Aurifil Designer Tula Pink

Tula Pink has consistently rocked the quilting world with her unique style of sassy meets classic.  This quilting and designing rock star possesses a dynamic personality that has everyone feeling both comfortable and entertained in her presence.  Quilting does not need to be quiet and dull…welcome to the world of Tula!

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Tula Pink is a best selling author and designer and known throughout the quilting industry as one of the best and brightest. Described as having a dark sense of humor which is buried in a sea of print and pattern, Tula plays with images the way a poet plays with words. Whether it is a head of hair teased into a pirate ship or a damask molded into a frog, Tula can wrangle any shape into her own candy-colored fantasy of creative delights.

Tula’s love affair with textiles began early and an obsession with sewing soon followed. It was apparent to everyone but Tula that she would eventually be designing that fabric herself. A few years, twelve fabric collections and many books later, design is her one and only passion. Tula ( like many quilters) began quilting in an effort to use her ever-growing stash of fabric so she could justify buying more.

Tula has numerous fabric lines with Free Spirit Fabrics, each a beautiful representation of the depth of her exquisite design abilities.  To compliment her fabric lines, Tula also has several Aurifil collections to choose from that were hand chosen by Tula to coordinate to all of her fabrics.

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Tula’s thread collections can be found in local quilt shops and through select online shops.  Tula’s newest collection, Aurifil Designer Favorites Box,  is a stunning 50wt box available through Craftsy.

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Familiar with many quilting techniques, Tula puts her own personal style into wonderful traditional techniques such as appliqué, hexagons and paper piecing.  Adding to her hectic schedule, she also travels to teach her style to fun loving students.  Tula will be including a fun filled teaching cruise by World of Quilts Travel coming up in  Winter 2016 January 31-February 7, 2016.

The classes offered by Tula during this fun cruise will be:

The Costal Cruiser Pillow! A sweet and sassy VW Bus appliqué cushion cover that is perfect for a beginner to intermediate sewer that loves a great pillow!

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Tula’s Kiss Kiss Quilt is the one to learn for basic fussy cutting , how to set block on point and the importance of color placement.  This quilt measures a generous 60×60 and would be a lovely addition to any room in your home! Choose your favorite colors and join Tula to make a beautiful quilt!

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Simply modern, Tula’s Spiked Punch Quilt is the one to make  for beginner to intermediate quilters  looking for a little wonky placement of fun. Think outside the box on this one as there are no confining rules. A really creative and quick quilt.

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To find out more about this amazing fun filled Aurifil Designer cruise please visit World of Quilts Travel!

Aurifil 2015 July Designer of the Month Ebony Love

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Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program,  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan!

Our July interview and mini quilt is from the super talented Ebony Love! If you have not meet Ebony and followed her really fun sew alongs, you are in for a treat. Ebony is an expert in die cut machines and you can learn a lot from her books and lessons on getting the most from your machine.

Plus she has run the ever popular Downton Abbey sew alongs and see at the end what’s next!

I interviewed Ebony on 4/1/13 and 2/11/13 .. you can listen RIGHT at your computer to my podcast HERE

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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

Let’s get to know Ebony!

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We Would Love to Know!

Aurifil is a company that loves to inspire, support and educate the wonderful quilters and sewers that use our products!  There are so many ways to connect through local quilt shops, local quilt guilds,  and literally thousands of online sources that making sure that Aurifil is there for you is our number one priority.  We would love to know more about what you like and where you like to be for your inspirations!  We hope you will take a few minutes to fill out this brief survey to help us to be of better service to you now and in the future.

For extra incentive, for filling out the survey we will be offering the chance to win an Aurifil house collection! By filling out the survey, you are automatically entered for the chance to win one of these FABULOUS collections! There will be TEN winners chosen from the submitted surveys.  The survey will close 06 July 2015  and the winners will be contacted via email on or about 09 July 2015.

Thank you so much for your support! 

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Aurifil 2015 June Designers of the Month Barb Groves and Mary Jacobson

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Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program,  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan!

