2016 Spring Quilt Market

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Spring Quilt Market kicked off at 9:30am on Friday, May 20 at the Salt Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT and the Aurifil booth was filled with color. Not even the city-wide power outage the night before could dampen the mood.

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Last year, we debuted a brand new booth featuring giant skiens of brightly colors threads along the outside walls. We noticed that some people had more fun with the threads than others;).

The booth was filled with thread rich displays…

Masterfully finished quilts…

And brand new Aurifil Designer Collections.

We even had a bit of fun with our logo on the outside wall!

We’d like to thank all who have stopped by to say hello. We’ve loved the opportunity to catch up, hear about your latest projects and your favorite threads. If you’re in Salt Lake and haven’t yet been by, we hope to see you today! We’ll be in Booth #901.

If you are sharing photos from Market and happen to spot our threads, please tag #Aurifil. We’d love to see them!

Happy Sunday:)

 

 

Missing Market Giveaway

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International Quilt Market starts today and thousands of industry creatives will descend upon the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. 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! AurifilArt Gallery Fabrics, & byAnnie’s  have teamed up to bring you a fab giveaway that will help chase away those ‘Missing Market’ blues!

The prize includes:

  • One Small Aurifil Thread Collection: The Denim Studio by Art Gallery Fabrics is a brand new collection featuring 40wt, 28wt, 12wt, Wool & Linen threads to perfectly match the brand new fabric collection. This collection is being released at Market!
  • One Large Aurifil Classic Collection featuring 50wt threads in a variety of classic colors. This collection gives you all the essentials!
  • One Fat Quarter Bundle from Art Gallery Fabrics: THE DENIM STUDIO is a new series of premium substrates, a reinvention of the quintessential american fabric. Available in an array of prints and textures on trendy colors that are ideal for quilting, apparel, home decor and accessories. 
  • A Prize Pack from byAnnie’s including 1 72″ x 58″ pkg of Soft and Stable, 1 Ultimate Travel Bag Pattern, and a discount code for one Finishing Kit (strapping, hardware, zippers, mesh). 

To enter-to-win, simply click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page or click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have!  Entries will be accepted from now through 4pm Central Time on May 22nd! Good luck, have fun, and happy creating!!

Top Ten Tuesday {Travel Handmade}

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With International Quilt Market only a few days away, we’ve got travel on the mind. What’s a sewing traveler to do? Travel Handmade!! Quilty escapes are our favorites as attendees always arrive with a stunning lineup of bags, duffles, pouches and more. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites to inspire your next getaway! Whatever your destination, happy sewing!

1. All the Essentials Tote — Kristi Mcdonough for Sew Mama Sew

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2. Car Diddy Bag — Sew Can She

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3. FPP Lipstick Pattern — Sew Scatterbrained

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4. Phoebe Phone & ID Case — Clover & Violet

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5. Favorite Totes in Denim — Purl Soho

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6. Mickey Mouse Ear Buds Pouch — Polkadot Chair

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7. Naughty Secretary Bag — Sew Sweetness

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8. Recycled Roll Top Bag — Delia Creates for Totally Stitching’ (Babylock)

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9. Cargo Duffle Pattern — Noodlehead

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10. Ellie Travel Case — Fabric Mutt

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Find more free patterns, tips, tutorials and inspiration by following  on PinterestFacebook, and Instagram. All are updated regularly to provide you with the best the sewing world has to offer!

For more information about Aurifil products, including thread weights, Designer Collections, and where to purchase from your local quilt shop or select online shops, please visit Aurifil.com.

Aurifil 2016 May Designer of the Month Amy Friend!

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I’m Designer, Author, Radio show host Pat Sloan. The Merry Month of May is here and our  May Designer is Amy Friend who creates incredible quilts!

Amy creates magic with fabric. I am a huge fan of how she changes up the look of a quilt with the fabrics she puts together.

She also has a great book out, and we chatted about it on my talk show.. —>  5/2/16 click to  listen

Let’s get to know Amy!

