2015 Fall Quilt Market Part 4

The most wonderful part of Quilt Market is the abundance of inspiration!  There are many new fabrics, quilts and innovative items to help you take your quilting skills to the next level. It is truly every quilter’s dream!  In all of the new that can be found, there is another area that the most profound inspiration can be felt.  Vintage quilts!

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When first attending Market a few years ago, I was confused by the vintage quilt booths.  I had been under the impression that Market was only for the newest, latest, and greatest fabrics, haberdashery, and patterns. I was stunned to see quilts from out of the attics and cedar chests. These were grandmother’s quilts.  Thank goodness grandma or great grandma took the time to learn how to sew and preserve these quilts!  There is an astounding beauty of the perfectly imperfect quilts that are on display.  These quilts are the foundation of every quilt we make.  They are the most incredible works of art that are made even more special by the fact that were made without rotary cutters, electric sewing machines, sometimes by lantern. Hand stitched by people who would come together as a community to share their lives while stitching.

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The majority of these photos were taken in one booth that had the most incredible selection of not only finished quilts but also hand pieced blocks. Cindy’s Antique Quilts from Clinton, OK was a smorgasbord of every technique and color combination in quilts.

Cindy’s husband was also quite lovely, working on a wonderful Singer Featherweight while she was setting up.  He was told me the history of the machine he was servicing. It was a tragic tale that landed this pristine machine in his capable hands. He had many stories to tell and I could have listened for hours to them. The wonderful people on the Market floor are historians of the art.  They are the storytellers.

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The red and white variety displayed was completely fetching! These antiques were in fantastic condition.

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There was one quilt that was a showstopper!  A very exquisite, one of a kind, quilt found in Julie Silber’s booth that was constructed using cigar silks around the turn of the century.

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I could not get a good photo of the entire quilt but the specialness of it can be found in the details.  I loved the names on each silk like a Pin-Up girls each lovingly stitched together by hand. This quilt was pristine.

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This brings an end to the 2015 Quilt Market wrap up.  We wish to extend a heartfelt thank you everyone for your continued support for Aurifil! We cannot do any of this without each of you and are already looking forward to Spring 2016 Market in Salt Lake City!

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2015 Fall Quilt Market Part 3

Let’s get right into more of the action and highlights from the Quilt Market floor!

Quilt Market is just not Market without the fabulous Pat Sloan!  We found Pat in the Moda neighborhood nestled between Vanessa from Lella’s Boutique and Anne from Bunny Hill Designs.  Pat is the Aurifil Designer of the Month Coordinator and a big part of the Aurifil family! We just love Pat!

Pat has an abundance of new everything to share!  Hometown Girl is her new fabric line with Moda, she has designed three new patterns, a new book, and a new Aurifil thread collection that will be available in four weights to share! She is one busy lady!

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There is always a photo of Pat with Alex for Market!  This year Alex decided to play a trick on Pat and not smile for the photo.  Everyone smiles with Pat. So silly!

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It’s all in good fun!
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A couple of booths down from Pat was A Quilting Life with Sherri and Chelsi presenting their new beautiful vibrant colors in the collection Valley!

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Many fabric designers are also painters, sculptors, architects, and graphic designers. They are not only quilting artists and love to explore their other artistic interests. One designer brought her passion for painting right into her Art Gallery booth.  It was a marvel to watch Bari J as she was creating delightful art in the midst of foot traffic and chatter.  IMG_1738
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Bari’s new collection Millie Fleur is a special collection for her grandmother. Bari has a way to make everything she touches very special. IMG_1512

Christmas on Brambleberrry Ridge by Violet Craft for Michael Miller Fabrics was a flurry of fantastic paper pieced patterns, gift ribbons, garments and decor to bring the spirit of the holidays to everyone in your life!

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Anna Maria Horner from Craft South for Free Spirit Fabrics created a whimsical wonderland for her line Fibs & Fables.

