Moda Mondays: Everyday Escape by Franny & Jane

Welcome back to Moda Mondays, a super fun series designed to showcase a stunning lineup of thread collections by our treasured Moda Designers! Check in here every Monday to learn more!

Manderley, by Franny & Jane (Frances Newcombe and Jane Davidson) for Moda is a unique collection of ocean and mansion inspired fabrics. The collection was born out of the desire to tell a story, something that the two designers did from across the globe with Frances in California and Jane in Australia!

The complementary thread collection, Everyday Escape, is a range of 50wt thread in sweet coordinating colors. Though the colors were selected to coordinate with Manderley, they represent an extremeely versatile palette — all the colors needed for an ‘everyday sewing escape!’

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Everyday Escape
12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool), 100% Aurifil Cotton
2780 – 1320 – 2805 – 5017 – 2110 – 2311
5002 – 2530 – 2610 – 2600 – 4060 – 2021

THE INTERVIEW
Do you remember the process of making your first quilt and how you felt once it was complete?
Fran: Yes! I love appliqué, because I was an illustration major, so it was like illustrating with fabric! I went crazy when I made my first quilt with simple folk snowmen using the fusible appliqué technique.

Jane: I do. I went to a class when I was 19 and drew my own pattern, made templates, hand cut, hand sewed and quilted a queen sized quilt. I felt inspired and it ignited a passion for quilting that remains with me still.

Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
Fran: Painting and textiles.

Jane: Nature and social media. I draw so much design inspiration from the beautiful flora and fauna and the landscapes that surround me.

Lotus Quilt by Jane Davidson

How did you first connect with each other and what do you love most about working together? How did the Franny & Jane collections come to be?
Fran: Jane and I met at Quilt Market in 2014, Jane called me a “soul sister.” I somehow knew intuitively that we were meant to work together.

Jane: Franny and Jane started as a conversation about fabric design. We sort of went from there and Manderley was created.

What drew you to Moda and what do you love most about working with them?
Fran: There is a wonderful timelessness connected to Moda and their fabrics… a sweetness to the fabrics and products that I think brings joy to the world. Also an excellence to their design and products. I have dreamed of working with them since I fell in love with fabric design.

Jane: Moda has always been a part of my quilting journey. I feel so welcome in the Moda family. I love their diversity of fabrics and the new and wonderful colours and prints that appear each season.

What inspired Manderley?
Fran: Manderley is based on the movie and book “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier. Jane and I loved the first screen and quote from the film…

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”

There is something beautiful about driving up to a mansion near the sea. So we wanted to explore that time period of elegant fantasy and some of the Asian textiles of the 1940s…

A beautiful country estate near the sea: secret gardens and passages filled with treasures; a trove of blooms featuring Honeysuckle and Jasmine; a decorative style with an Oriental-inspired twist. Journey into a world of seashells and delicate motives, fresh colors that will excite any quilter.

Read more about the story of Manderley here.

Do you have a favorite project or favorite projects made with the collection?
Fran: I would say one of my favorite quilts that Jane designed was “Enchanted Garden” and I love the quilt we designed together, “Baltimore by the Sea.”

Jane: It is hard to choose a favourite. I designed and made 9 quilts for market last year but I must admit I have a soft spot for Enchanted Garden and Double Crossed. (see attached photos)

Enchanted Garden Quilt

When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them?
Fran: I first discovered Aurifil in 2010. The colors are gorgeous and they are like butter to sew with. I feel like I have something luxurious on my machine when I have a spool.

Jane: I fell in love with Aurifil thread when I started long arming in 2011. It gave an elegance to my quilts with its silky appearance. I have an extensive colour and weight range to finish my projects from fine appliqué threads (80wt) to embroidery floss.

Do you have a favorite color/weight and why?
Fran: 5021 in 50wt. I love this neutral grey it goes with any color fabric and blends beautifully for piecing!

Jane: What can I say…”I’m in love with Dove”. I find I use 50wt 2026 for so many projects. It blends with so many fabrics.

Fran’s dog Rudy with her favorite spool of Aurifil

How did you go about selecting threads for your Aurifil Everyday Escapes collection?
Jane: Using the collection of spools I have in my quilting room, I laid the thread across the prints to see which matched or blended with the fabric colours and designs of Manderley. I took in consideration colours that could be used everyday. The thread collection contains many neutrals, including a soft, grey variegated thread. 50wt threads are perfect for piecing and I love the subtly of the 50wt when I quilt.

Baltimore by the Sea

Where can we find you this year?
We are busy designing and creating constantly, I think it is in our blood, and we both have different skills that work together. Jane has worked so hard releasing her new book with Pat Sloan “The Splendid Sampler” and I am working on my illustration and design portfolio.

Double Crossed

What’s next for Franny & Jane?
Bloomsbury, our next collection with Moda! It is inspired by the Bloomsbury group in London, which merges today’s modernism with the past influence of the Bloomsbury’s aesthetic in design, art, literature and textiles.

THE GIVEAWAY 

To enter-to-win 1 Large Everyday Escape Thread Collection and one Layer Cake of Manderley by Franny & Jane for Moda, 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 Sunday, April 30! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Monday, May 1. Good luck!