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Uppercase by Janine Vangool

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Janine Vangool’s debut collection for Windham Fabrics, UPPERCASE, is a collection of bright colors and geometric prints inspired by the spines from the many issues of her hugely popular UPPERCASE Magazine. Each issue of the magazine has featured a unique spine pattern with its own personality which Janine has taken and transformed into a fabric collection that showcases Uppercase’s truly unique style.

Janine’s coordinating Aurifil thread collection perfectly combines bold & bright colors with a handful of neutrals, making it an excellent collection not only for use with her fabric, but also in every day sewing & quilting.

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[click on the image above to view the collection lookbook]

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Uppercase
100% Aurifil Cotton, 50wt
Large – 1422yds each, 12 colors, Large Spools
1154 – 2277 – 2430 – 2140 – 5015 – 2860
5005 – 5006 – 2615 – 2625 – 2024 – 2692

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For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

THE INTERVIEW
Can you tell us a little more about yourself and how you came into this wonderful world of textile design?
I’ve had an eclectic creative career, from working as a freelance graphic designer to teaching to having a line of wholesale greeting cards to sewing products to running my own gallery and bookshop. In 2009, I launched UPPERCASE, a quarterly print magazine for the creative and curious. It combines everything that I’ve learned and loved over the years so now publishing is my main focus. Each issue of the magazine has a unique pattern that goes on the spine, cover and throughout the issue, so after many years I had quite a nice collection of patterns. Through some good fortune and nice connections, I was able to pitch the idea of turning them into textiles with Windham Fabrics.

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When did UPPERCASE first launch and what was the driving inspiration behind its creation?  What do you most love about designing for, editing and publishing a print magazine?
Publication design—magazines and books—has always been my first love and is why I became a graphic designer. By producing my own publications, I have full control of the process from editorial through design through production. The magazine allows me to explore an infinite number of creative topics, so it is very inspiring and motivating.

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How was the UPPERCASE spine design direction first determined and how did it inspire your debut fabric collection with Windham Fabrics?
The launch issue of the magazine had a polka-dot theme going on, so it was natural to start with an easy polka dot pattern. When conceiving of the first issue, I knew I wanted a magazine with some shelf presence—something with a bit of heft and width that could easily be identified on the shelf. The spine pattern and colour palette were developed with that in mind.

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What was your favorite part about the process of designing a fabric collection? 
It was great to have a head start on the design process since I had dozens of designs from which to create the collection. I enjoyed refining the colour palette to the essence of what UPPERCASE is known for.

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What first drew you to Aurifil threads and how did you go about putting your first collection together? 
I could scarcely believe my good luck to not only have my first fabric collection… but a collection of top quality threads, too? Pinch me! The colours were selected to coordinate with the UPPERCASE palette—either to blend well with the fabrics which are meant to be good basics for quilting, or to offer some exciting contrasting colours for top stitching and accents.

Do you have a go-to weight/color?
Not yet! I’m still new to the quilting world, so although I’ve admired for years, I’m only just learning how to quilt and am brushing up on my sewing skills. It’s fun!

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Do you have any advice for designers who are just starting out? 
Keep working and trying and experimenting and failing and trying again. That’s the foundation for your future success.

THE GIVEAWAY
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To enter-to-win, simply click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have!  Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Thursday, May 19! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Friday, May 20th. Good luck!

UPDATE (5/19): This Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Brenda Patton!!

LEARN MORE ABOUT JANINE
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Janine Vangool is the publisher, editor and designer of UPPERCASE, a quarterly print magazine for the creative and curious. UPPERCASE publishes content inspired by design, typography, illustration and craft. Her magazine and books celebrate the process of making, the commitment to craft and the art of living creatively. Janine got her start working as a freelance graphic designer for arts and culture clients and has also taught typography and publication design at the college level. She has been a shop owner and bookseller, gallery curator, sold a line of greeting cards wholesale, made 10,000 books by hand (with lots of help!) and has sewn her own products for retail. She has a particular fondness for typewriters, a passion that has inspired a book about their graphic history. Her debut fabric collection is launching in June 2016 with Windham Fabrics. She is often asked, “Do you ever sleep?” To which she replies, “Yes! By the end of the day I’m exhausted!” She lives in Calgary, Canada with her board-game-designing husband and curious son.

