Aurifil Artisan Jemima Flendt of Tied with a Ribbon has just released Weekend Quilting, her debut book with Fons & Porter. The book is a gorgeous representation of a wide variety of techniques, presenting the opportunity to build your quilting skills. We had a chance to chat with Jemima about the book and are thrilled to share that interview with you here today. And… there’s a giveaway because who doesn’t love a good giveaway?
What we loved most about the book is the wide variety of techniques and projects included in each section. The book offers the opportunity to try your hand at not only traditional piecing techniques like half square triangles and strip piecing, but also English Paper Piecing, raw edge applique, and foundation paper piecing! Jemima does a fantastic job of walking you through the basics of each technique, making this book not only perfect for beginning quilters but also a fantastic addition to your quilting library!
Congratulations on the release of Weekend Quilting! Can you tell us a little more about what inspired the book?
We all have such busy lives these days between families, work commitments and just life in general. I wanted to create a book that would celebrate and make the most of the time you do get to spend Quilting. This time Quilting, sewing or even doing any hobby always seems like such a luxury, so I wanted to make that time count with projects that could be finished over a shorter time frame of a weekend. I hope that making a project and seeing it finished will inspire people to want to make and quilt more. Seeing a finished project is so satisfying.
How did you come up with the range of projects included and do you have a favourite?
My professional background is as a Home Economics Teacher and so teaching is always at the core of what I want my Quilting to represent. As I now teach sewing and quilting workshops I wanted to give beginner sewers and even those who have quilted before the “Techniques” to make different blocks to inspire the projects. I wanted to give lots of attention to the detail of how to put it together – which way to press and lots of tips for the Technique as you go. While it is hard to pick a favourite I definitely love the Appliqué “Blooms Mini Quilt” and the Half Square Triangles – “Hearts on Fire” is another favourite. “Avenues” which focuses on Foundation Paper Piecing is another firm favourite.
Can you tell us a bit more about your fabric and thread selections for projects in the book?
The fabrics in the book really represent the types of fabrics I love working with. I love to combine lots of different fabrics by different designers to get just the right look for the colours and prints that I am trying to achieve. I audition lots of fabrics that offer variety in size, colour and print until I settle on what I love. I also love to mix the different type of fabric substrates. Very often you can find Chambray, Linen, Cotton and Tana Lawn all in the one project. I love the effect of these different textures together. Thread choice is always easy – Aurifil fits the bill everytime. I can always match the exact colour I am after and even more so the Thread weight. I love being able to have all the machine piecing and hand quilting needs I have to sew all in one brand.
What project from the book would you recommend to someone just starting out with sewing and quilting?
The book was designed to be a “Skill Building” style of book – I wanted the projects to start at the beginning and then progress in difficulty and skill level. So starting at the beginning would be a great place to start for readers of Weekend Quilting and those wanting to start with Quilting and Sewing.
How big of a role do your quilted projects play in the scheme of your own home décor?
In my home we have quilts everywhere – they are on couches, on beds, on display – folded into nooks we have had made under the television, they are even on walls as in my sewing room I have hung curtain rails along the walls and can change and display different quilts. There are pillows all around and quite often with my girls they feature on the floor – LOL!
When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them?
I came across Aurifil threads a few years ago and always encourage my students to buy the best equipment and notions they can afford. I always recommend Aurifil as there is little point to spending so much time hand making projects to have them lot you down with poor notions such as thread – I have found that Aurifil doesn’t shred, fluff, or snap and love that it doesn’t ravel back up again when you are working with it.
Where can we find you this year?
I have several Trunk Shows and Workshops coming up this year:
- June 24th – Book Signing and Trunk Show at Carols of Midland
- July 3rd – Trunk Show at Patchwork at Homespun
- August 5th – Trunk Show, Book Signing and Workshop at Cotton Rose
I have also got an Online Class coming out at Craft University in July at – https://www.craftonlineuniversity.com
Want to win a copy of Weekend Quilting and 6 spools of Aurifil Thread to get you started with your first projects? Simply click here or on the image above to head to the Rafflecopter page to enter-to-win. You don’t have to complete all options to enter, but the more you do, the more chances you’ll have to win! Giveaway runs from now through 11:59pm on Tuesday, June 20. Winner will be announced here on this post on June 21. This giveaway is open to our International friends.
Jemima Flendt has been around fabrics and crafts for as long as she can remember. Her grandmother used to teach her to crochet and her mum was always making at her sewing machine. She grew up to love and be inspired by all things fabric, textiles, buttons, ribbons, and embellishments. Her own two girls are now very much involved in their own crafting and stitching passions.