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. ūüėČ


 

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 ‚Äď 1148 ‚Äď 4093 ‚Äď 2735 ‚Äď 2582 ‚Äď 2145
5015 ‚Äď 2865 ‚Äď 2250 ‚Äď 2625 ‚Äď 2692 ‚Äď 2024

 

Hello by Susan Emory for Michael Miller
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

Friday, July 21st: Poorhouse Quilt Designs and Generation Q Magazine

Coming Up Roses: Penny in the City

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We were thrilled when the amazing team at Penny Rose Fabrics asked if we’d like to join in on Jill Finley‘s Coming Up Roses blog tour. You see, we love Jill. ‚̧ Not just because she is one of our treasured Aurifil Designers, but because she is an incredibly talented fabric designer, quilter, maker, and generally an all around lovely person. Also, Coming Up Roses, her latest line with Penny Rose, is absolutely stunning. Just look at these feature prints!!

While we don’t have a new thread collection to coordinate with Coming Up Roses, we were happy to see that some of the colors from her Meadow Sweets collection work incredibly well! Take a peek at those colors right here.

To feature Jill’s fabrics, we turned to Aurifil’s own Kate Brennan, based in our Chicago office. Kate is a talented quilter with a keen eye for color and pairing patterns. She focused on Jill’s blue colorway, opting for the Roses Main, Roses Vine, Roses Hexi, and Roses Buds prints and added in a few Riley Blake coordinates with Swiss Dot Tone on Tone White & Confetti Cottons Color Riley Royal Blue. Kate says that she loves working with Riley Blake fabrics and is particularly taken with this collection. It has a lot of flexibility, a good range of scale and color in patterns, featured saturated solids, and is super high quality.

She grabbed a spool of Aurifil 6735 (Plumtastic) in 50wt for piecing and quilting and added in a spool of 2783 (Medium Delft Blue) in 40wt for additional quilting.

While Kate did not use a pattern to make Penny in the City she did use a¬†Mariner’s Compass Ruler from Robin Ruth Design. The ruler allowed her¬†to achieve a stunning Mariner’s compass block by strip-piecing.

We are in LOVE with Kate’s finished wall hanging and had so much fun checking out her photos of the piece around the city of Chicago. ūüėČ (with a bit of added help from her daughters!)

Coming Up Roses will be available in stores soon!  Make sure to check out the fabulous free Simple Circles Quilt pattern by Andy Knowlton, shared last week and keep an eye on the blogs below for more great projects and patterns to come!
COMING UP ROSES BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE
July 6:  Andy Knowlton / A Bright Corner
July 13:  Aurifil / Auribuzz
July 20:  Amy Chappell / Ameroonie Designs
July 27:  Carrie Burnett / Beri Bee Designs
Aug 3:¬†¬†Kari Steiger /¬†That’s-Sew-Kari
Aug 10:  Kimberly Einmo / Kimbery Einmo Designs

HANDY LINKS
Coming Up Roses Fabric by Jill Finley for Riley Blake Designs
Meadow Sweets by Jill Finley for Aurifil in Large & Small
All about Jill Finley & Jillily Studios
Robin Ruth Design, Mariner’s Compass Rulers

Furry Friday!

Welcome to Furry Friday! What, you ask, is a Furry Friday? Well, we know that like us, many of you are pet-lovers, rescue parents, & pet foster parents. We love seeing photos of all the fabulous ‘quilt-inspectors’ out there, giving a meticulous final look to that latest finish or ‘helping’ to choose which thread to use with your favored fabrics.

While your quilt-inspectors have happily found their furrever homes, there are countless animals out there who are still searching. Together with our Piece for Shelter Pets sponsors, we’re working to share some of those sweet animals with you. Every Friday throughout March & April, you can expect to meet two sweet rescues in search of a home… Today, we meet Gracey & Pharah.

Gracey is a super sweet 4-month old Shepard Mix, currently waiting for her furrever home at the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley in Knoxville! Click here to learn more about Gracey.


Pharah is an elegant young tuxedo girl looking for a new family. She can be found at Okefenokee Humane Society in Waycross, GA and is ready to bring her sophisticated style to a furrever home. Click here to learn more about Pharah.

These pets may not be in your area, but if you are looking for a new furry friend, you can go to Petfinder.com to search locally.


The Piece for Shelter Pets (PFSP) initiative grew from the relationship started in 2012 between The Quilt Pattern Magazine and the Petfinder Foundation after Hurricane Sandy. The goal: to help animal shelters affected by the hurricane by making Kennel Quilts! Much like quilts are to us humans, Kennel Quilts offered rescued or displaced pets a warm, soft place to nap. They were such a big hit that The TQPM Kennel Quilt Team was officially started and since its beginning, has seen over 10,200 Kennel Quilts made and distributed to shelters across the United States and Canada! WOW!

Aurifil¬†joined the cause in 2015 with the release of¬†the Small Kennel Quilt Thread Kit.¬†The cover features Pretty Girl,¬†the TQPM Kennel Quilt¬†‚ÄúSpokesKitty‚Ä̬†and¬†HSPPR (The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region) adoptee, photographed on her Kennel Quilt during the 2013 Colorado fires.

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We introduced Fifi & Fido and Happy Hounds at Fall Quilt Market last year in partner with Island Batik, another one of our treasured Piece for Shelter Pets Partners. A portion of the sales of each will go to the Petfinder Foundation.

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Quilty Box launched a special TQPM Kennel Quilt box this past January that includes the fabric and thread needed to make two kennel quilts. 100% of proceeds go to the Petfinder Foundation!! How amazing is that??

Benartex introduced a brand new fabric collection at International Quilt Market this past Fall featuring Joey the Shop Dog. The line was designed by Joey’s rescue mom, Rose Ann Cook. 10% of sales for Joey’s fabrics are donated to Petfinder Foundation.

Bernina of America created a special edition Best Friends sewing machine in 2015 featuring paw prints. They donated $30,000 to the Petfinder Foundation from the sales of the machine.

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And finally, Hancock’s of Paducah is our newest partner in the cause. They are supporting¬†the initiative by helping us all increase awareness of the program and the furry friends the program aims to support.

We want to thank all of our sponsors, partners, & quilters joining us in the Piece for Shelter Pets initiative. 


To take a peek at the other posts and check out all of our featured pets, please follow the links below:
3/10: Quilty Box
3/17: TQPM
3/24: Island Batik
3/31: Aurifil (YOU ARE HERE!)
4/7:¬†Hancock’s of Paducah
4/14: Benartex
4/21: Petfinder Foundation

We¬†are¬†animal¬†lovers and have come¬†together to support shelter¬†animals and perhaps bring a little joy into their lives. Creating a Kennel Quilt is a way to join a larger effort to help our furry¬†friends in times of need by doing what we love. We¬†hope that you‚Äôve been inspired to get involved. If you‚Äôd like to join the Small Kennel Quilt Team, please click here. We’d love for you to join us in this effort!

Remember… Adopt, don’t shop!

Enchanted by Dodi Poulsen

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We are thrilled to be a stop on the Enchanted Blog Tour with Dodi Poulsen of Two Sisters at Squirrel Hollow & Riley Blake! The last few weeks have been a gorgeous showcase of Dodi’s latest line, including some adorable girls dresses, bags, quilts, and more! We’ve loved following along and hope you have too!