Our June interview mini is by the Sisters and Design Team at Me & My Sister… Barb Groves and Mary Jacobson.  Barb and Mary are fellow Moda fabric designers, but I got to know them both years ago when we were vending at an event.At the end of the day I was looking for someone to have some dinner with. Barb grabbed and said let’s find Mary and go have pizza! And so we did, and our friendship has bloomed!

Their fabrics are cheerful and bright, their quilt patterns are clever and fun to do. Plus they are fun to hang out with! Plus they have a wonderful Aurifil Thread Collection… yummy right?

I interviewed them on 11/3/14 and 6/6/11.. you can listen RIGHT at your computer to my podcast HERE

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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

Let’s get to know Barb and Mary!

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Spring Market 2015 : It’s a Wrap!

The quilting industry is filled with extraordinarily creative people from a variety of backgrounds and origins.   They all come to International Quilt Market to share what they have to offer the shops and distributors but also to connect to each other.  This connection is very real since Market is sometimes the only face to face exposure the businesses, consumers and designers get to make throughout the year.  For this reason, the best part about Market is the people!  Seeing the people we talk to daily online and having the ability to chat, face to face, finding out what is important not only the customers and shops but also the designers is priceless!  The exchange of ideas for color, design, future patterns or just saying hello and giving a hug ( and sometimes a business card) is very necessary for everyone on the Market floor. Before sharing closing photographs of International Quilt Market, we would like to say thank you to all of our friends for coming by the booth, stopping us on the floor to say hello and for inviting Aurifil be a part of your experience! We appreciate you!IMG_0142Starting the photos with a quilt seems fitting and this stunning quilt displayed in the Robert Kaufman booth was quite inspiring! IMG_0205 Look at the brilliant quilting! IMG_0206 Our dear friend Jill Finley, Jillily Studio owner, Henry Glass and Aurifil thread designer was a sight for sore eyes.  We were so very happy to see her getting about on her scooter spreading love wherever she went :o)  Be sure to check out her site for some new offerings!  Jill inspires all of us to always do more and embrace the good!IMG_0026 Color inspiration could be found everywhere but this clever display in the Strokes of Brilliance booth was completely eye catching! IMG_0104 IMG_0107 In the Valori Wells booth, Valori and Man Sewing Rob Appell were exchanging ideas and having a great time! IMG_0148 Kaye England, designer for Wilmington Prints and Aurifil caught up with Alex in the booth for a quick hello before she was dashing off again with her wonderful personality and laugh! Want to watch Alex brighten up?  Have Kaye walk in the booth! IMG_0257 Robert Kaufman had a fabulous booth filled with their fantastic chambray and denim ( and a great Aurifil wall display)! There have been more garments and bags appearing in the booths at Market and it is very exciting to see a array of beautiful sewing being displayed!  Many quilters started out as garment sewers and switched gears to include the art of quilting later on in life.   IMG_0204In the Cloud Nine booth, Bag and fabric designer Anna Graham from Noodlehead, had this lovely display including the new Aurifil floss! IMG_0167 The very dynamic Tula Pink was in the Free Spirit booth with her mom looking through all the lovely new fabric collections that will be in local quilt shops soon! IMG_0252 To wrap it up and make you (hopefully) feel as if you were there with us, here is what usually happens behind the scenes with Bradley, Alex, Elena and Alexander… IMG_0145 IMG_0144 It is like taking a family photo, lol! We are already deep into planning for Fall Market in Houston and are looking forward to bring to you more inspiration, continued commitment to the best product in the marketplace and our gratitude for your support.  Thank you!

Turn the ordinary into extraordinary with Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Aurifil Designer Victoria Findlay Wolfe has a “WOW!” factor with everything she touches!  Her ability to take the ordinary and create extraordinary is a gift she loves to share with everyone through her books, lectures and classes.  Victoria has traveled the world teaching her techniques to quilters so they to can create their own one of a kind scrappy look using the fabrics that they already have in their stash at home!

