2017 Spring Quilt Market, Part 2

Windham Fabrics: Natalie Barnes, Felice Regina, Amy Gibson, Crystal Nilpirom

One of the things that we love most about International Quilt Market is having the chance to check in with Aurifil Designers and Industry Partners. We are a diverse community, spread across the globe, which makes regular opportunities to meet in person an absolute delight. Our Creative Director, Erin Sampson, spends much of Market running between partner booths, capturing booth tours, staging informal interviews, and checking in on our new collection releases. It’s exciting and inspiring and thanks to excellent social tools like Facebook Live, we’re able to share the experience with all of you. In fact, we had so many tours this time around that we’ll split them into two posts;).

Our only regret is that we don’t always get to make it to see everyone, so there are a few missing from our tour. Keep an eye on the blog throughout the Summer for another introduction to ALL of our new designers and collections!

WINDHAM FABRICS
Windham Fabrics had a lovely lineup of booths, each boasting countless projects, with everything from collaborative stitching projects, to cats, to Spring Gardens.  Natalie Barnes, Amy Gibson, and Sarah Fielke had new Aurifil collections presenting, but we also had a chance to check out the booths for Annabel Wrigley, Felice Regina, and Janine Vangool.

 

MODA FABRICS
We were so excited to have a chance visit with a few of our beloved Moda designers! Stacy Iest Hsu, Joanna Figueroa, and Basic Grey had new Aurifil collections presenting, but we also got to say hi to Jane Davidson of Franny & Jane, Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life, Corey Yoder, and Shannon Gillman Orr.

 

ANDOVER FABRICS
We toured the booth with Giuseppe Ribaudo, our amazing main man at Andover, stopping to say hello to Alison Glass and Edyta Sitar while also checking out collections and projects for Di Ford-Hall and Kim Schaefer.

 

ART GALLERY FABRICS
Art Gallery Fabrics Ambassador Mathew Boudreaux of Mister Domestic took us on a grand booth tour, showcasing his in-booth charity stitching, highlighting new collections, and saying hello to designers along the way!

 

RILEY BLAKE 
We started our tour at Riley Blake with Christopher Thompson of The Tattooed Quilter who has collections presenting in August and September. We also took a peek at the new collections by Lori Holt — a new 45-spool box — in addition to a range of other Riley Blake designers.

 

MICHAEL MILLER FABRICS
Kait Witte of Michael Miller led us on a tour of the Michael Miller booths, featuring Tamara Kate, Sarah Jane, Sandra Clemons, and Susan Emory.


We’ll finish up our Quilt Market recap with some final tours and intros on Tuesday! Happy Sunday all! 🙂

Literary by Heather Givans

Books and their readers are celebrated in Literary, Heather Givans of Crimson Tate’s newest collection for Windham Fabrics. From the beautifully ornate papers found on the insides of classic novels like Moby Dick or The Boxcar Children, to the printed text of Anne of Green Gables, Heather has created a collection that will enthrall bookworms, bibliophiles, and sewers alike. Whether you’re someone who stacks books neatly or more of the shoveling books into every crevice of your home type, the joy of reading and sewing is found in Literary. To view the lookbook, click here or on the cover image below.

Heather’s debut Aurifil thread collection features a large box of 50wt threads in coordinating colors and a small box of our Aurifloss for perfectly accented details.

THE LOOKBOOK

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Literary
12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool), 100% Aurifil Cotton
1125 – 6730 – 6734 – 2785 – 2545 – 6724
6726 – 4140 – 2588 – 2606 – 1320 – 5004

10 Small Spools, Aurifloss (18yds/spool), 6-Strand, 100% Aurifil Cotton
1200 – 2220 – 1147 – 2735 – 4020
2535 – 4093 – 5005 – 2600 – 5011

THE INTERVIEW
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you first got started in the world of sewing and quilting?
I was teaching high school art (for nearly 10 years) when my mom revealed to me that she wanted to learn to quilt.   I took her to a quilt camp for adults where I was a summer camp counselor.  I loved the process and she has never finished a quilt!

Do you remember your first quilt and how you felt once it was complete?
I do remember my first quilt.  It had nine blocks and each of the blocks had 40+ pieces in it.  I was at that first quilt camp I’d ever been to and I stayed up all night to try to get to the finish.  I still have it in alllll its wonky glory and I consider it quite an achievement.

