Robert Kaufman Kona 30 Quilts for 30 Years

Aurifil LOVES Robert Kaufman Kona solids!   When asked to take part in sharing the Happy 30th Anniversary news and participate in a blog hop it was very easy to say yes to our friends!

Today’s quilt , North & South, was designed and made by Nichole Ramirez.  Nichole works for Robert Kaufman in Marketing.  Many of the great people that work for Robert Kaufman are also incredible quilters!  This stunning quilt was displayed in the Aurifil booth during International Quilt Market.

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“Working in Marketing, we get to brainstorm and bounce ideas off of each other all the time. The great thing about working at a company like Robert Kaufman is that in one meeting I can say “let’s make 30 quilts to celebrate 30 years of Kona!” and before I know it, there’s a list of amazing designers and tons of quilts being sent to our office.

Narrowing it down to just 30 designers was probably the hardest part. We made sure to pick all sorts of designers: Modern, Traditional, Contemporary, Modern Traditionalists… a little bit of everything! It’s a very well-rounded group and does a great job showing off the many different ways to use Kona.

In designing my own quilt, I reached for the 32 new colors that were released in July. I have been obsessed with flying geese lately, and wanted a design that showed the movement of the colors in the new bundle. The layout of the blocks reminds me of migrating birds, so the title was kind of a no-brainer.

The quilt was pieced by the talented Andrea of Knitty Bitties and she did an amazing job bringing my sketches to life. The quilt then got passed off to one of my favorite long-arm quilters and fellow Los Angeles Modern Quilt member, Tanya of Freerange Quilter

The pattern is available as a free download from the Robert Kaufman site in the Free Quilts & Projects section.  The bundle used to make this quilt coordinates perfectly with 30 of Aurifil’s lovely colors.”

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It’s hard to narrow it down to one favorite quilt, but the one that stands out for me is Anita Grossman Solomon’s Make It Simpler Two Color Pineapple. It’s the perfect example of a Kona quilt managing to be both classic and modern.

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To follow along with all the fantastic quilts (some with free patterns) being presented in this series please visit:

Week 1:

Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko
Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of Aria Lane
Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks
Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations
Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs
Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon
Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts

Week 2:
Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny
Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman
Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez with Aurifil
Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts
Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced
Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts
Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer

Week 3:
Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman
Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting
Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy
Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells
Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments
Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl
Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs

Week 4:
Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing
Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine
Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color
Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine
Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander

Week 5:

Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy
Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks
Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman
Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale!

 

Now for today’s giveaway!

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To enter for your chance to win a Kona Solids charm pack please leave a comment sharing your favorite Kona Solids go to color!

This giveaway will be open until November 12 10AM EST and is open to all of our International friends! The winner will be announced on this post on or around November 13.

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November 2014 Designer of the Month

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Welcome to our November Block of the Month! I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan! Our Designer this month is Scott Hansen of Blue Nickle Studio. I first meet Scott during a blog hop and was immediatly drawn to his use of color and fabric… but after that.. his design style is what really hooked me and I’m so happy to have gotten to know Scott!  He and his family live in Sultan, Washington, USA. I am always thrilled to get to know more about each designer when I interview them. Scott’s interest in design runs deep, you’ll see he has been creative all his life, and I bet many of you can relate to that.

I have had the pleasure of having Scott on my All Quilting podcast Oct 8, 2012. 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 Scott!

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Missing Market Giveaway!

 

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We get it… you’re stuck at work or at home, daydreaming about Quilt Market. You’ve been liking every image to pop up in the #quiltmarket Instagram feed, and swooning over the new fabric collections, award-winning quilts, and new sewing tools showcased in the various schoolhouse sessions. Well, you may have to miss Market, but you don’t have to miss out on all of the fun!
Pellon, Aurifil, Moda Fabrics & Industry Icon Pat Sloan have teamed up to bring you one amazing swag bag! The prize includes:
One exclusive, limited edition Moda Fabrics Aurikit!  The kit includes seven spools of 50wt Aurifil thread, one Pat Sloan The Sweet Life for Moda mini charm pack, and a free pattern to make the mini quilt shown on the cover (not available to the public until Spring!!)

For this giveaway there will also be included, fabric for backing & binding to complete the mini quilt top and seven different crib-sized Legacy by Pellon® battings including 100% Natural Cotton, Wool, Bamboo Blend, Soy Blend, 100% White Cotton, Polyester, and Natural Blend 80/20.
We got a little giddy just pulling this one together… EXCLUSIVE access to fabric & thread that isn’t even available yet?  SEVEN different varieties of batting? Come on now;)
To enter-to-win, simply follow the steps below. Entries will be accepted from now through 4pm CST on October 27th! Good luck, have fun, and happy creating!!

A BIG Congratulations to Jeanne Baumann for winning the Pellon, #Aurifil, Moda Fabrics United Notions and Pat Sloan “I’m Missing Market” Swag Bag Giveaway!

October 2014 Designer of the Month

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Welcome to our October Block of the Month! I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan! Our Designer this month is the super talented Jane Davidson of Quiltjane from Brisbane, Australia!  I first met Jane when she asked me to be in a blog tour and we’ve been friends ever since.  I actually covet ALL her quilts.. I’m still trying to get one from her, she told me if I visit Australia I can pick one… mmmm… checking my schedule now.

I have had the pleasure of having Jane on my All Quilting podcast Nov 19, 2012. 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 Jane!

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Aurifil and Robert Kaufman Fabrics Kona Cotton 30th Anniversary Giveaway!

Robert Kaufman Fabrics Kona Cotton is celebrating its 30th anniversary , and we are over-the-moon excited about it!  They are ALSO thrilled about their 32 new Kona colors,  released just last month. They are going a little Kona-crazy and it’s becoming very difficult for them to contain their excitement, so they have decided to stop trying!

