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!!

Front Yard Photo Hop

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We are thrilled to be a stop on the Photo Hop in celebration of Front Yard, Sandra Clemons’ debut collection for Michael Miller Fabrics. The collection was inspired by the landscape and movement of things in the front yard of her house. Front Yard features a lovely lineup of prints in two color ways, blueberry and blackberry. A range of purples & blues are offset by pops of green, pink and yellow. It’s a collection that is sure to inspire. Sandra’s coordinating thread collection offers a gorgeous range of colors in our 50wt thread.

THE PROJECT
Aurifil’s very own Hilary Jordan (also of Young Texan Mama) had some fun with Front Yard. We absolutely adore these stunning train cases that she whipped up using the Kismet Trinket Box pattern by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness. The blue case uses Bunny Tracks in the blueberry color way  along with Aurifil 50wt thread in #1125. The pink case uses Broken Hexie in the blueberry color way along with Aurifil 50wt in #2530. We particularly love that she quilted the Broken Hexie case following the pattern of the fabric!

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THE THREAD
Front Yard
12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool), 100% Cotton
2630 – 2600 – 2021 – 2530 – 2423 – 2214
5017 – 2710 – 1125 – 2783 – 2540 – 2479

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10 Small Spools, 50wt (220yds/spool), 100% Cotton
2630 – 2600 – 2021 – 2423 – 2214
5017 – 2710 – 1125 – 2783 – 2540

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

THE INTERVIEW
What first drew you to the world of sewing and quilting?
Two women. My mom introduced me to sewing. She has a sewing business. In my youth she custom designed just about anything that needed to be sewn. It was mostly clothes for people, but I do remember a lot of doll clothes as well. As society shifted, people noticed that buying clothing was cheaper than making it. This change led to my mom shifting her work to tailoring and alterations. She now also does a lot of work for the military where she makes alternations and sews military patches, which is quite a meticulous process that needs the upmost attention to detail, something which she did with ease.

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The other women is someone I don’t personally know, but her quilts introduced me to quilting. She is my husband’s great-grandmother. My first trip to ‘meet-the-parents’, I noticed these beautiful quilts laying around the house. I wanted to learn more about them and quickly. I purchased a quilting book for beginners and signed up for a quilting class at my local quilt shop. Now that I’ve quit my day job to take Make It Blossom (MIB) full time, I’m learning and researching our quilt history and how our history has inspired quilting in the modern era. I’m sharing my research on my blog, check it out by heading over to www.sandramakeitblossom.com.

Do you remember the process of creating your first quilt and how you felt once it was finished?
I do. It was a log cabin quilt from a discounted Debbie Mumm book for $4.95. It was sized at 120” x 120”. I made the entire thing. It has all my firsts. The first time I selected all the fabric for a quilt, the first time I cut with a rotary cutter. It was also first time I pieced, and then ripped, and pieced again, as well as the first time I spray basted and machine quilted. I meandered the entire quilt through 4-1/2” of throat space on an old PFAFF. I’m very determined and sometimes naive. In hindsight, I didn’t understand what I was getting into, but I did finish the quilt before moving on to the next project.

[Check out all quilt patterns at Michael Miller Fabrics and Make it Blossom]

Front Yard debuted at Fall Quilt Market in Houston. Can you tell us a bit more about the line and what inspired its creation?
The Front Yard collection is inspired by my small moments in the front yard of our house with my daughter. This collection is about what she sees outside, a bird in the tree, bunnies hiding in the flowers, the distant city lights. The collection is illustrated with bright colors from my flowerbeds. Front Yard invites all to enjoy the small things outside and treasure the radiant color of summer. Join me on social media by finding me on instagram (sandra.clemons) and facebook (makeitblossom) where I share my creative process and the latest news on MIB. I also publish patterns and books, many of them showcase FRONT YARD. Head over to my website to find out more.

When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them? Do you have a favorite color/weight?
I knew about Aurifil when I first started quilting. Aurifil was very prominent at my favorite quilt shop. I knew about lint building up in sewing machines. Lint was a concern for me because I’m lazy when it comes to cleaning out my machine. I’d rather be stitching instead of taking a timeout to clean my machine. When the lady at the shop was pitching the Aurifil thread to a group of us, one of the benefits was that it produced less lint compared to other brands. When she said that, I was sold. Ever since, I hadn’t had any desire to try any other brands of threads. Why try something new when what you have is working wonderfully. I normally use the 50wt cotton.

How did you go about selecting threads for your latest Aurifil collection?
I knew I wanted a rainbow of colors with some neutrals. I used the Aurifil 50wt color card to audition colors to match the FRONT YARD collection. Then, I decided I wanted to make sure I had a variety of lights and darks of color. Soon, I was able to narrow it down to 12 colors for the large box and 10 for the small box.

