Aurifil 2017 July Designer of the Month Shruti Dandekar

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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.

Now we land on True ORANGE, such a happy color and no better person for this than Shruti Dandekar! I have known her as an online friend for many years. She is a quilt designer that embraced the internet early!

Shruti and I chatted on my talk show 7/18/16, take a listen

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Fabric combos swirl around the color wheel for our Aurifil Design team this year! I love seeing the combinations all together!

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Shruti brilliant with portraits. When she as our Brand manager, Alex Veronelli, if she could create his portrait, the results are brilliant! Shruti teaches you how to do this in her book and workshops.

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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 threadfor 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 Shruti!

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Aurifil 2017 June Designer of the Month – Sarah Maxwell

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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.

Spinning around the color wheel we land on RED-ORANGE this month.

Sarah told me she had the perfect shades to make her block, which is Stunning by the way!

Hosting the Aurifil Designer of the month means that i make lots of new friends, and also catch up with life long friends…like Sarah! We have been huge fans of each other’s work for many years and have done lots of collaborations.. like joining us for the Splendid Sampler book & I joined her for the Dandy Drive Sew along using her fabrics and mine! (download her free patterns for this super cute quilt)

Sarah and I chatted on my talk show 2/8/16, take a listen

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Each designer is sending me a photo of fabric with their thread color so I can build a fun collage of the color wheel with them.

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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 Sarah!

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Ragged & The Denim Studio

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With The Denim Studio by Art Gallery Fabrics, the quintessential American fabric has been reinvented so once more you can “Feel the Difference”. It is a new series of premium substrates, that brings a whole new approach to create your projects. Featuring an array of prints and textures on trendy colors, these fabrics are ideal for quilting, apparel, home decor and accessories. Ragged is the coordinating thread collection, hand-picked to suit all needs including 40wt, 28wt, 12wt, Linen, & Wool!

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THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Ragged: The Denim Studio
10 Small Spools
Details:
2310 – 1248 (Cotton, 40 WT, 164yds/spool)
6722 – 2145 (Cotton, 28 WT, 109yds/spool)
2312 – 2610 (Cotton, 12 WT, 54yds/spool)
2920 (Linen, 22WT, 87yds/spool)
8092 – 8780 – 8333 (Wool, 12WT, 54yds/spool)

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

THE INTERVIEW
How did the idea to develop a line of specialty denim fabrics first come about? 

Denim is the quintessential American fabric. It’s an amazing substrate and was long neglected in our industry. At AGF, we always thought that denim had great potential and we wanted to launch a trendy line to be used in garment sewing but at the same time that could be brought into play for quilting. Quilting with denim is very fun!

Tell us a bit about the different types of denim available with this collection.
We have several types, which are different in texture and weight:

SMOOTH SOLIDS are the classic denim that are very thin and have the same weight of quilting fabric.

TEXTURED SOLIDS are thicker and more structured for sturdy projects.

CROSSHATCH TEXTURED DENIM consists of a beautiful woven pattern.

OUTLAND YARN DYES are lightweight with an attractive denim look.

LOVEY DOBBY super soft and great for many projects, especially garments.

PREMIUM LINEN BLEND a blend of linen and cotton with a soft touch.

STREAKED BLEND for unique for out of the box projects.

DENIM PRINTS are the stars of the group. They are super soft and lightweight denim, ideal for sewing and quilting with many creative designs printed on them.

[editor’s note: visit the website for a closer look at all offerings]

What inspired the designs for the denim prints?  
We really wanted the quilting community to start creating quilts with denim, so the idea of adding prints came as a no-brainer. Quilters can create a multitude of unique quilts with our variety of prints!

There is often a conception that denim is meant for apparel, but we’ve seen some incredibly inspiring non-apparel projects lately. What are your favorite non-apparel projects with these new fabrics?
Well, we have to admit that we love quilts, bed runners, totes, more totes, clutches and even toys just to name a few!

