2017 Fall Quilt Market, Part 3

One of our favorites parts of International Quilt Market is having the opportunity to walk the aisles, visit with designers, industry partners, and friends. The booths are always breath-taking and the care and planning that goes into getting every detail right is always incredible. Our last Market post is a celebration of those booths! We hope you leave feeling as inspired as we did! ūüôā


ANDOVER
Andover‘s booth was full of vivid colors (Alison Glass & Libs Elliott) and vintage vibes (Edyta Sitar & Di Ford-Hall). We loved getting a peek at the gorgeous upcoming collections and were thrilled to launch two new Aurifil collections for Libs Elliott with Wild Side and Edyta Sitar with Crystal Farm.


ANNIE SMITH
Aurifil Designer Annie Smith was at Market with a gorgeous range of patterns (including Color Pop, shown here) in a delightful burst of Robert Kaufman Solids! She had her Aurifil collections — Love is Spoken Here, Summerset and Winterset — to coordinate.


CAMELOT
We were just down the aisle from Camelot and had so much fun with their Star Wars display! They had some fabulous quilts, but what really stole the show were the appearances of Darth Vader, a Storm Trooper, and Chewbacca. We’ll admit that more than a few of us got videos with our childhood heroes and villains!!


ANNA MARIA HORNER
Anna Maria‘s booth was as stunning as ever, filled with gorgeous florals and bright and bold colors. Her new collection, Sweet Dreams, is every bit as lovely as we would all expect and I know we’re already plotting what to make once we get these fabulous prints in hand. There were some gorgeous projects on display, with more than a few featuring threads from Anna Maria’s collections — Stitch Gallery, Warm Reception, and Cool & Collected.


TULA PINK
Tula Pink‘s booth was a rainbow of wonder. We likely could have nestled into one of those chairs and just stayed there for the whole of Market. ūüėČ We loved her custom pillows, the stunning quilting on her color wheel quilt, and the beautiful parade of handbags.


HOFFMAN
Aurifil Designer McKenna Ryan is back with Hoffman Fabrics and we’re looking forward to working with her on a new collection for 2018. We were super excited to present two new collections for Fall — first, Me + You… a stunning Large box of 50wt thread to coordinate with your favorite Me + You Indah Batiks. We also debuted the new 2018 Hoffman Challenge box celebrating their 30th anniversary! Stay tuned for more info on the challenge in the next few weeks.


ISLAND BATIK
For Fall, we presented new Island Batik collections for Jackie Kunkel with Blue Moon and Ebony Love with Southern Blooms. We are so excited about these two colorways and have every confidence that you’ll all fall in love as quickly as we did:). We loved getting the full tour from Katie, giving us the opportunity to see all of the lovely batiks up close, including new collections for Aurifil Designers and friends Tammy Silvers, Nan Baker, & Cheri Good Designs.


MICHAEL MILLER
Michael Miller presented something a little different for Fall Market and we’re already smitten. Project Dovetail is a collaborative collection featuring one new design in two different colorways from each of Michael Miller’s licensed designers. The collection was launched with a heartfelt charitable goal — learn more about that here. We are thrilled to have a coordinating thread box and are looking forward to working with all of the designers on some fun promotion in 2018!


MODA
Moda‘s booths always make us smile:). We didn’t get a ton of photos this time around, but we did do a fairly extensive tour! From new designers to those who have been established for quite some time, we had a blast giving a shout out to some of our favorites!


JEN KINGWELL
Moda Designer Jen Kingwell had a gorgeous booth, full of color. Her collection, Beach Road, draws inspiration from her home and in looking at it, we could be instantly whisked away to the Australian beaches. We were thrilled to present Jen’s debut Aurifil thread collection — 10 sweet small spools of her go-to 50wt thread.


QUILTMANIA
Quiltmania launched the most spectacular subscription box. Featuring Andover and Aurifil designer Di Ford-Hall, the boxes features 6 individual drawers, each with a variety of must-haves, including fabric, thread, marking tools, piecing papers, and more. The boxes are limited edition, with only 400 available. We hear that these boxes have already sold out, so we’ll have to admire them from afar. ‚̧ To learn more, head here.


RILEY BLAKE
Oh how we love Riley Blake!! We had two new collections launching at Market — Jill Finley‘s Quilter’s Palette and Minki Kim‘s Dear Diary. The booths were full of gorgeous fabrics and projects, including the awesome wall of fries (yes, french fries!!) in Christopher Thompson‘s booth. Oh, how we love Market so!


