Aurifil 2016 January Designer of the Month Heather Valentine

Aurifil 2016 Design Team January Heather Valentine

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

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

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

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

Let’s get to know Heather!

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Aurifil 2015 December Designer of the Month Celine Perkins

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

Our December interview and mini quilt is with Celine Perkins of Perkins Dry Goods.  Celine’s quilts are warm and cozy and you just want to curl up in them! Celine is a master piecer and has great use of fabric in her designs.  This past year we’ve gotten to know each other and I really love seeing a peek into her creative life  at her Instagram account, take a look.
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Let’s get to know Celine!

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Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway day happens twice a year to bring you the best sewing/quilting/crafting giveaways the internet has to offer, right at your fingertips!  You do not have to sift through hours of links and blogs, they are right there for you!  Thank you Sew Mama Sew for hosting another great event!

 

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The Aurifil Kate Spain Elements collection is a one of a kind mixed thread weight collection including eight spools of the perfect piecing 50wt thread and four spools of the fantastic all purpose 40wt thread that creates incredible quilting, garment construction and bag construction.  The 40wt is also a lovely hand piecing weight.  Kate’s collection features neutrals that will blend into your piece work and pops of color for those special quilting or topstitching touches!

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This Sew Mama Sew Giveaway is for one winner to receive one large spool Kate Spain Elements Aurifil Collection!  This giveaway is open to all of our international friends!  A random winner will be chosen and announced 15 December!  To enter for your chance to win please follow the Rafflecopter prompts.  For your chance to win you are not required to submit all entries.  Please look through all of the options to find the ones that will work best for you and increase your chances of winning this amazing collection!

Make sure to visit more of the awesome giveaways being featured on Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

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Top Ten Tuesday {Sewing Tips}

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! Did you grow up with a mother, grandmother, dad, grandfather or other person in your life that were quilters or seamstresses or tailors?  If so, you may have been handed down an amazing tool bag of creative ways to help your sewing game.  If you did not grow up in a sewing environment, you may wonder where you can find techniques to help your creative time become more productive.  Here is a list of ten fantastic and free tutorials including everything from needle knowledge to recessed bag zippers from top designers and brands to help you make the most of your sewing time!

 

1. A Quilt without Binding by Rita from Red Pepper Quilts

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2. My Favorite Interfacing Trick by Betz White

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3. How to Make Needles your Friend from  Checker and Schmetz Needles

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4. Quilt Binding Basics by Julie from Jaybird Quilts

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5. Before You Cut Your Fabric by Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons

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6. Mitered Corners or Rolled Hems by Melly Sews

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7. How to install an invisible zipper ( no pins needed) by Jona from Stop Staring and Start Sewing

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8. How to Add a Recessed Zipper to a Tote from Channy from Stitchlab

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9. Understanding Thread Tension from Threads

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10. Aurifil Thread Weights by Wendi from Shiny Happy World                                (this post is for appliqué but the explanation of the thread weight differences and photo is great) thread-weight-sample-2000-px-600x277

 

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

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

 

 

 

2015 Fall Quilt Market Houston Welcome

There was a flurry of activity and a hurricane to boot during the 2015 International Quilt Market at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas!  The weather did not put a damper on the mood and fun atmosphere of the fantastic companies, shop owners, or designers that were in attendance during the show.  Quilters know how to brighten everything!

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Welcome to the new Aurifil booth! The design was completely new this year!  Loads of bright color with actual skeins of the freshly dyed cottons displayed for everyone to come see and feel the quality of premium materials used in every spool of thread Aurifil produces!

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Elena Gregotti, Aurifil CEO, was very pleased with the explosion of Aurifil colors inviting everyone to come and enjoy the new look.

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The booth was filled with quilting artworks like this stunning beauty created by Rita  Frizzera, vintage sewing machines, and other special touches.

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Alexander Winton, Sales Manager, and Bradley Mitchell, Marketing Director, were pleased as punch with the new look of the booth and had an outstanding time helping everyone find the perfect display, thread color or Aurifil Designer Collection for their local quilt shop!

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The Aurifiat was absolutely adorable!

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All of the newest collections were displayed with fat quarter bundles or fabric rolls for shops to be able to see first hand how perfectly the collections are matched.

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The Aurifil Firewall Display was a showstopper with the most comprehensive selection of Aurifil products. If you have this display in your shop, your customers will be awestruck!

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Many thanks for all of the wonderful visitors to the booth taking photos during Market! We love your support and being part of the excitement! If you are sharing your photos in your social media please hashtag #Aurifil.  We would love to see your photos!

Tomorrow will be even more exciting photos from the Market floor!

Top Ten Tuesday { Autumn}

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday!  Crisp leaves, pumpkin spice, and a chill in the air means that Autumn is here (at least in the States).  Bring the Autumn into your home with these fun, fabulous and FREE tutorials created by top designers and bloggers!  There are cushions, embroidery some hand stitching fun for kids, and a cute turkey!  Something for everyone!