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It would be fun to host a Designers Day for the designers to be able to relax and hang out while at Market. Anna Maria and Joanna stopped by the Aurifil booth to check out all of the new displays and catch up!

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Carolyn Friedlander‘s collection Carkai ( a fun made up word) for Robert Kaufman Fabrics was displayed as a lovely collection of quilts, one hand tied, cushions and, of course, Aurifil thread!

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Julie Herman from Jaybird Quilts is a fan of BOLD color, funky design and Aurifil thread!  Loving her collection of quilts!

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Another favorite of the quilting world is Kaffe Fassett for Rowan Fabrics.  Wouldn’t it be fantastic to just take all of these home?  Stunning!

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Birch Organic Fabrics presented their lovely double gauze.  These fabrics are soft, have a wonderful drape and would make extra soft quilts for babies and children!

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Elizabeth Hartman brought the Pacific Northwest to Houston with her line for Robert Kaufman Fabrics!  Evergreens, animals and even Sasquatch made an appearance!

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Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics introduced Dream.  A collection of classic blues and reds with pops of other accent color!

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Valori Wells found her inspiration for her brilliant new fabrics Mystic for Robert Kaufman while visiting Morocco!

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The Quilt Market Adventure will continue tomorrow on the Show Floor and a few other areas!

2015 Fall Quilt Market Part 2

Welcome back to 2015 Quilt Market Part 2!  There is never enough space to put the grandness of Quilt Market into one post.  Market needs to be at least two to three days longer ( and two posts longer) to be able to process at least half of what is happening or what has happened!  Hoping you enjoy Part 2 of Market!

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There is never a lack of activities for shops at Market!  On the day prior to Market officially opening, there are Schoolhouses.  Schoolhouses are designed to educate and inspire shops to help their customers to find the right tools, fabrics and knowledge for every project!

Aurifil’s Schoolhouses were by different areas of the quilting industry. Fabric house, Island Batik, designers Wendy Sheppard and Jinny Beyer, and Alex Veronelli.

The first was Island Batik Fabrics with their lovely new collections! The one being shown is Tinsel!  Each of the four newest fabric collections has an Aurifil thread collection to match! Perfect colors for every one!

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Wendy Sheppard from Ivory Spring was the Second in the series.  Wendy is a scientist turned quilter.  She has been featured in just about every quilting magazine on the planet with her beautiful quilts that are all quilted on her domestic home machine!  Wendy has a new Aurifil Collection and explained how she came to use Aurifil 50wt and why she believes it is the perfect choice for all quilters for it’s strength and beauty!

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Wendy’s stunning quilt was on display in the Aurifil booth during Market and will be going on tour with Alex for his lectures in Aurifil Quilt Shops, Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for this beauty!  Also, keep on the lookout for a possible pattern for this beauty!

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The talented Jinny Beyer was in the schoolhouse next!  Jinny’s insightful lecture was about thread weight uses.  With so many weights to choose from, how do you know what is the correct one for your project? Jinny shared what she uses and why.

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Alex assisted her by holding up one of her quilts as an example.

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Alex was the final lecture for the day.  The topic of his discussion was the overwhelmingly popular Aurifil lectures.  This lecture is available only to Aurifil shops. This exciting lecture is approximately 90 minutes of engaging video that takes you behind the scenes of the Aurifil factory, inside the research and development of the thread, a short lecture about the recommended uses and care for the threads, then concludes with an array of stunning artworks from the industries top designers.  Alex explained how the program works, why it is so popular and added in that there are gifts and giveaways of Aurifil at every session! What is not to love?

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Time to walk the Quilt Market floor!  It is always exciting to see the upcoming collections from the various designers and fabric houses!  It never ceases to be amazing that each booth is created only for the few days of the show. These displays are a labor of love a true act of passion by their creators!

Joanna Figueroa from Fig Tree &Co.  Is always prepared with something new and fresh for Moda Fabrics! She is really a sweetheart to boot!

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She had a little something unexpected and special in her booth…WOOL and Aurifil floss to match!  This is something completely new and will be coming to a shop near you soon!  Very thrilling!