Today, we have the pleasure of introducing you to Dodi’s debut¬†thread collection for Aurifil, hand-picked to coordinate with the magical prints found in Enchanted. ¬†A¬†lovely showcase of navy, pink, mint, and teal with a little pop of yellow & green, the collection brings to mind the delightful fairytales of our youth. It is¬†available in both LG and SM boxes featuring our highly versatile 50wt thread.

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THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Enchanted
12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool), 100% Aurifil Cotton
2784 – 5007 – 2425 – 1148 – 5002 – 5006
2423 – 1135 – 2882 – 2588 – 4093 – 2515

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10 Small Spools, 50wt (220yds/spool), 100% Aurifil Cotton
2784 – 5007 – 2425 – 1148 – 5002
5006 – 1135 – 2882 – 2588 – 2515

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To view this info on our website, click the images above. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

THE INTERVIEW
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you first got started in the world of sewing and quilting?
I grew up in Northern California with a close-knit family. My love of fabric and the art of the needle came quite honestly and naturally to me. One of my favorite memories was sitting on my Grandmother’s lap as a child while I helped Nana push fabric through her treadle sewing machine. At the age of ten, with my mother’s gentle guidance, I created my first sewn garment.  It didn’t take me long to realize the sewing machine and I were destined to become lifelong partners.

I started quilting over 40 years ago, while in college, when I needed a textile project. I taught myself to quilt and it has become my passion. In 2006, I launched my pattern company, Two Sisters at Squirrel Hollow and later added a children’s division, Little Londyn, which I ran with my daughter, Megan Miles.

Enchanted project by Little Londyn

Enchanted project by Little Londyn

Did you have another career prior to this one? 
I received a BFA degree in Interior Design and freelanced for many years in my own company, In the Beginning Creations. Right out of college worked for an Aerospace company as a drafting engineer. I drew large templates for nuclear weapons to sit in and then sent them to Seattle for manufacturing. Once they even let me attend the nuclear testing site in Las Vegas and I watched these weapons blow up. I was 24 and I thought that was pretty fascinating and very ‚Äúcool‚ÄĚ. Later I traded jobs within the company and was brought on board to help design the Bangor Base offices in Washington. I was also a planning analyst for an Airline company and I have been a substitute teacher for K-12.

My best and forever favorite job is and will forever be a mother to 2 fabulous children, a son and a daughter, and grandmother to 8 little munchkins.

Do you remember the process of making your first quilt and how you felt once it was complete?
Ahh‚ÄĒyou really want to know about the biggest quilting blunder in my life? I needed a textile project for a fiber arts class in college. I went a bought all types of fabric; Jean, poly cotton, cotton, rayon, linen etc. having no idea that they really shouldn‚Äôt be mixed. Imagine trying to sew these all together in a quilt‚Ķnot a pretty sight!¬† I still have this beauty in my hope chest out in the garage. It‚Äôs a reminder that I came from humble beginnings in the quilting world, much like all of us. It reminds me not to take anything for granted and that life is a gift. It‚Äôs up to you to find your way on your own life journey. Finding a passion was never my intention at that point. I just needed a good grade!

Actually, the quilt isn’t all that bad, but it uses thick batting and yarn ties, and the piecing is pretty wonky. This was way before the time of rotary cutters and wonderful toolsРWe’ve come a long way baby, and who knew that this experiment in the quilting world would later become my passion in life.

Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
Nature always inspires me. Nature makes no mistakes and I like to take my cues for color from the world around me. I live in the Northwest, just a ferry ride from Seattle, and the beauty here is unheralded. Out my studio windows each day I am inspired by this grand world and its amazing colors. It’s an incredible backdrop for creating.

Preppy Plaid Tote Bag by Jedi Craft Girl

Preppy Plaid Tote Bag by Jedi Craft Girl

What inspired the creation of Enchanted and what did you love most about putting the collection together?
I would be lying if I did not suggest that Enchanted was inspired by my six adorable granddaughters. I often design fabric around them. I like to envision them wearing the fabrics and what that would look like in apparel. This blog tour has had an abundance of girly appeal. I can just see my littles running around in Enchanted fabrics and that gives me great joy.

I do a great deal of quilting for them and others as well so I design my fabrics for the quilter and the sewist alike.

Projects by Tie Dye Diva

Projects by Tie Dye Diva

Do you have a favorite project made with the new fabrics & threads?
I would have to say the 2 quilts that I made for Fons and Porter magazines. They will appear in Love of Quilting and Easy Cut issues this Spring and Fall.  It will have to be a secret until then!!

I also have loved using the new Aurifloss that was sent to match my threads. They are amazing to work with and my Mama Said project, on the tour today, was really fun to create. I can’t wait to hang it in my studio.

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Mama Said Sew — a new pattern available via Sash Gals!

When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them? 
I discovered Aurifil about 6 or 7 years ago; my sister and I like to compare notes on products and she suggested I try them. After that I was hooked. They sew like butter and the feel of them is incredible.

The threads give a soft luster to each project and I love the way the threads enhance a project. Whether it’s applique, embroidery or quilting, there is an Aurifil thread for you.

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Do you have a favorite color/weight and why?
My favorite is Aurifil 50-weight. It’s my go-to thread for piecing. Some say that it’s too thin, but I disagree. I love the way my pieced blocks lie flatter with thinner thread and it will be just as durable as a 40 -weight thread.  My favorite color? Well that’s like asking which is your favorite grandchild…I love them ALL.

Enchanted colors in Aurifloss!

Enchanted colors in Aurifloss!

How did you go about selecting threads for your latest Aurifil collection? 
I am all about saturated color and many of the colors in my collection reflect that. When I open my box of threads I can’t help but SMILE each time! They are just simply beautiful. I choose them to go with the Enchanted fabric colors and their values are working out fantastically.

Samples of the Enchanted fabrics

Samples of the Enchanted fabrics

What’s in store for 2017? Where can we find you this year?
Whew… I think the question is: Where won‚Äôt you find me this year?

2016 was my craziest and busiest year ever as I taught classes around the world and in the states. I leave for the Caribbean at the end of the month to teach on my final Quilt Camp at Sea cruise after 9 years of teaching with them.  After this, I am going to come home and take a breath.  It’s been a terrific experience, but this little woman is tired.

You will find me happily creating in my studio at home and visiting family; Taking time to smell the roses and refilling my cup so I can create more lovely things ahead.

GIVEAWAY

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To enter-to-win 1 Large Enchanted Thread Collection and one bundle of assorted Enchated fabrics, 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 Sunday, February 12. Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Monday, February 13. Giveaway is open to our international friends! Good luck!

*Please note that Enchanted fabrics received may be different than those shown.

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Kelly Thibeault!

In addition to our giveaway, you could also win a bundle of Enchanted fabric by visiting Dodi’s blog, Loose Threads (www.sashgals.com) and leaving a comment. One entry per blog post, per day of the Blog Tour, right there on Loose Threads! Enter every day to increase your chance of winning!!!

