270 Shades of (Everything Under the Sun including) Grey

One of the things we love most about Quilt Market is the opportunity to showcase some of the gorgeous work of some very talented designers. It’s particularly exciting when we have new pieces to debut, like with this stunner by Sari Thomas of Sariditty. “270 Shades of (Everything Under the Sun including) Grey” features our 40wt thread in, you guessed it, all 270 colors! When Sari presented the idea earlier this year, we just knew it would be a beauty.

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2017 Spring Quilt Market, Part 1

Bradley Mitchell, ready for day 1 of Market!

There is an old Welsh proverb that seems to work particularly well with International Quilt Market…

“In like a lion, out like a lamb”

Market prep is always a beast, working on those last minute details, setting up promotions, confirming collaborations, and preparing booth activities. It often seems that the industry comes to a collective standstill for a week, but in fact we’re all running around furiously for 4 days to make sure that everything runs smoothly and that we’re able to visit with as many of our friends and colleagues as possible. And then… just like that… it’s over! It’s always hard to believe and we always find ourselves sifting through photos, trying to recapture the pure inspiration felt while walking the aisles of the show.

We’ve been back for a little over a week and have been bursting with excitement over new ideas, still reeling from the wonder of the demos and events we were able to share. We wanted to take some time over the next few days to share some of the magnificent madness with all of you, in hopes that you might all feel as inspired as we do!


SAMPLE SPREE
What would Market be without Sample Spree? The frenzy and the excitement… the walking away with 10 boxes of thread and 10 new Fat Quarter bundles;). We’ve always loved seeing photos of the loot after the fact and love the buzz of energy that rolls through the room. This time around, we brought a mix of House & Designer Collections in a variety of weights, including a handful of our 80wt Best Selection 45-spool boxes — a HUGE hit!

L to R: Jenni Smith, Alex Veronelli, Hilary Jordan, Bradley Mitchell, Elena Gregotti, Erin Sampson, Alexander Winton, Donna Morales-Oemig, Kristi McDonough


AURIFIL BOOTH
We expanded our booth this year to allow for a bit more space to showcase displays, offer a separate meeting space, and introduce a demo/event area. We absolutely love how everything turned out and are looking forward to improving on the space even more for our Fall Market booth in Houston. 

We absolutely love the opportunity to showcase completed pieces by some incredibly talented Designers. This year’s showcases pieces were by Heather Givans, Pat Sloan and the 2016 Aurifil Designer of the Month team, Karen Miller, the Designers of Art Gallery Fabrics, Sari Thomas of Sariditty, Jenni Smith, AnnieMarie Chany of GenX Quilters, and our Sew Many Colors contest winners, Laura Piland, Jenny Nault Meeker, and Nicole Buckley. Thank you to all for so generously loaning us your art!

Full disclosure… the lighting in the convention center was terrible! I can’t help but share a few other images of the feature projects so you catch just how magnificent they actually are;).

Here is our Facebook Live tour for a little peek into the full booth layout and all that was presented there! I may have missed a few collections, but have no fear… we’ll be sharing more of that info with you soon!


DEMO TABLE
Our demo table was one of our new additions and a focal point through Market. We had embroidery hoops ready for a bit of slow-stitching and loved that so many people popped by to join in, including our very own Elena Gregotti and Alexander Winton!

We were incredibly lucky to partner with Bernina to have a few machines at the table. Without their generosity, our demos would have been a total bust!! We also loved that Alex Veronelli spent a few moments at the machine! Thanks Bernina!!

We were so honored to welcome a top-notch list of Aurifil Designers throughout the weekend — Heather Givans, Pat Sloan, Karen Miller, Jenni Smith, Carolyn Friedlander, and Annie Smith showcased projects & collections, gave us tips & tricks, and even taught a few mini classes! It was such a delight and we were thrilled to broadcast each one out on Facebook Live to give everyone an opportunity to join in on the fun!

