East-Meets-West Quilts

When Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts first approached us about a collaboration, we were honored. We’d worked with her on a number of giveaways and had always admired her designs with Yukata Cottons. She shared news of her book deal and we started to hatch a plan. It’s been a long time coming and we are now delighted to share news of Patricia’s book in partner with Abrams, East-Meets-West Quilts.

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We’re All a Twitter!

Happy Sunday! We are pleased to introduce you to All a Twitter, by Kari Carr of New Leaf Stitches. Kari’s fabric collection with Hoffman Fabrics released at Spring Market in St. Louis, earlier this year. A series of digitally printed designs, All a Twitter manages to capture the beauty of a watercolor while maintaining the precision representative of the digital world. The collection includes one feature print — running yardage of a gorgeous watercolor bird. That print alone is enough to warrant your attention, but the remaining fabrics in the collection are what make it so incredibly unique. There 32 additional prints — 8 different prints per 2 yard cut — that make up a series of Fat Quarter panels. How cool is that? [Check out this fab video by Shabby Fabrics for a fun showcase!]

Kari’s coordinating thread collection for Aurifil is a range of 50wt threads in Large spools… perfect for piecing and quilting new treasures.

Kari has captured our hearts with her fabulous and unique thread photos, so make sure to scroll down to take a closer look! 😉

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Stitched Sewing Organizers

It should come as no surprise that we are absolutely smitten with Aneela Hoey’s Sewing Organizers. Who wouldn’t be? There are zippies and trays, booklets and folders, needle books and pin cushions, pouches and totes… truly, a little something for every little thing that might need organizing in your sewing room. We even have visions of re-doing our office, with little fabric trays containing all of our desktop accessories! The other thing that seals the deal on our Sewing Organizer love? Almost every single one of them has a pocket for your favorite Aurifil threads. Absolute perfection!

We were honored to work with Aneela on her latest book, Stitched Sewing Organizers with C&T Publishing. We knew it would be a stunning showcase, but when we got the actual book in hand, we were near giddy;).

We immediately knew we had to sew something — how could we help ourselves? Hilary and Kate jumped on the organizer train — take a peek at their projects below.

AURI-SHOWCASE

Hilary Jordan: “I loved making this project! Sewing with vinyl can be intimidating, but Aneela’s directions are thorough and left me feeling confident in the creation of this See-It-All Pouch. I pulled coordinating FQs from my stash, and of course they were the half of the fabric without the selvage info! ;) I’m using the pouch to store my current EPP project and I cannot wait to make more of the projects in Aneela’s book to organize more of my sewing projects!”

Kate Brennan: I must confess, I generally do not follow directions well.  I start with the Sewist Promise, “This time, I promise, I will read all the directions first – before I cut ANYTHING –  I will follow the steps as they are written; and I will not skip steps, complete steps out of order, or makeup steps in the middle.” To my credit, I typically get through the first few directions without issues before I veer off track and “take the road less traveled.”

This was not the case with Aneela Hoey’s patterns in her book, Stitched Sewing Organizers. I found the directions intuitive and easy to follow.  I found that I did not have to keep reminding myself of the Sewist Promise…that I actually wanted to follow the pattern, I could follow the patterns, and I actually DID follow the pattern!  The photos and illustrations cleared any confusion that might have derailed me and she included little tips throughout the pattern that I will use in the future.

I chose the Two-In-One Case, thinking it would be perfect to hold my EPP projects for my daily train commute.  I was right – it is PERFECT (and the envy of my fellow commuters!) and when she saw it, my daughter asked that I make one for her embroidery supplies.

This particular project used a couple of fat quarters from my stash and of course I used Aurifil’s 50 weight (color #2410 for my daughter’s and #2692 for mine) for most of the seams.  I chose a coordinating 12 weight thread (color #2410) to stitch the binding on my daughter’s case.

I made one change to the second case I made – only because I did not have another magnetic snap so I used a button for the closure.