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THE GIVEAWAY

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To enter-to-win 1 Large Front Yard Thread Collection by Sandra Clemons for Aurifil, 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, January 2! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Tuesday, January 3. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Vicki Hill!

To enter-to-win one FQ Bundle of Front Yard, make sure to follow @sandra.clemons and @michaelmillerfabrics. Repost the photo hop image at the top of this post using the following tags: #makeitblossom, #frontyardfabric, and #michaelmillerfabrics. Drawing occurs at the end of the Photo Hop. You can learn more about the hop by visiting Sandra’s blog for details.

ABOUT SANDRA
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sandra-profileSandra Clemons is a quilter, book author, fabric designer, quilt designer, and instructor. She began quilting in 2005 when she and her husband were dating. He took her to his family’s home and there she observed the quilts made by his grandmother and great-grandmother. She grew up understanding sewing garments and woodworking from her parents and believes that quilting is a nice mix between sewing and woodworking. Quilting is now Sandra’s passion…  the thing she loves to do when she’s not with her family. She considers her quilting style to be neo-classic, where she makes use of the old to make something new. She does all her own cutting, piecing, and quilting on her BERNINA 820 sewing machine.

Sandra lives in Denver, Colorado along with her husband and daughter and when she’s not quilting, enjoys running, hybrid workouts, yoga, photography, tennis, hiking, travel and sports.

[Most images + all interview answers and biographical information courtesy of Sandra Clemons.]

 

Summer Lovin’ by Susan Emory

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Summer Lovin’ is Susan Emory‘s debut Aurifil thread collection. Selected to coordinate with her new fabric collection for Michael Miller Fabrics, the box features a range of 6 colors, 1 each in both 50wt & 12wt, perfect for piecing and hand-stitching. Bold & bright, these collections are sure to inspire some fabulous Summer sewing!

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Summer Lovin’
100% Aurifil Cotton, 12 Large Spools
Colors included:
1135 – 1320 – 2250 – 2730 – 2860 – 5004 (50 WT)
1135 – 1320 – 2250 – 2730 – 2860 – 5004 (12 WT)

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

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THE INTERVIEW
As a fifth generation quilter, who was it that first taught you how to sew? 
I learned from both my mother and grandmother. They were both so proficient that they made it look easy so I was never intimidated.

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What was the first item that you made completely on your own and what did you love most about it? 
Oh gosh, I’m not sure. About 20 years ago, I made a king-size bargello quilt that was way above my skill level – and I survived! LOL

Who has been your biggest creative influence? 
I’m not sure of a single person who has been my biggest influence, but I find creative inspiration in everything. I look at everything from quilts to logos to menus and consider what I would do to put my own spin on it. I’m very inspired by the emotions and lyrics in music (I may still be living in the 80’s).

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What inspired your very first pattern? 
Necessity. I owned a quilt shop and needed to find ways to sell more fabric so I started designing patterns that work with large-scale, directional prints.

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Can you give us a sneak peek at what it’s like to put together a fabric collection? 
I’m usually working on three lines at a time. Releasing my current line, while working on art for my next line, while thinking about and warm-up sketching the next collection. With Summer Lovin’ I knew I wanted to do something that was nostalgic of my childhood so I began with flowers that reminded me of the art classes I would take in the summer at the library.

I typically draw, then scan and manipulate my designs. Once I have several designs together I submit them to the design department at Michael Miller Fabrics. Then we go back and forth on what to leave in and what to take out, tweaking the colors, etc. Once we start to narrow it down I submit project ideas to support the prints. It’s a long process and by the time the fabric is released I’ve been looking at it for a long time. I love every step of the way!

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Click the image to check out Summer Lovin’ on Michael Miller’s website

Do you have a favorite project that was created with your Summer Lovin’ collection?
I love the Sweet Summertime quilt that has hand embroidery. It’s a five-month block of the month and each month you make one hand embroidered block and three pieced blocks. I love to draw and do hand work, so embroidery is a great fit for me. I think people new to hand embroidery will be able to finish these designs and more experience embroiderers will enjoy it also.

My second choice would be Flower Power. Having the threads match the fabrics for applique was wonderful for this quilt.

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How did you first hear about Aurifil threads? 
I bought my first Aurifil at Kelly Ann’s Quilting in Warrenton, VA. I was just getting back into hand embroidery and signed up for a block of the month (or several. LOL). Aurifil’s social media presence has been wonderful for links for inspiration and tutorials.

Do you have a favorite color/weight? 
I use a ton of 50 wt. for all my sewing, applique and quilting. I buy A LOT of white and gray. I love how lint-free the thread is and, it might be in my head, but my bobbin seems to last longer.

Joy Ride — from Sweet Summertime BOM

How do you go about putting your thread collection, Summer Lovin’, together? 
I had drawings of my hand embroideries and computer prints of my Summer Lovin’ line. Once I had final strike-offs and exact colors I just had to confirm that the colors I chose would match. I’m thrilled with how it all looks together.

