Turn the ordinary into extraordinary with Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Aurifil Designer Victoria Findlay Wolfe has a “WOW!” factor with everything she touches!  Her ability to take the ordinary and create extraordinary is a gift she loves to share with everyone through her books, lectures and classes.  Victoria has traveled the world teaching her techniques to quilters so they to can create their own one of a kind scrappy look using the fabrics that they already have in their stash at home!


In addition to Victoria’s busy life as a Mom, quilter, author, teacher, designer for Sizzix and board member of Quilt Alliance, she also has a NEW fabulous Aurifil 50wt collection, Full Circle Stitching!


Victoria’s large spool collection in 50wt contains the perfect combination of neutrals and bold color for perfect piecing and stunning quilting!


Victoria has also teamed up with other top Aurifil designers for the upcoming Aurifil Quilt Cruise with World of Quilts Travel! The Aurifil Caribbean Quilt Cruise travels round trip from Fort Lauderdale, January 30-February 7, 2016

Here are some highlights of what will be included in Victoria’s classes.

“Victoria Findlay Wolfe. Highly regarded throughout the quilting community, her work is improvisational piecing reinvented. As you “play” in her classes, you’ll sharpen your design skills and learn about combining colors and prints in new and exciting ways. Get ready to have some incredible fun. As you play with your fabric while you will see an incredible quilt design emerge using Victoria’s techniques as we sail the azure blue waters of the Caribbean.

Improvisationally explore new ways to use your
SCRAPS, 15 minutes at a time! Learn techniques in playing in your
scraps to make your own beautiful designed quilts. Sharpen your design
skills, learn about combining colors and prints in new ways, push it
further by using templates then watch your own unique quilt design
emerge. Discover just how distinctive classic quilt blocks can be, when
they are constructed with more spunk and spontaneity! Build confidence
in color, quilting techniques, and design all through PLAY!


Known as Queen of the Double Wedding Ring, Victoria has developed
several new and exciting techniques to make this traditional quilt
pattern sing with modern possibilities. In her cruise class, Victoria
will teach you how to make incredible rings using various techniques
and methods with dramatic results.


Using Victoria’s 15 Minutes of Play piecing technique, create a FUN all-solid-colors miniature quilt, using your solid scraps. It is all play when you build tiny pieces (impressive!), then set them into a 12.5″ miniature quilt top. This Amish-inspired quilt is a wonderful way to get creative and show off your solid fabrics.”


For more information about Victoria’s classes on the cruise please visit
World of Quilts Travel

2015 Spring Quilt Market ( Part Two)

Part Two of Market review brings you even more gorgeous sights from so many designers!  The amount of talent and passion for the quilting arts under that one roof is staggering!  Come along and see what else Market had to offer!

Our first stop was to visit with Darlene Zimmerman to see her sweet new line “Naptime” for Robert Kaufman Fabrics!  Darlene had this darling hand crank machine in her booth and it really works!




It did not take long at all to find this lovely booth by Jill Shaulis from Yellow Creek Quilt Designs for Windham Fabrics filled completely with fantastic quilts both large and small.





Another Windham Fabrics favorite is Heather Ross and her newest collection “Tiger Lily.”  Five of the prints in this collection are also available in cotton lawn.IMG_0246


And, of course, Market would juts not BE Market without seeing Moda Designer and Aurifil expert Pat Sloan!



Also in the Moda area were the dynamic duo Minick and Simpson!


And check out this spectacular beauty shown during the Aurifil schoolhouse!  Alex is behind helping hold this amazing quilt up!


Allison Harris from Cluck Cluck Sew for Windham Fabrics shared her bright and happy collection Hazel!




Gudrun from GE Designs displayed gorgeous minis and table runners to share so many possibilities for you to try! IMG_0180

That is a wrap for Market Part Two!  Look for Part Three tomorrow to see even more fabulous quilts fabrics and designers!

2015 International Quilt Market ( Part One)

Three days is not enough time to take in all of the incredible and inspirational products revealed during International Quilt Market!  Quilt Market is the best the industry has to offer every Spring and Fall to the shops that will be choosing and stocking these items!  It is very similar to the Spring and Fall collections in the high fashion industry.  No runway but with the beautiful fabrics, threads, machines and oh so much in between there is plenty of eye candy!  We walked around the Market floor to grab some sneak peaks into what will be coming to a quilt shop near you!  This is only a small offering of what was presented.

So let’s get on with some previews starting with these stunning Aurifil threads!


