Top Ten Tuesday {Christmas Fun}

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday!  There has been so much activity on social media links for fun and fast Christmas ideas that I thought you would enjoy some of the best! These ten projects, by top designers, include stockings, ornaments, and even printable spool wrapping paper!  Great ideas for your sewing friends, scrap busters to decorate a tree and a couple of projects to try with kids, grandkids or just your favorite kid!


1. Blitzen Patchwork Stocking Tutorial by Amy from During Quiet Time


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2. Vintage Christmas Ball Ornament by Tatyana-Posidelki

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3. Fabric Star Ornament Tutorial by Betz White



4. Holiday Mitten Ornament Pattern By Liesl Gibson

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5. Log Cabin Mini Christmas Wreath Tutorial by Christa Quilts



6. Free Printable Sewing Themed Gift Wrap by See Kate Sew



7.  Quilted Christmas Ornaments (no sew) by Katie from Katie’s Quilting Corner



8. Christmas sewing Tag by Minki Kim


9. Stocking Tutorial by Allison from Cluck Cluck Sew


10. Quilted Trees by Heather from The Sewing Loft



Find more free patterns, tips, tutorials and inspiration by following the Aurifil Pinterest boards, the Aurifil Facebook page and Aurifilthread on Instagram! All are updated throughout the day  everyday to provide you with the best the sewing world has to offer!


Aurifil 2015 November Designer of the Month Bonnie Christine

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Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program,  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan! Our November interview and mini quilt is with Bonnie Christine. I have been in love with Bonnie’s gorgeous art and her beautiful spirit for many years. I love her drawings and am always inspired when I stop by her website to see what’s new!

You can listen to my interview on 4/7/14 with Bonnie and get to know how she approaches her designs. You can listen RIGHT at your computer to my podcast 

Pat Sloan Perfect Colors3We 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 Bonnie!

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Quilt Local by Heather Jones { giveaway}

Ask a room of artists,  “Where do you find your inspiration?”  and most likely the answer will be “Everywhere!”

Artists and quilters find inspiration in bricks, walls, carpet and plants.  Their color palette is created from everyday life experiences to enhance the piece they are creating whether it is a painting, drawing, sculpture or a quilt. Art and quilts are everywhere!


Artist, quilter, and designer Heather Jones has taken the everyday inspirations and gathered them for her new book “Quilt Local.”   The book opens her vision of how everyone can explore and expand their creative spirit in what might seem ordinary and turn it into something extraordinary. She takes the reader through the steps of seeing things that might become overlooked in today’s world of distraction. This book is about more than designs or sewing.  It is also a book of being.  Being in the moment.  Some of the most creative times are when we allow ourselves to just be.


Heather not only shares tips on finding inspiration but then guides you through the process of how to turn that awakening into your own piece of quilting art.  There are tips for everything from how to choose colors to how to care for your fabrics.  This book is appropriate for every level of sewer from beginner to expert.  There is something for everyone.  The quilt instructions are well written with supporting diagrams and the photographs are stunning!


I looked through my personal photos to see when and where I was inspired to stop. I found quite a few examples of when I found things around me that were more inspirational than everything else.  There were items and art that moved me enough to take notice.  None of these are particularly special in a grand sense but each of them is lovely in their own way.

Antique door hardware in Stillwater, Oklahoma

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Bridge in Pittsburgh, PA

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Street Art in New York City, New York

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Vintage thrift shop find in Fredericksburg, VA

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When reading Heather’s book, I was drawn to many of the techniques and quilts.  The simple elegance of her quilts is mesmerizing.  It is difficult to choose a favorite but she won my heart with the perfectly imperfect Franklin! It is a lovely traditional pieced block quilt with an added imperfect block.  It is truly wonderful!  Heather presents two versions.  Both are amazing.



For even more inspiration, STC Craft and Aurifil are hosting a giveaway for Heather’s four favorite 50wt threads!  These are #2253, #2225, #2132 and #2830 and a copy of Quilt Local to ONE lucky winner!

