Dixie by Allison Harris

AllisonHarris-CollectionPromoDixie, Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew’s fourth collection with Windham Fabrics, follows in her signature style of bold foral prints and modern colors. Perfect for both traditional and modern quilters, this complementary follow up to her previous collection, Hazel, offers a new range of patterns that will inspire all sorts of Summer sewing.

Allison has curated a coordinating thread collection featuring Aurifil 50wt and the colors are absolutely perfect. We simply cannot wait to get get our hands on them!

We had a chance to chat with Allison about how she got started in this wonderful world of sewing & quilting and what she loves most about Aurifil. Read on for the interview and don’t miss our fabulous giveaway!

Dixie Lookbook

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THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Dixie
100% Aurifil Cotton, 50wt
Large – 1422yds each, 12 Colors, Large Spools
2882 – 5018 – 1148 – 2830 – 2730 – 2250 – 2435 – 2415 – 5015 – 2024 – 2600- 4654

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Small – 220 yds each, 10 Colors, Small Spools
2882 – 5018 – 1148 – 2830 – 2730 – 2250 – 2435 – 2415 – 5015 – 4654

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For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

THE INTERVIEW
You started quilting nearly 10 years ago. What first drew you to the craft?
My Mom quilted and sewed, so I grew up watching her and when I started having kids of my own I finally took the plunge and learned how to quilt.  It was love at first stitch!

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Since getting started, you’ve grown into a published author, pattern designer and fabric designer. Did you ever imagine this all happening when you first started and how do you feel this has changed your life for the better?
A lot of great things have happened in the past 9 years!  I feel blessed for every opportunity that has come my way, and no, I could have never imagined I’d be doing what I do now 9 years ago!  I sure love what I do, and I hope I get to design more, but also still enjoy sewing and quilting years down the road!   I feel more well rounded as an individual and mother by designing and working, and the opportunity to work from home while my kids are little is really the best.

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Dixie is your fourth collection for Windham Fabrics. Does it feel different to create things using your own fabric?
Yes definitely!  A lot more thought goes into the projects when I’m working with my own fabric, and I can’t help but think about the design process as I sew with them…each one of those prints had to start somewhere!  It’s fun and amazing to watch them go from an idea or a sketch to real life fabric I can use!

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What inspired this collection?
The inspiration for this collection came initially from a feedsack prints I bought at a swap meet while I lived in Ohio.  It has a more Southern feel to me, I can picture this collection being used for decor or quilts hanging out on a big screen porch in the South.  The colors are a bit more saturated than my last, but it’s also a summer collection…so the brighter the better and I love it!

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What do you love most about Aurifil threads? Do you have a go-to color or thread weight?
Aurifil works like a dream in my sewing machines… and lasts forever!  My go-to is obviously my huge cones of white 2024 50 wt. for piecing…I’m always a little proud when I finally run out of a cone of thread!  My favorite color Aurifil is the 2830  (50 wt).  It’s a beautiful Aqua, Sea foam color that I use all the time!

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What is your favorite project made with fabrics and threads from Dixie?
I’m actually sewing it right now… it’s a baby quilt for my daughter that is due in a couple of weeks!  It’s a project from my book Growing Up Modern and I’m quilting circles on it with the colored Aurifil from the Dixie collection…it’s been really fun to make!

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To learn more about the Dixie fabric collection, please visit Cluck Cluck Sew & 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 4! Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Thursday, May 5th. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Donna Widerquist!!

LEARN MORE ABOUT ALLISON
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Allison started this blogging in 2007 as a way to keep record of the things she was making. She also started quilting around that time, so her blog has followed her journey from a brand new quilter, to a quilter that sort of knows what she’s doing.  Sort of.  Blogging is her first love, but she also writes and publishes quilt patterns, authors and contributes to quilting books and magazines, and designs fabric sold in quilt shops.Allison lives a ferry ride away from Seattle with her husband and three small kids.  She work as a Dental Hygienist here and there, but mainly stays at home with her family now and enjoys this quilty stuff.  She also loves visiting beaches around her house, anything with sugar, wandering around Target alone,  raising bunnies (see this post…so cute!), and long lazy naps (but who doesn’t?).[text adapted from Cluck Cluck Sew]

144 thoughts on “Dixie by Allison Harris

  1. I have been sewing for over 50 years. Love carrying on a family “tradition”. Colors are so inspiring and putting together combinations fills my heart.

  2. I learned to sew from my mother. My grandmother was a professional seamstress, so I guess it’s genetic. I love quilting!