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Karen Miller: 

 

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Carolyn Friedlander: 

 

Annie Smith: 


BOOK SIGNING
We welcomed Aurifil Designer and Author Kathy Flowers to the booth on Saturday for a meet & greet and book signing in partner with Martingale. Kathy was at Market to launch her new book and coordinating thread collection, Oh Glory. The signing was a hit and Kathy quickly ran out of books! Thank you so much to all who attended!


At the end of the weekend, the booth got torn down and looked like this:

Everything is now packed and sorted and back in our US warehouse, ready and waiting for Houston;). We can’t wait!!

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Sew Many Colors: Pattern Launch & Contest

270 Colors by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

270 Colors by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

On Thursday, we introduced you to Aurifil’s new hero quilt, 270 Colors by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio. The quilt is a celebration of Aurifil USA’s 10th year and is a remarkable presentation of all 270 of our available vibrant colors. The quilt will was on display in our booth this past weekend at QuiltCon East in Savannah, GA, and will travel with us to both Spring & Fall Quilt Markets this year.

Many of you have asked about a pattern, eager to make something of your own. With that in mind, we are absolutely thrilled to introduce Sew Many Colors, a brand new mini quilt pattern drafted by Sheri that features 10 life-size Aurifil Spools in Sheri’s signature circle style.

THE PATTERN
Sew Many Colors is offered as a downloadable PDF pattern both on Aurifil’s website and on Whole Circle Studio. You may also download a copy by clicking on the image below.

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THE CONTEST
What to do with such an amazing pattern? Get involved with the Sew Many Colors Contest + Giveaway! Create your “favorite 10” with the Sew Many Colors pattern by Whole Circle Studio, available here.

Share your progress on Instagram using the tags below to encourage and support fellow quilters!

#sewmanycolors   #aurifil   #wholecirclestudio   #robertkaufman   #konacotton

Then enter your finished mini via the Linky Party below by 11:59pm on March 31, 2017. Voting runs from April 1 – April 15, 2017. Our top three winners will be announced on April 20, 2017.

Finished minis must use Aurifil threads and Kona® Cotton by Robert Kaufman to be eligible to win. We’d love to hear all about the colors that you use! The top 3 Minis will be showcased here on our blog. Winners will receive a fabulous prize package including goodies from Aurifil, Robert Kaufman, The Warm Company and Whole Circle Studio, and will be given the opportunity to showcase their mini in the Aurifil booth at Spring Market.

THE INTERVIEW
We were thrilled to have a chat with Sheri, to learn a bit more about her and how she felt about the process of creating this epic quilt!

Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you got started in this fabulous industry of ours?
Design and making have always been a part of my life, even as a kid. I went on to college and received my BFA with a concentration in graphic design and have twenty years of experience leading creative teams to create award-winning identities, products, and environments. I’ve worked in small design studios, a dot com and the exhibit department at a children’s museum. I’ve been an admirer of quilts for a while, and collected books about them, but didn’t make my first quilt until the summer of 2012. The first few quilts I made from patterns and gave away as gifts. I soon realized that with my graphic design skills and computer software knowledge, I could create my own patterns and design.

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Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
It’s impossible to pick one! I’m often inspired by what’s around me. When I was an undergraduate, one of my graphic design professors drilled a specific mantra into his students. It sticks with me today and I often recite it, especially if I’m feeling a stuck: “What do you like? What do you love? What do you care about?” It so simple, but I find it really helps drive my thought and decision process.

How did you first discover Aurifil thread and what do you love most about it?
I learned about Aurifil thread from other friends who are quilters and members of my quilt guild mentioned it during meetings. I love how consistent the color is and how it glides through my Juki while piecing and quilting.

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How did the idea for your original mini quilt, So Many Colors, come about?
Each year the Quilt Alliance announces a theme and asks quilters to make a mini quilt as a donation. They then auction off the quilts and all proceeds support the important work that they do. The theme in 2016 was “playing favorites.” I designed and donated a few mini quilts, including the original “Sew Many Colors” (originally named “So Many Colors”). The mini quilt was a tribute to my favorite brand of thread, shown at actual size and proportions, using one of my favorite piecing techniques–foundation paper piecing.

The original design had 12 spools. When I discovered that Aurifil was celebrating their 10th anniversary in the US this year, it made sense to update the design to feature 10 spools.

