Tips for Combining Machine + Hand Quilting

Today we are thrilled to have a post from our talented Aurifil Artisan, Jessica Skultety of Quilty Habit! She created a beautiful quilt using  Anna Maria Horner‘s new 12wt thread collection, Stitch Gallery. It is available as a Limited Edition in the super fabulous wooden box you’ll see below, and also in our standard cardboard packaging. She has kindly shared some of her favorite tips for how she combines hand quilting and machine quilting! Take it away Jessica!


Hi! I’m Jessica Skultety of Quilty Habit, and I teach, lecture, blog, and quilt obsessively. As an Aurifil Artisan, I’d love to share some quilting ideas with you today. Combining machine and hand work isn’t a new idea, but it’s an option that can add another special detail to your quilt. You don’t have to add a lot of either one to make a huge impact!

First, I’d like to introduce you to my latest passion project, “Bouquet,” and explain the process behind quilting it. Then, I’ll share 5 tips and more inspiration!

Quilting is my favorite part of the quilt-making process. It didn’t start out that way, but as soon as I started to free motion quilt on my home machine, I caught the bug. This is not to say that I don’t quilt with my walking foot – because I do!

One of my main goals for a quilt is to showcase or emphasize its design with the quilting itself. This is sometimes difficult to figure out, but it gets easier over time. It’s like deciding how to decorate a room: how will you accentuate its features? Often, for me, this means creating movement with waves and spirals.

I’m also a huge, longtime fan of Anna Maria Horner’s saturated, colorful fabrics, so I quickly began to dream up a wall quilt with her older fabrics and newest line, Floral Retrospective (which, luckily, contains some reprinted fabrics in brand spanking new colorways), plus her new special edition 12 weight Aurifil thread collection. Aren’t they so beautiful (and that box!!)? Since orange peel quilts are my favorites to make, I used petals as a starting point, much like my first orange peel quilt, Scatter.

After making the petals and adhering them with fusible and raw edge applique, I machine quilted in a circle from the bottom left to emphasize the circular, spreading out motion of the orange peels/flower petals. I quilted with 50 weight Aurifil 2600 (Dove Gray, my favorite) so that it would somewhat blend in the background but show on the petals.

My walking foot was a big help here; I marked the first couple of circles with my hera marker, starting at the bottom left corner, and then followed the lines roughly. You can use the guide on your walking foot to follow previous circles, but I chose to make them imprecise (imprecision in quilting is my favorite).

I’m admittedly a novice hand quilter, and I wanted to keep it simple but striking. First, I chose the Anna Maria Horner 12 weight threads that matched the quilt’s colors (leaving out just orange and yellow). The colors I used: 2566 (Wisteria), 4020 (Fuchsia), 2026 (Chalk), 1125 (Medium Teal), 4662 (Spotted, variegated green), 1248 (Grey Blue), 2845 (Light Juniper), and 3660 (Bubblegum, variegated pink). Can I just say how much I’ve fallen in love with using variegated threads for hand-quilting?

I marked my lines with a blue water soluble marker and ruler, right over the machine quilting. Then, I blissfully sat on my couch for a few hours with an audiobook in hand, stitching away. I’ve tried a few different hand stitching threads, and admittedly I love Aurifil because of the huge variety of colors and smoothness of the thread gliding through three layers. The thread doesn’t split easily. I wore my thimble but barely needed it!

Originally, I hand-quilted one line extending from almost every petal and between, but on second thought I decided to add another line of contrasting thread next to it. The quilting shows even more now! I love how it shows up on the back, too:

We took Bouquet for a walk down a (usually crowded) alley in Easton, PA. It was simply too windy to take more pictures, but this one will do! I’m really pleased that the hand-quilting shows up from far away. Again, another element added to my quilt.

5 Tips for Combining Machine + Hand Quilting

  • Machine quilt first, then hand quilt.
  • Use a frame or don’t – find what works for you. I’ve only hand-quilted small quilts and projects so far (see below) so a frame hasn’t felt necessary.
  • If you want to achieve consistency with your hand stitches and you’re new like me, try sashiko stitching first. If you buy a premarked fabric, you can practice making a beautiful design. Aurifil 12 weight threads can be used for this, too!
  • Get yourself a needle minder. Mine are magnetized and stick onto my project, so I never lose anything!
  • Be open to imperfection. It’s impossible for every single stitch to be perfectly straight, every time. Let loose and embrace the notion that you’re making a beautiful handmade piece of art

More Examples

  • I love how my friend Chawne Kimber (@cauchycomplete) regularly combines hand and machine quilting. Check out the details she added to her Cotton Sophisticate quilt.
  • Within the last year, I’ve been combining lots of machine quilting with hand stitching. Here are some other samples with links to their blog posts:

Clockwise from top left: “Starlight,” Fall Table Topper, Sashiko Flower Pillow, “Fractured Cathedral Window.”

