Welcome Aurifil Artisans!

Today is a very exciting day in Aurifil’s world… it’s the day we get to announce our 2017 Aurifil Artisans! We are beyond excited about this incredible lineup of quilters, sewists, and makers. They come to us from all over the world from India, to the UK, to the US. They are quilters, pattern designers, fabric designers, bag-makers, long arm quilters, crafters, and tailors. They love to create and love to work with Aurifil thread! You’ll be learning more about this wonderful team throughout the year, and will be seeing more of their work both here on Auribuzz & on our social media accounts.

Aurifil Artisans

Row1: Renee – Quilts of a Feather, Pamela – Pamela’s Quilts, Sandy – Hissyfitz Designs, Richy Jr – Spazzy Cat Designs — Row2: Shannon – Eva Blakes Makery, Shruti – 13 Woodhouse Rd, Taunja – Carried Away Quilting, Sheri – Whole Circle Studio — Row3:  Sharon – Pine Valley Quilts, Wendy – Wendy’s Quilts and More — Row4: Lisa – In the Boondocks, Yvonne – Quilting Jetgirl, Sedef – Down Grapevine Lane, Jessica – Desert Bloom Quilting

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Row1: Afton – Quilting Mod, Alyce – Blossom Heart Quilts, Ange – A Little Patchwork, Blair – Wise Craft Handmade — Row2: Casey – Casey Taylor Threads, Connie – Freemotion by the River, Cheryl – Meadow Mist Designs, Erin – Quilts by Starlight — Row3: Faith – Sarana Ave, Erin – Sew at Home Mummy, Gillian – Gillian Travis Textile Art, Jayne – Twiggy & Opal — Row4: Geta – Getas Quilting Studio, Jessica – Quilty Habit, Jemima – Tied With a Ribbon, Jess – Elven Garden Quilts

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Row1: Karin – Karin Jordan Studio, Karen – Lady K Quilts, Kim – Persimon Dreams, Kitty – Night Quilter — Row2: Lauren – Molly and Mama, Laura – Slice of Pi Quilts, Laura – Sonic Stitches Quilts, Leslie – Seasoned Homemaker — Row3: Lee – May Chappell, Laurie – Neon Kitty Quilts, Lori – The Inbox Jaunt, Lisa – Sew What You Love — Row4: Mary – Mary Menzer Designs, Mel – Piece, Love & Happiness, Maryellen – Mary Mack Made Mine, Paige – Quilted Blooms

Congratulations again to the entire team!

Top Ten Tuesday {Back-To-School}

Top Ten Tuesday - Back to School

Back-to-School!! It’s hard to believe it’s already that time of year again. Some kids have already started, some don’t start until after Labor Day, but that buzz of new school year excitement is certainly in the air.  We get a little giddy just thinking about finding a special handmade place for every last little notebook, ruler and pencil and simply adore seeing all of the new backpacks, lunch bags and organizers that you all create. If you’re still considering what you want to make this year, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites to get you started. The biggest question now is: Which one to make first??

Happy Stitching!

1. Wall Pocket Organizers — Nancy Zieman for Sew Mama Sew

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2. Back to School Binder Cover — Art Gallery Fabrics for We All Sew (Bernina)

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3. The Cubby Pack — Fabric Mutt

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4. Lunch Money Zippered Apple Pouch — Snugglebug University for Make It & Love It

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5. Cumberland Backpack — Sew Sweetness

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6. Mini Locker Emergency Kit — s.o.t.a.k handmade

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7. Two Pocket Pencil Case — Sue Bleiweiss for We All Sew (Bernina)

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8. Zipper Binder Pencil Case — Stacy Schlyer for We All Sew (Bernina)

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9. Lunch Bag — The Long Thread

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10. DIY Nap Mat/Bed Roll — Pretty Prudent

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Find more free patterns, tips, tutorials and inspiration by following  on PinterestFacebook, and Instagram. All are updated regularly to provide you with the best the sewing world has to offer!

For more information about Aurifil products, including thread weights, Designer Collections, and where to purchase from your local quilt shop or select online shops, please visit Aurifil.com.

Showcase Sunday {8.14}

SHOWCASESUNDAY

Welcome back to Showcase Sunday, our forum to showcase the beautiful work that all of you do!  We can’t get enough of the beautiful things that you’re making, so 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 visit the artist’s Instagram account for more!)

