2017 Spring Quilt Market, Part 2

Windham Fabrics: Natalie Barnes, Felice Regina, Amy Gibson, Crystal Nilpirom

One of the things that we love most about International Quilt Market is having the chance to check in with Aurifil Designers and Industry Partners. We are a diverse community, spread across the globe, which makes regular opportunities to meet in person an absolute delight. Our Creative Director, Erin Sampson, spends much of Market running between partner booths, capturing booth tours, staging informal interviews, and checking in on our new collection releases. It’s exciting and inspiring and thanks to excellent social tools like Facebook Live, we’re able to share the experience with all of you. In fact, we had so many tours this time around that we’ll split them into two posts;).

Our only regret is that we don’t always get to make it to see everyone, so there are a few missing from our tour. Keep an eye on the blog throughout the Summer for another introduction to ALL of our new designers and collections!

WINDHAM FABRICS
Windham Fabrics had a lovely lineup of booths, each boasting countless projects, with everything from collaborative stitching projects, to cats, to Spring Gardens.  Natalie Barnes, Amy Gibson, and Sarah Fielke had new Aurifil collections presenting, but we also had a chance to check out the booths for Annabel Wrigley, Felice Regina, and Janine Vangool.

 

MODA FABRICS
We were so excited to have a chance visit with a few of our beloved Moda designers! Stacy Iest Hsu, Joanna Figueroa, and Basic Grey had new Aurifil collections presenting, but we also got to say hi to Jane Davidson of Franny & Jane, Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life, Corey Yoder, and Shannon Gillman Orr.

 

ANDOVER FABRICS
We toured the booth with Giuseppe Ribaudo, our amazing main man at Andover, stopping to say hello to Alison Glass and Edyta Sitar while also checking out collections and projects for Di Ford-Hall and Kim Schaefer.

 

ART GALLERY FABRICS
Art Gallery Fabrics Ambassador Mathew Boudreaux of Mister Domestic took us on a grand booth tour, showcasing his in-booth charity stitching, highlighting new collections, and saying hello to designers along the way!

 

RILEY BLAKE 
We started our tour at Riley Blake with Christopher Thompson of The Tattooed Quilter who has collections presenting in August and September. We also took a peek at the new collections by Lori Holt — a new 45-spool box — in addition to a range of other Riley Blake designers.

 

MICHAEL MILLER FABRICS
Kait Witte of Michael Miller led us on a tour of the Michael Miller booths, featuring Tamara Kate, Sarah Jane, Sandra Clemons, and Susan Emory.


We’ll finish up our Quilt Market recap with some final tours and intros on Tuesday! Happy Sunday all! 🙂

QuiltCon 2017 — Savannah, GA

We’re just getting back and settled in from a spectacular five days in beautiful, historic, and fascinating Savannah, Georgia.  There is a certain perceived expectation when you think of “The South”, particularly when you think of Savannah.  Nothing about this city disappointed me. Not even the weather- especially because I arrived the day after it stopped raining. What luck!

Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia and one of the only surviving cities left after the Civil War.  Some of the houses date back to the 1700s, which is pretty incredible.

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Just imagine the quilts that were made inside those walls!  That certainly brings a whole new level of appreciation for Civil War reproduction fabrics, don’t you think?

Savannah is a very picturesque city, full of manicured lawns, immaculately kept homes and ornate details everywhere you look.  Just walking a few blocks to breakfast took us nearly an hour because we kept stopping to admire the view, take pictures or read the plaques of the various fountains and statues in the squares.

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The Savannah River divides the city from the World Trade Center, where QuiltCon 2017 was held.  There was only one hotel on that side, and if you weren’t staying in it, you had to travel across the river via ferry.  On the first night, the ferry was packed full of quilters and only a few locals.  I doubt they had ever seen so many handmade bags and quilt related t-shirts in one place before!