Kasbah Paw Quilt by Sarah Sharp, Quilted by Dan Clayton

Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
Whoa.  That’s a deep question.  It’s hard to pinpoint one person.  Having a degree in art, many of my college professors were great motivators and characters who inspired me and pushed me to develop my aesthetic.  I would definitely say I’m influenced by fine art.  Paintings by Marc Rothko, John Singer Sargent, and mixed media and social artists like Barbara Krueger have a warm place in my heart.  I have a lot of heroes in the quilting industry, too. Denyse Schmidt and Amy Butler being in top ten.

How did you first connect with Windham Fabrics and what do you love most about working with them?
Seriously.  The crew at Windham Fabrics couldn’t be more stellar.  I feel incredibly supported and inspired by the whole gang.  I knew them through my professional connections first as the proprietor of Crimson Tate :: Modern Quilter fabric store.  I love that they give me freedom to do what I want but also lend a critical eye and ear to my process.  I love them so much.

Succulent Garden by Heather Givans, Sewn by Jenny Leisure, Quilted by Dan Clayton

Tell us about your latest collection, Literary. What inspired the collection?
BOOOOOOOKSSSSS!!! This is my third collection and each one has been inspired by things I love.  I love Succulents.  I love Paper.  I love Reading.  Anne of Green Gables, The Boxcar Children, Moby Dick? All are some of my favorite books.  I love discussing what I’m reading and I love to hear what other people are reading, too.  The collection comes out of my book wormy-ness.

Do you have a favorite project made with the collection? 
YES!  I super love my Personal Library Quilt.  When I was designing the collection, I knew I wanted to make a bookshelf quilt so some of the pieces were selfish so that I could use them in that project!

Personal Library Quilt by Heather Givans, Machine Embroidery by David Barnhouse, Quilting by Joan Hunn

When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them? 
One of my customers recommended that I try Aurifil thread.  We bought a few boxes of basics and haven’t looked back since.  At Crimson Tate we carry 50wt in oodles of colors as well as Aurifloss threads.  I love the grandness of it and the specific weight.  1400+ yards on a spool?  I’ll take it.

Do you have a favorite color/weight and why?
I’m a major 50wt fan and Moonshine is my favorite color right now.  I chose it specifically for collection box because it is so universal!  It’s so pretty and silvery without being too silver, you know?

Your Aurifil collections for Literary feature a large box of 50wt and a small box of floss. Why was it important to you to have both weights included?
I did a fair amount of embroidery both machine and hand for the quilt projects using Literary.  I knew that I needed both.  I love hand embroidery and quilting with thicker strands.  I’m more of a 3-4 strand kind of girl.

What is your favorite type of hand-stitching project?
I’ve recently completed an EPP project called Reading Circle that I designed specifically for Literary.  And while I did like the EPP part of it, I am much enjoying the hand quilting of the block.  I have taken a few lessons with a friend of mine who is in her 90s.  She has been teaching me to hand quilt.  According to her, I’ve got a long way to go.  😉 I would agree.

Reading Circle EPP — in progress by Heather Givans

How many strands of floss do you typically use in your embroidery projects?
If I’m feeling gluttonous, I go for all six.  But typically, I use three strands.

Bookmark by Amanda Castor, Quilted by Dan Clayton

What top thread tip would you want to share with our readers? 
You can’t be afraid of failing.  If you’ve got an idea, work through it.  I have found so many times that my initial sketch or calculation is way off but I learn something in the process.  If I worried about getting it right, having never done it before, I’d never begin.  And be sure to give yourself room for imperfection while striving for precision (if precision is important to you).  It’ll all come out in the wash.

Where can we find you this year? 
I’m excited to share my official ‘where to find me’ calendar below (thank you Mary Whitaker!) Otherwise, you will always find me downtown Indianapolis hanging out with my buddies at Crimson Tate.

April 20: Carmel High School
April 26 – 29: AQS Spring Paducah Quilt Show – Paducah, KY
May 3: Columbus Star Quilters – Columbus, IN
May 5 – 6: Thimbles Quilt Shop – Chicago, IL
May 12 – 13: Happy Apple Quilts – Tampa, FL
May 19 – 21: Quilt Market – St Louis, MO
June 17 – 18:   Detroit guild with Lish – Detroit, MI
July 27 – 29: One Stop Shop Hop – Kokomo, IN
Aug 11 – 12:  Sew Yeah Quilting – Las Vegas, NV
Sept 14 – 16:  Quilter’s Choice – Jupiter, FL
Sept 20 – Oct 1:  OH Craft Sew-IN
Oct 28 – 30:  International Quilt Market – Houston, TX
Nov 1:  Pocket Square Event

Library Sign Quilt by Heather Givans

THE GIVEAWAY

To enter-to-win 1 Large Literary Thread Collection and one FQ Bundle of Literary by Heather Givans for Windham Fabrics, 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, April 8! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Sunday, April 9. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Janice McLaren!