ABOUT FRANNY & JANE

Frances Newcombe (left)
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Frances graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1988 with a BFA in illustration. After college, she returned to her native Los Angeles, and began working in Broadcast Design for television. For over twenty years she has created on-air graphics, promos, and main titles for every major network including CBS, ABC and NBC, where she currently works freelance, as well as the Discovery Channel, TLC, E! Entertainment, and Buena Vista Television.

Her first love, however, is sewing, particularly quilting, and in the last several years she has devoted much of her time to various sewing projects and fabric design. She lives in California with her husband John and son Jonah.

 

Jane Davidson (right)
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Jane started quilting over 20 years ago by designing and hand piecing a queen sized quilt. Caught up in study and travel, it was not until 2010 did she rekindle her passion for quilting again.

“I love everything about quilting and the quilting industry. I am so inspired by the enthusiasm and creativity I see everyday.” A scientist at heart, Jane loves the engineering behind the quilt making process, the planning, the fabric selection, the designing and construction, and of course the quilting. She is always ready to challenge her skills when designing a new block or quilt.

These days you can find Jane in her studio running a professional long-arm quilting service, teaching, designing and planning her next publication.

 

ABOUT MODA
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United Notions, Moda Fabrics and Moda Home is a multi-line fabric, notions and finished product manufacturer and distributor selling to the trade. They offer a wide range of fabrics, notions, patterns, books, quilting supplies and finished product in their Dallas warehouse. They have been in the quilting and fabric industry since 1975 and are constantly striving to bring the latest and greatest in both their fabrics and other quilting and home products. Moda currently has independent designers as well as an in-house design staff bringing some of the hottest new lines of fabrics and home product available in the industry.

Moda Mondays: True Blue by Brigitte Heitland

Happy Monday!! We’re getting some lovely Spring weather today… and sunshine, lots of SUNSHINE! Here’s hoping you’re getting some in your part of the world as well;). We’re in our second week of Moda Mondays, a super fun series designed to showcase a stunning lineup of thread collections by our treasured Moda Designers. Check in here every Monday to learn more!

True Blue by Brigitte Heitland (Zen Chic) captures all the different hues that we love about jeans: from white over a pastel washed-out blue, powder blue, and classic indigo to darker tones like night blue and nearly black. Modern reminiscences of Dutch Delft tiles make for beautiful large floral prints. Combined with medium scale coordinates, partly geometric, partly organic and small-scale blenders Zen Chic’s brand new collection offers everything a quilter’s heart or a denim lover can long for.

Brigitte’s coordinating thread collection is timeless and versatile featuring 50wt threads in shades of blue with pops of gold and yellow.

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
True Blue
12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool), 100% Aurifil Cotton
2021 – 2800 – 2846 – 5008 – 1248 – 2783
2785 – 2930 – 5022 – 4655 – 4669 – 4665

THE INTERVIEW
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you first got started in the world of sewing and quilting?
Sewing was always a passion of mine, I learned it as a six year old child. But growing up in Germany, I didn’t learn about quilting before I got to be about 40 years old. By that time I stumbled upon a book of Kaffe Fassett and was fascinated. I had to give it a try and have been hooked ever since.

Brigitte at Houston Quilt Market 2016

Do you remember the process of making your first quilt and how you felt once it was complete?
My first quilt was a simple windmill quilt with cotton fabrics I bought at the shop around the corner (no, they weren’t beautiful or fancy at all, not even quilt fabrics). I loved the process and working very accurately is always something I like to do. I was proud of my first little table runner, gave it to my mum, who still displays it on a little coffee table.

Throwing, a pattern by Brigitte Heitland/Zen Chic

Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
Interior design – it’s my huge love and will always be. All kinds of things I can find in a beautifully styled room (especially the Scandinavian ones): the color schemes, patterns of carpets, tapestry, porcelain, vases, modern art – strolling through modern styled interior design magazines is my personal heaven.

Bowls, a pattern by Brigitte Heitland/Zen Chic

How did you first connect with Moda and what do you love most about working with them?
We found each other 2011 at international Quilt Market in Salt Lake City. This was the Market I debuted – I had no name, no blog, no book, nobody knew me. I have never been there before. I just believed in my dream, bought a flight ticket, booked a booth and showed up. Fate placed me and my booth next to Moda, they liked my style and offered to work with me.

I couldn’t believe it – for me it was like winning the lottery. Since then we released 13 collections, and more are on their way. It is just fantastic to work with a leading fabric manufacturer in this industry – it has opened so many doors for me: most important – I can share my passion and my talent with those people in the world who have the same interests. I can live my dream of designing and creating. I travel internationally for my business and see so many new parts of the world, I can teach and get to know so many talented people. Moda is like a family for me. Everybody including the leaders takes care for the people in the team – if someone gets seriously sick, there is so much loving support. The climate between the designers is not at all competitive, but rather very friendly and supportive. It is a wonderful company to work with, indeed!