  3. I started sewing when I was 8. I am 73 now, so I have been sewing a long time. My mother sewed all my clothes, so she was my inspiration. When I was 8, I wanted to make her an apron for Mother’s Day. Of course she had to give lots of help. I surprised her by actually ending up with an apron. She told me years later that she had not thought it would be an apron, so she gave me fabric that wasn’t appropriate for the project. She said she had always been sorry about that. In the following years she let me sit down and make doll clothes without a pattern. I have had a love affair with sewing ever since then.

  4. I’ve been sewing for over 40 years. My first inspiration was probably the lovely dresses my maternal grandmother sewed for me. I am also inspired by the tactile nature of working with thread and cloth.

  5. I learned to sew in Junior High School and made clothes for a long time. One day about 20 years ago I saw a quilt class advertised in the local paper and decided that I wanted to try making a quilt. Well, needless to say, I was hooked!

  6. My mom taught us to sew when we were little. I think I was 5 when she taught me to hand sew. I’m 41 now. I mostly sew by machine now, quilts, bags, and clothes (in that order).

  7. My Grandma taught me to sew….I used to watch her all the time as she made clothes for me and my sister. I didn’t know she quilted til my mom, who didn’t sew, passed away and I found a beautiful quilt by grandma in here things! Never mind how long I’ve been sewing….just say most of my life and I’ll leave out the exact number of years!!!! hahahaha

  8. I srarted sewing, reluctantly, in grade 9 Home Ec., and dropped it after 1 more year. I was really bad at it! Then I picked it up again when expecting our first child, and sewed steadily, all our 4 children’s clothing and mine, plus things such as curtains and drapes, until I went back to work full time when our youngest was in school. After that only sporadically, stopping completely when work demands became too great. Now, having retired this September, i have started quilting, and I love it! So happy to have a hobby I love!

  9. I learned how to use my mother’s Featherweight when I was in 6th grade. She arranged for me to take some sewing lessons from a seamstress friend who helped me make a pleated skirt for school.
    Since then most of my sewing has been repairs & hemming & household projects. However, 4 years ago in retirement, I took my first quilting class. What a brave new world! Sewing is a life-long skill!

  10. My mother sewed beautifully as did her mother. I didn’t know there were quilters in the family until I inherited a quilt made by my dad’s mother!

  11. I’ve been sewing since my mother signed me up for sewing lessons for my 12th birthday. She knew how much I loved crafty things and since she didn’t sew, she paid for lessons for me at the local Singer Sewing Center. That was more than 40 years ago and I still love to sew!

    • Oh gee! Was so excited with fabrics, forgot to say I started seeing around age 6 with my great aunt and her treacle machine, but picked up quilting in my 20s, and then children occupied my time until my late 40s when I picked up quilting again and have been at it ever since.

  12. I’ve been sewing for about 55 years. My mom taught me to sew. Then I joined 4H and have never looked back! Love all these Spring colors in the fabric and the thread 🙂

  13. I sewed a bit when I was young — I remember taking some classes when I was 8 or 9, but I started quilting about 5 years ago. A friend convinced me to do a scrappy project with her from a tutorial on a blog. I was hooked! She hasn’t made a quilt since then, but I have made probably 50 since then.

  14. I have been sewing off and on most of my life. I did garment sewing and home dec stuff but started quilting about 10 years ago. Now, my husband and I both quilt. 🙂

  15. My mom taught me to sew when I was about 8(?) and have doing so ever since, so that’s a LOT of years! Thanks for a great giveaway.

  16. I have been sewing since I was a child, so 40+ years. My Mom could make anything and she was always my inspiration to learn more.

  17. I started sewing in middle school, we had a great Home Ec. instructor. Started making quilts when my daughters were born. Loved making them reversible one yard dresses with matching bloomers. When one side got dirty we just put the clean side out.

  18. I have been sewing since I was in junior high. I’d have to say my mom inspired me to sew b/c she sewed a lot when I was young.

  19. I first starting sewing at 8 years old,making doll clothes,my mother had taught me how to hand stitch and then a sewing machine when I was 10 .I have never stopped sewing.Making my own doll clothes is what helped me realize how nice is was to make anything for her to wear.Buying fabric was way different then.If mother was still here ,she would of spent tons on all these beautiful designs ,and amazing designers.

