Piece and Quilt with Precuts

Christa Watson is a wonderful creative force in this quilty business of ours. She is incredibly skilled at machine quilting, creative with her quilt patterns, and a master in the world of color. Christa has been a dedicated Aurifil gal since first giving our threads a try back in 2013, stating “When I noticed that all my friends and those I follow were raving about them on social media, I had to give them a try. Once I did, I quickly cleaned out my thread stash and got rid of everything else!”

Christa has worked tirelessly to build her brand and people have taken notice. She is an author, a teacher, an award-winning quilter, and she even has two curated Aurifil Thread Collections! She just published her third book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts, with Martingale. We love how she so effortlessly breaks down the process, making a professionally finished quilt something that is achievable for us all.

Piece and Quilt with Precuts features 11 quilts with 18 different machine quilting patterns. Techniques range from quilting using a walking-foot to free-motion to a combination of the two. Christa walks readers through the process, from the initial planning, to selecting fabrics, to piecing, deciding on a quilting pattern, auditioning threads, and more. It’s truly everything that a beginner or even an already skilled quilter needs to hone those quilty skills.

We are simply head over heels for some of the quilts featured in Christa’s book. We don’t want to give everything away, so we’ll just feature a few favorites here. For more on all of the quilts, don’t forget to follow along on Christa’s blog — and of course, go grab a copy of her book for easy access to everything!

To learn more about today’s featured quilt, Twinkling Diamonds, head over to Christa’s blog.

Twinkling Diamonds by Christa Watson

Quilting Detail for Twinkling Diamonds by Christa Watson

We just love the contrast between the fluid waves and the straight line doodles!

If you’re lucky, you’ve already been a student of Christa’s. She travels around teaching her fabulous techniques and we’ve heard the classes are simply fantastic. Our very own Hilary Jordan (Aurifil’s Social Media and Quilt Guild Coordinator) is a member of the Houston Modern Quilt Guild. Christa gave a hands-on workshop for the guild last weekend and Hilary was able to attend. We’re thrilled to have a first hand account of what Christa’s classes are like!


Hi everyone! I am so excited to talk a little about what it is like to take a class with Christa. I’ve been a member of the Houston Modern Quilt Guild for four years, and I always love the opportunities that being a quilt guild member brings!

The class was all day, and it was split between walking foot quilting and free motion quilting. In total we learned almost 2 dozen different quilting motifs! The absolute best part is that everyone learned how to do these techniques on their own sewing machine. Pictured you can see my Janome. The opportunity to learn quilting techniques I can tackle on my own machine was absolutely amazing!

Going into the class I’d say I was on the fence between being a beginner to intermediate quilter when it comes to the actual quilting. The manner in which Christa teaches made it so easy to connect the dots when it came to figuring out how to do certain motifs. I had several aha! moments throughout the class!  When the day was done, I felt so empowered that I wanted to go home and tackle the stack of languishing UFO quilt tops I have in the closet. You know you have some of those too. 😉 If you ever have the opportunity to take a workshop or class with Christa, do it!

— Hilary

To find out if Christa is teaching somewhere near you, check out her schedule here. If no local events are planned, we’d recommend checking out one of her Craftsy classes: Startup Library: Quilting & The Quilter’s Path.

For more info on the pattern for this gorgeous Baby Geese Quilt Pattern, check out Christa’s launch post. It’s a terrific way to get you started on your quilty journey with Christa:).


Excited to get started with your own machine quilting? We are excited to offer up a fab giveaways. Two lucky winners will each receive one of the above collections by Christa Watson. Released last year, the Piece and Quilt Collections, Colors and Neutrals, feature all of Christa’s absolute go-to colors for piecing and quilting. It’s like a perfect starter kit to both build your stash and provide you with the necessary tools to get down to business;). To enter to win, click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page or simply click on the image above. You don’t have to complete all of the entries, but the more you complete, the greater your chance is of winning! This giveaway will be open from now until 11:59pm on Thursday, August 31. Winner will be announced and contacted on Friday, September 1. This giveaway is open to all of our International friends as well!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners, Allison and Dee! (Winners have been emailed 🙂 )

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Christa Watson is an award winning quilter, pattern designer, EQ artist and author who loves to teach others how to successfully quilt on a home sewing machine. She considers herself a cheerleader for the DIY modern aesthetic. She’s heavily involved in both modern and traditional quilt guilds and loves to encourage everyone to enjoy the style of quilting that appeals to them. Christa lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband and three children who all think it’s normal to have a house full of fabric.