BLOG HOP SCHEDULE
Love the projects showcased above? Don’t miss a single post! Check out the posts, both past and upcoming via the schedule below:)

Monday, Jan 23rd –¬†Little Londyn
Tuesday, Jan 24th –¬†Jedi Craft Girl
Wednesday, Jan 25th ‚Äď ¬†Loose Threads
Thursday, Jan 26th –¬†Meags and Me
Friday, Jan 27th –¬†Pretty by Hand
Monday, Jan 30th –¬†Tie Dye Diva
Tuesday, Jan 31st –¬†Two Sisters as Squirrel Hallow
Wednesday, Feb 1st –¬†Striped Swallow Designs
Thursday, Feb 2nd –¬†Izzy and Ivy
Friday, Feb 3rd – Ellis and Higgs
Monday, Feb 6th ‚Äď Aurifil (YOU ARE HERE!)
Tuesday, Feb 7th – The Crafty Quilter
Wednesday, Feb 8th – Two Sisters at Squirrel Hallow
Thursday, Feb 9th – Jina Barney Designz
Friday, Feb 10th – Riley Blake

ABOUT DODI
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dodiaurifilpicDodi Lee Poulsen designs and creates wonderful patterns to be enjoyed by quilters of all skill levels. Her patterns and designs have been featured in numerous Quilting magazines. She currently designs fabric for Riley Blake Designs.  She has been a quilt instructor for over twenty five years and she teaches and lectures throughout the country. Together with her sister, Heidi Fisher, Dodi launched her pattern company, Two Sisters at Squirrel Hollow in 2006. Dodi added their children’s division, Little Londyn Patterns, with her daughter Megan Miles. Dodi is the author of 5 books. She and her husband live in the state of Washington and are the proud grandparents of 8 grandchildren.

Coastal Mist Blog Hop

Welcome to the final day for the Coastal Mist Blog Hop! We are so thrilled that Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis asked us to join in on the fun. We’ve loved seeing all of the gorgeous projects by a truly lovely lineup of designers! ¬†Today, we’re pleased to share a fun project & a fabulous little giveaway!

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Coastal Mist was designed by Kathy Engle for Tamarinis with Island Batik. Tammy has been doing some beautiful work with the gorgeous purple, green and magenta hues. She selected threads to coordinate perfectly with the fabrics. The large collection features both 50wt and 12wt threads, perfect for piecing and big stitch quilting. The small collection features 10 stunning colors of our Aurifloss for adding perfect little stitched details. We did a collection announcement for Tammy as a part of Island Batik week back in January. To take a peek, check out some beautiful quilts and learn a bit more about Tammy, click here.

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When Tammy asked us to do a small project for this blog hop, she mentioned that she would love something small, perhaps something embroidered. I instantly thought of the sweet style of Minki Kim‘s patterns. The combination of applique with stitched details felt perfect and I knew that it would create a lovely little showcase for the colors in the Coastal Mist collection. In looking through Minki’s¬†patterns, I spotted a little girl holding a basket of flowers. The girl reminded me of my 3-year old daughter, so I knew right away that I’d found my project!

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Tammy sent me 4 Fat Quarters from the Coastal Mist collection, absolutely perfect for creating this tiny little work of art. I knew I’d be hand-stitching the details, rather than machine illustrating as with Minki’s¬†preferred technique. Luckily, I had a box of Tammy’s floss on hand!

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I followed Minki’s¬†fabulous tutorial for all of the appliqu√© — check it out if you’re new to this technique.

After prep, I worked on putting all of those tiny little pieces in place and suddenly, my little gal came to life!

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Now, all it needed was the addition of some sweet embroidery! I picked out a range of colors, which of course changed as I went along, but still… don’t all of those spools look just scrumptious together?

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I set to work with the hand-stitching. I may not be the most skilled at embroidery, but I always enjoy it. There is something about the simple act of stitching something by hand that can be incredibly calming… especially as a mom of two toddlers! It’s like a glorious break at the end of the day. Plus, I’m a huge advocate of stepping outside of your comfort zone, trying new things and of course… practice, practice, practice!

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I do love how this little gal turned out and have decided that she will be a gift for my daughter! I’m so grateful to Tammy for including Aurifil in this blog hop! If you’re just learning about the hop with this post, be sure to check out the schedule below and check in with the other participants!

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To enter-to-win your very own Coastal Mist floss collection, click here or on the image above to head to the Rafflecopter entry page. 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 Friday, February 10! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Saturday, February 11. This giveaway is open to our international friends! Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Djoekie Witteveen!

SCHEDULE
January 24 –¬†Jessica Stewart,¬†Izzy & Ivy Designs
January 25 – Susan Emory, Swirly Girls Design
January 26 РConnie Campbell, Freemotion by the River
January 27 РKatie Laughridge, Live Originally
January 28 РJulie Stocker, Pink Doxies
January 29 РLinda Pearl, One Quilting Circle
January 30 – Laura Conowitch,¬†LC’s Cottage
January 31 РCheryl Schenck, Unspooled
February 1 РMarian Pena, Seams to Be Sew
February 2 РVanessa Fromm, Fabric Confetti
February 3 РEbony Love, Love Bug Studio
February 4 РErin Sampson, Aurifil (YOU ARE HERE!)

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Coastal Mist
12 Large Spools ‚Äď 50wt (1422yds/spool) & 12wt (356yds/spool),¬†100% Aurifil Cotton
1148 ‚Äď 2562 ‚Äď 2568 ‚Äď 2600 ‚Äď 2455 ‚Äď 2845 (50wt)
4225 ‚Äď 2405 ‚Äď 2420 ‚Äď 4026 ‚Äď 4030 ‚Äď 4093 (12wt)

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10 Small Spools ‚Äď Floss (18yds/spool), 100% Aurifil Cotton
2540 ‚Äď 1135 ‚Äď 2311 ‚Äď 2562 ‚Äď 4182 ‚Äst2455 ‚Äď 2845 ‚Äď 4026 ‚Äď 4030 ‚Äď 5003

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To view this info on our website, click the images above. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

Island Batik Week: Coastal Mist by Tammy Silvers

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Welcome to our Fall/Winter edition of Island Batik Week!! We’re so excited to partner with this wonderful company once again to present a variety of new fabric lines along with the coordinating Aurifil thread collections. We’ll be featuring one designer every day and each post will offer a fabric + thread giveaway, so make sure to come back daily to learn more about our talented designers and to enter-to-win some gorgeous prizes!

To learn about Island Batik and the batik process, please visit their website. For a peek at the full range of Fall/Winter 2016 releases, in-stores now, click here or on the image below to browse the catalog.

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Deep Purples, greens and magentas are beautifully represented in Kathy Engle’s ¬†Coastal Mist collection for Tamarinis (Tammy Silvers) with¬†Island Batik. Tammy¬†selected ¬†threads to coordinate perfectly with the fabrics. The large collection features both 50wt and 12wt threads, perfect for piecing and big stitch quilting. The small collection features 10 stunning colors of our Aurifloss for adding perfect little stitched details.