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1. Patchwork Pumpkin Quilt Block and Table Runner Tutorial by Amy Smart

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2. Ghoulies & Ghosties: Free Halloween Lap Quilt Pattern by Kelly Corbridge for McCall’s Quilting

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3. Scrap Buster Fall Pillow by Allison Harris from Cluck Cluck Sew

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4. Autumn Felt Coaster Project by Lova Revolutionary

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5. Thanksgiving Embroidery Patterns by The Pink Samurai

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6. Barn Bats Block or Mini Quilt by Elizabeth Hartman from Oh Fransson

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7. Scrappy Halloween Pillow by Lindsey from Fort Worth Fabric Studio for Lil Luna

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8. DIY: Felt Sugar Skull Sachets by Rachel from Adventures in Making

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9. Halloween Embroidery Hoop Collage by Nancy from Do Small Things With Love

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10. The Dresden Turkey Tutorial by Missouri Star Quilting

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If you are looking for more free patterns tips, tutorials or inspiration, please follow the Aurifil Pinterest boards, the Aurifil Facebook page and on Instagram too! All are updated throughout the day to provide you with the best the sewing world has to offer!

Happy 85th Anniversary Jaftex Blog Hop and Giveaway

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY JAFTEX!  Eighty five years is a mighty long time!  Congratulations to your family for your continued success! Aurifil is thrilled to be participating in this momentous event with our friends!

Jaftex invited over 30 designers, quilt industry friends and bloggers to help celebrate. Bundles of Henry Glass’ Folio Basics, Studioe’s Peppered Cottons or Blank’s Splash were sent to our friends and we asked them to make something special for our blog hop. They did not disappoint! Each day will be revealed the designs on the designers’ blogs.

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Another fun part of this month long celebration is the contest. Winners will receive fabric,of course, but also some great prizes from our quilt industry friends. The first prize winner will win a Janome Skyline S5, the second place winner will win a big box of Aurifil thread and the third prize will win a lovely tin with special goodies from Schmetz Needles. Jaftex Corp. gives special thanks to Janome America, Aurifil and Schmetz Needles for their prizes.

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Follow along each day with a new designer, a new blog, and be sure to watch for random FUN bonus giveaways along the hop!

September 1 – Kim Diehl guest posting @ American Patchwork & Quilting
September 2 – Pepper @ Pepper at the Quilt Studio
September 3 – Anjeanette @ Anjeanette Klinder
September 4 – Leanne @ The Whole Country Caboodle
September 5 – Mark @ Mark Lipinski’s Blog
September 6 – Heather @ Heather Kojan Quilts
September 7 – Heather @ Trends and Traditions
September 7 – Martha @ Wagons West Designs
September 8 – Linda @ Linda Lum DeBono
September 9 – Heidi @ Red Letter Quilts
September 10 – Jill @ Jillily Studios
September 10 – Dana @ My Lazy Daisy
September 11 – Penny @ Sew Simple Designs
September 12 – Ida @ Cowtown Quilts
September 13 – Liz and Beth @ Lizzie B Cre8ive
September 14 – Melissa @ Sew Bitter Sweet Designs
September 15 – Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
September 16 – Amy @ Kati Cupcake
September 16 – Barbara @ QuiltSoup2
September 17 – Erica @ Kitchen Table Quilting
September 18 – Leona @ Leona’s Quilting Adventure
September 19 – Margot @ The Pattern Basket
September 20 – Sylvia @ Flying Parrot Quilts
September 21 – Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts
September 22 – Kim @ Aurifil Threads
September 23 – Rebekah @ Don’t Call Me Becky
September 24 – Julie @ The Crafty Quilter
September 25 – Mary Ellen @ Little Quilts
September 25 – Mary Jane @ Holly Hill Designs
September 26 – Daisy @ Ants to Sugar
September 27 – Melissa @ Happy Quilting
September 28 – Janet @ One S1ster
September 29 – Jenny @ Martingale& Co.
September 30 – Teresa @ Third Floor Quilts

For your chance to win the GRAND PRIZE enter by visiting Henry Glass Fabric 

Aurifil 2015 Designer of the Month Kimberly Jolly

Aurifil March 2015 Designer of the Month Kimberly Jolly

Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program,  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan!

Our March mini is a wonderful scrap busting project!  Designer and shop owner Kimberly Jolly shares her March mini with us, we are so lucky this year!  Kimberly is a busy designer with a shop, pattern designs and charity projects. I’m delighted to be sewing ‘Snapshots’ along with her to benefit St. Jude’s children’s center. Kimberly’s charity work is inspirational.

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She  was born and raised in Austin, TX. .. now doesn’t that look like a FUN city?

On May 26, 2011 I chatted with Kimberly and you can listen to it right HERE on your computer!

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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.. 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 Kimberly!

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When was your FIRST quilt sighting? Did it inspire you to start quilting? If not, what did?