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We had a great time playing a game with our QuiltCon guests.  The idea was to see who, amongst the three players, could put a puzzle together the fastest.  The fastest got to take home a large spool of thread of their choice; the remaining two took home a small spool of their choice.  Everyone was a winner!

All players were challenged to beat the ‘best time’, which kept getting faster and faster throughout the event. On Sunday morning, we had our fastest participant EVER, not just for QuiltCon. Karen Brown completed the Aurifil Spool puzzle in just 2 minutes & 36 seconds. We were all in awe! Congratulations again to Karen, who is now the excited recipient of a Tula Pink Ultimate Collection — 45 small spools of lucious and colorful thread!

To help celebrate 270 Colors, the incredible quilt by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio, we hosted an ongoing social media contest.  Participants had to take a “Selfie” in front of the quilt and post it to Instagram using the hashtag “#270ColorsGiveaway“.  We had over 190 entries and our winners were:

We did also share a daily at-home giveaway so that no one would be excluded!! Thank you again to all who played along!

270 Colors by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

Even though we weren’t able to sell our thread in our booth, there was still plenty to be found throughout the show including the booths for: Craft South, Crimson Tate, Andover, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Marcus FabricsRiley Blake, and more!!

We also loved having a chance to visit with some of our amazing fabric partners. Many of them had interactive booths, giving visitors a chance to design quilt blocks, collect supplies to work on collaborative quilting projects, and more!

Of course, one of my favorite aspects of community events like this, is all of the quilts.  I’m amazed at the diversity on display.  Just when I think I’ve seen it all, when I’ve defined my own personal style, I turn a corner and see something that changes my whole perspective, something that makes me stop and think and admire.  Below are some of my favorites from this year’s show.

And of course, Best In Show, “Bling” by Katherine Jones:

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I’m pretty sure she said it took her over 160 hours to complete the quilt top.  It is ENTIRELY paper-pieced!  Can you imagine??

All-in-all, a great time was had by all.  People left feeling inspired, satisfied, knowledgable.  I think those are the best things to come away with.  And, even though it’s maybe a little sad to leave and go back home to reality, the memories live on and we get to look forward to the next time we can fill our minds with new techniques and skills. We get to fill our hearts with the fun times had with friends that we may have only previous known online.  That’s the beauty of it, really.

Until next time!

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— Kristi, Bradley, Erin, and Alex

Seventy Six by Alison Glass

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Inspired by words like Harmony, Renewal, and Goodness, the idea for the patterns in Alison Glass‘ Seventy Six for Andover Fabrics was born. Seventy Six is a versatile collection of thirty fabrics. Ten of them are especially useful neutrals ranging from white to dark grey in a perfect scale for quilting. Images of birds and bees mix with stars, flowers, and pretty line-work in lovely harmony. The colors, saturated and complex, represent a more controlled AG palette, sure to make for beautiful patchwork. Alison’s coordinating thread collections offer a wonderful range for sewists and quilters. The Large collection features a mix of colors in 50wt. The Small collections are broken out into Warm, Cool and Neutral tones, each with 5 colors in both 50wt and 28wt.

Read on for all sorts of thread info, an interview with Alison, info about her fabric and embroidery designs and of course… a GIVEAWAY!

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THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Seventy Six Large Collection
12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool)
4030 – 2588 – 4020 – 5002 – 2235 – 5015
5022 – 2910 – 2815 – 2525 – 6722 – 6736alisonglass-sevetysixlg

Seventy Six Small Collection, Warm Palette
Small, 50wt (220yds/spool) & 28wt (109yds/spool)
4030 – 2588 – 4020 – 5002 – 2235 (50wt) 4030 – 2588 – 4020 – 5002 – 2235 (28wt)alisonglass-seventysixwarmsm

Seventy Six Small Collection, Cool Palette
Small, 50wt (220yds/spool) & 28wt (109yds/spool)
5015 – 5022 – 2910 – 2815 – 2525 (50wt) 5015 – 5022 – 2910 – 2815 – 2525 (28wt)alisonglass-sevetysixcool-sm

