Pat Sloan’s Mega Fun Book Tour!

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Pat Sloan is truly an industry icon! She 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.

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We couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of her Mega Fun Book Tour! If you’ve been following along, you’ve likely learned some fun things about Pat, grabbed some new quilting tips, checked out some seriously gorgeous quilts, and read all about her brand new book, Teach Me to Machine Quilt.

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Pat is no stranger to the literary world. Yet with each new release, she somehow manages to share unique, helpful, intriguing and gorgeous content.  We are in awe!

Personal confession time… I’m a beginner quilter. I’ve been sewing for years, but have never actually made a quilt. I’ve made all sorts of other things, including writing simple patterns, but… no quilts. With that said, Teach Me To Machine Quilt speaks directly to me! Reading the intro feels a little like inviting Pat over to my house for a one-on-one lesson (my goodness, wouldn’t that be amazing!) She has amazing tips for quilt top assembly, ideas for quilt backings, easy info on batting and a terrific guide to basting a quilt. All that before even diving into the actual process of quilting! Pat covers everything that a beginner might need to know to make a successful first quilt (or second, third or 100th!)

And yes, I work with (and adore) Aurifil, so I may be a bit biased, but her section on thread weights and selection is absolutely perfect. She walks readers through 4 common thread weights, answers the spool vs. cone question, and gives wonderful suggestions for color selection, thread tension and what thread to use in the bobbin.

Whether you’re a beginner like me, or a seasoned expert, this book is an absolute gem and is sure to be your new go-to. To enter-to-win a copy of Teach Me To Machine Quilt, head on over to Pat’s blog!

THE THREAD (Oh the lovely thread!)
Once you have your copy and you’re ready to dive in, you’ll need some thread to get you started;). Thankfully, Pat also has two new curated collections: Perfect Box of Neutrals in 40wt, a large box of luscious threads that was released in August, and Let’s Go Sew, available in both Large & Small, featuring 50wt threads in colors that coordinate with Pat’s latest fabric collection with Moda, Sunday Drive, but also represents a range of fabulous stash builders. Today, we’re thrilled to share more info about Perfect Box of Neutrals and, of course, share a super fun giveaway!

But first… a few quick questions for Pat about her love of Aurifil!

Since you always ask the Aurifil Designer of the Month, what are your three favorite colors of Aurifil thread?
Oh the tables are turned!!! Of course Red 2260, Aqua 2830, and funky old gold 2920.

Do you have a favorite tip for thread storage?
I like to keep them in a box by color. I have a group of red boxes (of course!) and they hold all my thread.

If you were one spool of Aurifil thread, what would you be?
A CONE of Old Gold 2920!! It’s such a great blender color! Alex should send that to me… wink!

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Perfect Box of Neutrals by Pat Sloan
12 Large Spools, 50wt thread
2390 – 2692 – 2312 – 2340 – 2370 – 2372
2360 – 2600 – 5021 – 5011 – 2610 – 1158

THE GIVEAWAY
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Click here to enter-to-win 1 Large Perfect Box of Neutrals thread collection, 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, December 4! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Monday, December 5. Good luck!

THE MEGA SCHEDULE
November 18
Pat’s Intro Post
— blog.patsloan.com
Bonnie Hunter — quiltville.blogspot.com/
Pam Vieira-McGinnis — pamkittymorning.blogspot.com/
Alyce Blyth — www.blossomheartquilts.com/
Kimberly Einmo — www.kimberlyeinmo.com/blog

November 19
Pat’s Intro Post
— blog.patsloan.com
American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine — www.allpeoplequilt.com/blog
Mathew Boudreaux — misterdomestic.net/
Moda with Carrie Nelson —  blog.modafabrics.com

November 20
Pat’s Intro Post
 blog.patsloan.com
Amy Smart — www.diaryofaquilter.com/
Katja Marek — www.katjasquiltshoppe.com/

November 21 
Pat’s Intro Post
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Lee Monroe — www.maychappell.com/
Jacquelynne Steves —  jacquelynnesteves.com/blog/
Stephanie Palmer — latenightquilter.com/
Mary Abreu — confessionsofacraftaddict.com 

November 22
Pat’s Intro Post
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Sarah Maxwell — www.homesteadhearth.com
Debby Brown — higheredhands.blogspot.com/
Jane Davidson — quiltjane.com/ 
Linda Thielfoldt — lindathielfoldtthequiltedgoose.blogspot.com/
Janet Clare — janetclare.co.uk/blog/
Baby Lock — www.facebook.com/babylocksewing

November 23
Pat’s Intro Post
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Cheryl Brickey — meadowmistdesigns.blogspot.com/
Helen Stubbings — www.hugsnkisses.net
Kimberly Jolly — fatquartershop.blogspot.com/

