Aurifil Shenanigans

Who says Market has to be all work and no play? Are you ready to have some fun? If you’re attending International Quilt Market this weekend in St. Louis, we hope you’ll join in on the Aurifil Shenanigans. We’ve teamed up with 13 amazing companies offering some of the best fabrics, books, machinery, & tools in the industry. We’ve placed one extra large cone of Aurifil thread in each of their booths (in addition to our own!). Each cone is labeled with a color number. Entry cards are available in our booth (#1109/1110) and in each of our partner booths.

[If you are not attending Market, have no fear! We’ve got a prize for all of your at-home shenanigans as well! Scroll to the end of this post for details.]

Your mission, should you choose to accept it? 
Find 8 of the 14 cones! For each cone found, list the booth in which it was discovered + the color number on the entry card… AND if you’re feeling super sassy, take a selfie or some sort of fun image of the cone and post it to Instagram OR Facebook tagging #aurifilshenanigans + @aurifilthread + the booth in which the spool was found. We want to see your silly (and fabulous) faces!!

The reward?
We’ve got not one… not two… but FOURTEEN fabulous prizes to give away, one for each of our partners. Feast your eyes on the prizes below.

The details?
Shenanigans will be in full effect through close of Market on Sunday, May 21 (4pmCST). Winners will be notified on Monday, May 22.

The prizes?

That’s it!! On your mark… get set… GO!!!


For all you at home participants, we’ve got a very special prize! To enter-to-win your choice of 1 LG Aurifil Designer Collection  + 1 Cone of 50wt thread + 1 Color Card, follow the steps below:

  • Grab your very favorite spool of Aurifil thread
  • Take a creative photo (have fun!)
  • Post to Instagram or Facebook making sure to tag #aurifilshenanigansathome

We will pull 1 lucky winner on Sunday night and you will be notified on Monday, May 22. We can’t wait to see your images!!

Furry Friday!

Welcome to Furry Friday! What, you ask, is a Furry Friday? Well, we know that like us, many of you are pet-lovers, rescue parents, & pet foster parents. We love seeing photos of all the fabulous ‘quilt-inspectors’ out there, giving a meticulous final look to that latest finish or ‘helping’ to choose which thread to use with your favored fabrics.

While your quilt-inspectors have happily found their furrever homes, there are countless animals out there who are still searching. Together with our Piece for Shelter Pets sponsors, we’re working to share some of those sweet animals with you. Every Friday throughout March & April, you can expect to meet two sweet rescues in search of a home… Today, we meet Gracey & Pharah.

Gracey is a super sweet 4-month old Shepard Mix, currently waiting for her furrever home at the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley in Knoxville! Click here to learn more about Gracey.


Pharah is an elegant young tuxedo girl looking for a new family. She can be found at Okefenokee Humane Society in Waycross, GA and is ready to bring her sophisticated style to a furrever home. Click here to learn more about Pharah.

These pets may not be in your area, but if you are looking for a new furry friend, you can go to Petfinder.com to search locally.


The Piece for Shelter Pets (PFSP) initiative grew from the relationship started in 2012 between The Quilt Pattern Magazine and the Petfinder Foundation after Hurricane Sandy. The goal: to help animal shelters affected by the hurricane by making Kennel Quilts! Much like quilts are to us humans, Kennel Quilts offered rescued or displaced pets a warm, soft place to nap. They were such a big hit that The TQPM Kennel Quilt Team was officially started and since its beginning, has seen over 10,200 Kennel Quilts made and distributed to shelters across the United States and Canada! WOW!

Aurifil joined the cause in 2015 with the release of the Small Kennel Quilt Thread Kit. The cover features Pretty Girl, the TQPM Kennel Quilt “SpokesKitty” and HSPPR (The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region) adoptee, photographed on her Kennel Quilt during the 2013 Colorado fires.

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We introduced Fifi & Fido and Happy Hounds at Fall Quilt Market last year in partner with Island Batik, another one of our treasured Piece for Shelter Pets PartnersA portion of the sales of each will go to the Petfinder Foundation.

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Quilty Box launched a special TQPM Kennel Quilt box this past January that includes the fabric and thread needed to make two kennel quilts. 100% of proceeds go to the Petfinder Foundation!! How amazing is that??

Benartex introduced a brand new fabric collection at International Quilt Market this past Fall featuring Joey the Shop Dog. The line was designed by Joey’s rescue mom, Rose Ann Cook. 10% of sales for Joey’s fabrics are donated to Petfinder Foundation.

Bernina of America created a special edition Best Friends sewing machine in 2015 featuring paw prints. They donated $30,000 to the Petfinder Foundation from the sales of the machine.

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And finally, Hancock’s of Paducah is our newest partner in the cause. They are supporting the initiative by helping us all increase awareness of the program and the furry friends the program aims to support.

We want to thank all of our sponsors, partners, & quilters joining us in the Piece for Shelter Pets initiative. 


To take a peek at the other posts and check out all of our featured pets, please follow the links below:
3/10: Quilty Box
3/17: TQPM
3/24: Island Batik
3/31: Aurifil (YOU ARE HERE!)
4/7: Hancock’s of Paducah
4/14: Benartex
4/21: Petfinder Foundation

We are animal lovers and have come together to support shelter animals and perhaps bring a little joy into their lives. Creating a Kennel Quilt is a way to join a larger effort to help our furry friends in times of need by doing what we love. We hope that you’ve been inspired to get involved. If you’d like to join the Small Kennel Quilt Team, please click here. We’d love for you to join us in this effort!

Remember… Adopt, don’t shop!

Island Batik Week: Fresh Catch by Jackie Kunkel

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Here we are at the final day of Island Batik week. What a joy it has been to not only present these stunning collections but also to learn more about the amazing women who designed them. We’re feeling incredibly inspired and are so looking forward to seeing what you all create with this gorgeous palettes. What is on your batik to-sew list?

As a recap, we featured one Island Batik designer each day this week to showcase new fabric & coordinating Aurifil collections. Each post offers a fabric + thread giveaway so make sure to visit all posts to learn more about our talented designers to enter-to-win some gorgeous prizes!

ISLAND BATIK WEEK SCHEDULE 
1/10 – Coastal Mist by Tammy Silvers 
1/11 – Glowing Embers by Cheri Good Designs
1/12 – Dotalicious by Claudia Pfeil
1/13 – Surf and Sand by Fourth and Sixth Designs
1/14 – Fresh Catch by Jackie Kunkel (YOU ARE HERE!)

To learn about Island Batik and the batik process, please visit their website. For a peek at the full range of Fall/Winter 2016 releases, in-stores now, click here or on the image below to browse the catalog. To check in on Island Batik’s news, please visit their blog.

