Aneela Hoey free Blooms pattern and an Aurifil Floss Giveaway!

February is National Embroidery Month and Aurifil thought it would be appropriate to finish up the month with a free embroidery pattern by the very talented designer Aneela Hoey and a heavenly Aurifil floss GIVEAWAY!

If you have not tried Aurifil embroidery floss you are in for a real treat!  Aurifloss is six strands of  30/2wt  thread pre-wound on lovely wooden spools, no need to fuss with untangling and rewinding floss! The embroidery floss is available in all 270 delicious colours including a variety of variegated perfect for all of your projects.

Aneela Hoey is one of the best embroidery pattern designers in the industry today!  Her designs can be found on her website and in her book Little Stitches.  She has a style that is simple and sweet that appeals to everyone.  She designed a free pdf pattern “blooms” for you to end this month of celebration in hand stitching style.

“Aneela Hoey studied printed textiles at Winchester School of Art and worked in design studios in London and New York before becoming a Moda designer in 2011. All her designs begin as doodles in her sketchbook mostly inspired by her two young daughters who also like to give her plenty of ideas for what she should draw! Aneela is author of the embroidery book Little Stitches published by Stash Books. She loves sew and tries to make as many quilts as she possibly can. You can catch up with Aneela on her blog comfortstitching or on Instagram as aneelahoey.”



If you are not sure what Aurifloss colours to try, Aneela has her suggestions based on what she has been reaching for in her stash!

“My favourite aurifloss colours – Right now my absolute favourite is 1133, its a rusty yellow sort of colour but looks so pretty with everything. Other favs include 1104, 2220, 2145, 1318 and 2240. I have a bit of a thing for yellow, orange and coral colours at the moment.’


To help with the best results with your embroidery, Aneela offers these tips:

1. For best results, use good fabric. You can’t go wrong with quilting cotton, either in a shade of white or a pale solid. Linen bases are also a good alternative.
2. Always use a hoop. Place your fabric in the hoop and tighten it without stretching the fabric.
3. Use embroidery needles – These are widely available from sewing shops and I find them especially useful as they have a longer eye which makes it a whole lot easier to thread your floss through.
4. One of the things I love most about embroidery is that you can make it as simple or complicated as you like. Always just go with how you feel – stick with just one stitch for a piece if that’s what you want to do. Or go to town and use a whole heap of different stitches. Learn some new ones or stick to what you know, it’s up to you!


The free Aneela Hoey PDF pattern Blooms is available through this link  blooms embroidery pattern



To help get you started on this lovely stitching project we are giving away to one lucky winner two Aurifil embroidery floss collections one  Lynn Krawczyk Inked  and one Sara Lawson Fantasia. That is two collections making 20 wooden spools of Aurifil goodness for you to start off or add to your stash!  This giveaway is open internationally and a random winner will be chosen and announced on or about 08 March 2015.  There are many options to enter for your chance to win by visiting Rafflecopter




Aurifil 2015 Designer of the Month Joanna Figueroa

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Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program,  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan!

Our fantastic year of Mini’s rolls into February with Joanna Figueroa the designer behind Figtree & Co.  Joanna has an amazing style and I feel pretty lucky to be on the Moda design team with her. Her beautiful soft colored fabric always make their way into my stash.   Her company is based in a small town named San Leandro in the San Francisco Bay Area. Joanna told me it’s a great little place, now I want to visit!.

I chatted with Joanna about minis, sew and flip and other fun things on 10/24/11 and 10/6/14 at my All Quilting podcast

And let me give you a heads up, you are about to see the most beautiful photos of quilts you have ever seen. Joanna is an amazing photographer…

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We continue our MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!). We will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE

Let’s get to know Joanna!

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Love and Stitches Giveaway

Amid the flurry of Valentine’s Day preparations, we wanted to take a moment to share a little love with YOU. That’s right, you’ve been busy baking, buying flowers, making valentines for the kiddos, writing love notes, sewing gifts and being generally awesome and we’ve been busy thinking up fabulous ways to appreciate it all. We came up with Love & Stitches — a free project by the incredibly talented Rachael Gander of imagine gnats AND a giveaway including drool-worth goodies from Pellon, Aurifil & the imagine gnats fabric shop.


Hop on over to Rachael’s blog to grab the step-by-step for how to make the sweet Valentine pictured below. It’s super simple and cute to boot. We love that the design also pays homage to National Embroidery Month! *sigh* We {heart} Rachael.



