All About Aurifil, Part 1

In honor of Aurifil USA’s 10th Anniversary (and of National Sewing Month) we are pleased to introduce a brand new brochure, chock full of helpful thread info accompanied by some stunning thread eye candy. ❤ We thought the best way to present it, in all of its lovely glory, would be to launch a mini series, dedicated to a bit of thread education. So, settle in and turn your attention to our Creative Technical Creative  Specialist, Kristi, for All About Aurifil!

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Stitch the 2012 DOM Reboot: August

Welcome to Month 8 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 holding on to Summer with all of our might! Pull up a lawn chair and settle in for what may be your last month of outdoor stitching. We’re sad, but then again, the thought of curling up under a quilt, snuggled by a fire, does sound pretty appealing;). Where are you taking your hand-stitching?

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Blue Carolina by Christopher Thompson

When we first heard that Christopher Thompson of The Tattooed Quilter had created a fabric collection for Riley Blake Designs, we may have done a little happy dance. We’ve been following Christopher for quite some time and have always been enamored with his impeccable style and his uncanny knack for styling the perfect photo. Blue Carolina is everything that we hoped it would be… sweet, stylish, and edgy, washed in shades of blue, with pops of pink and yellow and a crisp clean white to round it all out.

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We jumped at the chance to work with Christopher on a curated Aurifil collection. He has been a part of the dedicated Aurifil tribe for as long as we can remember, showing our thread in new and fabulous ways, calling it out as a main player in his signature minis. His collection is the perfect lineup of 50wt threads… all the colors needed to complement his fabrics in a variety of projects, including quilts, apparel, bags, and even EPP. The only question is… what will we make first? ❤

Christopher just released his collection lookbook, chock full of fun, modern patterns, functional accessories, and a cameo by his now famous Frenchie, Miss Edie Grey. Check it out here or simply click on the image below.

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Blue Carolina
100% Aurifil Cotton, 12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool)
Colors included:
2024 – 2423 – 4660 – 1100 – 2588 – 2535
2710 – 2720 – 2740 – 2745 – 2770 – 2785

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

THE INTERVIEW
What first drew you to to the world of sewing and quilting?
I grew up in a sewing and quilting family. My great grandmother, grandmother, and great aunts were award winning quilters. To be honest, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t surrounded by a needle, thread, and fabric. I guess you could say, I was born into it. I’m beyond grateful for what these ladies have taught me.

Fleur the Frenchie Mini — Kit by Laser Cut Quilts

Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
The talented women in my family. I know they’re proud of my accomplishments.

Tell us about Blue Carolina. What inspired the designs?
Blue Carolina is my debut collection for Riley Blake Designs. The palette is composed of delicious, lived-in chambray blues infused with familiar florals and abstracted novelties that create modern designs reminiscent of warmhearted weekends with friends.

When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them?
It was love at first sight! A quilting friend sent me a small spool and I could immediately tell the difference between the quality of Aurifil and anything else I’d ever worked with. After that it was no turning back, and I only like to create with Aurifil. Having a wide range of weight and color is important to me, and supporting a brand that cares deeply about the community is a win-win.

How did you go about selecting colors for your Blue Carolina thread collection and what excites you most about releasing to the world?
To coordinate with my debut fabric collection, I wanted to have the right mix of saturated pinks and indigo blues. This mix of highs and lows perfectly compliment the brightest white and darkest navy, classic colors that are everyday sewing essentials.

THE TATTOOED QUILTER + OLFA

While we know you might be distracted by those scrumptious spools of 50wt thread, or that super snazzy Olfa Splash Cutter, don’t miss the sweet little sneak peek of Christopher’s brand new mini!  Intrigued? Keep your eyes on the Olfa blog — Christopher will have a guest post this coming Friday with a brand new tutorial, all sorts of info about his favorite Olfa tools, and more!

MISS EDIE GREY

Speaking of sneak peeks… Christopher has a swift follow-up to Blue Carolina with Miss Edie Grey! Due for release on September first, this sweet tribute to Christopher’s darling little Frenchie features 10 small spools — 5 in 50wt and 5 in 12wt. Stay tuned for more details and some fun project ideas!

GIVEAWAY

To enter-to-win Christopher’s Blue Carolina thread collection, a bundle of Blue Carolina fabrics by Christopher Thompson for Riley Blake AND an Olfa Splash Cutter (one of Christopher’s go-tos!), 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 Saturday, September 2! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Sunday, September 3. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Brandy Fisher! (Winner has been emailed 🙂 )


ABOUT CHRISTOPHER
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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, biographical text and interview text by Christopher Thompson

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Piece and Quilt with Precuts

Christa Watson is a wonderful creative force in this quilty business of ours. She is incredibly skilled at machine quilting, creative with her quilt patterns, and a master in the world of color. Christa has been a dedicated Aurifil gal since first giving our threads a try back in 2013, stating “When I noticed that all my friends and those I follow were raving about them on social media, I had to give them a try. Once I did, I quickly cleaned out my thread stash and got rid of everything else!”

Christa has worked tirelessly to build her brand and people have taken notice. She is an author, a teacher, an award-winning quilter, and she even has two curated Aurifil Thread Collections! She just published her third book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts, with Martingale. We love how she so effortlessly breaks down the process, making a professionally finished quilt something that is achievable for us all.

