Solstice by Fourth and Sixth Designs

Solstice is the gorgeous new collection by Barbara and Mary of Fourth and Sixth Designs for Island Batik. It was introduced at Spring Quilt Market earlier this year and is just now shipping to stores. We’ve been entranced since the introduction, largely due to the magnificent Block of the Month that was launched to feature the collection. The program is available to shops and Barbara and Mary have created a fantastic series of videos to help participants with new techniques along the way.

Solstice Block of the Month by Fourth and Sixth Designs

Beyond the projects created with these stunning batiks, we’re fairly smitten with the color palette. A good part of our US team is moving swiftly into Winter, rapidly approaching Winter Solstice. These colors speak of Winter walks in the woods, nights by the fire, clean and crisp evergreens, and woodland animals. It makes us feel festive and cozy, everything we want right around this time of year!

We were thrilled to partner with Barbara and Mary on a thread collection to coordinate with the fabrics. They selected 12 gorgeous spools of 40wt thread, the exact colors that they used for the piecing, appliqué, and quilting on their gorgeous quilts.

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Solstice
100% Aurifil Cotton, 12 Large Spools, 40wt (1094yds/spool)
Colors included:
2260, 2692, 2630, 2625, 2021, 5024
4012, 2975, 2335, 1158, 6726, 2370

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

THE INTERVIEW
What first drew you to the world of sewing and quilting? 

Our mother was our first teacher. We are from a family with six children, five girls and one boy. We were each taught to use the sewing machine when we turned ten. Our mother made all of our clothing back then and she was always sewing. If she wasn’t sewing for us she was sewing for an event at school. It has always been in our lives.

Spiced Pears by Fourth and Sixth Designs

Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration? 
Nature and beautiful bright batik fabrics.

Night Owl by Teri Tope of Tope Creative

When did you first start working together and was it exciting to have the opportunity to collaborate as sisters?
Mary was the owner of a quilt shop and in need of someone to sew shop samples. Barbara didn’t so much as volunteer as she was coerced into the job! The rule was that she could make anything she wanted but she only had a week to complete the project. Customers began requesting the instructions for the things we were making so Mary began jotting down some directions. In a very short time we realized that we were a pattern company. Our name reflects our birth order, Fourth (Barbara) & Sixth ( Mary) Designs.

Snowfall by Fourth and Sixth Designs

What would you say are your individual strengths within the business – have you settled into particular roles? 
We both design. Each one of us may start a project but it’s never truly complete without collaboration. Barbara is the exclusive longarm quilter. Mary is the technical writer. She is also the shipping department because Barbara still quilts for clients full time. We both answer email but phone calls go to Barbara. Piecing projects falls on whomever has the most time in their schedule.

Mod Owl by Sew Kind of Wonderful

Tell us about Solstice. What inspired the designs? 
Living in the Northern hemisphere, Winter solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Winter is officially upon us and snow will soon follow. It means outdoor activities like sledding, skiing and snow tubing.

How did the Solstice BOM come together? 
It is based on photographs taken in Barbara’s back yard. The quilt was designed by both  of us.

Do you have a favorite block in the BOM? 
Probably the Geese block because it was the first to be finished and had been an image we wanted to make a quilt out of for a long time.

What do you love most about the design? 
The final composition — we often go through many variations before feeling like we “got it right”. Also, being able to design the batiks for this project made it possible to get exactly the look we wanted.

Barbara with the Solstice BOM quilt in Aurifil’s booth at Houston Quilt Market 2017

Do you have any tips for participants looking to get started? 
Watch our YouTube videos. We show you exactly how to use our appliqué technique and how to do the edge coloring with the Aurifil thread. It is a technique that any quilter can do.

(stay tuned for a series of posts talking about these videos and how to ultilize them — coming in January 2018.)

