The Subtle Sampler

We adore Karen of Redbird Quilt Co. She is kind, caring, and often hilarious. ❤ She is incredibly talented in her home machine quilting skills, something that she shares far and wide across this great country of ours. She has long been a friend to Aurifil and we keep a close eye on her social media accounts, always anxious to see the next piece of art that furthers her glorious quilty journey.

We jumped at the chance to collaborate on a collection with her, to accompany her lectures and classes, to showcase her super quilting style… The Subtle Sampler is just that — a sampler of Aurifil thread weights in fabulously subtle colors (with a few pops here and there). This box could just be the go-to for new Aurifil users looking to try everything out, or even for loyal Aurifil users eager to branch out from their normal 50wt go-tos. With 50wt, 40wt, 28wt, 12wt AND our two shades of monofilament, this box has everything a quilter could possibly need!

Karen has been kind enough to share some of her inspirations with us, including a few fabulous showcase pieces to illustrate how to use multiple thread weights within one piece.

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We’re All a Twitter!

Happy Sunday! We are pleased to introduce you to All a Twitter, by Kari Carr of New Leaf Stitches. Kari’s fabric collection with Hoffman Fabrics released at Spring Market in St. Louis, earlier this year. A series of digitally printed designs, All a Twitter manages to capture the beauty of a watercolor while maintaining the precision representative of the digital world. The collection includes one feature print — running yardage of a gorgeous watercolor bird. That print alone is enough to warrant your attention, but the remaining fabrics in the collection are what make it so incredibly unique. There 32 additional prints — 8 different prints per 2 yard cut — that make up a series of Fat Quarter panels. How cool is that? [Check out this fab video by Shabby Fabrics for a fun showcase!]

Kari’s coordinating thread collection for Aurifil is a range of 50wt threads in Large spools… perfect for piecing and quilting new treasures.

Kari has captured our hearts with her fabulous and unique thread photos, so make sure to scroll down to take a closer look! 😉

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For the love of Miss Edie Grey

Meet Miss. Edie Grey, an adorable 1-1/2-year-old cream french bull-dog from Oklahoma. Christopher (The Tattooed Quilter) and Jack acquired her from a breeder and at 8 weeks old, she made her journey from the mid-west to the big apple. She may just be one of the most delightfully adorable pups we’ve ever seen. Edie spends her days lounging on perfect pink chairs, basking in the sunlight, reading the NYTimes style section, brunching with her dads, and talking strolls around her NYC neighborhood.

Fun Facts About Miss. Edie Grey:

  • She’s named her after “Little” Edith Beale from Grey Gardens fame.
  • Like most french bull dogs, she’s stubborn, loveable, and an all-around clown.
  • She loves to snuggle with her humans, especially under a vintage quilt.
  • She prefers beef over chicken.
  • Apples and the occasional popcorn are her go-to snacks.
  • She loves the pool and would take a bath every day if she could.
  • She prefers Fall over Summer.
  • She has two besties in her human’s apartment building: Eggs and Rosie.
  • She’s an Instagram pup-ebrity (pup celebrity) and won’t pose without snacks. (Follow her HERE)
  • She’s quite the shopper and anyone who walks her down the block will quickly learn that she knows exactly where the two dog shops are in the neighborhood.

It was only fitting that Christopher include a fabric print honoring Miss. Edie Grey. The print comes in three color ways, white, blue, and navy — via Riley Blake Designs.

We jumped at the chance to collaborate with Christopher and Edie on her debut collection, a swift follow-up to Blue Carolina (learn more about Christopher’s debut Aurifil collection by clicking here.) Miss Edie Grey released in September and features 10 small spools — 5 in 50wt and 5 in 12wt.

DETAILS
Miss Edie Grey
100% Aurifil Cotton, 10 Small Spools
Colors included:
50wt: 2021, 6722, 2310 , 2311, 2000
12wt: 2423, 6724, 2312, 6711, 2314

THE FRENCH BULLDOG RESCUE NETWORK
We, like Christopher and so many of you, are dog lovers… pet lovers really. We love helping where we can and were absolutely thrilled to align this collection with the French Bulldog Rescue Network.

