Aurifil 2017 January Designer of the Month – Janet Clare

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Welcome to Year number 7 of our Monthly Designer Challenge & Interview!

I’m Designer, Author, Talk Show host Pat Sloan. We are starting the new year right with our wonderfully talented friend Janet Clare. She is a Moda fabric designer and I personally hoard all her fabric lines!

This year we are celebrating the rainbow of colors in our color wheel. Each designer is assigned a certain color to create their block in.

You can listen to Janet chat with me  on my Talk Show  about her design work.

And the Challenge part continues as each month we select one random winner to receive a 12 spool BOX of Aurifil thread for just making the challenge block and sharing it at my website! (details at the end plus last month’s winner!)

Let’s get to know Janet!

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Meadow Storm by Victoria Findlay Wolfe

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We LOVE Victoria Findlay Wolfe . It’s no secret that she’s a steadfast Aurifil champion and we like to think that the love and respect is mutual. It stands to reason, then, that we’re more than a little excited to present her brand new collection, Meadow Storm. These two thread packs were selected to coordinate with her new fabric line with Studio 37/Marcus Fabrics, a line inspired by prairie weather and family connections. Designs such as Cloudy, Misty, Overcast, and Sunshowers suggest the amazing displays in a prairie sky. Victoria’s thread colors are the perfect complement, available in 4 LG 50wt spools and 6 SM 80wt spools — everything you need for perfect piecing and appliqué.

 

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THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Meadow Storm, 50wt
4 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool), 100% Cotton
2692 – 2479 – 2115 – 4654

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Meadow Storm, 80wt
8 Small Spools, 80wt (300yds/spool), 100% Cotton
2110 – 2710 – 2423 – 2250 – 4182 – 2692

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

THE INTERVIEW
Having grown up on a farm in Minnesota, what inspired you to shift gears and move to New York City?  
I always knew I’d be an artist, and figured I’d live in a  big city. The minute I graduated, I moved to Minneapolis, then that wasn’t big enough, and later went to NYC.  I was always told if you were an artist, New York was the place to be. I followed my dream since I was 5 years old.

How did you first discover and come to love this wonderful world of textiles?  
Growing up on a farm we grew and made everything. My mother was a seamstress and my father was an upholsterer besides being a farmer. My grandmother was the quilter,

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Elda’s Double Knit Flowers

Sewing was like eating, breathing and sleeping… Being an artsy kid, you could not stop me from creating with wood, fiber, twigs, wire… whatever I could get my hands on.  It wasn’t until I was becoming a mother that I got  drawn to making quilts.  As one does on the farm, when someone is having a baby, you make them a quilt… And so my quilting journey began, It was easier to work in fiber instead of oil paint when my daughter was little. The obsession caught on quite quickly.

I do find that I paint the same way I build a quilt.  If I had a canvas on my right and design wall on my left, I’d brush some red paint on the canvas, and lay on a piece of red fabric on the design wall… If I wanted to change it, I could easily do that on either surface. I do all my designing on the wall, not on paper. I need to see it in front to fly with all my fabric options…

Do you remember the process of creating your first quilt and how you felt once it was finished?
As a child, I was obsessed with “making.”  This means, making ANYTHING. I was either sewing, coloring, or building… it never stopped. My first “quilt” was 2″ thick, because I used my father’s raw cotton upholstery batting. I tried to hand quilt it with a small needle — I think I got one stitch per inch,  besides loosing the needle in a 2″ quilt. It was very frustrating as you can imagine!  I still have it — I found it a two years ago, along with a quilt top that I abandoned, because it was all crooked and wonky. It’s very funny now, when I love improv. I guess I was ahead of my time and didn’t know it — haha.

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What do you love most about quilting?
Building and finishing a quilt is like making a complete thought. It has a beginning , a middle and an end. Those final stitches on the binding are the most satisfying to me, as I am already creating the next quilt in my head at that time.