How did you go about selecting colors for the coordinating Solstice thread collection and what excites you most about releasing the collection to the world? 
All of the thread in this collection was chosen because the colors matched the fabrics perfectly and each thread is used for the appliqué and quilting of this quilt.  One of the many things we love about Aurifil is that you can always find the exact color you need.  We choose a 40wt thread for how beautifully it layers and covers the edges of the appliqué.

GIVEAWAY

To enter-to-win Fourth & Sixth Design’s Solstice thread collection, a bundle of Solstice Fabric by Fourth & Sixth Designs for Island Batik, and a Solstice BOM pattern, click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page. 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 Thursday, December 14! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Friday, December 15. Good luck!


ABOUT 4TH & 6TH DESIGNS
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Barbara_Mary1-300x199Barbara and Mary are award winning quilt artists and their quilts have been published in many quilting magazines and have been featured in Keepsake Quilting and Clotilde. They were born the fourth and sixth children in a close knit family in south Jersey. Their mother taught these Jersey girls garment sewing at the young age of ten. Skilled in all areas of sewing, Barbara began quilting in 1983 during the long New England winters while her husband attended the University of New Hampshire. She moved to Pennsylvania in 1990 and continued quilting as a hobby. In 2000 she left the corporate world to start her long arm quilting business, Quilted Heirlooms. Mary began quilting in 1992 when she moved to upstate New York. As a stay at home mom, she needed a creative outlet and immediately knew quilting was the answer she was looking for. She began teaching quilting classes in 1993 and eventually opened a quilt shop in 1999. Despite living 300 miles apart, Barbara and Mary began collaborating shortly after the start of their own businesses. This collaboration quickly became a partnership which has grown into the pattern and design company, Fourth & Sixth Designs. In 2008, C&T Publishing released their first book, StrataVarious Quilts. And in 2013 became fabric designers for Island Batik.

ABOUT ISLAND BATIK
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Island Batik is a manufacturer, importer and distributor of cotton batik, rayon batik and hand-printed cotton from Indonesia. Originally established in 1997, Island Batik’s mission is to share the ancient cultural art of batik and hand-dyed fabric with our many valued customers around the world.

*Photos courtesy of Island Batik.

Frolic by Tamara Kate

We were introduced to the gorgeous designs of Tamara Kate earlier this year, shortly before the release of her debut Aurifil collection, Frolic. We instantly fell in love with her style and have been coveting her fabrics ever since. Frolic was inspired by a Mexican Fiesta, featuring hand-painted critters cavorting in a whimsical flower garden. The designs are  sweet, bright, and playful and we could think of about 100 different things that we’d like to make with them! The collection features 19 Cottons + 9 Knits — so much possibility!

Tamara’s coordinating thread collection is a beautiful and bright display of 50wt threads. Versatile and classic, the threads ensure you’ll have everything you need to make any project that your heart desires. There are even TWO spools of our classic white (#2024) for all of your piecing needs!

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Frolic
100% Aurifil Cotton, 12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool)
Colors included:
4020 – 2805 – 6737 – 2865 – 2024 – 2479
2150 – 2277 – 3770 – 2730 – 2780 – 2024

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? 
I learned to sew at a very young age as I grew up with a mom who made most of our clothes. I would love sitting in her room while she sewed, looking through the patterned fabrics or ribbons or button box she kept in her sewing table. She had a collection of vintage lace from my grandmother and great aunts whose designs enthralled me as a child. She dabbled from time to time in most of the needle arts, so I was exposed to embroidery, quilting, needlepoint, applique, etc. throughout my childhood. I was always a pretty creative kid, so I naturally picked up on her passions. It’s a hereditary thing in our family, as my mom learned from her mom and my children, in their turn have both shown an interest in sewing.

Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
While I could list loads of names of creatives from multiple disciplines, I would say that what gets my juices flowing the most is Mother Nature. My eyes are always alert to little details in my surroundings when outdoors… the shapes of leaves, the particular blends of colors in flowers, the fanciful wings of butterflies & plumage of birds. While my memory is pretty poor for most things, I can recall loads of specific details of my natural environment during childhood in Trinidad, from the multitude of types of fern leaves, to the vibrantly colored birds and flowers, to the beautiful (and dangerous) particular hue of pinky-purple of a portuguese man of war washed up on the beach. So many of those younger memories influence what I design today. Especially insects. For whatever reason, I have a thing with bugs.