What did you love most about putting your latest collection, True Blue, together for them? What inspired the collection?
The collection was inspired by denim-style. Denim is a timeless fashion, always trendy, but these days it is also a hot trend in quilting. Making quilts or bags with recycled jeans or with fabrics which match this style is just cool. True Blue is a companion to denim is quilting quality: It matches the complete color range from washed out jeans over regular blue jeans over dark blue to black. It gives you large scale floral prints to make skirts or bags or borders and backings for quilts; it gives you medium scale geometrics – hey a shirt of the circle print would look good on a man! And small scale blenders which fit well in any shop to blend in with other collections.

Do you have a favorite project made with the collection?
Oh yes, the wall quilt Globe is an absolute stunner. When I designed this quilt pattern I first hesitated to go for it: it needs paper piecing and Y-seams and I was not sure if people would be willing to take this effort. So I gave it a try with a smaller print run – and boom – it became the bestseller of this series and booklet patterns are meanwhile sold out (only PDFs available).

Globe, a pattern by Brigitte Heitland/Zen Chic

What is your favorite thing to make?
Piecing. Piecing patches together, may it be for a bag or a quilt, is still my favorite part of the sewing process. Or a garment like a dress or a skirt.

Right Direction, a pattern by Brigitte Heitland/Zen Chic

When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them?
It was pretty soon when I stepped into the industry, that Aurifil came to my attention. Actually it was even before I started my business that I read the raving comments on all kinds of blogs and get curious about that name I hadn’t heard of so far. People praised the beautiful colors and the fiber quality, said „this is my  favorite thread“. So quite from the beginning on I bought that brand at my distributor and I have to say – they didn’t disappoint. I use them for piecing as well as for my long arm quilting business and the quality is superb: There is a certain shimmer which shows on the sewing surface, I like that. And of course the beautiful large color range.

Do you have a favorite color/weight and why?
My favorite color is light grey 50WT – not because this is fancy. Just because I can’t live without that versatile hue which matches every project and has the perfect weight for piecing.

True Blue Pillow

How did you go about selecting threads for your latest Aurifil collection, True Blue?
When I select the thread color assortment matching one of my collections I try to step into the shoes of the quilter: She needs lights and darks and mediums – so I pick those according to my fabric colors. But she might also need an accent color to enhance the project with some seams (e.g. topstitching on bags or so). Therefore I added the accents mustard and ochre to the blues. And then I think of the quilting process – I added variegated threads for the quilt surface. Can you imagine a solid backing with the quilting motive in a multicolored thread – this is especially cool.

What top thread tip would you want to share with our readers?
It is more a practical tip – spoil yourself with a good thread spool organizer, maybe a box or a rack where you can display the spools well sorted.

It is not only eye candy – it is so much more fun, if you see, what you have and find it easily.

Where can we find you this year?
You will find me at Pour l’Amour du Fil in France (Nantes, April) and at International Quilt Market in St. Louis in May. And I will travel a lot throughout Europe to teach classes.

ZEN CHIC WISDOM
If you’re not already following Brigitte on Instagram, we recommend following her right away! In between posts about her own projects, her family, and projects that others have created with her fabrics, Brigitte shares Zen Chic Wisdom. We absolutely adore the messages that she shares! ❤

THE GIVEAWAY 

To enter-to-win 1 Large True Blue Thread Collection and one Layer Cake of True Blue by Brigitte Heitland for Moda, 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 Sunday, April 16! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Monday, April 17. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Susan Green!! 

ABOUT BRIGITTE
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Brigitte Heitland was born in Germany and grew up with her three siblings. They were a funny “gang” and her grandma sewed a lot of clothes for the children. Brigitte often sat down next to her old PFAFF and felt so comfortable. Her grandma once told her: When you are tall enough to get your feet down to the pedal, I’ll teach you sewing too. It was, perhaps, one of the best things that anyone could have given her.

Brigitte started sewing at the age of six, mostly clothes, and loved to have unique things to wear. When it was time to choose a profession, she knew it would be something creative.  She decided upon Interior Design but was drawn to all of the students in the room next to her working with needles and thread and so she ended up as a student of Textile Design.

In her mid age, it happened that she stumbled upon a wonderful pictured quilting book and was hooked at once. She had to try it herself and became hopelessly addicted to patchwork. Of course, she needed fabrics, lots and lots of different fabrics to dive in. She started her own little online shop with quilting fabrics and eventually worked to create her own collection. It led to her roots in Interior Design: when developing a fabric or even a design for a quilt the entire impression of a room was considered. She sees the light, the furniture, the color concept, the style and her quilts become a natural element of this scene, fitting in harmoniously. Brigitte loves having clarity in a room, an environment of simplicity where you are surrounded by only the things you really need and love, where you can relax, find your inner peace and balance. Her quilts are take on this concept, reduced, pure, and clear.

ABOUT MODA
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United Notions, Moda Fabrics and Moda Home is a multi-line fabric, notions and finished product manufacturer and distributor selling to the trade. They offer a wide range of fabrics, notions, patterns, books, quilting supplies and finished product in their Dallas warehouse. They have been in the quilting and fabric industry since 1975 and are constantly striving to bring the latest and greatest in both their fabrics and other quilting and home products. Moda currently has independent designers as well as an in-house design staff bringing some of the hottest new lines of fabrics and home product available in the industry.

Moda Mondays: Pat Sloan, Let’s Go Sew!