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The new kid on the Moda block is artist, architect, and all around great dancer LUKE Haynes!  This is Luke’s first fabric collection.  It is appropriately named Dapper and has a modern edgy feel using traditional herringbone and bold colors.

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Sandy Gervias is also in the Moda family and has this sweet new collection Refresh.

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Loving the Aurifil spools as flower vases!

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There was a real showstopper in Michel Miller Fabrics!  Into The Deep by Patty Sloniger was filled with rich colors making the mind dance!

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The dress was absolutely sublime!

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Tula Pink never fails with her daring designs for Free Spirit!

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Darlene Zimmerman never fails to entertain the creative juices in her Robert Kaufman booth! There is always something special and vintage that makes you want to stay awhile and see what else may turn up.  Morningside Farm will be available in 2016!

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Maureen Cracknell had an explosion of fabulous with all of the details in her booth for Art Gallery Fabrics and her collection Fleet and Flourish!

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Tim Holtz had on display his personal collection of antique items that inspire his own personal designs.

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The very popular Mendocino by Heather Ross is being reprinted by Windham Fabrics! These lovely fabrics are sprinkled with life from the ocean including mermaids.

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The final addition for today is Mary Fons‘s collection with Springs Creative Small Wonders.

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Alex was happy to welcome Mary into the fabric world and into the Aurifil family!

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Hope you will come back tomorrow for even more from Quilt Market!

2015 Fall Quilt Market Houston Welcome

There was a flurry of activity and a hurricane to boot during the 2015 International Quilt Market at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas!  The weather did not put a damper on the mood and fun atmosphere of the fantastic companies, shop owners, or designers that were in attendance during the show.  Quilters know how to brighten everything!

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Welcome to the new Aurifil booth! The design was completely new this year!  Loads of bright color with actual skeins of the freshly dyed cottons displayed for everyone to come see and feel the quality of premium materials used in every spool of thread Aurifil produces!

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Elena Gregotti, Aurifil CEO, was very pleased with the explosion of Aurifil colors inviting everyone to come and enjoy the new look.

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The booth was filled with quilting artworks like this stunning beauty created by Rita  Frizzera, vintage sewing machines, and other special touches.

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Alexander Winton, Sales Manager, and Bradley Mitchell, Marketing Director, were pleased as punch with the new look of the booth and had an outstanding time helping everyone find the perfect display, thread color or Aurifil Designer Collection for their local quilt shop!

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The Aurifiat was absolutely adorable!

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All of the newest collections were displayed with fat quarter bundles or fabric rolls for shops to be able to see first hand how perfectly the collections are matched.

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The Aurifil Firewall Display was a showstopper with the most comprehensive selection of Aurifil products. If you have this display in your shop, your customers will be awestruck!

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Many thanks for all of the wonderful visitors to the booth taking photos during Market! We love your support and being part of the excitement! If you are sharing your photos in your social media please hashtag #Aurifil.  We would love to see your photos!

Tomorrow will be even more exciting photos from the Market floor!

Top Ten Tuesday { red and white}

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday!  Red and White is a classic combination that also has a modern feel.   The crisp clean white makes the red pop and creates an outstanding look to any quilt or embroidery. You can add this timeless mix any time of the year, not only for Christmas, Valentine’s Day or Fourth of July.  Check out these free quilt and embroidery patterns from top designers and bloggers.  Look through your stash of fabrics and Aurifil threads to make a beautiful Red and White to add to your collection!