How did you first connect with Michael Miller and what do you love most about working with them?
I had been designing fabric on Spoonflower for a year when I entered their annual contest to win a contract with a fabric house. I placed third in the contest, but that was enough to have attention drawn to my work (the power of the internet at play) and I received an email from Kathy Miller the following week asking if I’d like to design for them. Michael Miller Fabrics is a dream company to work with. They are very supportive of their licensed designers, are open to our ideas, both from a creative and a business perspective, and they give us the flexibility to produce collections through them as frequently or infrequently as we are able. There is definitely a feeling of family and connectedness there that I love.

Tell us about Frolic. What inspired the designs? 
Frolic was inspired by a Mexican fiesta. I wanted to create a whimsical collection that is sweet, bright, happy and playful. Frolic’s main feature, I think, is its saturated colors. The bluest of blues are paired with clear oranges, pinks and greens and are all balanced with a fair dose of clean white that adds lots of fresh air to the mix. Hand-painted critters cavort in a fantasy flower garden where blossoms replace the spines on the back of a hedgehog, where the air is full of petals and where love abounds. The collection includes 19 cottons (including a double border print) and my first lovely, soft knits, 9 in total.

Do you have a favorite project or projects made with the collection? 
This is always a tough question for me. I get attached to most projects I sew pretty easily. If I had to choose, I would say it would be the most colorful Frolic project I created, the Over the Mountain Quilt. While it is a very simple, straightforward sew, I love the dynamic visual element created by the use of color and the simple, yet strong inverted “V” formation in the layout. It also made for some fun fussy cutting, highlighting lots of cute creatures.

When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them? 
In all honesty, I had never used Aurifil threads before my Frolic collection. All my quilting friends swear by them, but I am almost always sewing to a deadline and need to get projects done in such a short timespan that I usually just run to the closest fabric store and grab a few spools of the appropriate color of whatever polyester thread they have on hand. I really always thought thread was just thread and could not conceive of how a company could do anything to make it better than another. That has all changed. Hands-down, I am a convert. The lustre that Aurifil threads have that I’ve not seen elsewhere is just gorgeous. Even though it is cotton, it looks and feels a bit like silk. I think my favorite quality though is the fact that when I am hand stitching my quilt bindings, the thread does not get twisted and knotted like all that other thread always did. It is truly a lovely product to work with and will always be on my machine from here on in.

How did you go about selecting colors for Frolic and what excites you most about releasing the collection to the world? 
Choosing thread colors for Frolic was a no-brainer. I just went with all the rich grounds in the fabric collection, so there are the deepest of blues, through lighter tones to juicy citrus oranges, leafy greens and floral pinks. One variegated softer blue spool adds a little something extra-special and I added 2 spools of white to the collection as there are lots of prints on white grounds in the group and they are an obvious basic that will be quickly used. While the colors are, of course, specific to the Frolic fabric collection, they are also basic colors that will be used frequently by all those who love sewing with full-on color.

What’s next for you? 
I am excited to have 2 additional fabric collections for 2017. Words of Wisdom, a small but special collection, largely highlights colors that are used in the Frolic collection, so my thread kit plays double duty. Joy debuted at Fall Quilt Market and will ship to shops in February. This all means I spent most of the year happily sewing away in my studio, something that will continue through the New Year and beyond! You can keep track of my creative happenings on on my blog and on Instagram.

GIVEAWAY

To enter-to-win Tamara’s Frolic thread collection, a bundle of Frolic fabrics by Tamara Kate for Michael Miller, 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, December 12! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Wednesday, December 13. Good luck!