  20. I’ve been sewing since the seventh grade Home Ec class with Mrs. Bampton! (and your seams better be straight with her!!!). Wonderful woman who taught many girls and boys to sew! Loved the challenge of making things way back then and still love it as a creative outlet!

  21. I started out of necessity by making almost all of our clothes. I didn’t start out quilt making till many years later and fell in love with it. Now I have so much material and so many quilts and loving every minute.

  22. I started really sewing at 12 years old in my home ec. class. I sewed clothes then, and kept sewing because back then it was cheaper to sew clothes than buy them! 🙂 I majored in Clothing and Textiles in College, but now I rarely sew clothes: quilts are my love!!! Thanks for the interview with Allison: I follow her blog and love her!

  23. A neighbor was making rags quilts about four years ago and encouraged me to make one. Well I made one and learned a little about putting a blanket together and really loved the process, so have been teaching myself to expand from there. No sewers in my family.

  24. Wonderful interview. Congratulations on the coming baby. So nice to have a way to creative and stay home with the kids.

  25. HI, THANKS for a great interview+giveaway too! CONGRATS on the coming Baby ♥ My Mom+Aunts all sewed and quilted and I learned to do both>Love it!

  26. I learned to sew as a child watching my mom make clothes for me and my siblings. I made many garments for my kids and then started quilting for a fun activity. Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful collection and thread.

  27. I’ve just started sewing. Youtube and books have taught me, thus far. I wanted to learn in order to make quilts. Now, I not only want to make quilts, I want to make clothing for myself, as well! Actually, the more I learn, the more things I want to sew!

  28. While I’ve played with fabric since I was a child, I started quilting in my 30’s, about sixteen years ago, after my mother died. It helped me feel closer to her then and it still does.

  29. I began sewing as a child, probably seven or eight. I am inspired by nature, photography, family, science, especially astronomy.

  30. My Grandmother taught me to sew(by hand) when I was about 6 years old. Then sewing on a treadle machine, then an electric one. I was in 6th grade when I made my first dress with a long front zipper. I made all my clothes in high school. I got serious about making quilts after 10 years marriage and my second child. Now quilting is a vital part of my life.

  31. I started sewing when I was about 13, in Junior High home-ec. I sewed off and on after that, but came back big time in the last 6-7 years after I learned quilting. Now it’s just my passion and a day to day hobby for me.

  32. Wow, I did the math…..57 years of needles, threads and fabrics. It has been a constant through the ups and downs of life. At 5, I pestered my grandmother until she taught me how to embroider like she did, then my mom taught me garment construction and the right way to use her machine after I got caught at 10 trying to use it to make Barbie clothes. The gigantic thread nest was a dead giveaway I had been up to something!

  33. I learned how to sew after my Godmother made some curtains for me and told me I needed to learn how to sew if I wanted pillows. I love quilting, but I have made a few pillows and curtains too.

  34. I learned to sew at 7 years old, my Mom taught me. I started with doll clothes, then graduated to my own clothes. I learned to quilt at 52 years old, I am now 64. I love this fabric line and only use Aurifil thread.

  35. My mother sewed and I couldn’t wait to learn. She sent me to Singer Sewing School. I haven’t stopped for 50 years now.

  36. I started sewing about 8yrs, but my mom impaired me the most to want to learn more. But I have had any teachers along the way. Love learning new things !

  37. My mom sewed for us, so I started sewing with her about 35 years ago. I learned how to make clothes for myself to fit a curvy body when I was a teen. Now I sew for myself, and my daughter, and quilt.

  38. I learned to sew in Home Ec Class…and have sewn for long time. Only started seriously into quilting for almost 4 years now..due to my Daughter encouraging me to join her in learning to quilt. 🙂 We are loving every Moment together too!
    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! 😀

  39. I started sewing when I was 8 years old. I made an apron and gave it to my grandmother for Christmas. She kept it safely packed away with my name on it. After she passed away it was given back to me.

  40. I started sewing when I was 12 years old. I made some of my school clothes that year and when I was 15 I started making all my clothes. I even made a few dresses for my mom. Then I made clothes for my children when they were young. Now I quilt mostly. Love the give-away fabric and thread! Thanks!

  41. I started sewing at 10 and hated it. Too much pressure to be perfect. Ten years later (and no one looking over my shoulder), I started really liking to sew. 10 years after that, I was making lots of things and loving it. 10 years after that, I started quilting and found what I really love to do.

  42. I have been sewing since I was a teenager and am now 40. I initially started with cross stitch and then got my own sewing machine and have been making my own clothes the last year or two.