ROBERT KAUFMAN
We absolutely adore the team at Robert Kaufman! Once again, we got the grand tour from the illustrious Elisabeth Hardy. Did you know that our Robert Kaufman designers all have ‘Designer Palette’ thread collections? While each color may not necessarily be a perfect match with every fabric collection, the thread boxes represent the typical palette for each designer. It’s so absolutely fabulous because you can buy a Large box of Carolyn Friedlander‘s Favorites to stitch up projects using her Friedlander, Architextures, or even her new Manhattan fabrics. Perfection!


WINDHAM
We were delighted to see Windham and Aurifil designer Sarah Fielke in Houston! Though her WordPlay collection officially launched at Spring Market, she had a wonderful showcase at Fall. Sarah was one of our first 80wt designers and we just love seeing all that she does with it! New Aurifil Designer Shayla Wolf of Sassafras Lane had a bold and brilliant booth full of color to launch her debut collection, Foundation. *swoon*

That’s all for now! Thank you so very much for following along with us. International Quilt Market was a wonderful whirlwind and we’re so grateful we got to be a part of it! Until next time!

2017 Fall Quilt Market, Part 2

Although Quilt Market & Quilt Festival keep us in Houston for weeks, it’s rare that we see much beyond our hotels and the George R. Brown convention center. Thankfully, we’re regularly treated to views like these, so we tend not to mind!

Alexander, Brad, Hilary, & Kate en route to Schoolhouse!


SCHOOLHOUSES
Friday, October 27 was officially Schoolhouse day at Quilt Market and we were thrilled to present a brand new product and a brand new series, both equally exciting.

Forty3 is Aurifil’s brand new 40wt, 3-play thread, 100% Cotton thread, specifically designed to handle the rigor of today’s high-speed, high-tech Longarm machines. Alex Veronelli introduced the amazing new thread to a packed house… standing room only.

Forty3 is manufactured to Aurifil’s standards and has all the versatility and lustrous color of the original 40wt threads, with the added benefit of extra strength. Don’t worry, it’s still virtually lint free! Because it is made specifically for Longarm machine use, the thread is offered on a 3280yd cone only. It is available in 50 gorgeous colors.

Aurifil Designer Sarah Thomas of Sariditty and quilter Alfonsina Uriburu joined Alex for the launch. Both had tested the thread and had some gorgeous samples on hand to showcase.

AuriKids is a partnership between Aurifil and a new generation of sewists and quilters. We aim to generate excitement, create joy, educate young minds, and pass along a time-honored tradition. We launched 4 new small-spool collections at Market featuring 4 young designers. The program grew out of the work that Aurifil Designer Wendy Sheppard (of Ivory Spring) has been doing with her daughter Gwendolyn, now one of our debut AuriKids designers.

We welcomed Wendy to the stage to debut the program. We will be sharing more in the weeks to come and have some exciting plans for 2018!


DEMO TABLE
We first introduced our demo table at Spring Market earlier this year. We had an absolute blast and felt so honored to have such an amazing group of designers come by to share their talents and drop a little quilty knowledge;). We upped the ante a little for Fall and offered a string of events every day, from mini-classes to book-signings and trunk shows.

Wendy Sheppard:
Wendy joined us for 3 awesome events — a demo on her masterful free-motion quilting, a book signing for her latest book with Landauer, and a showcase for our brand new AuriKids series.

Victoria Findlay Wolfe:
Victoria shared a remarkable mini-class on a piecing method from her new book, Modern Quilt Magic.

Sarah Fielke: 
Sarah traveled all the way from her home in Australia to attend Quilt Market — officially presenting her WordPlay collection with Windham Fabrics and offering 2 fabulous mini-classes in the Aurifil booth! Sarah schooled us on hand-quilting & hand-appliqu√©.

Sarah Maxwell: 
Sarah joined us for a demo on hand appliqué using Aurifil 12wt and her stunning flannels with Marcus Fabrics.

Jill Finley:
Jill shared a wonderful demo on hand appliqu√© using Aurifil 50wt thread. She also debuted a brand new collection featuring 20 small spools of her go-to 50wt threads, Quilter’s Palette.

Karen Miller:
Karen joined us for 2 awesome events, one a mini-trunk show and one a mini-class, giving attendees excellent tips on how to FMQ on a home machine. Karen’s debut collection with Aurifil, The Subtle Sampler, released in September.