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*All images by Kirstie Tweed

Luna Sol by Felice Regina

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Aurifil is pleased to introduce brand new Aurifil Thread Collection Designer, Felice Regina of Sew Scatterbrained. Felice is an illustrator and designer living in Houston, TX. Her first collection for Windham Fabrics is inspired by her “spirit animal”, the mystical moon bunny. A vivid color spectrum recalls burning sunrises and calming sunsets. Geometric moon phases, ditzy florals, and sweet bunny faces bring balance to this whimsical collection. The coordinating Aurifil thread boxes are a perfect representation of the collection’s the fabulously rich and bold colors.

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[click on the image above to view the collection lookbook]

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Luna Sol
100% Aurifil Cotton, 50wt
Large – 1422yds each, 12 colors, Large Spools
1154 – 1135 – 2040 – 2730 – 4655 – 1320 – 2588 – 4030 – 3660 – 2780 – 3920 – 2525

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Small – 220 yds each, 10 Colors, Small Spools
1154 – 1135 – 2040 – 2730 – 1320 – 2588 – 4030 – 2780 – 3920 – 2525

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For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

THE INTERVIEW
What first inspired you to start sewing?
I’ve always had a strong internal motivation to make things. When I was in elementary school, I taught myself how to sew by hand using a book I bought with my allowance. I didn’t use a sewing machine until I was a junior in college. I had just gotten my first apartment and wanted to make some inexpensive curtains and pillows to decorate with.

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What is your most beloved project finish and why?
My favorites are constantly changing, but right now, I’m in awe of of my Satellite Medallion quilt. It took a lot of energy to get it made in time for the Luna Sol look book. I don’t think I’ve ever put so much effort into the quilting process! When it was done, I knew it had to be on the cover of the look book.

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When did you first start working as an illustrator? 
I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil.

How did you first connect with Windham Fabrics and what have you most loved about working through the collection design process? 
I met my fabric design idol, Heather Ross, at Quilt Con 2015 and she introduced me to the Windham family! I can’t even describe how wonderful they are to work with. I really enjoy the dialogue we have regarding putting the collection together. They’ve helped spark positive ideas and changes that I wouldn’t have come up with on my own.

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What do you love most about Aurifil threads?
The color selection. I love pulling out my Aurifil color card and being able to find the perfect shade for my project. I’ve never been let down!

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Do you have any advice for new designers out there?
Don’t let yourself be intimidated. Never limit yourself. Embrace failure.

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To learn more about the Luna Sol collection, please visit Felice Regina & Windham Fabrics.

THE GIVEAWAY

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To enter-to-win, simply click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have!  Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 18! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Thursday, May 19th. Good luck!

UPDATE (5/19): This Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Susan Clarkson!!

LEARN MORE ABOUT FELICE
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Felice Regina is a 20-something illustrator/designer/maker from Houston, Texas. Since she was a child, her creative spirit and relentlessly curious nature has driven her to pursue making in many forms. Illustration and sewing happen to be her favorites.

As an adult who still sleeps with her baby blanket, Felice thinks she was primed to be a quilt fanatic. She made her first quilt in January 2014, and she now has more than she can count. She loves the marriage of artwork, function, and snugglability a quilt represents.

Felice graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Art and a minor in Business Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio in 2013. With her illustrated series “The Exiled Realm”, she won both the Trinity University 2013 senior award for Excellence in Art and the Ai Wei Wei Award at Trinity Art Collective’s 2012 Media Madness show. The series was also exhibited at Trinity’s Neidorff Gallery. Her photography was published in the 2010 Trinity Review. Her digital illustration “Closed for Cleaning” was featured in the MMORPG TERA Online from June to August 2013 as a winner of the “Loading Memories” contest.

Thread Matters: Choosing the Right Color

Welcome back to Thread Matters with Aggy Burczyk!

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“To see or not to see” – that is the sewer’s question when deciding on the right thread color for a project.

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In my classes I frequently get the question: “What is the best ‘invisible’ thread?” It’s not in reference to a monofilament thread, but rather a polyester or cotton thread that will match the color of the fabric perfectly and remains “invisible”.

As sewists, and especially quilters, we seem to have less of a problem choosing a thread color that values our work and highlights certain areas or shapes. Nonetheless there are certain rules which must be followed for best results and the color wheel is our best tool for this.