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The Fresh Catch collection by Kathy Engle for Jackie Kunkel is a rich display of oranges, greens, and browns that remind us of a brilliant day of fishing in the NorthEast! Her coordinating Aurifil collection features twelve large spools of 50wt thread that compliment each other perfectly and serve to highlight the rich hues that are so typical of batik fabrics.

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THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Fresh Catch
12 Large Spools, 40wt (1422yds/spool), 100% Aurifil Cotton
1147 – 2145 – 2155 – 2235 – 2310 – 2318
2390 – 2887 – 4150 – 4653 – 5009 – 5015

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

THE INTERVIEW
How did you first get started in the world of sewing and quilting?
I actually began sewing in 6 grade Home Economics class back in the early 70s.  I sewed mainly garments, but did make my first patchwork pillow that I still have.  I was also very crafty and loved embroidery.  If I had a pair of jeans or a jean jacket it was like a blank canvas to me… it got embroidered.  But I really didn’t pick up sewing again until I was pregnant with my first child in early 1993.  I took out the sewing machine and began making baby clothes.  Then my hubby prompted me to “get a hobby” so I took a quilting class and it was history!

Link Em Up by Jackie Kunkel

Link Em Up by Jackie Kunkel

Who has been the most inspiring person within your creative career?
Now that is a tough question as there are so many people that I can name and for so many different reasons.  But I guess if I had to pick one it would be Judy Niemeyer.  I have followed her career since the late 90s and then went on to become one of her Certified Instructors.  I love teaching her techniques and patterns all over the country.

Scattered by Jackie Kunkel

Scattered by Jackie Kunkel

Do you remember the first quilt that you ever made and how you felt once it was complete?
Yes I do!  I made a Quilt In A Day – Star Log Cabin by Eleanor Burns.  It changed my life and thinking about quilting.  I thought it was revolutionary, the whole strip piecing, rotary cutting thing.  I was thrilled when I completed it from start to finish!  But I no longer have it, I gave it to my best friend.  It was made of blues and pinks in calico fabrics.  She graced her dining room table with it as it was a table topper.

What inspired you to open up your quilt shop, Canton Village Quilt Works, and what do you love most about being a small shop owner?
Truth be told, I am online only.  I never had a brick and mortar shop.  But I intentionally did online only as doing it this was allowed me to continue to design patterns and travel teaching.  But the inspiration was… of course… FABRIC!!! We quilters love fabric and have to have it.  I specialized in just a few different kinds and that was it.  Batiks were the biggest part of my inventory, then solids, Kaffe Fassett, and black and white fabrics.  So in answer to your question as to what I love most…. it was the fabric and being online gave me different freedoms than owning a physical shop.  It was a win, win for me!  Love every moment.

Asterisk by Jackie Kunkel

Asterisk by Jackie Kunkel

You recently moved from CT to AZ — how did that affect your business and have you found new inspiration with your new surroundings?
As far as the teaching and designing part, it hasn’t really affected it at all.  But the online part has downsized a bit.

What does being a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor mean to you and your business?
To me it means everything.  I admire Judy as a designer, business woman, and a person.  I have learned many things from her and continue to…. being a Certified Instructor and Certified Shop enhances my career and my business.

A Walk in the Woods by Jackie Kunkel

A Walk in the Woods by Jackie Kunkel

What is your favorite quilting technique and why?
I would have to say that I love to paper piece and have designed a few paper piecing patterns myself.  In fact one in the collection that we are giving away is paper pieced, Spinning Wheels.  I love it for the accuracy in the results that it gives.  Also, it allows you to piece designs that you might not be able to do with traditional piecing methods.  A close second is curved piecing.

Spinning Wheels by Jackie Kunkel

Spinning Wheels by Jackie Kunkel

How did you first get involved with Island Batik?
Well….. I have been using Island Batik fabrics for quite a while, but my first “official” design for Island Batik was launched 2015.  It was my pattern “Who’s Got The Button?”.  After that Island Batik and I met at Fall Quilt Market 2015 and they asked if I would like to come aboard as a designer.  The timing was right and it has progressed from there.

What do you love most about Batik fabrics?
What is not to love?? Batiks are timeless, they don’t go in and out of style.  They are not trendy, they mix and play well with other fabrics, they are versatile, and so much more.  Each one has such variation in color and can give you a look that no other type of fabric can do. All quilters need to have batiks as part of their stash!!!

Treasure Chest by Jackie Kunkel

Treasure Chest by Jackie Kunkel

What do you love most about the Fresh Catch line and how has it inspired the projects you created?
Fresh catch is bright and bold! Anyone who follows me knows how much I love bright and bold fabric and to use these colors in projects is a delight.  One of the colors that is prominent in this collection is orange and some people find Orange difficult to work with and I wanted to show them how they could use it.  I think, I did orange justice… What do you think?

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Do you have a favorite project that you’ve made using the fabrics and threads of Fresh Catch?
I love them all… That is a tough one.  I suppose I would pick Fractal first as it is a great representation of the entire collection.  Then I think I would pick Link Em’ Up because it is a very unique design using curves!!!

Fractal by Jackie Kunkel

Fractal by Jackie Kunkel

How did you first discover Aurifil threads?
I remember a friend of mine introducing them to me for piecing. She showed me that little spool and told me to give it a try.  I was all in at that point I love Aurifil’s 50 weight for piecing and for quilting too!

Do you have a favorite color or weight?
The one that I use the absolute most of is 2600  Dove for piecing.  However, I switch between that and 2311 Muslin.  They are both neutrals and are great for any kind of quilting or piecing.  But really you can give me any color and I can find something to do with it!!! So worth it!! Treat yourself right and get some Aurifil in your thread stash!

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THE GIVEAWAY

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To enter-to-win 1 Large Fresh Catch Thread Collection, one Fat Quarter Bundle of Fresh Catch fabrics from Island Batik,  and one set of 6 new patterns from Jackie Kunkel & Canton Village Quilt Works 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 Wednesday, January 18! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Thursday, January 19. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Mary Okruhlik!!

ABOUT JACKIE
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head-shotJackie has been a quilter since 1993 and has owned her own business, Canton Village Quilt Works since 2000. Beginning her business as a long arm quilter and then in 2009 adding an online quilt fabric shop! She has also been a quilt designer for magazines and fabric companies since 2009, a quilting Podcaster – Jackie‘s Quilting Chronicles, and a Certified Quiltworx.com (Judy Niemeyer) instructor and shop. Jackie travels throughout the country to lecture, do workshops and trunk shows. Jackie‘s first book was published in September 2015 by Martingale & Co-titled Splash of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black and White Quilts. Jackie is also a Craftsy Instructor with two online classes, one is a Quiltworx exclusive and the other is her own!  Also, Jackie has her own line of published patterns in 2015, there are now 9 in the series with more to come!  This year will also mark a new beginning for Jackie as she moves to Arizona and begins designing fabric for Island Batik as well as the patterns that will go with the fabric!!!  