There’s so much to celebrate and we want you to join us in our celebration!

How are we celebrating, you ask? Why, with a giveaway of course!

Robert Kaufman Fabrics and Aurifil have joined together to create a giveaway so colorful your imagination will run WILD (or explode). Oh, the possibilities!

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Enter to win a Fat Quarter Bundle of ALL 32 new Kona colors, as well as a 30-pack of 50wt Aurifil thread, color matched to 30 of new Kona solids. The giveaway runs from today (the 15th) until Sunday the 21st at 9PM PST. This giveaway is open internationally!

There are many opportunities for you to enter for your chance to win via Rafflecopter!

To enter please visit

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/715465f79/

Quilters Take Manhattan Ticket Giveaway!!!

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Quilters Take Manhattan, the once a year extravaganza hosted by the Quilt Alliance, has grown every year adding classes, tours and special contests to the delight of the quilting community.  Although all of this is fun, the Alliance has a very important purpose in the preservation and education of the quilting arts.

The Quilt Alliance 

Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our American quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation’s diverse peoples and their communities.

In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals:

to promote the understanding of the quilt as an important American grassroots art form

to make information about quilts available to a broad public

to educate Americans about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.

This year’s event speakers include  the very talented designer Amy Butler and the president and owner of Moda Fabrics, snazzy dresser, and Quilt Alliance board member Mark Dunn, a beautiful quilt exhibit and a goody bag that will make you drool!  Everyone that attends  this event is inspired to go home and create!

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The Quilters Take Manhattan 2014  has completely sold out ( you can still buy tickets for the at home option) but Aurifil has a wonderful surprise!  Two people will win one ticket for the SOLD OUT day event at FIT in NYC and one ticket for the After Hours party at the loft of Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

 

To enter this giveaway is made easy with many options on Rafflecopter!  This giveaway will close on September 8, 2014 and  the winner will be announced on or about September 6.

 

Congratulations to Lynn Harris and Marija Vujcic!!!!!   Looking forward to seeing you at this fun event!!!

 

 

 

 

 

September 2014 Designer of the Month

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Welcome to our September Block of the Month! I’m Designer/Radio show host Pat Sloan! Our September Designer is the dynamic, energetic and oh so talented Pat Wys of Silver Thimble Quilt Company!  I first met Pat when her group invited me to teach. We ventured to the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia and I felt like I was ‘home’.  Pat and her friends put on a feast for my husband and I, including a full array of southern cooking (including labels) so we ‘northerners’ could have try it all!

I have had the pleasure of having Pat on my All Quilting podcast Nov 25, 2013 . You can CLICK 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 Pat!

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August 2014 Designer of the Month

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Welcome to our August Block of the Month! I’m Designer/Radio show host Pat Sloan!

Michele Foster is the designer, producer and developer of the amazing Quilting Gallery website. If you have not discovered her site yet.. CLICK HERE right  now, sign up for her newsletter and then come back.. I’ll wait… Back? GOOD!

Michele and I have been friends for a very long time. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s National Capital. Michele’s online website, her quilt designs (HERE) and her quilt communities are wonderful, fun and friendly! She hosts all kinds of projects, including super successful swaps and sew alongs. I’m in love with her quilt patterns too! I am doing her Delightful Stars .. we’ll i’m doing TWO of them.. in some special fabrics! Michele has also been using Aurifil thread forever!

I have had the pleasure of having Michele on my All Quilting podcast Jan 9, 2012 . You can CLICK 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 Michele!

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Valori Wells Aurifil and Robert Kaufman Giveaway second round

 

We are unhappy to discover that the Rafflecopter for the giveaway on https://auribuzz.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/valori-wells-aurifil-and-robert-kaufman-giveaway/ ended up 24 hours before the expected announced giveaway time posted.

In order to let all of our friends enjoy the game, we are reopening a new giveaway where we will offer two thread collections (two winners, one collection each). So feel free to enter the fun from this new post. Entries accepted until Wednesday, July 30 at midnight EST. Winner will be announced on or about , July 31.

 

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To enter this giveaway , please answer the question ” How many spools of thread do you own?”

 

 

 

 

Valori Wells Aurifil and Robert Kaufman Giveaway

 

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Valori Wells possesses an incredible gift of capturing the true essence of natural beauty that surrounds her and putting those colors and and images into her art. Her background as a photographer and painter brings a unique perspective and a special quality to her fabric lines.  You can find whatever you may be looking for with blender options in Blueprint Basics or lavish colors and designs in her new fabric collection Quill.  With so many choices, you will never be disappointed with Valori’s designs.

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Valori’s lovely colors are now available in Aurifil thread collections, all carefully coordinated to match her fabric lines. These collections are offered in both the large box, including 12 spools (1,422 yds each) of Aurifil 50wt. cotton thread, and the small box, including 10 spools (220 yds. each) of 50 wt. thread.

Aurifil and Robert Kaufman have teamed up once again to bring you an amazing giveaway featuring an Aurifil large spool collection and four fat quarter bundles ( the entire collection) of Blueprint Basics.

 

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Entering  is easy for your chance to win a Valori Wells thread collection from Aurifil and the entire collection of Blueprint Basics by using the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Entries accepted until Monday, July 28 at midnight EST. Winner will be announced on or about , July 31.

The giveaway end date was incorrectly posted so this giveaway ended a day early.  We will be running a second giveaway to make up for the mistake with TWO winners each receiving a Valori Wells large spool Aurifil collection!

To enter the new giveaway please visit the newest blog post https://auribuzz.wordpress.com/2014/07/28/valori-wells-aurifil-and-robert-kaufman-giveaway-second-round/