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So Many Colors by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

How did you develop the idea for 270 Colors and what did you love most about pulling that project together?
When I found out that 2017 was a big milestone for Aurifil and that they wanted to celebrate it in a big way, I thought about the how the threads are presented. Whether it’s at a conference or trade show or in a local quilt shop,  the spools are always arranged beautifully. The arrangement of colors and the texture of the thread wound on the spool draws quilters in. I thought it would be really fun for makers to see all 270 colors at the same time.

It was a lot of fun to literally work with EVERY Aurifil color. Of course this means that I wound all 270 colors of thread on bobbins. I wonder how many other quilters can say that?

Quilting both 270 Colors and Sew Many Colors were also skill building experiences for me. I typically only use my walking foot while quilting. This project was a great way for me to push my boundaries and get over my free motion quilting anxiety!

Lastly, it was wonderful working with the Aurifil team. They were extremely supportive and trusted my design and creation process.

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What excites you most about the release of Sew Many Colors?
I hope that quilters get really excited about customizing the pattern with colors that appeals to them. I also hope that those who have never tried (or those who are challenged by foundation paper piecing) dive in and give it a try. While I don’t give basic paper piecing instructions in the pattern, I do give lots of tips. With all of my patterns I give lots of diagrams and break down the steps. I strive to make complicated looking patterns easy to make.

What first drew you to work with Kona® Solids from Robert Kaufman?
As is the case with Aurifil, I love how many colors Robert Kaufman offers. I often work with solids in my quilt designs and I love having lots of options. When I designed and created the 270 Colors quilt, this was especially important as I wanted all 270 colors of Aurifil thread to match the fabric background perfectly! I carried those matching thread and fabric selections to my Sew Many Colors mini quilt samples.

If you had to select your Top Ten colors for Aurifil and Robert Kaufman, what would they be?
My number one go-to for thread is color 2024 and Kona White. I’m a big fan of white backgrounds! After that, it’s tough to pick.  My favorites change from project to project! At this moment, I’ll go with what I used for the rainbow version of the Sew Many Colors: Aurifil thread: 2250, 1154, 1135, 1147, 2870, 1148, 2810, 2725, 2520, 2479, 2024 and Kona® Solids: Red, Tangerine, Corn Yellow, Lime, Grasshopper, Breakers, Lagoon, Blue Jay, Crocus, Blush Pink.

What do you love most about working with Warm & Natural batting?
I love the weight (not too thick, not too thin), the feel and the fact that  I’ve never had a problem with it. It works well on my machine. I’m a big believer in if it’s not broken, stick with it!

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What are your hopes for presenting the pattern in this way, with an accompanying contest?
In the pattern, I call out what materials I used, but I love to see how makers who use my patterns make the pattern their own. I always think it’s interesting to see how makers put their own spin on the same pattern. For this reason, I really enjoyed seeing all of the variations of my pattern testers as they came in. I’m excited to see what everyone makes! Be sure to use those hashtags and don’t be shy. The prizes are awesome… you can’t win if you don’t try!

Can you offer any tips for participants who are new to paper-piecing?
Have your seam ripper and tape close by. You will use it! Even the most experienced paper piecers will make mistakes. Don’t get frustrated. If you find yourself making a lot of mistakes,  it’s time to step away and take a break!

Any final words of encouragement to makers just getting started on their Sew Many Colors journey?
Play with color and have fun! This is a great pattern to treat as a color study. Play with color combinations that you’ve never worked with before!

SEW MANY COLORS — TESTER MINIS
In talking with Sheri about the process of pulling this all together, she raved about her testers and we thought it would be fun to share their minis here. Pattern testing is such an incredibly important part of pattern release process and we are ever grateful! Also, look at these gorgeous minis!!

Laura McDowell Hopper
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The “Sew Many Colors” mini quilt was so fun to make. Like all of Whole Circle Studio’s patterns, it is well designed with clear instructions. The quilt was a fast make and is the perfect addition to my craft room Aurifil storage! Thanks to Sheri! I loved making her pattern, and boy does it look cool in my quilt room with this new Aurifil shelf!