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Coastal Mist

12 Large Spools ‚Äď 50wt (1422yds/spool) & 12wt (356yds/spool),¬†100% Aurifil Cotton
1148 ‚Äď 2562 ‚Äď 2568 ‚Äď 2600 ‚Äď 2455 ‚Äď 2845 (50wt)
4225 ‚Äď 2405 ‚Äď 2420 ‚Äď 4026 ‚Äď 4030 ‚Äď 4093 (12wt)

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10 Small Spools ‚Äď Floss (18yds/spool), 100% Aurifil Cotton
2540 ‚Äď 1135 ‚Äď 2311 ‚Äď 2562 ‚Äď 4182 ‚Äst2455 ‚Äď 2845 ‚Äď 4026 ‚Äď 4030 ‚Äď 5003

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To view this info on our website, click the images above. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

THE INTERVIEW
What was the inspiration behind Coastal Mist, your new collection in partner with Kathy Engle? What does the collection mean to you?

The genius behind the Coastal Mist collection is all Kathy Engle.  But for me, it captures the softer beauty of the coast, evoking soft, misty mornings, gently lapping waves, and those magical, if all too brief, sunsets.

Tartary by Tamarinis

Tartary by Tamarinis

Do you have a favorite project made using the fabric and threads from Coastal Mist? 
I’m particularly pleased with Boho Bliss Рwhile not at all coastal themed, the colors worked so well to give a softer bohemian feel to the project.  And of course, the Aurifil 12wts were a huge part of that as well Рthe edge stitching in the coordinating and contrasting colors were the finishing touch!

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Boho Bliss by Tamarinis

You’ve put together a pretty amazing blog tour to introduce this stunning collection, launching later this month. What was it like to work with so many wonderful designers and to see the projects they created with Coastal Mist?
Working with other designers is tremendously exciting!  It is awesome to see different takes on a collection, and different ways of combining fabrics from the collection and interpreting it.  Their inspiration is extremely motivating!

How did you go about selecting colors for your coordinating thread collections? 
I wanted the quilting weight threads to continue that ‚Äúmisty‚ÄĚ feel and offer a whisper of color across the fabrics. ¬†And then of course the 12wts were chosen to highlight the fused applique that was a major focus of Boho Bliss. ¬†Together, the two weights offer a complete package for any quilter!

Monkey Bread by Tamarinis

Monkey Bread by Tamarinis

In addition to the large collection of 50wt threads, you have a small, 10-spool box of Aurifloss. What do you love most about working with our embroidery floss? 
The floss is a dream to work with!  I love the rich, saturated colors, the smooth thread, and the fact that I don’t have to separate it to work with it.  I love the heavier, yet smooth look when stitching with the floss.

To learn more about Tammy, check out our feature for Seashore, her Spring/Summer Island Batik Week release.

THE GIVEAWAY

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To enter-to-win 1 Large Coastal Mist Thread Collection and one Fat Quarter Bundle of Coastal Mist fabrics from Island Batik,  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 Sunday, January 15! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Monday, January 16. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Lesley Moore!

ISLAND BATIK WEEK SCHEDULE 
1/10 ‚ÄstCoastal Mist by Tammy Silvers (YOU ARE HERE!)
1/11 ‚ÄstGlowing Embers by Cheri Good Designs
1/12 ‚ÄstDotalicious by Claudia Pfeil
1/13 ‚ÄstSurf and Sand by Fourth and Sixth Designs
1/14 ‚ÄstFresh Catch by Jackie Kunkel

ABOUT TAMMY
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Unknown-3Tammy Silvers is¬†the designer behind the brand¬†Tamarinis. She‚Äôs¬†been designing quilts for 10 years, and prides herself on offering bold, fresh new patterns for quilters of all levels. She¬†enjoys working with almost any fabric, but her favorites¬†(the one that makes her¬†drool and blow a carefully constructed budget) are¬†batiks, bold prints, and chicken prints. Having a background in art and literature, another of her¬†guilty quilty pleasures is finding ways to use ‚Äúwords‚ÄĚ in her¬†work, be it in the fabric itself or by adding them to the piece.

Tammy is a Georgia native and currently lives in Acworth with her husband, children (when they come to visit!), dog, and her favorite fat cats.

Under the label Tamarinis, her designs are regularly published in a variety of quilt magazines, including Quilt, McCall’s Quilting, American Patchwork and Quilting, Stitch, Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting, Quilty, Quilt It…Today, Sew It…Today, Stitch and Create and Decorate. She also works with some of the major fabric manufacturers designing projects to showcase and promote their fabric lines, including Island Batik (of course!), Northcott Fabrics, Blend, Camelot and Fabri-Quilt.

ABOUT ISLAND BATIK
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Island Batik is a manufacturer, importer and distributor of cotton batik, rayon batik and hand-printed cotton from Indonesia. Originally established in 1997, Island Batik’s mission is to share the ancient cultural art of batik and hand-dyed fabric with our many valued customers around the world.

Curious Dream by Angela Pingel

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We are so thrilled to be one of the stops on Angela Pingel’s Curious Dream Blog Hop! It’s been so fun to see all of the posts so far. From pillows to mini quilts to zippy pouches… there are already so many fabulous projects! Make sure to check out all of the stops along the way. Each day offers a brand new chance to win a FQ bundle! We’ve got lots of great stuff for you today — info about Angela’s new thread collections, an interview with Angela to uncover some of the inspiration behind Curious Dream, and a tutorial! That’s right… a super sweet, super simple, Toddler Tote Tutorial. So settle in and have fun!

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Jump down the rabbit hole with¬†Angela Pingel‘s debut collection,¬†Curious Dream. Inspired by the whimsy of Alice’s adventures through Wonderland and the Looking Glass, this collection calls to the dreamer in all of us. The subtle theme is perfect for any true lover of the fantastical world, but is also perfect for staples to your stash. You will find yourself smiling over the soft rainbow of colors and the details of the design.¬†Angela’s accompanying Aurifil Thread Collection is a sweet lineup of large spools in both 50wt and 12wt — perfect for all your project needs!

[click here or on the image above to check out the lookbook!]

THREAD COLLECTION
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Curious Dream
12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool)
2024 ‚Äď 2615 ‚Äď 2610 ‚Äď 2805 ‚Äď 5005 ‚Äď 2783 ‚Äď 2420 ‚Äď 6729 ‚Äď 2105 (50wt)
2105 ‚Äď 2024 ‚Äď 2860 (12wt)

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To view this info on our website, click on any of the images above. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

THE INTERVIEW
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you first got started in the world of sewing and quilting?
I was¬†born and raised in South Bend, IN (Go Irish!) and I’m a midwest girl who loves to create. ¬†I’ve been sewing for as long as I can remember and I started with garment sewing. ¬†My mom did a bit of sewing for me and knew enough to teach me how to read a basic pattern. ¬†I took that information and ran with it. ¬†I’m completely self taught…so in some ways I feel like I have sooo much to learn. ¬†But I’ve dabbled in pretty much everything.

I was introduced to quilting in particular in high school and made my very first project (a twin size quilt) from an Eleanor Burns book. ¬†It was for my college dorm bed. ¬†And I still have that quilt today. ¬†I’ve been quilting away ever since! ¬†I have degrees in mathematics and interior design, so it seems that fabric and quilt design were always in my future even though I didn’t know it.