“FBRN’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home French Bulldogs in need from commercial breeding kennels, import brokers, public shelters, private rescue groups, owners or Good Samaritans. Our organization is comprised solely of volunteers who nurture and foster these dogs as well as provide education and training. Our goal is to place healthy and happy French Bulldogs into forever homes.”

A percentage of sales from this thread collection will be donated to the French Bulldog Rescue Network.

PROJECT GALLERY
We always love seeing the gorgeous creations that are made with our threads and the coordinating fabric collections. Feast your eyes on these!

MORE EDIE… (just because she is so darn cute!)

GIVEAWAY

To enter to win the Miss Edie Grey thread collection, 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 Tuesday, October 10! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Wednesday, October 11. Good luck!


ABOUT CHRISTOPHER
Website — InstagramTwitter
Christopher Thompson is a New York City based mini-quilt designer in the fashion industry who puts his own creative spin on style. His perspective is modern while his approach is 100% down-to-earth. When not creating, Christopher can be found walking around the city with his French bulldog, Edie, searching for sweet treats.

** Images & text by Christopher Thompson

Credits:
Fleur the Frenchie mini quilt was designed by Madi Hastings from Laser Cut Quilts.

French Bulldog FPP Block was designed and created by Kerry of Kid Giddy. You can purchase the pattern in her Etsy shop. Photograph credit: Kerry Goulder of Kid Giddy.

French Bulldog Pillows were screen-printed by Karen Lewis of Karen Lewis Designs on Riley Blake Designs Linen.

Jack Schmitz made the bandana.

The “Karen” quilt is a pattern available from Main Street Market Designs.

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Moda + Aurifil: Debuts & a Giveaway!

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind and we’ve loved having the chance to feature Moda Fabrics and some of our shared designers! Thank you for following along with us! We hope you’ve pulled some inspiration for future projects and have learned a little more about our two companies in the process.

Alex Veronelli, Mark Dunn, and Elena Gregotti

Today is our final day and we’re excited to share a sneak peek at the collections that will launch at Fall Market this year! We’ll share thread collection labels only, but you’ll have a chance to check out the booths, with new fabric lines, new projects & patterns, and all of the threads in a few short weeks when we hit the ground running at Fall Quilt Market in Houston!

We’ve also got a super fun, super fabulous, super thread-amazing challenge/giveaway planned, so make sure to read all the way to the end for more info:).

FALL DEBUTS

Introducing: 
Sunny Stitches by Corey Yoder – 10 Small Spools of 12wt thread
Beach Road by Jen Kingwell – 10 Small Spools of 50wt thread
Nest by Lella Boutique – 10 Small Spools of 50wt thread
Harmony by Sweetwater – 5 Small Spools of 50wt thread + 5 Small Spools of Aurifloss

For more information on these collections and more, make sure to follow along with us here and on Facebook/Instagram at Fall Quilt Market — October 28-30, 2017.

CHALLENGE/GIVEAWAY
After all of these designer features and project showcases, we’re feeling insanely inspired and are just itching to pour that inspiration into a new project! Our challenge to you is this:

  • Create a mini quilt with a perimeter of at least 40″ (10″ x 10″) and no greater than 100″ (25″ x 25″). Mini quilt can be anything that you’d like!
  • Use Moda Precuts & Aurifil threads to complete your mini. (Your choice!)
  • Entry requires TWO posts: (1) Photo of Moda Precuts & Aurifil threads that you’ll be using for the project & (2) Photo of your finished mini
  • Entry can be completed TWO ways: (1) On IG — tag @modafabrics, @aurifilthread, #ModaAurifilMiniChallenge (2) Linky Party — click here or on the button below for entry.

Challenge/Giveaway starts today and runs through 11:59pm on December 1. Open to creative makers worldwide!