Angela Walters has a beautiful new fabric line “Drawn” for Robert Kaufman Fabrics and a lovely Aurifil 50 wt collection to coordinate!




Birch Fabrics had sweet elephants, baby garments, cushions, and bags filling their booth to the top with great sewing projects!  Their new 40wt Aurifil collection is perfect for knits and items that will have heavier use.

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The Andover Fabrics booth had an amazing display with Alison Glass Design’s fabrics



And who does not love Little House on the Prairie? Andover is bring back the beloved fabrics for us all to enjoy!


Moda Fabrics had loads of lovely fabrics and was flush with designers ready to answer any questions you could have about their new collections!

Joanna Figueroa from Fig Tree had a sweet booth for her newest collection “Farmhouse”


Joanna also has a new collection of patterns for mini quilts that can be made fast and easy to collect or give as gifts!


American Jane, Sandy Klop, LOVES her Aurifil 40wt and uses it for EVERYTHING!  Sandy’s new collection Lorriane is a fantastic array of colors with a French Provence feel! The air balloon quilt was simply amazing!


Vanessa Christenson does it again with her new line “Simply Colorful!”  Vanessa has a brilliant talent of making the most of bold solid color in her fabrics, Aurifil threads and her new book series for Lucky Spool Publishing.

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More photos will be coming soon!

The Missing Market Giveaway!

Market starts today and thousands of industry creatives will descend upon the Minneapolis Convention Center for Spring 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! Pellon, Aurifil & Moda Fabrics to bring you a fab giveaway that will help chase away those ‘Missing Market’ blues!


The fabulous prize includes:

One Kate Spain Aurifil Thread Collection: The Kate Spain collection is a new design that has not only one thread weight but two of the most popular weights in luscious colours. The 50wt thread is the perfect piecing thread for fabulously flat seams, is lovely for appliqué and is the quilting thread to choose when you want your stitches to melt into your fabric! The 40wt thread is a wonderful quilting or all-purpose thread for garments, bags and many other projects! This is a one of a kind collection that should be in every sewing room!
One Kate Spain Fat Quarter Bundle from her Market Debut Collection for Moda Fabrics, Canyon. Fabric for backing & binding one mini quilt!
A HUGE Pellon® Prize Pack including 1 pkg SF101 Shape-Flex®, 1 pkg 100R Vinyl-Fuse™, 1 pkg 70 Peltex® Sew-In, 1 pkg 987F Fusible Fleece, 1 Decorative Pillow Insert, 1 pkg 542S Stick-N-Washaway™, 1 pkg EZ-Steam® II Sheets AND 2 yards of our brand new FF77 Flex-Foam™!!
To enter-to-win, simply click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page or click on the image below. Entries will be accepted from now through 4pm Central time on May 17th! Good luck, have fun, and happy creating!!


Aurifil 2015 May Designer of the Month Lynn Harris

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

Our May mini is by Designer Lynn Harris of The Little Red Hen. Besides being a wonderful designer with her first book just out, she is an amazing photographer. What I love about Lynn’s work is the COLOR! She makes amazing quilts with loads of color and lots of resting area to see it. She also does great things with scraps, which is what her new book is all about.  I highly recommend you start following her website to see what life on the farm for a modern day quilter is all about!  In my interview we’ll get a glimpse of this and I tell you I’m hooked on Lynn’s designs and site!

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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 Lynn!

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Sis Boom Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Twice a year our friends at Sew Mama Sew organize a great way for everyone to have a fun time by offering a collection of hundreds of giveaways from blogs from everywhere!  Aurifil loves to participate in this twice a year event to share with you the opportunity to win the finest threads made in Italy!  Make sure to go and check out some of the other brilliant giveaways being offered through Sew Mama Sew!

For this giveaway, we will be offering something that is fresh off the Auripress!  Not even in available in shops! Fancy Threads is the newest collection of 40wt Aurifil thread beautifully put together by the FABULOUS designer Jennifer Paganelli from Sis Boom!


“Sis Boom by Jennifer Paganelli is the inspiration distilled from several lives: Jennifer’s youth in the Great Lakes region of the US, her adolescence spent in the vibrant Caribbean, her college years in traditional New England, followed by career-building in the clamor of New York City. Today, she and her company are located in the leafy rolling countryside of the Northeast. The Sis Boom collection includes over 200 fabric designs, two Chronicle published crafting books, a range of home decor products, PDF sewing patterns, an online shop and a fun-filled blog!”


