The Fussy Cut Sampler

Once upon a time, there were two amazing women named Elisabeth and Nichole. They met one fated day, long ago, at the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild. They shared a love of fussy cutting and became fast friends. Years passed and the two creative makers began a wonderful collaboration, fussy cutting favorite prints and honing their mad quilting skills. One day, Elisabeth and Nichole hatched a brilliant idea and after much hard work and extensive expert-level fussy cutting, The Fussy Cut Sampler came to be. The quilting community rejoiced and celebrated by creating block after block featuring tiny images that come together to tell a series of magnificent stories.

Seriously though… we are in LOVE with this book and we’re not alone! The Fussy Cut Sampler by Elisabeth Woo Hardy and Nichole Ramirez has taken the quilty community by storm. The quilt along launched back in May and we’ve seen so many gorgeous blocks with some of the most amazing little fussy cut features. It has been an absolute delight to witness!

Today, we’re excited to share some beauty shots and talk a bit with the authors to hear more about their inspirations and how this lovely little book came to be.

INTERVIEW
What did you love most about the process of putting The Fussy Cut Sampler together? 
We loved finding ways to explain techniques that we’ve had in our heads forever! Plus, adding in jokes that you’d actually have to read the text to find!

Do you have any favorite blocks to share? 
Elisabeth: My favorite is block 48. I’ve loved creating words out of text fabric since I first started quilting, so it’s exciting to see the technique in a block!

Nichole: I can’t pick a single favorite, but the entire stripe chapter is near and dear. I love stripes, they’re one of my favorite kinds of fabrics. Elisabeth didn’t like them at all, but by the end of this process I’d won her over to the stripe side!

What is the most fun piece of fabric you’ve been able to fussy cut for inclusion in a quilt? 
Nichole: I was finally able to use the thumbprint cats (designed by Samarra Khaja). I’ve had them in my stash forever but was never quite sure what to do with them!  (see image below)

Elisabeth: This might seem silly, but I think the fabric that makes me the happiest to look at is the background from block 22 – it’s just a dash line stripe, but Nichole had given me her last tiny scrap. The fact that I was able to get exactly what I needed for the block before running out made it super special. (see images above)

You both created quilts to include in the book — how do your styles differ? Did you share progress with each other throughout, or did you wait to do a final reveal? 
We shared our process with each other while we made the quilts, but we weren’t worried at all that they’d look similar, our quilt styles are night and day. While Nichole creates scrappy, eclectic quilts using all the colors, Elisabeth worked with a limited palette. We knew that if one of Nichole’s blocks was too blue/orange heavy, it would look too much like one of Elisabeth’s blocks. We found it was encouraging to see our progress shots, especially since we couldn’t share the book with anyone else yet!

What did you love most about working together to make this all happen? 
We work together in our day-job lives too, so we see a lot of each other. I think the best moments of the book-writing process were when we set up camp in Nichole’s living room, test sewing blocks. Her dog, Bucky, kept us company. There were many lovely Saturday afternoons spent sewing away.

You’ve got quite a few people sewing along with you for the Fussy Cut Sampler Quilt Along — what is the absolute coolest fussy cut you’ve seen thus far? 
I don’t know if we could narrow it down to a single fussy cut block, but our most favorite thing has been to watch people’s quilts grow and take on their own distinct personalities! We can usually tell just by looking at the block who the maker is. Each quilt is different, and reflects the personality of the maker – which was always our dream for the book.

For anyone who might be just learning about the Quilt Along, is there still time to dive in and get involved? Where should we direct them to get started? 
There’s definitely still time! We’re in week 10 now, but you can join weeks 11 & 12, more information on our blog: www.thefussycutsampler.com/blog.

And of course… how did you first discover Aurifil thread and why is it the thread for you? 
It feels like we’ve been sewing with Aurifil forever. We find that it flows effortlessly through our machines with minimal lint, and lasts for such a long time. Plus, the orange spool makes it easy to identify what weight of thread we’re using, and we love the huge color assortment.

GIVEAWAY!!

Excited to dive into your own fussy cutting festivities? We’ve partnered with Elisabeth & Nichole to offer up a super snazzy Instagram giveaway to help get you started. Head here to learn more and enter-to-win one copy of The Fussy Cut Sampler + 4 LG spools of Aurifil 50wt thread in a Elisabeth & Nichole’s favorite colors: 2220, 1133, 1320, & 1231.