And, if you’ve read all the way to the end, thank you! And thanks to Aurifil for providing the threads for this project. Let me know – have you tried combining hand and machine? If not, what’s holding you up?


Thank you so much Jessica! The quilt is beautiful and the tips and tricks are certainly a wonderful resource for anyone looking to try out this technique. You can find more details about all three of the Anna Maria Horner limited edition collections HERE. And stay tuned to the Auribuzz blog for the official collection announcement!

Susan Emory – Hello Blog Hop

Happy Monday!! Today we are thrilled to be a part of Susan Emory‘s Hello Blog Hop celebrating her newest fabric line with Michael Miller Fabrics & the coordinating Aurifil thread collection! Our very own Hilary Jordan, also of Young Texan Mama, dove right into this one and made a quilt, so we’ll turn Auribuzz over to her for of the fun details. Hello is full of bright vibrant colors that will be the perfect addition to your fabric and thread stash. 😉


 

I always love the opportunity to create something for work because receiving boxes of fabric is the best kind of mail, and this fabric from Susan was no exception! My favorite prints from the collection include the bracket stripe, call me!, and the hashtag texture. I adore the saturated colors. When it came to deciding what to make, I knew that I wanted to create a quilt where I could fussy cut the Call Me! telephone print.

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The pattern I selected to work with was the Beads Quilt from the book By the Bundle by Emma Jean Jansen. All of the circles are raw edge applique, and I stitched them down using the coordinating colors from Susan’s Hello Aurifil thread collection. When I did the quilting, I stitched vertical lines down the quilt but left the circles un-quilted so they would slightly pop out from the background.

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I have two little boys, and this poor quilt has already been the victim of several food related accidents and has needed to be washed 4 times since it was finished in May! But I love that the washing has caused the edges of the circles to take on a soft flocked texture. Each of the circles was fused into place with Therm O Web feather lite fusible interfacing, so it is so soft and doesn’t have that paper like texture of a heavier fusible.

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Here are some of the details about Susan’s Thread and Fabric collections:


Hello by Susan Emory for Aurifil
100% Aurifil Cotton, 12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool)
2588 – 1148 – 4093 – 2735 – 2582 – 2145
5015 – 2865 – 2250 – 2625 – 2692 – 2024

 

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10 Prints in the Graphite Colorway, 11 Prints in the Aqua Colorway, 5 Patterns

Be sure to follow along with all the other Blog Hop participants for your chance to win some fantastic prizes. And stay tuned here for Susan’s official Aurifil Thread collection announcement and giveaway!

Blog Hop Schedule:

Friday July 14th: Michael Miller Fabrics and Swirly Girls Design

Monday, July 17th: Aurifil and The Fat Quarter Gypsy

Tuesday, July 18th: Seams Like a Dream and Tamarinis

Wednesday, July 19th: My Go Go Life and Unspooled

Thursday, July 20th: Geta’s Quilting Studio and Pieces of Me

Welcome Aurifil Artisans!

Today is a very exciting day in Aurifil’s world… it’s the day we get to announce our 2017 Aurifil Artisans! We are beyond excited about this incredible lineup of quilters, sewists, and makers. They come to us from all over the world from India, to the UK, to the US. They are quilters, pattern designers, fabric designers, bag-makers, long arm quilters, crafters, and tailors. They love to create and love to work with Aurifil thread! You’ll be learning more about this wonderful team throughout the year, and will be seeing more of their work both here on Auribuzz & on our social media accounts.