We also had Christa Watson, Amanda Murphy, Alfonsina Uriburu, & Patricia Belyea. Thank you so very much to all for making our Market experience so darn amazing and for allowing us to leave with so much more quilty knowledge!

For a closer look at some of these events, check out the video tab on our Facebook page — many were broadcast on Facebook Live!


We’ll be back with you tomorrow for a peek at all of the other inspiring things we spotted at Market! Thanks for following along. ūüôā

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2017 Fall Quilt Market, Part 1

In one of those rare quiet moments after International Quilt Market in Houston last month, a co-worker and I were marveling over what a whirlwind it always is. It’s almost like being back in school — we work and prepare and cram and create, then we take the final and wait in silent anticipation of what comes next. And then… we dive into the new school year. Chaotic as it may be, we love it. We relish the opportunity to share all of the exciting new products, to herald all of our beloved designers, and to learn from our mentors and peers.

Getting the party started! ūüėä‚̧ԳŹ #quiltmarket #aurifil #aurifilthread

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We’ve been back for a little over two weeks now and have been bursting with excitement over new ideas, still reeling from the wonder of the demos and events we were able to share. We wanted to take some time over the next few days to share some of the magnificent madness with all of you, in hopes that you might all feel as inspired as we do!


SAMPLE SPREE
We made a splash at sample spree this year with our new favorite t-shirts — the Sew Many Colors Tee by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill in collaboration with Patchwork Threads. Want to show off your favorite spools right along with us? You can grab your own right here.

Back Row (L to R): Alex Veronelli, Alexander Winton, Bradley Mitchell, Jon Werst || Front Row (L to R): Erin Sampson, Hilary Jordan, Elena Gregotti, Kate Brennan

This time around, we brought a mix of House & Designer Collections in a variety of weights, including hefty supply of our 80wt Best Selection 45-spool boxes. We had blast and truly loved chatting with all of the excited shoppers over the course of the evening.


AURIFIL BOOTH
Our Fall Market booth offered some of the same lovely features that we debuted in the Spring. From an expanded designer showcase area to a separate display room, a cozy meeting space to a working demo table, we did our best to create a fun space in which visitors could gather. 

We felt particularly honored to also have a gorgeous Bernina Q20 Sit-down Longarm¬†on site, perfect to help us showcase our brand new Forty3 Longarm thread (40wt, 3 ply). We had so much fun with it all and hope you did too! (Stay tuned for more on the new thread! We’ll have a post with all sorts of info very soon.)

We absolutely love the opportunity to showcase completed pieces by some incredibly talented Designers. This year’s showcase pieces were by Felice Regina, Pat Sloan and the 2016 Aurifil Designer of the Month team, Karen Miller, Sari Thomas of Sariditty, Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studios, Sophie Standing, Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness, Sue O’Very, Remy McDonough (daughter of Kristi of Schnitzel & Boo), Gwendolyn Sheppard (daughter of Wendy of Ivory Spring), Barbara Persing of Fourth & Sixth Designs, and Carolina Asmussen. Thank you to all for so generously loaning us your art!

Here is our Facebook Live tour for a little peek into the full booth layout and all that was presented there! I may have missed a few collections, but have no fear… we’ll be sharing more of that info with you soon!

 


AURIFRIENDS
One of the things we love most about Market is the chance to reconnect with our Aurifil friends and family. The whole weekend is like one giant reunion and we savor every moment of it. Thanks so much to all who popped by to say hello — we miss you already!

We hope you’ll join us tomorrow for more on our schoolhouses and demos! We had some exciting debuts and a super fab lineup of demo designers. See you soon!

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Houston, Here We Come!

International Quilt Market… It‚Äôs like a giant and glorious reunion for our industry;).¬†We’re in the final countdown and holy moly are we excited! We’ve got new threads, new collections, a jam-packed schedule of schoolhouses, demos, meet & greets, and book-signings, and are once again featuring a fully stocked demo table, available for drop-in stitchers and curious thread lovers. New for Fall… we’re featuring Bernina’s Q 20 Longarm!

We’ll be doing our best to bring the excitement of Market to all of you following along from home by way of our social media, so make sure to join us on Facebook & Instagram.

For all who will be with us in Houston… here is the nitty gritty!