Piece and Quilt with Precuts features 11 quilts with 18 different machine quilting patterns. Techniques range from quilting using a walking-foot to free-motion to a combination of the two. Christa walks readers through the process, from the initial planning, to selecting fabrics, to piecing, deciding on a quilting pattern, auditioning threads, and more. It’s truly everything that a beginner or even an already skilled quilter needs to hone those quilty skills.

PIECE and QUILT WITH PRECUTS QUILTS
We are simply head over heels for some of the quilts featured in Christa’s book. We don’t want to give everything away, so we’ll just feature a few favorites here. For more on all of the quilts, don’t forget to follow along on Christa’s blog — and of course, go grab a copy of her book for easy access to everything!

TODAY’S FEATURED QUILT
To learn more about today’s featured quilt, Twinkling Diamonds, head over to Christa’s blog.

Twinkling Diamonds by Christa Watson

Quilting Detail for Twinkling Diamonds by Christa Watson

We just love the contrast between the fluid waves and the straight line doodles!

CHRISTA’S CLASSES
If you’re lucky, you’ve already been a student of Christa’s. She travels around teaching her fabulous techniques and we’ve heard the classes are simply fantastic. Our very own Hilary Jordan (Aurifil’s Social Media and Quilt Guild Coordinator) is a member of the Houston Modern Quilt Guild. Christa gave a hands-on workshop for the guild last weekend and Hilary was able to attend. We’re thrilled to have a first hand account of what Christa’s classes are like!

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Hi everyone! I am so excited to talk a little about what it is like to take a class with Christa. I’ve been a member of the Houston Modern Quilt Guild for four years, and I always love the opportunities that being a quilt guild member brings!

The class was all day, and it was split between walking foot quilting and free motion quilting. In total we learned almost 2 dozen different quilting motifs! The absolute best part is that everyone learned how to do these techniques on their own sewing machine. Pictured you can see my Janome. The opportunity to learn quilting techniques I can tackle on my own machine was absolutely amazing!

Going into the class I’d say I was on the fence between being a beginner to intermediate quilter when it comes to the actual quilting. The manner in which Christa teaches made it so easy to connect the dots when it came to figuring out how to do certain motifs. I had several aha! moments throughout the class!  When the day was done, I felt so empowered that I wanted to go home and tackle the stack of languishing UFO quilt tops I have in the closet. You know you have some of those too. 😉 If you ever have the opportunity to take a workshop or class with Christa, do it!

— Hilary

To find out if Christa is teaching somewhere near you, check out her schedule here. If no local events are planned, we’d recommend checking out one of her Craftsy classes: Startup Library: Quilting & The Quilter’s Path.

FREE PATTERN
For more info on the pattern for this gorgeous Baby Geese Quilt Pattern, check out Christa’s launch post. It’s a terrific way to get you started on your quilty journey with Christa:).

GIVEAWAY!!

Excited to get started with your own machine quilting? We are excited to offer up a fab giveaways. Two lucky winners will each receive one of the above collections by Christa Watson. Released last year, the Piece and Quilt Collections, Colors and Neutrals, feature all of Christa’s absolute go-to colors for piecing and quilting. It’s like a perfect starter kit to both build your stash and provide you with the necessary tools to get down to business;). To enter to win, click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page or simply click on the image above. You don’t have to complete all of the entries, but the more you complete, the greater your chance is of winning! This giveaway will be open from now until 11:59pm on Thursday, August 31. Winner will be announced and contacted on Friday, September 1. This giveaway is open to all of our International friends as well!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners, Allison and Dee! (Winners have been emailed 🙂 )

ABOUT CHRISTA
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Christa Watson is an award winning quilter, pattern designer, EQ artist and author who loves to teach others how to successfully quilt on a home sewing machine. She considers herself a cheerleader for the DIY modern aesthetic. She’s heavily involved in both modern and traditional quilt guilds and loves to encourage everyone to enjoy the style of quilting that appeals to them. Christa lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband and three children who all think it’s normal to have a house full of fabric.

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Island Batik Week: Sakura by Ebony Love

It’s hard to believe we’re already at the final day of Island Batik Week! In this final month of Summer, we are celebrating the vibrant colors of Island Batik’s Spring/Summer releases. We absolutely adore working with this wonderful company and have so much respect for its designers. We’ll be featuring one designer every day this week and each post will offer a fabric + thread giveaway, so make sure to come back daily to learn more and to enter-to-win some gorgeous prizes!

To learn about Island Batik and the batik process, please visit their website. For a peek at the full range of Spring/Summer 2017 releases, in-stores now, click here or on the image below to browse the catalog.

ISLAND BATIK WEEK SCHEDULE
August 21 – Jackie Kunkel on Auribuzz (Jackie’s PostIsland Batik’s Post)
August 22 – Tammy Silvers on Auribuzz (Island Batik’s Post)
August 23 – Cheri Good Designs on Auribuzz (Island Batik’s Post)
August 24 – Nan Baker on Auribuzz (Nan’s Post — Island Batik’s Post)
August 25 – Ebony Love (Ebony’s PostIsland Batik’s Post)


Sakura is a gorgeous burst of color… a new collection by Kathy Engle for Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios. Sakura, which means Cherry Blossom, is a collection of 20 different batik prints in pink, purple, aqua, green, and gold. The colors serve both to enhance the stunning florals and to take center stage, an explosion of brightness and beauty. We love this line and it’s been a delight to see all that Ebony has done with it. Her coordinating thread collection pulls from all of the major colors in the line — it is vibrant and versatile, 12 Large spools of 50wt thread.