Sew Many Colors as sewn by Laura McDowell Hopper

Sew Many Colors as sewn by Laura McDowell Hopper

Wendy Birmingham
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I had so much fun making this Sew Many Colors mini quilt!  Such a great pattern that all fit together perfectly!  I chose to make this with the orange spools that I love, using Alison Glass Insignia fabric that matches all the beautiful Aurifil threads!  Happy Anniversary Aurifil!

Alex Fox
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The design, with its feature Aurifil spools, is definitely a winner – who wouldn’t want this beautiful mini on the wall of their sewing room? This is the second of Sheri’s patterns that I’ve made and it didn’t disappoint. The draughtsmanship of the pattern is excellent, with all the pieces fitting perfectly and that makes assembling your pieced segments a pleasure rather than a chore.  The instructions are easy to follow and she provides good planning tools to help you keep track of your fabric choices and positioning whilst you paper-piece.

Sew Many Colors as sewn by Alex Fox

Sew Many Colors as sewn by Alex Fox

Joanne Harris
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I loved making this quilt first of all because the designer is such a talented designer. When I saw the design I thought it would be a good colour exercise. I wanted to show a gradation in one colour. I think I captured it for blue.

Jenny Nault Meeker
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Having only done one foundation paper piecing quilting project prior to testing the “Sew Many Colors” pattern, I was extremely very grateful that the pattern included multiple tips to help less experienced foundation paper piecers navigate working with smaller piecing components.  Also, the pattern instructions were so well laid out and clear that it was virtually impossible to do any of the steps incorrectly or out of order–along with the reassurances in the pattern that even highly experienced foundation paper piecing quilters still make mistakes, making the whole process incredibly enjoyable.  My favorite inclusions, however, were the diagrams that showed the finished mini’s front and the back, which made it easy to audition/select colors and make sure they correlated to the correct spool location when the mini was completed.

Rebecca Makas
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I loved that this pattern challenged my paper piecing skills, using small pieces along with much larger pieces.  It was a lot of fun making such a familiar shape and using prints for the colors to make it “my own”.

Tiffany Horn, Village Bound Quilts
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This pattern, as with all of Sheri’s patterns, was well written and easy to follow. I really enjoyed learning a new skill (as this was my first FPP project), and ended up making it a second time, resulting in this moon phase pillow. The biggest takeaway as a rookie FPP would be to take your time – go slow and enjoy the process!

ABOUT SHERI
Website — Blog — Facebook — Instagram — Pinterest — Twitter

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photo courtesy of Craftsy

Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill is a designer, maker and self-taught modern quilter. Sheri graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BFA in Graphic Design. She has twenty years of experience leading creative teams to create award winning identities, products and environments. She has worked in small design studios, a dot com and the exhibit department at a children’s museum.

Sheri’s quilts have gained national recognition including awards from QuiltCon, Quilt Week/Paducah and the Quilt Alliance. They have been featured at art centers and galleries across the country. In addition to publishing her patterns, her quilts have been featured in national publications such as Modern Patchwork. She also teaches quilting techniques.

Sheri was awarded the first annual Craftsy Quilt Designer Fellowship in 2016. This fellowship enabled her to debut Whole Circle Studio’s first booth at International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas in October 2016.

Sheri works from her home studio in the suburbs of New Haven, Connecticut—a hop, skip and jump away from New York City. She loves to chat about design and quilts. Contact her at sheri@wholecirclestudio.com.

[Images courtesy of Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill with exception to tester mini images]

Bringing Tips & Tricks to Life!!

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Last week, we welcomed Kristi McDonough (also of Schnitzel & Boo) to the Aurifil family and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce you to her here! As our Technical Creative Specialist, Kristi will wear a LOT of hats! From being the voice of tips & tricks, to posting tips and answering questions via Thread Matters (a monthly blog series on Auribuzz), to filming live demo videos, to working with us for shows throughout the year, and more, Kristi will be an active part of our Marketing team. We wanted to take a moment to get to know her a bit better, learn about her background and expertise, and give you all the outlets to reach her when needed!


