Aurifil 2016 July Designer of the Month Wendy Sheppard

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I’m Designer, Author, Radio show host Pat Sloan.. Our July Designer is Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring, as her motto says “Where treasures of past and present connect”. Wendy and I live in the same area and we discovered we have a love of Applique, quilts with great color, Aurifil thread, and  days without rain!!  We both noticed that when we had a regular Tuesday evening meeting.. it seemed to ALWAYS rain!

What I love is how Wendy’s patterns spam a great many techniques and styles. Besides her applique, my favorites are the pieced patterns that look amazing, but are very easy to do! Wendy is a master at that, which I think you’ll see today.

I have talked with my friend Wendy  2/15/16 on my talk show CLICK to Listen or subscribe by Itunes

Let’s get to know  Wendy!

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Showcase Sunday — The Splendid Sampler Edition {6.19}

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We’ve been so incredibly inspired by all of you amazing folks who are sewing along with The Splendid Sampler, a magnificent Sew Along presented by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, that we couldn’t help but dedicate this week’s Showcase Sunday to you! With so many blocks shared, this post will just focus on blocks #27 – #36. Can we just say… *swoon*!! Keep on sewing, keep on sharing and most importantly, have fun!

To see even more of the blocks on Facebook, click here.
To check out what is happening for The Splendid Sampler on Instagram, click here.

Additional info on The Splendid Sampler:
Introductory Post for The Splendid Sampler
Sewing Along with the Splendid Sampler

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Block #27 — Sewing Machine by Pat Sloan

Block #28 — Stitching Fashion by Charise Randall

Block #29 — Scrappy Happy Heart by Christa Watson

Block #30 — Simple Surprises by Amy Ellis

Block #31 — Blossoming by Jenny Reynolds

Block #32 — Constant Needle by Laurie Simpson

Block #33 — Selvage Saver by Pat Sloan

Block #34 — Lemonade by Amy Gibson

Block #35 — The Wishful Garden by Kristyne Czepuryk

Block #36 — Inchy Hexagon Club by Jane Davidson

Bonus — Matthew’s Block

Thanks, as always, for joining us! Happy Sunday and Happy Stitching!

Top Ten Tuesday {Tips & Tricks}

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One of the most wonderful things about the sewing & quilting community is how supportive we all are of each other. Need advice on what threads to use for the topstitching on a handbag? There’s a post for that. Just getting started with quilting and find yourself overwhelmed with thread types and uses? There’s a post for that. New to reading patterns and feeling lost? There’s a post for that too! We are a remarkable and knowledgable community, always willing to lend a hand, share a tip, and teach a friend. Today, we’ve compiled some of our favorite tips & tricks and hope that you find them as useful as we have!

1. Top Tips for Top (Bag) Topstitching — U Handbag

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2. Hiding Threads — France Nadeau

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3. Aurifil Spools — Aggy Burczyk for Auribuzz

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4. Preventative Sewing Machine Maintenance — Threads

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5. Make a Stitch Sampler Book — We All Sew, Bernina

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6. Top Tips for Jelly Rolls — Pat Sloan

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7. How to Read a Sewing Pattern — The Sewing Loft

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8. How to Sew a Round Hem — On the Cutting Floor

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9. 2 Sewing Tips You Need to Know — Made by ChrissieD

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10. Aurifil Thread Info & Carry Case — Sew4Home

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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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Aurifil 2016 March Designer of the Month Christa Watson

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I’m Designer, Author, Radio show host Pat Sloan. We are jumping out of winter in my part of the world and I couldn’t be happier!  Our March Designer is Christa Watson of Christa Quilts!

Christa is an Author, Teacher, Shop owner, Designer, and Aurifil thread lover for many years. She has a passion for quilting, which she shares at her website and Facebook group via sew alongs and tutorials. She is always sharing something great! 

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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 Christa and I chat on my talk show.. —>  Christa was on 6/3/14 and 9/8/15, take a listen

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PLEASE READ — We are CHANGING something!!

Our Monthly quilt block share 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!

Let’s get to know Christa!

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Aurifil 2016 January Designer of the Month Heather Valentine

Aurifil 2016 Design Team January Heather Valentine

It’s a bright shiny new year and we have a whole new team of designers for 2016! We are making a block a month and I asked each designer to create a blue and white block. They are going to share their inspiration and tell us about themselves in my interviews on the 15th of each month.

By the end of the year you will have 12 blocks and I’ll have a setting for you!  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan, and I can’t wait for you to meet these 12 Designers this year and get to know them.

My January interview and quilt block is with Heather Valentine of The Sewing Loft.   I’ve been doing projects with Heather and really love what she shares at her website. She has so many great tips and tutorials, you need to sign up for her newsletter!  I also interviewed Heather on 8/11/14, take a listen

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

Let’s get to know Heather!

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Aurifil 2015 December Designer of the Month Celine Perkins

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Welcome to our last interview and Mini Quilt for 2015 in our Designer of the Month program!  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan, and it’s been wonderful to meet these 12 Designers this year and get to know them.

Our December interview and mini quilt is with Celine Perkins of Perkins Dry Goods.  Celine’s quilts are warm and cozy and you just want to curl up in them! Celine is a master piecer and has great use of fabric in her designs.  This past year we’ve gotten to know each other and I really love seeing a peek into her creative life  at her Instagram account, take a look.
Pat Sloan Perfect Colors3We continue our MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!). We will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE

Let’s get to know Celine!

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Top Ten Tuesday {ornaments}

Welcome back to Aurifil Top Ten Tuesday!  Thanksgiving is almost here ( in the states) and that means that Christmas is not far behind!  Have you started on your handmade holiday gifts?  If not, check out these wonderful embroidery ornament patterns by Aurifil Designers that can be stitched up quickly while you are spending time with your family!  Pick out your favorite colors of Aurifil embroidery floss or 12wt threads to create these sweet ornaments as gifts or for your own tree! There is a bonus of TWO extra patterns in this week’s offering!

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1. Snowman Ornament by Sherri from Little Bits of This and That

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2. Bird Ornament by Gail Pan Designs

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3. Bell Ornament by Amy from Amy’s Creative Side

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4. Christmas Stockings by Anna from Thimbleanna

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5. Holly Leaves by Pat Sloan

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6. Snowflake by Emily from Carolina Patchworks

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7. Reindeer by Victoria Findlay Wolfe

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8. Mitten Ornament by Lizzy and Beth from Lizzie B Cre8ive

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9. Candy Canes by Pam Kitty Morning

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10. Swedish Girl Ornament by Roseann Kermes from Rosebud’s Cottage

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11. Summer Santa by Sarah Fielke from The Last Piece

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12. Ice Skates Ornament by Bari J

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You can find even 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!

Aurifil 2015 Oct Designer of the Month Sara Lawson

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Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program,  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan! Our October interview and mini quilt is from the amazing Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness.  Sara has such an eye for fashion forward projects that are also doable! She has bags, project containers and more. And I love the way she will combine fabrics, you can learn a lot by following her.

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And I’m a TAD partial to the bag she designed for me, the Sloan Travel bag! 

You can listen to interview on 5/5/14 and 10/21/13  with Sara to learn a LOT about bags interfacing. It’s like taking a class with her! You can listen RIGHT at your computer to my podcast 

Pat Sloan Perfect Colors3We continue our MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!). We will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE

Let’s get to know Sara!

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