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There are different color wheels with more or less detail available based on different primary colors. Please do not get confused searching the internet!

For the sewer’s purposes the RYB color wheel suits well, as it is also predominantly used in art and art education. It is made out of the three primary colors (Red, Yellow and Blue) and three secondary colors (orange, violet and green). While the primary colors cannot be mixed from any combination of other colors, the secondary colors are mixed from two primary colors. [Just in case you were wondering now about the six other colors in this color wheel: they are made by mixing a primary and a secondary color and are usually called tertiary colors.]

Do remember art class in school when somehow all of the colors that you mixed turned out to be a brownish color? I certainly do! Who would have thought that paying a little bit more attention would have been so helpful for our preferred hobby?

Now think about appliqué and giving your shapes a nice (visible) finish by machine or with a beautiful hand stitch. You have several choices, which rarely can go wrong applying the basic concepts of the color wheel:

  • Use the complementary color of the predominant color of the background fabric or the appliqué piece. Complementary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel.
  • Use an analogous color of the predominant color of the background fabric or the appliqué piece. Analogous colors are adjacent to one another on the color wheel.
  • Use a triad harmony when dealing with a very distinct colored background fabric (like in the photo of the sample piece below). In a color triad the colors are evenly spaced and build a triangle.
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  • Use a different value of the predominant color in your appliqué piece.
    Value basically describes how dark or light the color would be if you took a black and white photo of it.
  • Use a different saturation of the predominant color in your appliqué piece.
    Saturation basically describes the brightness or intensity of a color. By the way, using a thicker thread of the color will often do the trick (Aurifil 50wt à 40wt à 28wt à 12wt)

It is fair to say that “value” and “saturation” are the hardest to differentiate, but with a little practice it will become more and more clear and natural to you

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In this sample I played a little bit with above suggestions using five variations of blue in two different weights (the 40wt on the left and the 50wt on the right), a matching yellow color and the same color with a higher value and a background matching red color. All stripes are exactly (!) 1” – but look what a difference in appearance and subjective width the choice of the thread makes!

Still confused?

Please don’t be, as in reality all this theory is much easier in practice. When choosing a thread color “To See” I simply use my AURIFIL color card. The Mako 100% cotton range comprises now 270 colors and the color card is made with real thread.

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I can hear you now: “Just opening the color card will make me want them all!” RESIST!!

After consulting the color wheel and deciding on how much effect I would like to give, I will take different small fabric left-overs from my project and try to find the complementary hues (this simply translates as the color itself, e.g. red, blue, green, etc.) and will then decide on value and saturation.

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Now what about the “Not To See” thread color? Strangely enough this seems much more of a problem.

Let’s first speak about sewing and piecing.

Why is the perfect thread so important for sewing or especially piecing? Think of a four patch or better an 8 point star where all of those seams have to come together in one point. We are just human and some of the seams will inevitably spring open a bit – e voilà, I can see the thread used for piecing. This will attract the viewer’s eye even more and imperfections will become very visible.

When asked to bring a “neutral” thread to patchwork class students often will happily present a brand new spool of bright white thread on their machine. White seems to be considered of having “no color” and should therefore by definition be neutral! Or maybe not?

Where is white “invisible”? Yes, correct, only on white itself!

Many times our work is composed not of an analogous color scheme (colors next to each other in the color wheel) but of fabric in several complementary colors (triad or tetradic, etc.). By definition, would I use a matching thread color of any of these it would be very much visible in some areas.

What is needed is what I call a “chameleon” color which adapts to all.

First evaluate whether your fabric colors are predominantly warm or cool.

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The best thread color to choose for piecing and sewing would be a light (low value) only slightly saturated color in a warm or cold hue depending on your predominant fabric colors. Remember these terms? Here is how I translate this.

My preferred warm “chameleon” Aurifil thread is an earthy tone, the # 2312 – my preferred cold “chameleon” Aurifil thread is a grey tone, the # 2620.

Actually these are among the most sold threads within the 270 to choose from, but you might prefer to go up or down in value and/or saturation a bit, depending on the specifics of your project.