FALL INTERNATIONAL¬†QUILT MARKET, 2017 ‚ÄĒ HOUSTON, TX
Aurifil — BOOTH #900/901

October 27
SCHOOLHOUSE, Room 362F
2:30 – 2:45p, Alex Veronelli
The Long-Arm Launch | Aurifil 40 / 3 Ply Cotton
Join Alex and Aurifil Designers for a new product launch! Aurifil has been working with industry experts to develop a beautifully strong 40 weight / 3 ply Cotton thread, perfect for use on the Long-Arm.

2:50 – 3:05p, Wendy Sheppard
AURIkids: Working to Inspire Young Sewists & Quilters
With Aurikids, we aim to generate excitement, create joy, and pass along a time-honored tradition. Work with us to create in-store programs to inspire today’s creative youth!

SAMPLE SPREE, Exhibit Hall A, Level 1
7 Р9p, Tables 88, 89, 90, & 91
Pop by the Aurifil tables for some amazing deals on your favorite thread! We’ll have designer and house collections, in a variety of thread weights. Our favorite night or organized chaos! ‚̧ Click here for a full list of participants & table numbers.

October 28 – 30
Trade Show, Aurifil Booth #900/901

Find us here:

Events:

Will you be in attendance? We hope you’ll stop by to say hello!!

Spring Quilt Market, Part 3

Elisabeth and Nichole of Robert Kaufman

If only we could extend International Quilt Market by a day or two… but not for the business! We need extra time to catch up with friends and colleagues — time to check in, share a hug, ask about each other’s kids/dogs/new houses/travels/parents/etc. We all work so hard and move so fast, it’s easy for the personal to get lost and sometimes the personal, the bonds formed, relationships built, and connections made are what make the biggest difference. So, for all those who we missed… ’til next time;).

We do have a few final booths to share and hope you’ve had fun following along with us! For Houston, let us know if you have special requests, booths you’d like to see, tours you’d like to take… Let’s have some fun!!

ISLAND BATIK
We absolutely adore the team at Island Batik! We had a moment to visit with Elizabeth and Katie before Katie was kind enough to take us on a tour of the booth. New fabrics collections from Ebony Love, Jackie Kunkel, Tammy Silvers, Cheri Good Quilt Design and more!

 

ROBERT KAUFMAN
Elisabeth and Nichole of Robert Kaufman fabrics took us on a fabulous tour of the RK booths, including giving us a sneak peek at their own new book, The Fussy Cut Sampler! Rebecca Bryan had a new collection presenting, as did Erin Dollar (though she didn’t have a booth this time), and we also got to visit with Darlene Zimmerman, Elizabeth Hartman, and Carolyn Friendlander and check out the booths for Valori Wells and Makenna Ryan.

 

MARCUS FABRICS
We popped into Marcus to say hello to Aurifil Designers Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Nancy Rink, and Sarah Maxwell. The booths were rich with color and featured so many fabulous new patterns!

 

ANNA MARIA HORNER
One of the biggest buzz collections of Spring Market was our trio of Limited Edition wooden boxes debuting Anna Maria Horner for Aurifil! We are so excited about these boxes that were designed to coordinate with Anna Maria’s Floral Retrospective collection and have some fun things coming up. Collections are shipping in August, so make sure to ask your local quilt shop to order yours. Anna Maria was lovely and inspiring, as always, and was kind enough to take us on the grand tour of her booth.

 

THE SPLENDID SAMPLER
We were so excited to have a chance to say hello to Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, co-authors and co-hosts of The Splendid Sampler Sew Along, which launched in 2016 as an online community sewing & quilting event and has now be released in book form, sparking a whole new wave of participants, new bonus blocks, tips, and more! Make sure to check out the website for all the info and order your copy of the book today!

 

A VISIT WITH JILL FINLEY!
On the very last day of Market, we had a surprise visit from Aurifil & Riley Blake Designer Jill Finley of Jillily Studio. We absolutely adore Jill and it was so fun to join her and Aurifil CEO Elena Gregotti for a little peek at the Aurifil booth. Keep your eyes peeled for a new collection from Jill this Fall — we can’t wait!!


Thank you so very much for following along with us. International Quilt Market was a wonderful whirlwind and we’re so grateful we got to be a part of it! Until next time!