Yay Kristi! Welcome to the Aurifil team! To kick things off, can you tell us a little about yourself and how you got started in this fabulous industry of ours?
Thank you!  It’s a pretty “pinch-me” thing to be a part of Aurifil!  I’m thrilled to join such a well-respected and loved company.  I got started in this industry by learning how to sew when I was five years old.  I can remember being fascinated by the balance wheel (now called a handwheel) on my Mom’s old Singer.  It was so shiny and I liked to reach out and stop it when she was sewing.  She put a stop to that pretty quickly and asked if I wanted to learn how to sew.  Of course, I told her yes, so she had me sit on the opposite side of the table as her (far out of reach of that glorious, shiny, spinning wheel) and said I was allowed to pull the pins out of her fabric.  (That just goes to show you we’ve always been sewing over our pins, right?)  Eventually she taught me how to sew for real, and I grew up taking apart my clothes so I could figure out how to put them back together.  I went to college for fashion design and eventually found my way to pattern design.  I was lucky enough to work with a fabric designer on a collection of patterns, which helped put my name out there.  The patterns were never released, but I do have just over 30 of them ready to go at any given moment!

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Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
This is a challenging question to answer.  So many things pop into my head: color, my daughter, Vincent Van Gogh, my mother, nature, my sister, other sewists and quilters. Katy Jones is a huge inspiration to me.  She’s actually responsible for my crossover from garments to quilting…I guess there isn’t any one particular greatest inspiration, I find that everything presents itself differently, so my creativity is challenged in it’s own way every time.

Kristi's daughter Remy with her first quilt!

Kristi’s daughter Remy with her first quilt!

You are part of a pretty creative family with a quilting mom and a daughter, whom you taught to sew when she was three. What do you love most about creating as a family?
I am quite lucky in that aspect!  My daughter and I are finally at a stage where I don’t have to hover over her and watch her every move.  I can sit at my sewing machine, and she can sit at hers, and we can both work independently.  I think that’s pretty cool, especially because she’s only eight years old.  Mom and I are known for calling each other during a sewing project and leaving each other on speaker.  Sometimes we talk, sometimes we don’t.  Sometimes we’ll watch the same movie while we’re sewing and “talking”.  Sometimes we’ll just bounce ideas off each other or ask advice.  I especially love those kinds of sewing sessions, it’s the next best thing to being able to sew in the same room!  It’s nice when everyone “gets it”.  Now that he’s a woodworker, even my husband understands when I say “Honey, I need to go to the fabric store! I don’t have the right fabric for this project!”  I can’t tell you how many times he’s come up from the wood shop and said “I have to go to Home Depot, I don’t have the right color stain!” I just smile and nod.

What is the very first thing that you remember sewing? Do you still have it?
I wish I could remember!  I can tell you one of my earliest sewing-related memories, though. (Aside from pulling pins, I mean.)  I had a little bright red polyester jumper that fit my favorite stuffed animal (a monkey).  The jumper had a blue plastic puffy bunny sticker on it, right in the middle of the chest.  My mom was sewing and had the ironing board set up.  I had been playing in the room while she was working and I thought that little jumper needed to be ironed, too.  So, I placed it on the board and set the iron right on top of the sticker; just in time for my mom to turn around and watch me place that hot iron onto the plastic.  When she pulled the iron away, a millisecond later,  the bunny was melted to the iron and there were strings of the plastic connecting the iron to the jumper.  It was so sad for both of us.  Not only had I ruined my monkey’s outfit, but I had also ruined her iron! I definitely learned how to use an iron properly after that!

What is your favorite thing to sew now?
I love really, really love quilting, foundation paper-piecing, bags and anything challenging.

The Betsy Travel Bag (pattern available on Craftsy)

The Betsy Travel Bag (pattern available on Craftsy)

How did you first discover Aurifil thread and what do you love most about it?
I heard the buzz on Instagram several years ago but didn’t catch on until I received a few spools in some retreat goody bags.  I love that it comes in so many different colors and options from wool to 80wt and that it is such a high quality product.  I’m a perfectionist when I sew, and I’m a total quality snob.  If I’m going to take the time to make something, and I’m going to spend my money on supplies for a project, then I’m going to get the best.  If you want a beautiful result, you use beautiful products!