ABOUT ELISABETH & NICHOLE
Nichole Ramirez and Elisabeth Woo met at the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and became fast friends because of their love for fussy cutting.

Elisabeth began fabric collecting years before she even started quilting. Since then, her quilts have hung in the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and at local county fairs. Follow her on Instagram.

Nichole began her quilting journey in 2003, when she taught herself how to make a baby quilt from tutorials online. She is a charter member of the LAMQG and her quilt designs have been published in Quilt Scene, Quilty and Modern Patchwork, Make It! Patchwork and Modern Patchwork Gifts. Follow her on Instagram.

270 Shades of (Everything Under the Sun including) Grey

One of the things we love most about Quilt Market is the opportunity to showcase some of the gorgeous work of some very talented designers. It’s particularly exciting when we have new pieces to debut, like with this stunner by Sari Thomas of Sariditty. “270 Shades of (Everything Under the Sun including) Grey” features our 40wt thread in, you guessed it, all 270 colors! When Sari presented the idea earlier this year, we just knew it would be a beauty.

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2017 Spring Quilt Market, Part 1

Bradley Mitchell, ready for day 1 of Market!

There is an old Welsh proverb that seems to work particularly well with International Quilt Market…

“In like a lion, out like a lamb”

Market prep is always a beast, working on those last minute details, setting up promotions, confirming collaborations, and preparing booth activities. It often seems that the industry comes to a collective standstill for a week, but in fact we’re all running around furiously for 4 days to make sure that everything runs smoothly and that we’re able to visit with as many of our friends and colleagues as possible. And then… just like that… it’s over! It’s always hard to believe and we always find ourselves sifting through photos, trying to recapture the pure inspiration felt while walking the aisles of the show.

We’ve been back for a little over a week 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
What would Market be without Sample Spree? The frenzy and the excitement… the walking away with 10 boxes of thread and 10 new Fat Quarter bundles;). We’ve always loved seeing photos of the loot after the fact and love the buzz of energy that rolls through the room. This time around, we brought a mix of House & Designer Collections in a variety of weights, including a handful of our 80wt Best Selection 45-spool boxes — a HUGE hit!

L to R: Jenni Smith, Alex Veronelli, Hilary Jordan, Bradley Mitchell, Elena Gregotti, Erin Sampson, Alexander Winton, Donna Morales-Oemig, Kristi McDonough


AURIFIL BOOTH
We expanded our booth this year to allow for a bit more space to showcase displays, offer a separate meeting space, and introduce a demo/event area. We absolutely love how everything turned out and are looking forward to improving on the space even more for our Fall Market booth in Houston. 

We absolutely love the opportunity to showcase completed pieces by some incredibly talented Designers. This year’s showcases pieces were by Heather Givans, Pat Sloan and the 2016 Aurifil Designer of the Month team, Karen Miller, the Designers of Art Gallery Fabrics, Sari Thomas of Sariditty, Jenni Smith, AnnieMarie Chany of GenX Quilters, and our Sew Many Colors contest winners, Laura Piland, Jenny Nault Meeker, and Nicole Buckley. Thank you to all for so generously loaning us your art!

Full disclosure… the lighting in the convention center was terrible! I can’t help but share a few other images of the feature projects so you catch just how magnificent they actually are;).

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!


DEMO TABLE
Our demo table was one of our new additions and a focal point through Market. We had embroidery hoops ready for a bit of slow-stitching and loved that so many people popped by to join in, including our very own Elena Gregotti and Alexander Winton!

We were incredibly lucky to partner with Bernina to have a few machines at the table. Without their generosity, our demos would have been a total bust!! We also loved that Alex Veronelli spent a few moments at the machine! Thanks Bernina!!

We were so honored to welcome a top-notch list of Aurifil Designers throughout the weekend — Heather Givans, Pat Sloan, Karen Miller, Jenni Smith, Carolyn Friedlander, and Annie Smith showcased projects & collections, gave us tips & tricks, and even taught a few mini classes! It was such a delight and we were thrilled to broadcast each one out on Facebook Live to give everyone an opportunity to join in on the fun!