GIVEAWAY

Are you as excited about all of this as we are? You’re in luck! We’ve got a giveaway! For a chance to win 6 LG spools of 50wt thread, hand-picked for perfection by Aneela Hoey + your very own copy of Stitched Sewing Organizers, please click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry or simply click on the image above. You don’t have to complete all of the entries, but the more you do, the greater your chances! Giveaway kicks off now and runs through Thursday, October 12. We’ll draw a random winner and announce here on Friday, October 13. (LUCKY DAY!) This is open to all of our friends, worldwide.

*note: a US winner will receive a print copy of the book — an Int’l winner will receive a pdf copy. Books & threads ship separately!


Are you ready to get started? The Stitched Sewing Organizer Sew Along kicks off on Monday. Hosted by Pennie of Tuppence Ha’Penny Quilts, the sew along is a glorious tribute to sewing room organization with 18 weeks of projects, inspiration, giveaways, and delightful images to soothe your organizational needs. See below for all the info — have fun!

STITCHED SEWING ORGANIZERS SEW ALONG
When: October 9, 2017 through February 12, 2018
What: A fabulous project by project sew along for all 15 projects in Aneela’s new book, Stitched Sewing Organizers
Supplies: Stitched Sewing Organizers by Aneela Hoey AND Favorite fabrics, threads, & sewing tools (check individual projects for specific needs)
Details: for more info on the Sew Along, giveaway entries, posts, etc… please click here.
Where to share: Share your pictures on Instagram to qualify for all giveaway prizes. Make sure to tag #stitchedsewingorganizerssal, #stitchedsewingorganizers, #aneelahoey, and @tuppencehapennyquilts. And of course, if you’re sewing with Aurifil, or featuring Aurifil spools in your post, add an extra tag for us: #Aurifil ❤ There is also a Facebook Group where you can share your makes! 

SCHEDULE
October 9: Handy Fold Up Pouches – @stitchingandbacon
October 16: Green Tomato Pincushion – @stitcharmony
October 23: Project Tote@lilabellelane
October 30: Fabric boxes – @elisabew
November 6: Fold Up Sewing Folio – @verykerryberry
November 13: Boxy Project Pouch – @emily_dennis_
November 20: See It All Pouch – @heartofcharnwood
November 27: Sliding Box – @lorena_in_syd
December 4: Drawstring Pouch – @amistabaker
December 11: Triple Pouch – @imstudiolou
December 18:  Round-Up So Far & Christmas giveaway – @tuppencehapennyquilts
BREAK
January 3: Welcome Back! – @tuppencehapennyquilts
January 4: Two In One Case – @willowbeckdesigns
January 15: Big Zip Pouch – @annamariegalvin
January 22: Covered Tape Measure – @kitkabbit
January 29: Needle Book Plus – @tennjenny
February 5: Book and Tool Folio – @modernhandcraft
February 12: Final Round Up and Grand Prize Draw @tuppencehapennyquilts


ABOUT ANEELA
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Aneela Hoey is a textile designer and pattern writer.  She designs fabric lines with Cloud 9 fabrics and also previously designed for Moda Fabrics.  Her sewing and embroidery patterns are available in her online shop whilst her books Little Stitches and Stitched Sewing Organizers (published by Stash Books/C&T) are widely available in Bookshops.

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For the love of Miss Edie Grey

Meet Miss. Edie Grey, an adorable 1-1/2-year-old cream french bull-dog from Oklahoma. Christopher (The Tattooed Quilter) and Jack acquired her from a breeder and at 8 weeks old, she made her journey from the mid-west to the big apple. She may just be one of the most delightfully adorable pups we’ve ever seen. Edie spends her days lounging on perfect pink chairs, basking in the sunlight, reading the NYTimes style section, brunching with her dads, and talking strolls around her NYC neighborhood.

Fun Facts About Miss. Edie Grey:

  • She’s named her after “Little” Edith Beale from Grey Gardens fame.
  • Like most french bull dogs, she’s stubborn, loveable, and an all-around clown.
  • She loves to snuggle with her humans, especially under a vintage quilt.
  • She prefers beef over chicken.
  • Apples and the occasional popcorn are her go-to snacks.
  • She loves the pool and would take a bath every day if she could.
  • She prefers Fall over Summer.
  • She has two besties in her human’s apartment building: Eggs and Rosie.
  • She’s an Instagram pup-ebrity (pup celebrity) and won’t pose without snacks. (Follow her HERE)
  • She’s quite the shopper and anyone who walks her down the block will quickly learn that she knows exactly where the two dog shops are in the neighborhood.