  43. I learnt to sew at school. I still have my very first sampler of hand embroidery.
    As a teenager, I taught myself to use my mum’s Necchi sewing machine, using the embroidery cams and sewed my own clothes.
    As an adult, I made my kids clothes and once they were all at school, I discovered patchwork and quilting.
    I love beautiful fabrics and threads and no doubt will be in the running to have the most when I fall off the perch 😊

  44. I have been sewing for about 45 years. I had to take sewing in Home Ec in junior high school and found that I enjoyed it. I started making clothes for myself and stuffed toys and things for gifts. Then I sewed clothing for my children. Fairly recently I started quilting and I love that the most. Thanks!

  45. I have been sewing for almost 45 years – my Mom taught me when I was little, like 5 yrs old. I still have the first skirt I ever made. Happy coincidence – the fabric resembles this collection! “Dixie” also caught my attention because that is the name of my older granddaughter! I would love to make her a quilt from a collection that shares her name!

  46. Sometimes I think I was born with a needle, thread and scissors in my hand. LOL I soloed on the machine at 8 making doll clothes. I just don’t get people that have no interest in sewing or even learning how. Love the colors in this collection.

  47. I’ve been sewing since I was a kid, and stashing fabric since then, as well. i was introduced to quilting by a friend 21 years ago and have been hooked ever since. Love the fabric and thread collection, fabulous colors!

  48. I’ve been sewing for as long as I can remember – maybe 35 years, since I was a child. I was inspired by the desire to make things myself from whatever I could find in my mum’s fabric cupboard!

  49. My mom taught me how to sew 35 years ago…I started with Barbie clothes, but quickly moved on to fashion, then a few years later I made my first quilt. I remember pulling fabric out of the trash basket next to my mom’s sewing machine, handling it, and deciding what Barbie would wear next!!

  50. I have been sewing for about 50 years. I started through a 4-H sewing club because I wanted to learn to make my own clothes. I have always been interested in quilting but never made one until about 5 years ago and I love it.

  51. I started sewing when I was 25, stopped for a while when I got married, bought a house, had 2 kids, but have been back into it furiously since my discovery of Instagram and the great quilting community! I initially started sewing because I went to Joann fabrics for scrapbooking supplies, started buying lots of fabric, and needed to learn to sew to do something with all of the fabric!

  52. Thank you all for this giveaway! I have sewing since I was about 5 when I started first grade; being the third child I was eager to go to school and have always been very busy, goodness that is almost 58 years now.

  53. I started sewing last summer. I was inspired to start by my grandmother who has been sewing forever and quilting since the 70s. Love her and her beautiful creations. I hope that mine will look as good some day!

  54. I started seeing when my children were young, but I didn’t learn to quilt until my children were grown which was about 7 years ago.

  55. Been quilting about 7 years. I started with making little doggy jackets for a skinny pound puppy we adopted, but once I got a sewing machine (the first jacket I sewed by hand!) I made a baby quilt when I was pregnant and then a queen sized quilt for our bed and then a queen quilt for a wedding gift and by then I was totally invested and haven’t stopped since!

  56. I started sewing and quilting in 2003 when I was in French Polynesia and Hawaii. I learned on books and looking old woman making them. They were my inspiration. Now I read blogs and magazines!
    quiltpatchappli at gmail dot com

  57. I have been quilting for 26 years. I had a utility quilt, as a child, that my great grandmother had made. I loved looking at all the different fabrics in the quilt. As an adult I wanted to learn how to make a quilt so that I could make a dresden plate quilt.

  58. I started sewing when I was a kid, in school! I really liked this course where we made a lot a things like aprons or dolls. I’m inspired now with patterns I love, so I made them!

  59. I have been sewing since I was about six years old. I was inspired by my grandmother who was always
    sewing and quilting.

  60. I started to sew with my mother when I was a kid, making little items she still have 30 years later! She inspired me, and I love to make quilts for her

  61. I must confess that I have been sewing for nearly 60 years, since before I started school. And enjoying it nearly all of the time. It is so much fun these days because of the wonderful fabrics that are being produced.

  62. I wanted to sew my daughter some cute outfits, she turns 6 this summer and that means I have been sewing for 4 years.

  63. My dear grandmother always made my clothing when I was growing up. She always made quilts for her family. Many memories of her treadle sewing machine running and her teaching me to sew are treasured. I began making my children’s clothing. Slowly, I started piecing quilts and have not looked back! Love Aurifil!