I have always loved quilts, thread and textiles since childhood, so it’s impossible to remember which one came first.  My granny taught me to crochet when I was five and I have always loved granny squares.  I had always dreamed of learning to quilt and made it come true once I was out of college.  The first quilt I ever made was a blue and yellow log cabin.  I’ve learned so much since then, but it still has a special place in my heart.  I handquilted it and the stitches leave a lot to be desired.

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When you go to a quilt show, what types of quilts are you drawn to? 

I am drawn to vintage-y quilts of all kinds, pre-Civil War quilts and feedsack quilts especially.  Oh, and Amish quilts too!  They have a certain simplicity that I’m drawn too.  It could just be simple sawtooth stars or Irish Chains, but that back-to-the-basics simplicity is my true quilt love.

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Did you have a career prior to making art, and what was it?

I was a CPA before quilts became my profession.  I do employ that knowledge to run my businesses (Fat Quarter Shop and It’s Sew Emma), but this is so much more fulfilling.

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What is your favorite place to visit in your hometown? 

The Hey Cupcake! trailer is a mainstay for me and my kids, and we have a weekly family dinner at El Gallo, which I’ve been going to since I was a child.  My husband Kevin and I like to go to UT games during football season(Go Longhorns!).

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What does your studio look like, and what would you change in it? 

My studio is actually getting a makeover right now, so I don’t have any photos, but MAN I’m going to be so organized!  That means lots of shelving and using up previously unused space.

It also doubles as my home office, so I also have a computer and TV in there. (tshirts here)

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Do you have a GREAT storage, organization, or label making tip?

I store all of my fabrics in wire baskets similar to this.  I also have a handy cart from IKEA for my UFOs.  I like having my UFOs out in the open so there is more motivation to finish my projects.

My good friend Lori Holt taught me how to make her design boards (tutorial: here) which I use to hold my fabrics in place while I plan my quilts.

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Then of course, Alphabitties are my cute way of labeling fabrics as I cut

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and I need to share our Mystery coming soon! Details HERE (… one block is MINE! pat sloan)

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What are your 3 favorite colors of Aurifil thread? 

2000 (http://www.fatquartershop.com/aurifil-beige-100-cotton-mako-spool-thread) and 2610 (http://www.fatquartershop.com/aurifil-gray-100-cotton-mako-spool-thread) are my favorite colors to piece with.  I’ve started using the Invisible Monofilament thread to quilt, too! (http://www.fatquartershop.com/aurifil-clear-invisible-spool-thread)

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Anything else you’d like to share? 

I know you, Pat, are already sewing with us, but I can’t urge everyone enough to sew the Snapshots quilt with us!  This is a free quilt-along program we’re offering that benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Please join us, Read all the details HERE

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We’re also finishing up Lori Holt’s next book, Farm Girl Vintage (http://www.itssewemma.com/farm-girl-vintage-book), that releases in April.

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What about your Month Inspired your Quilt Block?

After sewing my Snapshots quilt, I wanted to use up my leftover Daysail scraps.  Bonnie and Camille fabric always makes my heart go pitter-patter, no matter how much I’ve sewn with it already!  Going along with my love of simple blocks, my mini is made with simple half-square triangles and flying geese.  Each ring gets to show off its own color, and the slightly off-centeredness makes it feel fresh.  I hope you love it!

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And a few on the light side

  • Favorite TV show  –  My current must-watch is Married at First Sight.
  • The snack you crave –  Not a snack, but I love sweet tea.
  • The Color you have always LOVED –  Pink.  It’s happy and girly.  I just painted two accent walls in my office bright pink! (here is Alex Visiting Kimberly at her office!

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The winner this month is Tessmontana… She wins a Thread kit!

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 via Flickr email and posted at our FLICKR PAGE  HERE

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Aurifil 2015 Designer of the Month Joanna Figueroa

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Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program,  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan!

Our fantastic year of Mini’s rolls into February with Joanna Figueroa the designer behind Figtree & Co.  Joanna has an amazing style and I feel pretty lucky to be on the Moda design team with her. Her beautiful soft colored fabric always make their way into my stash.   Her company is based in a small town named San Leandro in the San Francisco Bay Area. Joanna told me it’s a great little place, now I want to visit!.

I chatted with Joanna about minis, sew and flip and other fun things on 10/24/11 and 10/6/14 at my All Quilting podcast

And let me give you a heads up, you are about to see the most beautiful photos of quilts you have ever seen. Joanna is an amazing photographer…

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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.. 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 Joanna!

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Aurifil 2015 Designer of the Month Gudrun Erla

Aurifil January 2015 Designer of the Month Gudrun Erla

Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program!  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan!

Gudrun Erla kicks off 2015 year of Mini Quilts, and I’m so excited to interview her. We have been friends for a very long time, and I love her designs so much. She always has a fresh take on things. Interviewing her I also learned a few NEW things, that’s always fun!

I chatted with Gudrun about quilting in Iceland April 5, 2010 on again on Feb 4, 2013 on my All Quilting podcast

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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.. 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 Gudrun!

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