Now that the snow is finally melting and Spring is actually in the air, we’re kicking off Moda Mondays, a super fun series designed to showcase a stunning lineup of thread collections by our treasured Moda Designers. Check in here every Monday to learn more!

We couldn’t be more thrilled to start up our Spring Moda Mondays with industry icon, Pat Sloan. Pat has written over 30 books, designed hundreds of quilts, designs fabric collections for Moda, curates thread collections for Aurifil, hosts a weekly podcast for American Patchwork & Quilting, organizes the Aurifil Designer of the Month program, and still manages to travel extensively for her lectures while peppering in fun events like The Splendid Sampler Sew Along and so very much more. She is a tireless crusader for quilting and sewing education and is generally seen as an inspiration to all;). So… we love Pat. Pat is just amazing.

Pat’s latest collection with Moda Fabrics is Sunday Drive, a group of incredibly versatile prints and colors all inspired by her memories of Sunday drives. Reds, blues, greens, and neutrals come together to create florals, batiks, and lattice prints. The coordinating thread collection shares a title with Pat’s motto, Let’s Go Sew! It is a terrific range of colors in 50wt that complement her fabrics perfectly, but would also make a terrific stash building box. The collection is available in both large and small spool boxes.

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Let’s Go Sew
12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool), 100% Aurifil Cotton
4060 – 5021 – 2605 – 2630 – 2850 – 2720
2730 – 2785 – 2890 – 2882 – 5002 – 2260

10 Small Spool, 50wt (220yds/spool), 100% Aurifil Cotton
4060 – 5021 – 2605 – 2850 – 2720
2785 – 2890 – 2882 – 5002 – 2260

THE INTERVIEW
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you first got started in the world of sewing and quilting?
My first career was 20 years in computers. I’m a geek – I wrote code and managed very large teams of software engineers doing very long term projects. This means I’m a juggler and I know how to whip up a mean schedule.

In 2000 my husband and I decided to leave the corporate world and start our own small design business. So now we have been small business owners for 17 years.

You can read more & check out several other interviews I’ve done by clicking here.

Fall 2016 Quilt Market Booth

Do you remember the process of making your first quilt and how you felt once it was complete?
That was a long time ago, I was making a ‘bedspread’. You can read my sort of epic story about it right here.

For some reason that didn’t inspire me to continue quilting.  So, fast forward to when my girlfriend Gwyn signed me up for the 12 week, all by hand, cardboard template, ‘Learn to Quilt Class’ and for some reason, I loved it!

Let’s Go Ride by Pat Sloan

How did you first connect with Moda?
As a hobby quilter, my favorite shop loved Moda and carried mostly Moda fabric, so that is when I first used it. Every designer Moda has created fabric that I personally love… the designs just speak to me! So when I started designing patterns, I used Moda fabrics and eventually submitted designs and joined their team! It’s a dream come true to work with them.

Pinwheel Park by Pat Sloan

What do you love most about working with them?
There are so many reasons that I adore ‘My Moda Family’.  Every person from Mr. Dunn, the man who had such vision to start a business providing fabric to quilters, to the Design team with Cheryl Freydberg and all the Marketing folks, each and every person is a class act. They are generous, they are helpful, they are kind, and they give back. They give back to the designers, the quilting community and the world via their charity work.

I’m lucky enough to have gone to an event in South Africa with Mr. Dunn and his sons Brian and Josh. The company made sure all our instructor things were shipped over months in advance. Then the three of them helped the designers when we got there to be sure we had what we needed to teach. Plus they set up their entire booth for the event and talked to quilters for every day of the show. At the end we all took a day trip safari which was so much fun to do! That is just a little peek at how the Moda team supports and helps its designers and the industry.

What did you love most about putting your latest collection, Sunday Drive, together for them?
Every time I start a new fabric collection I have a theme to build off of. This is my write up I did for myself to start the collection:

“When was the last time you took a Sunday Drive? Maybe you left the city for the country market. Or you went from the country to take in a museum. A Sunday Drive was the highlight of the weekend when I was a little girl, and to be honest, it still is! The joy of exploring around the area with no plan is thrilling. We might find a new park to walk in, or a fabulous ice cream stand. Round the next corner and there is an adorable garden center or a fantastic farmer’s market. The part I love is having it unplanned. When I was little and family went for a drive, we didn’t know where we’d go, and we didn’t mind that. We rolled down the windows, enjoyed the wide open spaces and explored each stop on our Sunday drive! “

Do you have a favorite project made with the collection?
The Round About is my favorite made with Sunday Drive. I decided to use a lot of my light patterns from the collection and mixed my cottons and batiks into the same quilt. I wanted the quilt to feel very fresh and airy! It was so fun to see it come together and I like it in fabric even more than I thought I would!

Round About by Pat Sloan

What is your favorite thing to make?
I really love to do wall hangings and machine appliqué. I’ve done my fair share of small, medium and large quilts, but time and again I love to hang my quilts as art. I want to be able to see them. Creating ‘Let’s go Sew’ with my black polka dot sewing machine has been such fun. I am planning to make another in red & white and surround it with Splendid Sampler blocks that are sewing themed. Stay tuned for a challenge on that!