How were the threads for Ragged, the coordinating thread collection, selected? 
We love the quality of Aurifil threads and they come in several materials and weights to help create many different techniques when sewn on denim. The colors coordinate perfectly and that makes them ideal for sewing and quilting with our types of denim.

The collection includes a wonderful variety of thread weights, including 40wt, 28wt, 12wt, Linen and Wool. What tips would you share with consumers for how to use the various weights in their projects?
There are not many tips we can recommend since Aurifil threads have the best quality, so you can use them at will!! They resist breakage extremely well, so they can be used in bobbin work, hand embroidery and stitching, high-speed machine quilting, topstitching, hand quilting, and sashiko as well. Imagine the possibilities!

What do you love most about Aurifil threads and how it partners with your fabrics? 
We are incredibly honored to be partners with Aurifil! We share the same values and quality products are at the top of our lists. The color range is unbelievable and they come in every weight you can ask for. We love the luster and sheen of each of the cotton spools and how delicate the wool threads are. We even love how they barely produce lint which means that we have less lint to clean in our sewing machine hooks! What else can anyone ask for? Aurifil threads are perfection!

THE GIVEAWAY

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To enter-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 Friday, July 22! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Saturday, July 23. Good luck!

UPDATE (7/23): This giveaway is now CLOSED. Congratulations to Stephanie Clark Basden!! 

ABOUT THE DENIM STUDIO

ABOUT ART GALLERY FABRICS
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Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 12.47.30 PMCreativity, beauty and design are our passions here at AGF. When it comes to design, we love to create fabrics that fit a modern lifestyle with a chic, sophisticated touch. Enticing color palettes and artful, intricate prints are what make our collections one of a kind. We are often described as the most “trendsetting” fabric company these days for always keeping originality and uniqueness on the top of our list.

** All collection images courtesy of Art Gallery Fabrics.

 

 

Foxglove by Aneela Hoey

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Aurifil is pleased to introduce Foxglove by Aneela Hoey. This stunning collection features a mix of 50wt, 28wt, and 12wt threads in a darling array of colors. It was created to coordinate with her second collection for Cloud9 Fabrics. Foxglove is inspired by the English countryside and some of the striking wild flowers  – foxgloves, cowslips and primroses – that grow there in abundance. We get a little giddy thinking about the wonderful things we could create with these beauties and hope that this post leaves you feeling inspired to create something of your own.

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THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Foxglove
100% Aurifil Cotton, 12 Large Spools
Colors included:
2785 – 2277 – 6730 – 2021 (50 WT)
2420 – 2830 – 1133 – 6730 (28 WT)
1133 – 2830 – 2420 – 2277 (12 WT)

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

THE INTERVIEW
Can you tell us a bit about your background and how you got into this wonderful world of textiles?
I studied printed textile design at Winchester School of Art.  When I finished my degree I worked in a couple of different studios and also freelance.  In those days, I created actual artwork using paint, ink and collage.  Whilst taking a few years out to have my children, I picked up a some hobbies including quilting and through this found myself falling in love with fabric and design all over again.  I decided to try creating some new designs and had them printed digitally using Spoonflower.  I put some up for sale in my small etsy shop and they sold super fast.  I had more printed up but couldn’t keep up with demand so I decided to approach a fabric company.  I emailed Moda one day in early 2010 and they decided to take me on as a new designer.  It was a steep learning curve, I’d decided to try creating my designs digitally but had no clue how to use illustrator.  I taught myself and learned as I designed my first line ‘Sherbet Pips’.  It took me two weeks to design and I still have no idea how I managed to get from zero experience to that in such a short time.