ABOUT ISLAND BATIK
Website — Blog — Facebook — Pinterest — Twitter — Instagram
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.

Island Batik Week: Surf and Sand by Fourth and Sixth Designs

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We’ve arrived at day four of Island Batik week! We’re feeling inspired and we’ve got batiks on the mind! 🙂 We love seeing all of the projects and can’t get enough of seeing our threads involved in such beautiful works of art, but we also love learning about the designers. It’s fascinating to hear their back stories and to learn about what inspired the collections.

We’ll be featuring one Island Batik designer each day this week to showcase new fabric & coordinating Aurifil collections. Each post will offer a fabric + thread giveaway so make sure to come back daily to learn more about our talented designers to enter-to-win some gorgeous prizes!

ISLAND BATIK WEEK SCHEDULE 
1/10 – Coastal Mist by Tammy Silvers 
1/11 – Glowing Embers by Cheri Good Designs
1/12 – Dotalicious by Claudia Pfeil
1/13 – Surf and Sand by Fourth and Sixth Designs (YOU ARE HERE!)
1/14 – Fresh Catch by Jackie Kunkel

To learn about Island Batik and the batik process, please visit their website. For a peek at the full range of Fall/Winter 2016 releases, in-stores now, click here or on the image below to browse the catalog. To check in on Island Batik’s news, please visit their blog.

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The blues, greens and purples of Surf and Sand by Fourth and Sixth Designs provided the perfect palette for some gorgeous works of art. Mr. T is an underwater masterpiece. The way that the batiks combine with the quilting to create movement in the water is absolutely perfect. Barbara and Mary have outdone themselves with this collection! The coordinating threads come in 12 large spools of 40wt, perfect for piecing and quilting.

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Surf and Sand
12 Large Spools, 40wt (1094yds/spool), 100% Aurifil Cotton
1125 – 1147 – 1243 – 2312 – 2370 – 2525
2783 – 2886 – 2890 – 4644 – 5005 – 5012

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

THE INTERVIEW
What inspired the Surf and Sand collection and what did you like most about putting it together? 
As the collection came together it reminded us of growing up and enjoying time at the Jersey Shore. The calm, tranquility and colors of the beach are all represented in this collection.

What is your favorite project made with the fabric and threads from this collection and why? 
We made two very different projects for this collection so it is hard to pick a favorite. In both projects the fabrics did the heavy lifting and helped us create two beautiful quilts but the thread collection really came into play on Mr T. The thread colors coordinated perfectly with the fabric and makes the edge coloring appliqué shine.

Mr T by Fourth and Sixth Designs

Mr T by Fourth and Sixth Designs

How did you go about selecting the threads for your collection? 
We choose the colors based on the appliqué project. When you can get the correct color match then the appliqué looks great even if you are a beginner.

This collection includes our 40wt threads — where would you recommend using 40wt over 50wt in your quilting designs? 
We use the 40wt for a number of reasons. First, it is our choice when doing our edge coloring appliqué technique because the thread covers the edges quickly and does not have too much bulk. We also use the thread for machine piecing and longarm quilting. So we find this weight perfect for all of our needs. We do find the 50wt to be our preferred choice when doing a very dense quilting fill. When you are quilting this closely you do not want the thread to build up and the fine 50wt thread does a beautiful job.

Strips, Stacks and Stones by Fourth and Sixth Designs

Strips, Stacks and Stones by Fourth and Sixth Designs

Do you have a favorite color from this collection?
Our designs have always been inspired by the fabrics, colors, and textures we are using and the bigger the collection the better, this makes it difficult for us to choose a favorite.  On any given day our favorite will change.  We love them all.

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To learn more about Barbara and Mary, how they got started in this business and how they came to start their business, please visit our post for 2016 release, Equinox.

THE GIVEAWAY

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To enter-to-win 1 Large Surf and Sand Thread Collection and one Fat Quarter Bundle of Surf and Sand fabrics from Island Batik,  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 Wednesday, January 18! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Thursday, January 19. Good luck!

ABOUT 4TH & 6TH DESIGNS
Website — Blog — Facebook — YouTube — Pinterest
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
Website — Blog — Facebook — Pinterest — Twitter — Instagram
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.

Island Batik Week: Dotalicious by Claudia Pfeil

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Welcome to day three of Island Batik week! We’re having a blast with these gorgeous collections this week. Of course we love seeing how the fabrics and threads are used and get a little giddy seeing our threads involved in such beautiful works of art, but really, we love learning about the designers. It’s fascinating to hear their back stories and to learn about what inspired the collections.

We’ll be featuring one Island Batik designer each day this week to showcase new fabric & coordinating Aurifil collections. Each post will offer a fabric + thread giveaway so make sure to come back daily to learn more about our talented designers to enter-to-win some gorgeous prizes!

ISLAND BATIK WEEK SCHEDULE 
1/10 – Coastal Mist by Tammy Silvers 
1/11 – Glowing Embers by Cheri Good Designs
1/12 – Dotalicious by Claudia Pfeil (YOU ARE HERE!)
1/13 – Surf and Sand by Fourth and Sixth Designs
1/14 – Fresh Catch by Jackie Kunkel

To learn about Island Batik and the batik process, please visit their website. For a peek at the full range of Fall/Winter 2016 releases, in-stores now, click here or on the image below to browse the catalog. To check in on Island Batik’s news, please visit their blog.

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Claudia Pfeil‘s latest collection with Island Batik is a absolute masterpiece! Designed by Kathy Engle and masterfully brought to life through Claudia’s expert quilting, Dotalicious features 60 different SKUs in 3 distinct color ways. Earth, Wind & Fire showcase a stunning display of rich batiks in a rainbow of colors.  The coordinating thread collection is truly a thing of beauty. 48 large spools of 50wt thread in one fabulous carrying case. These threads not only coordinate with the many hues of Dotalicious, they also provide an amazing stash of thread for beginners and experienced quilters alike. This is a piece to be coveted!