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1. Scandinavian Red & White by Tom Pudding Designs
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2. Red and White Quilt by Susan Emory for Michael Miller Fabrics
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3. Charming Stars Quilt by Stefanie Roman for Moda Bake Shop.  Red and white version by Snippets Of A Quilter
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4. Candy Cane Quilt designed by Darlene Zimmerman for All People Quilt
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5. My Heart is Filled with Joy by Tall Grass Prairie Studio
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6. Wedding Knot Wall Quilt Pattern by Mimi Shrimp for How Stuff Works
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7. Red and White 1910 Vortex Quilt by Paula from Quilt Rascal
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8. Red and White Snowball Quilt Pattern by Barbara Brackman using EQ7
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9. Estonian Snowflakes by Needleprint
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10. Red Hot Flash! by Debby Kratovil Quilts
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Find more free patterns, tips, tutorials and inspiration by following the Aurifil Pinterest boards, the Aurifil Facebook page and on Instagram too! All are updated throughout the day to provide you with the best the sewing world has to offer!

Missing Market Giveaway

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Market starts today and thousands of industry creatives will descend upon the George R. Brown Convention Center for Houston International Quilt Market. But the rest of us? We’re at work, at home, running errands… scrolling longingly through the endless Instagram posts showcasing carefully constructed booths, brand new fabric collections, hot new products and more. Don’t get too green with envy! Aurifil, Robert Kaufman, & EZ-Quilting have teamed up to bring you a fab giveaway that will help chase away those ‘Missing Market’ blues!

The prize includes:

To enter-to-win, simply click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page or 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 4pm Central Time on October 26th! Good luck, have fun, and happy creating!!

Top Ten Tuesday {embroidery}

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday!  Ever get that itch to stitch?  Bright colorful flowers, a lovely vintage redwork, or a simple saying that means so much to you?  So many people love to do embroidery! This week is an offering of ten delightful patterns and tutorials for your stitching pleasure by very talented bloggers and designers.  Be sure to try Aurifil floss ( tangle free happiness) or Aurifil 12wt in either cotton or wool to make your embroidery projects extra special!

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1. Let’s Get Lost Summer Bicycle Embroidery Hoop Art by Flamingo Toes

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2. Tutorial: ‘Love Without Reason’ Embroidery by Sedef from Down Grapevine Lane

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3. Pumpkin Spice Latte Mug Pattern by Mollie from Wild Olive

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4. [embroidery project] make believe by Lindsey from Very Truly Me

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5. Outer Space – Embroidery Pattern by Laura from Love the Blue Bird

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6. Summer Flowers For You by Aneela from Comfortstitching

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7. Autumn Blessings Stitchable by Lindsay from Fort Worth Fabric Studio

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8. Blue Wren’s Nest by Natalie from Cinderberry Stitches

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9. Perfect for the holidays- Snowflake Pattern! by Allison from Thirty Handmade Days

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10. Embroidery Case Pattern and Tutorial by Imagine Gnats and Sew Sweetness

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If you are looking for more free patterns tips, tutorials or inspiration, please follow the Aurifil Pinterest boards, the Aurifil Facebook page and the Aurifilthread Instagram feed! All are updated throughout the day to provide you with the best the sewing world has to offer!

Sew Adorkable Book Hop!

Geeky, quirky, and off the beaten path projects are all offered in a new book Sew Adorkable by Samarra Khaja for C&T Publishing. From sock quilts to dinosaur art, this is not your average DIY book! Every page in this book is full of energy!  A book that guarantees energy boost for all ages filled with sewing fun and imaginative  illustrations, and Samarra’s fabulous sense of humor.

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Want to see more about this brilliant book?  Samarra has created an enthusiastic video sharing more of her cleverness and spunk!

After reading the book, I had to ask Samarra the most important question,  “Can you share your Auriprojects from the book?”

She sent a list of her top three projects using Aurifil 12wt, 28 wt and Aurifloss. If you have never tried different thread weights, Samarra shares her suggested thread weights for a few different applications and why she preferred them.

“For my Odd Socks quilt, I used Aurifil Mako Ne 12/2 (#2311) for extra textural embellishments on the toes and it gave me the exact finished look I wanted!”

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“Aurifil embroidery thread was used in both the Toothy the Tooth Fairy project and the Bees Knees and Knee-High-to-a-Grasshopper patches and it’s a real joy to stitch with because it’s so smooth and friendly to work with. I recently ran out of it in white, realizing how much of a staple it is in my supply kit, as it’s especially perfect for hand-stitching eye highlights on sewn creatures.”