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Sakura
12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool), 100% Aurifil Cotton
2437 – 2440 – 2535 – 2545 – 2845 – 2860
4093 – 4182 – 2320 – 2390 – 5022 – 4020

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

THE INTERVIEW
What first drew you to to the world of sewing and quilting?

I feel like I’ve been sewing for as long as I can remember. For quilting specifically, I remember coming to the point where my friends started having babies – and I just have this idea that all babies should have a quilt to welcome them into the world. It’s idealistic for sure; these days, some of my friend’s babies are headed off to college still waiting for their welcome quilts!

Kyushu by Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios

Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
This is going to sound strange, but I think I find creative inspiration in mathematics. Symmetry, geometry, grids, numbers… it all just fascinates me. I think I’m obsessed with squares and square roots. Four-patch, nine-patch, sixteen-patch; the infinite combinations of blocks; the way you can divide a block into equal sections and figure out the foundation on which it is based.

Shikoku by Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios

Chubu by Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios

How did you first connect with Island Batik and what do you love most about working with them?
I just remember attending a Quilt Market, and someone introduced me to Katie Laughridge, and we hit it off right away. It actually took a couple of years for the stars to align and I got to work on a project with them. It started off with editorial work, getting quilts published in magazines, and eventually expanded to include a Signature Collection. Sakura is my first, but we have many others in the works!

Kanto by Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios

Tell us about Sakura. What inspired the designs? 
When I design quilts, I try to wrap a story around them. It’s the stories that hold the quilts together. I know that cherry blossoms hold an important place in Japanese culture, but I wanted to know more about that and be culturally sensitive without trying to be imitative. I think that’s what prompted the idea of approaching Japan through tourism, and centering the story of the quilts around cherry blossom season.

Tohuku by Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios

What is your favorite thing about working with batik fabrics? 
I love that batiks are full-penetration prints; I can get the full saturation of color found in commercial prints, and a minimal difference between the right and wrong sides of the fabric like a solid. Honestly it’s like having the best of both worlds!

Kansai by Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios

Can you tell us a little more about the passport you created for Sakura? 
This was probably my favorite part of this collection! You can’t travel to Japan without a passport in real life, so I designed a passport to guide you through the tour of the quilts in the collection as we work on a block of the month project. Participants can get a passport through their local shop, and every time they complete a block in the BOM or one of the quilts they get a passport stamp. It’s so much fun!

Do you have a favorite project or projects make with the collection?
My two favorite projects are Chugoku and Hokkaido. I love the bold pink X (yes, that pink is so bold it looks red!) that crosses through the quilt – it just makes such a powerful visual statement. And Hokkaido is a favorite because of the surprises it delivers. Every time I look at it, a new pattern emerges, and I think that makes it an interesting quilt to look at.

Chugoku by Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios

When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them?
I honestly don’t remember where I got my very first spool of Aurifil – I’m pretty sure it was a gift from someone or appeared in a goodie bag. But I do remember that after trying that first spool, I felt more like a serious professional and now I refuse to piece my quilts with anything else. I love having a 100% cotton thread that runs beautifully in all my machines and gives off very little lint.

Hokkaido by Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios

How did you go about selecting colors for Sakura and what excites you most about releasing them to the world? 
My happy little secret is that I gifted myself a full collection 200m 50wt thread suitcase last year, so when I found out that I’d been chosen for my very own thread collection, it took me about ten minutes to pick it out. I started with the dominant colors in Sakura, but any fabric you work with, you’ll find a thread in this box to go with it. This was on my bucket list to do, though I never knew it would happen!

EBONY TALKS THREADS
Ebony has been showcasing threads from her collection over on her Instagram account. We’ve loved following along — it’s like watching a delightful parade of thread! At the time of writing, Ebony has shared 7 of her 12 selected threads. Make sure to keep an eye on her IG account for more!

  • 2845 is a refreshing minty green with a hint of blue. It blends in for quilting and creates a nice contrast for topstitching on many of the fabrics.
  • 4093 is a relaxing teal green. It blends in for quilting and creates a nice contrast for topstitching on many of the fabrics.
  • 2860 is a verdant green that definitely has hints of blue underneath. It matches several of the prints nearly dead on and creates a nice contrast for topstitching on many of the fabrics.
  • 5022 is a greenish gold that seems to shimmer on the fabric.
  • 2320 is a peachy pink that perfectly compliments the lighter values in this line. It almost glitters!
  • 2390 is a rust/orange combo that picks up some of the more subtle colors in the fabric.
  • 2437 is a blushing pink that sweetly compliments and highlights the lighter tones in the collection.

FUN LINKS
Sakura
Ebony Introduces Sakura

THE GIVEAWAY

To enter-to-win 1 Large Sakura Thread Collection, one Fat Quarter Bundle of Sakura fabrics from Island Batik, the Chugoku Quilt Pattern by Ebony Love and a Hamani BOM Passport, 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 Thursday, August 31! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Friday, September 1. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Amorette! (Winner has been emailed 🙂 )

ABOUT EBONY
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Award-winning author and quilter Ebony Love is fond of blindingly-bright prints and takes a contemporary approach to traditional designs. She’s recognized as one of the leading experts in fabric die-cutting techniques, and picked up long arm quilting to get unburied from all the quilt tops she was finishing as a result.