The Splendid Sampler Giveaway!

Today kicks off round 2 of The Splendid Sampler Sew Along! Event hosts and authors Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson released The Splendid Sampler book through Martingale last month and it is now shipping worldwide. The book offers 100 FREE quilt blocks from over 80 designers!! Are you ready to sew along?

The Splendid Sampler Quilt — from the book, now living with Jane Davidson in Australia!

The original event kicked off on February 14, 2016 and quickly became a worldwide movement! Quilters everywhere were sewing along, meeting for weekend sewing groups, sharing blocks online in the Splendid Sampler Facebook Group, supporting each other on Instagram, and collaborating with each other to learn new techniques. It was amazing to follow along, to witness the pure genius of it all…  We are proud sponsors and are thrilled to have the opportunity to watch a whole new wave of quilters join in, sew along, and become inspired.

[Our Facebook Live with Pat & Jane from International Quilt Market — May 21, 2017 in St. Louis, MO.]

click image for rafflecopter entry!


Want to WIN a copy of the book + a Large Let’s Go Sew Aurifil Thread Collection by Pat Sloan?


You don’t have to complete all of the options to be entered, but the more options you choose, the more entires you have! Tires will be accepted from now through 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, May 31. Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Thursday, June 1. Good luck!

Want more chances to win? Make sure to visit the Instagram pages for both Aurifil and Martingale


Want to grab your own copy? Visit the links below.

The Splendid Sampler Website
Blocks & Bonus Projects
Fabric & Tools
Meet the Splendid Designers — Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 (there are 83!!)

— Tag #TheSplendidSampler on photos that you share
— Join the Facebook Group to meet other participant, ask questions, get sewing support and make new friends
— Add the blog button to your site – grab it here

We are honored to be a part of such a wonderful event and have to say a huge THANK YOU to both Pat and Jane for including us!the-splendid-sampler-industry-banner-v1-1

[Images courtesy of Pat Sloan, Jane Davidson, & Martingale.]


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!!

Oh Glory by Kathy Flowers — Interview & Giveaway!

Oh Glory, the debut book release by Kathy Flowers for Martingale/That Patchwork Place, was born of out of her gratitude for the men and women of the US Military. Her own father was a soldier in WWII, instilling in her a deep sense of patriotism. Kathy’s story is a personal one and we’re honored to share it here today.

The book is filled with reds, whites, and blues… a gorgeous lineup of patterns to help showcase your pride. Whether you’re looking to make a table runner for a holiday event, a quilt for a loved one, or a tribute piece for a veteran, Kathy’s book has exactly what you need! Her coordinating thread collection offers 12 Large spools of 50wt thread — perfect for piecing and quilting.

Oh Glory
12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool), 100% Aurifil Cotton
1310 – 2725 – 2735 – 2745 – 2783 – 2230
2250 – 2255 – 2260 – 2000 – 2309 – 2314

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


Oh Glory is available via Martingale and also on Kathy’s website.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you first got started in the world of sewing and quilting?

I first began sewing while in high school during Home Economic class. There I learned to sew my own clothes; dresses and skirts. When my children were born I made many of their clothes, mostly shorts and long pants for my son and all my daughter’s dresses.

My sister then introduced me to quilting in 1976 and I made my daughter’s first doll quilt.

