Meet the 2015 Aurifil Design Team!

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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

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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.

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“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

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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

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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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Aurifil Black Friday Giveaway!

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No need to leave the comfort of your home to enjoy this great giveaway opportunity!  Stay in your slippers, sip your coffee or tea, and enter for your chance to win an exclusive Aurifil five large spool collection that includes our most popular 50wt, the all purpose 40wt, a beautiful 28wt, and two lovely 12wt ( one in cotton and one in a wool/acrylic blend).

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The best part is there will be TEN WINNERS chosen!

This giveaway will be close Sunday 30 November at 11 pm EST and the winners will be announced on or around 2 Dec. The winners will be chosen by random and announced on this post. This giveaway is open to all of our internationally friends.

 

There are many options to enter for your chance to WIN!  Please follow the Rafflecopter link to enter!

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!!!