Heather Givans:

 

Pat Sloan: 

 

Karen Miller: 

 

Jenni Smith: 

 

Carolyn Friedlander: 

 

Annie Smith: 


BOOK SIGNING
We welcomed Aurifil Designer and Author Kathy Flowers to the booth on Saturday for a meet & greet and book signing in partner with Martingale. Kathy was at Market to launch her new book and coordinating thread collection, Oh Glory. The signing was a hit and Kathy quickly ran out of books! Thank you so much to all who attended!


At the end of the weekend, the booth got torn down and looked like this:

Everything is now packed and sorted and back in our US warehouse, ready and waiting for Houston;). We can’t wait!!

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Showcase Sunday {6.5}

SHOWCASE SUNDAY

Welcome back to Showcase Sunday, our forum to showcase the beautiful work that all of you do! We took a short break for Quilt Market and we’re back with some  magnificent images of what you’ve been creating. We’re thrilled to share some of them here today. Keep tagging us and sharing your work and we’ll feature some of our favorites here every other Sunday. Don’t forget to check in on Facebook & Instagram to see more! Happy Stitching:).

(Click on any image below to learn more via the the artist’s Instagram or on the actual link to visit the artist’s blog)

1.  The Not So Dramatic Life

@cassandra.beaver

@cassandra.beaver

2. Charm About You

@charmaboutyou

@charmaboutyou

3. During Quiet Time

@duringquiettime

@duringquiettime

4. Betz White

@betz_white

@betz_white

5. Campbell Soup Diary

@campbell_soup_diary

@campbell_soup_diary

6. Quilts of a Feather

@quiltnfeathers

@quiltnfeathers

7. Minki Kim

@zeriano

@zeriano

8. Quilts by Marisela

@marisela_quilts

@marisela_quilts

9. Dizzy Quilts

@dizzyquiltsblog

@dizzyquiltsblog

10. Whole Circle Studio

@wholecirclestudio

@wholecirclestudio

11. Moobird Stitches

@peaches1003

@peaches1003

12. Good Starter

@good_starter

@good_starter

13. Lilly Ella

@lillyellasworld

@lillyellasworld

14. Quilts by Laurel

@laurelsstichery

@laurelsstichery

15. Mommy2Lu

@mommy2lu

@mommy2lu

 

2016 Spring Quilt Market

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Spring Quilt Market kicked off at 9:30am on Friday, May 20 at the Salt Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT and the Aurifil booth was filled with color. Not even the city-wide power outage the night before could dampen the mood.

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Last year, we debuted a brand new booth featuring giant skiens of brightly colors threads along the outside walls. We noticed that some people had more fun with the threads than others;).

The booth was filled with thread rich displays…

Masterfully finished quilts…

And brand new Aurifil Designer Collections.

We even had a bit of fun with our logo on the outside wall!

We’d like to thank all who have stopped by to say hello. We’ve loved the opportunity to catch up, hear about your latest projects and your favorite threads. If you’re in Salt Lake and haven’t yet been by, we hope to see you today! We’ll be in Booth #901.

If you are sharing photos from Market and happen to spot our threads, please tag #Aurifil. We’d love to see them!

Happy Sunday:)

 

 

Showcase Sunday {4.24}

SHOWCASESUNDAY-4.24

Welcome back to Showcase Sunday, our bi-weekly forum to showcase the beautiful work that all of you do! We’ve seen some magnificent images of what you’ve been creating over the past two weeks and we’re thrilled to share some of them here today. Keep tagging us and sharing your work and we’ll feature some of our favorites here every other Sunday. Don’t forget to check in on Facebook & Instagram to see more! Happy Stitching!!

(Click on any image below to learn more via the the artist’s instagram.)

@t_jaye

@t_jaye

@nightquilter

@nightquilter

@mommy2lu

@mommy2lu

@fromblankpages

@fromblankpages

@adrianneonthewindyside

@adrianneonthewindyside

@cheryl_arkison

@cheryl_arkison

@mariarosarianolabonaccorsi

@mariarosarianolabonaccorsi

@pieladyquilts

@pieladyquilts

@sameliasmum

@sameliasmum

@allie.and.me.design

@allie.and.me.design