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Did you always know that you’d be in a creative field, or did you take other career stops along the way?
LOL! No! ¬†I knew that I would always be creative but I assumed that it would be a hobby like it is for most people. ¬†It’s a lovely hobby to be creative and create with pressure actually. ¬†I thought long and hard about turning it into a career because it can be easy to lose the joy you once had under the demands of the field. ¬†But my path seems to have been leading me here in spite of myself. ¬†I actually always thought that I would be in academics. ¬†I LOVE school and learning as well. ¬†In fact I was going to pursue a masters in library science but ended up getting a second degree in Interior Design instead. ¬†But first I taught Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Precalculus and Chemistry.

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Do you remember the process of creating your first quilt and how you felt once it was finished?
Oh Yes! Remember, I’m totally self taught, so I needed a book that taught me how to use a rotary cutter! ¬†I’m dating myself, but there were certainly no online tutorials or you tube videos for me to watch. ¬†It was all about reading and paying attention to details. ¬†I still remember that I miscut or mis–sewed a bunch of the pieces and had to unpick them and redo them. ¬†I was working a desk job over the summer and was able to use my down time to become friends with my seam ripper. ¬†I had to buy new sashing for the quilt too because I had miscut that as well. ¬†Oh good times. lol ¬†But I loved that quilt and was SO proud of myself for making the entire quilt from start to finish. ¬†I did stitch in the ditch quilting and am proud to say that the quilt is still in amazing condition.

What is your favorite thing to make? Do you prefer quilting over creating smaller projects like home accessories or handbags, or vice versa?
I’ve learned the hard way that making bags is not my favorite thing to do. ¬†I certainly CAN make them and can even design them quite well. But I finally gave myself permission to say that they are just not my favorite thing to make. ¬†As for quilts vs small projects, I am convinced that for me personally I need to have a healthy balance of the two. ¬†In an ideal world, I would have just two projects going at a time and one would be a larger quilt and the other would always be a smaller project. ¬†I love the joy of accomplishing something monumental like a quilt, but it can be necessary for my moral to have smaller projects finished more frequently. ¬†Plus that way you can dabble with more fabrics! ¬†Always a plus!

How did you first connect with Windham Fabrics and what do you love most about working with them?
I connected with Windham fabrics at Quilt Market and intiroduced myself to them via the standard channels of approaching a company.  I actually did this with a bunch of companies and did what I like to call speed dating at that market.  I had meetings with the creative directors for the companies and showed them my portfolio.  I had a long list of interview questions that I had for each company because not only did I want to design fabric, but I wanted to do it with the company that would be the best fit for me.  I immediately felt a connection with Windham because of their small yet big presence.  They have a plethora of talent among their designers but treat us all like we are equally important.  I loved their openness to my concepts and designs and really appreciate the freedom I have to design what I am interested in.  Communication has been great which is an essential part of working with a company for me.  Actually there is really nothing I can say that I dislike about them!  So I think we are a great fit.

Curious Dream is your debut collection with Windham. Can you tell us a bit more about the line and what inspired its creation?
It’s been a dream of mine to design fabric for a long time, but I was anxious about breaking into this new aspect of the quilting world. ¬†I knew that I needed a design based off of something that I adored to give me the confidence to push through. ¬†So Alice in Wonderland came to me. ¬†At the time I thought that it was completely original to do this concept, but the stars aligned so that many people thought this was a good idea as well. lol ¬†So now you can find a number of glorious lines about Alice. ¬†But what I love about true design is that even with the same inspiration, we all ended up with vastly different lines from each other. ¬†My personal goal in design is to marry whimsy with practicality. ¬†In fact it’s almost my personal motto for life. ¬†I really wanted to explore the character of Alice in such a way that the line felt whimsical but not novelty. ¬†It’s a tough balance. ¬†Using a children’s story with existing illustrations can be difficult to break free from and create another unique version. ¬†For me, it was important to go back to the text and read the book with a highlighter; taking note of anything that caught my design eye. ¬†I was interested in the FEEL of the book rather than recreating any exact moment.

The lookbook for Curious Dream is absolutely fabulous. What was it like to pull all of the props together for that photoshoot? Did you actually make that amazing moss chair?
Oh thank you so much! ¬†I really appreciate that. ¬†The look book was a labor of love. ¬†I knew that I was tackling more props than I probably needed to, but creating wonderland is not something you get to do every day. ¬†I wanted the back drop to support the idea of the story but in no way overshadow the fabric and its story. ¬†Thankfully I had a wonderful photographer and I wasn’t the one trying to both run the shoot and be in charge of all the props and outfits and be a model AND then also take the photographs.

And that moss chair!! ¬†Yes!! I did make it. ¬†I actually have a tutorial for how to make one yourself on my website. ¬†Because sometimes you just need a moss chair ¬†ūüėČ

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Your daughter plays the role of Alice in the lookbook ‚ÄĒ was it fun to create projects with her in mind for this collection?¬†
Isn’t she just the cutest?! ¬†It was so very fun to design the projects with her in mind. ¬†I even took her with me to find the chair I used for the moss chair because I wanted to make sure that she looked a bit dwarfed in it. ¬†And then designing the Alice look for her was one of the most fun fabric combos I got to do. ¬†Because once again, how often do you get to design an Alice costume…and with your own fabrics no less?! Oh and she insisted on having some real liquid in that tea party scene. ¬†She’s a very method model. ¬†lol

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When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them? Do you have a favorite color/weight?
I’ve been using Aurifil for years now!! ¬†They generously supplied the thread for my book, A Quilter’s Mixology, and numerous other projects I’ve been a part of. ¬†I think what I love most about them is that they are available in so many different weights. ¬†There is literally a thread for all of your needs. ¬†I probably use the 40 or 50 weight the most often but the 12 weight is awesome for thick quilting lines. ¬†And I am anxious to try the new 80 weight! ¬†I think that would be amazing for EPP. ¬†And who wouldn’t love the floss on wooden spools? ¬†Those get me every time!

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How did you go about selecting threads for your latest Aurifil collection?
Again, I wanted practicality and whimsy. ¬†So I matched threads to my collection colors of course, but I wanted more than just that. ¬†I made sure that I included the kind of colors that are truly USEFUL. ¬†So there are plenty of neutrals, blues and corals…all colors that pretty hot right now in general. ¬†So whether you are using them for my collection or with other fabrics you own, they are universally on point. ¬†Also, I wanted to make sure that there were some different weight threads in the box. ¬†If you will be buying an entire box of thread, I want you to get the most bang for your buck. (There’s my practical side kicking in). ¬†So I included another weight other than a piecing weight. ¬†I included the 3 spools of 12 weight thread in colors that will pop for the opportunity to do some special heavy weight machine quilting. ¬†I actually have a blog post about quilting with that as well!

TODDLER TOTE TUTORIAL

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1. Cut: two 9‚ÄĚ x 11‚ÄĚ rectangles each of outer fabric, lining fabric and fusible fleece, two 20‚ÄĚ x 3‚ÄĚ strips of strap fabric, two 19‚ÄĚ x 1-1/5‚ÄĚ strips of fusible fleece, one 4‚ÄĚ x 5‚ÄĚ rectangle ¬†each of white fabric and EZ-STeam II and one¬†3″ x 3‚ÄĚ square each¬†of appliqu√© fabric and EZ-Steam II.