Long May She Wave by Kathy Flowers

Do you remember the process of making your first quilt and how you felt once it was complete?
I have to laugh when remembering this! I actually cut up old clothes into little squares to make my daughter a doll quilt. (I used scissors, believe it or not! I didn’t want to invest in supplies until I was sure I would enjoy the entire process.) I then used yarn to tie the quilt sandwich together. It was scrappy to say the least. Needless to say, I fell in love with the entire process and no longer use scissors for cutting fabric.

Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
I see design all around me, whether in color, in gardens, or sometimes just in the touch of a particular fabric. However, when it comes down to the design of a piece, it always seems to work itself backward to love or kindness.   A particular color or fabric reminds me of someone special, love of nature or a place I felt safe and loved, or a genuine kindness shown to me or someone I loved usually defines the process and completed design. All my pieces start and end in the heart.

Song of Victory by Kathy Flowers

How did you first connect with Martingale and what do you love most about working with them?
My first connection with Martingale was simply purchasing quilting books at local quilt shops. When I first began designing my own quilts and was ready to submit to a publisher, I simply chose Martingale based on the number of books I had published by them. I loved the quality of their books and the consistent way they were written. My first collection of designs was rejected. I then began designing the quilts found in OH GLORY and submitted again to Martingale. This time the manuscript was accepted.

What inspired your book, Oh Glory, and what did it mean to you to put the whole thing together?
The inspiration for OH GLORY! came to me the night of May 28, 2004 as I watched my 78 year old father walk slowly across the stage of his high school to receive the high school diploma he left behind as a young man when he went left high school to go fight in WWII. I wasn’t aware at the time this image would forever be ingrained in my mind, or the thunderous sound of applause would forever echo in my heart. At the time I didn’t think that one more salute, or to hear, “thank you for your service to our county” would mean so much after so many years, but it did. My father was a humble man, never asking for much. He was just one man who did what he felt was his responsibility to protect our country. That night in 2004 left me to wonder what could I do to say thank you to all our military men and woman who give so much for our country. This book is my sincere thank you. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of OH GLORY will be donated to a military organization to help those veterans who still need our support.

Leo’s Star by Patty Winkler

Do you have a favorite project featured in the book?
I have two favorites…Long May She Wave is one of my favorites because it represents the flag and the other is Pappa Bear. I always felt safe and loved when I was growing up and my dad took me almost everywhere he went…he was my Pappa Bear.

Pappa Bear by Kathy Flowers

What is your favorite thing to make?
I’m not sure I have a “favorite.” I truly enjoy wool applique as much as I enjoy traditional piecing and paper piecing. Since Aurifil’s introduction of their new 80 wt threads I am throughly enjoying English Paper Piecing as the threads melt right into the fabric so nicely.

When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them?
The first class I took at the local quilt shop I purchased Aurifil 50 wt threads. It was the only thread they carried. I fell in love with the quality and there was no looking back and they never run out of stock! When I started designing wool appliqué, I went to the same local shop and found they also carry Aurifil wool thread. Again, I tried it and never looked for another brand. Aurifil has been my go-to-thread for so many years now, I can’t image using anything else. I’ve found the quality and consistency of Aurifil is essential to me as a designer. I need a wool thread that doesn’t shred while hand sewing and is as consistently strong when used for machine appliqué. I feel the same when using Aurifil’s 50 wt cotton thread for traditional piecing. I also use it for top stitching and machine embroidery. I’m sure I will also be using the 80 wt for machine embroidery too. That’s the beauty of Aurifil threads, different weight threads provide the look I want to achieve and always deliver quality.

I Am Honored Quilt by Kathy Flowers

Do you have a favorite color/weight and why?
I use 50 wt color 2000 almost exclusively for piecing all reproduction fabrics. When piecing white fabrics I use 50 wt color 2021. With Aurifil’s large array of colors to chose from, I am allowed to play with my designs and either match fabric to thread when top stitching or create a contrast of threads and fabric to produce a totally different effect.

How did you go about selecting threads for your Aurifil Oh Glory collection?
Most all the quilts in this book were sent off to be quilted by Vonnie Johnson, long arm quilter and my dear friend. When I send her a quilt, I let her use own artistic voice. That being said, I chose the colors for this thread collection to allow those who do their own quilting on domestic machines, whether it be a simple stitch in the ditch to a more sophisticated design to blend or contrast their quilting with both reproduction and more modern fabrics.

