2016 Spring Quilt Market, Part 3


Welcome to Spring Quilt Market, Part 3, our final wrap up post of all things Quilt Market! We had such a great time walking the aisles , soaking in the vivid colors, new patterns, and basking in the glory of overwhelming creative inspiration. So, let’s dive right in!!

We absolutely adore working with Art Gallery Fabrics and had so much fun with the staff and amazing team of designers over Market weekend. We partnered with them on our Missing Market Giveaway and they popped by our booth for a quick tour and chat with Alex on Sunday.

Pictured here is lovely designer Amy Sinibaldi debuting her brand new collection with Art Gallery Fabrics, Playground. Her Aurifil thread collection, Sweetly Stitched, was released earlier this year and we just love how wonderfully her colors coordinate with her fabrics. To learn more about Amy and Sweetly Stitched, visit our collection announcement post.


Gorgeous booth display to feature Art Gallery Organics.


The amazing Pat Bravo simply glows with excitement in her booth. Here, she showcases two of her Aurifil collections, Rustic Vive and Intense Glow.


Sharon Holland shows off a stunning handmade dress along with her Aurifil thread collection, Color Story, available in both Large & Small. Sharon is such a huge Aurifil champion and we love seeing her creations!


Maureen Cracknell never fails to amaze with her Market booths. We are in love with the Nightfall display to showcase her new Art Gallery collection. Here, she shows off Bohemian Garden, her last thread collection with Aurifil.


Susan Emory of Swirly Girl Designs had a wonderfully bright booth, showcasing the fabrics of her new collection for Michael Miller, Summer Lovin’. All arrows point to Aurifil in one of her displays!



Tula Pink also wows us with her displays. At Spring Market, she introduced her brand new show-stopping collection with Aurifil — a custom printed box of 45 Small Spools in a fabulous array of colors. The box coordinates particularly well with her new Free Spirit fabric collection, Slow & Steady, in the Strawberry color way.


We love seeing Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet. Alex took a moment to pop by to say hello and Lori, of course, had one of her Aurifil Happy Colors collections on hand to showcase! We simply adore the Cherries quilt!

Designer Jill Finley recently signed on with Riley Blake and was at Market to present her debut collection with them, Meadow Sweets. We had so much fun working on the coordinating thread box!

The Portage Lake BOM Quilt looks absolutely stunning on display. It uses fabrics from Minick & Simpson‘s new Moda fabric collection, Grand Traverse Bay, and threads from their brand new Aurifil thread collection, Portage Lake. To learn more about the BOM, head here.


We spotted this amazing quilt in the Moda Grunge booth. WOW!!! Katy Perry never looked so good!


We always love to see what Kate Spain has going on. This quilt is a stunning display of fabrics for her new Moda collection, Grand Canal.


Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts shares a gorgeous collection of quilts in support of her latest collection, Chestnut.


Corey Yoder had the sweetest display of our threads in her Moda booth in support of her new collection Sundrops. Those colors make us want to dive right into Summer!

Darling Little Dickens by Lydia Nelson for Moda has us reminiscing about our younger years and we absolutely love the ‘I Love You’ quilt on the right. Wouldn’t that make the perfect baby gift?


We had a chance to visit with Heather Jones and Samantha Lindgren of A Gathering of Stitches. Heather put together a gorgeous booth to launch Color Dash, her debut collection with Robert Kaufman fabrics.  We are thrilled that she selected colors for a coordinating Aurifil thread collection.


How sweet is this kitty quilt in Erin Michael‘s booth for Moda?


Our new Creative Director, Erin Sampson, had a chance to share a quick hug with the amazing Pat Sloan. Pat is one of Aurifil’s biggest champions and we are ever grateful for her support (and for things like the Aurifil DOM, the Splendid Sampler and so much more!)


Felice Regina had the most amazing bursts of color in her booth for Luna Sol, her debut collection with Windham Fabrics. We love the bunny!

Kimberly Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop, It’s Sew Emma and Ruby Red Designs popped by the Aurifil booth to check out her debut thread collection, First Blush. True to the name, the collection showcases the sweetest lineup of colors, perfectly matched to the fabrics in her new collection with Windham Fabrics.