  64. My mom forced this tomboy to make herself a flannel nightgown. I was hooked. I sewed clothes for whoever until the late 80s when I switched to quilting.

  65. I’ve been sewing off and on since I was little. My mom taught me, and I always loved making things. It wasn’t until the birth of my nephew in 2012 that I discovered just how much I love it! My friends and family are definitely the inspiration for much of what I do.

  66. I have been sewing since I was a little girl. My mom sewed a lot of our clothes, and I started off sewing doll clothes.

  67. I have been sewing for about 8 years. My first project took me a total of 5 years to make. I really decided to jump into sewing head first. I wanted to make a special gift for my brother for Christmas (as he had just gotten married a few months earlier). He loves homemade items and a quilt seemed like a great idea.

  68. I am mostly self-taught. Learned to sew because I love making things. My daughter is a maker too. Loves crafts of all type. She wanted to learn to sew. I taught her the basics, then enrolled her in a local sewing class. She loved it. Bought her a new machine, and she has been sewing ever since. That was 3 years ago. She is now 13, and she has inspired me back into sewing.

  69. I started sewing around the age of 12. I grew up with my mom and sisters sewing all the time, so it was a natural that I would too! I’ve always loved making my own clothes and creating unique things.

  70. I learned to see from my mom. I just started seeing again recently. I have been knitting and spinning so my dance card is full!

  71. I started sewing when I was 10, in 4H. I picked it up again 25 years later when my good friend was pregnant and I made a quilt for her baby.

  72. I started sewing clothes for my kids about 27 years ago. I had always admired quilts, and seeing two friends start to quilt inspired me to start. Since making that first quilt, its completely hijacked my creative output!

  73. I loved when my mom made stuff for me as a kid. I started sewing long before kids but sew a lot more since! It’s so fun creating special things for them!

  74. I’ve been sewing since I was 12 & I turn 50 this year! Over the years I’ve sewn my clothes, the kids clothes, homewares, cloth dolls & teddies but now I just can’t get enough of quilting!

  75. I’ve been sewing a little since middle school, but really started to do it often when my kids were a few years old. I started making halloween costumes then clothes for my daughter, but now quilting has my heart!

  76. I’ve been sewing since I was a kid, but it’s only been the last few years that I’ve picked it up again. I got a new machine for Christmas, and it’s made all the difference in the world, and these days sewing is my favorite (only?) hobby.

  77. I only really started sewing in 2012 when I took an online quilting class. I love it and there is no looking back now!

  78. Allison is awesome! I was her class assistant at the first sewing summit and learn tons from her! I love her tastes in color and design! Way to go Allison!

  79. I’ve been sewing for about 15 years and I started because I love creating! I do lots of crafty stuff, but sewing is my favorite!!!

  80. Love!!! Hazel was a fave and now Dixie is too!! Started sewing a little about 20 years ago, but have only been quilting for a couple years so far. Love your fabrics and patterns!!! 🙂

  81. I’ve been sewing since I was 4. My mom taught me simple cross stitch, and from there I began sewing clothing for my dolls. It’s been a lifelong hobby.

  82. I started sewing when I was 7. My mother gave me an embroidery kit to play with on a road trip from Florida to Atlanta. I was instantly hooked and loved it…. My daughter is 5, and she is already learning running stitches. So far, she loves it too!

  83. I started sewing when I was about 12 years old. I taught myself to sew. I have been quilting for about ten years

  84. A gorgeous collection of fabrics, I love the little cross-stitch design. I have been sewing spans making sunce I was a little girl, but only started quilting 3 years ago. I am constantly inspired by all the creative fabric designers, and love the way everything is shared on social media 😊

  85. My mom taught me when I was little. But it wasn’t until several years ago when my friend showed me how to make a rag quilt and then I was but by the quilting bug!!

  86. My mom taught me to sew when I was little – can’t remember how old I was, but I was in 4-H sewing before junior high school. My mom sewed mostly clothes, and I did too when I discovered quilting in my 20’s. That was 40 years ago and I am still completely hooked. The fabrics, threads and methods have gotten exponentially better over the years. I love your fabric and the Aurifil threads that go with it. Such beautiful colors – and that’s what it’s all about for me – COLOR!

  87. My mother was a beautiful seamstress and I wanted to be just like her – I would sit next to her with my tiny sewing machine!

  88. Excited about this! I started sewing for my children and as a creative outlet (less mess than painting, and fabric and thread doesn’t dry out or have fumes!)

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