Let’s Go Sew Pattern by Pat Sloan

When did you first discover Aurifil threads?
I was part of an internet community called Second Life, where I hosted a group of quilters (of course!) and this guy named Alex wanted to join my quilt group. So, I asked him to tell me a bit about himself. He said he worked for a thread company and could they send me ‘some spools to try’.  I thought, why not…

Next came a suitcase of all the colors of Aurifil, from Italy… and THAT is how I found them! I kind of like Alex..

What do you love most about them?
The entire Aurifil team is passionate about Quilting. When I introduced Elena and Alex for their 30th anniversary party, Elena talked about how she saw these amazing pieces of art and was inspired to talk to her father about opening Aurifil USA. Their goal is to celebrate quilts, sewing, and the makers. They are also incredible team players working with all the companies in the industry.

On a personal level they are my friends. I met them very early on in the start up of Aurifil USA and we worked together to get the word out about this incredible thread.

You’ve been a champion for Aurifil threads for years, including being the creative genius behind the Aurifil Designer of the Month program. What do you love most about the collaboration?
I love interviewing the designer each month to learn more about them. It’s so easy in this fast past internet world to just see a photo and move on. But that photo was taken by a person with a story. I want to know how they got where they are, what inspires them, where and how do they work and create.

The designers really have fun, too, looking for just the right photo to share.

Then we do the fun block patterns, and it’s a surprise each month that I truly look forward to!!

Pat with the finished 2016 Designer of the Month quilt

Do you have a favorite color/weight and why?
Is this a ‘turn the table’ question? I ask the Designer of the Month the same thing and they also cry ‘uncle’! So now it’s my turn to pick ONE… (note- I allow them THREE colors!)

If I had to only have one color of thread, it would be from my Perfect Box of Neutrals,  5011, but you really should have the whole box!

How did you go about selecting threads for your latest Aurifil collection, Let’s Go Sew?
I put in a range of yummy shades that work with my Moda Fabrics. From aqua to blue, navy, red, green and that great pinky red (5002). There are 3 neutrals and then a fun neutral variegated 4060.

What top thread tip would you want to share with our readers?
Buy the big spools, they are a better value, and you can keep the threads tidy by locking the tail under the cap!

Where can we find you this year?
If you go to my website you can find all the projects I’m hosting this year.

Then sign up for my newsletter  where I give updates, tips & finds!

On Facebook, you can join me at my super fun group, Quilt with Pat Sloan.

and on Instagram too!

THE GIVEAWAY

To enter-to-win 1 Large Let’s Go Sew Thread Collection and one Jelly Roll of Sunday Drive by Pat Sloan for Moda, 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 Sunday, April 9! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Monday, April 10. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to our winner, Sylvia Lopez! 

ABOUT PAT
Website: http://www.patsloan.com
Blog:  http://patsloan.typepad.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PatSloanQuiltFun/
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/QuiltWithPatSloan/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/QuilterPatSloan
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/quilterpatsloan/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/PatSloan
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Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/patsloan/

Pat Sloan is a designer, author, and lecturer, and with her weekly radio show, Pat truly is the “Voice of Quilting”. She has a deep passion for making quilting fun for herself and everyone around her. Pat loves to hang out with quilters on the internet as well as visit you in person. Be inspired to get more done!

Having sewn since she was a child and quilted for over 20 years, Pat eventually looked to her craft as a business. After a few years quilting she started to teach quilt making to others and then turned her skills to pattern designing. She found that she really enjoys designing and seeing how other quilters made her patterns. In 2000 Pat’s designs became so popular that she and her husband Gregg formed a design and publishing company called Pat Sloan & Co. In addition to designing and publishing her work, they now travel around the country teaching and showing her quilts to quilt guilds and quilt shops. Also, Pat has had her designs published in all the national magazines, she has written 31 quilt books and has designed many lines of fabric for Moda Fabrics.

Visit her website for more info.

ABOUT MODA
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United Notions, Moda Fabrics and Moda Home is a multi-line fabric, notions and finished product manufacturer and distributor selling to the trade. We offer a wide range of fabrics, notions, patterns, books, quilting supplies and finished product in our Dallas warehouse. We have been in the quilting and fabric industry since 1975 and are constantly striving to bring you the latest and greatest in both our fabrics and other quilting and home products. Moda currently has independent designers as well as an in-house design staff bringing you some of the hottest new lines of fabrics and home product available in the industry.

We are committed to our dealers and retailers, and will not sell directly to retail consumers. Moda prides itself in being innovative and creative market leaders. High quality products and customer service will remain the cornerstones on which we base our growth and expansion.

We keep our information fresh, so bookmark us and check us often. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

What’s Your Super Power?

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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 
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American Patchwork & Quilting
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American Quilt Retailer
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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! 

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Kansas Troubles Quilters by Lynne Hagmeier

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We are so excited to introduce quilter, educator, author, pattern designer, shop owner, Moda fabric designer and Aurifil thread collection designer Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilters. Lynne’s debut Aurifil collection is a gorgeous selection of 10 rich and neutral colors of our 50wt thread. It was designed to accentuate and highlight fabrics from her upcoming Oak Haven collection and also her now available Bees n’ Blooms collection, both available via Moda Fabrics.