Where can we find you this year?
It is probably easier to tell you where you won’t find me…and that is sitting still!   I am currently touring doing book signings at quilt shops to promote both my book OH GLORY! and of course my coordinating thread box OH GLORY by Aurifil. I am scheduling with quilt guilds and am now booking into 2018. I will continue to design and submit my designs to magazines as I am currently working on another manuscript for submission to a publisher.

I can be reached at PODquilts@gmail.com. I have a couple of Facebook pages, Pieces of Dreams Quilt Designs and Kathy Flowers Designs. I am also on Instagram at piecesofdreamsquiltdesigns.

Stars of Freedom, Designed by JoBeth (Berry) Simons


To enter-to-win 1 Large Oh Glory Thread Collection and one copy of Oh Glory by Kathy Flowers for Martingale, 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, May 10! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Thursday, May 11. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Teri C.!

For another chance to win, make sure to visit Stitch This! via Martingale/That Patchwork Place. They posted a wonderful feature for Kathy yesterday and have a separate giveaway running! 

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Kathy Flowers has been creating for as long as she can remember. She is inspired by everything around her and finds visual inspiration in nature from the smallest butterfly or bee gracing her flowers to an old run down barn along a long winding country road. There are times that she looks at a fabric and can feel the warmth of a hug from long ago. Design is vision and emotion just waiting for a canvas. Her canvas is a quilt top.

Kathy began selling her quilt patterns exclusively at a local quilt shop in 2008 and began publishing with McCall’s in 2012. Her first quilt with Primitive Quilts and Projects was published in their summer 2015 issue. Her first book, Oh Glory, was released with Martingale/That Patchwork Place in April of this year.

[Images courtesy of Kathy Flowers & Martingale/That Patchwork Place]

Splendid Sampler Book Release

The Splendid Sampler kept us sewing for a whole year and we LOVED it! The wonderful Sew Along hosted by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, kicked off in February of 2016, offering 100 FREE quilt blocks from 83 designers.  The 6″ blocks were offered every Sunday & Thursday and we know that many of you have already collected your blocks in files, folders, books, and more.

For everyone else, have no fear… Pat & Jane have compiled all of those fabulous blocks into a stunning book, available NOW via Martingale/That Patchwork Place


We are so incredibly excited to get this one in hand — a true collector’s item for what was a remarkable quilt along. Be prepared to learn new techniques, be exposed to new styles, get to know new designers, and, best of all, make new friends all over the world.

Co-Authors, Jane Davidson and Pat Sloan

In celebration of the release of The Splendid Sampler book, Martingale is hosting an EPIC giveaway featuring prizes from Moda Fabrics designers, Reliable Irons, Aurifil Threads, and Schmetz Needles in addition to copies of the book! To learn more and to enter-to-win, click here or on the image below to visit the Martingale blog.

Introductory Post for The Splendid Sampler
Sewing Along with the Splendid Sampler
Showcase Sunday: The Splendid Sampler Edition {6.19}
Splendid Sampler – Block 50 Celebration!
Splendid Sampler – Block 100 Celebration!

The Splendid Sampler Website
Blocks & Bonus Projects
Fabric & Tools
Meet the Splendid Designers — Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5 (there are 83!!)

— Tag #TheSplendidSampler on photos that you share
— Join the Facebook Group to meet other participants, ask questions, get sewing support and make new friends
— Add the blog button to your site – grab it here

Splash of Color by Jackie Kunkel


Jackie Kunkel is a Designer, an Educator, an Online Shop-Owner (Canton Village Quilt Works), and an Author. Her enthusiasm for quilting is infectious and we always love to see what she is up to! Her debut Aurifil thread collection, Splash of Color, was released this past September and follows in the footsteps of her 2015 Martingale release.  The book heralds the use of black & white and instructs readers how to combine a rainbow of bright, saturated colors with crisp black & white prints to make amazing quilts. Her thread collection is a range of 50wt threads that are simply perfect to get you started on your very own splash of color quilt! We have been so inspired by Jackie and hope that you are too!