We missed meeting Aneela Hoey at Market, but were thrilled to see Foxglove, her new fabric collection with Cloud9 Fabrics. Don’t you just love how the threads are nestled into the display?


Annie Smith of Quilting Stash popped by to say hello and shared this quilt with us. WOW. The appliqué is simply perfect and the colors make us think of a perfect Spring day. Annie is a huge fan of our 28wt thread for appliqué.


Elisabeth Phillips of Island Batik came for a visit to talk about a handful of upcoming collections. We were proud to launch new collections for Island Batik designers Fourth and Sixth Designs, Claudia Pfeil, Kathy Engle, and Tammy Silvers at Spring Market.


And… that’s a wrap! Thank you so much for all who were able to pop by to say hello. We absolutely adore having a chance to see you all in person and are already looking forward to meeting in Houston.

For more information on our latest collections, keep an eye on our website. We just launched a brand new collection page and will be adding to it throughout the week.

Until next time!

2016 Spring Quilt Market, Part 2


There is something particularly thrilling about attending International Quilt Market. There is always a buzz of excitement in the air. Collections ready to debut, new products to announce, old friends to seek out, new friends to meet… The event is super-charged with inspiration starting with setup day, straight through the final hour on the last day.

We kicked off our experience on Thursday, May 19th with a lineup of three Schoolhouse Sessions by three incredibly talented designers: Pat Sloan, Tula Pink & Susan Emory. Schoolhouse Sessions are designed to educate shops, to give them the tools needed to connect with their customers and to fuel creative inspiration.

Pat Sloan is a true Aurifil Ambassador, in addition to being a quilt author, a radio/podcast show Producer & host, and a fabric designer. She has worked with Aurifil for years and has run the Aurifil Designer of the Month program since 2011.

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In Salt Lake City, she spoke to a full house of captive listeners and shared how to use the free DOM program to inspire sales and motivate consumers to create.


Tula Pink was one of the first to design a collection for Aurifil and presented her latest masterpiece at a short Schoolhouse. You can always count on Tula to have some amazing statement pieces — just check out that fabulous bag on the right in the image below. The bag was made from a pattern by Sew Sweetness and all 45 colors of Tula’s latest Aurifil collection were used to embroider the eyes.

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The Ultimate Collection features a custom printed case containing 45 small spools of 100% Aurifil Cotton in 50wt. The collection was incredibly well received by shop owners and we anticipate that you’ll start seeing it in stores next month.

Our final Schoolhouse was presented by Susan Emory of Swirly Girl Designs. She is a true Aurifil Champion and even created a fantastic handout for her attendees. Susan focused on creating kits using Aurifil thread and how shop owners can put together kits that their consumers will love. She also introduced her brand new Aurifil Thread Collection, Summer Lovin’, hand-selected to coordinate perfectly with her latest fabric collection for Michael Miller.

Thursday evening was ALL about Sample Spree, one of our favorite shopping events of the year! Show attendees lined up hours in advance, hoping for the chance to snag a Fat Quarter Bundle of an exclusive collection or perhaps a favorite Aurifil thread collection. We started with this:


and ended with this:


People do love their threads!

Friday brought the open of the trade show itself and, as usual, the days sped by. We are always so grateful for the opportunity to meet with our Aurifil Designers, to chat with shop owners and reconnect with distributors. It’s an absolute delight to make that personal connection!

Barbara Eikmeier was one of the first to come by the booth. We are thrilled to present her debut Aurifil Thread Collection, Vintage 30s – Ruby’s Treasures to coordinate with her latest fabric collection with Paintbrush Fabrics. Featuring 10 hand-selected colors of our Aurifloss, it was created in conjunction with McKim Studios and pairs popular 30s-style prints with the embroidery designs of Ruby Short McKim.


Leslie Levy and Carolyn Ducey showcased the latest collaboration between Aurifil, Moda Fabrics and IQSCM. We simply adore that proceeds from the sales of Collection for a Cause – Preservation go directly to IQSCM (International Quilt Study Center & Museum). The threads are stunning and the reproduction quilt created from the fabrics is a total show-stopper!