@colorgirlquilts

@colorgirlquilts

@sarahedgarprettyfabrics

@sarahedgarprettyfabrics

@duringquiettime

@duringquiettime

@kimmiekaren

@kimmiekaren

@richyjr16

@richyjr16

@jennrossotti

@jennrossotti

@aquilterstable

@aquilterstable

@a_swede_life

@a_swede_life

@mrssophie2

@mrssophie2

@sewbespokeandco

@sewbespokeandco

@mommy2lu

@mommy2lu

@sariditty

@sariditty

@thequiltyarn

@thequiltyarn

@mybearpaw

@mybearpaw

@misterdomestic

@misterdomestic

@snippets101

@snippets101

@suerasmussenquilts

@suerasmussenquilts

@piecefullife

@piecefullife

@ivory_spring

@ivory_spring

@redbirdquiltco

@redbirdquiltco

@jolene_is_a_longarm_quiltr

@jolene_is_a_longarm_quiltr

@shrutinow

@shrutinow

@punkinpatterns

@punkinpatterns

@makemakemakeymake

@makemakemakeymake

 

 

Showcase Sunday {7.17}

SHOWCASE SUNDAY-2

Welcome back to Showcase Sunday, our forum to showcase the beautiful work that all of you do!  We are truly in awe of every stitch you make, so 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 visit the artist’s Instagram account for more!)

@pamkittymorning

@pamkittymorning

@beccibee

@beccibee

@entropies

@entropies

@laurelsstitchery

@laurelsstitchery

@drawingwithneedles

@drawingwithneedles

@tishinwonderland

@tishinwonderland

@ladykquilts

@ladykquilts

@carolasmussen

@carolasmussen

@pieladyquilts

@pieladyquilts

@redbirdquiltco

@redbirdquiltco

@deborahdawnt

@deborahdawnt

@stephskardal

@stephskardal

@iamlunasol

@iamlunasol

@eavlund

@eavlund

@mrssophie2

@mrssophie2

@schnigschnagquiltsandmore

@schnigschnagquiltsandmore

@colorgirlquilts

@colorgirlquilts

@francoise.lcs

@francoise.lcs

@elvengardenquilts

@elvengardenquilts

Electric Quilt Company Giveaway

EZ25Electric Quilt turns 25 this year and to celebrate, they’ve launched a year long party! Every month, they feature a new industry partner, resulting in a list that now includes Fat Quarter Shop (February), Moda (March), Riley Blake (April) and Free Spirit (May). We particularly love June because June is all about Aurifil! We are pleased to have partnered with Electric Quilt to offer a fabulous giveaway over on their blog in addition to another one right here on Auribuzz. We hope that you’ll join us in wishing the Electric Quilt Company a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

But first, a little background…

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The Electric Quilt Company started as Dean Neumann, then a math professor at Bowling Green State University, married Penny McMorris, a corporate art curator and producer/host of several PBS series on quilting. Both loved quilts. And Dean had an idea he hoped might help quiltmakers develop their design ideas on-screen. So as Penny worked on a new television series, Dean spent spare time teaching himself programming, then developed the first Electric Quilt software program.

Dean’s program debuted on a segment of Penny’s “Great American Quilt” program (WBGU-TV) in 1991. Viewers from across the country called the television station. Penny and Dean collected their names. And The Electric Quilt Company was born.

Brochure for EQ1 which debuted in 1991.

Brochure for EQ1 which debuted in 1991.

Today The Electric Quilt Company is the leading quilt design software company in the world. In the company’s 25 years it has produced over 54 software editions, published over 27 books, and a whole line of downloadable block patterns called My EQ Boutique Blocks.

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But equally important is customer support and education. The company offers an online Forum, classes taught by EQ teachers through EQ University, and a yearly EQ Academy for hands-on learning. Electric Quilt places a special emphasis on offering customer service. Penny & Dean both agree, “We are immensely proud of the people behind our company: how hard they work, how smart they are, how eagerly they tackle new assignments, and as importantly, how kind they are to users who contact us for help.”

Pretty awesome, right? So, how would you like to win your very own copy of EQ7 design software ($189.95 value)? [Insert squeals of delight and mad applause here!] To enter-to-win, simply click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image below. 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 9:00am Eastern Time on Saturday, June 25! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on by noon on June 25th! Good luck:).