Splash of Color
10 Small Spools, 50wt (220yds/spool), 100% Aurifil Cotton
1104 – 2250 – 2535 – 1243 – 2740
2120 – 2870 – 1320 – 4652 – 2024


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!

Seeing Spots by Jackie Kunkel

Seeing Spots by Jackie Kunkel

What inspired Splash of Color, your Fall 2015 release with Martingale Books?
The true inspiration for this book is my love of black and white fabrics paired with bright bold colorful fabrics.  Paired with black and white fabrics, colors just POP!!!  I have always had a love of this combo from early on in my quilting career.  I have quite the stash of black and white fabric as well as bold colors too!!!

Dreaming of Pyramids by Jackie Kunkel

Dreaming of Pyramids by Jackie Kunkel

How did you go about choosing fabrics for your Splash of Color quilts?  
Fabric for each quilt was selected based on my quilt design.  I hand selected each one for each project.  Dependent on the design and the elements that I wanted to highlight.  Some got a scrappier look than others, some not.  The scale of the print cam into play a lot based on the size of the blocks too.  Black vs. White, White vs. Black…. etc.  Every quilt featured a rainbow of colors though.  This was a common theme throughout the book.

Hip to be Square by Jackie Kunkel

Hip to be Square by Jackie Kunkel

Do you sew from your stash, or do you shop for specific prints and colors?
For the book, most of the fabric was from my stash!!  I has some new fabrics sent to me from manufacturers and it was great!  Also I am constantly finding new black and whites that I love and of course add them to my stash when I can.

Jackie's interpretation of a pattern by Alison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew

Jackie’s interpretation of a pattern by Alison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew

Do you have a favorite quilt from the book and why?
Boy is that a loaded question!  LOL!   I really love them all but if I had to pick one, it is a toss up between Proud Mary and Lava Lamps.  These two quilts are a fave of mine because there are curves in them.  They were also the first two that I created for the book. So they are special to me.  I love them both and I really love teaching them too!

Proud Mary by Jackie Kunkel

Proud Mary by Jackie Kunkel

Which project from Splash of Color would you recommend to a beginner quilter and why?
Climbing Mountains is a great beginner quilt.  It is done out of 2.5 inch strips and is super simple to put together.  It is a great one for any beginner to start with!!!  But there are a lot of other projects in the book that they can start on too!

Climbing Mountains by Jackie Kunkel

Climbing Mountains 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!

Jackie and her students displaying Proud Mary blocks at Road to CA

Jackie and her students displaying Proud Mary blocks at Road to CA

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!

Lava Lamps by Jackie Kunkel

Lava Lamps by Jackie Kunkel

How did you go about selecting the colors for your thread collection?
That was a lot of fun to say the least.  All the colors that I selected were based on colors that were used in the quilts and would compliment the quilts created well when people make them.  They can use them to piece the quilt tops AND to quilt them.  The colors just speak to me and I love working with them and hope everyone else does too!


How would you recommend using the various colors within a single quilt? Do you piece or quilt with contrasting colors, or do you prefer to match your threads to the fabric?
Those are great questions.  So sometimes it boils down to a matter of personal preference.  Some people like the colors to blend and there for would use a blue fabric with a blue thread.  While others like contrast, and might choose from one of the other colors to give them contrast and stand out. For me, it depends on the mood that I am in.  But for the most part, I tend to be a blender.  So much fun just using color it is fantastic!!!  I hope everyone else enjoys the book and quilts and uses the threads to the max.


For more information about Jackie’s Splash of Color, please visit Martingale or Canton Village Quilt Works.



To enter-to-win 1 Small Splash of Color Thread Collection and one Splash of Color book by Jackie Kunkel for Martingale, 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, March 6! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Tuesday, March 7. Good luck!

Website — Blog — Facebook — Pinterest — YouTube — Flickr — Instagram 
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. Her 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.