ABOUT TAMARA
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Tamara is a quilter, surface designer, illustrator and licensed fabric designer, residing in Montreal. Having spent her youth in the Caribbean plays a large part in Tamara’s design aesthetic. She is greatly inspired by nature, color and pattern and plays on a combination of her children’s current fascinations and her own childhood memories to tell stories through design. She creates work that is fresh, joyous and youthful with a touch of whimsy. Tamara enjoys teaching sewing and design projects, large and small, through both online sources and in-person workshops.

Visit www.kayajoydesigns.com to see her work and latest projects.

** Images, biographical text and interview text by Tamara Serrao

2017 Fall Quilt Market, Part 2

Although Quilt Market & Quilt Festival keep us in Houston for weeks, it’s rare that we see much beyond our hotels and the George R. Brown convention center. Thankfully, we’re regularly treated to views like these, so we tend not to mind!

Alexander, Brad, Hilary, & Kate en route to Schoolhouse!


SCHOOLHOUSES
Friday, October 27 was officially Schoolhouse day at Quilt Market and we were thrilled to present a brand new product and a brand new series, both equally exciting.

Forty3 is Aurifil’s brand new 40wt, 3-play thread, 100% Cotton thread, specifically designed to handle the rigor of today’s high-speed, high-tech Longarm machines. Alex Veronelli introduced the amazing new thread to a packed house… standing room only.

Forty3 is manufactured to Aurifil’s standards and has all the versatility and lustrous color of the original 40wt threads, with the added benefit of extra strength. Don’t worry, it’s still virtually lint free! Because it is made specifically for Longarm machine use, the thread is offered on a 3280yd cone only. It is available in 50 gorgeous colors.

Aurifil Designer Sarah Thomas of Sariditty and quilter Alfonsina Uriburu joined Alex for the launch. Both had tested the thread and had some gorgeous samples on hand to showcase.

AuriKids is a partnership between Aurifil and a new generation of sewists and quilters. We aim to generate excitement, create joy, educate young minds, and pass along a time-honored tradition. We launched 4 new small-spool collections at Market featuring 4 young designers. The program grew out of the work that Aurifil Designer Wendy Sheppard (of Ivory Spring) has been doing with her daughter Gwendolyn, now one of our debut AuriKids designers.

We welcomed Wendy to the stage to debut the program. We will be sharing more in the weeks to come and have some exciting plans for 2018!


DEMO TABLE
We first introduced our demo table at Spring Market earlier this year. We had an absolute blast and felt so honored to have such an amazing group of designers come by to share their talents and drop a little quilty knowledge;). We upped the ante a little for Fall and offered a string of events every day, from mini-classes to book-signings and trunk shows.

Wendy Sheppard:
Wendy joined us for 3 awesome events — a demo on her masterful free-motion quilting, a book signing for her latest book with Landauer, and a showcase for our brand new AuriKids series.

Victoria Findlay Wolfe:
Victoria shared a remarkable mini-class on a piecing method from her new book, Modern Quilt Magic.

Sarah Fielke: 
Sarah traveled all the way from her home in Australia to attend Quilt Market — officially presenting her WordPlay collection with Windham Fabrics and offering 2 fabulous mini-classes in the Aurifil booth! Sarah schooled us on hand-quilting & hand-appliqué.

Sarah Maxwell: 
Sarah joined us for a demo on hand appliqué using Aurifil 12wt and her stunning flannels with Marcus Fabrics.

Jill Finley:
Jill shared a wonderful demo on hand appliqué using Aurifil 50wt thread. She also debuted a brand new collection featuring 20 small spools of her go-to 50wt threads, Quilter’s Palette.

Karen Miller:
Karen joined us for 2 awesome events, one a mini-trunk show and one a mini-class, giving attendees excellent tips on how to FMQ on a home machine. Karen’s debut collection with Aurifil, The Subtle Sampler, released in September.

We also had Christa Watson, Amanda Murphy, Alfonsina Uriburu, & Patricia Belyea. Thank you so very much to all for making our Market experience so darn amazing and for allowing us to leave with so much more quilty knowledge!