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Appliquéd with 80wt

You have a number of wonderful industry partners, including Marcus Fabric, Sizzix, Juki and of course, Aurifil. What do you love most about working collaboratively in this industry and how does it help to shape your experience?
I’m a creature of “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it.” When I find a product I love, I don’t waiver. I use what works, and helps get me to my end game, the finished product. I love having options around me, but many different options can overwhelm me, so I stick with what I know I love to use, and gives me the best results I am looking for.

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Star Storm

Meadow Storm is your latest collection with Marcus Fabrics. Can you tell us a bit about how the collection came to be and what inspired these new designs?
Growing up in Minnesota I learned from a young age that conversations revolve around the weather, and how is your garden is growing… People love to talk about Minnesota weather, most certainly winter!  I grew up pulling weeds and canning vegetables with my mother, so as I grew up, I found that I still love to garden. This idea of gardening and weather, inspired my collection of Meadow Storm.  
Designs such as Cloudy, Misty, Overcast, and Sunshowers suggest the amazing displays in a prairie sky. Combining timeless elements with a graphic approach to create a fresh and modern Storm of inspiration to cut up and piece together, just like the garden paths.

And my next line, called “LIGHT WORK” will be in stores in February!

Do you have a favorite project that was made with the new fabrics?
My Cross & Crown quilt is definitely a favorite, I used my black-and-white awning stripe, cut in different ways to create great visual effect. Dropping in other fabrics from the collection to great a modern scrappy looking quilt.

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Cross and Crown

How did you go about selecting threads for your latest Aurifil collection?
Depending on my project, I’m looking to match my threads to the quilt, and I always include a variegated thread.

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Do you have a favorite Aurifil thread?
YES!  If I’m piecing I love the variegated thread #4651 as it blends from white, yellow, and pink, to lavender. When I’m making scrappy quilts, I like to have the thread color change as well, so that the thread is never visible on the top.  This thread is available in my Mostly Manor Collection.

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My thread sets are selected to go wth my fabric lines, and to add colors to your thread library.  Having options I find is the best.  Having the smaller sets of thread help me add to my stash in an affordable way.

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Address:
325 W. 38th St., Suite 811
New York, NY 10018

VICTORIA’S BOOKS

15 Minutes of PLAY — Traditions Made Modern 

THE GIVEAWAY

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To enter-to-win 1 Meadow Storm 4-pack of 50wt threads and 1 Meadow Storm 6-pack of 80wt threads, both by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have!  Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, January 4! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Thursday, January 5. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner Elizabeth Kuntz!

ABOUT VICTORIA
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[Images courtesy of Victoria Findlay Wolfe]

Aurifil 2016 December Designer of the Month Amanda Herring

aurifil-2016-design-team-dec-amanda-herring-collageI’m Designer, Author, Radio show host Pat Sloan.. Our December Designer bringing us the 12th gorgeous blocks is the super talented and witty Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish.. get it.. Herring… Fish? See.. I told you she is witty!

Amanda Inspires me personally, when we meet it was like we’d known each other forever. She champions the amazing industry we work in and is a constant source of creativity. She puts out 1,000% for every project.

You can listen to Amanda chat with me  on my Talk Show Nov 23, 2015 about her inspiration for her  fabric lines.

Let’s get to know Amanda!!

Where do you live Amanda?

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I live in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah and I love where I live!  I especially love the mountains and find great peace when I spend time there.  I have lived here my whole life, but have traveled the world.  I am always happy to call this home!  I live about 25 minutes from 5 or 6 canyons, so I be in nature any time I need to recharge.

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For a complete change of scenery, I only need to drive 2-3 hours and I can be in the gorgeous red rock part of my state.   One of my favorite destinations is Moab.  I always feel inspired after a visit here.

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What was your first quilt sighting? Did that start you quilting? 

{My wedding quilt from my grandma!}

My first quilt sighting was at my grandma’s house.  She was an avid hand quilter and I remember her working on quilts in a giant hoop.  She made a quilt for each grandchild when they got married.  My wedding quilt was one of the last she made before she passed away and it will be a treasure forever!