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“Chameleon” colors are very important to have in your thread stash (yes, dear husband – I do not only have a decent fabric stash but I am also a proud owner of a beautiful thread stash). Did you know that Aurifil offers this beautiful AND useful collection from Mark Lipinski? It’s truly all your heart needs.

If a Large, 12-spool collection is no in your budget, consider “Aurifil’s Best Selection” with 4 large neutral spools.

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Have fun choosing your thread colors and remember: Thread Matters and with that – also its color.

Ciao e a presto,
Aggy

First Blush by Ruby Red Designs

First Blush by Ruby Red Designs for Windham Fabrics is a celebration of the first bloom of the season. Fresh pinks, aquas and reds bring new life to vintage-inspired prints. Striking ginghams and sunkist dot prints offer a gorgeous backdrop to the florals. The collection accompanies the First Blush Block of the Month by It’s Sew Emma Patterns, a modern 12 month BOM that uses the Starburst 30° Ruler from Creative Grids to create its unique pattern. The coordinating Aurifil Thread Collection showcases our 50wt in super sweet colors.

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First Blush BOM – Finished Size 97.5″ x 97.5″

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
First Blush

100% Aurifil Cotton
Large – 12 Colors, Large Spools, 1422yds each
1128 – 2805 – 5007 – 2423 – 2130 – 2135 – 2150 – 5002 – 2884 – 5017 – 2311 – 2024

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Small – 10 Colors, Small Spools, 219yds each
1128 – 2805 – 2423 – 2130 – 2135 – 2150 – 5002 – 5017 – 2311 – 2024

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THE FABRIC
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THE BOM

Supplies:
The Fabric — First Blush by Ruby Red Designs for Windham Fabrics
The Thread — First Blush by Ruby Red Designs for Aurifil

The Book — First Blush Block of the Month
The Ruler —  Starburst 30° Ruler from Creative Grids

THE GIVEAWAY

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To enter-to-win, simply click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have!  Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 11! Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Thursday, May 12th. Good luck!

Please Note: The book will ship after its release in Fall 2016.

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Erin Montequin!

Top Ten Tuesday {Mother’s Day}

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Though we truly believe that every day should be Mother’s Day, it’s lovely to have one day dedicated to showing our moms just how amazing they really are. This weekend (in the US), we take some time out to honor our real-life superheroes, our mentors, our best friends. We love going handmade for Mother’s Day and have rounded up a few favorite tutorials and gift ideas to inspire a bit of last minute stitching.

Happy Mother’s Day!!

1. Eye Mask — Tilly and the Buttons

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2. Appliqué Hoop Art — Craftaholics Anonymous

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3. Fabric Tortilla Warmer — Make It & Love It

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4. Kitchen Towels — Sew4Home

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5. Infinity Travel Scarf — Polkadot Chair

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6. Fabric Flower Bouquet — Lillabelle Lane for Penny Rose Fabrics

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7. Well Traveled Sewing Book — nanaCompany

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8. Tote — Noodlehead

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9. Pixie Basket — Fabric Mutt

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10. Goodie Goodie Binding Kit — Lella Boutique

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Sweetly Stitched by Amy Sinibaldi

We are thrilled to introduce Amy Sinibaldi of Nana Company, a new designer for Aurifil threads.  Her debut collection, Sweetly Stitched, is a gorgeous selection of colors inspired by her book of the same name and Playground, her next fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics. Amy features Aurifil 28wt & 50wt threads along with Aurifloss in her collection to accommodate all of her needs, whether she is working with appliqué, embroidery, quilting, or sewing bags and accessories. Sweetly Stitched is now available in both large and small boxes!

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THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Sweetly Stitched
100% Aurifil Cotton
Large – 12 colors, Large Spools
50wt spools, 1422yds each: 2800 – 4129 – 2930 – 2479 – 2220 – 1310
28wt spools, 820yds each: 1285 – 2835 – 2415 – 2815 – 67302 – 4654

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Small – 10 colors, Small Spools
50wt spools, 219yds each: 2800 – 4129 – 2930 – 2479 – 2220
28wt spool, 109 yds each: 2815 – 6730 – 4654
Aurifloss, 18yds each: 1285 – 2835

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THE INTERVIEW
How did you first come into the world of sewing & quilting?
I started sewing felt play cookies by hand and then came up with the brilliant idea of getting a sewing machine.  I taught myself to use it.  I sewed little girl aprons.  And when those sold quickly on Etsy, I was encouraged to learn to sew more things, like pillows and blankets, and those sold quickly too.  So there was like a snowball effect, and before long I’d taught myself to sew very well and I’d built myself a name, of sorts.