 

2017 Spring Quilt Market, Part 2

Windham Fabrics: Natalie Barnes, Felice Regina, Amy Gibson, Crystal Nilpirom

One of the things that we love most about International Quilt Market is having the chance to check in with Aurifil Designers and Industry¬†Partners. We are a diverse community, spread across the globe, which makes regular opportunities to meet in person an absolute delight. Our Creative Director, Erin Sampson, spends much of Market running between partner booths, capturing booth tours, staging informal interviews, and checking in on our new collection releases. It’s exciting and inspiring and thanks to excellent social tools like Facebook Live, we’re able to share the experience with all of you. In fact, we had so many tours this time around that we’ll split them into two posts;).

Our only regret is that we don’t always get to make it to see everyone, so there are a few missing from our tour. Keep an eye on the blog throughout the Summer for another introduction to ALL of our new designers and collections!

WINDHAM FABRICS
Windham Fabrics had a lovely lineup of booths, each boasting countless projects, with everything from collaborative stitching projects, to cats, to Spring Gardens.  Natalie Barnes, Amy Gibson, and Sarah Fielke had new Aurifil collections presenting, but we also had a chance to check out the booths for Annabel Wrigley, Felice Regina, and Janine Vangool.

 

MODA FABRICS
We were so excited to have a chance visit with a few of our beloved Moda designers! Stacy Iest Hsu, Joanna Figueroa, and Basic Grey had new Aurifil collections presenting, but we also got to say hi to Jane Davidson of Franny & Jane, Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life, Corey Yoder, and Shannon Gillman Orr.

 

ANDOVER FABRICS
We toured the booth with Giuseppe Ribaudo, our amazing main man at Andover, stopping to say hello to Alison Glass and Edyta Sitar while also checking out collections and projects for Di Ford-Hall and Kim Schaefer.

 

ART GALLERY FABRICS
Art Gallery Fabrics Ambassador Mathew Boudreaux of Mister Domestic took us on a grand booth tour, showcasing his in-booth charity stitching, highlighting new collections, and saying hello to designers along the way!

 

RILEY BLAKE 
We started our tour at Riley Blake with Christopher Thompson of The Tattooed Quilter who has collections presenting in August and September. We also took a peek at the new collections by Lori Holt — a new 45-spool box — in addition to a range of other Riley Blake designers.

 

MICHAEL MILLER FABRICS
Kait Witte of Michael Miller led us on a tour of the Michael Miller booths, featuring Tamara Kate, Sarah Jane, Sandra Clemons, and Susan Emory.


We’ll finish up our Quilt Market recap with some final tours and intros on Tuesday! Happy Sunday all! ūüôā

2017 Spring Quilt Market, Part 1

Bradley Mitchell, ready for day 1 of Market!

There is an old Welsh proverb that seems to work particularly well with International Quilt Market…

“In like a lion, out like a lamb”

Market prep is always a beast, working on those last minute details, setting up promotions, confirming collaborations, and preparing booth activities. It often seems that the industry comes to a collective standstill for a week, but in fact we’re all running around furiously for 4 days to make sure that everything runs smoothly and that we’re able to visit with as many of our friends and colleagues as possible. And then… just like that… it’s over! It’s always hard to believe and we always find ourselves sifting through photos, trying to recapture the pure inspiration felt while walking the aisles of the show.

We’ve been back for a little over a week and have been bursting with excitement over new ideas, still reeling from the wonder of the demos and events we were able to share. We wanted to take some time over the next few days to share some of the magnificent madness with all of you, in hopes that you might all feel as inspired as we do!


SAMPLE SPREE
What would Market be without Sample Spree? The frenzy and the excitement‚Ķ the walking away with 10 boxes of thread and 10 new Fat Quarter bundles;). We‚Äôve always loved seeing photos of the loot after the fact and love the buzz of energy that rolls through the room. This time around, we brought a mix of House & Designer Collections in a variety of weights, including a handful of our 80wt Best Selection 45-spool boxes — a HUGE hit!

L to R: Jenni Smith, Alex Veronelli, Hilary Jordan, Bradley Mitchell, Elena Gregotti, Erin Sampson, Alexander Winton, Donna Morales-Oemig, Kristi McDonough


AURIFIL BOOTH
We expanded our booth this year to allow for a bit more space to showcase displays, offer a separate meeting space, and introduce a demo/event area. We absolutely love how everything turned out and are looking forward to improving on the space even more for our Fall Market booth in Houston. 