Now for the PRIZE! We’ll select one random winner from all entries to receive a stack of 12 assorted Moda Charm Packs AND a Colors of Moda thread collection (45 delightfully colorful small spools of 50wt thread). WOW! We’ll announce the winner here on Monday, December 4.

Have fun and good luck:)

MINI INSPIRATION
In case you’re looking for a bit of mini inspiration, it just so happens that Moda released their Moda All-Stars Mini Marvels book last year! A glorious collection of minis from 15 of Moda’s designers, expertly curated by Lissa Alexander. There are so many to choose from — different styles & moods, different techniques to use! Talk about fun!

FINAL WORDS:
“…find your passion and enjoy what you do. Don’t spend your whole life wishing you’d done something different.” – Mark Dunn

“The beauty of our industry is that it’s a labour of love.” – Elena Gregotti

“On a personal side I have to say that I learnt a lot about the Quilt Industry and how to stay in this business thanks to the friendship and guide of Moda’s people.” – Alex Veronelli

“What other industry gives of their time and talent like quilters. Where there is a need, quilters are the first to respond using their skills to make, share and comfort those in need. That is greatness!!” – Lissa Alexander

MODA + AURIFIL SCHEDULE
Monday, 9/18 — Moda + Aurifil
Tuesday, 9/19 — Moda + Aurifil: The Interviews
Wednesday, 9/20 — Moda + Aurifil: Stacy Iest Hsu
Thursday, 9/21 — Moda + Aurifil: BasicGrey
Friday, 9/22 — Moda + Aurifil: Kate Spain + Brigitte Heitland 

Monday, 9/25 — Moda + Aurifil: Interview & Pro Tips
Tuesday, 9/26 — Moda + Aurifil: Pat Sloan + Me & My Sister Designs
Wednesday, 9/27 — Moda + Aurifil: Lynne Hagmeier + Minnick & Simpson
Thursday, 9/28 — Moda + Aurifil: Joanna Figueroa
Friday, 9/29 — Moda + Aurifil: Fall Sneak Peeks + Contest/Giveaway!  (YOU ARE HERE)

Thanks for following along & Happy Stitching!

Moda + Aurifil: Joanna Figueroa

We’re nearly done with our  Moda + Aurifil series and feeling a little sad! We’ve had so much fun featuring some of our favorite Moda designers and team members here over the last 2 weeks. We hope that you’re feeling inspired and ready to dive into some fabulous new projects! Today, we present two new collections from Aurifil & Moda designer Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co. Enjoy!

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Stitch the 2012 DOM Reboot: September

Welcome to Month 9 of our Stitch the 2012 DOM Reboot! If you are just joining us, we’re presenting a brand new version of one of our 2012 blocks on the last Thursday of every month. We’ve been loving the opportunity to work on our hand-stitching, particularly because it’s a fabulous beach or picnic activity! This month, we are welcoming Fall! Do you stitch outdoors through the season? We’d like to head up to our favorite apple orchard and sit among the apple trees;). Where is your favorite spot to hand-stitch?

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Moda + Aurifil: Lynne Hagmeier and Minick & Simpson

Today’s installment of  Moda + Aurifil gives us a chance to highlight three more amazing designers: Lynne Hagmeier and Polly Minick & Laurie Simpson of the design duo Minick & Simpson.  ❤

Moda Fabrics has been a treasured and dedicated partner, a creative leader, and, above all, an inspiration for years. We so value the collaboration and relish this opportunity to work with such a wonderful team to promote a top-notch list of designers.

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Moda + Aurifil: Pat Sloan and Me & My Sister Designs

We’re on day 7 of  Moda + Aurifil and hope that you’re having as much fun as we are! ❤ Moda Fabrics has been a treasured and dedicated partner, a creative leader, and, above all, an inspiration for years. We so value the collaboration and relish the opportunity to work with such a wonderful team to promote a top-notch list of designers. Today, we’re pleased to highlight two amazing Moda & Aurifil Designers, Pat Sloan and Me & My Sister Designs.

