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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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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Geode Quilt Along by Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts

Geode QAL with BlossomHeartQuilts

Today we are excited to share the Geode Quilt Along hosted by Aurifil Artisan Alyce Blyth of Blossom Heart Quilts! The Geode quilt is a stunning project that can be made in four different sizes: Baby, Throw, Queen, & King.

This week, the QAL is all about choosing fabrics for your version of the quilt and of course that means choosing the perfect Aurifil thread to go alongside those fabrics. 😉

Selecting Aurifil thread to match Tula Pink fabrics

We adore the Tula Pink fabrics and Aurifil threads that Alyce has chosen for her baby version of the Geode quilt. She will be playing around with some fun free motion quilting, so she selected threads that coordinate well with each of the different prints.

Alyce was kind enough to send us the Geode pattern, and we stitched up a block using Valori Wells fabric combined with Robert Kaufman Essex Linen. We’re looking forward to piecing more blocks in this monochrome blue theme. Piecing was done using Aurifil #4140 Wedgewood, and will be quilted with variegated 40wt #4655 Storm at Sea.

Geode Quilt Block

Head over to Blossom Heart Quilts to learn more about Alyce’s fabric recommendations for the quilt and to enter to win in an amazing giveaway sponsored by us! 😉


About Alyce
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Alyce Blyth

Fueled by lattes, Alyce loves designing, making, teaching, snuggling, and giving quilts (except making binding, she doesn’t like that). She is inspired by her family, her surroundings, and of course the pretty fabric, to quilt according to her motto: create what you love, with love, to love.

 

Moda + Aurifil: Debuts & a Giveaway!

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind and we’ve loved having the chance to feature Moda Fabrics and some of our shared designers! Thank you for following along with us! We hope you’ve pulled some inspiration for future projects and have learned a little more about our two companies in the process.

Alex Veronelli, Mark Dunn, and Elena Gregotti

Today is our final day and we’re excited to share a sneak peek at the collections that will launch at Fall Market this year! We’ll share thread collection labels only, but you’ll have a chance to check out the booths, with new fabric lines, new projects & patterns, and all of the threads in a few short weeks when we hit the ground running at Fall Quilt Market in Houston!

We’ve also got a super fun, super fabulous, super thread-amazing challenge/giveaway planned, so make sure to read all the way to the end for more info:).

FALL DEBUTS

Introducing: 
Sunny Stitches by Corey Yoder – 10 Small Spools of 12wt thread
Beach Road by Jen Kingwell – 10 Small Spools of 50wt thread
Nest by Lella Boutique – 10 Small Spools of 50wt thread
Harmony by Sweetwater – 5 Small Spools of 50wt thread + 5 Small Spools of Aurifloss

For more information on these collections and more, make sure to follow along with us here and on Facebook/Instagram at Fall Quilt Market — October 28-30, 2017.

CHALLENGE/GIVEAWAY
After all of these designer features and project showcases, we’re feeling insanely inspired and are just itching to pour that inspiration into a new project! Our challenge to you is this:

  • Create a mini quilt with a perimeter of at least 40″ (10″ x 10″) and no greater than 100″ (25″ x 25″). Mini quilt can be anything that you’d like!
  • Use Moda Precuts & Aurifil threads to complete your mini. (Your choice!)
  • Entry requires TWO posts: (1) Photo of Moda Precuts & Aurifil threads that you’ll be using for the project & (2) Photo of your finished mini
  • Entry can be completed TWO ways: (1) On IG — tag @modafabrics, @aurifilthread, #ModaAurifilMiniChallenge (2) Linky Party — click here or on the button below for entry.

Challenge/Giveaway starts today and runs through 11:59pm on December 1. Open to creative makers worldwide!

Now for the PRIZE! We’ll select one random winner from all entries to receive a stack of 12 assorted Moda Charm Packs AND a Colors of Moda thread collection (45 delightfully colorful small spools of 50wt thread). WOW! We’ll announce the winner here on Monday, December 4.

Have fun and good luck:)

MINI INSPIRATION
In case you’re looking for a bit of mini inspiration, it just so happens that Moda released their Moda All-Stars Mini Marvels book last year! A glorious collection of minis from 15 of Moda’s designers, expertly curated by Lissa Alexander. There are so many to choose from — different styles & moods, different techniques to use! Talk about fun!

FINAL WORDS:
“…find your passion and enjoy what you do. Don’t spend your whole life wishing you’d done something different.” – Mark Dunn

“The beauty of our industry is that it’s a labour of love.” – Elena Gregotti

“On a personal side I have to say that I learnt a lot about the Quilt Industry and how to stay in this business thanks to the friendship and guide of Moda’s people.” – Alex Veronelli

“What other industry gives of their time and talent like quilters. Where there is a need, quilters are the first to respond using their skills to make, share and comfort those in need. That is greatness!!” – Lissa Alexander

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 

Monday, 9/25 — Moda + Aurifil: Interview & Pro 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!  (YOU ARE HERE)

Thanks for following along & Happy Stitching!

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!