 

 

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

** Images courtesy of Island Batik and Ebony Love **

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Island Batik Week: Zen with Nan Baker

Day 4 of Island Batik Week is here!! We love having this opportunity to showcase and celebrate the vibrant colors of Island Batik’s Spring/Summer releases. We absolutely adore working with this wonderful company and have so much respect for its designers. We’ll be featuring one designer every day this week and each post will offer a fabric + thread giveaway, so make sure to come back daily to learn more and to enter-to-win some gorgeous prizes!

To learn about Island Batik and the batik process, please visit their website. For a peek at the full range of Spring/Summer 2017 releases, in-stores now, click here or on the image below to browse the catalog.

ISLAND BATIK WEEK SCHEDULE
August 21 – Jackie Kunkel on Auribuzz (Jackie’s PostIsland Batik’s Post)
August 22 – Tammy Silvers on Auribuzz (Island Batik’s Post)
August 23 – Cheri Good Designs on Auribuzz (Island Batik’s Post)
August 24 – Nan Baker (Nan’s Post — Island Batik’s Post)
August 25 – Ebony Love


Zen is a new collection by Kathy Engle for Island Batik. The collection is truly calming, with shades of blue and green, featuring soft florals, starfish, and subtle wave-like patterns. We love that Island Batik turns to a dedicated tribe of makers to bring their collections to life… their Ambassadors. Nan Baker of Purrfect Spots is one of those Ambassadors and she created one of the stunning quilts to showcase this gorgeous new line.

Nan has long been a champion of both Island Batik fabrics and Aurifil threads. We’ve partnered with her on three different Petfinder Foundation collections, benefitting pets in need, and truly admire her creativity, her quilty skills, and her warm spirit. We’re thrilled to have a chance to showcase her here today!

While we don’t have a collection to coordinate with Zen, Nan was king enough to select 6 colorful spools to coordinate: 5006, 2720, 2784, 1231, 2810 and 2730. Don’t miss your chance to win a fabric stack and some threads at the end of this post!

THE INTERVIEW
What first drew you to the world of sewing and quilting?

My grandmother taught me to sew and I fell in love with fabrics and threads. I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t do some sort of stitching. I was a cross stitch and needlepoint designer.  I thought my designs would transfer nicely into quilting and that is how I got started with quilting.

How did you first get involved with Island Batik?
I saw their booth at Fall International Quilt Market and instantly fell in love with their lovely batiks. Another thing that got my attention was the fact that they gave a portion of fabric sales to the Quilted in Honor program for veterans. My husband and many of my friends are veterans, so that held a special place in my heart. I started talking to the staff and the next thing I knew they asked for some of my designs. The rest as they say is history!

What do you love most about Batik Fabrics?
What’s not to love? All the different colors are unbelievable eye candy. I love the texture. The fabrics are so crisp and stable and make sewing a breeze. And it just seems quilts made with Island Batik fabric stand out among other quilts.

What is your favorite Quilting Technique?
I love, love, love hand quilting, but I never have enough time to do that as I am usually under a deadline so don’t get an opportunity to enjoy it like I do. Maybe someday.

Can you tell us a little more about Sea of Tranquility?
Sea of Tranquility comes from the name of the sea on the Moon. It just seemed to fit. I usually name the blocks in my patterns as it easier to follow when assembling the quilt. I had a great time with this one as I used “Moon Terms”, space terms, astronaut names and the spaceship that did the moon landing so it is a lot of fun.

Sea of Tranquility by Nan Baker

How did you first discover Aurifil Threads and what do you love most about them?
When I started quilting, it just seems that the name Aurifil just went with it – like peanut butter and jelly. I was so excited when I got my first Aurifil Threads. It was like the icing on the cake. I love the colors and also the way they sew on my machine. They don’t break and they are dependable. Sewing with them is like sewing with a good friend. Adding Island Batik Fabrics to the mix – well it just doesn’t get any better.

What is coming up next for you this year — where can we find you?
I am so excited as I will be introducing my Island Batik Signature CollectionNorthern Woods at Fall Market in Houston. I am loving the colors as they are fabulous fall colors and fall colors are my favorites. I can’t wait to show off my quilts with this collection (all quilted with Aurifil Threads). I will be in the Island Batik booth at market. So you can look for me there!

I will also be teaching a TQPM (The Quilt Pattern Magazine) Kennel Quilt class at Quilt Market. I am happy to add that Island Batik and Aurifil are sponsors of the class plus the “Piece for Shelter Pets” project which encourages quilters to make Kennel Quilts for our furry friends in pet shelters. I am so proud to be working with two organizations that love and support our animal friends who need help.

I have a number of other things in the works, so I hope that you’ll follow along with me on my blog and on Facebook throughout the coming year!

FUN LINKS
Zen
Seas the Day
Piece for Shelter Pets Initiative
Furry Friday

ZEN PATTERNS 
All available through Island Batik

THE GIVEAWAY

To enter-to-win 6 Large Spools of Aurifil 50wt thread in colors that coordinate with Zen + one stack of Zen fabrics from Island Batik, click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have!  Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Thursday, August 31! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Friday, September 1. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Kathleen Kingsbury! (Winner has been emailed 🙂 )


ABOUT NAN
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Nan Baker has been stitching all of her life and created her company, PURRFECT SPOTS, to combine her love for needlework with her love for animals. Her designs have appeared in many publications including The Quilt Pattern Magazine, Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks,  American Patchwork and Quilting, Fons & Porter Love of Quilting and on QNNtv.com.  She is the Marketing Director for The Quilt Pattern Magazine and spearheaded the TQPM Kennel Quilt Team initiative which helps shelter pets in disasters.