*Please note that FQ bundle may be a variety of Literary fabrics, not neccesarily all of the ones shown in the image.

FIND HEATHER ONLINE
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[All images courtesy of Heather Givans]

QuiltCon 2017 — Savannah, GA

We’re just getting back and settled in from a spectacular five days in beautiful, historic, and fascinating Savannah, Georgia.  There is a certain perceived expectation when you think of “The South”, particularly when you think of Savannah.  Nothing about this city disappointed me. Not even the weather- especially because I arrived the day after it stopped raining. What luck!

Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia and one of the only surviving cities left after the Civil War.  Some of the houses date back to the 1700s, which is pretty incredible.

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Just imagine the quilts that were made inside those walls!  That certainly brings a whole new level of appreciation for Civil War reproduction fabrics, don’t you think?

Savannah is a very picturesque city, full of manicured lawns, immaculately kept homes and ornate details everywhere you look.  Just walking a few blocks to breakfast took us nearly an hour because we kept stopping to admire the view, take pictures or read the plaques of the various fountains and statues in the squares.

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The Savannah River divides the city from the World Trade Center, where QuiltCon 2017 was held.  There was only one hotel on that side, and if you weren’t staying in it, you had to travel across the river via ferry.  On the first night, the ferry was packed full of quilters and only a few locals.  I doubt they had ever seen so many handmade bags and quilt related t-shirts in one place before!

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We had a great time playing a game with our QuiltCon guests.  The idea was to see who, amongst the three players, could put a puzzle together the fastest.  The fastest got to take home a large spool of thread of their choice; the remaining two took home a small spool of their choice.  Everyone was a winner!

All players were challenged to beat the ‘best time’, which kept getting faster and faster throughout the event. On Sunday morning, we had our fastest participant EVER, not just for QuiltCon. Karen Brown completed the Aurifil Spool puzzle in just 2 minutes & 36 seconds. We were all in awe! Congratulations again to Karen, who is now the excited recipient of a Tula Pink Ultimate Collection — 45 small spools of lucious and colorful thread!

To help celebrate 270 Colors, the incredible quilt by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio, we hosted an ongoing social media contest.  Participants had to take a “Selfie” in front of the quilt and post it to Instagram using the hashtag “#270ColorsGiveaway“.  We had over 190 entries and our winners were:

We did also share a daily at-home giveaway so that no one would be excluded!! Thank you again to all who played along!

270 Colors by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

Even though we weren’t able to sell our thread in our booth, there was still plenty to be found throughout the show including the booths for: Craft South, Crimson Tate, Andover, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Marcus FabricsRiley Blake, and more!!

We also loved having a chance to visit with some of our amazing fabric partners. Many of them had interactive booths, giving visitors a chance to design quilt blocks, collect supplies to work on collaborative quilting projects, and more!

Of course, one of my favorite aspects of community events like this, is all of the quilts.  I’m amazed at the diversity on display.  Just when I think I’ve seen it all, when I’ve defined my own personal style, I turn a corner and see something that changes my whole perspective, something that makes me stop and think and admire.  Below are some of my favorites from this year’s show.

And of course, Best In Show, “Bling” by Katherine Jones:

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I’m pretty sure she said it took her over 160 hours to complete the quilt top.  It is ENTIRELY paper-pieced!  Can you imagine??

All-in-all, a great time was had by all.  People left feeling inspired, satisfied, knowledgable.  I think those are the best things to come away with.  And, even though it’s maybe a little sad to leave and go back home to reality, the memories live on and we get to look forward to the next time we can fill our minds with new techniques and skills. We get to fill our hearts with the fun times had with friends that we may have only previous known online.  That’s the beauty of it, really.

Until next time!

