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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East-Meets-West Quilts

When Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts first approached us about a collaboration, we were honored. We’d worked with her on a number of giveaways and had always admired her designs with Yukata Cottons. She shared news of her book deal and we started to hatch a plan. It’s been a long time coming and we are now delighted to share news of Patricia’s book in partner with Abrams, East-Meets-West Quilts.

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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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Stitched Sewing Organizers

It should come as no surprise that we are absolutely smitten with Aneela Hoey’s Sewing Organizers. Who wouldn’t be? There are zippies and trays, booklets and folders, needle books and pin cushions, pouches and totes… truly, a little something for every little thing that might need organizing in your sewing room. We even have visions of re-doing our office, with little fabric trays containing all of our desktop accessories! The other thing that seals the deal on our Sewing Organizer love? Almost every single one of them has a pocket for your favorite Aurifil threads. Absolute perfection!

We were honored to work with Aneela on her latest book, Stitched Sewing Organizers with C&T Publishing. We knew it would be a stunning showcase, but when we got the actual book in hand, we were near giddy;).

We immediately knew we had to sew something — how could we help ourselves? Hilary and Kate jumped on the organizer train — take a peek at their projects below.


Hilary Jordan: “I loved making this project! Sewing with vinyl can be intimidating, but Aneela’s directions are thorough and left me feeling confident in the creation of this See-It-All Pouch. I pulled coordinating FQs from my stash, and of course they were the half of the fabric without the selvage info! ;) I’m using the pouch to store my current EPP project and I cannot wait to make more of the projects in Aneela’s book to organize more of my sewing projects!”

Kate Brennan: I must confess, I generally do not follow directions well.  I start with the Sewist Promise, “This time, I promise, I will read all the directions first – before I cut ANYTHING –  I will follow the steps as they are written; and I will not skip steps, complete steps out of order, or makeup steps in the middle.” To my credit, I typically get through the first few directions without issues before I veer off track and “take the road less traveled.”

This was not the case with Aneela Hoey’s patterns in her book, Stitched Sewing Organizers. I found the directions intuitive and easy to follow.  I found that I did not have to keep reminding myself of the Sewist Promise…that I actually wanted to follow the pattern, I could follow the patterns, and I actually DID follow the pattern!  The photos and illustrations cleared any confusion that might have derailed me and she included little tips throughout the pattern that I will use in the future.

I chose the Two-In-One Case, thinking it would be perfect to hold my EPP projects for my daily train commute.  I was right – it is PERFECT (and the envy of my fellow commuters!) and when she saw it, my daughter asked that I make one for her embroidery supplies.

This particular project used a couple of fat quarters from my stash and of course I used Aurifil’s 50 weight (color #2410 for my daughter’s and #2692 for mine) for most of the seams.  I chose a coordinating 12 weight thread (color #2410) to stitch the binding on my daughter’s case.

I made one change to the second case I made – only because I did not have another magnetic snap so I used a button for the closure.


Are you as excited about all of this as we are? You’re in luck! We’ve got a giveaway! For a chance to win 6 LG spools of 50wt thread, hand-picked for perfection by Aneela Hoey + your very own copy of Stitched Sewing Organizers, please click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry or simply click on the image above. You don’t have to complete all of the entries, but the more you do, the greater your chances! Giveaway kicks off now and runs through Thursday, October 12. We’ll draw a random winner and announce here on Friday, October 13. (LUCKY DAY!) This is open to all of our friends, worldwide.

*note: a US winner will receive a print copy of the book — an Int’l winner will receive a pdf copy. Books & threads ship separately!

Are you ready to get started? The Stitched Sewing Organizer Sew Along kicks off on Monday. Hosted by Pennie of Tuppence Ha’Penny Quilts, the sew along is a glorious tribute to sewing room organization with 18 weeks of projects, inspiration, giveaways, and delightful images to soothe your organizational needs. See below for all the info — have fun!

When: October 9, 2017 through February 12, 2018
What: A fabulous project by project sew along for all 15 projects in Aneela’s new book, Stitched Sewing Organizers
Supplies: Stitched Sewing Organizers by Aneela Hoey AND Favorite fabrics, threads, & sewing tools (check individual projects for specific needs)
Details: for more info on the Sew Along, giveaway entries, posts, etc… please click here.
Where to share: Share your pictures on Instagram to qualify for all giveaway prizes. Make sure to tag #stitchedsewingorganizerssal, #stitchedsewingorganizers, #aneelahoey, and @tuppencehapennyquilts. And of course, if you’re sewing with Aurifil, or featuring Aurifil spools in your post, add an extra tag for us: #Aurifil ❤ There is also a Facebook Group where you can share your makes! 

October 9: Handy Fold Up Pouches – @stitchingandbacon
October 16: Green Tomato Pincushion – @stitcharmony
October 23: Project Tote@lilabellelane
October 30: Fabric boxes – @elisabew
November 6: Fold Up Sewing Folio – @verykerryberry
November 13: Boxy Project Pouch – @emily_dennis_
November 20: See It All Pouch – @heartofcharnwood
November 27: Sliding Box – @lorena_in_syd
December 4: Drawstring Pouch – @amistabaker
December 11: Triple Pouch – @imstudiolou
December 18:  Round-Up So Far & Christmas giveaway – @tuppencehapennyquilts
January 3: Welcome Back! – @tuppencehapennyquilts
January 4: Two In One Case – @willowbeckdesigns
January 15: Big Zip Pouch – @annamariegalvin
January 22: Covered Tape Measure – @kitkabbit
January 29: Needle Book Plus – @tennjenny
February 5: Book and Tool Folio – @modernhandcraft
February 12: Final Round Up and Grand Prize Draw @tuppencehapennyquilts

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Aneela Hoey is a textile designer and pattern writer.  She designs fabric lines with Cloud 9 fabrics and also previously designed for Moda Fabrics.  Her sewing and embroidery patterns are available in her online shop whilst her books Little Stitches and Stitched Sewing Organizers (published by Stash Books/C&T) are widely available in Bookshops.



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.

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

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.

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!)


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!

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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

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.



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:).


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.

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:)

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!

“…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

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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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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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!!

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!

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!