Seeing my grandma quilt didn’t inspire me to start, but what did was a dose of massive depression.  I started quilting as a way of finding some relief and it was wonderful!  I made 11 quilts in my first three months of quilting.  I gave away almost all of my first quilts, which also gave me great joy.  My first quilt was made from a pattern called Just Can’t Cut it by All Washed Up and I gave it as a gift to that same grandma.

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What is your background prior to designing fabric?

{Selected fabrics from collections I have designed for Riley Blake Designs…all in my fave blue, turquoise!}

Before I started my life in the quilting industry I tried lots of things.  I went to school in both interior design and fashion design.  I worked in retail for 10 years and then was an interior designer for a short period before becoming a mother.  Besides designing fabric and patterns, I also design custom rugs.  Between design and family, my life is very full!

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We all have ‘one thing’ that is kind of hits us.. what is yours?

My recent “light bulb” moment was when I used silk pins for the first time!  I couldn’t believe how much more enjoyable my pinning experience was.  I have always just used the cheapest pins I could find, and I won’t be doing that anymore!  I also have started using my seam ripper as an awl, and I am loving that, too!

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 Where do you work? would you change anything?

I am so fortunate to have two fabulous places to sew.

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One is my cottage, which is a little house that was built in 1938 and is the center of operations for all of my creative exploits.

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We purchased it about 4 years ago and completely renovated it.  It is full of joyful feelings and happy little bits and pieces that make me smile.  It is big enough that my staff can join me here, and small enough that it is intimate and cozy.

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At the cottage I sew on my turquoise featherweight (which I LOVE)! This was custom painted for me by Jeff McAllister (@OldOval) and it is a dream!

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I also sew at home, but right now it is in my unfinished basement, and it isn’t pretty at all.  So I try to save my sewing for the cottage.

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Do you have a super storage tip?

I don’t consider myself to be very organized, but I do have one thing that keeps me pretty neat while I am sewing.  It is a tiered stand I purchased from the kitchen/dining section at Pier One a couple of years ago.  I love it for my pins, cutting tools, seam rippers, extra blades….anything I like to have close.  I love that I can pick it up and move it to wherever I am.  Plus, it’s big enough that I can sometimes toss things in.

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The hard question.. favorite color of Aurifil thread!

My favorite Aurifil colors are white (2024) and then these beautiful turquoise colors (1148, 4093).  Truly, turquoise is my favorite color!  Close behind is pink, though, so I thought I would throw them in for fun.Turquoise collage-01

What about blue inspired your block?

I love blue.  I find myself gravitating towards it in design and decor.  For me, nothing is complete without some touch of blue.  My home is filled with blue, my cottage is filled with blue (you may have noticed the table, the cupboards, the walls…all turquoise) and every line I have ever designed has blue as a main part of one of the color ways.  Blue makes me feel calm and happy and I try to surround myself with it.

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DOWNLOAD Amanda’s Flower block

TIP – The seam allowance is included in the PP, so once units are ready to put together, cut ON the line and sew with a 1/4″ seam

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A few more things about me:

  • Right or left handed? I am right handed, and can’t do anything with my left!  I am the proud mom of a lefty, though!
  • Favorite  TV show? Favorite childhood TV show was “Today’s Special”.  I recently found it on DVD and ordered the entire collection!
  • Dog, cat? I am a dog person, although I love ALL animals.  This is my dog, Nuit, when she was a puppy.  She is a great dane, and my nearly constant companion.

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  • Favorite snacks? My fave snacks are nuts, especially if they are covered in chocolate!
  • All time favorite color? The color I have always loved is blue…no pink! No BLUE!Thread-2

Follow me:

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Facebook https://www.facebook.com/QuiltedFish/

Website Thequiltedfish.com

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You now have 12 gorgeous blocks in your library. ALL will make excellent repeat block.. our design team did an outstanding job this year!

I pulled all their blocks & my version to see them together.

COME SEE ALL the Designer Blocks on my Design wall!

I will create a setting for the 12 blocks sometime in January. You can always use a prior setting we did .. the previous 5 years of Designer blocks are HERE, where we have 2 settings for 12″ blocks

Are you on Facebook? I have a fantastic quilt group with the most incredible show and tell going on! You should see it! JOIN me HERE … I’d love to meet you!