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To enter for your chance to win the Giveaway please leave a comment on your favorite way to find inspiration!  This giveaway ends 17 Nov at 11:00 EST and a random winner will be announced on or around 19 Nov.  If you are a no reply blogger please leave your email in your comment. As always, this giveaway is open to all of our international friends!

Please be sure to visit all of the stops on the blog tour to find out more information about Quilt Local and perhaps to find more inspiration.
10/6: STC Craft Blog

10/8: Robert Kaufman

10/9: Melanie Falick

10/10: Sew Mama Sew

10/11: Creative Bug

10/12: Plaid Portico

10/14: Modern Sewciety

10/16: Pellon

10/19: The Tattooed Quilter

10/21: Amy’s Creative Side

10/23: Diary of a Quilter

10/26: Film in the Fridge

10/28: Tall Grass Prairie Studio

10/29: Okan Arts

10/30: Kara Sews

11/2: Crimson Tate

11/4: Dainty Time

11/6: Nap Time Quilter

11/9: Spoonflower

11/11: Aurifil ( you are HERE)

11/13: A Gathering of Stitches

Top Ten Tuesday {ornaments}

Welcome back to Aurifil Top Ten Tuesday!  Thanksgiving is almost here ( in the states) and that means that Christmas is not far behind!  Have you started on your handmade holiday gifts?  If not, check out these wonderful embroidery ornament patterns by Aurifil Designers that can be stitched up quickly while you are spending time with your family!  Pick out your favorite colors of Aurifil embroidery floss or 12wt threads to create these sweet ornaments as gifts or for your own tree! There is a bonus of TWO extra patterns in this week’s offering!

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1. Snowman Ornament by Sherri from Little Bits of This and That

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2. Bird Ornament by Gail Pan Designs

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3. Bell Ornament by Amy from Amy’s Creative Side

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4. Christmas Stockings by Anna from Thimbleanna

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5. Holly Leaves by Pat Sloan

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6. Snowflake by Emily from Carolina Patchworks


7. Reindeer by Victoria Findlay Wolfe

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8. Mitten Ornament by Lizzy and Beth from Lizzie B Cre8ive


9. Candy Canes by Pam Kitty Morning

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10. Swedish Girl Ornament by Roseann Kermes from Rosebud’s Cottage

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11. Summer Santa by Sarah Fielke from The Last Piece

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12. Ice Skates Ornament by Bari J

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You can find even more free patterns, tips, tutorials and inspiration by following the Aurifil Pinterest boards, the Aurifil Facebook page and on Aurifilthread Instagram! All are updated daily and throughout the day to provide you with the best the sewing world has to offer!

Meet the 2016 Aurifil Design Team!

Hi I’m Pat Sloan, the host of Aurifil’s Designer of the Month program!  This is going to be an exciting year of getting to know 12 Designers and learn about them.

Our project this year is a Block of the Month all in blue and white! I’m really looking forward to working with this amazing and talented group.

Let me introduce you to themAurifil 2016 Design Team photo

Group Photo – Alex, Me, Angela, Heather, Kathy, Elena, Front – Christa & Wendy
Side top to bottom – Amy, Katarina, & Kate
Bottom – Kari, Amanda, Jacquelynne & Lynn
(be sure to scroll to the bottom for a fun little snap shot!)
This coming year our Design team months are…
Jan -Heather Valentine 
Feb – Kari Carr 
Mar – Christa Watson 
Apr – Kate Spain 
May – Amy Friend 
June – Jacquelynne Steves 
July – Wendy Sheppard 
Aug – Angela Walters
Sept – Lynn Krawczyk 
Oct – Kathy Brown  
Nov – Katarina Roccella 
Dec – Amanda Herring
Host – Pat Sloan with CBDO Alex Veronelli and CEO of Aurifil USA Elena Gregotti. 
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Some of us were at the Trade show … we we had a little fun! From Left to right

Pat Sloan(ME!), Angela Walters, Christa Watson, Wendy Sheppard, Heather Valentine and Kathy Brown! Can you tell this is going to be a GREAT year?