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If you’re feeling particularly lucky, you might also want to bop over to Behind the Mouse, the electric quilt blog. They are giving away The Heritage Collection by Jenny Doan for Aurifil, a gorgeous thread box with 12 large spools of our perfect 50wt thread. To find out how to enter, simply click here or on the image below.

UPDATE (6/25): This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Joanie MacIntosh!! 

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Fridays really are perfect, aren’t they? Enjoy your weekend & Happy Stitching!!

 

[All images and historical text courtesy of Electric Quilt Company]

Top Ten Tuesday {Mother’s Day}

Top Ten - Mother's Day

Though we truly believe that every day should be Mother’s Day, it’s lovely to have one day dedicated to showing our moms just how amazing they really are. This weekend (in the US), we take some time out to honor our real-life superheroes, our mentors, our best friends. We love going handmade for Mother’s Day and have rounded up a few favorite tutorials and gift ideas to inspire a bit of last minute stitching.

Happy Mother’s Day!!

1. Eye Mask — Tilly and the Buttons

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2. Appliqué Hoop Art — Craftaholics Anonymous

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3. Fabric Tortilla Warmer — Make It & Love It

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4. Kitchen Towels — Sew4Home

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5. Infinity Travel Scarf — Polkadot Chair

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6. Fabric Flower Bouquet — Lillabelle Lane for Penny Rose Fabrics

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7. Well Traveled Sewing Book — nanaCompany

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8. Tote — Noodlehead

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9. Pixie Basket — Fabric Mutt

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10. Goodie Goodie Binding Kit — Lella Boutique

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Top Ten Tuesday {Teacher Appreciation}

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As we near the end of April, the promise of Summer is in the air which, of course, brings the end of another school year and Summer vacation! Although we feel that year-round teacher appreciation is the way to go, this is a wonderful time of year to make something to show your gratitude. Whether you’re looking for something small, something to make with the help of your kids, or a large scale gift, there are a slew of amazing projects and tutorials out there for the taking! We’ve rounded up ten of our favorites to provide a bit of Tuesday inspiration. Happy Stitching!

1. Teacher Appreciation Keychain & Printable — A Girl & a Glue Gun

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2. On the Go Organizer — Oh How Sweet

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3. DIY Personalized Teacher Tote — Handmade Mood

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4. Pencil Mug Rug — Patchwork Pottery

 

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5. Handprint Quilt — Kristen Duke Photography

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6. DIY Phone Charger Holder — Flamingo Toes for Lil Luna

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7. Fabric Drawstring Bags — Not So Idle Hands

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8. Herringbone Hot Pads — Melanie Dramatic for Moda Bake Shop

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9. Key Chain Gift Card Wallet — Skip to My Lou

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10. Easy Peasy Yo-Yo Clips — Positively Splendid for Tater Tots and Jello

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Aurifil 2015 Designer of the Month John Kubiniec

Aurifil April 2015 Aurifil Designer John Kubiniec

Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program,  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan!

Our April mini is by Designer John Kubiniec. If you have not seen John’s designs they are fantastic! He is originally from N. Tonawanda, NY (suburb of Buffalo, NY) and now lives in Rochester, NY.  What I love about John is his bigger than life personality. He ALWAYS makes me laugh and is amazingly generous with his time and skills. He designs patterns for all the major quilt magazines,  fabric companies, and his own line. Plus he is an incredible longarm quilter.

On May 19, 2014 I chatted with John and you can listen to it right HERE on your computer!

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We continue our MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!). We will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE

Let’s get to know John!

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Aurifil Fans Extravaganza!

Awards for Aurifil’s Superfans

Following the request of many of our fans for a chance for those with fewer Facebook friends to win a contest , we are basing our February giveaway on fans engagement with our page. At the end of February our Top Three Facebook Fans will be awarded with amazing thread prizes

How does it work?

We are using a Facebook app to track posts, comments, and likes at our Aurifil page.  Posts, comments and likes are all worth 1 point each .

But don’t just try to create the most posts and comments, your score is weighted by the quality of your participation. Higher quality activity (on topic and engages with the community) will earn extra points. Lower quality activity (off topic and spam) will earn less points.

Example : Don’t just stop and say ‘hi’. Instead say ‘ today I used my 40 wt thread to machine quilt my log cabin quilt”
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