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******* JOIN our Aurifil Family  *******

EACH MONTH we will pick one random winner that has made a block.. that person will receive a special Aurifil thread prize! Winners are all contacted email

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Our RANDOM picker this month selected Ev!  She has WON a BOX of Aurifil thread! Such gorgeous blocks entered .. see all the great versions HERE

REMEMBER – The Photo entry is moved to my website where more people can enter, right HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Showcase Sunday {12.4}

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It’s been a long time since we’ve posted a  Showcase Sunday, so welcome back! We love having a forum to showcase the beautiful work that all of you do!  We can’t get enough of the lovely things that you’re making, so keep tagging us and sharing your work and we’ll feature some of our favorites here every other Sunday. Don’t forget to check in on Facebook & Instagram to see more! Happy Stitching:).

(Click on any image below to visit the artist’s Instagram account for more!)

@charmaboutyou

@charmaboutyou

@josewshandmade

@josewshandmade

@iamlunasol

@iamlunasol

@skinnymalinkyquilts

@skinnymalinkyquilts

@quiltyhabit

@quiltyhabit

@nightquilter

@nightquilter

@mybearpaw

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@gardenvarietycookie

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@lappelises_quiltestue

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@lesliepeterson5

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@pieladyquilts

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@bigstitchquilting

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@ml_wilkie

@ml_wilkie

@chelsierosner

@chelsierosner

@misterdomestic

@misterdomestic

@mrssophie2

@mrssophie2

Find free patterns, tips, tutorials and inspiration by following Aurifil on PinterestFacebook, and Instagram. All are updated regularly to provide you with the best the sewing world has to offer!

For more information about Aurifil products, including thread weights, Designer Collections, and where to purchase from your local quilt shop or select online shops, please visit Aurifil.com.

Aurifil 2016 November Designer of the Month Kim Niedzwiecki

I’m Designer, Author, Radio show host Pat Sloan.. Our November Designer is the incredible designer and a good friend of mine,  Kim Niedzwiecki. She write at Go Go Kim

Once you meet Kim, you’ve made a friend for life, you just know it will be that way! I first meet her at a trade show and she came swirling around the corner (as she NEVER goes slow) all bubbly and fun in the most amazing outfit she had sewn. We hit it off and.. well.. i think we chat now every day, you are going to LOVE Kim as much as I do.

Listen to Kim chat with me  on my Talk Show Aug 12, 2013 and learn how she got the name ‘Go Go’!

Let’s get to know Kim!

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Aurifil 2016 October Designer of the Month Kathy Brown

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I’m Designer, Author, Radio show host Pat Sloan.. Our September Designer is the wonderful and amazing Author, fabric designer and teacher Kathy Brown. Her company name is The Teachers Pet, and I imagine you have used her designs, rulers or fabric already!

The last time she was on my talk show was Feb 1, 2016  CLICK to Listen or subscribe by Itunes

Let’s get to know Kathy!

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Top Ten Tuesday {Halloween}

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It’s October, the Halloween prep is on and we’re feeling particularly spooky around here! We love getting into the holiday spirit by decorating our homes, inside and out, for the season. Halloween throw pillows? Check. Spooky quilts and quilt blocks? Check check. Pumpkin everything? Check!! What are you doing for Halloween? If you’re looking for something fun to make, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites — from things you can make in an afternoon to full size quilts that will keep you feeling spooky for years to come! Which one is your favorite?

1. Epic Halloween Quilt Along — Flying Parrot Quilts

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2. Scrappy Pumpkin Table Runner — Andy Knowlton for Thermoweb

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3. Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Pillow Cover — On Sutton Place

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4. Country Bumpkin Halloween Bandana Pumpkin — Sadie Seasongoods

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5. Pumpkin Spice Latte Felt Applique — Wild Olive

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6. Creepy Critters Halloween Row Quilt — Ellis & Higgs

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7. Witch’s Silhouette Halloween Pillow Pattern — The Polkadot Chair

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8. Halloween Eyeball Softie — Mucho Xoxo

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9. Boos and Ghouls Quilt Along — Bryan House Quilts

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10. Halloween Pillow Tutorial — Jedi Craft Girl

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Find more free patterns, tips, tutorials and inspiration by following  on PinterestFacebook, and Instagram. All are updated regularly to provide you with the best the sewing world has to offer!