Seventy Six Small Collection, Neutral Palette 
Small, 50wt (220yds/spool) & 28wt (109yds/spool)
6722 – 6736 – 2021 – 2615 – 2784 (50wt) 6722 – 6736 – 2021 – 2615 – 2784 (28wt)alisonglass-seventysixneutralsm

To view this info on our website, click on any of the images above. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

THE INTERVIEW
How did you background in home décor inspire and guide your journey in textile design?
About 8 years ago, I started a business doing organization and decorating for clients. I dropped the organization component after about a year to focus on space remodels. I began using fabrics from the quilting industry in client’s homes because the fabric was more in line with what I was looking for, interesting design with bolder colors, and overall just different from a lot of the home dec fabric available. Through working with these fabrics, I became very interested in the idea of designing fabric and eventually did design my first line that ended up being produced by Andover Fabrics.

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Do you come from a creative background and how did that influence your path?
My mother’s mother sewed beautifully, really truly very talented, but I didn’t know her well, so anything from her would be in the genetic category. My mother also was very, very talented at a lot of things, including sewing and color. I do remember sitting by her and watching her sew and I remember her telling me things about how to use the machine, etc., but she passed away when I was nine, so to say that she taught me to sew wouldn’t be true. I’m sure she would have, we just didn’t get to it. She still is one of my greatest influences though, in immeasurable ways. I did take a class when I was around twelve, which was mainly useful in learning how to thread my sewing machine (a Bernina that had belonged to my mom that is still the main machine around here), and from there I just kind of sewed and figured it out.

[Matchstick Quilt Straight line quilting by Mary Menzer.]

How you first got started in the world of sewing and quilting?
I guess like both my mum and her mum, a lot of the sewing I started out doing was out of a practical desire of wanting things for my home, and because I could. I mainly sewed home décor items such as pillows and slip covers. Then when I started having kids I made nursery things. From there, I started to create things for other people which helped to grow my business. I also sew because I love fabric and always have. It is strange to think back and see a path leading to fabric design, but it all makes sense.

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How did you first connect with Andover Fabrics and what do you love most about working with them?
Working with Andover is very collaborative and I love that. They are great at listening and and we really do work together to grow in ways that are best for the whole. Andover is also extremely committed to quality in everything they produce, as am I, so that works out well for all of us and for the people who end up using the fabrics. They are also kind, nice and a lot of fun! We have a good time and it feels like a positive group project where everyone contributes.

Seventy-Six and Insignia are your latest collections with Andover. What inspired these lines and what do you love most about how the two coordinate?
Seventy Six is inspired by historic celebrations and focuses on themes of renewal, goodness and harmony. It’s a very personal line and for sure a favorite of mine. I love how the colors work together and I think it represents and important shift in my thought process as a fabric designer. Insignia fills a need for solid fabrics that coordinate with my prints. The saturation of the colors is amazing. The mill did such  great work with the printing and the texture of the fabric shows so beautifully. I love how Insignia works with Seventy Six, and really all of the fabrics, to give some needed space to the busy. Both of these lines are for sure favorites of mine.

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Cobblestone Quilt

You work with an amazing and diverse group of makers to showcase your fabrics. What is it like to see your fabrics come to life in the hands of these talented women & men?
That’s true, everyone that helps by making is amazing. I’m extremely lucky to have a large group of tallented people interested in the work and willing to make things with it. It’s not something I take lightly or for granted at all. Every person that helps to show what can be done with the fabric is immensely important to getting the work out and seen so that others can continue in their own making. I appreciate every piece and truly love being in the position to make a raw good that others can use to create their own heirlooms. I have a certain capacity for imagining uses, but it’s so small compared to what others choose. It’s truly a favorite part of the job.