If you could be one spool of Aurifil thread, what would you be?
I’d be 50wt in color number 6723 on an iconic orange spool because I’m a rule breaker and that’s my neutral! (6723 is a pretty shell pink, by the way.)

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What are you most excited about in the coming year?
I’m really looking forward to traveling, both for work and with my family.  I’m excited to see how my role with Aurifil develops, and where it will take me.  I have a few other exciting things that I’m working on, but can’t really say what they are.  I told myself that this would be the year that I would finally start accomplishing my goals, and so far it’s been successful!

Sweatshirt made by Kristi with Priory Square fabric by Katy Jones for Art Gallery Fabrics

Sweatshirt made by Kristi with Priory Square fabric by Katy Jones for Art Gallery Fabrics

Where will we see you out and about in the quilty world?
I will be at QuiltCon this coming weekend, possibly the Chicago Quilt Festival in April, Quilt Market in St. Louis in May, maybe teaching in Seattle in June, Houston in October and hopefully some other places in between.

If our followers have a question for you, what is the best way to contact you?
I can be reached via email at kristi@aurifilusa.com. For Aurifil questions, problems or concerns, you can find me at tipsandtricks@aurifil.com. If you’re on Instagram and need to ask a quick question, you can tag #askaurifil and I’ll be there!!

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Any top tips to share?
When garment or toy sewing, instead of clipping notches wherever your pattern indicates, use a pair of pinking shears to cut the seam in half.  You will reduce bulk in the seam and produce a more professional result in the process.

And, to draw inspiration from our Aurifil DOM Queen, Pat Sloan, a few fun questions to round things out — 

What is your favorite…
Book? “Coming Home” by Rosamunde Pilcher and the entire “Outlander” series by Diana Gabaldon.
Band? Jonny Lang, Lynrd Skynrd, Eric Church, Notorious B.I.G., Alt-J, Zero 7.  My taste in music is all over the place!
Drink? Homemade lemonade, and cheater moonshine-but only if I’m with a few certain friends.
Place to Visit? England. I haven’t been there yet, but it’s still my favorite!  Otherwise Italy and wherever my mom is.

If you’d like to follow along with Kristi’s adventures, you can find her in the following places:

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Thanks so much Kristi! We are thrilled to have you on our team and are looking forward to the coming year:).

Showcase Sunday {6.5}

SHOWCASE SUNDAY

Welcome back to Showcase Sunday, our forum to showcase the beautiful work that all of you do! We took a short break for Quilt Market and we’re back with some  magnificent images of what you’ve been creating. We’re thrilled to share some of them here today. 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 learn more via the the artist’s Instagram or on the actual link to visit the artist’s blog)

1.  The Not So Dramatic Life

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2. Charm About You

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3. During Quiet Time

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4. Betz White

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5. Campbell Soup Diary

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6. Quilts of a Feather

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7. Minki Kim

@zeriano

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8. Quilts by Marisela

@marisela_quilts

@marisela_quilts

9. Dizzy Quilts

@dizzyquiltsblog

@dizzyquiltsblog

10. Whole Circle Studio

@wholecirclestudio

@wholecirclestudio

11. Moobird Stitches

@peaches1003

@peaches1003

12. Good Starter

@good_starter

@good_starter

13. Lilly Ella

@lillyellasworld

@lillyellasworld

14. Quilts by Laurel

@laurelsstichery

@laurelsstichery

15. Mommy2Lu

@mommy2lu

@mommy2lu

 

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:)

 

 

Maribel by Annabel Wrigley

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Maribel, Annabel Wrigley of Little Pincushion Studio’s debut collection for Windham Fabrics, was inspired by some of her strongest childhood memories of weekends and holidays spent with her family at a house in the country. It evokes the feeling of being surrounded by fabric, flowers and beautiful English vintage florals. Her coordinating Aurifil Thread Collection is a selection of bold and bright colors, perfect for piecing, showcasing and creating little works of art!