Each Interview comes out about the 15th of the month. Interested in the FREE Patterns from Prior years, see our sidebar category called Designers of the Month, click it!  And a few are now on the main website HERE

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Top Ten Tuesday {Quilts}

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday!  This week is a favorite of all quilters, FREE quilt patterns! The holidays are coming up fast, add in birthdays, baby gifts or a thoughtful charity quilt, we all need a good go-to quilt pattern for all occasions.  From traditional to modern, there is a quilt in this collection for everyone! Many thanks to the talented and generous designers, fabric houses and bloggers for making these incredible patterns and tutorials available!

Time to check out the fabulous patterns, grab some fabrics, your favorite Aurifil thread and SEW!

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1. Jungle Path Baby Quilt by Jessica Kelly for Moda Bake Shop

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2. Summertime  Herringbone Quilt by Michael Ann Made


3. Rainbow Diamonds Mini Quilt Tutorial by Lindsay for Craft Buds

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4. Accidental Quilt Block Tutorial by Denise from Beyond Sock Monkeys


5. Scrappy Summer Tutorial by Allison from Cluck Cluck Sew


6. Scrappy Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Jessie from Messy Jesse


7. Bravo Indigo by Caroline from Nightingale Quilts for Michael Miller Fabrics

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8. Postcards from Sweden Pattern from Robert Kaufman Fabrics


9. Double Wedding Ring from Bear Creek Quilting Company

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10. Nail Polish Mini Quilt Pattern by Lori Holt from Bee In My Bonnet


Find more free patterns, tips, tutorials and inspiration by following the Aurifil Pinterest boards, the Aurifil Facebook page and on Aurifilthread Instagram!  All are updated daily and throughout the day to provide you with the best the sewing world has to offer!

2015 Fall Quilt Market Part 4

The most wonderful part of Quilt Market is the abundance of inspiration!  There are many new fabrics, quilts and innovative items to help you take your quilting skills to the next level. It is truly every quilter’s dream!  In all of the new that can be found, there is another area that the most profound inspiration can be felt.  Vintage quilts!


When first attending Market a few years ago, I was confused by the vintage quilt booths.  I had been under the impression that Market was only for the newest, latest, and greatest fabrics, haberdashery, and patterns. I was stunned to see quilts from out of the attics and cedar chests. These were grandmother’s quilts.  Thank goodness grandma or great grandma took the time to learn how to sew and preserve these quilts!  There is an astounding beauty of the perfectly imperfect quilts that are on display.  These quilts are the foundation of every quilt we make.  They are the most incredible works of art that are made even more special by the fact that were made without rotary cutters, electric sewing machines, sometimes by lantern. Hand stitched by people who would come together as a community to share their lives while stitching.


The majority of these photos were taken in one booth that had the most incredible selection of not only finished quilts but also hand pieced blocks. Cindy’s Antique Quilts from Clinton, OK was a smorgasbord of every technique and color combination in quilts.

Cindy’s husband was also quite lovely, working on a wonderful Singer Featherweight while she was setting up.  He was told me the history of the machine he was servicing. It was a tragic tale that landed this pristine machine in his capable hands. He had many stories to tell and I could have listened for hours to them. The wonderful people on the Market floor are historians of the art.  They are the storytellers.



The red and white variety displayed was completely fetching! These antiques were in fantastic condition.




There was one quilt that was a showstopper!  A very exquisite, one of a kind, quilt found in Julie Silber’s booth that was constructed using cigar silks around the turn of the century.


I could not get a good photo of the entire quilt but the specialness of it can be found in the details.  I loved the names on each silk like a Pin-Up girls each lovingly stitched together by hand. This quilt was pristine.


This brings an end to the 2015 Quilt Market wrap up.  We wish to extend a heartfelt thank you everyone for your continued support for Aurifil! We cannot do any of this without each of you and are already looking forward to Spring 2016 Market in Salt Lake City!


2015 Fall Quilt Market Part 3

Let’s get right into more of the action and highlights from the Quilt Market floor!

Quilt Market is just not Market without the fabulous Pat Sloan!  We found Pat in the Moda neighborhood nestled between Vanessa from Lella’s Boutique and Anne from Bunny Hill Designs.  Pat is the Aurifil Designer of the Month Coordinator and a big part of the Aurifil family! We just love Pat!

