Top Ten Tuesday {Embroidery}

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

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1 – Love Everyone Embroidery Template by Wild Olive

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2 – Learning About Hand Embroidery from The Seasoned Homemaker

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3 – Heart and Home Embroidery by Flamingo Toes

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

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5 – Do Small Things Embroidery Pattern by Nana Company

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

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7 – Hand Embroidery: Lettering and Text

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8 – How to transfer embroidery patterns by Shiny Happy World

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9 – Embroidered Bouquet by Down Grapevine Lane

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10 – Creating a Craft Station by Stitch People

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Find more free patterns, tips, tutorials and inspiration by following on PinterestFacebook, and Instagram. All are updated regularly to provide you with the best the sewing world has to offer!

For more information about Aurifil products, including thread weights, Designer Collections, and where to purchase from your local quilt shop or select online shops, please visit Aurifil.com.

Top Ten Tuesday {Valentine’s Day}

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

1 – Mosaic Heart Tote Tutorial by Olivia Jane Handcrafted

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

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3 – Be My Everything Embroidery by Mollie of Wild Olive

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

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5 – Heart Hoop Art by Lauren Makes

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6 – Big Love Quilt by Modern Handcraft

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7 – Sweetheart Zip Pouch by Polkadot Chair

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

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9 – Half Hearted Block by Amy Sinibaldi

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

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Top Ten Tuesday {Quilt Alongs}

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

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1 . The Art of Home Club with Jacquelynne Steves.

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2 . Project Quilting hosted by Persimon Dreams.

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

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

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5 . The #2017SewingBookChallenge hosted by My Happy Haven

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

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

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

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

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

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Find more free patterns, tips, tutorials and inspiration by following on PinterestFacebook, and Instagram. All are updated regularly to provide you with the best the sewing world has to offer!

For more information about Aurifil products, including thread weights, Designer Collections, and where to purchase from your local quilt shop or select online shops, please visit Aurifil.com.

Top Ten Tuesday {Christmas}

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If you’re like us, you are a sucker for a great Christmas project and get a little giddy thinking about going handmade for the Holidays! We are so fortunate to have access to so many amazing Christmas projects — from quilts to pillows, ornaments to tree skirts, there truly is a little something for everyone. What’s on your to-sew list for the holiday?

1. Ho Ho Farmhouse Pillow — The Crafty Quilter

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2. Fabric Pinecone Tutorial — Mister Domestic

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3. Scrap Batting Ornaments and Garland — Sandra Clemons of Make it Blossom

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4. Mini Christmas Tree Skirt — Bryan House Quilts

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5. Poinsettia Pillow Tutorial — Simple Simon and Company

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6. Pixelated Present Quilt Block — Clover & Violet

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7. Merry and Bright Cushion Cover — Nana Company

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8. Tiny Trees Bunting — S.O.T.A.K. handmade

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9. A Series of Christmas Pillows — The Red Pistachio

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10. Circle Tree Quilt — Gayle Schliemann for We All Sew, Bernina

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Find more free patterns, tips, tutorials and inspiration by following  on PinterestFacebook, and Instagram. All are updated regularly to provide you with the best the sewing world has to offer!

For more information about Aurifil products, including thread weights, Designer Collections, and where to purchase from your local quilt shop or select online shops, please visit Aurifil.com.

Top Ten Tuesday {Thanksgiving}

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With Thanksgiving just a little over a week away, we’re feeling particularly thankful for this supportive and creative sewing & quilting community of ours. What are you thankful for this year? Will you be sewing for the holiday? We’ve rounded up a few favorite projects to share. From potholders to placemats, soft books to quilts, there are projects here to suit every need! Have fun!

1. Patchwork Acorn Potholders — Jedi Craft Girl for Thermoweb

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2. Fabric Napkin Bread Warmer — Tried and True

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3. Modern Maples Quilt – Diary of a Quilter

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4. Thanksgiving Quiet Book — How Does She

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5. Thanksgiving Banner — Tell & Love Party

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6. Fall Placemat Tutorial — A Quilting Life

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7. Acorn Pillow — Hey Let’s Make Stuff

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8. Tom Turkey Placemat — Bee in my Bonnet

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9. Fabric Turkey Headband — Rae Gun Ramblings

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10. Homemade Pie — Bee in my Bonnet

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Top Ten Tuesday {Halloween}

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It’s October, the Halloween prep is on and we’re feeling particularly spooky around here! We love getting into the holiday spirit by decorating our homes, inside and out, for the season. Halloween throw pillows? Check. Spooky quilts and quilt blocks? Check check. Pumpkin everything? Check!! What are you doing for Halloween? If you’re looking for something fun to make, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites — from things you can make in an afternoon to full size quilts that will keep you feeling spooky for years to come! Which one is your favorite?

1. Epic Halloween Quilt Along — Flying Parrot Quilts

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2. Scrappy Pumpkin Table Runner — Andy Knowlton for Thermoweb

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3. Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Pillow Cover — On Sutton Place

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4. Country Bumpkin Halloween Bandana Pumpkin — Sadie Seasongoods

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5. Pumpkin Spice Latte Felt Applique — Wild Olive

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6. Creepy Critters Halloween Row Quilt — Ellis & Higgs

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7. Witch’s Silhouette Halloween Pillow Pattern — The Polkadot Chair

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8. Halloween Eyeball Softie — Mucho Xoxo

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9. Boos and Ghouls Quilt Along — Bryan House Quilts

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10. Halloween Pillow Tutorial — Jedi Craft Girl

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Find more free patterns, tips, tutorials and inspiration by following  on PinterestFacebook, and Instagram. All are updated regularly to provide you with the best the sewing world has to offer!