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Row1: Renee – Quilts of a Feather, Pamela – Pamela’s Quilts, Sandy – Hissyfitz Designs, Richy Jr – Spazzy Cat Designs — Row2: Shannon – Eva Blakes Makery, Shruti – 13 Woodhouse Rd, Taunja – Carried Away Quilting, Sheri – Whole Circle Studio — Row3:  Sharon – Pine Valley Quilts, Wendy – Wendy’s Quilts and More — Row4: Lisa – In the Boondocks, Yvonne – Quilting Jetgirl, Sedef – Down Grapevine Lane, Jessica – Desert Bloom Quilting

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Row1: Afton – Quilting Mod, Alyce – Blossom Heart Quilts, Ange – A Little Patchwork, Blair – Wise Craft Handmade — Row2: Casey – Casey Taylor Threads, Connie – Freemotion by the River, Cheryl – Meadow Mist Designs, Erin – Quilts by Starlight — Row3: Faith – Sarana Ave, Erin – Sew at Home Mummy, Gillian – Gillian Travis Textile Art, Jayne – Twiggy & Opal — Row4: Geta – Getas Quilting Studio, Jessica – Quilty Habit, Jemima – Tied With a Ribbon, Jess – Elven Garden Quilts

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Row1: Karin – Karin Jordan Studio, Karen – Lady K Quilts, Kim – Persimon Dreams, Kitty – Night Quilter — Row2: Lauren – Molly and Mama, Laura – Slice of Pi Quilts, Laura – Sonic Stitches Quilts, Leslie – Seasoned Homemaker — Row3: Lee – May Chappell, Laurie – Neon Kitty Quilts, Lori – The Inbox Jaunt, Lisa – Sew What You Love — Row4: Mary – Mary Menzer Designs, Mel – Piece, Love & Happiness, Maryellen – Mary Mack Made Mine, Paige – Quilted Blooms

Congratulations again to the entire team!

Top Ten Tuesday {Mother’s Day}

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There are just a few weekends before Mother’s Day, and we have rounded up several projects that would make a perfect gift for Mom! Whether she needs a new mug rug, personalized oven mitts, or a bookmark for her favorite book, we know that whatever you make is sure to make Mom feel special!

1 – Mother’s Day Mug Rug by Simply Solids.

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2 – Lavender Bags by She Quilts A Lot.

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3 – Monogrammed Oven Mitts by Sew4Home.

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4 – Sunflower Pillow by Simple Simon & Co.

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5 – Peg Bag by Sew and So.

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6 – Fabric Bookmarks from the Fiskars blog.

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7 – Double Pot Holder by Make It & Love It.

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8 – Handprint Hoop Art – by Craftaholics Anonymous.

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9 – Fabric Portfolio & Notepad by The Cottage Mama.

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10 – Stitched Flower Card by Crafts Beautiful.

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Aurifil Artisans

 

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You know Aurifil as your favorite thread on the market… The thread with incredible strength and sheen… the thread made with 100% Egyptian Mako Cotton by a dedicated team working for a small family company based in Italy. We stand by the quality and do our best every day to ensure that our product is one that makes us proud, one that makes our hearts sing. But at the end of the day… Aurifil is nothing without you — the creatives, the visionaries, the designers, the artists… You do amazing things with our thread, always pushing the boundaries, trying new things, wowing us with your innovations and your artistry.

With that in mind, we’ve revamped our Blogger/Artist program and are proud to introduce our Aurifil Artisan Program! The program offers a wonderful collaborative opportunity… a way for us to partner to herald the work that you do and spread the Aurifil love.

We have a limited number of spots available for the first year and have developed an application which can be reviewed, filled out, and submitted below. Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 7. Our Aurifil Artisans will be contacted by April 14 and introduced here on our blog shortly thereafter.

Top Ten Tuesday {Sewing for Babies}

There is something about Springtime that has us thinking about babies!  Whether you’re expecting a new family member or need a gift for a friend, we’ve rounded up some quick and easy makes. There are bibs, burp cloths, & bows, as well as some cute makes for the nursery. Grab your Aurifil thread and fabrics, and get to stitching!

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1 – A Bow Keeper by Lisa Calle at the Moda Bake Shop.

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2 – Candy Flower hair bow by Keera Job at the Moda Bake Shop.

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3 – Easiest Burp Cloths by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter.

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4 –Bigger Better Bib by Mary Martha Mama.

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5 – Quilted Patchwork Bib by Sew She Sews.

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6 – Bandanna Bib Pattern by  White & Bright.

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7 – Ruffle Edge Baby Blanket by Sew4Home.

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8 – Crib Sheet DIY by The Ribbon Retreat.

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9 – Changing Pad Cover DIY by View From the Fridge.

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10 –Nursing Cover by Sew4Home.

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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.