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What inspired Foxglove, both in terms of color and pattern?
The initial idea behind Foxglove was to get more of the flowers I loved onto quilting fabric.  A lot of the time fabric flowers tend to be the same old roses or chrysanthemums.  I wanted something unusual but beautiful so I looked at drawings I’ve done over the years of flowers like foxgloves, cowslips, dianthus and so on.  I knew that I wanted them to look very clean and graphic not painterly or overdone and also that movement was very important.  I drew up my designs digitally in illustrator making sure that there was plenty of movement and also incorporating light/shade and colour.  It’s kind of an odd process because I feel like I am making up this picture in my head then trying to create that picture digitally.  One day I was doing some housework and thinking about where else I could take the designs.  I suddenly had this brainwave to throw some foxes in there dashing through the foxgloves.  I had that mental image in my head, so all I had to do was to recreate it.  Initially there were a lot more colours in the designs but this wasn’t making the patterns work well as a group.  The combination of colours used in the Fox In The Foxgloves print were some of the strongest so we started to narrow the colours down to those and that helped things click into place.

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I know that this is your second collection with Cloud9. How did you first connect with them and what was the fabric design process like for you?
A couple of years ago my friend Pennie and I went to a talk given by Gina Pantastico of Cloud 9 on the subject of organic fabric at The Village Haberdashery in London.  What I loved most about Gina’s talk was that she was highly informative and passionate about her subject but never preachy.  I had been working on some new designs and a few months later submitted them to Cloud 9 through their online site to see if they would be interested in us working together.  They liked what I sent in and we began developing the collection a little.  In some patterns we altered the layout, in others we played around with scale and so on.  I love working with Michelle (the design director).   I always feel like she helps me move my design thinking forward whilst retaining my original vision for my design work.

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How did you work through selecting colors for your coordinating thread collection?
I took it very seriously indeed as only a thread and fabric loving girl can!  I set up my Aurifil color card, my Foxglove strike offs and my various spools of Aurifil thread and floss.  I spent a lot of time thinking which colours and threads would work for different sewing situations – piecing or quilting a quilt, making a bag, sewing up a dress.  I thought about topstitching and hand quilting too.  I knew that I wanted a variety of different thread weights included and spent a lot of time draping threads across the fabrics to see which colours would work best across all these scenarios.  The thread box is basically a box of answers to all these questions!  Plus it looks kind of pretty too.

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Do you have a favorite Aurifil thread color/weight?
I love everything Aurifil but if I had to narrow down to just one it would be the light pink 2420 in the 28 wt.  This colour is super pretty and blends or contrasts well with a large number of colours so it works really well when quilting a top pieced from different fabrics.  The 28wt is that little bit thicker so creates a really strong seam, excellent for when making bags and pouches and also gives a beautiful finish when topstitching.  A great all rounder.

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You just finished a fantastic collection showcase over on your blog. What was it like to work with such a wonderful collection of designers, all eager to create with your fabrics?
All the makers featured in the showcase were people I’ve been following for a while.  In many cases they’ve made something from my fabric or patterns at some point or something else which has caught my attention.  They are all artists who always know instinctively how to use a particular fabric or print.  They just have that eye and imagination to take the fabric somewhere else altogether.  I’m so grateful for getting the chance to collaborate with such a talented team, I learned so much myself, things that it would never have occurred to me to try!
[editor note: see below for showcase project gallery]

What is next on your own project list? What can your fans look forward to next?
I’ve been working away on new patterns and designs most of this year, it’s a continuing process.  Hopefully things will be finished enough to show very soon.

ANEELA’S FOXGLOVE SHOWCASE
Aneela just finished up a tremendous collection showcase both on her blog and through a group of incredibly talented designers. Aneela’s posts are listed below for easy reference. Click through for free projects and added insight into the inspiration behind Foxglove. See below for a gallery of additional projects.

5/26: Foxglove Thread Set
5/30: Foxglove Showcase
5/31: Cowslips
6/1: Foxgloves and Foxes
6/2: Stem Dot
6/4: Evening Primrose
6/6: Foxglove Nesting Boxes
6/7: Flutter
6/8: Foxglove Colourways
6/9: Foxglove Selvedge
6/10: Foxglove Showcase Gallery

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THE GIVEAWAY
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To enter-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 Tuesday, June 21! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Wednesday, June 22. Good luck!