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Aurifil Variegated Thread Samples

Today we are thrilled to hand the Auribuzz blog over to Aurifil Artisan Renee Hoffman of Quilts of a Feather! Renee has been sharing quilting sneak peeks of this project over the past few weeks on Instagram. And now we get to see the full scope of her stunning stitching!

Make sure to read through to the end for two chances to win — both here and on Renee’s blog!


Hello!  I’m Renee from Quilts of a Feather (probably better know as @quiltsNfeathers on Instagram).  I’m a stay at home mom to a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old.  I’ve been quilting for about 8 years, with a focus on detailed free motion quilting. Today I will be sharing samples of all 36 Aurifil variegated threads so you can see each one stitched out–because let’s be honest, it’s hard to tell from a picture of the spool or from the color card how those colors will look for quilting.

Aurifil 4650 Leaves
I hope that seeing these variegated samples will help you decide which colors are right for next project, or inspire you to try one out for the first time.  Variegated threads are so much fun to watch change colors while you’re sewing!
Aurifil 3817 Marrakesh
These samples are done on Michael Miller Cotton Couture in White and Black, and all of them have one layer of batting–except for Marrakesh I used two layers because I could not get the tension to play nice.  Also these are all stitched using 50wt thread–except for the white side of Marrakesh is 40wt.  At the end of the photos are some tips for quilting with variegated threads!
Aurifil 4649 Lemon Blueberry
You can also see each of these samples in different lighting conditions under the Instagram tag: #AurifilVariegatedSamples.
Aurifil 4647 Berrylicious
Note: I know it is quite redundant to have the color number and name both on the photo and in the caption, but it makes this blog post easy to search (ctrl-f on PC) and the photos have enough information if you decide to save them elsewhere.
Aurifil 3852 Liberty
Aurifil 4648 Desert Dawn
Aurifil 4651 Bari
Aurifil 3840 French Lilac
Aurifil 3660 Bubblegum
Aurifil 4660 Pink Taffy
Aurifil 4668 Strawberry Parfait
Aurifil 4250 Flamingo
Aurifil 4659 Mango Mist
Aurifil 4657 Tramonto a Zoagli
Aurifil 4150 Creme Brule
Aurifil 3920 Golden Glow
Aurifil 4658 Limoni di Monterosso
Aurifil 3910 Lemon Ice
Aurifil 4653 Spring Prairie
Aurifil 3320 Light Spring Green
Aurifil 4661 Mint Julep
Aurifil 4662 Creme de Menthe
Aurifil 4654 Turquoise Foam
Aurifil 4663 Baby Blue Eyes
Aurifil 3770 Stone Washed Denim
Aurifil 4669 Stonewash Blues
Aurifil 4655 Storm at Sea
Aurifil 4664 Stonefields
Aurifil 4665 Graphite
Aurifil 4652 Licorice Twist
Aurifil 4670 Silver Fox
Aurifil 4060 Silver Moon
Aurifil 4666 Biscotti
Aurifil 4667 Nutty Nougat
Aurifil 4656 Cinnamon Sugar
Aurifil 4671 Mocha Mousse
Tips for quilting with variegated threads:
1. Use thread in your bobbin that will match your quilt top.
2. Use a scrap mini quilt (9-12″ square is a good practice size) to play with the threads and tension, and to get a feel for how the colors progress and transition.
3. Using two layers of batting for mini quilts gives the thread extra space to get the tension just right, especially if you are using a contrasting thread in the bobbin.
4. If you decide to use a variegated thread in the bobbin remember that the colors will change in the opposite order of the top thread–and sometimes you will have dramatic contrast in color between the top and bottom threads.  The sample of Licorice Twist above is a good example of this.
Have you tried variegated thread?  Which one is your favorite?
 
Now head over to my blog Quilts of a Feather for a chance to win some variegated threads and a color card!