We absolutely love the opportunity to showcase completed pieces by some incredibly talented Designers. This year’s showcases pieces were by Heather Givans, Pat Sloan and the 2016 Aurifil Designer of the Month team, Karen Miller, the Designers of Art Gallery Fabrics, Sari Thomas of Sariditty, Jenni Smith, AnnieMarie Chany of GenX Quilters, and our Sew Many Colors contest winners, Laura Piland, Jenny Nault Meeker, and Nicole Buckley. Thank you to all for so generously loaning us your art!

Full disclosure… the lighting in the convention center was terrible! I can’t help but share a few other images of the feature projects so you catch just how magnificent they actually are;).

Here is our Facebook Live tour for a little peek into the full booth layout and all that was presented there! I may have missed a few collections, but have no fear… we’ll be sharing more of that info with you soon!


DEMO TABLE
Our demo table was one of our new additions and a focal point through Market. We had embroidery hoops ready for a bit of slow-stitching and loved that so many people popped by to join in, including our very own Elena Gregotti and Alexander Winton!

We were incredibly lucky to partner with Bernina to have a few machines at the table. Without their generosity, our demos would have been a total bust!! We also loved that Alex Veronelli spent a few moments at the machine! Thanks Bernina!!

We were so honored to welcome a top-notch list of Aurifil Designers throughout the weekend — Heather Givans, Pat Sloan, Karen Miller, Jenni Smith, Carolyn Friedlander, and Annie Smith showcased projects & collections, gave us tips & tricks, and even taught a few mini classes! It was such a delight and we were thrilled to broadcast each one out on Facebook Live to give everyone an opportunity to join in on the fun!

Heather Givans:

 

Pat Sloan: 

 

Karen Miller: 

 

Jenni Smith: 

 

Carolyn Friedlander: 

 

Annie Smith: 


BOOK SIGNING
We welcomed Aurifil Designer and Author Kathy Flowers to the booth on Saturday for a meet & greet and book signing in partner with Martingale. Kathy was at Market to launch her new book and coordinating thread collection, Oh Glory. The signing was a hit and Kathy quickly ran out of books! Thank you so much to all who attended!


At the end of the weekend, the booth got torn down and looked like this:

Everything is now packed and sorted and back in our US warehouse, ready and waiting for Houston;). We can’t wait!!

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Aurifil Shenanigans

Who says Market has to be all work and no play?¬†Are you ready to have some fun? If you’re attending International Quilt Market this weekend in St. Louis, we hope you’ll join in on the Aurifil Shenanigans. We’ve teamed up with 13 amazing companies offering some of the best fabrics, books, machinery, & tools in the industry. We’ve placed one extra large cone of Aurifil thread in each of their booths (in addition to our own!). Each cone is labeled with a color number. Entry cards are available in our booth (#1109/1110) and in each of our partner booths.

[If you are not attending Market, have no fear! We’ve got a prize for all of your at-home shenanigans as well! Scroll to the end of this post for details.]

Your mission, should you choose to accept it? 
Find 8 of the 14 cones! For each cone found, list the booth in which it was discovered + the color number on the entry card… AND if you’re feeling super sassy, take a selfie or some sort of fun image of the cone and post it to Instagram OR Facebook tagging #aurifilshenanigans + @aurifilthread + the booth in which the spool was found. We want to see your silly (and fabulous) faces!!

The reward?
We’ve got not one… not two… but FOURTEEN fabulous prizes to give away, one for each of our partners. Feast your eyes on the prizes below.

The details?
Shenanigans will be in full effect through close of Market on Sunday, May 21 (4pmCST). Winners will be notified on Monday, May 22.

The prizes?

That’s it!! On your mark… get set… GO!!!


For all you at home participants, we’ve got a very special prize! To enter-to-win your choice of 1 LG Aurifil Designer Collection ¬†+ 1 Cone of 50wt thread + 1 Color Card, follow the steps below:

  • Grab your very favorite spool of Aurifil thread
  • Take a creative photo (have fun!)
  • Post to Instagram or Facebook making sure to tag #aurifilshenanigansathome

We will pull 1 lucky winner on Sunday night and you will be notified on Monday, May 22. We can’t wait to see your images!!

Sew Many Colors Winners!

In February, we introduced you to Sew Many Colors, a brand new pattern by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio. We made the pattern available for FREE both on our site and on Sheri’s site and launched a contest, asking participants to create their ‘favorite 10’, using Aurifil Threads and Kona Solids from Robert Kaufman.

