Aurifil 2016 January Designer of the Month Heather Valentine

Aurifil 2016 Design Team January Heather Valentine

It’s a bright shiny new year and we have a whole new team of designers for 2016! We are making a block a month and I asked each designer to create a blue and white block. They are going to share their inspiration and tell us about themselves in my interviews on the 15th of each month.

By the end of the year you will have 12 blocks and I’ll have a setting for you!  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan, and I can’t wait for you to meet these 12 Designers this year and get to know them.

My January interview and quilt block is with Heather Valentine of The Sewing Loft.   I’ve been doing projects with Heather and really love what she shares at her website. She has so many great tips and tutorials, you need to sign up for her newsletter!  I also interviewed Heather on 8/11/14, take a 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.. JUST 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 Heather!

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Aurifil 2015 December Designer of the Month Celine Perkins

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Welcome to our last interview and Mini Quilt for 2015 in our Designer of the Month program!  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan, and it’s been wonderful to meet these 12 Designers this year and get to know them.

Our December interview and mini quilt is with Celine Perkins of Perkins Dry Goods.  Celine’s quilts are warm and cozy and you just want to curl up in them! Celine is a master piecer and has great use of fabric in her designs.  This past year we’ve gotten to know each other and I really love seeing a peek into her creative life  at her Instagram account, take a look.
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 Celine!

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Meet the 2016 Aurifil Design Team!

Hi I’m Pat Sloan, 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.

Our project this year is a Block of the Month all in blue and white! I’m really looking forward to working with this amazing and talented group.

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Group Photo – Alex, Me, Angela, Heather, Kathy, Elena, Front – Christa & Wendy
Side top to bottom – Amy, Katarina, & Kate
Bottom – Kari, Amanda, Jacquelynne & Lynn
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This coming year our Design team months are…
Jan -Heather Valentine   thesewingloftblog.com/ 
Feb – Kari Carr www.newleafstitches.com 
Mar – Christa Watson christaquilts.com/ 
Apr – Kate Spain www.katespain.com/ 
May – Amy Friend duringquiettime.com/ 
June – Jacquelynne Steves jacquelynnesteves.com/ 
July – Wendy Sheppard ivoryspring.wordpress.com/ 
Aug – Angela Walters www.quiltingismytherapy.com/
Sept – Lynn Krawczyk  smudgeddesignstudio.com/ 
Oct – Kathy Brown the-teachers-pet.com/tpindex.html  
Nov – Katarina Roccella   likeflowersandbutterflies.com/ 
Dec – Amanda Herring www.thequiltedfishpatterns.com/
 
Host – Pat Sloan blog.patsloan.com with CBDO Alex Veronelli and CEO of Aurifil USA Elena Gregotti. 
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Some of us were at the Trade show … we we had a little fun! From Left to right

Pat Sloan(ME!), Angela Walters, Christa Watson, Wendy Sheppard, Heather Valentine and Kathy Brown! Can you tell this is going to be a GREAT year?

Each Interview comes out about the 15th of the month. Interested in the FREE Patterns from Prior years, see our sidebar category called Designers of the Month, click it!  And a few are now on the main website HERE

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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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Aurifil 2015 Sept Designer of the Month Valori Wells

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Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program,  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan! Our September interview and mini quilt is from super talented Valori Wells from Sisters, Oregon. I first started following Valori’s work when she was writing books, then I discovered her amazing photography and her fabrics. Valori is also co-owner of The Stitchin Post Quilt shop, a place I must visit some day! Her approach to her work is amazing, I’d love to hang out with her for a week!  When I interviewed Valori on 2/23/15 and 9/13/11 we chat about her designing, both great shows to get to know her better, and you will love her latest book, so be sure to pick that up.  .. 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 Valori!

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Happy 85th Anniversary Jaftex Blog Hop and Giveaway

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY JAFTEX!  Eighty five years is a mighty long time!  Congratulations to your family for your continued success! Aurifil is thrilled to be participating in this momentous event with our friends!