2. Fuse the 9‚ÄĚ x 11‚ÄĚ rectangles of Fusible Fleece to the wrong sides of the outer fabric rectangles. Set aside.

3. Remove the plain paper backing of the 4″ x 5″ EZ-Steam II rectangle and press the sticky side to the wrong side of the white fabric. Press with a hot dry iron. Let cool. Cut along all 4 edges with pinking shears. Set aside.

4. Trace child‚Äôs initial onto the gridded side of 3″ x 3″¬†¬†EZ-Steam II square. Make sure the letter is traced in reverse.

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5. Remove the plain paper backing from the EZ-Steam II and finger press sticky side to the wrong side of the applique fabric. Press with a hot dry iron. Let cool. Cut letter out.

6. Remove gridded paper backing from the white rectangle, center within the top 2/3 of one outer fabric rectangle and finger press to secure.

7. Remove gridded paper backing from the letter and center within the white fabric rectangle. Fuse.

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8. Top stitch around letter and rectangle to secure and embellish as desired.

9. Mark and cut out a 1‚ÄĚ notch on the bottom left & right hand corners or outer and lining rectangles.

10. Place outer rectangles right sides together and pin along both sides and bottom. Stitch using a ¬ľ‚ÄĚ seam allowance along both sides and bottom.

11. Open up the left corner notch and press together, aligning raw edges and seam. Pin and sew. Repeat with the right corner notch.

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12. Repeat steps 10 & 11¬†with the lining rectangles, making sure to leave a 3‚ÄĚ gap along the bottom seam for turning.

13. Turn outer bag right side out.

14. To make the straps, center the Fusible Fleece strips on the wrong sides of the strap fabric strips and fuse. Fold short ends in over the edge of the Fusible Fleece and press. Fold strips in half lengthwise and press. Open and fold long edges in to meet the center crease. Press. Re-fold center crease and topstitch around all four sides.

15. Place outer bag inside lining, with right sides together and match seams. Pin on either side of seams to secure.

16. Tuck one strap in between exterior and lining, with raw edges aligned, so that the outside edges of the straps are 1‚ÄĚ in from the side seams of the bag. Repeat with second strap.

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17. Pin around the entire opening and sew, reinforcing seams over all 4 strap ends.

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18. Turn bag right side out through the gap. Stitch gap closed and push lining into bag.

19. Straighten lining and pin top seam to prevent shifting. Topstitch.

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THE GIVEAWAY

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The Curious Dream Giveaway is closed. Congratulations to our winner Dorie Esquivel!

THE SCHEDULE
Monday, December 12th —¬†Windham Fabrics
Tuesday , December 13th —¬†Kelly Bowser,¬†Kelby Sews
Wednesday, December 14th —¬†Brooke Sellmann,¬†Silly Mama Quilts
Thursday, December 15th —¬†Wendy Sheppard,¬†Ivory Spring
Friday, December 16th —¬†Rebecca Bryan,¬†Bryan House Quilts
Saturday, December 17th —¬† Chris Dodsley,¬†Made by ChrissieD
Sunday December 18th —¬†Aurifil (YOU ARE HERE!)
Monday, December 19th¬†—¬†Jennie,¬†Clover & Violet
Tuesday, December 20th —¬†Stephanie Kendron,¬†Modern Sewciety
Wednesday, December 21st —¬†Joanne,¬†The Fat Quarter Gypsy
Thursday, December 22nd —¬†Heidi Staples,¬†Fabric Mutt
Friday, December 23rd — Round up post at Windham Fabrics

ABOUT ANGELA
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angela-headshots-2-550x825Angela is a 30’s something wife and mom, winding her way between family life and fabric. She’s been sewing for as long as she can remember, and even did various super cool things such as making her prom dress, a quilt for her college dorm room and her flower girl dresses. Well, those things *might* be cool now, but they definitely weren’t then.

Angela is the author of the book A Quilter’s Mixology, on quilting using variations of the Drunkard’s Path Block. She has filmed a DVD on sewing curves available through Quilting Arts and also has a class on Craftsy using precuts to make disappearing blocks.  She has been published in numerous magazines and books including 99 Modern Blocks, Sweet Celebrations, 101 Patchwork Projects, Modern Patchwork, Quilt Scene, Playful Little Paper Pieced Projects, Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks, and more.

[collection images and bio courtesy of Angela Pingel]

Pat Sloan’s Mega Fun Book Tour!

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Pat Sloan is truly an industry icon! She has written over 30 books, designed hundreds of quilts, designs fabric collections¬†for Moda, curates thread collections for Aurifil, hosts a weekly podcast for American Patchwork & Quilting, organizes the Aurifil Designer of the Month¬†program, and still manages to travel extensively for her lectures while peppering in fun events like The Splendid Sampler Sew Along and so very much more. She is a tireless crusader for quilting and sewing education and is generally seen as an inspiration to all;). So… we love Pat. Pat is just amazing.

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We couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of her Mega Fun Book Tour! If you’ve been following along, you’ve likely learned some fun things about¬†Pat, grabbed some new quilting tips, checked out some seriously gorgeous quilts, and read all about her brand new book, Teach Me to Machine Quilt.

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Pat is no stranger to the literary world. Yet with each new release, she somehow manages to share unique, helpful, intriguing and gorgeous content.  We are in awe!

Personal confession time… I’m a beginner quilter. I’ve been sewing for years, but have never actually made a quilt. I’ve made all sorts of other things, including writing simple patterns,¬†but… no quilts. With that said, Teach Me To Machine Quilt¬†speaks directly to me!¬†Reading the intro feels a little like inviting Pat over to my house for a one-on-one lesson (my goodness, wouldn’t that be amazing!) She has amazing tips for quilt top assembly, ideas for quilt backings, easy info on batting and a terrific guide to basting a quilt. All that before even diving into the actual process of quilting!¬†Pat covers everything that a beginner might need to know to make a successful first quilt (or second, third or 100th!)

And yes, I work with (and adore) Aurifil, so I may be a bit biased, but her section on thread weights and selection is absolutely perfect. She walks readers through 4 common thread weights, answers the spool vs. cone question, and gives wonderful suggestions for color selection, thread tension and what thread to use in the bobbin.

Whether you’re a beginner like me, or a seasoned expert, this book is an absolute gem and is sure to be your new go-to.¬†To enter-to-win a copy of Teach Me To Machine Quilt, head on over to Pat’s blog!

THE THREAD (Oh the lovely thread!)
Once you have your copy and you’re ready to dive in, you’ll need some thread to get you started;). Thankfully, Pat also has two new curated collections: Perfect Box of Neutrals in 40wt,¬†a large box of luscious threads that was released in August, and Let’s Go Sew, available in both Large & Small, featuring 50wt threads in colors that coordinate with Pat’s latest fabric collection with Moda, Sunday Drive, but also represents a range of fabulous stash builders. Today, we’re thrilled to share more info about Perfect Box of Neutrals and, of course, share a super fun giveaway!

But first… a few quick questions for Pat about her love of Aurifil!