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In addition to Victoria’s busy life as a Mom, quilter, author, teacher, designer for Sizzix and board member of Quilt Alliance, she also has a NEW fabulous Aurifil 50wt collection, Full Circle Stitching!

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Victoria’s large spool collection in 50wt contains the perfect combination of neutrals and bold color for perfect piecing and stunning quilting!

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Victoria has also teamed up with other top Aurifil designers for the upcoming Aurifil Quilt Cruise with World of Quilts Travel! The Aurifil Caribbean Quilt Cruise travels round trip from Fort Lauderdale, January 30-February 7, 2016

Here are some highlights of what will be included in Victoria’s classes.

“Victoria Findlay Wolfe. Highly regarded throughout the quilting community, her work is improvisational piecing reinvented. As you “play” in her classes, you’ll sharpen your design skills and learn about combining colors and prints in new and exciting ways. Get ready to have some incredible fun. As you play with your fabric while you will see an incredible quilt design emerge using Victoria’s techniques as we sail the azure blue waters of the Caribbean.

15 MINUTES OF PLAY
Improvisationally explore new ways to use your
SCRAPS, 15 minutes at a time! Learn techniques in playing in your
scraps to make your own beautiful designed quilts. Sharpen your design
skills, learn about combining colors and prints in new ways, push it
further by using templates then watch your own unique quilt design
emerge. Discover just how distinctive classic quilt blocks can be, when
they are constructed with more spunk and spontaneity! Build confidence
in color, quilting techniques, and design all through PLAY!
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DOUBLE WEDDING RING

Known as Queen of the Double Wedding Ring, Victoria has developed
several new and exciting techniques to make this traditional quilt
pattern sing with modern possibilities. In her cruise class, Victoria
will teach you how to make incredible rings using various techniques
and methods with dramatic results.

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MINIATURE CLASS with 15 MINUTES OF PLAY
Using Victoria’s 15 Minutes of Play piecing technique, create a FUN all-solid-colors miniature quilt, using your solid scraps. It is all play when you build tiny pieces (impressive!), then set them into a 12.5″ miniature quilt top. This Amish-inspired quilt is a wonderful way to get creative and show off your solid fabrics.”

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For more information about Victoria’s classes on the cruise please visit
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2015 Spring Quilt Market ( Part Two)

Part Two of Market review brings you even more gorgeous sights from so many designers!  The amount of talent and passion for the quilting arts under that one roof is staggering!  Come along and see what else Market had to offer!

Our first stop was to visit with Darlene Zimmerman to see her sweet new line “Naptime” for Robert Kaufman Fabrics!  Darlene had this darling hand crank machine in her booth and it really works!

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It did not take long at all to find this lovely booth by Jill Shaulis from Yellow Creek Quilt Designs for Windham Fabrics filled completely with fantastic quilts both large and small.

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Another Windham Fabrics favorite is Heather Ross and her newest collection “Tiger Lily.”  Five of the prints in this collection are also available in cotton lawn.IMG_0246

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And, of course, Market would juts not BE Market without seeing Moda Designer and Aurifil expert Pat Sloan!

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Also in the Moda area were the dynamic duo Minick and Simpson!

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And check out this spectacular beauty shown during the Aurifil schoolhouse!  Alex is behind helping hold this amazing quilt up!

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Allison Harris from Cluck Cluck Sew for Windham Fabrics shared her bright and happy collection Hazel!

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Gudrun from GE Designs displayed gorgeous minis and table runners to share so many possibilities for you to try! IMG_0180

That is a wrap for Market Part Two!  Look for Part Three tomorrow to see even more fabulous quilts fabrics and designers!

2015 International Quilt Market ( Part One)

Three days is not enough time to take in all of the incredible and inspirational products revealed during International Quilt Market!  Quilt Market is the best the industry has to offer every Spring and Fall to the shops that will be choosing and stocking these items!  It is very similar to the Spring and Fall collections in the high fashion industry.  No runway but with the beautiful fabrics, threads, machines and oh so much in between there is plenty of eye candy!  We walked around the Market floor to grab some sneak peaks into what will be coming to a quilt shop near you!  This is only a small offering of what was presented.