For a closer look at some of these events, check out the video tab on our Facebook page — many were broadcast on Facebook Live!


We’ll be back with you tomorrow for a peek at all of the other inspiring things we spotted at Market! Thanks for following along. 🙂

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2017 Fall Quilt Market, Part 1

In one of those rare quiet moments after International Quilt Market in Houston last month, a co-worker and I were marveling over what a whirlwind it always is. It’s almost like being back in school — we work and prepare and cram and create, then we take the final and wait in silent anticipation of what comes next. And then… we dive into the new school year. Chaotic as it may be, we love it. We relish the opportunity to share all of the exciting new products, to herald all of our beloved designers, and to learn from our mentors and peers.

Getting the party started! 😊❤️ #quiltmarket #aurifil #aurifilthread

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We’ve been back for a little over two weeks now and have been bursting with excitement over new ideas, still reeling from the wonder of the demos and events we were able to share. We wanted to take some time over the next few days to share some of the magnificent madness with all of you, in hopes that you might all feel as inspired as we do!


SAMPLE SPREE
We made a splash at sample spree this year with our new favorite t-shirts — the Sew Many Colors Tee by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill in collaboration with Patchwork Threads. Want to show off your favorite spools right along with us? You can grab your own right here.

Back Row (L to R): Alex Veronelli, Alexander Winton, Bradley Mitchell, Jon Werst || Front Row (L to R): Erin Sampson, Hilary Jordan, Elena Gregotti, Kate Brennan

This time around, we brought a mix of House & Designer Collections in a variety of weights, including hefty supply of our 80wt Best Selection 45-spool boxes. We had blast and truly loved chatting with all of the excited shoppers over the course of the evening.


AURIFIL BOOTH
Our Fall Market booth offered some of the same lovely features that we debuted in the Spring. From an expanded designer showcase area to a separate display room, a cozy meeting space to a working demo table, we did our best to create a fun space in which visitors could gather. 

We felt particularly honored to also have a gorgeous Bernina Q20 Sit-down Longarm on site, perfect to help us showcase our brand new Forty3 Longarm thread (40wt, 3 ply). We had so much fun with it all and hope you did too! (Stay tuned for more on the new thread! We’ll have a post with all sorts of info very soon.)

We absolutely love the opportunity to showcase completed pieces by some incredibly talented Designers. This year’s showcase pieces were by Felice Regina, Pat Sloan and the 2016 Aurifil Designer of the Month team, Karen Miller, Sari Thomas of Sariditty, Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studios, Sophie Standing, Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness, Sue O’Very, Remy McDonough (daughter of Kristi of Schnitzel & Boo), Gwendolyn Sheppard (daughter of Wendy of Ivory Spring), Barbara Persing of Fourth & Sixth Designs, and Carolina Asmussen. Thank you to all for so generously loaning us your art!

Here is our Facebook Live tour for a little peek into the full booth layout and all that was presented there! I may have missed a few collections, but have no fear… we’ll be sharing more of that info with you soon!

 


AURIFRIENDS
One of the things we love most about Market is the chance to reconnect with our Aurifil friends and family. The whole weekend is like one giant reunion and we savor every moment of it. Thanks so much to all who popped by to say hello — we miss you already!

We hope you’ll join us tomorrow for more on our schoolhouses and demos! We had some exciting debuts and a super fab lineup of demo designers. See you soon!

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Aurifil 2017 November Designer of the Month Heather Givans

I’m Designer, Author, Talk Show host Pat Sloan.

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This year we are celebrating the rainbow of colors in our color wheel. Each designer is assigned a color to create their block in.

This month we land on Green. Each month it’s a wonderful surprise to see how the designer was inspired by their color on the colorwheel.

I’m a huge fan of Heather’s work. She has vibrant work and super clever designs!

I interviewed Heather and you can listen to that at my website 

This year we challenged each designer by giving them a color on the color wheel. I asked for a photo to use in the collage so we can see how each one worked.  In January I’ll have a setting to pull them all together!