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What inspires you to create?
In general, it’s a detail that inspires me.  A color combination, or a combination of materials that looks great together.  I’m not much of a planner, so I tend to start with something small that I want to do, and then I build from there and hope I’m still in love with the project once it’s finished.

What do you love most about the business that you’ve built over the last 10 years?
I’ve never really thought of what I do as a business.  It’s been a really long, public, learning process and I’m nowhere near the end.

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What is your favorite thing to sew?
My favorite things to sew are small and unplanned, and built on an organic process of putting fabrics and elements together that seem to go well as I go along.  So, in a way, you’re not making something, it’s making itself.

How did you first become interested in fabric design and what drew you to Art Gallery Fabrics?
After years of working with fabric, the idea of designing your own dream line of fabric is a natural progression, I think.  Actually doing it ~ starting with a completely blank canvas and creating that “dream” line is much harder than I thought it would be.  I was so excited to design with Art Gallery Fabrics because I’d always loved their beautiful LookBooks and how they’ve always understood that a fabric design house should be artistic and pay attention to detail in all that they do, not just in the fabric alone.

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We are in love with your debut collection, Paperie, and were so thrilled to see that you have a new collection due out in July called Playground. What inspired the collection? Do you have a favorite print?
I love Playground so much because I feel the collection is quite cohesive.  It is inspired by my early early days spent at playgrounds before those massive elaborate “playscapes” hit the scene.  So there had to be a tire print, which is possibly my fave, and a hopscotch print, some jump rope, ring around the roses, and just lots of references to innocent “old school” playground days.  Think sunshine and daisy chains, the sandbox, and Fruit stripe gum.

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Your debut Aurifil Thread Collection was released earlier this year and coordinates with the prints in Playground. What first drew you to Aurifil and how did you go about putting your collection together?
I love the beautiful spectrum of Aurifil colors and it was so much fun creating my own collection.  Actually, choosing the spools for my thread collection was the very last thing I did at Fall Quilt Market in Houston, 2015, before packing up my booth and heading home.  Pat brought me over to the Aurifil booth and I buzzed around choosing colors and we wrote the numbers down and I snapped a pic of the thread spools all together.  I used that pic as the wallpaper on my phone for the longest time, because I loved these colors so much and I knew I was going to use them as the basis for the color palette of my next collection, which is now Playground.

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What is your go-to thread weight and why?
I absolutely love using 28 wt thread for quilting and top-stitching.  I love how substantial it is and how it adds so much to a piece.

THE GIVEAWAY

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To enter-to-win, simply click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have!  Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Saturday, May 7! Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Sunday, May 8th. Good luck!

Update (5/8): This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to BethAnne (@Amoseymom on Instagram)!

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Amy Sinibaldi lives in a small house near the ocean in Los Angeles with her four children and sweet husband. She sees a lot of beauty in her “everyday” and she loves sharing that as she designs, creates and sews.Always writing and drawing since she could hold a pencil, Amy didn’t begin sewing until Father’s Day 2006. That day she was at Target and convinced her husband to buy her a sewing machine. They bought the second cheapest machine available that day ~ a Shark (it was sooo loud!) that she used until Christmas 2011, when she switched to a Singer.

In 2007, she launched nanaCompany on Etsy and it tickles her that people sometimes call her Nana. Back then, her daughters Olivia and Mia were not yet born and she decided on the name “nana” Company as an acronym…

“N” is for Nick, her husband
“A” is for Amy
“N” is for Nicholas, her son
“A” is for Anne, her oldest daughter.

Completely self-taught in everything, Amy is a “see it – do it” kind of girl. She loves trying new techniques and still feels that she is finding her style.

[text adapted from nanaCompany, all images courtesy of Amy Sinibaldi]