“The Sis Boom Collection, its name adopted from her childhood nickname given to her by her twin brother, defies easy categorization. With unusual artistry and a love of texture and a blend of vivid colors, Jennifer uses tag sales, flea markets and European sources as a starting point to create her art.
Jennifer’s connection to all things vintage forms the basis of her textile work. She clearly identifies with their strong, saturated and lively color and seeks to incorporate these elements into her various fabric lines for Free Spirit.”


So here is your chance to WIN a Jennifer Paganelli Sis Boom “Fancy Threads”  Aurifil 40wt collection of your very own filled with Jennifer’s personal favorites!

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This giveaway is open to all of our international friends!

The giveaway will close Sunday, May 10 at 5 p.m. PST.

The winner will be chosen randomly and will receive notification through email by Wednesday, May 13. The winner announcement will be posted in this original post.

Simply follow the Rafflecopter link below to enter for your chance to WIN !  Good luck and happy sewing!!


What’s It All About Alex Veronelli?

Aurifil was started with the idea of connecting to and building relationships with customers. Through those relationships Aurifil has been able to provide the best product on the market today.  Aurifil is the only thread available exclusively through local quilt shops or select online shops. In this way, we hear directly from the shops and their customers what they love and what needs to be changed.  You cannot get better quality assurance! 10891764_10206686295099867_680196916765110011_n For the past year, Alex has been traveling the United States visiting Official Aurifil Quilt Shops to spend time with the shop owners and quilters themselves to share what makes Aurifil so wonderful!  He has designed a lecture that both educates and entertains the participants with behind the scenes video of the Aurifil manufacturing process from conception to the shelves in your local shop.  Also included in these sessions are Aurifil goodies and giveaways! Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 11.37.45 AM Be the first to hear about Aurifil’s new products, innovations, promotions and much more! Receive tips on recommended thread weights and care instructions for all of your sewing projects. Enjoy an inspirational collection of artworks produced by world renowned designers using Aurifil threads.  And sometimes local Aurifil Designers ( Pat Sloan and Kimberly Einmo in Kelly Ann’s Quilting shown above) even show up just for fun! 11042298_10206595991962345_4829391766139609577_n People are loving the lectures and learning so much!  These are comments left from last week’s lecture in Florida at The Dragonfly Quilt Shop! “A very informative and interesting presentation by Alex Veronelli. Thanks so much had a wonderful time and what beautiful thread!!” ~ Debra in FL “Thanks Christina Fratcher for having Alex Veronelli to your shop. There was so much to learn and the presentation was awesome.” ~Rosemary Alex’s next lectures will be in May in Minnesota!  Make sure to call the shop to reserve your spotFriday May 8th Bear Patch Quilting Co. 2199 4th Street White Bear Lake, MN 55110 phone: 651-429-1039 info@bearpatchquilting.com http://www.bearpatchquilting.com/ 1st lecture 10:00 am to 11:30 am 2nd lecture 1:30 pm to 03:00 pm Saturday May 9th Pine Needles Quilt & Sew 1300 Salem Road SW Rochester, MN 55902 507-226-8480 http://www.pnqs.net/ info@pnqs.net 1st lecture 10:00 am to 11:30 am 2nd lecture 01:30 pm to 03:00 pm Monday May 11th Blue Bamboo 12865 Industrial Park Blvd Plymouth, Minnesota invisiliz@gmail.com 763-744-1105 or 800-323-1105 http://www.mybluebamboo.com/ 1st lecture 06:00 pm to 07:30 pm Tuesday May 12th QUILTER’S HAVEN 2930 146th Street Suite 108 Rosemount, MN 55068 Telephone: 651-322-7071 Email Us: quilthav@frontiernet.net http://www.quiltershavenmn.com/ 1st lecture 06:00 pm to 07:30 pm The next lectures are already being scheduled and posted in Arizona, Massachusetts and wherever the wind takes him! To keep tuned in to the event schedule please visit Alex Veronelli’s Events Page.

Aurifil 2015 Designer of the Month John Kubiniec

Aurifil April 2015 Aurifil Designer John Kubiniec

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

Our April mini is by Designer John Kubiniec. If you have not seen John’s designs they are fantastic! He is originally from N. Tonawanda, NY (suburb of Buffalo, NY) and now lives in Rochester, NY.  What I love about John is his bigger than life personality. He ALWAYS makes me laugh and is amazingly generous with his time and skills. He designs patterns for all the major quilt magazines,  fabric companies, and his own line. Plus he is an incredible longarm quilter.

On May 19, 2014 I chatted with John and you can listen to it right HERE on your computer!

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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 John!