[Images & biographical text courtesy of Jackie Kunkel]

The Splendid Sampler — Block 100 Celebration!!


Happy Valentine’s Day! What an amazing year it has been! We’ve absolutely adored the unveiling of each and every new block for the Splendid Sampler week after week. It’s hard to believe that we’ve already hit block #100! Though the blocks have all been revealed, this is by no means the end of the journey. We know that many are just getting started and we hope that you will continue flooding our feed with the stunning renditions of the blocks that we’ve come to know and love.

This magnificent Sew Along has been presented by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, and we are endlessly grateful. They’ve inspired thousands of quilters, worldwide, to step outside of comfort zones, experiment with new techniques, collaborate and share with new friends, and contribute to something that is both inspiring and educational. We can’t wait to see the book and just know that thousands more will be inspired by this terrific year-long event!

Today, we’re thrilled to showcase your blocks — from #91 – #100. There are so many more to admire, so don’t forget to check in on #TheSplendidSampler on Instagram and visit the photo gallery in the Facebook group for more. And, once you’re done ooooh-ing and ahhhh-ing over all of the block beauty, don’t miss your chance to enter-to-win some amazing prizes!

The Splendid Sampler Banner

[note: Mouse over each image for the image source. An @ symbol means the image is from Instagram, a name means the image was taken from our Facebook gallery]

Block #91 – Gran’s Button Jar by Lynette Anderson

Block #92 – Double Bees  by Beth Bradley

Block #93 – Tiny Miracles by April Rosenthal

Block #94 – Skyscrapers by Stacey Lowe

Block #95 – Sunshine by Kim Niedzwiecki

Block #96 – In the Sunshine by Cheryl Arkison

Block #97 – First Purse by Di Mill

Block #98 – Fleur de Lei by Lynn Harris

Block #99 – Four Corner Spinwheel by Kimberly Einmo

Block #100 – Centered by Kate Spain

Introductory Post for The Splendid Sampler
Sewing Along with the Splendid Sampler
Showcase Sunday: The Splendid Sampler Edition {6.19}
Splendid Sampler – Block 50 Celebration!

The Splendid Sampler Website
Blocks & Bonus Projects
Fabric & Tools
Meet the Splendid Designers — Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5 (there are 83!!)

— Tag #TheSplendidSampler on photos that you share
— Join the Facebook Group to meet other participants, ask questions, get sewing support and make new friends
— Add the blog button to your site – grab it here



There will be not one, but MANY giveaways today on the Splendid Sampler site! Prizes include fabric, Aurifil thread, quilting books and MORE! All you have to do is head here, add a photo of your blocks and share what this journey has meant to you. It’s the perfect giveaway to finish up this fabulous event! Good luck and Happy Stitching!!

[Head HERE to enter the giveaway!]

What’s Your Super Power?


International Quilt Market starts today and while thousands of industry creatives will cross the threshold at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX, even more of us will be following along from home. We’ll be at work, at home, running errands… We’ll be living vicariously through Instagram and Facebook Live, eagerly anticipating each new post showcasing the stunning fabric collections, beautifully constructed booths, hot new products, luscious Aurifil thread collections and so much more. This year, our friends at Moda have assembled an awesome team of companies for a booth hop that will surely be the talk of the event… What is your Super Power??  

Each participating booth will have one basket full of Super Power Tools to give away, and we’ve reserved one for one lucky person following along at home. This basket will have SO many amazing goodies… including fabric, magazines, quilty tools, and even a cone of Aurifil thread. So, let us know what your Super Power is, enter for a chance to win some seriously stupendous goodies, and chase away those Missing Market Blues!!