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Kansas Troubles Quilters
100% Aurifil Cotton, 10 Small Spools, 50wt
Colors included:
5013 – 2370 – 2326 – 2692 – 2570 – 2785 – 5024 – 2355 – 2335 – 2460

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

THE INTERVIEW
Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you first came to love the art of quilting?

I have always loved textiles, collecting scraps for doll clothes as a child and later, making my own clothing. When my Gramma gave me a quilt she’d made for her hope chest as a wedding gift, I was immediately obsessed with antique quilts. As a young newlywed, I couldn’t afford vintage, so I decided to make new quilts that looked old, the scrappier, the better.

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Oak Haven Lap Quilt

What is your greatest creative inspiration? 
Nature. I love the changing colors of nature outside my studio window throughout the seasons.

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Do you have a favorite technique and why? 
I’ve developed a technique I call Layered Patchwork. While working with Moda’s precuts years ago, I realized I could dramatically simplify a traditional block by layering squares and triangles and other shapes on top of a background square. With fewer seams, the blocks are more flat, square and true to size, plus the bonus of dimension and texture from the layers.

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Argyle Sox Lap Quilt – Oak Haven

What do you love most about teaching quilting? Do you have a favorite class or class setting?
The quilters! Hanging with a group of quilters for the day is the most fun you can have and call it work! I’m constantly inspired by these women who are the most generous and supportive of their quilting community.

Lynne and members of the Gems of the Prairie Quilt Guild in Peoria, IL.

Lynne and members of the Gems of the Prairie Quilt Guild in Peoria, IL.

What inspired your current Moda fabric collection, Bees n’ Blooms? 
I start my fabric collections with vintage fabrics. One particular large floral had a tiny bee in the background. I snagged the little bee, cut and pasted him onto various background colors, and selected floral and geometric prints that reinforced the bee/flower motif. So fun!

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Bees ‘n Blooms Lap Quilt

How did you first discover Aurifil threads? 
Several years ago, everyone at Moda was raving about how wonderful it was to sew with Aurifil threads. I had to see what all the excitement was about! I tried it and was hooked from the start. I love that the 50wt. is fine, but strong and doesn’t shred or break. It’s the perfect accent for my layered patchwork topstitching and great for all around piecing.

Lynne's Spring Market 2016 booth -- notice the creative use of Aurifil spools!

Lynne’s Spring Market 2016 booth — notice the creative use of Aurifil spools!

Do you have a favorite color/weight?
When topstitching on a variety of colors, I prefer to pick a neutral thread and use it on everything to avoid changing colors. I love #5013 green/gray. It blends with all of my KT darks and even looks great on my tans.

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Oak Haven Pillow Sleeve

How did you go about selecting threads for this new collection?
I use a neutral thread when I can, but for projects like Bees ‘n Blooms flowers or the new Oak Haven leaves/acorns, I prefer to match the thread to the fabric for raw edge applique motifs. Aurifil has so many yummy colors to choose from, it was easy to gather 10 that blend beautifully with all my fabrics.

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Oak Haven Table Runner

You’ve released countless patterns, authored 2 dozen books and released a staggering number of fabric collections as a Moda designer — with such ample experience, what advice would you offer to designers just starting out?
Be true to yourself. I live with my color pallete every day in my home. I decorate with my quilts and even take fabric with me to choose paint colors. Don’t feel the need to follow the current trends. Your passion for your individual style will carry you further.

THE GIVEAWAY

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To enter-to-win 1 Kansas Troubles Quilters Aurifil Thread Collection and one bundle of Oak Haven by Lynne Hagmeier for Moda,  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 Friday, June 24! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Saturday, June 25. Good luck!

Update (6.25): This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Janie McCombs! 

ABOUT LYNNE
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Lynne Passport 2x2[1]Lynne learned to quilt over 25 years ago at a local quilt shop in Salina, Kansas, called The Quilting Bee, while working there part time. Her love of quilting evolved from other interests over the years; from cross-stitch & painting to home decorating & antiques. In 2000, Moda fabrics offered Lynne an opportunity to design fabric for their growing company. What a thrill to create a line of fabrics in exactly the colors you want & then make a quilt you’ve designed with that new fabric! In 2001, she & her husband Robert sold their house & moved to a restored two-story brick building in Lynne’s childhood hometown of Bennington, Kansas, to expand her studio & offer Quilting Getaways on the weekends. Robert joined the business full-time, promising Lynne that if she designed & made quilts, he’d do everything else. Lynne is traveling several times a year to quilt shops and guilds across the country to offer programs & workshops from her quilt books & patterns.

** All images and biographical text courtesy of Lynne Hagmeier and Kansas Troubles Quilts.

 

2016 Spring Quilt Market, Part 3

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Welcome to Spring Quilt Market, Part 3, our final wrap up post of all things Quilt Market! We had such a great time walking the aisles , soaking in the vivid colors, new patterns, and basking in the glory of overwhelming creative inspiration. So, let’s dive right in!!

We absolutely adore working with Art Gallery Fabrics and had so much fun with the staff and amazing team of designers over Market weekend. We partnered with them on our Missing Market Giveaway and they popped by our booth for a quick tour and chat with Alex on Sunday.