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Aurifil Special Petfinder Foundation Collection and Giveaway! {Winners announced}

“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.”
George Eliot

Animals are a part of so many lives. In the lives of Quilters, you can see the love in photos posted of cats and dogs in sewing rooms, lying comfortably on quilts,  and sometimes even helping to choose fabric, thread or at the sewing machine. These animals are loved deeply and cared for by wonderful people.

Not all pets are fortunate enough in their lives to have caregivers to show them the love and respect they need to thrive. Some animals are either displaced due to an unfortunate event or sometimes are neglected or abused and need to be rescued. In either case, the animals need a good and loving “forever home.” A place where their past can be met with the care and concern for them to learn how to trust again. The Petfinder Foundation is a non-profit organization created to help bring together these animals with people that will be loving caregivers.

“The Petfinder Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization that supports the shelters and rescue groups that post their adoptable pets on Petfinder.com. Our mission is to help ensure that no adoptable pet is euthanized for lack of a home.”

The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) established a program with the Petfinder Foundation to help animals after disasters. The program began after Hurricane Sandy in the fall of 2012 when The Quilt Pattern Magazine put out a call to its readers to make Kennel Quilts including free patterns on their site to help comfort animals in shelters affected by the hurricane. Over 100 Kennel Quilts were sent from all over the US, Canada and even England. Because of the overwhelming response, the Petfinder Foundation and TQPM decided to make this an ongoing venture. To date over 1300 Kennel Quilts have been sent to shelters affected by disasters in 12 states. In the Fall of 2014, Aurifil was completely thrilled with the idea of creating the perfect collection including “pet colors” to help out this worthwhile cause.”
Aurifil is honored to partner with Petfinder Foundation and The Quilt Pattern Magazine to offer an Aurifil thread collection like no other we have presented. This beautiful collection of Aurifil colors in 50wt thread has been put together to benefit pets in need of finding their perfect home. A portion of the proceeds from this collection will help to support the Petfinder.com website. The site provides access to helping to locate either rescue or shelter animals in your area.  The search is not limited to dogs and cats alone. If you find that chinchillas or a lovely Eclectus is more your ideal pet, you can find those as well.  The Small Kennel Quilt Thread Kit is currently available in local quilt shops or can be requested by your local quilt shop from their favorite distributor.


Meet Gary, the adorable furry baby of Aurifil CEO, Elena Gregotti.  Gary is a rescue dog and is loved by all of the members of the Aurifil family! Elena shares his amazing story from neglect to a happy home!


“Gary, our beloved rescue dog has been a part of the family for just over 2 years. He’s a happy and charismatic dog with a great personality.

However, before his days of chasing lizards in the Aurifil garden he lived in Serbia, where he was un-loved and terribly abused.

Luckily for Gary, one of our family friends whom originally is from Serbia but now lives in Italy, rescued him and brought him to Milano. She posted a photograph of Gary on Facebook asking for help in re-homing him and my husband saw him and knew he had to live in our home.

We fell in love with Gary and contacted our friend, he joined our family on November 18th 2012, at first he was unhappy, timid, petrified of men and never played. In the past two years he has settled in, learnt to trust again and enjoys long evening walks around the city, spending his days being swooned over by the Aurifil office family and long summer vacations in the Tuscan countryside.”

Nan Baker from Quilt Pattern Magazine is helping the cause by making available a free tutorial for Kennel Quilts using Island Batik Fabrics for kitten and cats on Purrfect Spots! Nan shared this adorable photo of Penny on a Kennel Quilt she made.

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“I am happy to report that Penny was at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region until the day this picture was taken. She got adopted that day to her furever home! Was this a coincidence? I don’t think so!

I just love happy endings, don’t you?”

In an effort to promote this special collection for a cause, Aurifil, The Quilt Pattern Magazine and Island Batik Fabrics have put together a knock your socks off giveaway package!  There will not only one but Three winners!  Each winner receive a special bundle of an Aurifil Small Kennel Thread Kit Collection, a fat quarter bundle of 12 fantastic Island Batik fabrics and a one year subscription to The Quilt Pattern Magazine!




This giveaway is open internationally and will close to new entries on 24 March 2015, 11pm EST. Three random winners will be chosen and announced on or about 26 March 2015.

Thank you everyone for sharing stories and participating in this event to promote a very worthy cause!

Congratulations to the winners!