Pat has an abundance of new everything to share!  Hometown Girl is her new fabric line with Moda, she has designed three new patterns, a new book, and a new Aurifil thread collection that will be available in four weights to share! She is one busy lady!


There is always a photo of Pat with Alex for Market!  This year Alex decided to play a trick on Pat and not smile for the photo.  Everyone smiles with Pat. So silly!


It’s all in good fun!

A couple of booths down from Pat was A Quilting Life with Sherri and Chelsi presenting their new beautiful vibrant colors in the collection Valley!


Many fabric designers are also painters, sculptors, architects, and graphic designers. They are not only quilting artists and love to explore their other artistic interests. One designer brought her passion for painting right into her Art Gallery booth.  It was a marvel to watch Bari J as she was creating delightful art in the midst of foot traffic and chatter.  IMG_1738

Bari’s new collection Millie Fleur is a special collection for her grandmother. Bari has a way to make everything she touches very special. IMG_1512

Christmas on Brambleberrry Ridge by Violet Craft for Michael Miller Fabrics was a flurry of fantastic paper pieced patterns, gift ribbons, garments and decor to bring the spirit of the holidays to everyone in your life!



Anna Maria Horner from Craft South for Free Spirit Fabrics created a whimsical wonderland for her line Fibs & Fables.




It would be fun to host a Designers Day for the designers to be able to relax and hang out while at Market. Anna Maria and Joanna stopped by the Aurifil booth to check out all of the new displays and catch up!


Carolyn Friedlander‘s collection Carkai ( a fun made up word) for Robert Kaufman Fabrics was displayed as a lovely collection of quilts, one hand tied, cushions and, of course, Aurifil thread!





Julie Herman from Jaybird Quilts is a fan of BOLD color, funky design and Aurifil thread!  Loving her collection of quilts!




Another favorite of the quilting world is Kaffe Fassett for Rowan Fabrics.  Wouldn’t it be fantastic to just take all of these home?  Stunning!





Birch Organic Fabrics presented their lovely double gauze.  These fabrics are soft, have a wonderful drape and would make extra soft quilts for babies and children!




Elizabeth Hartman brought the Pacific Northwest to Houston with her line for Robert Kaufman Fabrics!  Evergreens, animals and even Sasquatch made an appearance!




Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics introduced Dream.  A collection of classic blues and reds with pops of other accent color!



Valori Wells found her inspiration for her brilliant new fabrics Mystic for Robert Kaufman while visiting Morocco!





The Quilt Market Adventure will continue tomorrow on the Show Floor and a few other areas!

2015 Fall Quilt Market Part 2

Welcome back to 2015 Quilt Market Part 2!  There is never enough space to put the grandness of Quilt Market into one post.  Market needs to be at least two to three days longer ( and two posts longer) to be able to process at least half of what is happening or what has happened!  Hoping you enjoy Part 2 of Market!


There is never a lack of activities for shops at Market!  On the day prior to Market officially opening, there are Schoolhouses.  Schoolhouses are designed to educate and inspire shops to help their customers to find the right tools, fabrics and knowledge for every project!

Aurifil’s Schoolhouses were by different areas of the quilting industry. Fabric house, Island Batik, designers Wendy Sheppard and Jinny Beyer, and Alex Veronelli.

The first was Island Batik Fabrics with their lovely new collections! The one being shown is Tinsel!  Each of the four newest fabric collections has an Aurifil thread collection to match! Perfect colors for every one!


Wendy Sheppard from Ivory Spring was the Second in the series.  Wendy is a scientist turned quilter.  She has been featured in just about every quilting magazine on the planet with her beautiful quilts that are all quilted on her domestic home machine!  Wendy has a new Aurifil Collection and explained how she came to use Aurifil 50wt and why she believes it is the perfect choice for all quilters for it’s strength and beauty!


Wendy’s stunning quilt was on display in the Aurifil booth during Market and will be going on tour with Alex for his lectures in Aurifil Quilt Shops, Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for this beauty!  Also, keep on the lookout for a possible pattern for this beauty!


The talented Jinny Beyer was in the schoolhouse next!  Jinny’s insightful lecture was about thread weight uses.  With so many weights to choose from, how do you know what is the correct one for your project? Jinny shared what she uses and why.