Since you always ask the Aurifil Designer of the Month, what are your three favorite colors of Aurifil thread?
Oh the tables are turned!!! Of course Red 2260, Aqua 2830, and funky old gold 2920.

Do you have a favorite tip for thread storage?
I like to keep them in a box by color. I have a group of red boxes (of course!) and they hold all my thread.

If you were one spool of Aurifil thread, what would you be?
A CONE of Old Gold 2920!! It’s such a great blender color! Alex should send that to me… wink!

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Perfect Box of Neutrals by Pat Sloan
12 Large Spools, 50wt thread
2390 ‚Äď 2692 ‚Äď 2312 ‚Äď 2340 ‚Äď 2370 ‚Äď 2372
2360 ‚Äď 2600 ‚Äď 5021 ‚Äď 5011 ‚Äď 2610 ‚Äď 1158

THE GIVEAWAY
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Click here to enter-to-win 1 Large Perfect Box of Neutrals thread collection, 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 Sunday, December 4! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Monday, December 5. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Carol Carnes! We can’t wait to send you a thread box:).¬†

THE MEGA SCHEDULE
November 18
Pat’s Intro Post
—¬†blog.patsloan.com
Bonnie Hunter —¬†quiltville.blogspot.com/
Pam Vieira-McGinnis —¬†pamkittymorning.blogspot.com/
Alyce Blyth —¬†www.blossomheartquilts.com/
Kimberly Einmo —¬†www.kimberlyeinmo.com/blog

November 19
Pat’s Intro Post
—¬†blog.patsloan.com
American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine —¬†www.allpeoplequilt.com/blog
Mathew Boudreaux —¬†misterdomestic.net/
Moda with Carrie Nelson —¬†¬†blog.modafabrics.com

November 20
Pat’s Intro Post
 blog.patsloan.com
Amy Smart —¬†www.diaryofaquilter.com/
Katja Marek¬†—¬†www.katjasquiltshoppe.com/

November 21 
Pat’s Intro Post
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Lee Monroe —¬†www.maychappell.com/
Jacquelynne Steves —¬†¬†jacquelynnesteves.com/blog/
Stephanie Palmer —¬†latenightquilter.com/
Mary Abreu —¬†confessionsofacraftaddict.com¬†

November 22
Pat’s Intro Post
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Sarah Maxwell —¬†www.homesteadhearth.com
Debby Brown¬†—¬†higheredhands.blogspot.com/
Jane Davidson —¬†quiltjane.com/¬†
Linda Thielfoldt —¬†lindathielfoldtthequiltedgoose.blogspot.com/
Janet Clare —¬†janetclare.co.uk/blog/
Baby Lock —¬†www.facebook.com/babylocksewing

November 23
Pat’s Intro Post
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Cheryl Brickey¬†—¬†meadowmistdesigns.blogspot.com/
Helen Stubbings¬†—¬†www.hugsnkisses.net
Kimberly Jolly —¬†fatquartershop.blogspot.com/

November 25 
Pat’s Intro Post
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Sherri McConnell —¬†www.aquiltinglife.com/
Julie Karaoke —¬†fabricjules.blogspot.com/
Ebony Love —¬†lovebugstudios.com/blog/
Martingale —¬†blog.shopmartingale.com/

November 26
Pat’s Birthday post
—¬†blog.patsloan.com
Scott Hansen —¬†bluenickelstudios.com/
Victoria Findlay Wolfe —¬†bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com/

November 28
Pat’s Intro Post
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Amy Friend —¬†www.duringquiettime.com
Heather Valentine —¬†thesewingloftblog.com/
Melissa Corry —¬†www.happyquiltingmelissa.com/
Amy Ellis —¬†www.amyscreativeside.com/

November 29
Aurifil —¬†auribuzz.wordpress.com/ (YOU ARE HERE)
Christa Watson —¬†christaquilts.com/
Nancy Zieman —¬†www.nancyzieman.com/blog/
Amanda Niederhauser —¬†www.jedicraftgirl.com/

November 30
Kim Niedzwiecki —¬†www.gogokim.com/
Karen Miller —¬†karensquiltscrowscardinals.blogspot.com/
Wendy Sheppard —¬†ivoryspring.wordpress.com/
Brenda M. Ratliff —¬†www.pinkcastleblog.com/

First Blush Blog Hop

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Welcome to our stop on the First Blush Blog Tour! We are so excited to showcase this gorgeous debut fabric line by Ruby Red Designs for Windham Fabrics.  First Blush 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 great backdrop to the florals.

The collection¬†accompanies the¬†First Blush Block of the Month¬†by¬†It‚Äôs Sew Emma Patterns, a modern 12 month BOM that uses the¬†Starburst 30¬į Ruler¬†from¬†Creative Grids¬†to create its unique pattern.

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We were thrilled to present a coordinating thread box earlier this year. The sweet and bright colors perfectly compliment the cheery prints and are incredibly versatile in our 50wt thread. The collection is available in both a large and a small box. To learn more, check out our collection announcement here.

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The fabric will be shipping to stores this month and thread collections are already available. Check in with your favorite retailer for collection availability and to join the BOM.

FLYING GEESE THROW PILLOW
When Windham first approached us about joining in on the blog hop, we¬†knew that the fabrics should be sent to the fabulous¬†Hilary Jordan, Aurifil‘s Social Media & Quilt Guild Coordinator. Hilary is also the designer behind¬†Young Texan Mama and we just love her style! She¬†took one look at the variety of¬†prints and knew she wanted to make a throw pillow, the perfect accent to the grey¬†chair in her sun-drenched living room.

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She settled on a foundation-pieced flying geese pattern that would allow her to alternate between neutrals and pops of color and quilted the cover using Aurifil 50wt thread in 2130 (Medium Butter) from the First Blush collection. She finished the pillow off with a red gingham binding.

We absolutely adore the finished pillow and may just have to put in a special request for one for Aurifil HQ!

GIVEAWAY
Want a chance to win a FQ Bundle and Small thread collection of your very own? Windham and Aurifil are offering one of each at every stop along the blog hop! Pretty awesome, right?

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To enter-to-win, simply leave a comment on this blog post telling us what you’d most like to make with the First Blush collections and why. The contest is open to US and International entries¬†and one¬†lucky winner will be chosen at random. The contest ends October 27th, 2016 and winners will be announced on Friday, October 28th, 2016.

Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thank you so much to all who entered and Congratulations to our winner, Connie German!