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Dotalicious
48 Large Spools – 50wt (1422yds/spool), 100% Aurifil Cotton
1130 – 1135 – 1147 – 1154 – 1243 – 1246 – 2120 – 2145 – 2150 – 2155 – 2210  2230 – 2260 – 2265 – 2310 – 2311 – 2314 – 2324 – 2340 – 2360 – 2372 – 2430  2450 – 2460 –2468 – 2562 – 2582 – 2588 – 2610 – 2725 – 2745 – 2846 – 2860
2885 – 2888 – 2892 –2900 – 2910 – 4093 – 4140 – 4173 – 4182 – 4644 – 5005
5008 – 5017 – 5018 – 5022

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

THE INTERVIEW
How did you first get involved with this wonderful world of textiles?
Growing up in Hemer, a small town in the woods with 30,000 inhabitants, in a family of bankers (Mother, Father AND Brother), I was NOT involved or educated in handcrafts at all!  My teachers were a bit desperate about my future after school as I was not really a genius in mathematics, physics or latin language (normal classes in our German school system.) Handcrafting and arts were not on the teaching schedule, but I loved to draw and paint, and tried everything like pottery, silk painting, watercolour painting, and knotted carpets outside of school.

After school, I moved to Dortmund and started my apprenticeship as a display designer in a warehouse and discovered “Patchwork” in 1985 at a Creativa-Show.

Woven Connection by Claudia Pfeil Design

Woven Connection by Claudia Pfeil Design

Do you remember the first quilt that you ever made and how you felt once it was complete?
The quilt ‘Number One’ in 1985 came into being without the now common rotary cutter and rulers as such tools were unknown in Germany at the time. My basic sewing machine only had the use of securing the layers for hand quilting. There was much “trial and error” as I taught myself the tricks of making templates and seams to complete Number One.

That first quilt would hold it’s place as my only large sewing project. My move from Dortmund to Krefeld where I began studies at the University of Applied Sciences Niederrhein and my work as a textile designer drew my interests into different directions – I had the quilting fever – I just hadn’t fully discovered the wide world of quilting.

Satellite by Claudia Pfeil Design

Satellite by Claudia Pfeil Design

Who has been the most inspiring person within your creative career?
I am not able to name one special person as an inspiration, it was more an  collective absorbing. Ideas out of American magazines and books, learning the techniques – again trial and error, sharing ideas and thoughts with other German and European quilters.

How did you first get involved with Island Batik?
Roughly 3 years ago I published a picture of “Shadowplay”, a quilt I made for Quilt & Co, on Facebook/Social media. Quilters love to share and so do I! I received a message from Elizabeth at Island Batik asking whether I would be interested to publish this pattern. I received the fabrics and so everything started. Island Batik is a great company to work with and their fabrics are fabolous! 🙂

Meanwhile I designed about 10 original quilts for Island Batik and I am always eager and anxiously waiting to hold the new fabric lines in my hands to start the design and sewing process. I need to see and touch the fabrics/colors to get ideas for the new quilts/projects – I am not planning a quilt in advance.

Sentimental Scraps by Cindy Carter using Dotalicious Fabrics

Sentimental Scraps by Cindy Carter using Dotalicious Fabrics

What do you love most about Batik fabrics?
The points are:

  1. Haptic: feels good – it feels „crispy“
  2. Designs: Blending designs and colors, tons of variations
  3. Usage: nice and easy to sew and quilt, no fraying, solid-colored ( no left or right side
  4. Colors: brilliant, matching, soft transitions
  5. Handcraft : Individual and unique
Fractured by Freemotion by the River using Dotalicious Fabrics

Fractured by Freemotion by the River using Dotalicious Fabrics

How did you first discover Aurifil threads?
Aurifil is a European company (Italy), so for us Europeans it was logical to use their threads for sewing from the beginning. Also, Aurifil is very supportive and always developping new threads for the market. When I met Alex Veronelli the first time at Carrefour du Patchwork, a big and wonderful Quiltshow in France, he asked me to try a new thread on the Longarm.

What is your process for selecting the colors for the coordinating Aurifil thread collection?
That is a dream and a nightmare at the same time! Combining and  playing with the thread spools and fabrics on the one side… deciding between hundreds of  color options on the other side! The size of the box (number of spools) is the limit. But finally, you have to reduce it to the required number – that is the hard thing! I am always asking myself: What will I use?  If I am happy with that –  that is my final decision!

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THE GIVEAWAY

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This giveaway will have three lucky winners! Prizes are 1 FQ bundle of Dotalicious in the Earth colorway + coordinating Aurifil threads, 1 FQ bundle of Dotalicious in the Wind colorway + coordinating Aurifil threads, and 1 FQ bundle of Dotalicious in the Fire colorway + coordinating Aurifil threads. 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 January 17! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Wednesday, January 18. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners, Karen Hootman, Judi Duncan, and Nancy A!

ABOUT CLAUDIA PFEIL
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Claudia PfeilClaudia Pfeil has been sewing and piecing since she was a teen. She made her first quilt in 1985 but didn’t discover her absolute obsession with quilting until 1992. It was at that time that she began teaching and eventually opened a small shop in her home. By 1997, it was time to move the shop into a proper business space and Quilt and Co. was born. Claudia became the first European APQS dealer in 2005 and runs the entire European APQS showroom in Krefeld, Germany. In addition, she makes at least one show quilt a year, and recently took home first place prizes in two categories in addition to Best of Show and Best Long Arm Quilted at the International Quilt Show in Dubai.

ABOUT ISLAND BATIK
Website — Blog — Facebook — Pinterest — Twitter — Instagram
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.

Piece for Shelter Pets

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October is national Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month and we are thrilled to have joined forces with an amazing team of quilt industry professionals in support of the Petfinder Foundation. We are all animal lovers and have come together to generate awareness for shelter dogs (and cats) in need of “furrever” homes.  We hope that you’ll join us in the Piece for Shelter Pets Blog Hop to learn more and see how you can help!

The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM), an international online only publication,  first partnered with the Petfinder Foundation to form the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team after Hurricane Sandy. The two organizations help animal shelters affected by disasters by sending Kennel Quilts for the displaced animals. As sewing essentials are needed for Kennel Quilts, we, in addition to Bernina USA, Island Batik Fabrics, Quilty Box, and Benartex Fabrics, have joined the TQPM Kennel Quilt effort to offer addition help to the Petfinder Foundation.

THE PETFINDER FOUNDATION
For the past 20 years, Petfinder has helped 25 million pets find their families through adoption. They wanted to use this moment to celebrate their incredible legacy with their shelter and rescue members while inspiring a new generation of pet lovers, just like you. They created a video and pledged to donate $200,000 to the Petfinder Foundation if the video reached 1 million views by October 24, 2016. Thanks to dedication and inspired help of the masses, they have already reached their goal! The donated funds will reward 20 shelter and rescue members with $10,000 grants, allowing them to keep doing the amazing work that they do!