For more information about Aurifil products, including thread weights, Designer Collections, and where to purchase from your local quilt shop or select online shops, please visit Aurifil.com.

Showcase Sunday {8.28}

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Welcome back to Showcase Sunday, our forum to showcase the beautiful work that all of you do!  We can’t get enough of the beautiful things that you’re making, so keep tagging us and sharing your work and we’ll feature some of our favorites here every other Sunday. Don’t forget to check in on Facebook & Instagram to see more! Happy Stitching:).

(Click on any image below to visit the artist’s Instagram account for more!)

@charmaboutyou

@charmaboutyou

@laurelpoppyandpine

@laurelpoppyandpine

@modernmakersretreat

@modernmakersretreat

@faithessenburg

@faithessenburg

@littlejennawren

@littlejennawren

@ivory_spring

@ivory_spring

@nightquilter & @duringquiettime

@nightquilter & @duringquiettime

@molliejohanson

@molliejohanson

@t.s.westy

@t.s.westy

@_beckyo_

@_beckyo_

@marymenzerdesigns

@marymenzerdesigns

@jennynaultmeeker

@jennynaultmeeker

@laundrybasketquilts

@laundrybasketquilts

@wtodd141

@wtodd141

@mariarosarianolabonaccorsi

@mariarosarianolabonaccorsi

@campbell_soup_diary

@campbell_soup_diary

@meadowmistdesigns

@meadowmistdesigns

@katespain

@katespain

@quiltyhabit

@quiltyhabit

 

 

 

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 Ultimate Collection by Tula Pink

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Tula Pink has the amazing WOW-factor that draws crowds and inspires masses. Her fabrics are heralded and hoarded, hers threads coveted, her tools desired and from what we can tell, everyone wants to be her friend;). It’s always exciting to see a new collection or product unveiled and we’ve come to expect the bold, the unique and the grand. In true form, her latest Aurifil thread collection is awe-inspiring. The Ultimate Collection comes in a custom, gold-embossed case and contains forty-five small spools of 50wt thread hand-selected by Tula. The threads coordinate particularly well with the Strawberry color way of her latest fabric release, Slow & Steady, but would truly be a marvelous addition to any sewing room. We’ve heard people comment that they’d just like to dive right into the box and though we’re admittedly a little biased, we can’t help but agree!

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
The Ultimate Collection
Custom Box, 45 Small Spools – 100% Aurifil Cotton 50wt, 220yds each
Colors included:
2423 – 2425 – 2530 – 5002 – 2265 – 2260 – 2460 – 1100 – 2479
5015 – 2132 – 2135 – 1133 – 2240 – 2245 – 1154 – 6729 – 2420
2886 – 1147 – 5016 – 5017 – 2835 – 2860 – 2865 – 1148 – 4093
5006 – 2715 – 1128 – 6738 – 2745 – 2581 – 2540 – 2535 – 4020
2370 – 2324 – 2026 – 2021 – 2615 – 2620 – 5004 – 2630 – 2692

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

THE INTERVIEW
What first drew you to this amazing world of sewing, quilting, and textile design? 

I was drawn to quilting and fabric through my local quilt shop when I was 12. I was given a sewing machine for Christmas to play on, no one in my family sewed at that point. I needed fabric to sew with and ended up at a quilt shop by chance. I fell in love with the rows and rows of prints immediately, it was a huge rainbow of color and design all organized and in color order. This shop was like a life sized box of crayons that I could walk into, I was smitten. If the fabric store that we had found had been any other type of store I don’t think I would be here today. If had been an uninspiring chain store or a home dec store or anything else I don’t believe I would have fallen in love with it the way that I did.