Alex assisted her by holding up one of her quilts as an example.


Alex was the final lecture for the day.  The topic of his discussion was the overwhelmingly popular Aurifil lectures.  This lecture is available only to Aurifil shops. This exciting lecture is approximately 90 minutes of engaging video that takes you behind the scenes of the Aurifil factory, inside the research and development of the thread, a short lecture about the recommended uses and care for the threads, then concludes with an array of stunning artworks from the industries top designers.  Alex explained how the program works, why it is so popular and added in that there are gifts and giveaways of Aurifil at every session! What is not to love?

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Time to walk the Quilt Market floor!  It is always exciting to see the upcoming collections from the various designers and fabric houses!  It never ceases to be amazing that each booth is created only for the few days of the show. These displays are a labor of love a true act of passion by their creators!

Joanna Figueroa from Fig Tree &Co.  Is always prepared with something new and fresh for Moda Fabrics! She is really a sweetheart to boot!


She had a little something unexpected and special in her booth…WOOL and Aurifil floss to match!  This is something completely new and will be coming to a shop near you soon!  Very thrilling!


The new kid on the Moda block is artist, architect, and all around great dancer LUKE Haynes!  This is Luke’s first fabric collection.  It is appropriately named Dapper and has a modern edgy feel using traditional herringbone and bold colors.


Sandy Gervias is also in the Moda family and has this sweet new collection Refresh.


Loving the Aurifil spools as flower vases!


There was a real showstopper in Michel Miller Fabrics!  Into The Deep by Patty Sloniger was filled with rich colors making the mind dance!

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The dress was absolutely sublime!


Tula Pink never fails with her daring designs for Free Spirit!


Darlene Zimmerman never fails to entertain the creative juices in her Robert Kaufman booth! There is always something special and vintage that makes you want to stay awhile and see what else may turn up.  Morningside Farm will be available in 2016!



Maureen Cracknell had an explosion of fabulous with all of the details in her booth for Art Gallery Fabrics and her collection Fleet and Flourish!



Tim Holtz had on display his personal collection of antique items that inspire his own personal designs.




The very popular Mendocino by Heather Ross is being reprinted by Windham Fabrics! These lovely fabrics are sprinkled with life from the ocean including mermaids.



The final addition for today is Mary Fons‘s collection with Springs Creative Small Wonders.




Alex was happy to welcome Mary into the fabric world and into the Aurifil family!


Hope you will come back tomorrow for even more from Quilt Market!

2015 Fall Quilt Market Houston Welcome

There was a flurry of activity and a hurricane to boot during the 2015 International Quilt Market at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas!  The weather did not put a damper on the mood and fun atmosphere of the fantastic companies, shop owners, or designers that were in attendance during the show.  Quilters know how to brighten everything!


Welcome to the new Aurifil booth! The design was completely new this year!  Loads of bright color with actual skeins of the freshly dyed cottons displayed for everyone to come see and feel the quality of premium materials used in every spool of thread Aurifil produces!


Elena Gregotti, Aurifil CEO, was very pleased with the explosion of Aurifil colors inviting everyone to come and enjoy the new look.


The booth was filled with quilting artworks like this stunning beauty created by Rita  Frizzera, vintage sewing machines, and other special touches.


Alexander Winton, Sales Manager, and Bradley Mitchell, Marketing Director, were pleased as punch with the new look of the booth and had an outstanding time helping everyone find the perfect display, thread color or Aurifil Designer Collection for their local quilt shop!


The Aurifiat was absolutely adorable!


All of the newest collections were displayed with fat quarter bundles or fabric rolls for shops to be able to see first hand how perfectly the collections are matched.



The Aurifil Firewall Display was a showstopper with the most comprehensive selection of Aurifil products. If you have this display in your shop, your customers will be awestruck!


Many thanks for all of the wonderful visitors to the booth taking photos during Market! We love your support and being part of the excitement! If you are sharing your photos in your social media please hashtag #Aurifil.  We would love to see your photos!

Tomorrow will be even more exciting photos from the Market floor!