Top Ten Tuesday {Christmas}

When Back to School shopping is in full swing the next logical project rush is Christmas!  September goes too quickly, so now the perfect time to start  ( or continue if you are a really amazing project planner) on your handmade Christmas items for friends and family!

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1. A collection of Free embroidery pattern ornaments from top designers for Aurifil

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2. Redbird and Berries Mini Quilt by Karen Miller for Moda Bake Shop

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3. Fabric Gift Bag DIY by Hand and Seek

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4. Christmas Apron in and Hour by Jona from Stop Staring and Start Sewing

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5. Iris Folding-Instructions and video tutorial by Anne from Stamping with Blue Moon Creations6a00e54f0a19ff88340134887c8e38970c-320wi

6. Patchwork Tree Quilt Block Tutorial by Amy from Diary of a Quilter ( you can make a full quilt or ornaments using this tutorial)

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7. Retro Ric Rac Christmas Tree Skirt My Go-Go Life

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8. Falling Flakes Stocking Tutorial ( Quilt as you go) by Rachael from Imagine Gnats

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9. Free Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial by The Ribbon Retreat Blog

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10. Patchwork Quilted Pillows by Melissa from Polka Dot Chair

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Have fun and feel great about being able to get ahead of the rush!  For more ideas please visit our Aurifil Pinterest boards!

Top Ten Tuesday {Cushion Covers}

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday!  This week the focus is home decor!  Changing the covers on your cushions can give the room an entirely new look.  Whether you like to shake things up the seasons, holidays or just have a whim to see something new, you will love the Top Ten Cushion Cover FREE patterns and tutorials for a fantastic way to spruce up your home!

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1. New York Beauty Pillow+ Template by Dan Rouse from Piece and Press

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2. Raspberry Kiss Cushion by Sew Delicious { tutorial for block by Rachel from Wooden Spoons Quilts}

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3. Quilted Garden Pillow Tutorial by Anorina from Samelia’s Mum

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4. Pocket Pillow Sewing Pattern by Melissa from Polka Dot Chair

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5. New Pillow Design by Suzanne from Just Another Hang Up

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6.  Star Flower Pillow Front by Tacha Bruecher for Moda Bake Shop

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7. Summer Leaves Pillow Tutorial by A Bright Corner

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8. Fair Isle Pillow Tutorial by Lee Heinrich for We All Sew

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9. Denim Arrow Cushion by Jocelyn for The Etsy Blog

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10. Hourglass Steps Pillow Tutorial by Audrie from Blue is Bleu

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Go grab some fabric from your stash, choose a pattern ( or two or more) and update your space!  Looking for MORE inspirations and free patterns or tutorials?  Please follow the Aurifil Pinterest boards that are updated daily with fun new projects!

Aurifil 2015 August Designer of the Month

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Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program,  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan! Our August interview and mini quilt is from the amazing Nancy Rink, Author, fabric designer and a long time supporter of Aurifil.  She has created some amazing quilts you can make, plus I really love the stories behind her books. When I interviewed Nancy on 8/18/14 and 7/29/13 we chat about her books, it’s a great show!  .. You can listen RIGHT at your computer to my podcast HERE

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 Nancy!

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Top Ten Tuesday { Bags and Accessories}

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday!   Do you like to have a new bag with the change of seasons?

Most bag patterns can be sewn in just a few hours compared to constructing a quilt from start to finish that can take days, weeks or sometimes end up as a WIP ( it happens).   Sewing your own bag is a fantastic way to show your taste in fabric and personal style.  Try customizing your bag, wallets and pouches giving you the opportunity to make them into what works best for you!  Add a zippered pocket or maybe a fun quilt block on the front! Always looking for ways to   to use some of those orphaned blocks!  Hope you find something you like or better yet…LOVE!

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1. Spring Fling Handbag: Free Tutorial by Cindy Guch from Raspberry Sunshine 

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2.Free Pattern Classic Color Block Tote by Lauren Dahl of Baste + Gather 

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3.  The Sawyer Bag Free Tutorial by Sara Lawson from Sew Sweetness

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4. Sewing Portfolio Organizer by Kerry Green from Very Berry Kerry for Liberty of London

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5.  Free Wallet Tutorial by Confessions of a Fabricaholic  ( photo used by Cranial Hiccups)

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6. The Laney Hobo Bag by Alicia Wietholter of Swoon Patterns

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7.  Messenger Bag Tutorial and Pattern by Amber from Crazy Little Projects 

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8. Madeleine Tutorial by Rachael Gander from Imagine Gnats

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9. All In One Handy Pouch Tutorial by Minki’s Work Table

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10. Zipper Pencil Case by Joanne from Craft Passion

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For more bag, wallet and pouch patterns and inspirations please visit our Aurifil Pinterest boards!

Top Ten Tuesday { Pincushions}

With so many choices on the internet, it can be next to impossible to see all of the best designers and bloggers have to offer.  Pinterest is a wonderful place to pin ideas but sometimes it is nice to have a smaller sampling of all of the thousands of choices.  Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly collection of ten fun projects, tips or patterns for you to try.  No need to scroll through thousands of photos, just come here!

This first week will be every sewer’s favorite sewing room addition…PINCUSHIONS!

Pincushions are the single most fantastic way to use up scraps, try a new block in a smaller size, make a gift for a friend or just have a “quick sew” fix!  They can be made as simple or as elegant as you wish and are a lovely way to brighten up any sewing space. Hope you enjoy the Top Ten Tuesday Pincushions edition!

1.  Turtle Pincushion by Joanne from Craft Passion

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2. Burlap Pincushion by Nathalie from Made In Home

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3. Pincushion Tutorial – Quick Gift Idea by Jessie from Messy Jessie

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4. Let’s Fly A Kite Pincushion  {free pattern} on Riley Blake 

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5. Strawberry Pincushion by Sedef from Down Grapevine Lane

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6. Caravan Patchwork Pincushion & Suitcase Tag Templates from Crafts Beautiful

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7.  Tomato Pincushion by Martha Stewart { includes video instruction}

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8.  Sprockets Pincushion by Allison from Cluck Cluck Sew

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9. Cathedral Window Pincushion by Kim from My Go-Go Life

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10. Fruity Pincushions from Mollie Makes magazine by Jenny Dixon

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For more Pincushion Love and other inspirations, please visit the Aurifil Pinterest boards that are updated daily!  Looking forward to seeing you back next week for the next Top Ten Tuesday!

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

Aurifil 2015 July designers logo 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 Pat Sloan Perfect Colors3 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! Continue reading

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!