Nan was a member of the Disaster Animal Response Team for The Humane Society of the United States. As a result of her disaster work, she created The CASEY Plan (Caring for Animals Safely in Emergencies during the Year) which is a nationwide program.  A portion of her sales is donated to helping animals in disasters.

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

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Island Batik Week: Captain’s Anchor by Cheri Good Designs

Here we are at day 3 of Island Batik Week!! We love having this opportunity to showcase and celebrate the vibrant colors of Island Batik’s Spring/Summer releases. We absolutely adore working with this wonderful company and have so much respect for its designers. We’ll be featuring one designer every day this week and each post will offer a fabric + thread giveaway, so make sure to come back daily to learn more and to enter-to-win some gorgeous prizes!

To learn about Island Batik and the batik process, please visit their website. For a peek at the full range of Spring/Summer 2017 releases, in-stores now, click here or on the image below to browse the catalog.

ISLAND BATIK WEEK SCHEDULE
August 21 – Jackie Kunkel on Auribuzz (Jackie’s PostIsland Batik’s Post)
August 22 – Tammy Silvers on Auribuzz (Island Batik’s Post)
August 23 – Cheri Good Designs (Island Batik’s Post)
August 24 – Nan Baker
August 25 – Ebony Love


Captain’s Anchor is the latest collection by Kathy Engle for Cheri Good Designs. The talented design team (Cheri Maniz and Audrey Good) was drawn to the nautical theme — featuring anchors, lobsters, ropes,  starfish, and more. The rich golden hues partnered perfectly with the deep blues, peppered with hits of a bold red. Cheri and Audrey brought the collection to life with a series of stunning patterns, punctuated by wave-like quilting and picture perfect applique.

While we don’t have a curated collection for Captain’s Anchor, Cheri and Audrey were kind enough to select 3 colors of our 50wt and 3 of our 80wt to coordinate. They love 50wt for piecing and quilting and favor the 80wt for applique. Colors are (L to R): 2783, 2930, 2140, 2372, 2026, 2785.

THE INTERVIEW
How did you first get involved with Island Batik?
Audrey: About seven years ago, we were at Market and stop to talk with the owner of Island Batik about our business and that we were interested in designing for their fabrics. Since then, the ownership has changed and the company has grown and we have grown right along with them.

Cheri: We introduced ourselves at Quilt Market and they loved our projects from the beginning. They are wonderful to work with and we have so enjoyed growing our business along with theirs. They have given us new opportunities each year and we are so fortunate to be able to work with Caleb, Katie, Elizabeth and Kathy.

Squares and Stripes by Cheri Good Designs

What do you love most about Batik fabrics?
Audrey: When we first started, precuts were just emerging and several of our local shops were anxious to have patterns for precuts, so we created designs using precuts. Well, fabric lines move off the market pretty fast and we found that to be a problem when someone wanted a fabric line we used in our pattern and for a sample quilt on the cover, so we found ourselves moving to batiks. Using batiks other than those featured in a pattern increased the life of the pattern! Now, we love, love, love, batiks! Just the vibrant colors and exciting textures and prints give me inspiration!

Cheri: Batik fabric, especially Island Batiks’ fabrics, are first quality, imaginative, and give no limits to what creative process we might come up with. Quilters can look at our patterns shown in batik fabrics and imagine them in different colorways. Batik fabric lovers are a breed of their own!!

By The Sea by Cheri Good Designs

What do you love most about Captain’s Anchor?
We love the nautical theme of the line. The many anchor prints, the lobster images, the bold rope prints, and the rich coordinated textural prints were all very inspiring to our designs. Also inspirational was the subtle color palette in this line, a contrast from our last line “Glowing Embers”, which “glowed” with a bright, rich colors.

What do the colors mean to you?
We really don’t have color favorites. Sometimes the combinations of colors is attractive, while other times colors produce feelings and emotional responses which spark design. We also find unexpected color combinations a design challenge. It is fun to allow color and texture lead the design process.

Tides by Cheri Good Designs

Do you have a favorite project created with the fabrics?
Sailing, Sailing is a favorite. The simplicity of the design really showcases the fabrics, textures and nautical theme. While we are traditional appliqué advocates, this pattern includes instructions for fused appliqués too. We love the Aurifil 80 weight thread for the traditional appliqués! We hope that it encourages quilters who have not tried this technique to have more satisfying results because it handles so beautifully. A truly welcome addition to our design tools.

Sailing, Sailing by Cheri Good Designs

The Captain’s Mate Apron and Kitchen Mittens were such fun designs. A beachy clambake was the inspiration and the lobster print and coordinates were a perfect fit for this project.

What is coming up next for you, where can we find you this year?
In the fall we will have a new line, Season’s Shades with Island Batik. Four new designs will accompany the line which will debut in Houston. We love working with Island Batiks beautiful fabrics and find that they speak to all kinds of quilting styles, modern or traditional. Our website: cherigoodquiltdesign.com has a catalog of all of our designs including the Captain’s Anchor patterns and in the fall will list our new ones for the Season’s Shades line.