UPDATE (6/23): This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Chiska!!

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 embroidery book Little Stitches (published by Stash Books) is widely available in Bookshops.

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** Images by Aneela Hoey & Showcase Designers (as listed)

Maribel by Annabel Wrigley

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Maribel, Annabel Wrigley of Little Pincushion Studio’s debut collection for Windham Fabrics, was inspired by some of her strongest childhood memories of weekends and holidays spent with her family at a house in the country. It evokes the feeling of being surrounded by fabric, flowers and beautiful English vintage florals. Her coordinating Aurifil Thread Collection is a selection of bold and bright colors, perfect for piecing, showcasing and creating little works of art!

We love learning more about our designers and were thrilled to chat with Annabel about her craft, the business of teaching, and her brand new collections.

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[click on the image above to view the collection lookbook]

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Maribel
100% Aurifil Cotton, 50wt
Large – 1422yds each, 12 colors, Large Spools
2784 – 5006 – 5005 – 5015 – 1104 – 2870 – 2225 – 2423 – 2530 – 2630 – 2600

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For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

THE INTERVIEW
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how the Little Pincushion Studio came to be?
I started sewing around 16 years ago when my son was born. I really suddenly had this urge to learn to sew and make things for him. I started making baby hats  and then before long began to make them to sell. This was the start of my very small children’s label. Over a couple of years, the baby hat line expanded to include baby quilts, bags, bibs and some children’s clothing items. When our family moved to the States, I took some time off to raise the kiddos and stared sewing strictly for fun. It wasn’t until my daughter was around 6 and started showing interest in my sewing that I began throwing around the idea of teaching her how to sew. Before long I was teaching her and a few of her friends… Little Pincushion grew from there. I have been teaching now for more than 7 years and teach approximately 70 children per week.

What is your favorite thing about teaching sewing to kids? 
It has to be watching the progression of absolute beginners to confident and creative seamstresses! It happens without them ever really realizing. It is a great thing to watch! Kids also have a fearlessness when it comes to color and print, It’s quite inspirational.

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What first inspired the mobile studio that you opened up last year and how do you find it to be different than operating your regular studio? 
It had always been a dream of mine, originally for use as a home studio space but then I thought it could be a great way to share sewing with kids who live further away. I use it mainly for birthday parties and sometimes for little beginner sewing classes with groups of friends. It has been such fun!

How did you end up connecting with Windham Fabrics to develop your first fabric collection and what has been your favorite part of the process?
I had been dreaming of creating a fabric collection for such a long time! After I was introduced to Mickey Kruger, I started to realize that this could actually be a possibility. When I was working on ideas for the collection, I always kept going back to the idea of florals. Floral prints seemed to surround me as I was growing up and creating a collection with both nostalgia and a modern twist was really important to me!

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What is your favorite thing about Aurifil threads? Do you have a go-to color or thread weight? 
I absolutely love all of the colors in my thread box, my favorite is the Teal 1148 in 50wt. It is perfect for piecing and appliqué and honestly sews like a dream.

What is your favorite project made with fabrics and threads from Maribel?
I think my favorite is my quilt “bush walk” I did all of the appliqué and straight line quilting with Aurifil thread. Also the little wall flags are a definite favorite!

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THE GIVEAWAY
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To enter-to-win, simply 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, May 6! Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Saturday, May 7th. Good luck!

UPDATE (5/7): This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Lacey Burns!!

LEARN MORE ABOUT ANNABEL
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Annabel is an Aussie mum, author and designer living in rural Virginia. She owns Little Pincushion Studio, a sweet little space where she teaches many little sewing pixies everything they need to know to go forth and conquer the world of sewing and creating. When she is not teaching, she is busy coming up with a million and one projects for her “We Love to Sew” series of books published by C & T publishing.

[text adapted from Little Pincushion Studio, all images courtesy of Annabel Wrigley & Windham Fabrics]