Jaftex invited over 30 designers, quilt industry friends and bloggers to help celebrate. Bundles of Henry Glass’ Folio Basics, Studioe’s Peppered Cottons or Blank’s Splash were sent to our friends and we asked them to make something special for our blog hop. They did not disappoint! Each day will be revealed the designs on the designers’ blogs.

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Another fun part of this month long celebration is the contest. Winners will receive fabric,of course, but also some great prizes from our quilt industry friends. The first prize winner will win a Janome Skyline S5, the second place winner will win a big box of Aurifil thread and the third prize will win a lovely tin with special goodies from Schmetz Needles. Jaftex Corp. gives special thanks to Janome America, Aurifil and Schmetz Needles for their prizes.

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Follow along each day with a new designer, a new blog, and be sure to watch for random FUN bonus giveaways along the hop!

September 1 – Kim Diehl guest posting @ American Patchwork & Quilting
September 2 – Pepper @ Pepper at the Quilt Studio
September 3 – Anjeanette @ Anjeanette Klinder
September 4 – Leanne @ The Whole Country Caboodle
September 5 – Mark @ Mark Lipinski’s Blog
September 6 – Heather @ Heather Kojan Quilts
September 7 – Heather @ Trends and Traditions
September 7 – Martha @ Wagons West Designs
September 8 – Linda @ Linda Lum DeBono
September 9 – Heidi @ Red Letter Quilts
September 10 – Jill @ Jillily Studios
September 10 – Dana @ My Lazy Daisy
September 11 – Penny @ Sew Simple Designs
September 12 – Ida @ Cowtown Quilts
September 13 – Liz and Beth @ Lizzie B Cre8ive
September 14 – Melissa @ Sew Bitter Sweet Designs
September 15 – Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
September 16 – Amy @ Kati Cupcake
September 16 – Barbara @ QuiltSoup2
September 17 – Erica @ Kitchen Table Quilting
September 18 – Leona @ Leona’s Quilting Adventure
September 19 – Margot @ The Pattern Basket
September 20 – Sylvia @ Flying Parrot Quilts
September 21 – Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts
September 22 – Kim @ Aurifil Threads
September 23 – Rebekah @ Don’t Call Me Becky
September 24 – Julie @ The Crafty Quilter
September 25 – Mary Ellen @ Little Quilts
September 25 – Mary Jane @ Holly Hill Designs
September 26 – Daisy @ Ants to Sugar
September 27 – Melissa @ Happy Quilting
September 28 – Janet @ One S1ster
September 29 – Jenny @ Martingale& Co.
September 30 – Teresa @ Third Floor Quilts

For your chance to win the GRAND PRIZE enter by visiting Henry Glass Fabric 

Aurifil 2015 August Designer of the Month

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Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program,  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan! Our August interview and mini quilt is from the amazing Nancy Rink, Author, fabric designer and a long time supporter of Aurifil.  She has created some amazing quilts you can make, plus I really love the stories behind her books. When I interviewed Nancy on 8/18/14 and 7/29/13 we chat about her books, it’s a great show!  .. You can listen RIGHT at your computer to my podcast HERE

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 Nancy!

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Aurifil 2015 July Designer of the Month Ebony Love

Aurifil 2015 July designers logo Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program,  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan! Our July interview and mini quilt is from the super talented Ebony Love! If you have not meet Ebony and followed her really fun sew alongs, you are in for a treat. Ebony is an expert in die cut machines and you can learn a lot from her books and lessons on getting the most from your machine. Plus she has run the ever popular Downton Abbey sew alongs and see at the end what’s next! I interviewed Ebony on 4/1/13 and 2/11/13 .. you can listen RIGHT at your computer to my podcast HERE Pat Sloan Perfect Colors3 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 Ebony! Continue reading

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!

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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