FUN LINKS
Captain’s Anchor
About the patterns
Glowing Embers by Cheri Good Designs

THE GIVEAWAY

To enter-to-win 3 Large Spools of Aurifil 50wt thread + 3 Small Spools of Aurifil 80wt thread in in colors hand-picked by Audrey and Cheri to coordinate with their fabric collection AND one stack of Captain’s Anchor fabrics from Island Batik, click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have!  Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Thursday, August 31! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Friday, September 1. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Brenda Shriner! (Winner has been emailed 🙂 )

ABOUT AUDREY & CHERI of CHERI GOOD DESIGNS
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Cheri Maniz
cherimanizCheri and her husband moved to Arizona in 1996.  It was there that she discovered her passion for quilting which has added joy, friendships, and fun to her life.  As soon as she found Charm Packs and Jelly Rolls by Moda, her imagination went wild and her sewing machine hasn’t stopped yet.  From experience as a quilting instructor, she found that beginners want patterns that will make easy and successful quilts using the latest fun fabrics.  Charm Packs and Jelly Rolls are the perfect answer giving them a coordinated group of fabrics that are already cut.

Audrey Good
audreygoodLifelong Pennsylvanians, Audrey and her husband moved to Arizona in 2000, to be closer to their son.  Prior to that, Audrey worked for 36 years as a public school teacher of visual arts and performing arts in the Pittsburgh area.  For a number of years before retirement, she also managed a community cultural program that presented and produced cultural venues.  Sewing has always been a part of her personal and professional life.  For more than 15 years, in her school performing arts program as well as in local professional theater, she designed and built costumes for a variety of productions.  Quilting was introduced as a child by Audrey’s mother who sewed everything, including quilts.  Later, her love of quilting was rekindled when she produced the musical “Quilters”.  This regional theater production, not only involved costume design, but a community charity quilt project to make the more than sixteen quilts needed for the show.  Now retired, Audrey pursues her passions, which include pottery and painting, as well as quilting, full time.

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

** Images courtesy of Island Batik **

Island Batik Week: Batiks Go Retro by Tammy Silvers

Welcome to day 2 of Island Batik Week!! In this final month of Summer, we are celebrating the vibrant colors of Island Batik’s Spring/Summer releases. We absolutely adore working with this wonderful company and have so much respect for its designers. We’ll be featuring one designer every day this week and each post will offer a fabric + thread giveaway, so make sure to come back daily to learn more and to enter-to-win some gorgeous prizes!

To learn about Island Batik and the batik process, please visit their website. For a peek at the full range of Spring/Summer 2017 releases, in-stores now, click here or on the image below to browse the catalog.

ISLAND BATIK WEEK SCHEDULE
August 21 – Jackie Kunkel on Auribuzz (Jackie’s PostIsland Batik’s Post)
August 22 – Tammy Silvers (Island Batik’s Post)
August 23 – Cheri Good Designs
August 24 – Nan Baker
August 25 – Ebony Love


Batiks Go Retro is by Tammy Silvers of Tamaranis. This is Tammy’s first solo collection with Island Batik and we are completely enamored with how the colors are perfectly accented by the subtle retro patterns. The collection was inspired by atomic images of the 1950s. Those awesome shapes carried promise of space travel and future technology, the spirit of possibility and the sense of fun. In the collection, you’ll find little atomic TVs, the iconic wedges, free-wheeling flowers, and the sunburst that was practically a required decorating element in every home at that time.

While we don’t have a curated collection for Batiks Go Retro, we were thrilled to see that the colors line up well with Tammy’s Coastal Mist collection. Tammy was also kind enough to recommend 6 stunning spools of our 50wt thread.

THE INTERVIEW
How did you first get involved with Island Batik? 
Oh, another tough one.  I don’t remember the first initial contact, but I’ve been creating projects for Island Batik for years and years and (cough) years.  It has always been a wonderful experience, whether creating projects for publications, or for my own pattern line.  I mean, who wouldn’t love working with all those luscious fabrics? Any project looks awesome in their batiks!

Atomic Bombshell by Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis

What do you love most about Batik fabrics?
I love so many things about batiks – the saturation of color, even in the soft pastels (yes, I do use pastels – sometimes!).  I love the high thread count of batiks, which means your piecing is true because the fabric isn’t stretching out of shape.  I love that there usually isn’t a wrong or a right side – which makes cutting and piecing so much easier.  I love the range of colors and motifs.  I guess you can tell – I love batiks in general, and they truly are my “go to” fabrics of choice.

What do you love most about Batiks Go Retro? 
Argh – I can’t pick just one thing.  I love the fun motifs (she says modestly), and the wonderful range of color the collection has.  Everything from soft pastels to some wonderfully vibrant ode-to-the 50s brights – acid greens, sun washed turquoise, juicy orange.

Jangle by Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis

What inspired the line? 
I’ve always loved the clean lines of atomic design AND I grew up watching the Jetsons.  Didn’t we all dream of a robot maid and flying cars?  Those fond memories, combined with the distinctive shapes from the late 50s and early 60s, lead to Batiks Go Retro.

Do you have a favorite project created with the fabrics? 
Hmm….again, difficult to pick favorites.  I would say my two favorites are Atomic Bombshell, which is a fun, surprisingly quick to paper piece quilt that really plays on the atomic bursts and sharp points of the time period.  And then Wedge-O-Matic takes the wedge shape to new levels.

Wedge-O-Metic by Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis

What is coming up next for you, where can we find you this year?
I’m thrilled to be introducing my next line with Island Batik this fall – Elementz, a graphic interpretation of the earth’s elements in shape and color.  And I’m honored that several projects in Batiks Go Retro and in Elementz will be featured in different publications, including McCalls, American Patchwork and Quilting and Fons and Porter.