GARY’S STORY (One of the reasons why we do what we do!)img_20160703_224055

Gary is the beloved rescue dog of Elena Gregotti, Aurifil’s CEO. He has been a part of her family for nearly 4 years. He’s a happy and charismatic dog with a great personality, however, before his days of chasing lizards in the Aurifil garden, he lived in Serbia, where he was un-loved and terribly abused.

Luckily for Gary, a family friend, originally from Serbia but now living in Italy, rescued him and brought him to Milano. She posted a photograph of Gary on Facebook asking for help in re-homing him. Elena’s husband saw the resemblance to her childhood dog Rudi, who was also a rescue dog. He had been abandoned on the highway when he was just a puppy and went to live at her family’s country house in Tuscany. Elena has very fond memories of growing up with Rudi. Sadly he passed away a few years ago.

Gary, enjoying a sunny day on the Dolomites

Gary, enjoying a sunny day on the Dolomites

Elena and her family fell in love with Gary, contacted their friend, and he joined their family on November 18, 2012. At first he was unhappy, timid, petrified of men and never played, but over the past four years he has settled in, learned to trust again and enjoys long evening walks around the city. He spends his days being swooned over by the Aurifil office family and enjoys long summer vacations in the Tuscan countryside.

Gary with Elena's son, Jacopo

Gary with Elena’s son, Jacopo

AURIFIL’S CONTRIBUTIONS
Aurifil‘s first specialty thread box, the Small Kennel Quilt Thread Kit, was launched last year. The cover features Pretty Girl, the TQPM Kennel Quilt “SpokesKitty” and HSPPR (The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region) adoptee, photographed on her Kennel Quilt during the 2013 Colorado fires.

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Later this month, at International Quilt Market in Houston, we’ll introduce two new collections in partner with Island Batik, Fifi & Fido and Happy Hounds. A portion of the sales of each will go to the Petfinder Foundation.

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OUR PIECE FOR SHELTER PETS PARTNERS
Bernina of America created a special edition Best Friends sewing machine this year featuring paw prints. They donated $30,000 to the Petfinder Foundation from the sales of the machine.

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Island Batik is introducing two new collections, Fifi & Fido and Happy Hounds, at International Quilt Market. A portion of sales will go to the Petfinder Foundation.

Quilty Box will offer special TQPM Kennel Quilt boxes including the fabric and thread needed to make two kennel quilts. The Petfinder Foundation will be the recipient of a portion of their sales.

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Benartex will introduce a brand new fabric collection at International Quilt Market featuring Joey the Shop Dog. The line was designed by Joey’s rescue mom, Rose Ann Cook. 10% of sales for Joey’s fabrics will be donated to Petfinder Foundation.

FOR THE LOVE OF THE DOGS & CATS!
Nan Baker of The Quilt Pattern Magazine, Purrfect Spots and the TPQM Small Kennel Quilt Team was kind enough to share some super sweet photos with us… we love that these kennel quilts are so well loved by all of these darling little fur babies!

THE GIVEAWAY

To enter to win one of these fabulous prizes, click here. The giveaway is being offered  throughout the full blog hop and you’ll have the opportunity to enter via any of our the participating blogs. It will end at 11:59pm on Tuesday, October 25. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, October 26.

THE SCHEDULE
Don’t forget to visit all of the stops along the way for rescue stories, product info, and more!

10/5 – The Quilt Pattern Magazine/Nan Baker of Purrfect Spots
10/7 – Aurifil (You are HERE)
10/12 – Island Batik
10/14 – Quilty Box (Check Facebook & Instagram)
10/19 – Benartex
10/21 – Petfinder Foundation

We are animal lovers and have come together to support shelter animals and perhaps bring a little joy into their lives. Creating a Kennel Quilt is a way to join a larger effort to help our furry friends in times of need by doing what we love. We hope that you’ve been inspired to get involved. If you’d like to join the Small Kennel Quilt Team, please click here.

There are so many shelter animals that need a home.  This is a great time to check with your local shelter for your “furrever” friend or you can check out Petfinder.com. However if you can’t adopt at this time, there are numerous other ways to help and that will be shared on all our blogs. Please join us in this effort and remember… Adopt –don’t shop!

Island Batik Week: Sand Dune & Tide Pools by Kathy Engle

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We’ve arrived at our final day of Island Batik Week and today we introduce not just one, but two collections! Double the fun and double the giveaways;). We’ve loved every bit of this week and have learned so much about these remarkable designers. The gorgeous fabrics from Island Batik are incredibly versatile and have produced one stunning project after another. We hope you’ve drawn some inspiration from what you’ve seen and that you enjoy our final post today… all about the woman behind many of the successful collections at Island Batik, Kathy Engle.

ISLAND BATIK WEEK SCHEDULE
7/18 – Introduction to Island Batik
7/19 – Seashore by Tammy Silvers
7/20 – Equinox by 4th & 6th Designs
7/21 – Surf Squirt by Claudia Pfeil
7/22 – Tide Pools & Sand Dune by Kathy Engle (Today)

To learn more about Island Batik and the batik process, please visit their website. For a peek at the full range of Spring/Summer releases, click here or on the image below to browse the catalog.

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THE COLLECTIONS
Island Batik’s Kathy Engle has introduced two brand new collections, Tide Pools & Sand Dune. From vibrant periwinkles and seaweed greens to lively greens and sun-kissed oranges, these two collections offer a rich palette of colors on opposite ends of the spectrum. The coordinating Aurifil thread collections are available in two separate large boxes featuring our 40wt thread.

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Peer just a little beyond the surface and you’ll find Kathy Engle’s palette paradise in this season’s Tide Pools collection. Vibrant periwinkles and seaweed greens only scratch the surface of this collection’s spectrum! Seashells, swirls, bubbles and netting all play amidst the flamingo pinks and sandcastle tans. Spy a sea urchin inspired purple fabric and bottle green sea foam fabric. Tide Pools will only leave you wanting to explore more!

Tide Pools
100% Aurifil Cotton
Large – 40wt, 1094yds each, 12 colors, Large Spools
1243 – 2145 – 2545 – 2562 – 2740 – 2850 -2884 – 2887 – 2915 – 4030 – 5003 – 5006

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Embark on a journey to Kathy Engle’s Sand Dune collection where a lush desert oasis is surrounded by lively greens and sun-kissed oranges. Tanned browns and sandy hues dance in the arid winds. You’ll be craving to see what other desert diamonds lay beyond this sand dune! An assortment of leaves hand-dyed on nutmeg, toasted marshmallow, and eggshell browns will only leave you serenaded in their shade.  Wild parakeet glitter amidst sage-brush greens in this hidden paradise. Take a peek at this collection and see what Sand Dune colors you fall in love with!