THE GIVEAWAY

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To enter-to-win 1 Summer Lovin’ Aurifil Thread Collection and one Fat Quarter Bundle of Summer Lovin’ by Susan Emory for Michael Miller,  click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have!  Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, June 28! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Wednesday, June 29. Good luck!

Update (6/29): This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Kathy Cummings!

ABOUT SUSAN
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Susan 4Susan Emory is crazy about DIY, color and creating! She expresses her art as a fabric designer, quilt designer, quilter, artist, teacher and blogger. Susan’s designs can be found under the Swirly Girls Design brand.

 

**All images and biographical text courtesy of Susan Emory.

2015 Fall Quilt Market Part 2

Welcome back to 2015 Quilt Market Part 2!  There is never enough space to put the grandness of Quilt Market into one post.  Market needs to be at least two to three days longer ( and two posts longer) to be able to process at least half of what is happening or what has happened!  Hoping you enjoy Part 2 of Market!

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There is never a lack of activities for shops at Market!  On the day prior to Market officially opening, there are Schoolhouses.  Schoolhouses are designed to educate and inspire shops to help their customers to find the right tools, fabrics and knowledge for every project!

Aurifil’s Schoolhouses were by different areas of the quilting industry. Fabric house, Island Batik, designers Wendy Sheppard and Jinny Beyer, and Alex Veronelli.

The first was Island Batik Fabrics with their lovely new collections! The one being shown is Tinsel!  Each of the four newest fabric collections has an Aurifil thread collection to match! Perfect colors for every one!

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Wendy Sheppard from Ivory Spring was the Second in the series.  Wendy is a scientist turned quilter.  She has been featured in just about every quilting magazine on the planet with her beautiful quilts that are all quilted on her domestic home machine!  Wendy has a new Aurifil Collection and explained how she came to use Aurifil 50wt and why she believes it is the perfect choice for all quilters for it’s strength and beauty!

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Wendy’s stunning quilt was on display in the Aurifil booth during Market and will be going on tour with Alex for his lectures in Aurifil Quilt Shops, Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for this beauty!  Also, keep on the lookout for a possible pattern for this beauty!

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The talented Jinny Beyer was in the schoolhouse next!  Jinny’s insightful lecture was about thread weight uses.  With so many weights to choose from, how do you know what is the correct one for your project? Jinny shared what she uses and why.

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Alex assisted her by holding up one of her quilts as an example.

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Alex was the final lecture for the day.  The topic of his discussion was the overwhelmingly popular Aurifil lectures.  This lecture is available only to Aurifil shops. This exciting lecture is approximately 90 minutes of engaging video that takes you behind the scenes of the Aurifil factory, inside the research and development of the thread, a short lecture about the recommended uses and care for the threads, then concludes with an array of stunning artworks from the industries top designers.  Alex explained how the program works, why it is so popular and added in that there are gifts and giveaways of Aurifil at every session! What is not to love?

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Time to walk the Quilt Market floor!  It is always exciting to see the upcoming collections from the various designers and fabric houses!  It never ceases to be amazing that each booth is created only for the few days of the show. These displays are a labor of love a true act of passion by their creators!

Joanna Figueroa from Fig Tree &Co.  Is always prepared with something new and fresh for Moda Fabrics! She is really a sweetheart to boot!

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She had a little something unexpected and special in her booth…WOOL and Aurifil floss to match!  This is something completely new and will be coming to a shop near you soon!  Very thrilling!

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The new kid on the Moda block is artist, architect, and all around great dancer LUKE Haynes!  This is Luke’s first fabric collection.  It is appropriately named Dapper and has a modern edgy feel using traditional herringbone and bold colors.

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Sandy Gervias is also in the Moda family and has this sweet new collection Refresh.

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Loving the Aurifil spools as flower vases!

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There was a real showstopper in Michel Miller Fabrics!  Into The Deep by Patty Sloniger was filled with rich colors making the mind dance!

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The dress was absolutely sublime!

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Tula Pink never fails with her daring designs for Free Spirit!

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Darlene Zimmerman never fails to entertain the creative juices in her Robert Kaufman booth! There is always something special and vintage that makes you want to stay awhile and see what else may turn up.  Morningside Farm will be available in 2016!

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Maureen Cracknell had an explosion of fabulous with all of the details in her booth for Art Gallery Fabrics and her collection Fleet and Flourish!

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Tim Holtz had on display his personal collection of antique items that inspire his own personal designs.

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The very popular Mendocino by Heather Ross is being reprinted by Windham Fabrics! These lovely fabrics are sprinkled with life from the ocean including mermaids.

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The final addition for today is Mary Fons‘s collection with Springs Creative Small Wonders.

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Alex was happy to welcome Mary into the fabric world and into the Aurifil family!

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Hope you will come back tomorrow for even more from Quilt Market!