When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them? Do you have a favorite color/weight?
Aurifil first is a super group of hard working people making a superior product. I simply first discovered Aurifil at my first or second Quilt Market by walking past their booth and seeing a wall of amazing brilliant color. That is what drew me in, then learning about the quality sealed the deal. I have tons of colors I love, but one that stands out is 5022, it’s a personal favorite that has ended up in multiple AG collections. It’s a beautiful chartreuse color that I’m personally very drawn to. I love the matte finish of the threads and again the wide range of gorgeous colors.

How did you go about selecting threads for your latest Aurifil collection, and how would you want to present them to all of the makers out there?
The collections fall into two categories. The three small boxes (Warm, Cool and Neutral) each have five colors in two weights. I chose the two weights so that people would have colors that work well with the fabrics, but also choices for uses. The 50wt is great for piecing while the 28 is super for visible colorful quilting, a concept I love and am hoping to share with other through these collections as well as some of our newer patterns. The Neutral box is particularly  useful. Each of the five weights/colors would cover the majority of needs. While the colors are chosen to work well with Seventy Six and Insignia, the reality is that they blend beautifully with the majority of my fabrics (and others). The large box is 12 useful colors that go great with the fabrics, but are also chosen to use with my machine embroidery collections for Bernina and OESD. I have a new (really fun!) machine embroidery collection and these threads are chosen specifically to make for a great outcome for those designs.

[Attacus Linework Moth & Attacus  Linework Crewel Style Moth by Nydia Kehnle.]

THE SEVENTY SIX EXPERIENCE
Alison Glass isn’t just a designer, a quilter, or an artist… she is a story-teller. With each collection release, she tells a new story, adding to her rich history. Seventy Six isn’t just a group of thread collections or a new fabric line (partnered with Insignia) for Andover… It isn’t just a new set of embroidery designs with OESD or a set of fabulous temporary tattoos. It is the works of art that come from it all, the new projects that are thoughtfully created by so many talented makers. Alison inspires people to dig deeper into their own creative instincts and the results are always stunning. We couldn’t help but share a few examples here.

THE FABRIC
Seventy Six & Insignia by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics

THE EMBROIDERY DESIGNS
Seventy Six Embroidery Designs by Alison Glass for OESD
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THE GIVEAWAY
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To enter-to-win 1 Fat Quarter Bundle of Seventy Six by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics, 1 Large Seventy Six Thread Collection by Alison Glass for Aurifil and one Embroidery Designs disc by Alison Glass for OESD, click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply 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 11:59pm Eastern Time on Friday, December 16! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Saturday, December 17. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Emily C!

ANOTHER FAB GIVEAWAY!!
Also, don’t miss out on this AMAZING giveaway going on now over at Andover Fabrics! Click here or on the image below for more information. Giveaway runs through Tuesday, December 15th at 5pmEST.screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-12-33-40-pm

ABOUT ALISON
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Alison Glass is a surface designer living in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Aspiring to create a career for herself, Alison started a design business in 2007 focusing on space remodels and custom home decor pieces. Her love of color and shape and the combination of the two eventually lead to making the decision to step back from the local design business and work toward her goal of creating artwork for surfaces. She is thrilled for the opportunity to design fabric for Andover.

Alison is inspired by the multitude of details in the world, both natural and those made by artisans, particularly in urban architecture. She is passionate about the ideas of making choices that are consistent with who a person is, being increasingly comfortable with ambiguity, and continuing to move forward and live in the new. She loves to talk about these ideas, as well as art, design, architecture, color, kids, okay, pretty much anything, with anyone who cares to talk! She is incredibly grateful to her husband and kids, for who they are, and for their enthusiasm and support of her work, as well as the amazing varied and interesting friends she is meeting along the way who are a constant source of inspiration and new possibilities.

[bio & photos courtesy of Alison Glass. Many photos by Love Knot Photo. Feature showcase photos by Nichole VogelsingerKarie JewellJamie Swanson, Kate BastiWendy Bermingham, SARIELLA Studios, Kitty Wilkin, and Kristy Sachs.]

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!

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

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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

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

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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”

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

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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!

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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!