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— Kristi, Bradley, Erin, and Alex

Curious Dream by Angela Pingel

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We are so thrilled to be one of the stops on Angela Pingel’s Curious Dream Blog Hop! It’s been so fun to see all of the posts so far. From pillows to mini quilts to zippy pouches… there are already so many fabulous projects! Make sure to check out all of the stops along the way. Each day offers a brand new chance to win a FQ bundle! We’ve got lots of great stuff for you today — info about Angela’s new thread collections, an interview with Angela to uncover some of the inspiration behind Curious Dream, and a tutorial! That’s right… a super sweet, super simple, Toddler Tote Tutorial. So settle in and have fun!

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Jump down the rabbit hole with Angela Pingel‘s debut collection, Curious Dream. Inspired by the whimsy of Alice’s adventures through Wonderland and the Looking Glass, this collection calls to the dreamer in all of us. The subtle theme is perfect for any true lover of the fantastical world, but is also perfect for staples to your stash. You will find yourself smiling over the soft rainbow of colors and the details of the design. Angela’s accompanying Aurifil Thread Collection is a sweet lineup of large spools in both 50wt and 12wt — perfect for all your project needs!

[click here or on the image above to check out the lookbook!]

THREAD COLLECTION
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Curious Dream
12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool)
2024 – 2615 – 2610 – 2805 – 5005 – 2783 – 2420 – 6729 – 2105 (50wt)
2105 – 2024 – 2860 (12wt)

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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
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you first got started in the world of sewing and quilting?
I was born and raised in South Bend, IN (Go Irish!) and I’m a midwest girl who loves to create.  I’ve been sewing for as long as I can remember and I started with garment sewing.  My mom did a bit of sewing for me and knew enough to teach me how to read a basic pattern.  I took that information and ran with it.  I’m completely self taught…so in some ways I feel like I have sooo much to learn.  But I’ve dabbled in pretty much everything.

I was introduced to quilting in particular in high school and made my very first project (a twin size quilt) from an Eleanor Burns book.  It was for my college dorm bed.  And I still have that quilt today.  I’ve been quilting away ever since!  I have degrees in mathematics and interior design, so it seems that fabric and quilt design were always in my future even though I didn’t know it.

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Did you always know that you’d be in a creative field, or did you take other career stops along the way?
LOL! No!  I knew that I would always be creative but I assumed that it would be a hobby like it is for most people.  It’s a lovely hobby to be creative and create with pressure actually.  I thought long and hard about turning it into a career because it can be easy to lose the joy you once had under the demands of the field.  But my path seems to have been leading me here in spite of myself.  I actually always thought that I would be in academics.  I LOVE school and learning as well.  In fact I was going to pursue a masters in library science but ended up getting a second degree in Interior Design instead.  But first I taught Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Precalculus and Chemistry.

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Do you remember the process of creating your first quilt and how you felt once it was finished?
Oh Yes! Remember, I’m totally self taught, so I needed a book that taught me how to use a rotary cutter!  I’m dating myself, but there were certainly no online tutorials or you tube videos for me to watch.  It was all about reading and paying attention to details.  I still remember that I miscut or mis–sewed a bunch of the pieces and had to unpick them and redo them.  I was working a desk job over the summer and was able to use my down time to become friends with my seam ripper.  I had to buy new sashing for the quilt too because I had miscut that as well.  Oh good times. lol  But I loved that quilt and was SO proud of myself for making the entire quilt from start to finish.  I did stitch in the ditch quilting and am proud to say that the quilt is still in amazing condition.

What is your favorite thing to make? Do you prefer quilting over creating smaller projects like home accessories or handbags, or vice versa?
I’ve learned the hard way that making bags is not my favorite thing to do.  I certainly CAN make them and can even design them quite well. But I finally gave myself permission to say that they are just not my favorite thing to make.  As for quilts vs small projects, I am convinced that for me personally I need to have a healthy balance of the two.  In an ideal world, I would have just two projects going at a time and one would be a larger quilt and the other would always be a smaller project.  I love the joy of accomplishing something monumental like a quilt, but it can be necessary for my moral to have smaller projects finished more frequently.  Plus that way you can dabble with more fabrics!  Always a plus!