Kathleen McCormick

Betty Hughes

Carole McCellan

Aurifil 2015 Designer of the Month Kimberly Jolly

Aurifil March 2015 Designer of the Month Kimberly Jolly

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

Our March mini is a wonderful scrap busting project!  Designer and shop owner Kimberly Jolly shares her March mini with us, we are so lucky this year!  Kimberly is a busy designer with a shop, pattern designs and charity projects. I’m delighted to be sewing ‘Snapshots’ along with her to benefit St. Jude’s children’s center. Kimberly’s charity work is inspirational.


She  was born and raised in Austin, TX. .. now doesn’t that look like a FUN city?

On May 26, 2011 I chatted with Kimberly and you can listen to it right HERE on your computer!

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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 Kimberly!

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When was your FIRST quilt sighting? Did it inspire you to start quilting? If not, what did?

I have always loved quilts, thread and textiles since childhood, so it’s impossible to remember which one came first.  My granny taught me to crochet when I was five and I have always loved granny squares.  I had always dreamed of learning to quilt and made it come true once I was out of college.  The first quilt I ever made was a blue and yellow log cabin.  I’ve learned so much since then, but it still has a special place in my heart.  I handquilted it and the stitches leave a lot to be desired.

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When you go to a quilt show, what types of quilts are you drawn to? 

I am drawn to vintage-y quilts of all kinds, pre-Civil War quilts and feedsack quilts especially.  Oh, and Amish quilts too!  They have a certain simplicity that I’m drawn too.  It could just be simple sawtooth stars or Irish Chains, but that back-to-the-basics simplicity is my true quilt love.


Did you have a career prior to making art, and what was it?

I was a CPA before quilts became my profession.  I do employ that knowledge to run my businesses (Fat Quarter Shop and It’s Sew Emma), but this is so much more fulfilling.

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What is your favorite place to visit in your hometown? 

The Hey Cupcake! trailer is a mainstay for me and my kids, and we have a weekly family dinner at El Gallo, which I’ve been going to since I was a child.  My husband Kevin and I like to go to UT games during football season(Go Longhorns!).


What does your studio look like, and what would you change in it? 

My studio is actually getting a makeover right now, so I don’t have any photos, but MAN I’m going to be so organized!  That means lots of shelving and using up previously unused space.

It also doubles as my home office, so I also have a computer and TV in there. (tshirts here)


Do you have a GREAT storage, organization, or label making tip?

I store all of my fabrics in wire baskets similar to this.  I also have a handy cart from IKEA for my UFOs.  I like having my UFOs out in the open so there is more motivation to finish my projects.

My good friend Lori Holt taught me how to make her design boards (tutorial: here) which I use to hold my fabrics in place while I plan my quilts.


Then of course, Alphabitties are my cute way of labeling fabrics as I cut


and I need to share our Mystery coming soon! Details HERE (… one block is MINE! pat sloan)

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What are your 3 favorite colors of Aurifil thread? 

2000 (http://www.fatquartershop.com/aurifil-beige-100-cotton-mako-spool-thread) and 2610 (http://www.fatquartershop.com/aurifil-gray-100-cotton-mako-spool-thread) are my favorite colors to piece with.  I’ve started using the Invisible Monofilament thread to quilt, too! (http://www.fatquartershop.com/aurifil-clear-invisible-spool-thread)


Anything else you’d like to share? 

I know you, Pat, are already sewing with us, but I can’t urge everyone enough to sew the Snapshots quilt with us!  This is a free quilt-along program we’re offering that benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Please join us, Read all the details HERE

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We’re also finishing up Lori Holt’s next book, Farm Girl Vintage (http://www.itssewemma.com/farm-girl-vintage-book), that releases in April.

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What about your Month Inspired your Quilt Block?

After sewing my Snapshots quilt, I wanted to use up my leftover Daysail scraps.  Bonnie and Camille fabric always makes my heart go pitter-patter, no matter how much I’ve sewn with it already!  Going along with my love of simple blocks, my mini is made with simple half-square triangles and flying geese.  Each ring gets to show off its own color, and the slightly off-centeredness makes it feel fresh.  I hope you love it!


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And a few on the light side

  • Favorite TV show  –  My current must-watch is Married at First Sight.
  • The snack you crave –  Not a snack, but I love sweet tea.
  • The Color you have always LOVED –  Pink.  It’s happy and girly.  I just painted two accent walls in my office bright pink! (here is Alex Visiting Kimberly at her office!

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Here is my Mini!

I have a little tip for being sure you do not lose your points.. it’s HERE

Are you on Facebook? I have a fantastic quilt group with the most incredible show and tell going on! You should see it! JOIN me HERE … I’d love to meet you!

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The winner this month is Tessmontana… She wins a Thread kit!

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