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Tula’s Spring 2016 Schoolhouse for The Ultimate Collection at International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City

Do you remember the process of creating your first quilt and how you felt once it was finished? 
My first finished quilt was a disaster. I was really proud of it back then and I still have it and love it because it shows how far I have come in my craft. It is an hourglass quilt made entirely of Kaffe Fasset woven stripes. I didn’t know that choosing stripes, woven fabric and all bias cut pieces was hard and I powered through it completely unaware that this was a challenging starting point to say the least. I think that is the beauty of early quilting, you don’t bring any fear to the table when you begin. You don’t know that some things are harder than others so you just dive in, head first. At some point a quilter is taught to fear certain types of sewing and that bravery of naïveté is a huge loss to the creative process. I embroidered skeletons and birds all over it to make it more rock ‘n roll I guess. It’s a funny quilt and one that I really love because it represents so much of my evolving philosophy on quilting.

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Gorgeous recent improv piecing by Tula Pink

Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
Creative Inspiration is this really ambiguous thing. It is impossible to pinpoint. I would say that what drives me to design fabric is fulfilling a need. I always begin by thinking about what I would most like to sew with and then I try to fill that need. I push myself very hard to stay fresh and not fall into a rut of doing the same thing over and over. I try not to look too much at what other people are doing, I think that stifles creativity. The one thing that I have to offer above all else is my point of view. I look around my world and try to imagine it in a different way. If I see a rabbit hopping across my lawn my first thought is always” how cute would that rabbit be in pink or with stripes or made out of paisleys”. I am inspired by possibility and try not to limit my imagination to what exists.

Slow & Steady Heart

Slow & Steady Heart

Do you find that your previous career in the music industry has had any influence on your path within the quilting industry?
I find that my previous career as a designer in the music industry has greatly influenced how I manage my brand. I treat my fabric collections like album releases and consider my travel to be like touring. That is the business I know so it was natural for me to go back to that system when starting my own brand.

[projects made using Tula’s new fabric collection, Slow & Steady]

You have long been a user and supporter of Aurifil threads. How did you first discover Aurifil and what do you love most about using it within your projects?
I found Aurifil because I was having some trouble with a thread that I was using on a project and a friend gave me a spool of Aurifil 50 wt to try. I have not used anything else since. I have paid that forward ever since. I keep a healthy collection of spools in my studio for the sole purpose of handing out to friends who are using something other than Aurifil. Every single one of them becomes an Aurifil loyalist after that. It’s one of those things that you never really think about until you use something exceptional and then you wonder how you got through without it.

Stunning Machine Embroidery by Casey Taylor using threads from The Ultimate Collection

Stunning Machine Embroidery by Casey Taylor using threads from The Ultimate Collection

Do you have a favorite weight/color? 
I use 50 wt thread almost exclusively. I am a patchworker so my sewing needs tend to be really focused when it comes to thread. Color is a different matter all together. I don’t favor any single color as I tend to work in rainbows. I change thread colors at least a dozen times on any given project. If I am sewing by hand then that number will multiply really quickly. If I am working on a hand sewing quilt like an english paper pieced project, I will use every single color in that box without question.

This is such a special collection, a collector’s piece, really… How did you go about selecting colors and how did you decide on the art for the packaging?
This collection is designed to be the ultimate thread collection containing all of the colors necessary to complete a bright, happy sewing project. I sew every day and I find that 10 colors is never enough. I have built my brand on the foundation that if I need something there is a good chance that other people need it too. I was desperately searching for a collection of thread that contained a vast assortment of colors that expressed something more exciting and adventurous in terms of palette. It’s easy to find collections of neutrals and earth tones but that is not my style and I figured that if I was looking for something like that then other people probably were too.

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The packaging is based off of my very first fabric design. That owl is sort of my holy grail, it is important to me because it is the image that set me on this path that has become an obsession of fabric and sewing. It’s the illustration  that changed my life. I was really focused on this collection not being about pairing with a particular fabric collection but something that would transcend one collection and would be useful for years to come. For me this is my ultimate dream thread collection!