We love learning more about our designers and were thrilled to chat with Annabel about her craft, the business of teaching, and her brand new collections.

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[click on the image above to view the collection lookbook]

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Maribel
100% Aurifil Cotton, 50wt
Large – 1422yds each, 12 colors, Large Spools
2784 – 5006 – 5005 – 5015 – 1104 – 2870 – 2225 – 2423 – 2530 – 2630 – 2600

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For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

THE INTERVIEW
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how the Little Pincushion Studio came to be?
I started sewing around 16 years ago when my son was born. I really suddenly had this urge to learn to sew and make things for him. I started making baby hats  and then before long began to make them to sell. This was the start of my very small children’s label. Over a couple of years, the baby hat line expanded to include baby quilts, bags, bibs and some children’s clothing items. When our family moved to the States, I took some time off to raise the kiddos and stared sewing strictly for fun. It wasn’t until my daughter was around 6 and started showing interest in my sewing that I began throwing around the idea of teaching her how to sew. Before long I was teaching her and a few of her friends… Little Pincushion grew from there. I have been teaching now for more than 7 years and teach approximately 70 children per week.

What is your favorite thing about teaching sewing to kids? 
It has to be watching the progression of absolute beginners to confident and creative seamstresses! It happens without them ever really realizing. It is a great thing to watch! Kids also have a fearlessness when it comes to color and print, It’s quite inspirational.

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What first inspired the mobile studio that you opened up last year and how do you find it to be different than operating your regular studio? 
It had always been a dream of mine, originally for use as a home studio space but then I thought it could be a great way to share sewing with kids who live further away. I use it mainly for birthday parties and sometimes for little beginner sewing classes with groups of friends. It has been such fun!

How did you end up connecting with Windham Fabrics to develop your first fabric collection and what has been your favorite part of the process?
I had been dreaming of creating a fabric collection for such a long time! After I was introduced to Mickey Kruger, I started to realize that this could actually be a possibility. When I was working on ideas for the collection, I always kept going back to the idea of florals. Floral prints seemed to surround me as I was growing up and creating a collection with both nostalgia and a modern twist was really important to me!

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What is your favorite thing about Aurifil threads? Do you have a go-to color or thread weight? 
I absolutely love all of the colors in my thread box, my favorite is the Teal 1148 in 50wt. It is perfect for piecing and appliqué and honestly sews like a dream.

What is your favorite project made with fabrics and threads from Maribel?
I think my favorite is my quilt “bush walk” I did all of the appliqué and straight line quilting with Aurifil thread. Also the little wall flags are a definite favorite!

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THE GIVEAWAY
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To enter-to-win, simply 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, May 6! Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Saturday, May 7th. Good luck!

UPDATE (5/7): This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Lacey Burns!!

LEARN MORE ABOUT ANNABEL
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Annabel is an Aussie mum, author and designer living in rural Virginia. She owns Little Pincushion Studio, a sweet little space where she teaches many little sewing pixies everything they need to know to go forth and conquer the world of sewing and creating. When she is not teaching, she is busy coming up with a million and one projects for her “We Love to Sew” series of books published by C & T publishing.

[text adapted from Little Pincushion Studio, all images courtesy of Annabel Wrigley & Windham Fabrics]

Dixie by Allison Harris

AllisonHarris-CollectionPromoDixie, Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew’s fourth collection with Windham Fabrics, follows in her signature style of bold foral prints and modern colors. Perfect for both traditional and modern quilters, this complementary follow up to her previous collection, Hazel, offers a new range of patterns that will inspire all sorts of Summer sewing.

Allison has curated a coordinating thread collection featuring Aurifil 50wt and the colors are absolutely perfect. We simply cannot wait to get get our hands on them!

We had a chance to chat with Allison about how she got started in this wonderful world of sewing & quilting and what she loves most about Aurifil. Read on for the interview and don’t miss our fabulous giveaway!