FUN LINKS
Tammy’s Launch Post
Batiks Go Retro
Seashore by Tammy Silvers
Coastal Mist by Tammy Silvers

BLOG HOP
The Batiks Go Retro Blog Hop kicks off of on September 17. Keep an eye on Tammy’s blog for more info!

THE GIVEAWAY

To enter-to-win 6 Large Spools of Aurifil 50wt thread in Tammy’s coordinating colors + one stack of Batiks Go Retro fabrics from Island Batik + 3 patterns by Tammy Silvers for Tamarinis, 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 Thursday, August 31! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Friday, September 1. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Janie Taylor! (Winner has been emailed 🙂 )

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

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

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

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

** Images courtesy of Island Batik and Tammy Silvers **

Island Batik Week: Fresh Pick’ins by Jackie Kunkel

Welcome to Island Batik Week!! In this final month of Summer, we are celebrating the vibrant colors of Island Batik’s Spring/Summer releases. We absolutely adore working with this wonderful company and have so much respect for its designers. We’ll be featuring one designer every day this week and each post will offer a fabric + thread giveaway, so make sure to come back daily to learn more and to enter-to-win some gorgeous prizes!

To learn about Island Batik and the batik process, please visit their website. For a peek at the full range of Spring/Summer 2017 releases, in-stores now, click here or on the image below to browse the catalog.

ISLAND BATIK WEEK SCHEDULE
August 21 – Jackie Kunkel (Jackie’s PostIsland Batik’s Post)
August 22 – Tammy Silvers
August 23 – Cheri Good Designs
August 24 – Nan Baker
August 25 – Ebony Love

 


Fresh Pick’ins is a new collection by Kathy Engle for Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works. This bright, cheerful collection features fruity, citrus designs in yellows, pinks, oranges, and greens. A bright dash of blue is a surprising and stunning accent. Jackie brought the collection to life with a series of show-stoppingly gorgeous quilts constructed of the top-quality batik fabrics + Aurifil 50wt thread. Her coordinating thread collection features 12 Large Spools of perfectly bright colors.

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Fresh Pick’ins
12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool), 100% Aurifil Cotton
3660 – 3320 – 4658 – 4659 – 2440 – 2430
5017 – 2870 – 1133 – 1104 – 1135 – 2132

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

THE INTERVIEW
What first drew you to to the world of sewing and quilting?
I was first drawn into sewing in my 6th grade Home Economics class. Learning to sew a simple patchwork pillow and onto more intricate garment making is how I first began. Fast forward to 1993, I took my first formal quilting class and really didn’t like it. So I took a second and fell in LOVE! It was all over at that point, the quilting but had bit me and it became a hobby, and then a business… but still remains a hobby.

Clamshell by Jackie Kunkel/Canton Village Quilt Works

Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
Now that is a tough question…. I really get inspiration from all over. As far a “what”, I would have to say nature or the environment that surrounds me. I am always looking at things with a different “eye” so to speak. As far as a “who” I would have to say that Judy Niemeyer. I have been following her since the late 1990s and had always admired her designs. Since then I became a Certified Instructor for her.

Tarnished Windmill by Judy Niemeyer, Quiltworx

How did you first get involved with Island Batik?
Well….. I have been using Island Batik fabrics for quite a while, but my first “official” design for Island Batik was launched 2015.  It was my pattern “Who’s Got The Button?”.  After that Island Batik and I met at Fall Quilt Market 2015 and they asked if I would like to come aboard as a designer.  The timing was right and it has progressed from there.

Crystals by by Jackie Kunkel/Canton Village Quilt Works

What do you love most about Batik fabrics?
What is not to love?? Batiks are timeless, they don’t go in and out of style.  They are not trendy, they mix and play well with other fabrics, they are versatile, and so much more.  Each one has such variation in color and can give you a look that no other type of fabric can do. All quilters need to have batiks as part of their stash!!!

Squared Up Bed Runner by Jackie Kunkel/Canton Village Quilt Works

Tell us about Fresh Pick’ins. What inspired the designs?
This collection is a Signature Collection designed for me by Kathy Engle. When I selected the collection, I was drawn to the freshness of the colors, and the fruit designs. It reminded me of a Spring/Summer day! The colors are such happy colors, when you look at them you can just help but smile.

Tuffet by Tuffet Source

Do you have a favorite project or projects made with the collection?
Actually I do! I adore all of them… but my hands down faves are Springtime Desert and Geometrics! They are a great representation of this collection!

Geometrics by Jackie Kunkel/Canton Village Quilt Works

When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them?
I know it was a while ago, but I can’t pinpoint the date. Back in 2013, I was an Aurifil Block of the Month Designer and I know it was way before that. What I love most about them is all the colors offered, and different weights of threads too! The variety is phenomenal. I also love that they are low lint too!

Springtime Desert by Jackie Kunkel/Canton Village Quilt Works

How did you go about selecting colors for Fresh Pick’ins and what excites you most about releasing the collection to the world?
Well… I wanted the thread colors to compliment and coordinate with all the yummy colors in the collection. I also wanted to use some variegated threads too! The ones that I chose are subtle but do the exactly what I hoped they would do. They accent, complement, and coordinate with every one of the fabrics that are in Fresh Pick’ins!