The goodies:



from Aurifil — One assorted thread box containing 10 lovely wooden spools of yummy six strand Aurifloss
from imagine gnats — 1/2 yard bundle of Cotton + Steel fabrics Playful: Viewfinders Natural, Playful: Wordfind Pink, Mochi: Moon Bunnies Teal, Tokyo Train Ride: Shibuya Linen, Cookie Book: Ghost Saltines Sky
from Pellon® — 1 pkg 725R Heavy-Duty Wonder-Under®, 1 pkg EZ-Steam® II Sheets, 1 pkg 835R Stitch-N-Tear® Lite, 1 pkg 542S Stick-N-Washaway™ Sheets, 1 pkg Print-Stitch-Dissolve™ Sheets, 1 pkg Ultra-Weave™, 1 pkg 300TC Fabric in White, 1 pkg Sticky-Grid-N-Wash™, 1 16″x16″ Decorative Pillow Form & 1 Craft-sized pkg of Nature’s Touch 100% White Cotton Batting.
Did we say drool-worthy? Win this and you’ll be set for any and all embroidery projects you might have on your to-do list.

Giveaway is open until 11:59pm EST on Friday, February 13th. Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Saturday, February 14. This giveaway is open to all of our International friends!

To enter, simply follow this link and work some Rafflecopter magic.


Best of luck to all you love-birds and hugs from us for a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Celebrate National Embroidery Month

Febuary is National Embroidery Month!  Aurifil would like to kick off this month of celebration with beautiful embroidery works created by Sheena Norquay and a giveaway of her unique hand embroidery Aurifil collection!  Embroidery is part of history in every corner of the world and includes Redwork, Candlewick, Crewel, Cross Stitch, Sashiko, and Blackwork.   This wonderful art form can be seen on quilts, clothing, leather, bags and many other places. It is a task that can be taken with you easily and can be a quick project when needed. Embroidery can also be a a fun time passer for teens or older children. Please join us in celebrating the joy of embroidery!


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Unknown  Sheena is well known for her natural approach to design with her inspirations coming from the shapes, lines and colors of her surroundings.      Sheena teaches numerous workshops in the art of quilting.  ” I am also interested in using quilted lines to create graceful movement, sculptural shapes and decorative patterns. Inspiration comes from relief sculpture, circles, patterns in nature, man made patterns and decoration on other textiles. Most of the lines are free machine quilted, a technique which is my specialty. It is fascinating how the surface of the quilt comes alive with the quilting.”

Along with her expertise in teaching, Sheena has three previous Aurifil thread collections filled with the most delightful color combinations!  Autumn Collection, Seascape Collection and Zingy are all  50wt thread and perfect for all piecing and quilting projects.




Her newest thread collection Linen and Lace is a combination of different thread weights and materials offered on small spools perfect for hand work both at home and on the go.  “Linen and Lace collection was inspired by vintage embroideries. It has a limited colour palette but gives the hand stitcher a chance to try 4 types of threads. I have used the cotton floss mainly for embroidery and in some of the samples I have blended 2 or 3 colours together, using 6 strands at a time. The cotton no. 12, linen and wool have been used for embroidery but also for quilting.”



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Sheena in box



Included in this collection:

Ten small spools:  Three Cotton 12wt,  three Linen , three six strand embroidery floss, and one wool 12wt

Cotton    1231 – 5021 – 2021
Floss       1231 – 2024 – 1320
Linen     2024 – 5011 – 1320
Wool      8021


These artworks were created by Sheena from her collection Linen and Lace.  “Most of the following samples are smaller size and can be stitched during train journeys or watching TV – great fun to do.”  The different threads provide a beautiful texture to your embroidery. They also produce visually exciting stitching from the variations in the sheen of the threads that can be described as a matte ( wool 12wt and linen), eggshell ( floss) and satin ( cotton 12wt).

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Sheena bird quilt


The giveaway will include one Aurifil Linen and Lace Collection to one winner!

To enter for your chance to win, leave a comment  answering  the question, “Where is your favourite place to find inspiration?”

This giveaway opportunity is open to international entries.  This giveaway will close February 10, 2015  at 11PM  EST.  A random winner be chosen and announced on or about  Feb 12 on this original post.  If you are a no reply blogger please leave your email in one of your comments ( do not add an additional comment).  Good luck!













Aurifil 2015 Designer of the Month Gudrun Erla

Aurifil January 2015 Designer of the Month Gudrun Erla

Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program!  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan!

Gudrun Erla kicks off 2015 year of Mini Quilts, and I’m so excited to interview her. We have been friends for a very long time, and I love her designs so much. She always has a fresh take on things. Interviewing her I also learned a few NEW things, that’s always fun!

I chatted with Gudrun about quilting in Iceland April 5, 2010 on again on Feb 4, 2013 on my All Quilting podcast

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We continue our MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!). We will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE

Let’s get to know Gudrun!