Missed a month? CLICK FOR PRIOR DESIGNER interviews

Remember we have a Challenge portion of our Designer of the Month interview.

Each month we select one random winner to receive a 12 spool BOX of Aurifil thread for just making the challenge block and sharing it at my website! (details at the end plus last month’s winner!)

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Meet the 2018 Designer of the Month team!

Hi it’s Pat Sloan here and I’m excited for you to meet the 2018 Design team! So are you ready to meet new designers and see amazing designs?  Are you ready for the next fun Aurifil Designer monthly challenge?

Great! Let’s get to know our 2018 team!

I don’t know who has more fun, me or the designers! I love a great story and interviewing the design team each month is a highlight for me. I also select the theme for the year and I sew along right with you to make their blocks.

Keep reading… at the end I reveal our Theme for the year!

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Bottom Row

Details of the Challenge!

  • Theme “The Places we Go” – Blocks inspired by a place the designer has visited or wants to visit
  • Colors – Designer blocks will be in Black/White & a color of their choice
  • Size – 12” finished blocks
  • Articles release on the 15th of each month

Each Month I’ll interview the designer and you have one month to make the block and enter at my website to be in running to win a BOX of thread!  It’s a super fun sew along!

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Houston, Here We Come!

International Quilt Market… It’s like a giant and glorious reunion for our industry;). We’re in the final countdown and holy moly are we excited! We’ve got new threads, new collections, a jam-packed schedule of schoolhouses, demos, meet & greets, and book-signings, and are once again featuring a fully stocked demo table, available for drop-in stitchers and curious thread lovers. New for Fall… we’re featuring Bernina’s Q 20 Longarm!

We’ll be doing our best to bring the excitement of Market to all of you following along from home by way of our social media, so make sure to join us on Facebook & Instagram.

For all who will be with us in Houston… here is the nitty gritty!

FALL INTERNATIONAL QUILT MARKET, 2017 — HOUSTON, TX
Aurifil — BOOTH #900/901

October 27
SCHOOLHOUSE, Room 362F
2:30 – 2:45p, Alex Veronelli
The Long-Arm Launch | Aurifil 40 / 3 Ply Cotton
Join Alex and Aurifil Designers for a new product launch! Aurifil has been working with industry experts to develop a beautifully strong 40 weight / 3 ply Cotton thread, perfect for use on the Long-Arm.

2:50 – 3:05p, Wendy Sheppard
AURIkids: Working to Inspire Young Sewists & Quilters
With Aurikids, we aim to generate excitement, create joy, and pass along a time-honored tradition. Work with us to create in-store programs to inspire today’s creative youth!

SAMPLE SPREE, Exhibit Hall A, Level 1
7 – 9p, Tables 88, 89, 90, & 91
Pop by the Aurifil tables for some amazing deals on your favorite thread! We’ll have designer and house collections, in a variety of thread weights. Our favorite night or organized chaos! ❤ Click here for a full list of participants & table numbers.

October 28 – 30
Trade Show, Aurifil Booth #900/901

Find us here:

Events:

Will you be in attendance? We hope you’ll stop by to say hello!!

New Patterns by Quilt Theory!

We are so excited to celebrate the 3rd pattern release from Quilt Theory, the design collective made up of Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs, Daisy of Warm Folk, Kitty of Night Quilter, Lorinda of Laurel, Poppy and Pine, Stephanie of Late Night Quilter, and Michelle Bartholomew. These talented women are all dedicated Aurifil users and we’ve been honored to be a part of their pattern releases since they launched back in February 2016.

Quilt Theory’s goal is to create simple and modern quilt patterns, printed on small cards. They are a strong team, talented and fierce, and we always love seeing their new designs. Almost equally as intriguing are the photographs that serve to feature the quilts, all by Michelle Bartholomew. We’re actually a little giddy to showcase them all here!