How did you first connect with Windham Fabrics and what do you love most about working with them?
I connected with Windham fabrics at Quilt Market and intiroduced myself to them via the standard channels of approaching a company.  I actually did this with a bunch of companies and did what I like to call speed dating at that market.  I had meetings with the creative directors for the companies and showed them my portfolio.  I had a long list of interview questions that I had for each company because not only did I want to design fabric, but I wanted to do it with the company that would be the best fit for me.  I immediately felt a connection with Windham because of their small yet big presence.  They have a plethora of talent among their designers but treat us all like we are equally important.  I loved their openness to my concepts and designs and really appreciate the freedom I have to design what I am interested in.  Communication has been great which is an essential part of working with a company for me.  Actually there is really nothing I can say that I dislike about them!  So I think we are a great fit.

Curious Dream is your debut collection with Windham. Can you tell us a bit more about the line and what inspired its creation?
It’s been a dream of mine to design fabric for a long time, but I was anxious about breaking into this new aspect of the quilting world.  I knew that I needed a design based off of something that I adored to give me the confidence to push through.  So Alice in Wonderland came to me.  At the time I thought that it was completely original to do this concept, but the stars aligned so that many people thought this was a good idea as well. lol  So now you can find a number of glorious lines about Alice.  But what I love about true design is that even with the same inspiration, we all ended up with vastly different lines from each other.  My personal goal in design is to marry whimsy with practicality.  In fact it’s almost my personal motto for life.  I really wanted to explore the character of Alice in such a way that the line felt whimsical but not novelty.  It’s a tough balance.  Using a children’s story with existing illustrations can be difficult to break free from and create another unique version.  For me, it was important to go back to the text and read the book with a highlighter; taking note of anything that caught my design eye.  I was interested in the FEEL of the book rather than recreating any exact moment.

The lookbook for Curious Dream is absolutely fabulous. What was it like to pull all of the props together for that photoshoot? Did you actually make that amazing moss chair?
Oh thank you so much!  I really appreciate that.  The look book was a labor of love.  I knew that I was tackling more props than I probably needed to, but creating wonderland is not something you get to do every day.  I wanted the back drop to support the idea of the story but in no way overshadow the fabric and its story.  Thankfully I had a wonderful photographer and I wasn’t the one trying to both run the shoot and be in charge of all the props and outfits and be a model AND then also take the photographs.

And that moss chair!!  Yes!! I did make it.  I actually have a tutorial for how to make one yourself on my website.  Because sometimes you just need a moss chair  😉

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Your daughter plays the role of Alice in the lookbook — was it fun to create projects with her in mind for this collection? 
Isn’t she just the cutest?!  It was so very fun to design the projects with her in mind.  I even took her with me to find the chair I used for the moss chair because I wanted to make sure that she looked a bit dwarfed in it.  And then designing the Alice look for her was one of the most fun fabric combos I got to do.  Because once again, how often do you get to design an Alice costume…and with your own fabrics no less?! Oh and she insisted on having some real liquid in that tea party scene.  She’s a very method model.  lol

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When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them? Do you have a favorite color/weight?
I’ve been using Aurifil for years now!!  They generously supplied the thread for my book, A Quilter’s Mixology, and numerous other projects I’ve been a part of.  I think what I love most about them is that they are available in so many different weights.  There is literally a thread for all of your needs.  I probably use the 40 or 50 weight the most often but the 12 weight is awesome for thick quilting lines.  And I am anxious to try the new 80 weight!  I think that would be amazing for EPP.  And who wouldn’t love the floss on wooden spools?  Those get me every time!

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How did you go about selecting threads for your latest Aurifil collection?
Again, I wanted practicality and whimsy.  So I matched threads to my collection colors of course, but I wanted more than just that.  I made sure that I included the kind of colors that are truly USEFUL.  So there are plenty of neutrals, blues and corals…all colors that pretty hot right now in general.  So whether you are using them for my collection or with other fabrics you own, they are universally on point.  Also, I wanted to make sure that there were some different weight threads in the box.  If you will be buying an entire box of thread, I want you to get the most bang for your buck. (There’s my practical side kicking in).  So I included another weight other than a piecing weight.  I included the 3 spools of 12 weight thread in colors that will pop for the opportunity to do some special heavy weight machine quilting.  I actually have a blog post about quilting with that as well!

TODDLER TOTE TUTORIAL

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1. Cut: two 9” x 11” rectangles each of outer fabric, lining fabric and fusible fleece, two 20” x 3” strips of strap fabric, two 19” x 1-1/5” strips of fusible fleece, one 4” x 5” rectangle  each of white fabric and EZ-STeam II and one 3″ x 3” square each of appliqué fabric and EZ-Steam II.