It was only fitting that Christopher include a fabric print honoring Miss. Edie Grey. The print comes in three color ways, white, blue, and navy — via Riley Blake Designs.

We jumped at the chance to collaborate with Christopher and Edie on her debut collection, a swift follow-up to Blue Carolina (learn more about Christopher’s debut Aurifil collection by clicking here.) Miss Edie Grey released in September and features 10 small spools — 5 in 50wt and 5 in 12wt.

DETAILS
Miss Edie Grey
100% Aurifil Cotton, 10 Small Spools
Colors included:
50wt: 2021, 6722, 2310 , 2311, 2000
12wt: 2423, 6724, 2312, 6711, 2314

THE FRENCH BULLDOG RESCUE NETWORK
We, like Christopher and so many of you, are dog lovers… pet lovers really. We love helping where we can and were absolutely thrilled to align this collection with the French Bulldog Rescue Network.

“FBRN’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home French Bulldogs in need from commercial breeding kennels, import brokers, public shelters, private rescue groups, owners or Good Samaritans. Our organization is comprised solely of volunteers who nurture and foster these dogs as well as provide education and training. Our goal is to place healthy and happy French Bulldogs into forever homes.”

A percentage of sales from this thread collection will be donated to the French Bulldog Rescue Network.

PROJECT GALLERY
We always love seeing the gorgeous creations that are made with our threads and the coordinating fabric collections. Feast your eyes on these!

MORE EDIE… (just because she is so darn cute!)

GIVEAWAY

To enter to win the Miss Edie Grey thread collection, 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 Tuesday, October 10! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Wednesday, October 11. Good luck!


ABOUT CHRISTOPHER
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Christopher Thompson is a New York City based mini-quilt designer in the fashion industry who puts his own creative spin on style. His perspective is modern while his approach is 100% down-to-earth. When not creating, Christopher can be found walking around the city with his French bulldog, Edie, searching for sweet treats.

** Images & text by Christopher Thompson

Credits:
Fleur the Frenchie mini quilt was designed by Madi Hastings from Laser Cut Quilts.

French Bulldog FPP Block was designed and created by Kerry of Kid Giddy. You can purchase the pattern in her Etsy shop. Photograph credit: Kerry Goulder of Kid Giddy.

French Bulldog Pillows were screen-printed by Karen Lewis of Karen Lewis Designs on Riley Blake Designs Linen.

Jack Schmitz made the bandana.

The “Karen” quilt is a pattern available from Main Street Market Designs.

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Moda + Aurifil: Joanna Figueroa

We’re nearly done with our  Moda + Aurifil series and feeling a little sad! We’ve had so much fun featuring some of our favorite Moda designers and team members here over the last 2 weeks. We hope that you’re feeling inspired and ready to dive into some fabulous new projects! Today, we present two new collections from Aurifil & Moda designer Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co. Enjoy!

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Moda + Aurifil: Lynne Hagmeier and Minick & Simpson

Today’s installment of  Moda + Aurifil gives us a chance to highlight three more amazing designers: Lynne Hagmeier and Polly Minick & Laurie Simpson of the design duo Minick & Simpson.  ❤

Moda Fabrics has been a treasured and dedicated partner, a creative leader, and, above all, an inspiration for years. We so value the collaboration and relish this opportunity to work with such a wonderful team to promote a top-notch list of designers.

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Moda + Aurifil: Pat Sloan and Me & My Sister Designs

We’re on day 7 of  Moda + Aurifil and hope that you’re having as much fun as we are! ❤ Moda Fabrics has been a treasured and dedicated partner, a creative leader, and, above all, an inspiration for years. We so value the collaboration and relish the opportunity to work with such a wonderful team to promote a top-notch list of designers. Today, we’re pleased to highlight two amazing Moda & Aurifil Designers, Pat Sloan and Me & My Sister Designs.

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Aurifil Variegated Thread Samples

Today we are thrilled to hand the Auribuzz blog over to Aurifil Artisan Renee Hoffman of Quilts of a Feather! Renee has been sharing quilting sneak peeks of this project over the past few weeks on Instagram. And now we get to see the full scope of her stunning stitching!