We had so much fun watching the entries roll in, admiring the colors, the different styles, and even the bits of humor thrown in. Entries were due at the end of March and we made everything available for a public vote for 2 weeks at the beginning of April. Quilters with the top 3 minis were promised both space to showcase the mini in our booth at Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis and a pretty fabulous prize package featuring items from Aurifil, Robert Kaufman, The Warm Company, and Whole Circle Studio.

Today, we’d first like to applaud all of our entrants. You are all amazing and we are so grateful that you played along and shared such beautiful works of art with us! Thank you, thank you:).

And now, to unveil our Top 3 Minis! These minis gained the most amount of public votes and we are thrilled to share them with you today! Drum roll please…

LAURA PILAND
Laura is a quilter, pattern designer, and homeschooling mom of two young boys. She is also an ex-math teacher and, with¬†a last¬†name like Piland, there‚Äôs a strong love of Pi in her house! She quilts because it keeps her sane and she loves that what she¬†sews stays sewn at the end of the day, unlike laundry and dishes and‚Ķ In real life, she creates in her home in southwest Missouri. However, she doesn’t have any local guilds or sewing friends, so the online quilting community her my tribe!¬†You can follow along with her latest shenanigans on¬†Instagram¬†or¬†Facebook, or read about her latest quilt finish on¬†her blog.

Can you tell us about your mini and what inspired your lineup of colors?
When I first saw the “Sew Many Colors” pattern, I laughed because I use white 50wt Aurifil 99% of the time! I thought making the pattern with just white thread spools would look a little boring, so I wanted to add something else. When brainstorming what to add, I decided that since the challenge was all about Aurifil thread, I should make the thread be the star of the show! The circular arrangement of the spools inspired the mandala style quilting. And surprise – I used white 50wt Aurifil!

NICOLE BUCKLEY
Nicole Buckley has¬†been quilting for less than 4 years, but sewing since she was eight. She falls on the artistic side of quilting and prefers to add her “spin” on projects. ¬†Her quilting skills are best displayed when she hand quilts. She prefers paper¬†piecing,¬†but is trying to push herself outside of her box by adding improv and design to her skill set. ¬†While Nicole does have a¬†blog, she rarely uses it. She finds herself drawn to Instagram and is deeply inspired by many there. That is¬†where you’ll find her, posting obsessively about her quilting, art, and swimming in the sea. ¬†She has two cats, Percy and Hermione, who are both featured under the hashtag #catsonquilts on Instagram.

“I Need More Aurifil” – a mini by Nicole

Can you tell us about your mini and what inspired your lineup of colors?
I decided to be artistic, which represents my style. I decided to go simple, I piece with simple white Aurifil. I kept the spool the same color that my thread is wound onto. I decided to use the gray Kona to pop against the white and orange, because gray is the new black, lol. The empty spool with embroidered thread represents that I can always use (and need) more thread. Lastly, I made it mini-er. Why do it just like the pattern?¬†¬†I shrunk to 50%. She measures in at 7.5 x 8.25 inches. She’s tiny!

JENNY NAULT MEEKER
Jenny’s love of quilting began with self-drafting traditional style quilts and hand quilting them to give as gifts. After a¬†six year¬†hiatus, she returned with a renewed love for the craft of designing and making quilts, favoring a more modern approach. With the explosion of modern quilting techniques and tools, as well as countless¬†suppliers of quality fabrics,¬†threads, and notions, she now finds it to be much easier to nurture her creative side. Jenny’s Connecticut town¬†is home to a handful of great¬†local quilt shops, all heartily supported by the sewing community. Many¬†offer classes for developing new skills and regularly introduce¬†new notions, feeding Jenny’s¬†need to make more and more modern quilts and sewing projects. ¬†Her growing¬†crafting knowledge in partner with knowledge gained from her¬†existing day job has allowed her to start properly drafting patterns of her own, a goal she is hoping to reach before the end of the year.¬†Jenny¬†¬†works¬†by day¬†as an executive assistant, quilts at night, and spends as much time as possible with her husband and young daughter. You can find Jenny on her blog, on Facebook, and on Instagram.¬†

Can you tell us about your mini and what inspired your lineup of colors?
I love testing patterns for designers as I always learn something new and the making process often moves me out of my comfort zone.¬† So for this mini, I branched away from the typical bright rainbow colors as I wanted to include more colors that are usually forgotten when doing color oriented quilts, hence the inclusion of the cream and gray.¬† Also, I tend to like contrasting thread against patterned fabric for most projects so I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like the tone-on-tone thread painting idea over the matching solid Kona I had for this mini–but I ended up loving the end results!¬† The comfort zone also was pushed a lot when I decided to hand embroider the Aurifil logo in the center of the mini–a skill I had not attempted before, but really felt this mini needed to feel complete.


