt Best Selection 45-spool boxes. We had blast and truly loved chatting with all of the excited shoppers over the course of the evening.


AURIFIL BOOTH
Our Fall Market booth offered some of the same lovely features that we debuted in the Spring. From an expanded designer showcase area to a separate display room, a cozy meeting space to a working demo table, we did our best to create a fun space in which visitors could gather. 

We felt particularly honored to also have a gorgeous Bernina Q20 Sit-down Longarm on site, perfect to help us showcase our brand new Forty3 Longarm thread (40wt, 3 ply). We had so much fun with it all and hope you did too! (Stay tuned for more on the new thread! We’ll have a post with all sorts of info very soon.)

We absolutely love the opportunity to showcase completed pieces by some incredibly talented Designers. This year’s showcase pieces were by Felice Regina, Pat Sloan and the 2016 Aurifil Designer of the Month team, Karen Miller, Sari Thomas of Sariditty, Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studios, Sophie Standing, Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness, Sue O’Very, Remy McDonough (daughter of Kristi of Schnitzel & Boo), Gwendolyn Sheppard (daughter of Wendy of Ivory Spring), Barbara Persing of Fourth & Sixth Designs, and Carolina Asmussen. Thank you to all for so generously loaning us your art!

Here is our Facebook Live tour for a little peek into the full booth layout and all that was presented there! I may have missed a few collections, but have no fear… we’ll be sharing more of that info with you soon!

 


AURIFRIENDS
One of the things we love most about Market is the chance to reconnect with our Aurifil friends and family. The whole weekend is like one giant reunion and we savor every moment of it. Thanks so much to all who popped by to say hello — we miss you already!

We hope you’ll join us tomorrow for more on our schoolhouses and demos! We had some exciting debuts and a super fab lineup of demo designers. See you soon!

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Flutter by Kari Carr

Today, we are thrilled to hand Auribuzz over to Aurifil Designer Kari Carr of New Leaf Stitches! Kari’s debut collection, All a Twitter, released at Spring Quilt Market earlier this year and we introduced it here last month. Kari has created a sweet little free project, Flutter, that pairs her threads with fabrics from her coordinating All a Twitter fabric collection with Hoffman Fabrics. Thank you, Kari!

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Aurifil 2017 November Designer of the Month Heather Givans

I’m Designer, Author, Talk Show host Pat Sloan.

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This year we are celebrating the rainbow of colors in our color wheel. Each designer is assigned a color to create their block in.

This month we land on Green. Each month it’s a wonderful surprise to see how the designer was inspired by their color on the colorwheel.

I’m a huge fan of Heather’s work. She has vibrant work and super clever designs!

I interviewed Heather and you can listen to that at my website 

This year we challenged each designer by giving them a color on the color wheel. I asked for a photo to use in the collage so we can see how each one worked.  In January I’ll have a setting to pull them all together!

Missed a month? CLICK FOR PRIOR DESIGNER interviews

Remember we have a Challenge portion of our Designer of the Month interview.

Each month we select one random winner to receive a 12 spool BOX of Aurifil thread for just making the challenge block and sharing it at my website! (details at the end plus last month’s winner!)

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Meet the 2018 Designer of the Month team!

Hi it’s Pat Sloan here and I’m excited for you to meet the 2018 Design team! So are you ready to meet new designers and see amazing designs?  Are you ready for the next fun Aurifil Designer monthly challenge?

Great! Let’s get to know our 2018 team!

I don’t know who has more fun, me or the designers! I love a great story and interviewing the design team each month is a highlight for me. I also select the theme for the year and I sew along right with you to make their blocks.

Keep reading… at the end I reveal our Theme for the year!

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Details of the Challenge!

  • Theme “The Places we Go” – Blocks inspired by a place the designer has visited or wants to visit
  • Colors – Designer blocks will be in Black/White & a color of their choice
  • Size – 12” finished blocks
  • Articles release on the 15th of each month

Each Month I’ll interview the designer and you have one month to make the block and enter at my website to be in running to win a BOX of thread!  It’s a super fun sew along!

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Stitch the 2012 DOM Reboot: October

Welcome to Month 10 of our Stitch the 2012 DOM Reboot! If you are just joining us, we’re presenting a brand new version of one of our 2012 blocks on the last Thursday of every month. We’ve been loving the opportunity to work on our hand-stitching, particularly because it’s a fabulous on-the-go activity, particularly while traveling around the holidays (and for International Quilt Market)! Where is your favorite spot to hand-stitch?

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Houston, Here We Come!

International Quilt Market… It’s like a giant and glorious reunion for our industry;). We’re in the final countdown and holy moly are we excited! We’ve got new threads, new collections, a jam-packed schedule of schoolhouses, demos, meet & greets, and book-signings, and are once again featuring a fully stocked demo table, available for drop-in stitchers and curious thread lovers. New for Fall… we’re featuring Bernina’s Q 20 Longarm!

We’ll be doing our best to bring the excitement of Market to all of you following along from home by way of our social media, so make sure to join us on Facebook & Instagram.

For all who will be with us in Houston… here is the nitty gritty!

FALL INTERNATIONAL QUILT MARKET, 2017 — HOUSTON, TX
Aurifil — BOOTH #900/901

October 27
SCHOOLHOUSE, Room 362F
2:30 – 2:45p, Alex Veronelli
The Long-Arm Launch | Aurifil 40 / 3 Ply Cotton
Join Alex and Aurifil Designers for a new product launch! Aurifil has been working with industry experts to develop a beautifully strong 40 weight / 3 ply Cotton thread, perfect for use on the Long-Arm.