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“I quilted my 8-Bit Birds quilt with Mako Ne 28/2 (#2600) because the slightly thicker weight perfectly enhanced the pixelated look I wanted for the final look.”

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Being a sewing machine lover, I had to ask about what machine she uses and her answer is perfection!
“Every project in the book was sewn on my trusty Singer One Plus (and hello, it’s so cute!); I’m a big believer in using whatever sewing machine works best for you, so well-known brand name or not, if it works and finishes the job the way you want it too, you’re golden!”

Be sure to follow Samarra on Instagram to get to know her better and share in her fun world!  She takes the ordinary and creates the extraordinary!  This photo is from Spring Market she did not attend but created her own fun memory of being there with her friends. You never know where she will turn up!

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There will be no need to chop and crop herself into photos Fall Market. Samarra will be attending Quilt Market this weekend and she is presenting a School House and a C&T book signing!

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Please visit all of the Blog Hop stops to view more of the books offerings and some fun projects that have been made by bloggers!

09/14/15: C&T/Stash Books
09/18/15: Sew Timeless
09/25/15: Craft Buds
09/28/15: Pellon
09/30/15: Crafty Planner
10/05/15: Imagine Gnats
10/07/15: May Chappell
10/09/15: Nancy Zieman
10/12/15: Dritz
10/14/15: Spoonflower
10/16/15: Sew Sweetness
10/19/15: Aurifil
10/21/15: Accuquilt
10/23/15: Schmancy Toys
10/26/15: Samarra Khaja

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Aurifil 2015 Oct Designer of the Month Sara Lawson

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Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program,  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan! Our October interview and mini quilt is from the amazing Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness.  Sara has such an eye for fashion forward projects that are also doable! She has bags, project containers and more. And I love the way she will combine fabrics, you can learn a lot by following her.

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And I’m a TAD partial to the bag she designed for me, the Sloan Travel bag! 

You can listen to interview on 5/5/14 and 10/21/13  with Sara to learn a LOT about bags interfacing. It’s like taking a class with her! You can listen RIGHT at your computer to my podcast 

Pat Sloan Perfect Colors3We 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 Sara!

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Top Ten Tuesday {Baby}

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday!   Do you have babies in your life?  Your own babies, grandchildren,nieces,nephews or maybe a beloved friend that has a baby?  As you know, every baby should have at least five quilts and lots of other colorful, soft and usable items surrounding them! New moms like practical and fashionable bags, bibs and blankets to express their own personal style and still be functional.  The Top Ten Tuesday choices for this week reflect how to meet all the above needs for function and fashion! Hope you enjoy making at least one of each of these projects for the perfect layette for someone in your life!

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1. Free Baby Knit Pants Pattern by Shwin and Shwin

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2. Oh Baby! with Fabric.com: Beautiful Diaper Bag by Liz Johnson for Sew4Home

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3. Celebrating Baby {Free} Newborn Gown Pattern and Tutorial by Rachel from Stitched Together

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4. Sew Much Ado Diaper Bag à la Thread Riding Hood {tutorial} by Sherri

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5. Free Pattern & Tutorial: Henry & Helga Plushies by Christina McKinney for Birch Fabrics

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6. Quilt for Baby Boy (‘Boys Will Be Boys’ Quilt) posted on Craft Foxes

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7. A Pink Classic Quilt Tutorial by Allison from Cluck Cluck SewIMG_1272_thumb6

8. Quilted Patchwork Bib Pattern And Tutorial by Sew She Sews

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9. Travel Diaper Clutch Tutorial by Sew Crafty Jess

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10. Easy Baby Blanket Tutorial by Melissa from Greener Grass Handmade

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If you are looking for more free patterns tips, tutorials or inspiration, please follow the Aurifil Pinterest boards, the Aurifil Facebook page and the Aurifilthread Instagram feed! All are updated throughout the day to provide you with the best the sewing world has to offer!