Make sure to read through to the end for two chances to win — both here and on Renee’s blog!


Hello!  I’m Renee from Quilts of a Feather (probably better know as @quiltsNfeathers on Instagram).  I’m a stay at home mom to a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old.  I’ve been quilting for about 8 years, with a focus on detailed free motion quilting. Today I will be sharing samples of all 36 Aurifil variegated threads so you can see each one stitched out–because let’s be honest, it’s hard to tell from a picture of the spool or from the color card how those colors will look for quilting.

Aurifil 4650 Leaves
I hope that seeing these variegated samples will help you decide which colors are right for next project, or inspire you to try one out for the first time.  Variegated threads are so much fun to watch change colors while you’re sewing!
Aurifil 3817 Marrakesh
These samples are done on Michael Miller Cotton Couture in White and Black, and all of them have one layer of batting–except for Marrakesh I used two layers because I could not get the tension to play nice.  Also these are all stitched using 50wt thread–except for the white side of Marrakesh is 40wt.  At the end of the photos are some tips for quilting with variegated threads!
Aurifil 4649 Lemon Blueberry
You can also see each of these samples in different lighting conditions under the Instagram tag: #AurifilVariegatedSamples.
Aurifil 4647 Berrylicious
Note: I know it is quite redundant to have the color number and name both on the photo and in the caption, but it makes this blog post easy to search (ctrl-f on PC) and the photos have enough information if you decide to save them elsewhere.
Aurifil 3852 Liberty
Aurifil 4648 Desert Dawn
Aurifil 4651 Bari
Aurifil 3840 French Lilac
Aurifil 3660 Bubblegum
Aurifil 4660 Pink Taffy
Aurifil 4668 Strawberry Parfait
Aurifil 4250 Flamingo
Aurifil 4659 Mango Mist
Aurifil 4657 Tramonto a Zoagli
Aurifil 4150 Creme Brule
Aurifil 3920 Golden Glow
Aurifil 4658 Limoni di Monterosso
Aurifil 3910 Lemon Ice
Aurifil 4653 Spring Prairie
Aurifil 3320 Light Spring Green
Aurifil 4661 Mint Julep
Aurifil 4662 Creme de Menthe
Aurifil 4654 Turquoise Foam
Aurifil 4663 Baby Blue Eyes
Aurifil 3770 Stone Washed Denim
Aurifil 4669 Stonewash Blues
Aurifil 4655 Storm at Sea
Aurifil 4664 Stonefields
Aurifil 4665 Graphite
Aurifil 4652 Licorice Twist
Aurifil 4670 Silver Fox
Aurifil 4060 Silver Moon
Aurifil 4666 Biscotti
Aurifil 4667 Nutty Nougat
Aurifil 4656 Cinnamon Sugar
Aurifil 4671 Mocha Mousse
Tips for quilting with variegated threads:
1. Use thread in your bobbin that will match your quilt top.
2. Use a scrap mini quilt (9-12″ square is a good practice size) to play with the threads and tension, and to get a feel for how the colors progress and transition.
3. Using two layers of batting for mini quilts gives the thread extra space to get the tension just right, especially if you are using a contrasting thread in the bobbin.
4. If you decide to use a variegated thread in the bobbin remember that the colors will change in the opposite order of the top thread–and sometimes you will have dramatic contrast in color between the top and bottom threads.  The sample of Licorice Twist above is a good example of this.
Have you tried variegated thread?  Which one is your favorite?
 
Now head over to my blog Quilts of a Feather for a chance to win some variegated threads and a color card!

Thank you so much Renee! The quilting is stunning, and your tips are sure to help anyone looking to tackle using Aurifil Variegated threads!

We are offering an additional giveaway, so you have two chances to win! 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 Monday, October 2! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Tuesday, October 3. Good luck!

Moda + Aurifil: Kate Spain & Brigitte Heitland

We’re on day 5 of  Moda + Aurifil and couldn’t be more excited! ❤ Moda Fabrics has been a treasured and dedicated partner, a creative leader, and, above all, an inspiration for years. We so value the collaboration and relish the opportunity to work with such a wonderful team to promote a top-notch list of designers. Today, we’re please to highlight two amazing Moda & Aurifil Designers, Kate Spain & Brigitte Heitland.