So let’s get on with some previews starting with these stunning Aurifil threads!

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Angela Walters has a beautiful new fabric line “Drawn” for Robert Kaufman Fabrics and a lovely Aurifil 50 wt collection to coordinate!

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Birch Fabrics had sweet elephants, baby garments, cushions, and bags filling their booth to the top with great sewing projects!  Their new 40wt Aurifil collection is perfect for knits and items that will have heavier use.

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The Andover Fabrics booth had an amazing display with Alison Glass Design’s fabrics

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And who does not love Little House on the Prairie? Andover is bring back the beloved fabrics for us all to enjoy!

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Moda Fabrics had loads of lovely fabrics and was flush with designers ready to answer any questions you could have about their new collections!

Joanna Figueroa from Fig Tree had a sweet booth for her newest collection “Farmhouse”

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Joanna also has a new collection of patterns for mini quilts that can be made fast and easy to collect or give as gifts!

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American Jane, Sandy Klop, LOVES her Aurifil 40wt and uses it for EVERYTHING!  Sandy’s new collection Lorriane is a fantastic array of colors with a French Provence feel! The air balloon quilt was simply amazing!

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Vanessa Christenson does it again with her new line “Simply Colorful!”  Vanessa has a brilliant talent of making the most of bold solid color in her fabrics, Aurifil threads and her new book series for Lucky Spool Publishing.

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More photos will be coming soon!

The Missing Market Giveaway!

Market starts today and thousands of industry creatives will descend upon the Minneapolis Convention Center for Spring Quilt Market. But the rest of us? We’re at work, at home, running errands… scrolling longingly through the endless Instagram posts showcasing carefully constructed booths, brand new fabric collections, hot new products and more. Don’t get too green with envy! Pellon, Aurifil & Moda Fabrics to bring you a fab giveaway that will help chase away those ‘Missing Market’ blues!

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The fabulous prize includes:

One Kate Spain Aurifil Thread Collection: The Kate Spain collection is a new design that has not only one thread weight but two of the most popular weights in luscious colours. The 50wt thread is the perfect piecing thread for fabulously flat seams, is lovely for appliqué and is the quilting thread to choose when you want your stitches to melt into your fabric! The 40wt thread is a wonderful quilting or all-purpose thread for garments, bags and many other projects! This is a one of a kind collection that should be in every sewing room!
One Kate Spain Fat Quarter Bundle from her Market Debut Collection for Moda Fabrics, Canyon. Fabric for backing & binding one mini quilt!
A HUGE Pellon® Prize Pack including 1 pkg SF101 Shape-Flex®, 1 pkg 100R Vinyl-Fuse™, 1 pkg 70 Peltex® Sew-In, 1 pkg 987F Fusible Fleece, 1 Decorative Pillow Insert, 1 pkg 542S Stick-N-Washaway™, 1 pkg EZ-Steam® II Sheets AND 2 yards of our brand new FF77 Flex-Foam™!!
To enter-to-win, simply click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page or click on the image below. Entries will be accepted from now through 4pm Central time on May 17th! Good luck, have fun, and happy creating!!

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Aurifil 2015 May Designer of the Month Lynn Harris

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Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program,  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan!

Our May mini is by Designer Lynn Harris of The Little Red Hen. Besides being a wonderful designer with her first book just out, she is an amazing photographer. What I love about Lynn’s work is the COLOR! She makes amazing quilts with loads of color and lots of resting area to see it. She also does great things with scraps, which is what her new book is all about.  I highly recommend you start following her website to see what life on the farm for a modern day quilter is all about!  In my interview we’ll get a glimpse of this and I tell you I’m hooked on Lynn’s designs and site!

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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

Let’s get to know Lynn!

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