Dixie Lookbook

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THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Dixie
100% Aurifil Cotton, 50wt
Large – 1422yds each, 12 Colors, Large Spools
2882 – 5018 – 1148 – 2830 – 2730 – 2250 – 2435 – 2415 – 5015 – 2024 – 2600- 4654

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Small – 220 yds each, 10 Colors, Small Spools
2882 – 5018 – 1148 – 2830 – 2730 – 2250 – 2435 – 2415 – 5015 – 4654

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For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

THE INTERVIEW
You started quilting nearly 10 years ago. What first drew you to the craft?
My Mom quilted and sewed, so I grew up watching her and when I started having kids of my own I finally took the plunge and learned how to quilt.  It was love at first stitch!

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Since getting started, you’ve grown into a published author, pattern designer and fabric designer. Did you ever imagine this all happening when you first started and how do you feel this has changed your life for the better?
A lot of great things have happened in the past 9 years!  I feel blessed for every opportunity that has come my way, and no, I could have never imagined I’d be doing what I do now 9 years ago!  I sure love what I do, and I hope I get to design more, but also still enjoy sewing and quilting years down the road!   I feel more well rounded as an individual and mother by designing and working, and the opportunity to work from home while my kids are little is really the best.

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Dixie is your fourth collection for Windham Fabrics. Does it feel different to create things using your own fabric?
Yes definitely!  A lot more thought goes into the projects when I’m working with my own fabric, and I can’t help but think about the design process as I sew with them…each one of those prints had to start somewhere!  It’s fun and amazing to watch them go from an idea or a sketch to real life fabric I can use!

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What inspired this collection?
The inspiration for this collection came initially from a feedsack prints I bought at a swap meet while I lived in Ohio.  It has a more Southern feel to me, I can picture this collection being used for decor or quilts hanging out on a big screen porch in the South.  The colors are a bit more saturated than my last, but it’s also a summer collection…so the brighter the better and I love it!

Dixie by Allison Harris

What do you love most about Aurifil threads? Do you have a go-to color or thread weight?
Aurifil works like a dream in my sewing machines… and lasts forever!  My go-to is obviously my huge cones of white 2024 50 wt. for piecing…I’m always a little proud when I finally run out of a cone of thread!  My favorite color Aurifil is the 2830  (50 wt).  It’s a beautiful Aqua, Sea foam color that I use all the time!

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What is your favorite project made with fabrics and threads from Dixie?
I’m actually sewing it right now… it’s a baby quilt for my daughter that is due in a couple of weeks!  It’s a project from my book Growing Up Modern and I’m quilting circles on it with the colored Aurifil from the Dixie collection…it’s been really fun to make!

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To learn more about the Dixie fabric collection, please visit Cluck Cluck Sew & Windham Fabrics.

THE GIVEAWAY

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To enter-to-win, simply 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, May 4! Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Thursday, May 5th. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Donna Widerquist!!

LEARN MORE ABOUT ALLISON
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Allison started this blogging in 2007 as a way to keep record of the things she was making. She also started quilting around that time, so her blog has followed her journey from a brand new quilter, to a quilter that sort of knows what she’s doing.  Sort of.  Blogging is her first love, but she also writes and publishes quilt patterns, authors and contributes to quilting books and magazines, and designs fabric sold in quilt shops.Allison lives a ferry ride away from Seattle with her husband and three small kids.  She work as a Dental Hygienist here and there, but mainly stays at home with her family now and enjoys this quilty stuff.  She also loves visiting beaches around her house, anything with sugar, wandering around Target alone,  raising bunnies (see this post…so cute!), and long lazy naps (but who doesn’t?).[text adapted from Cluck Cluck Sew]

Showcase Sunday {4.24}

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Welcome back to Showcase Sunday, our bi-weekly forum to showcase the beautiful work that all of you do! We’ve seen some magnificent images of what you’ve been creating over the past two weeks and we’re thrilled to share some of them here today. 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 learn more via the the artist’s instagram.)

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@mommy2lu

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@fromblankpages

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@adrianneonthewindyside

@adrianneonthewindyside

@cheryl_arkison

@cheryl_arkison

@mariarosarianolabonaccorsi

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@pieladyquilts

@pieladyquilts

@sameliasmum

@sameliasmum

@allie.and.me.design

@allie.and.me.design