KATE SPAIN
We absolutely adore working with Kate! If you’ve met her, you know that she is not just an amazing design talent, she’s also incredibly sweet, gracious, and caring. She is one who makes us feel lucky that we get to work in this fabulous industry of ours! Kate’s designs are always magnificent and range from sweet florals, to dreamy batiks, to perfectly illustrated holiday prints. She has two active collections with Aurifil — Merry Merry & Elements.

Merry Merry is available as a Large box of 12 Large Spools — 8 in 50wt and 4 in 40wt — and a Small box of 10 Small Spools of 50wt thread. You can learn more about Merry Merry right here.

Aurifil 3320 from Kate’s Merry Merry box goes perfectly with this print from her Latitude Batiks! — @katespain

Kate’s Elements Collections are also available as a Large box of 12 Large Spools — 8 in 50wt and 4 in 40wt — and a Small box of 10 Small Spools of 50wt thread. The color palette is perfect and works so well with a range of her collections, including Early Bird, Canyon, and Voyage.

Kate was kind enough to chat with us about why she loves working with both Moda & Aurifil so much:). Thank you Kate!

What do you love most about working with Aurifil Threads?
There’s a whole lot I love about Aurifil threads. Most of all is the quality. The threads are strong, smooth and almost lint-free. I also love the range of beautiful colors and the variety of weights. I use 50wt for piecing quilts and because it’s not so bulky, my piecing is more accurate and the thread nestles into the seams perfectly.

Why do you love Moda Fabrics?
I love…everything! Not only are they wonderful people to work with (lucky me!), they also make beautiful fabrics with quality cotton and vibrant colors that will last. I also love the wide variety of fabrics they offer. Not everyone is familiar with Moda’s batiks, crossweaves, denims and linens so I always encourage people to try them out in quilting projects to add texture and depth.

I guess you could narrow down why I love Aurifil and Moda to two things: quality…and so many options!

ABOUT KATE
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Kate Spain is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and has been in the design and product development field for over 20 years. Her career began designing media tie-in books while working at Simon and Schuster Publishing in New York City. Her passion for art and design eventually led her to start her namesake business in 2008.

Her design collections aspire to bring the vitality of the outdoors into our homes to enrich and enliven them. Her style radiates with natural balance and freshness in palettes that offer a unique, sophisticated and widely appealing mix of
harmonious colors.  The KD Spain® brand extends a bouquet of nature- inspired, quality products that celebrate and enhance our everyday.

[Bio and images courtesy of Kate Spain, LLC]


BRIGITTE HEITLAND / ZEN CHIC
We have been working with Brigitte for years and truly adore her. She has impeccable style, with cool colors, clean lines, and modern accents. She is an absolute sweetheart, hard-working, dedicated, and we pretty much just want to have her redesign our lives;). Brigitte has 3 active collections with us: True Blue, Paper & Ink, and Flow.

Brigitte at Houston Quilt Market 2016

These 3 collections are almost all you need to complete any possible project. True Blue was inspired by traditional blue jeans and features shades of blue and white with the perfect yellow and gold hues thrown in. To check out the fabric collection with Moda, head here.

Paper & Ink is a wonderful box of greys, creams, white & black and it is consistently one of our top-sellers.  It was designed to coordinate with Brigitte’s Modern Background collections for Moda — Paper & Ink.

Flow is a collection of sweet colors, perfectly matched to Brigitte’s more colorful fabric collections, including, of course… Flow!

Brigitte shared her love of Aurifil Threads and Moda with us — thank you Brigitte!

What do you love most about working with Aurifil Threads?
I love the quality and also the reliability of these wonderful threads. They are fine, and they have a certain shimmer, which looks wonderful on the quilted surface.

I love the wide color range to choose from, and those colors are just yummy. So in each case, I can find a matching vibrant color for my project. I also love the fact that I can get four different thread weights in each color. It means I can do top-stitching with a heavier thread in the same color as my seams are sewn.