BLOG SCHEDULE
We have loved seeing all of the other projects along the blog hop so far! From quilts to mini frocks, each project is simply amazing. Take a moment to check out 
Monday, October 10 ‚Äď Chris Dodsley at¬†made by ChrissieD
Tuesday, October 11 ‚Äď Sinta at¬†Pink Pincushion
Wednesday, October 12 ‚Äď ¬†The Jolly Jabber at¬†Fat Quarter Shop
Thursday, October 13 ‚ÄstWindham/Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine
Friday, October 14 ‚Äď Jennie ¬†at¬†Clover & Violet
Saturday, October 15 ‚Äď Aurifil¬†(YOU ARE HERE)
Sunday, October 16 ‚Äď Tina Egner at¬†Emily Ann‚Äôs Kloset
Monday, October 17 ‚Äď Kristyne Czepuryk ¬†at¬†PRETTY by hand
Tuesday, October 18 ‚Äď Allison Harris at¬†Cluck Cluck Sew
Wednesday, October 19 ‚Äď Erin Cox at¬†Why Not Sew?
Thursday, October 20 ‚Äď Angie Wilson at¬†Gnome Angel
Friday, October 21 ‚Äď Debbie at¬†Happy Little Cottage
Saturday, October 22‚Äď Heidi Staples at¬†Fabric Mutt
Sunday, October 23‚Äď Leanne Elliott at¬†daisy and jack handmade
Monday, October 24‚Äď Greg Jones at¬†Grey Dogwood Studio
Tuesday, October 25‚Äď Wendy Sheppard at¬†Ivory Spring
Wednesday, October 26‚Äď Stephanie Lynn Denton at¬†Creative Reveries
Thursday, October 27‚Äď Lisa Ruble at¬†Love To Color My World

Thanks so much to Windham and have a wonderful weekend!

Piece for Shelter Pets

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October is national Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month¬†and we are thrilled to have joined forces with an amazing team of quilt industry professionals in support of¬†the¬†Petfinder Foundation.¬†We¬†are all animal lovers and have come¬†together to generate¬†awareness for shelter dogs (and cats) in¬†need of ‚Äúfurrever‚ÄĚ homes.¬†¬†We hope that you’ll join us in the¬†Piece for Shelter Pets Blog Hop¬†to¬†learn more and see how you can help!

The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM), an international online only publication,  first partnered with the Petfinder Foundation to form the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team after Hurricane Sandy. The two organizations help animal shelters affected by disasters by sending Kennel Quilts for the displaced animals. As sewing essentials are needed for Kennel Quilts, we, in addition to Bernina USA, Island Batik Fabrics, Quilty Box, and Benartex Fabrics, have joined the TQPM Kennel Quilt effort to offer addition help to the Petfinder Foundation.

THE PETFINDER FOUNDATION
For the past 20 years, Petfinder has helped 25 million pets find their families through adoption. They wanted to use this moment to celebrate their incredible legacy with their shelter and rescue members while inspiring a new generation of pet lovers, just like you. They created a video and pledged to donate $200,000 to the Petfinder Foundation if the video reached 1 million views by October 24, 2016. Thanks to dedication and inspired help of the masses, they have already reached their goal! The donated funds will reward 20 shelter and rescue members with $10,000 grants, allowing them to keep doing the amazing work that they do!

GARY’S¬†STORY (One of the reasons why we do what we do!)img_20160703_224055

Gary is the¬†beloved rescue dog of Elena Gregotti, Aurifil’s CEO. He has been a part of her¬†family for nearly¬†4¬†years. He‚Äôs a happy and charismatic dog with a great personality, however, before his days of chasing lizards in the Aurifil garden, he lived in Serbia, where he was un-loved and terribly abused.

Luckily for Gary, a¬†family friend, originally from Serbia but now living in Italy, rescued him and brought him to Milano. She posted a photograph of Gary on Facebook asking for help in re-homing him.¬†Elena’s¬†husband saw the resemblance to her¬†childhood dog Rudi, who¬†was also a rescue dog. He had been abandoned on the highway when he was just a puppy and went¬†to live at her family’s¬†country house in Tuscany. Elena¬†has very fond memories of growing up with Rudi.¬†Sadly he passed away a few years ago.

Gary, enjoying a sunny day on the Dolomites

Gary, enjoying a sunny day on the Dolomites

Elena and her family fell in love with Gary, contacted their friend, and he joined their family on November 18, 2012. At first he was unhappy, timid, petrified of men and never played, but over the past four years he has settled in, learned to trust again and enjoys long evening walks around the city. He spends his days being swooned over by the Aurifil office family and enjoys long summer vacations in the Tuscan countryside.

Gary with Elena's son, Jacopo

Gary with Elena’s son, Jacopo

AURIFIL’S CONTRIBUTIONS
Aurifil‘s¬†first specialty thread box, the Small Kennel Quilt Thread Kit, was launched last year. The cover features Pretty Girl,¬†the TQPM Kennel Quilt¬†‚ÄúSpokesKitty‚Ä̬†and¬†HSPPR (The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region) adoptee, photographed on her Kennel Quilt during the 2013 Colorado fires.

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Later this month, at International Quilt Market in¬†Houston, we’ll introduce two new collections in partner with¬†Island Batik, Fifi & Fido and Happy Hounds.¬†A portion of the sales of each will go¬†to the Petfinder Foundation.

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OUR PIECE FOR SHELTER PETS PARTNERS
Bernina of America created a special edition Best Friends sewing machine this year featuring paw prints. They donated $30,000 to the Petfinder Foundation from the sales of the machine.

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Island Batik is introducing two new collections, Fifi & Fido and Happy Hounds, at International Quilt Market. A portion of sales will go to the Petfinder Foundation.

Quilty Box will offer special TQPM Kennel Quilt boxes including the fabric and thread needed to make two kennel quilts. The Petfinder Foundation will be the recipient of a portion of their sales.

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Benartex¬†will introduce a brand new fabric collection¬†at International Quilt Market featuring Joey the Shop Dog. The line was designed by Joey’s rescue mom, Rose Ann Cook. 10% of sales for Joey‚Äôs fabrics will be donated to Petfinder Foundation.

FOR THE LOVE OF THE DOGS & CATS!
Nan Baker of The Quilt Pattern Magazine,¬†Purrfect Spots and the TPQM Small Kennel Quilt Team was kind enough to share some super sweet photos with us… we love that these kennel quilts are so well loved by all of these darling little¬†fur babies!

THE GIVEAWAY

To enter to win one of these fabulous prizes, click here.¬†The giveaway is being offered ¬†throughout the full blog hop and you’ll have the opportunity to enter via any of our the participating blogs. It will end at 11:59pm on Tuesday, October 25. The winner will be announced on¬†Wednesday, October 26.

THE SCHEDULE
Don’t forget to visit all of the stops along the way for rescue stories, product info, and more!

10/5 ‚Äď The Quilt Pattern Magazine/Nan Baker of¬†Purrfect Spots
10/7 ‚ÄstAurifil (You are HERE)
10/12 ‚ÄstIsland Batik
10/14 ‚ÄstQuilty Box¬†(Check Facebook & Instagram)
10/19 ‚ÄstBenartex
10/21 ‚ÄstPetfinder Foundation

We¬†are¬†animal¬†lovers and have come¬†together to support shelter¬†animals and perhaps bring a little joy into their lives. Creating a Kennel Quilt is a way to join a larger effort to help our furry¬†friends in times of need by doing what we love. We¬†hope that you’ve been inspired to get involved. If you’d like to join the Small Kennel Quilt Team, please click here.

There are so many¬†shelter¬†animals that need¬†a home.¬† This is a great time to check with your local¬†shelter for¬†your ‚Äúfurrever‚ÄĚ friend or you can check out¬†Petfinder.com. However if you can‚Äôt adopt at this time, there are numerous other ways to help and that will be shared on all our blogs. Please join us in this effort and remember… Adopt ‚Äďdon‚Äôt shop!