2:50 – 3:05p, Wendy Sheppard
AURIkids: Working to Inspire Young Sewists & Quilters
With Aurikids, we aim to generate excitement, create joy, and pass along a time-honored tradition. Work with us to create in-store programs to inspire today’s creative youth!

SAMPLE SPREE, Exhibit Hall A, Level 1
7 – 9p, Tables 88, 89, 90, & 91
Pop by the Aurifil tables for some amazing deals on your favorite thread! We’ll have designer and house collections, in a variety of thread weights. Our favorite night or organized chaos! ❤ Click here for a full list of participants & table numbers.

October 28 – 30
Trade Show, Aurifil Booth #900/901

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Events:

Will you be in attendance? We hope you’ll stop by to say hello!!

New Patterns by Quilt Theory!

We are so excited to celebrate the 3rd pattern release from Quilt Theory, the design collective made up of Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs, Daisy of Warm Folk, Kitty of Night Quilter, Lorinda of Laurel, Poppy and Pine, Stephanie of Late Night Quilter, and Michelle Bartholomew. These talented women are all dedicated Aurifil users and we’ve been honored to be a part of their pattern releases since they launched back in February 2016.

Quilt Theory’s goal is to create simple and modern quilt patterns, printed on small cards. They are a strong team, talented and fierce, and we always love seeing their new designs. Almost equally as intriguing are the photographs that serve to feature the quilts, all by Michelle Bartholomew. We’re actually a little giddy to showcase them all here!


Up the Ladder by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs

Up the Ladder was inspired by traditional quilt ladders used to showcase and store quilts and is a lap-sized, jelly roll or mini charm pack friendly pattern.  The pattern combines beginner level piecing into a strong geometric design. It uses Cotton Couture solids by Michael Miller. Cheryl quilted it in a topography like design using 50 wt white (color 2024) Aurifil thread.  The 50 wt worked well to create texture but not stand out too much on the darker colored fabrics.

Learn more about Up the Ladder by clicking here.

Into the Forest by Kitty Wilkin of Night Quilter

Inspired by the majestic evergreen trees ubiquitous in Maine, Into the Forest plays with two sizes of the same block to create a simple graphic tree design with a crisp and clean aesthetic. It was partially pieced and quilted by Kitty, and partially pieced and quilted by Sue Bishop — both using Aurifil 50wt 2024-White. Into the Forest was made with Cloud 9 Fabrics.

Learn more about Into the Forest by clicking here.

Pulsing Plus by Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jetgirl

The design of Pulsing Plus was inspired by thinking about the way a supportive community of people creates ripples of interaction and how in sync people can become. It was quilted with a large spiral on Yvonne’s domestic sewing machine (a Juki TL-2200 QVP Mini) with 50wt Aurifil 2024 (White) using a walking foot. Fabrics are Cotton Couture Solids in Bright White, Raspberry, Peach, Lemon, Turquoise, Caribbean, and Marine (backing and binding).

Learn more about Pulsing Plus by clicking here.

Kayak Point by Lorinda Davis of Laurel, Poppy and Pine

Kayak Point was named after one of Lorinda’s favorite beaches in her home state of Washington. She spent countless hours there with her dad and sister playing, crabbing, and learning to fish. The elongated diamond shapes remind her of kayaks lined up in rows. Kayak Point was made with Cotton Couture solids from Michael Miller and was hand quilted with Aurifil 12wt thread.

Learn more about Kayak Point by clicking here.

Skydust by Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter.

Skydust was inspired by the big Texas sky and its breathtaking, multicolored sunsets.  Almost every evening, Stephanie and her children gasp with delight as they drive through the rolling Texas hill country while the sun slowly drops in the sky. While the pattern is by Stephanie, this version of Skydust was sewn and quilted by Sue Bishop. The quilt uses Alison Glass Sun Prints 2017 and Aurifil thread.

Learn more about Skydust by clicking here.

Picnic Play is a really fun one-block pattern that uses 7 colors in such a cool way! The colors are randomly matched up so it’s a more laid-back approach, something that designer Michelle Bartholomew really enjoyed. Picnic Play was quilted with straight lines with a walking foot using Aurifil thread. Michelle wanted a dense, hardy feel because when she designed it, she envisioned it being the perfect quilt to take on a picnic.

Learn more about Picnic Play by clicking here.

For more information on how to purchase these gorgeous quilt patterns, make sure to visit Quilt Theory’s shop.

All photography by Michelle Bartholomew. Text drawn from Quilt Theory designer posts. Please visit each post as linked above for more information.

The Subtle Sampler

We adore Karen of Redbird Quilt Co. She is kind, caring, and often hilarious. ❤ She is incredibly talented in her home machine quilting skills, something that she shares far and wide across this great country of ours. She has long been a friend to Aurifil and we keep a close eye on her social media accounts, always anxious to see the next piece of art that furthers her glorious quilty journey.

We jumped at the chance to collaborate on a collection with her, to accompany her lectures and classes, to showcase her super quilting style… The Subtle Sampler is just that — a sampler of Aurifil thread weights in fabulously subtle colors (with a few pops here and there). This box could just be the go-to for new Aurifil users looking to try everything out, or even for loyal Aurifil users eager to branch out from their normal 50wt go-tos. With 50wt, 40wt, 28wt, 12wt AND our two shades of monofilament, this box has everything a quilter could possibly need!

Karen has been kind enough to share some of her inspirations with us, including a few fabulous showcase pieces to illustrate how to use multiple thread weights within one piece.

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