Up the Ladder by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs

Up the Ladder was inspired by traditional quilt ladders used to showcase and store quilts and is a lap-sized, jelly roll or mini charm pack friendly pattern.  The pattern combines beginner level piecing into a strong geometric design. It uses Cotton Couture solids by Michael Miller. Cheryl quilted it in a topography like design using 50 wt white (color 2024) Aurifil thread.  The 50 wt worked well to create texture but not stand out too much on the darker colored fabrics.

Learn more about Up the Ladder by clicking here.

Into the Forest by Kitty Wilkin of Night Quilter

Inspired by the majestic evergreen trees ubiquitous in Maine, Into the Forest plays with two sizes of the same block to create a simple graphic tree design with a crisp and clean aesthetic. It was partially pieced and quilted by Kitty, and partially pieced and quilted by Sue Bishop — both using Aurifil 50wt 2024-White. Into the Forest was made with Cloud 9 Fabrics.

Learn more about Into the Forest by clicking here.

Pulsing Plus by Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jetgirl

The design of Pulsing Plus was inspired by thinking about the way a supportive community of people creates ripples of interaction and how in sync people can become. It was quilted with a large spiral on Yvonne’s domestic sewing machine (a Juki TL-2200 QVP Mini) with 50wt Aurifil 2024 (White) using a walking foot. Fabrics are Cotton Couture Solids in Bright White, Raspberry, Peach, Lemon, Turquoise, Caribbean, and Marine (backing and binding).

Learn more about Pulsing Plus by clicking here.

Kayak Point by Lorinda Davis of Laurel, Poppy and Pine

Kayak Point was named after one of Lorinda’s favorite beaches in her home state of Washington. She spent countless hours there with her dad and sister playing, crabbing, and learning to fish. The elongated diamond shapes remind her of kayaks lined up in rows. Kayak Point was made with Cotton Couture solids from Michael Miller and was hand quilted with Aurifil 12wt thread.

Learn more about Kayak Point by clicking here.

Skydust by Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter.

Skydust was inspired by the big Texas sky and its breathtaking, multicolored sunsets.  Almost every evening, Stephanie and her children gasp with delight as they drive through the rolling Texas hill country while the sun slowly drops in the sky. While the pattern is by Stephanie, this version of Skydust was sewn and quilted by Sue Bishop. The quilt uses Alison Glass Sun Prints 2017 and Aurifil thread.

Learn more about Skydust by clicking here.

Picnic Play is a really fun one-block pattern that uses 7 colors in such a cool way! The colors are randomly matched up so it’s a more laid-back approach, something that designer Michelle Bartholomew really enjoyed. Picnic Play was quilted with straight lines with a walking foot using Aurifil thread. Michelle wanted a dense, hardy feel because when she designed it, she envisioned it being the perfect quilt to take on a picnic.

Learn more about Picnic Play by clicking here.

For more information on how to purchase these gorgeous quilt patterns, make sure to visit Quilt Theory’s shop.

All photography by Michelle Bartholomew. Text drawn from Quilt Theory designer posts. Please visit each post as linked above for more information.

Aurifil 2017 October Designer of the Month Helen Stubbings

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I’m Designer, Author, Talk Show host Pat Sloan.

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This year we are celebrating the rainbow of colors in our color wheel. Each designer is assigned a color to create their block in.

This month we land on awesome shade of Yellow/Green with the amazing and talented Helen Stubbings of Hugs & Kisses 

I’m a huge fan of Helen’s work. I’ve put that quilt at the top down below so you can see it in more detail, it’s amazing!

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Our color wheel of fabric is so interesting. Each designer has such a unique taste in fabric, and in the end, I’ll put all their blocks into one quilt!

Missed a month? CLICK FOR PRIOR DESIGNER interviews

Remember we have a Challenge portion of our Designer of the Month interview.

Each month we select one random winner to receive a 12 spool BOX of Aurifil thread for just making the challenge block and sharing it at my website! (details at the end plus last month’s winner!)

Let’s get to know Helen!

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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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