Tide Pools
100% Aurifil Cotton
Large – 40wt, 1094yds each, 12 colors, Large Spools
1133 – 1231 – 2310 – 2318 – 2350 – 2360 – 2600 – 2610 – 2886 – 2892 – 5009 – 5024

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To view all thread collection info on our website, click the collection images above. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

THE INTERVIEW
How did you first get started in this wonderful world of textiles? 
From an early age I was very drawn to graphic art and textiles. I chose it as my career and I graduated from CSULB (California State University, Long Beach) in illustration and textile design.

Tide Pools Fabric & Thread

Tide Pools Fabric & Thread

Do you recall the first collection that you designed and what was that experience like for you?
For the first 10 years of designing fabric, it wasn’t by collection, but rather by individual hand painted tropical surf wear and action sports themed wear. It was from the next 13 years of transfering to the hot new up-and-coming quilting division that collections were inspired. Anything with nature has always been a favorite; but after 30 years I really dont have any favorites. My process moves on to the next, always moving forward. It’s never boring.

Whirlpool by Stitched Buy using fabrics from Tide Pools

Whirlpool by Stitched Buy using fabrics from Tide Pools

What first drew you to the business of fabric?
The fabric industry has made it possible to be an artist, designer, and business woman. It has given me opportuntites to teach, travel and continue to develop and learn with each new project. The love that people have for fabric is infectious!

Maze by Freemotion by the River using fabrics from Tide Pools

Maze by Freemotion by the River using fabrics from Tide Pools

How long have you been involved with Island Batik?
I have worked for Island Batik since 2008. The integrity, quality, and virtues that they have established have informed the success of their collections.

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California Coastline by Purrfect Spots Designs using fabrics from Tide Pools

What do you love most about Batik fabrics?
I love the brilliance of the colors, the saturation of the dyes, the variety and diversity of the tjaps (chops). There is so much history to making batik. The whole process of manufacturing seems like magic.

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Sand Dune Fabrics & Thread

Can you tell us a bit about the process of making a batik fabric and how that factors into the design process?
First, I create black and white designs in repeat for positve and negative images. The drawings are then sent to Bali. The chop, or stamp, is created by welding copper strips and pins together into an 8-1/2″ x 11″ design. The chop is dipped in melted wax and stamped directly on the fabric. The colors and textural pattern for the background are selected and then the colors for the forground are chosen. Fiber-reactive dyes  penetrate the cloth and are dried by the sun. The wax is removed with boiling water to reveal the pattern beneath. The process may be repeated to achieve the final result.

Spinning Geese by Cindi McCracken Designs using fabrics from Sand Dune

Spinning Geese by Cindi McCracken Designs using fabrics from Sand Dune

What inspired your latest collections and how did you translate that inspiration into the designs that we see in the collections?  
The inspiration for all four collections, Tide Pools, Surf Squirt (for Claudia Pfeil), Seashore (for Tammy Silvers) and Sand Dunes came from my love for the ocean coastline, where I live with my family. The commom elements used are all tied to the earth; as is with most of my designs. Fish scales, seahorses, seaweed, coral, waves and sand all relate to a summer vacation or just a walk along the beach. I describe my colors as sophisticated clean and muted tones, realistic to nature, one that has many values and color.

Falling Stars by Mountainpeek Creations using fabrics from Sand Dune

Falling Stars by Mountainpeek Creations using fabrics from Sand Dune

Do you have a favorite project that was made using the fabrics from these collections?
I am always amazed at the creative ways designers use my collections. The diversity of their creative spirits come together in so many different projects that I couldn’t begin to choose. I love them all!

Montana Wildflowers -Bitterroot by Ladybug's Cabin using fabric from Sand Dune

Montana Wildflowers -Bitterroot by Ladybug’s Cabin using fabric from Sand Dune

The prints showcase such a variety of rich and neutral colors. What is your process for selecting the colors for the coordinating thread collection?
I try to imagine how the quilter is going to use the thread. Do they want to make a bold quilting statement or a subtle one? Will they try to match the thread colors for piecing?  I want the quilter to be able to have some creative choices for their projects within the thread collection.

Copper Clockworks by Purrfect Spots Designs using fabrics from Sand Dune

Copper Clockworks by Purrfect Spots Designs using fabrics from Sand Dune

How did you first discover Aurifil threads?
I saw a project that one of our designers had made I was taken by the magic the thread brought to the quilt.

Is there something about Aurifil thread that you feel brings out the richness of the batik you design?
Aurifil thread has the same wonderful brilliance and saturation of color that is characteristic of our batik. I like the cotton on cotton combination with the thread and fabric. I think the two natural fibers work together to produce amazing results.

THE GIVEAWAY – TWO PRIZES!!

Click here to head to the Rafflecopter page to enter-to-win one of these two prizes:

— 1 Large Tide Pools Thread Collection and one Fat Quarter Bundle of Tide Pools fabrics from Island Batik
— 1 Large Sand Dune Thread Collection and one Fat Quarter Bundle of Sand Dune fabrics from Island Batik

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, July 28! One winner will be randomly selected for each collection and announced here on Friday, July 29. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Carol Nelms & Gillian Moore!!

ABOUT KATHY ENGLE
KathyEngleKathy Brett Engle is the Vice President of Design at Island Batik. An established member of the textile industry for over 30 years, she brought her expertise of Batik design to Island Batik in 2008 to develop batik collections and products specifically designed for quilting related retailers.

Prior to Island Batik, Kathy worked for Hoffman of California. During the 23 years she was with the company, she designed fabrics for both sportswear and specialty manufacturing, and then the fabric retail division serving fabric stores and quilt shops as Design Director until 2007.

A native Californian and graduate of CSULB, Kathy is married, a mother to two grown sons, and grandmother. She lives and loves the Southern Californian coastal lifestyle!

ABOUT ISLAND BATIK
Website — Blog — Facebook — Pinterest — Twitter — Instagram
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.

Island Batik Week: Equinox by 4th & 6th Designs

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Day three of Island Batik week and we’re getting ready for our second giveaway! We’re having so much fun with this and hope that you are too. These gorgeous batiks from Island Batik have us yearning to get started on a new project and we hope that they are stirring up some fun and creative ideas with you too! To recap, we’ll be featuring one Island Batik designer each day this week to showcase new fabric & coordinating Aurifil collections. Each post will offer a fabric + thread giveaway so make sure to come back daily to learn more about our talented designers to enter-to-win some gorgeous prizes!

ISLAND BATIK WEEK SCHEDULE
7/18 – Introduction to Island Batik
7/19 – Seashore by Tammy Silvers
7/20 – Equinox by 4th & 6th Designs (Today)
7/21 – Surf Squirt by Claudia Pfeil
7/22 – Tide Pools & Sand Dune by Kathy Engle

To learn more about Island Batik and the batik process, please visit their website. For a peek at the full range of Spring/Summer releases, click here or on the image below to browse the catalog.