Pictured here is lovely designer Amy Sinibaldi debuting her brand new collection with Art Gallery Fabrics, Playground. Her Aurifil thread collection, Sweetly Stitched, was released earlier this year and we just love how wonderfully her colors coordinate with her fabrics. To learn more about Amy and Sweetly Stitched, visit our collection announcement post.

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Gorgeous booth display to feature Art Gallery Organics.

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The amazing Pat Bravo simply glows with excitement in her booth. Here, she showcases two of her Aurifil collections, Rustic Vive and Intense Glow.

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Sharon Holland shows off a stunning handmade dress along with her Aurifil thread collection, Color Story, available in both Large & Small. Sharon is such a huge Aurifil champion and we love seeing her creations!

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Maureen Cracknell never fails to amaze with her Market booths. We are in love with the Nightfall display to showcase her new Art Gallery collection. Here, she shows off Bohemian Garden, her last thread collection with Aurifil.

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Susan Emory of Swirly Girl Designs had a wonderfully bright booth, showcasing the fabrics of her new collection for Michael Miller, Summer Lovin’. All arrows point to Aurifil in one of her displays!

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Tula Pink also wows us with her displays. At Spring Market, she introduced her brand new show-stopping collection with Aurifil — a custom printed box of 45 Small Spools in a fabulous array of colors. The box coordinates particularly well with her new Free Spirit fabric collection, Slow & Steady, in the Strawberry color way.

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We love seeing Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet. Alex took a moment to pop by to say hello and Lori, of course, had one of her Aurifil Happy Colors collections on hand to showcase! We simply adore the Cherries quilt!

Designer Jill Finley recently signed on with Riley Blake and was at Market to present her debut collection with them, Meadow Sweets. We had so much fun working on the coordinating thread box!

The Portage Lake BOM Quilt looks absolutely stunning on display. It uses fabrics from Minick & Simpson‘s new Moda fabric collection, Grand Traverse Bay, and threads from their brand new Aurifil thread collection, Portage Lake. To learn more about the BOM, head here.

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We spotted this amazing quilt in the Moda Grunge booth. WOW!!! Katy Perry never looked so good!

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We always love to see what Kate Spain has going on. This quilt is a stunning display of fabrics for her new Moda collection, Grand Canal.

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Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts shares a gorgeous collection of quilts in support of her latest collection, Chestnut.

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Corey Yoder had the sweetest display of our threads in her Moda booth in support of her new collection Sundrops. Those colors make us want to dive right into Summer!

Darling Little Dickens by Lydia Nelson for Moda has us reminiscing about our younger years and we absolutely love the ‘I Love You’ quilt on the right. Wouldn’t that make the perfect baby gift?

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We had a chance to visit with Heather Jones and Samantha Lindgren of A Gathering of Stitches. Heather put together a gorgeous booth to launch Color Dash, her debut collection with Robert Kaufman fabrics.  We are thrilled that she selected colors for a coordinating Aurifil thread collection.

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How sweet is this kitty quilt in Erin Michael‘s booth for Moda?

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Our new Creative Director, Erin Sampson, had a chance to share a quick hug with the amazing Pat Sloan. Pat is one of Aurifil’s biggest champions and we are ever grateful for her support (and for things like the Aurifil DOM, the Splendid Sampler and so much more!)

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Felice Regina had the most amazing bursts of color in her booth for Luna Sol, her debut collection with Windham Fabrics. We love the bunny!

Kimberly Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop, It’s Sew Emma and Ruby Red Designs popped by the Aurifil booth to check out her debut thread collection, First Blush. True to the name, the collection showcases the sweetest lineup of colors, perfectly matched to the fabrics in her new collection with Windham Fabrics.

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We missed meeting Aneela Hoey at Market, but were thrilled to see Foxglove, her new fabric collection with Cloud9 Fabrics. Don’t you just love how the threads are nestled into the display?

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Annie Smith of Quilting Stash popped by to say hello and shared this quilt with us. WOW. The appliqué is simply perfect and the colors make us think of a perfect Spring day. Annie is a huge fan of our 28wt thread for appliqué.

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Elisabeth Phillips of Island Batik came for a visit to talk about a handful of upcoming collections. We were proud to launch new collections for Island Batik designers Fourth and Sixth Designs, Claudia Pfeil, Kathy Engle, and Tammy Silvers at Spring Market.

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And… that’s a wrap! Thank you so much for all who were able to pop by to say hello. We absolutely adore having a chance to see you all in person and are already looking forward to meeting in Houston.

For more information on our latest collections, keep an eye on our website. We just launched a brand new collection page and will be adding to it throughout the week.

Until next time!

2016 Spring Quilt Market

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

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

The booth was filled with thread rich displays…

Masterfully finished quilts…

And brand new Aurifil Designer Collections.

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

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

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

Happy Sunday:)

 

 

Aurifil 2016 April Designer of the Month Kate Spain

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I’m Designer, Author, Radio show host Pat Sloan. We are finally in spring in my part of the world and our April Designer is the amazing Kate Spain!

The quilt world is so lucky to have the talented Kate Spain design gorgeous Moda fabrics and curate yummy Aurifil thread collections for us! She designs for many places, you can find rugs, stationary and much more with her beautiful patterns on it.