Thank you so much Renee! The quilting is stunning, and your tips are sure to help anyone looking to tackle using Aurifil Variegated threads!

We are offering an additional giveaway, so you have two chances to win! 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 Monday, October 2! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Tuesday, October 3. Good luck!

Moda + Aurifil: Interviews + Pro Tips

Thank you so much for joining us for our two weeks of Moda love! Welcome to week two:). Today, we’re turning to Moda’s very own Lissa Alexander (also of Moda Lissa) to learn a little more about Moda AND we’ll hear from a handful of our treasured Moda designers for some excellent tips & tricks to keep you inspired!

A lineup of Moda All-Stars helmed by Lissa Alexander on the left! — via Martingale

Can you tell us a bit of background about Moda?
United Notions was established in 1975 when Mark Dunn came to Dallas, Texas to start a notion distributorship. Mark previously worked for his father in Atlanta, GA in the notions industry and had decided to go out on his own. Dallas was the perfect place being centrally located and several of the major notions brands were also located there. Mark Dunn along with Vice President of Design, Cheryl Freydberg created Moda Fabrics in 1990. First creating in house lines and now working with over 50 of the top creatives in the quilting and graphic industry, Moda has always prided itself on top quality, beautiful designs, while selling to the independent quilt and specialty retailers. United Notions/Moda is very much a family business as some of the 3rd and 4th generation family members have joined the company.

Cheryl Freydburg, Mark Dunn, Lissa Alexander, and Holly Hickman — via Moda

What do you love most about working in this industry?
Having a job that centers around my hobby is the best gig there is.  Working with creative people in every step from product development to seeing the final fabrics and quilts on the store shelves is incredible. I love exploring trends, playing with color and studying the history of patchwork gives me goosebumps, but overall building relationships with like minded people that I am able to call my friends has got to the most rewarding part of working in the industry.

What other industry gives of their time and talent like quilters. The most recent example is the storms that have affected the Texas and Florida areas. Where there is a need, quilters are the first to respond using their skills to make, share and comfort those in need. That is greatness!!

Fat Quarter Shop took Lissa with them to visit Moda Designers at Spring Market 2016 — via Fat Quarter Shop, Jolly Jabber

When did Aurifil and Moda first connect and how has the relationship developed over the years? 
United Notions was distributing Aurifil threads, so we already had a business relationship with the brand. Aurifil was still fairly new to the quilting industry. You had to be living under a rock to not notice the social media vibe that was happening thanks to Alex Veronelli, CBDO of Aurifil. I was intrigued mainly because Alex reminds me a lot of the president of Moda. They both thrive on listening and watching and then responding to the needs and wants of their customers. They both are very quick to be able to answer these needs not in product but also in their flexibility to react. The moda designers have loved working with Aurifil to combine thread sets that match their fabric lines. Whether picking fabric or threads, color is always the hardest thing to decide on. The thread sets have taken the thinking out of the equation.

Mark and Cheryl with Moda Designers — via Moda

Why do you love working with Aurifil? 
I had used Aurifil threads fairly regularly, but it was not until I took my machine in to be serviced that I realized how special this thread was. The machine tech had noticed the Aurifil spool on my machine and told me he could really tell the difference with the thread I was using when he was cleaning my machine. When I took my machine home I began to pay closer attention to what the tech said, I had little to no lint as I was sewing or in my bobbin case. The stitches laid into the fabric nicely eliminating even the slightest bulk that certain threads can cause.  I do ALOT of sewing on all different colors so I like the naturals but also use some of the colors as a neutral color 2000, 2310, 2312. The medium colors such as pink color 2437, grey color 2615, country blue color 2612 work wonderfully when using a big range of fabrics, they are not too dark, not too light, just perfect.

Aurifil Spools from ‘It Always Comes Back to Weight’ — via Moda

I asked around the office and polled some of my quilting friends and here is what they had to say about Aurifil.