Featured Companies:
Moda Fabrics 
American Patchwork & Quilting
American Quilt Retailer
Bloc Loc

Moda Designers:
Robin PickensMe & My Sister DesignsBetsy ChutchianSweetwaterBunny Hill DesignsJen Kingwell DesignsAmerican JaneGingiberBrenda Riddle DesignsZen ChicJan PatekFrench GeneralMinick & SimpsonPat SloanKansas TroublesKate SpainJanet ClareWenche Wolff HatlingLella BoutiqueLaundry Basket QuiltsStacy Iest HsuBlackbird DesignsKathy SchmitzBasic GreyPrimitive Gatherings

To enter-to-win, simply click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page or 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 4pm Central Time on October 31st! This giveaway is open to all of our International friends as well! Good luck, have fun, and happy creating!!

UPDATE: Thank you to all who played along!! We certainly have a wonderful collection of inspired superpowers:). Congratulations to Judy Tillott! 


Machine Quilting With Style Blog Hop with Christa Watson

Today we are joined by Christa Watson from ChristaQuilts for a guest post!  Christa is a long time Aurifil fan and supporter.  The first time I had the pleasure of meeting Christa was in Austin at Quiltcon.  Her passion for quilting and quilters was astounding!  Her ideas, creativity and energy are limitless.  It is no wonder at all that her hard work has made it into a wonderful new book Machine Quilting With Style for Martingale so you can learn her great techniques to achieve beautiful quilting.

Hi everyone! It’s Christa here from ChristaQuilts.com and I’m so excited to be guest posting today. I’ve been a fan of Aurifil threads for a few years now and proudly use them in all of my quilts for both piecing and machine quilting. I love each step of the quilt-making process and enjoy that feeling of completion that comes after I’ve taken the last stitch.

christa_alex_aurifilI was a lucky winner of an Aurifil thread box when Alex came to town on a quilt shop tour!

Although I’ve been teaching others how to quilt in my local area for several years, it’s long been a dream of mine to share my passion for quilting with a wider audience. I recently had the opportunity to write my debut book, Machine Quilting with Style which includes not only 12 fun piecing patterns, but also step-by-step instructions on how to quilt each one. I do everything on my home sewing machine and most of my methods are easily adaptable to any type of machine you own.

My style tends to be a bit more on the modern side, yet my machine quilting techniques will work well on any type of quilt. In fact, it’s so fun to teach a class of students and see how they interpret my designs in their own unique ways!

Machine Quilting With StyleWriting a book was a dream come true. It was so fun, I’m going to write more!

I know what you may be thinking—it can be a little scary to dive in and quilt your own quilts. But I have confidence in you and I know you can do it! The trick is to let go of the notion of perfection and try both walking-foot quilting and free-motion quilting techniques.

rain_threadSelecting threads for machine quilting is as much fun as choosing fabrics!

In the book I share a little more in-depth information about batting and thread plus I’ve included tips to help you overcome the fear attached with those three little words: “quilt as desired!” I like to give a lot of information about my quilts, so I’ve even included the type of batting and which threads I’ve used for each quilt. I also tell you how much thread you’ll need for machine quilting each one. If you are like me, you hate to run out of thread in the middle of a project, right?


Rain from Machine Quilting With Style – quilted with the threads shown above.

Here are a couple more closeups of some of the quilting from Machine Quilting With Style, photography courtesy of Brent Kane

Facets QuiltingDetail of spirals and switchbacks quilted with Aurifil cotton thread.

square in a squareDetail of square spirals quilted with Aurifil variegated cotton.

I want to personally thank Alex and Kim for their support in my quilting journey, and the whole Aurifil team for producing such lovely threads with which to work!


Home Sweet Quilt Blook Tour

Welcome to the first stop on the Blook Tour Blog Hop!

We are so thrilled to be joining Jill Finley for this exciting event!  Jill is a busy mom, grandmother, Aurifil Thread Designer and friend!   Jill has a fun and fantastic new book called Home Sweet Quilt published by Martingale.  She has somehow also made time to design a fabric collection for Henry Glass!  If you are going to International Quilt Market don’t miss the opportunity to go by and say Hello to Jill!

The projects in this book are very beautiful with an amazing attention to detail for each and every part of the design.  There are projects for every level of sewer.  We are thrilled to say, all the projects shown in the book are made with Aurifil thread!

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