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Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day

Twice a year, Sew Mama Sew brings bloggers, designers and brands together for one giant collaborative giveaway event. What was once done in a day has become a full week of amazing giveaway opportunities, all conveniently linked up in one place. It’s a tremendous time for new product discoveries, fun connections with your favorite blogs, introductions to a wide range of brand new blogs AND it allows all of us to have a bit of fun with all of you! It’s an exciting time and we’re thrilled to be a part of it this


Aurifil, Pellon and Moda Fabrics have come together to create a one-of-a-kind, over-the-top, you-will-not-believe-your-eyes prize package for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!  This bundle is a combination of the best of all three brands in one spot: a 1/2 yard bundle of 12 Bella Solid Fabrics in a range of colors , an exclusive Aurifil Bella Solids Collection of thread, and a bundle of seven crib-sized Legacy by Pellon®
battings — Natural Cotton, White Cotton, 80/20 Natural Blend, Bamboo Blend, Soy Blend, Wool & Polyester. Excited yet?





This fabulous giveaway closes December 12, 2015 5pm PST. The winner will be chosen randomly and the  winner will be announced on or around 14 Dec. This giveaway is open internationally!


Simply follow the Rafflecopter link below to enter-to-win! Don’t forget to head on over to Sew Mama Sew to check out all of the amazing giveaways featured on some other great blogs and make some new friends! Good luck and happy sewing!!





Meet the 2015 Aurifil Design Team!

Aurifil 2015 Design Team collage

Hi I’m Pat Sloan (in the polka dot top) the host of Aurifil’s Designer of the Month program!  This is going to be an exciting year of getting to know 12 Designers and learn about them. PLUS they will each do a small MINI project for you this year, how fun is that?  12 mini quilts!

Let me introduce you to the group

Back row

Front row

Lower row

Aurifil 2015 Design Team goofing around

We had a little fun with Aurifil’s GIANT spools!! Look carefully at the faces… by the way… I’m pretty sure Joanna snagged that spool to take home!

This year we moved the Interview to Jan 12 – 15.  So many of you have other Block of the month programs that start on the first, so we are going to balance out the month by giving you the Mini quilt about the middle of the month this year!

Interested in the FREE Patterns from Prior years?

On our sidebar is a category called Designers of the Month, click it!

Aurifil Designer Jill Finley

Sassy, bright and fun are only a few words that can be used to describe Aurifil Designer Jill Finley!  Jill brings joy into any room when she arrives to teach, lecture or just hang out. She  possesses a knack for design that will knock your socks off and her passion for quilting will make you want to quilt even more.


“Jill Finley has been designing quilt patterns for over 15 years. Several years ago she launched her design business, Jillily Studio. She designs and sells quilt fabric, patterns, kits and notions. Her quilt designs depict her own fresh style using great color and texture with many fabrics. She usually adds a little appliqué to soften and finish each design. Her designs have been featured in several magazines including American Patchwork and Quilting, Quilt, Quilter’s Home and McCall’s Quilting.

Jillily Studio produces the popular notions, Appli-Glue and Poke-A-Dots, along with numerous kits and patterns. Teaching and lecturing about her appliqué method and design style keeps Jill very busy traveling all over the USA.

Jill loves to spend time with her family; working, playing, eating, reading, gardening, sewing, cooking, learning and just being. She and her husband Randy live in Herriman, Utah. They are the parents of seven children and are blessed with seven grandchildren.”


Jill is Master Designer for Aurifil Threads with two collections EveryDay Colors and her newest collection Sunday Best Colors.

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(photos for Sunday Best Colors from Checker)

As a Master Designer, Jill has great knowledge in how to choose and use all the Aurifil weights.  She made a very informative video with Fat Quarter Shop demonstrating how to read the Aurifil label and why Aurifil is the best thread available!


Jill loves “Creating fabric collections for Henry Glass & Co.Fabrics. It is so great to see my designs actually become fabric. I love what I do, it is a joy to be able to create new designs and have others enjoy them too.”  Jams& Jellies Basics is Jill’s newest collection!

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Jill has authored two books with so many projects for you to make and love with Martingale/That Patchwork Place

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and Home Sweet Quilt



An avid traveler, Jill will be adding cruising with World of Quilts Travel for an Aurifil Cruise teaching three different classes to make these wonderful projects while enjoying being pampered while sailing the Eastern Caribbean to her list in January 2015!

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To find out more information on the 2016 Aurifil Cruise please visit World of Quilts Travel.

December 2014 Designer of the Month

aurifil 2014 Dec designer of the month Carrie Nelson

Welcome to our December Block of the Month! I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan! Our Designer this month is Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company, I bet you have a few of her patterns in your collection!.  Carrie had a booth next to mine at a trade show and we have been friends every since!  I am always thrilled to get to know more about each designer when I interview them. Carrie has been living in Arizona and is trading the South West life for the bright lights of the city of Dallas Texas where she will be working for Moda Fabrics… so excited to have her there!

I have had the pleasure of having Carrie on my All Quilting podcast June 25, 2012 and May 2, 2011 . You can go HERE and scroll back on the player to listen

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We continue our MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!). We will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE

And we have an added feature this year of a machine quilting tip from Natalia Bonner. Look for that at the end of each interview!

Let’s get to know Carrie!

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