  • Variety and options!
  • I like the different weights and the different looks you can get from them – from the 80wt on machine quilting to the 12wt for big-stitch quilting.
  • Threads colors consistent across the sizes so that I can mix machine quilting with hand quilting.
  • I use their variegated threads for quilting because the change of colors is very subtle which adds texture without glaring color differences.
  • Spool sizes. Small spools so I can lots of colors to the big cones for machine piecing.
  • Easy identifiable colored spools to distinguish thread weights.
  • Bobbins hold lots of thread.

And believe it or not I even got one comment  –  it doesn’t hurt that Alex smells good. 🙂

Thanks SO much to Lissa!!


PRO TIPS!
In talking with our Moda & Aurifil designers, we asked for tips… both for working with Aurifil threads and with Moda fabrics. We’ll admit we’re feeling insanely inspired after reading all of these!

Brigitte at Houston Quilt Market 2016

Brigitte Heitland
My favorite weight of thread is the 50wt – I use it nearly for everything in my work: for piecing, for doing EPP, for quilting. My tip would be: get a box of neutrals like the MODERN BACKGROUND PAPER and INK box: They are filled with whites, greys, beiges, blacks. Those colors will be used again and again and again. Even in a colorful quilt with lots of pieces I stick with a medium grey or beige thread, which matches all colors. Such a box will be a good companion for a long time and can be refilled with spools if one runs out.

For Moda Fabrics my tip is: stock your inventory with some precuts like a Layer Cake, a Jelly Roll or a Charm Pack. There are many – even free – patterns out (like my free Jelly Roll pattern here), and the little precut packages are perfect for a quick project without wasting any fabric. So you have always something handy if you are in the mood to make for a weekend project.

Barb & Mary of Me & My Sister Designs

Barb Groves of Me & My Sister Designs
I always match my thread color to my binding. When using precuts, always use the top of the pinked edge when measuring!

Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilters

Lynne Hagmeier
I love Aurifil 50wt. thread for topstitching with my Layered Patchwork technique and for piecing seams. I suggest a size #70/10 needle for finer thread so your stitch line is perfectly straight. I’ve found many quilters use a size #80 needle for ease in threading, but have a bit of wobble in their stitching. Matching your thread size to your needle size is key to perfectly straight topstitching.

Laurie Simpson of Minick & Simpson — via Pat Sloan

Laurie Simpson of Minick & Simpson
I’m sure almost everyone knows, but if you cut your thread with sharp scissors at an angle – it makes it much easier to thread your needles.

Pat Sloan
The best way to select the perfect matching Aurifil thread color for your favorite piece of Moda fabric is to pull one stand off the thread spool.  My tip is that there are often several colors that will work well. When you have cool tones, try different gray threads. When you have warm tone fabrics, use shades of brown and tan. You’ll be surprised at what till work!

Kate Spain
When I use my home sewing machine for free-motion quilting, I like to use Aurifil’s 60wt bobbin thread. It goes a long way … which means I don’t have to stop to change the bobbin thread as frequently and for anyone who has quilted a queen-sized quilt on a home sewing machine, you know how much time that will save!


SCHEDULE
MODA + AURIFIL SCHEDULE
Monday, 9/18 — Moda + Aurifil
Tuesday, 9/19 — Moda + Aurifil: The Interviews
Wednesday, 9/20 — Moda + Aurifil: Stacy Iest Hsu
Thursday, 9/21 — Moda + Aurifil: BasicGrey
Friday, 9/22 — Moda + Aurifil: Kate Spain + Brigitte Heitland

Monday, 9/25 — Moda + Aurifil: Interviews + Pro Tips
Tuesday, 9/26 — Moda + Aurifil: Pat Sloan + Me & My Sister Designs
Wednesday, 9/27 — Moda + Aurifil: Lynne Hagmeier + Minnick & Simpson
Thursday, 9/28 — Moda + Aurifil: Joanna Figueroa
Friday, 9/29 — Moda + Aurifil: Fall Sneak Peeks + Contest/Giveaway!

Thanks for following along & Happy Stitching!