November 25 
Pat’s Intro Post
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Sherri McConnell — www.aquiltinglife.com/
Julie Karaoke — fabricjules.blogspot.com/
Ebony Love — lovebugstudios.com/blog/
Martingale — blog.shopmartingale.com/

November 26
Pat’s Birthday post
— blog.patsloan.com
Scott Hansen — bluenickelstudios.com/
Victoria Findlay Wolfe — bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com/

November 28
Pat’s Intro Post
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Amy Friend — www.duringquiettime.com
Heather Valentine — thesewingloftblog.com/
Melissa Corry — www.happyquiltingmelissa.com/
Amy Ellis — www.amyscreativeside.com/

November 29
Aurifil — auribuzz.wordpress.com/ (YOU ARE HERE)
Christa Watson — christaquilts.com/
Nancy Zieman — www.nancyzieman.com/blog/
Amanda Niederhauser — www.jedicraftgirl.com/

November 30
Kim Niedzwiecki — www.gogokim.com/
Karen Miller — karensquiltscrowscardinals.blogspot.com/
Wendy Sheppard — ivoryspring.wordpress.com/
Brenda M. Ratliff — www.pinkcastleblog.com/

Aurifil 2016 August Designer of the Month Angela Walters

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I’m Designer, Author, Radio show host Pat Sloan.. Our August Designer is Angela Walters of Quilting is my Therapy.  The first time Angela and I had a chance to chat was at a trade show. It has been exciting to watch her grown as an artist and designer.

Angela has a wonderful series of articles called ‘The Business of Machine Quilting’. If you are looking to create a business quilting for others, I recommend you read her series.

I chatted with Angela 10/8/12 and 5/14/12  on my talk show CLICK to Listen or subscribe by Itunes

Let’s get to know  Angela!

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The Splendid Sampler – Block 50 Celebration!

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What a delight it’s been to see all of the amazing blocks sewn for The Splendid Sampler week after week. It’s hard to believe that we’re already at the halfway point! Block #50, Flights of Fancy by Joanna Figueroa, was released just yesterday and we’ve already seen a flood of beauty as a result;). This magnificent Sew Along has been presented by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, and we are endlessly grateful. They’ve inspired thousands of quilters, worldwide, to step outside of comfort zones, experiment with new techniques, collaborate and share with new friends, and contribute to something that is both inspiring and educational. We are thrilled to be a part of the Block 50 celebration and couldn’t help but use today’s post as a showcase of blocks. Our last showcase ended with block #36, so we’ll start with #37 and run from there!

Once you’re done ooooh-ing and ahhhh-ing over all of the block beauty, don’t miss your chance to enter-to-win a Large Perfect Box of Colors Collection by Pat Sloan for Aurifil.

 

THE GALLERY
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Block #37 — Dashing by Chocolate by Laura Flynn

Block #38 — Vintage Flower Basket by Pam Kitty Morning

Block #39 — Balls in the Air by Aylin Ozturk

Block #40 — Flights of Friendship by Me & My Sister Designs

Block #41 — Sew South by Jennifer Mathis

Block #42 — Pencils by Jane Davidson

Block #43 — Pincushion Love! by Pat Sloan

Block #44 — Stitch in the Garden by Gail Pan

Block #45 — Sewing Nut by Frances Newcombe

Block #46 — Twirl Time by Sarah Maxwell

Block #47 — Circle of Love by Geta Grama

Block #48 — Whim by Faith Jones

Block #49 — Summer’s Gift by Karla Eisenach

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.

OUR SPLENDID POSTS
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Sewing Along with the Splendid Sampler
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TODAY’S SPLENDID CELEBRATION
These other fabulous designers have celebratory posts up for the Splendid 50 today. Some of them have giveaways, some showcases, some tutorials… make sure to pay them all a visit!

The Splendid Sampler Blog (fabric giveaway!!)
Pat Sloan
Melissa Corry
Joan Ford
Kathy Schmitz
Michele Foster
Sara Lawson
Lynette Anderson
Jacquelynne Steves
April Rosenthal
Amy Udall Smart
Aurifil (that’s us!)

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

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

THE GIVEAWAY
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To enter-to-win a Large The Perfect Box of Colors collection by Pat Sloan, either click here or on the image above. You do not need to complete all entries, but the more you complete, the more chance you have to win! This giveaway is open to all of our friends, all over the world! It will run from now through Sunday, August 7 at 11:59pm. We’ll announce the winner here on Monday, August 8 and will also contact the winner via email. Good luck!

UPDATE (8.8.16): This Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Giulia Faeta!! 

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}

SHOWCASE SUNDAY

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

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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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