Interested in creating your own top 10 mini? You can grab the pattern here on our website. Thanks so much for joining us and make sure to follow along with us on Facebook & Instagram to see these minis in action at Spring Market!

QuiltCon 2017 — Savannah, GA

We’re just getting back and settled in from a spectacular five days in beautiful, historic, and fascinating Savannah, Georgia. ¬†There is a certain perceived expectation when you think of “The South”, particularly when you think of Savannah. ¬†Nothing about this city disappointed me. Not even the weather- especially because I arrived the day after it stopped raining. What luck!

Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia and one of the only surviving cities left after the Civil War.  Some of the houses date back to the 1700s, which is pretty incredible.

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Just imagine the quilts that were made inside those walls! ¬†That certainly brings a whole new level of appreciation for Civil War reproduction fabrics, don’t you think?

Savannah is a very picturesque city, full of manicured lawns, immaculately kept homes and ornate details everywhere you look.  Just walking a few blocks to breakfast took us nearly an hour because we kept stopping to admire the view, take pictures or read the plaques of the various fountains and statues in the squares.

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The Savannah River divides the city from the World Trade Center, where QuiltCon 2017 was held. ¬†There was only one hotel on that side, and if you weren’t staying in it, you had to travel across the river via ferry. ¬†On the first night, the ferry was packed full of quilters and only a few locals. ¬†I doubt they had ever seen so many handmade bags and quilt related t-shirts in one place before!

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We had a great time playing a game with our QuiltCon guests.  The idea was to see who, amongst the three players, could put a puzzle together the fastest.  The fastest got to take home a large spool of thread of their choice; the remaining two took home a small spool of their choice.  Everyone was a winner!

All players were challenged to beat the ‘best time’, which kept getting faster and faster throughout the event.¬†On Sunday morning, we had our fastest participant EVER, not just for QuiltCon. Karen Brown completed the Aurifil Spool puzzle in just 2 minutes & 36 seconds. We were all in awe! Congratulations again to Karen, who is now the excited recipient of a Tula Pink Ultimate Collection — 45 small spools of lucious and colorful thread!

To help celebrate¬†270 Colors, the incredible quilt¬†by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of¬†Whole Circle Studio,¬†we hosted an ongoing social media contest. ¬†Participants had to take a “Selfie” in front of the quilt and post it to Instagram using the hashtag “#270ColorsGiveaway“. ¬†We had over 190¬†entries and our winners were:

We did also share a daily at-home giveaway so that no one would be excluded!! Thank you again to all who played along!

270 Colors by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

Even though we weren’t able to sell our thread in our booth, there was still plenty to be found throughout the show including the booths for: Craft South, Crimson Tate, Andover, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Marcus Fabrics,¬†Riley Blake,¬†and more!!

We also loved having a chance to visit with some of our amazing fabric partners. Many of them had interactive booths, giving visitors a chance to design quilt blocks, collect supplies to work on collaborative quilting projects, and more!

Of course, one of my favorite aspects of community events like this, is all of the quilts. ¬†I’m amazed at the diversity on display. ¬†Just when I think I’ve seen it all, when I’ve defined my own personal style, I turn a corner and see something that changes my whole perspective, something that makes me stop and think and admire. ¬†Below are some of my favorites from this year’s show.

And of course, Best In Show, “Bling” by Katherine Jones:

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I’m pretty sure she said it took her over 160 hours to complete the quilt top. ¬†It is ENTIRELY¬†paper-pieced! ¬†Can you imagine??

All-in-all, a great time was had by all. ¬†People left feeling inspired, satisfied, knowledgable. ¬†I think those are the best things to come away with. ¬†And, even though it’s maybe a little sad to leave and go back home to reality, the memories live on and we get to look forward to the next time we can fill our minds with new techniques and skills. We get to fill our hearts with the fun times had with friends that we may have only previous known online. ¬†That’s the beauty of it, really.

Until next time!

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— Kristi, Bradley, Erin, and Alex