We have become good friends over the years and I’m really happy she is on our design team for 2016!  You can listen to my chat with Kate on my talk show.. —>  3/17/14 click to  listen

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PLEASE READ — We are CHANGING something!!

Our Monthly quilt block Challenge will now be at my website with a Photo sharing party! This will be much easier for everyone.  If you want to look first, It’s HERE

We LOVE our MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. JUST for making a quilt block… you have to join in!). Each month we pick one random winner that has made a  block from our featured designer of the prior month. That person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the prize!

Grab your Kate Spain fabric and let’s get to know her!

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Top Ten Tuesday {Quilts}

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday!  This week is a favorite of all quilters, FREE quilt patterns! The holidays are coming up fast, add in birthdays, baby gifts or a thoughtful charity quilt, we all need a good go-to quilt pattern for all occasions.  From traditional to modern, there is a quilt in this collection for everyone! Many thanks to the talented and generous designers, fabric houses and bloggers for making these incredible patterns and tutorials available!

Time to check out the fabulous patterns, grab some fabrics, your favorite Aurifil thread and SEW!

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1. Jungle Path Baby Quilt by Jessica Kelly for Moda Bake Shop

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2. Summertime  Herringbone Quilt by Michael Ann Made

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3. Rainbow Diamonds Mini Quilt Tutorial by Lindsay for Craft Buds

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4. Accidental Quilt Block Tutorial by Denise from Beyond Sock Monkeys

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5. Scrappy Summer Tutorial by Allison from Cluck Cluck Sew

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6. Scrappy Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Jessie from Messy Jesse

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7. Bravo Indigo by Caroline from Nightingale Quilts for Michael Miller Fabrics

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8. Postcards from Sweden Pattern from Robert Kaufman Fabrics

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9. Double Wedding Ring from Bear Creek Quilting Company

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10. Nail Polish Mini Quilt Pattern by Lori Holt from Bee In My Bonnet

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Find more free patterns, tips, tutorials and inspiration by following the Aurifil Pinterest boards, the Aurifil Facebook page and on Aurifilthread Instagram!  All are updated daily and throughout the day to provide you with the best the sewing world has to offer!

2015 Fall Quilt Market Part 3

Let’s get right into more of the action and highlights from the Quilt Market floor!

Quilt Market is just not Market without the fabulous Pat Sloan!  We found Pat in the Moda neighborhood nestled between Vanessa from Lella’s Boutique and Anne from Bunny Hill Designs.  Pat is the Aurifil Designer of the Month Coordinator and a big part of the Aurifil family! We just love Pat!

Pat has an abundance of new everything to share!  Hometown Girl is her new fabric line with Moda, she has designed three new patterns, a new book, and a new Aurifil thread collection that will be available in four weights to share! She is one busy lady!

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There is always a photo of Pat with Alex for Market!  This year Alex decided to play a trick on Pat and not smile for the photo.  Everyone smiles with Pat. So silly!

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It’s all in good fun!
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A couple of booths down from Pat was A Quilting Life with Sherri and Chelsi presenting their new beautiful vibrant colors in the collection Valley!

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Many fabric designers are also painters, sculptors, architects, and graphic designers. They are not only quilting artists and love to explore their other artistic interests. One designer brought her passion for painting right into her Art Gallery booth.  It was a marvel to watch Bari J as she was creating delightful art in the midst of foot traffic and chatter.  IMG_1738
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Bari’s new collection Millie Fleur is a special collection for her grandmother. Bari has a way to make everything she touches very special. IMG_1512

Christmas on Brambleberrry Ridge by Violet Craft for Michael Miller Fabrics was a flurry of fantastic paper pieced patterns, gift ribbons, garments and decor to bring the spirit of the holidays to everyone in your life!

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Anna Maria Horner from Craft South for Free Spirit Fabrics created a whimsical wonderland for her line Fibs & Fables.

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It would be fun to host a Designers Day for the designers to be able to relax and hang out while at Market. Anna Maria and Joanna stopped by the Aurifil booth to check out all of the new displays and catch up!

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Carolyn Friedlander‘s collection Carkai ( a fun made up word) for Robert Kaufman Fabrics was displayed as a lovely collection of quilts, one hand tied, cushions and, of course, Aurifil thread!

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Julie Herman from Jaybird Quilts is a fan of BOLD color, funky design and Aurifil thread!  Loving her collection of quilts!

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Another favorite of the quilting world is Kaffe Fassett for Rowan Fabrics.  Wouldn’t it be fantastic to just take all of these home?  Stunning!

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Birch Organic Fabrics presented their lovely double gauze.  These fabrics are soft, have a wonderful drape and would make extra soft quilts for babies and children!

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Elizabeth Hartman brought the Pacific Northwest to Houston with her line for Robert Kaufman Fabrics!  Evergreens, animals and even Sasquatch made an appearance!

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Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics introduced Dream.  A collection of classic blues and reds with pops of other accent color!

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Valori Wells found her inspiration for her brilliant new fabrics Mystic for Robert Kaufman while visiting Morocco!

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The Quilt Market Adventure will continue tomorrow on the Show Floor and a few other areas!