For quilting itself, I love the variegated options: nice color schemes in a rhythm of color change which looks very well on a solid backing of my quilt and makes that backside like the front of a whole cloth quilt.

Why do you love Moda Fabrics?
Again here: for their quality. If I compare a Moda fabric with any other brand, Moda is far ahead in terms of drape, in terms of the perfect thickness for quilts, quality fibers used, color durability. And I said this before I even worked for Moda. I am a shop owner, and have carried a couple of brands and Moda was always best to piece with. That’s what my quilt buddies are telling me too.

And second: For their wide range of collections! There is something for everybody. When I teach a class and I gather 25 people for a workshop, I see all kinds of tastes: Batik lovers, country style, bright sunny colors, muted and traditional fabrics – all these styles can be served by Moda. Not to forget that I have a couple of my favorite designers as my colleagues – like Vanessa Christenson or Sweetwater, whose style pairs well with mine.

ABOUT BRIGITTE
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Brigitte Heitland was born in Germany and grew up with her three siblings. They were a funny “gang” and her grandma sewed a lot of clothes for the children. Brigitte often sat down next to her old PFAFF and felt so comfortable. Her grandma once told her: When you are tall enough to get your feet down to the pedal, I’ll teach you sewing too. It was, perhaps, one of the best things that anyone could have given her.

Brigitte started sewing at the age of six, mostly clothes, and loved to have unique things to wear. When it was time to choose a profession, she knew it would be something creative.  She decided upon Interior Design but was drawn to all of the students in the room next to her working with needles and thread and so she ended up as a student of Textile Design.

In her mid age, it happened that she stumbled upon a wonderful pictured quilting book and was hooked at once. She had to try it herself and became hopelessly addicted to patchwork. Of course, she needed fabrics, lots and lots of different fabrics to dive in. She started her own little online shop with quilting fabrics and eventually worked to create her own collection. It led to her roots in Interior Design: when developing a fabric or even a design for a quilt the entire impression of a room was considered. She sees the light, the furniture, the color concept, the style and her quilts become a natural element of this scene, fitting in harmoniously. Brigitte loves having clarity in a room, an environment of simplicity where you are surrounded by only the things you really need and love, where you can relax, find your inner peace and balance. Her quilts are a take on this concept, reduced, pure, and clear.


MODA + AURIFIL SCHEDULE
Monday, 9/18 — Moda + Aurifil
Tuesday, 9/19 — Moda + Aurifil: The Interviews
Wednesday, 9/20 — Moda + Aurifil: Stacy Iest Hsu
Thursday, 9/21 — Moda + Aurifil: BasicGrey
Friday, 9/22 — Moda + Aurifil: Kate Spain + Brigitte Heitland (YOU ARE HERE)

Monday, 9/25 — Moda + Aurifil: Designer Tips
Tuesday, 9/26 — Moda + Aurifil: Pat Sloan + Me & My Sister Designs
Wednesday, 9/27 — Moda + Aurifil: Lynne Hagmeier + Minnick & Simpson
Thursday, 9/28 — Moda + Aurifil: Joanna Figueroa
Friday, 9/29 — Moda + Aurifil: Fall Sneak Peeks + Contest/Giveaway!

Thanks for following along & Happy Stitching!

Moda + Aurifil: BasicGrey

We’re back for day 4 of  Moda + Aurifil. ❤ Moda Fabrics has been a treasured and dedicated partner, a creative leader, and, above all, an inspiration for years. We so value the collaboration and relish the opportunity to work with such a wonderful team to promote a top-notch list of designers. Today, we’re please to present another fabulous designer with a brand new collection — BasicGrey.

BasicGrey’s Rachel Brenchley at Quilt Market in 2016

BasicGrey’s principal designer, Rachel Brenchley is the creative mind behind a slew of stunning fabric collections for Moda. One of her biggest hits has been Moda Grunge, a series of gorgeous solids that offer texture and dimension. We’ve seen some pretty amazing quilty masterpieces created with these fabrics!

We were overjoyed by the chance to work with Rachel on a curated Grunge Thread Collection, representing her top-selling colors. A Spring Market launch was the perfect timing as it coincided with the release of Grunge Hits the Spot, a remix of Rachel’s fabulous grunge prints with perfectly-sized polkadot overlays.


THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Thread Up With Grunge
100% Aurifil Cotton, 10 Small Spools, 50wt (220yds/spool)
Colors included:
2024 – 2310 – 2326 – 2620 – 2692
2230 – 1147 – 4182 – 5006 – 2783

To view this info on our website, click here. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

THE INTERVIEW
What first drew you to to the world of sewing and quilting?
Growing up my mom and four aunties sewed everything from pieced quilts and hand-braided rugs to cross stitch samplers and vintage button collecting . . . they do it all and with such skill! I guess you could say it’s in my blood.

Grunge Solids in action — Photo by @richyjr16

Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
Definitely my mom and my aunts. There are a lot of artist that I admire and follow, but truly, my creative side was built and nurtured by my mom, grandma and aunts throughout my life. They encouraged me to use my talents and not apologize for anything. They gave me courage and were great examples.

Due South — Pattern by Carrie Nelson, Quilt by Richy Lainsson Jr., Fabric by BasicGrey (photo courtesy of Richy!)

How did you first connect with Moda and what do you love most about working with them?
I started working with Moda in 2007. I had a very unique and successful paper crafting collection and Cheryl saw the potential for what I was doing to be translated to fabric. The “grunge” look took a minute to catch on with fabric, but now that it has, we are so thrilled with the reception. I love working with the people at Moda, they are the very best and kindest people.

Rachel with Moda’s Mark Dunn

Tell us about your Grunge collection. What inspired the designs?
Grunge was born out of my desire to have backgrounds and textures that were forgiving and variegated. I was tired of the solid flat colors and wanted a more depth and dimension. Grunge was born and I found myself preferring that always to flat solid colors. I’m so happy to see so many agree with me!

Photo by @richyjr16

Do you have a favorite project or projects made with the collection?
Oh goodness! That’s a tough question. It seems everyday I see awesome things created using grunge, I don’t think I could choose one.

Katy Perry Portrait on display at Spring Market 2016 — made by Holly of @thisiswhatido using Moda Grunge fabrics

What is next for you? Where else can we find you this year?
This year is super busy! I will continue to design collections for Moda. I have four kids so they keep me super busy too. We are building a new home in Utah and I plan to invest a lot of my time and attention there. Lastly, I started a new little design software company and that has me quite consumed. Between all of these things, I hardly have time to breathe.

THE GIVEAWAY

To enter-to-win BasicGrey’s Thread Up With Grunge thread collection AND a FQ bundle of Hits the Spotby BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics, 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, September 29! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Monday, October 2. Good luck!

ABOUT BASICGREY
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For BasicGrey’s principal designer Rachel Brenchley, invention and inspiration are all about family, friends, and full-on FUN!

Rachel launched BasicGrey over fourteen years ago as a surface design company, and as it’s owner, she knows a thing or two about pushing the ticket rather than simply following a trend. Inspired by her crazy, hectic and colorful life, her sweet husband and four fabulous children, Rachel loves to mix things up with unique color palettes applied to bold prints and patterns – eclectic representations of her eclectic world.

What does she think is the best part of her design work? Seeing her designs become YOUR amazing creations!

[Bio courtesy of Moda — thanks Moda!]


MODA + AURIFIL SCHEDULE
Monday, 9/18 — Moda + Aurifil
Tuesday, 9/19 — Moda + Aurifil: The Interviews
Wednesday, 9/20 — Moda + Aurifil: Stacy Iest Hsu
Thursday, 9/21 — Moda + Aurifil: BasicGrey (YOU ARE HERE)
Friday, 9/22 — Moda + Aurifil: Kate Spain + Brigitte Heitland

Monday, 9/25 — Moda + Aurifil: Designer Tips
Tuesday, 9/26 — Moda + Aurifil: Pat Sloan + Me & My Sister Designs
Wednesday, 9/27 — Moda + Aurifil: Lynne Hagmeier + Minnick & Simpson
Thursday, 9/28 — Moda + Aurifil: Joanna Figueroa
Friday, 9/29 — Moda + Aurifil: Fall Sneak Peeks + Contest/Giveaway!

Thanks for following along & Happy Stitching!