For more information about Aurifil products, including thread weights, Designer Collections, and where to purchase from your local quilt shop or select online shops, please visit Aurifil.com.

Top Ten Tuesday {Back-To-School}

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Back-to-School!! It’s hard to believe it’s already that time of year again. Some kids have already started, some don’t start until after Labor Day, but that buzz of new school year excitement is certainly in the air.  We get a little giddy just thinking about finding a special handmade place for every last little notebook, ruler and pencil and simply adore seeing all of the new backpacks, lunch bags and organizers that you all create. If you’re still considering what you want to make this year, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites to get you started. The biggest question now is: Which one to make first??

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1. Wall Pocket Organizers — Nancy Zieman for Sew Mama Sew

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2. Back to School Binder Cover — Art Gallery Fabrics for We All Sew (Bernina)

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3. The Cubby Pack — Fabric Mutt

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4. Lunch Money Zippered Apple Pouch — Snugglebug University for Make It & Love It

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5. Cumberland Backpack — Sew Sweetness

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6. Mini Locker Emergency Kit — s.o.t.a.k handmade

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7. Two Pocket Pencil Case — Sue Bleiweiss for We All Sew (Bernina)

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8. Zipper Binder Pencil Case — Stacy Schlyer for We All Sew (Bernina)

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9. Lunch Bag — The Long Thread

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10. DIY Nap Mat/Bed Roll — Pretty Prudent

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Find more free patterns, tips, tutorials and inspiration by following  on PinterestFacebook, and Instagram. All are updated regularly to provide you with the best the sewing world has to offer!

For more information about Aurifil products, including thread weights, Designer Collections, and where to purchase from your local quilt shop or select online shops, please visit Aurifil.com.

Top Ten Tuesday {Christmas in July}

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Merry Christmas in July! We just love seeing all of the Christmas in July sew alongs, quilt alongs and new projects. With the rising heat, it’s the perfect time to think about cooler days and get a head start on your holiday sewing! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites to get you started.

1. Little Joys Quilt Along — Fat Quarter Shop

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2. Holiday Forest Pillow — OLFA

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3. Scrap Wraps — Meg Dunton for Moda Bake Shop

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4. Bakers Dozen Quilt — During Quiet Time

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5. Modern Improv Christmas Wreath — Quilter in the Closet

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6. Holiday Wishes Quilt Along — Fat Quarter Shop

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7. Christmas Ornament Pillow — The Sewing Chick for Quilt Story

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8. Merry Christmas Patchwork Pillow — A Quilting Life

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9. Christmas Baubles Quilt — Jen Daly Quilts for Moda Bake Shop

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10. Christmas in July Table Runner — A Sewing Chick

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Find more free patterns, tips, tutorials and inspiration by following  on PinterestFacebook, and Instagram. All are updated regularly to provide you with the best the sewing world has to offer!

For more information about Aurifil products, including thread weights, Designer Collections, and where to purchase from your local quilt shop or select online shops, please visit Aurifil.com.

 

Top Ten Tuesday {Fourth of July Inspiration}

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This weekend in the USA, we’ll celebrate the Fourth of July, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and hence, our country’s birthday. We’ll BBQ, we’ll run road races, we’ll raise flags, we’ll visit with family and friends, we’ll watch and maybe even join parades, and we’ll ooo and aaaah over fireworks. Many of us will also find time to create something new in the colors of red, white and blue, be it a cozy quilt, a playful frock, or some fun holiday décor. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites to spark your creativity. Have a fun and safe weekend!

1. Flag Day Quilt — Stitching Revival

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2. Patriotic Bandana Bowl Covers — Sadie Seasongoods

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3. Patriotic Quilt — Cluck Cluck Sew

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4. DIY Pocket 4th of July Shirts — Polkadot Chair

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5. Declaration — Wild Olive

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6. Americana Quilt — Deb Finan for Fons and Porter

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7. Polka Dot Peplum Party Dress — Sew Caroline for Polkadot Chair

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8. Grand Old Flag Quilt Tutorial — Riley Blake Designs

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9. Flag Pillow — Cluck Cluck Sew

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10. Captain America Inspired Quilt — Jedi Craft Girl

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Find more free patterns, tips, tutorials and inspiration by following  on PinterestFacebook, and Instagram. All are updated regularly to provide you with the best the sewing world has to offer!

For more information about Aurifil products, including thread weights, Designer Collections, and where to purchase from your local quilt shop or select online shops, please visit Aurifil.com.

Top Ten Tuesday {Tips & Tricks}

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One of the most wonderful things about the sewing & quilting community is how supportive we all are of each other. Need advice on what threads to use for the topstitching on a handbag? There’s a post for that. Just getting started with quilting and find yourself overwhelmed with thread types and uses? There’s a post for that. New to reading patterns and feeling lost? There’s a post for that too! We are a remarkable and knowledgable community, always willing to lend a hand, share a tip, and teach a friend. Today, we’ve compiled some of our favorite tips & tricks and hope that you find them as useful as we have!

1. Top Tips for Top (Bag) Topstitching — U Handbag

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2. Hiding Threads — France Nadeau

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3. Aurifil Spools — Aggy Burczyk for Auribuzz

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4. Preventative Sewing Machine Maintenance — Threads

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5. Make a Stitch Sampler Book — We All Sew, Bernina

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6. Top Tips for Jelly Rolls — Pat Sloan

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7. How to Read a Sewing Pattern — The Sewing Loft

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8. How to Sew a Round Hem — On the Cutting Floor

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9. 2 Sewing Tips You Need to Know — Made by ChrissieD

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10. Aurifil Thread Info & Carry Case — Sew4Home

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