Top Ten Tuesday {Easter Bunnies}

Welcome to Aurifil Top Ten Tuesday! Springtime is upon us and we couldn’t be more excited about stitching up a few adorable Easter projects! Whether they’re for your home, your children & grandchildren, or just for yourself, these projects are sure to bring springtime cheer to your life. Plus, who doesn’t love cute little bunnies 😉 Grab your Aurifil and stitch up a darling project today!

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1 – Bunny Bags by Just Jude

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2 – Spring Flowers Wreath by PolkaDot Chair

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3 – Fabric Easter Eggs by Retro Mama

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4 – Scrappy Easter Bunny Head Tie by Wife-Made

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5 – DIY Stuffed Bunny by Alice & Lois

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6 – Bunny Bunting {Tutorial} by Samelias Mum

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7 – Ruffle Bunnies: Fun Appliqué Kitchen Towels by Sew4Home

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8 – Bunny Hop Quilt Pattern {Free} by Jedi Craft Girl

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9 – Flip & Sew Carrot Table Runner by All People Quilt

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10 – Easter Bunny Bunting by Crafts Beautiful

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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.

Top Ten Tuesday {Embroidery}

We love whipping up projects quickly with our sewing machines, but sometimes sitting down and doing some slow stitching is exactly what we need. February is National Embroidery Month and to celebrate we have rounded up a few of our favorite patterns and tutorials for you to enjoy. Grab your Aurifil 12 weight thread or Aurifloss and stitch up one of these fun projects today!

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1 – Love Everyone Embroidery Template by Wild Olive

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2 – Learning About Hand Embroidery from The Seasoned Homemaker

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3 – Heart and Home Embroidery by Flamingo Toes

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4 – The 2012 Aurifil DOM Reboot – a new block comes out this Thursday!

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5 – Do Small Things Embroidery Pattern by Nana Company

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6 – Sewing Sayings Embroidery by imagine gnats for Sew Mama Sew

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7 – Hand Embroidery: Lettering and Text

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8 – How to transfer embroidery patterns by Shiny Happy World

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9 – Embroidered Bouquet by Down Grapevine Lane

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10 – Creating a Craft Station by Stitch People

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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.

Top Ten Tuesday {Valentine’s Day}

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We cannot believe that the first month of 2017 is almost over, and February and Valentine’s Day are right around the corner! It seems like just yesterday it was Christmas, but now decorations of hearts and kisses fill our homes, and there is candy everywhere! 😉 Check out these fun quilting & sewing Valentine’s projects that will make your home look festive, but won’t ruin your New Year’s diet!

1 – Mosaic Heart Tote Tutorial by Olivia Jane Handcrafted

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2 – Valentine Throw Pillow by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter

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3 – Be My Everything Embroidery by Mollie of Wild Olive

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4 – Shades of Love Table Runner by Amy Friend of During Quiet Time

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5 – Heart Hoop Art by Lauren Makes

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6 – Big Love Quilt by Modern Handcraft

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7 – Sweetheart Zip Pouch by Polkadot Chair

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8 – I Heart You Mini Quilt by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew

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9 – Half Hearted Block by Amy Sinibaldi

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10 – Makin’ It Cute Hearts with Me & My Sister Designs + Fat Quarter Shop

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Top Ten Tuesday {Quilt Alongs}

Welcome to the first Top Ten Tuesday of 2017! The new year is always a fun time to find and participate in new Sew Alongs, Clubs, and Block of the Month programs. We’ve discovered a slew of fabulous opportunities for 2017 that will keep you sewing all year long! Join one, or a few 😉 , that work for you!  Grab your fabrics and, of course, your Aurifil Threads and have fun!

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1 . The Art of Home Club with Jacquelynne Steves.

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2 . Project Quilting hosted by Persimon Dreams.

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3 . Down the Rabbit Hole Block of the Month hosted by Sarah Fielke.

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4 . 52 Weeks with the Quilters Planner hosted by Gnome Angel.

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5 . The #2017SewingBookChallenge hosted by My Happy Haven

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6 . The Cookbook Quilt Along hosted by Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock.

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7 . The Murder Mystery Quilt 2017 hosted by Whipstitch Modern Sewing.

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8 . The Milky Way Sampler hosted by Blossom Heart Quilts.

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9 . Pat Sloan is hosting a slew of her own BOM and Quilt Alongs, and we loved the theme of the 2017 Children’s Library Block of the Month.

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10 . And of course our very own Aurifil Designer Block of the Month hosted right here on the Auribuzz blog!

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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.