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Fall in love with Autumn all over again with Fourth & Sixth Design‘s Equinox for Island Batik! Warm cider oranges and marigold yellows will find a special place in any project. Caramel and mocha browns add an array of warm colors amidst baby spring greens. There are so many hues to choose from – you’ll certainly find a few to fit on your shelves! The coordinating Aurifil Thread Collection features our 40wt.

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THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Equinox
100% Aurifil Cotton
Large – 40wt, 1094yds each, 12 colors, Large Spools
1135 – 1147 – 2135 – 2230 – 2235 – 2260 – 2385 – 2460 – 2975 – 4012 – 5016 – 5022

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

THE INTERVIEW
What first inspired you to start sewing? 

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.

Equinox BOM by Fourth and Sixth Designs

Equinox BOM by Fourth and Sixth Designs

Do you remember the first project that you made and how you felt after it was complete? 
Mary: The first quilt I completed was a queen size sampler quilt made in a beginner quilting class at the local high school. I hand quilted each block differently so I could learn as much as I could on one quilt. I did indeed learn a lot. I still love to hand quilt but no longer have the time.

Barbara: My first quilt was also a sampler and was hand quilted and put together in the Row-Row-Technique.  It was done using cardboard templates and I am so glad we no longer do it that way.  It is one of the few quilts that I have completed by following  a pattern.

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.

Victorian Dreams by Southwind Designs using fabrics from Equinox

Victorian Dreams by Southwind Designs using fabrics from Equinox

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.

Fall Back by Fourth and Sixth Designs

Fall Back by Fourth and Sixth Designs

What do you love most about working together?
We love that we don’t have to explain our ideas to one another. As soon as we are in a room together we each just “get it”. It’s the shortest shorthand you could imagine. There have been times when we would be working on our own designs independent of each other; each working in our own homes. When we came together, we’d realize that we were each working on different aspects of the same design without ever discussing it.

How did you first get involved with Island Batik?
When Mary owned her shop she would make samples for their booth. That continued when Fourth & Sixth Designs was formed.

Zenith by Feathered Nest using fabrics from Equinox

Zenith by Feathered Nest using fabrics from Equinox

What do you love most about Batik fabrics? 
The depth of color and variety of texture. Our designs are texture and color driven.

What inspired Equinox and how did you work through the design process? 
Equinox was inspired simply by the color palette of Autumn. We both live in the Northeast where fall is a wash of beautiful colors. We’ve always been inspired by that particular palette. We had an idea to design a quilt using the leaves of deciduous trees, so we designed the line with that in mind.  It also made sense to follow Full Bloom with another seasonally inspired quilt.

Wyoming Wildflowers - Indian Paintbrush by LadyBug's Cabin using fabrics from Equinox

Wyoming Wildflowers – Indian Paintbrush by LadyBug’s Cabin using fabrics from Equinox

Do you have a favorite project that you’ve made using the fabrics and threads of Equinox? 
We love the Equinox quilt. It was one of the most difficult quilts to design, we had many late nights. We are so pleased with the end result.

How did you first discover Aurifil threads? 
Barbara first discovered Aurifil when she was quilting art quilts and needed to find a thread company that would have enough colors to match the many subtle tones and shades of the fabrics she was using in her quilts. The thread also needed to be 100% Cotton, have a great look when stitched, and run well in her longarm. This was a tall order. Once she started using Aurifil there was no going back. It is the most amazing thread and we both love the 50wt and 40 wt for our projects.

The Equinox Collection has such rich Autumn colors. What is your process for selecting the colors for the coordinating Aurifil thread collection? 
Again, taking advantage of Aurifil’s extensive color range, we can always find the perfect color match for our Edge Coloring Appliqué technique. And we always use the 40wt for our appliqué.

Four Seasons by Thimble N Thread using fabrics from Equinox

Four Seasons by Thimble N Thread using fabrics from Equinox

Do you have a favorite color or weight? 
We both love bright colors. We can’t get enough of orange and fuchsia, but we don’t really think we have a favorite. Our designs frequently use upwards of 20 fabrics because we just can’t get enough. The more the merrier!!  40wt is probably our favorite, it is great for piecing and also for quilting.

What advice would you have to offer to designers just getting started in this industry?
The industry is going through some major changes and is a lot different from when we started. Social media is so prevalent and time consuming that it is hard to find the time to design and write patterns. A designer has to wear many hats in order to succeed.

THE GIVEAWAY

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To enter-to-win 1 Large Equinox Thread Collection and one Fat Quarter Bundle of Equinox fabrics from Island Batik,  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, July 26! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Wednesday, July 27. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Beatrice Sekeras!!

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
Website — Blog — Facebook — Pinterest — Twitter — Instagram
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.

Island Batik Week: Seashore by Tammy Silvers

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Welcome back to Island Batik Week!! We’re so excited to partner with this wonderful company to present a variety of new fabric lines along with the coordinating Aurifil thread collections. We’ll be featuring one designer every day and each post will offer a fabric + thread giveaway so make sure to come back daily to learn more about our talented designers to enter-to-win some gorgeous prizes!

ISLAND BATIK WEEK SCHEDULE
7/18 – Introduction to Island Batik
7/19 – Seashore by Tammy Silvers (Today)
7/20 – Equinox by 4th & 6th Designs
7/21 – Surf Squirt by Claudia Pfeil
7/22 – Tide Pools & Sand Dune by Kathy Engle

To learn more about Island Batik and the batik process, please visit their website. For a peek at the full range of Spring/Summer releases, click here or on the image below to browse the catalog.

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You can just feel the sun, sand and surf in the Seashore collection by Kathy Engle forTammy Silvers of Tamarinis. The warm creams, greens and purples will bring delight to your sea-salted senses! The accompanying Aurifil thread collection offers a large box of bright hues in 40wt and a small box of 10 luscious spools of our embroidery floss. There is a colorful surprise awaiting everyone in the Seashore collection!

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Seashore
100% Aurifil Cotton
Large – 40wt, 1094yds each, 12 colors, Large Spools
1114 – 2132 – 2150 – 2420 – 2479 – 2520 – 2560 -2780 – 2805 – 2810 – 4020 – 4093

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Small – Aurifloss, 18yds each, 10 colors, Small Spools
1147 – 1148 – 2120 – 2150 – 2582 – 2740 – 4020 – 4093 – 5002 – 5018

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

THE INTERVIEW
What first inspired you to start sewing? 