Moda Collection for a Cause Preservation  Quilt (100x100)

Lynne Hagmeier, of Kansas Troubles Quilters, debuted Bees ‘n Blooms, a new collection for Moda Fabrics. Her coordinating Aurifil thread box was also on display, but we were even more in love with the clever way that she used the small Aurifil spools in her booth design. Can you spot them?


The amazing Jenny Doan popped by to say hello and shared a moment with Alex. Her debut collection with Aurifil was just released and should be available in stores in July. The Heritage Collection is a gorgeous collection of 50wt threads on large spools.


We were so thrilled to see the lovely McKenna Ryan who was at market presenting Tigerfish, a new line of premier batiks for Robert Kaufman. Her coordinating thread collection, The Tropical Box, will be available next month!


Her label may just be one of our new favorites!


Brenda Ratliff of Pink Castle Fabrics was at Market presenting her brand new collection with RJR Fabrics, One Room Schoolhouse. Her coordinating Aurifil Thread Collection was the perfect accent to the booth, and we love the container of perfectly selected threads!

RJR never fails to inspire with their market displays. Their company hashtag, #quiltwithlove, seems to be interpreted anew at every event. We just adored the book-themed heart on display in Salt Lake City!


What a treat to run into Amy Friend at the book signing for her latest release, Intentional Piecing. Amy is a huge fan of Aurifil threads and used them in every single quilt featured in her book! She is also the Aurifil Designer of the Month for May!


How cute is this display of Aurifloss in Shari Butler of Doohickey Design Studio‘s booth?


We also spotted some small Aurifil spools on display in Corey Yoder‘s booth. She was at Market presenting Sundrops, her new collection with Moda Fabrics.

It was a pretty terrific Market kick-off! We’ll have more Market love for you tomorrow. Until then, Happy Stitching!!

2016 Spring Quilt Market


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.


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


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}

Top Ten

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


2. Car Diddy Bag — Sew Can She


3. FPP Lipstick Pattern — Sew Scatterbrained


4. Phoebe Phone & ID Case — Clover & Violet


5. Favorite Totes in Denim — Purl Soho


6. Mickey Mouse Ear Buds Pouch — Polkadot Chair


7. Naughty Secretary Bag — Sew Sweetness


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


9. Cargo Duffle Pattern — Noodlehead


10. Ellie Travel Case — Fabric Mutt

The Ellie Travel Case - Fabric Mutt

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.

Uppercase by Janine Vangool


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.


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

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


For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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!!

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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.

[text pulled from UPPERCASE]

*All images by Kirstie Tweed

Luna Sol by Felice Regina


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.

Luna Sol Lookbook, Windham Fabrics

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

Luna Sol
100% Aurifil Cotton, 50wt
Large – 1422yds each, 12 colors, Large Spools
1154 – 1135 – 2140 – 2730 – 4655 – 1320 – 2588 – 4030 – 3660 – 2780 – 3920 – 2525


Small – 220 yds each, 10 Colors, Small Spools
1154 – 1135 – 2140 – 2730 – 1320 – 2588 – 4030 – 2780 – 3920 – 2525


For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

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.


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.


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.


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!


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


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



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!!


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!


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


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.


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.

Triad Red / Yellow / Blue

  • 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


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.


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.


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.


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.


“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.


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

Ciao e a presto,

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.

First Blush BOM - Finished Size 97.5" x 97.5"

First Blush BOM – Finished Size 97.5″ x 97.5″

First Blush

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


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





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



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}

Top Ten - Mother's Day

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


2. Appliqué Hoop Art — Craftaholics Anonymous


3. Fabric Tortilla Warmer — Make It & Love It


4. Kitchen Towels — Sew4Home


5. Infinity Travel Scarf — Polkadot Chair

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


7. Well Traveled Sewing Book — nanaCompany


8. Tote — Noodlehead


9. Pixie Basket — Fabric Mutt


10. Goodie Goodie Binding Kit — Lella Boutique