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How is this collection representative of your overall artistic vision?
This is the dream thread collection “the ultimate” collection in my eyes. I will never need a color outside of what is in this box. I spent weeks going over all of my thread and projects and pulled the colors that were used the most often. Usually, choosing thread is about narrowing down the colors to the essential threads that I can get away with but this collection is about shedding those limitations and covering every single need in terms of thread. Thread is the one thing that holds all of this together. Fabric without thread is pretty useless, a sewing machine or a needle has no purpose without thread, it the most valuable constant in my sewing room. I feel like the Ultimate Collection is just that, a source for unbound creativity.

Pattern preview for Tula's upcoming new book with Angela Walters!

Pattern preview for Tula’s upcoming new book with Angela Walters!

We’ve seen some remarkable projects created using these threads… do you have a favorite? 
Choosing a favorite is an impossible task. Every project requires thread to meet it’s own needs, sometimes I need a lot of colors so that the thread disappears into a rainbow of fabrics and sometimes I need the thread to show in a way that enhances the project all on it’s own. I think the thread worked the hardest on my Slow and Steady Heart quilt though. I needed to top stitch a bunch of hearts in so many color but I wanted the thread to blend in and ended up using so many of the colors in the box that I lost track. The other project that I really loved was the embroidered eye duffle bag that I made from the thread collection. I machine embroidered on my BERNINA 880 an eye in every color from the box and it’s a real conversation starter. Everyone asks me about that bag when I carry it.

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What do you love most about the process of creating, whether it be for a new fabric collection, a new pattern, or a new work of art?
My favorite part of the creative process is that moment right before I start a new project. I love staring down at that blank piece of paper and I have so many ideas and I have no idea where it’s going to go. It’s exciting like starting a new adventure. I aways think it is going to be one thing but I have done this long enough to know that the work takes on a mind of it’s own and will, at some point, start directing me rather than me directing it. In the beginning though it’s just infinite possibility and I can’t wait to see where it ends up.

Do you have any advice for designers just starting out in this industry? 
My advice to designers just starting out is to fully know who you are artistically and what you want your work to be about. Embrace your talents and never try to be something that you are not just because the industry tells you that’s “on trend”. If you are busy trend spotting then you are not creating the trends just following the path that someone else has laid out for you and you will end up putting out the same work that everyone else is putting out. Rise above it! The world needs your point of view more than it needs another version of someone else.

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THE GIVEAWAY

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To enter-to-win The Ultimate Collection by Tula Pink, 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 Saturday, August 6! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Sunday, August 7. Good luck!

UPDATE (8.7.16): This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Brittany Burton!! 

ABOUT TULA
WebsiteFacebookInstagram — Twitter
Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 2.36.22 PMTula Pink is an illustrator, a fabric designer, a quilter, an author, a maker and a generally good person who enjoys talking about herself.

Tula graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA. It was fun but she was tired of being broke so she decided to get a job. Tula worked briefly as an Exhibit designer for Museums in Southern California, where she grew up, and when that became too quiet she relocated to the music industry. After about 5 years of that her ears began to bleed so she left her job and California and went in search of a new home. The plan was to move as far east as she could get without renting a boat and work her way back west until she found a place she liked. Tula got about half way and then she ran out of gas money so she stayed put.

Tula now lives in a small mid-western town outside of Kansas City, MO in a house that used to be a barn and still sort of looks like one. Tula’s main function in life is fabric design. She lives for it. Her signature designs have been adapted to fabrics, woven ribbons, paper products, needlepoint kits, embroidery patterns and sewing machines and can be found in independent fabric shops and retailers all over the world. Tula is most recognized in her industries for her dark sense of humor, a flair for hiding animals in the strangest of places (artistically, not literally) and her boldly unique use of color and pattern. Tula comes from the “more is more” school of design where there is never enough space and always room for that one last thing.

Today Tula Pink works closely with the good people at Free Spirit Fabrics to develop multiple fabric collections every year, is an Ambassador for BERNINA sewing machines, develops collections for Aurifil Threads and Renaissance Ribbons and writes books for F+W Media about quilting and sewing. She works all day everyday and gets very cranky when she is asked to leave the studio or if Tula Pink is her real name.

[For more, please visit Tula’s website]

** Images and all biographical text are courtesy of Tula Pink.