Inspired to sew?  That’s tough – because I can’t really remember a time when I didn’t sew!  I grew up with makers (like many of us!), and it just seemed to be a natural part of expression to sew what I wanted, and what I needed.  Of course, now I’ve gone from aesthetically appealing utility sewing to more artistic form of expression sewing, but it is all a natural part of my history.

Do you remember the first project that you made and how you felt after it was complete? 
My first quilt (and is it still a quilt if it was never layered and quilted?) was not the most attractive thing I’ve ever created (it was butt ugly, actually!), but something in that first quilting class inspired me, and I continued on.  The next quilt I made, a sampler, was, in hindsight, not the greatest either, but I felt such a sense of accomplishment and an excitement to go further and explore other methods of piecing.  And I haven’t stopped since!

Rondure by KISSed Quilts, using fabrics and threads from Seashore

Rondure by KISSed Quilts, using fabrics and threads from Seashore

Who has been the most inspiring person within your creative career? 
Ohhh.  Just one?  I’ve got a few.

I started teaching quilting a few years in, and I taught loads of projects from Eleanor Burns’ books and Pat Sloan’s books (two very different approaches and aesthetics), and their methods and styles heavily influenced me (I still tell people I want to be Pat Sloan when I grow up!).

And years and years ago, in the beginning of my quilting journey, I became friends with Jodie Davis.  Her encouraging, friendly demeanor and her “let’s try this” approach to traditional methods spurred me to do the same – try anything!

Modern Churn by Tamarinis

Modern Churn by Tamarinis

What is your go-to sewing technique? 
I like almost anything, but when I get really “creative” with my blocks and angles, I find paper piecing is my best friend.  It lets me get those odd angles and perfect points every time.  I’m experimenting now with an approach to improvisational piecing that will help those quilters that need just a bit more control feel comfortable with the process.

How did you first get involved with Island Batik? 
Oh, another tough one.  I don’t remember the first initial contact, but I’ve been creating projects for Island Batik for years and years and (cough) years.  It has always been a wonderful experience, whether creating projects for publications, or for my own pattern line.  I mean, who wouldn’t love working with all those luscious fabrics? Any project looks awesome in their batiks!

Sea Glass by Tamarinis

Sea Glass by Tamarinis

What do you love most about Batik fabrics?
I love so many things about batiks – the saturation of color, even in the soft pastels (yes, I do use pastels – sometimes!).  I love the high thread count of batiks, which means your piecing is true because the fabric isn’t stretching out of shape.  I love that there usually isn’t a wrong or a right side – which makes cutting and piecing so much easier.  I love the range of colors and motifs.  I guess you can tell – I love batiks in general, and they truly are my “go to” fabrics of choice.

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Do you have a favorite project that you’ve made using the fabrics and threads of Seashore?
Again with the favorites!  How can a mother pick a favorite – and yes, the quilts are very much like my children!  But ok – hmmmm.   It’s a toss up – Melon Bloom is a remake of a traditional quilt and I love how the bright side of the line really shows off the blooms.  But then Sea Salt is awesome in a different way – it pulls in some of the softer colors, and really showcases my less traditional approach with blocks that spill out into the borders.

Melon Bloom by Tamarinis

Melon Bloom by Tamarinis

How did you first discover Aurifil threads? 
At Quilt Market (I don’t remember which one – but it’s been a while!) – the full range of colors and threads was immediately eye catching.  And then once I sewed with it, that was it.  I was hooked!  I use Aurifil for all my stitching – from piecing with 50wt gray or beige, to quilting with 40wt, and then of course, embellishment with the wool thread (awesome on wool applique!) or the 12wt, which is what I’m using with my upcoming Island Batik/Aurifil projects for Fall Market.

Sea Salt by Tamarinis

Sea Salt by Tamarinis

What is your process for selecting the colors for the coordinating Aurifil thread collection? 
Selection is the hardest part.  Aurifil has such a wonderful range of colors, it is truly difficult to narrow the selection down.  But I do try to choose colors that represent the current fabric line, coordinate with it, and yet will show against the range of fabric colors.

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Do you have a favorite color or weight? 
Well, as I mentioned, I use Aurifil for everything, so I can’t imagine doing any stitching without it.  My 50wt gray is my go to for all piecing.  For embellishment, it’s a toss up between the wool thread (I LOVE that you can use it in the machine for top stitching) and the 12wt.  They have such a wonderful look against the smoothness of the fabrics.  As for color – well, all the colors in the Seashore collection are wonderful.  But…..can we just take a minute to admire that awesome teal (#4093)…….yes!

THE GIVEAWAY

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To enter-to-win 1 Large Seashore Thread Collection and one Fat Quarter Bundle of Seashore fabrics from Island Batik,  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, July 25! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Tuesday, July 26. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Tammy Corcoran!!

ABOUT TAMMY
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Unknown-3Tammy Silvers is the designer behind the brand Tamarinis. She’s been designing quilts for 10 years, and prides herself on offering bold, fresh new patterns for quilters of all levels. She enjoys working with almost any fabric, but her favorites (the one that makes her drool and blow a carefully constructed budget) are batiks, bold prints, and chicken prints. Having a background in art and literature, another of her guilty quilty pleasures is finding ways to use “words” in her work, be it in the fabric itself or by adding them to the piece.

Tammy is a Georgia native and currently lives in Acworth with her husband, children (when they come to visit!), dog, and her favorite fat cats.
 
Under the label Tamarinis, her designs are regularly published in a variety of quilt magazines, including Quilt, McCall’s Quilting, American Patchwork and Quilting, Stitch, Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting, Quilty, Quilt It…Today, Sew It…Today, Stitch and Create and Decorate. She also works with some of the major fabric manufacturers designing projects to showcase and promote their fabric lines, including Island Batik (of course!), Northcott Fabrics, Blend, Camelot and Fabri-Quilt.

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.

Island Batik Week!

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Welcome to Island Batik Week!! We’re so excited to partner with this wonderful company to present a variety of new fabric lines along with the coordinating Aurifil thread collections. We’ll be featuring one designer every day and each post will offer a fabric + thread giveaway so make sure to come back daily to learn more about our talented designers to enter-to-win some gorgeous prizes!

To learn about Island Batik and the batik process, please visit their website. For a peek at the full range of Spring/Summer releases, click here or on the image below to browse the catalog.

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ISLAND BATIK WEEK SCHEDULE (click on the links below to navigate to each post)
7/18 – Introduction to Island Batik
7/19 – Seashore by Tammy Silvers
7/20 – Equinox by 4th & 6th Designs
7/21 – Surf Squirt by Claudia Pfeil
7/22 – Tide Pools & Sand Dune by Kathy Engle

THREAD COLLECTIONS

SNEAK PEEK GALLERY

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.

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We’ll be back tomorrow with our first interview and giveaway! Happy Monday!