 

 

FUN LINKS
Fresh Pick’ins
Fresh Catch by Jackie Kunkel

THE GIVEAWAY

To enter-to-win 1 Large Fresh Pick’ins Thread Collection, one Fat Quarter Bundle of Fresh Pick’ins fabrics from Island Batik, and one set of 5 new patterns from Jackie Kunkel & Canton Village Quilt Works 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 Thursday, August 31! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Friday, September 1. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Becky! (Winner has been emailed 🙂 )

ABOUT JACKIE
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head-shotJackie has been a quilter since 1993 and has owned her own business, Canton Village Quilt Works since 2000. Beginning her business as a long arm quilter and then in 2009 adding an online quilt fabric shop! She has also been a quilt designer for magazines and fabric companies since 2009, a quilting Podcaster – Jackie‘s Quilting Chronicles, and a Certified Quiltworx.com (Judy Niemeyer) instructor and shop. Jackie travels throughout the country to lecture, do workshops and trunk shows. Jackie‘s first book was published in September 2015 by Martingale & Co-titled Splash of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black and White Quilts. Jackie is also a Craftsy Instructor with two online classes, one is a Quiltworx exclusive and the other is her own!  Also, Jackie has her own line of published patterns in 2015, there are now 9 in the series with more to come!  This year will also mark a new beginning for Jackie as she moves to Arizona and begins designing fabric for Island Batik as well as the patterns that will go with the fabric!!!  

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

** Images courtesy of Island Batik and Jackie Kunkel **

Sherbet Dip by Jo Avery

Jo Avery of My Bear Paw has long been a designer who we’ve followed closely on social media, awaiting her next beautifully staged photo, or her next stunning quilt finish. We adore her style and admire her knack for combining vibrant colors. Sherbet Dip is her debut collection for Aurifil and it includes her favorite shades for piecing and quilting, all in 50wt, alongside some lovely variegated threads that she tends to use in her free motion quilting. Though she does use a wide range of colors, the collection is really a representation of her signature color palette.

Jo Avery Showcasing her debut Aurifil collection at Festival of Quilts 2017

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Sherbet Dip
100% Aurifil Cotton, 12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool)
Colors included:
2535 – 2545 – 5017 – 4093 – 6729 – 5015
6725 – 5006 – 4670 – 3320 – 4654 – 3660

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

THE INTERVIEW
What first drew you to to the world of sewing and quilting?

My big sister taught me to sew when I was six years old and I spent a lot of my childhood making toys. She also taught me to EPP hexies and when I was in my early twenties with a home of my own I started making them again and this became a quilt top. I joined a local quilting group and they taught me how to quilt it and introduced me to the whole world of rotary cutters and strip piecing. I haven’t stopped quilting since!

Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
This is a hard one as I feel I have been influenced by so many amazing quilters and artists. However the person who really opened my eyes to the creative possibilities of quilting was Nancy Crow. I attended a lecture by her at the V&A in London in the mid 1990’s and her work totally blew me away. I think she was so ahead of her time and I am always trying to bring her to the attention of the younger Modern Quilters.

What is your favorite thing to make?
This changes day to day as I have a low boredom threshold! I love making a full-sized quilt, it is very satisfying to finish a large project. I’m not one of those people who puts off the binding stage, I always feel that binding locks in all the quilty goodness so I bind as soon as I’ve finished the quilting. At the moment I am addicted to making zippy pouches, I make at least one with the scraps from each finished quilt.

Do you have a go-to technique?
I do like to switch about and try something different with each project but I am always drawn back to needle- turn applique which I find aesthetically pleasing and very soothing to work on. I like to find ways to combine it with other techniques, and am always refining my hand sewing skills. One thing I love about quilting is that you never stop learning and improving, it is a lifelong journey.

When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them?
I was given a sample at the first Fat Quarterly Retreat in London five years ago. I remember the first time I used it for hand sewing, the thread just glided through the fabric, it felt completely different to the other threads I’d used. I started using it for machine piecing and quilting soon after. As it’s so fine you can get much more thread on to a bobbin than you can other brands which means less changing, perfect for FMQ.

How did you go about selecting colors for Sherbet Dip and what excites you most about releasing the collection to the world?
It was a very easy job for me as I love choosing colours! I had some favourite Aurifil shades that had to be included and I knew I wanted some variegated threads as I love to use these for FMQ. I also tried to make the selection representative of my signature colours. I hope this box inspires others to use more colour in their quilts and be braver with their choices, or just to feel happy when they look inside it!

Tendrils technique sample

THE THREAD HOUSE
Jo Avery joined forces with fellow UK quilt designers Lynne Goldsworthy and Karen Lewis to launch a new Retreat and Pattern company in 2016,
The Thread House. They hosted their first retreat in January of this year with a second planned for January 2018. Nine exclusive patterns are currently available — 3 from each designer. Jo’s patterns are the Starlights Quilt, the Crockery Cupboard Quilt, and Conker Quilts (also the thread collection cover quilt!) and all three are available for purchase here on payhip.

GIVEAWAY

To enter-to-win Jo’s Sherbet Dip thread collection AND a digital copy of each of Jo’s 3 patterns for Thread House: Conkers, Crockery Cupboard, and Starlights, 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 Saturday, August 26! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Sunday, August 27. Good luck!


ABOUT JO
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Jo Avery has been playing with fabric and yarn for as long as she can remember, culminating in her current role as a designer, teacher and entrepreneur. Her natural affinity with expressive colour informs all her quilts and her love of intricate techniques such as needle-turn appliqué and embroidery adds further levels of rich detailing, and allows her to embrace both modern and traditional aesthetics. Jo enjoys inspiring others to discover their own creative potential through her workshops and retreats.

** Images, biographical text and interview text by Jo Avery

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