2. Fuse the 9” x 11” rectangles of Fusible Fleece to the wrong sides of the outer fabric rectangles. Set aside.

3. Remove the plain paper backing of the 4″ x 5″ EZ-Steam II rectangle and press the sticky side to the wrong side of the white fabric. Press with a hot dry iron. Let cool. Cut along all 4 edges with pinking shears. Set aside.

4. Trace child’s initial onto the gridded side of 3″ x 3″  EZ-Steam II square. Make sure the letter is traced in reverse.

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5. Remove the plain paper backing from the EZ-Steam II and finger press sticky side to the wrong side of the applique fabric. Press with a hot dry iron. Let cool. Cut letter out.

6. Remove gridded paper backing from the white rectangle, center within the top 2/3 of one outer fabric rectangle and finger press to secure.

7. Remove gridded paper backing from the letter and center within the white fabric rectangle. Fuse.

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8. Top stitch around letter and rectangle to secure and embellish as desired.

9. Mark and cut out a 1” notch on the bottom left & right hand corners or outer and lining rectangles.

10. Place outer rectangles right sides together and pin along both sides and bottom. Stitch using a ¼” seam allowance along both sides and bottom.

11. Open up the left corner notch and press together, aligning raw edges and seam. Pin and sew. Repeat with the right corner notch.

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12. Repeat steps 10 & 11 with the lining rectangles, making sure to leave a 3” gap along the bottom seam for turning.

13. Turn outer bag right side out.

14. To make the straps, center the Fusible Fleece strips on the wrong sides of the strap fabric strips and fuse. Fold short ends in over the edge of the Fusible Fleece and press. Fold strips in half lengthwise and press. Open and fold long edges in to meet the center crease. Press. Re-fold center crease and topstitch around all four sides.

15. Place outer bag inside lining, with right sides together and match seams. Pin on either side of seams to secure.

16. Tuck one strap in between exterior and lining, with raw edges aligned, so that the outside edges of the straps are 1” in from the side seams of the bag. Repeat with second strap.

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17. Pin around the entire opening and sew, reinforcing seams over all 4 strap ends.

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18. Turn bag right side out through the gap. Stitch gap closed and push lining into bag.

19. Straighten lining and pin top seam to prevent shifting. Topstitch.

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THE GIVEAWAY

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The Curious Dream Giveaway is closed. Congratulations to our winner Dorie Esquivel!

THE SCHEDULE
Monday, December 12th — Windham Fabrics
Tuesday , December 13th — Kelly Bowser, Kelby Sews
Wednesday, December 14th — Brooke Sellmann, Silly Mama Quilts
Thursday, December 15th — Wendy Sheppard, Ivory Spring
Friday, December 16th — Rebecca Bryan, Bryan House Quilts
Saturday, December 17th —  Chris Dodsley, Made by ChrissieD
Sunday December 18th — Aurifil (YOU ARE HERE!)
Monday, December 19th — Jennie, Clover & Violet
Tuesday, December 20th — Stephanie Kendron, Modern Sewciety
Wednesday, December 21st — Joanne, The Fat Quarter Gypsy
Thursday, December 22nd — Heidi Staples, Fabric Mutt
Friday, December 23rd — Round up post at Windham Fabrics

ABOUT ANGELA
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angela-headshots-2-550x825Angela is a 30’s something wife and mom, winding her way between family life and fabric. She’s been sewing for as long as she can remember, and even did various super cool things such as making her prom dress, a quilt for her college dorm room and her flower girl dresses. Well, those things *might* be cool now, but they definitely weren’t then.

Angela is the author of the book A Quilter’s Mixology, on quilting using variations of the Drunkard’s Path Block. She has filmed a DVD on sewing curves available through Quilting Arts and also has a class on Craftsy using precuts to make disappearing blocks.  She has been published in numerous magazines and books including 99 Modern Blocks, Sweet Celebrations, 101 Patchwork Projects, Modern Patchwork, Quilt Scene, Playful Little Paper Pieced Projects, Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks, and more.

[collection images and bio courtesy of Angela Pingel]

First Blush Blog Hop

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Welcome to our stop on the First Blush Blog Tour! We are so excited to showcase this gorgeous debut fabric line by Ruby Red Designs for Windham Fabrics.  First Blush is a celebration of the first bloom of the season. Fresh pinks, aquas and reds bring new life to vintage-inspired prints. Striking ginghams and sunkist dot prints offer a great backdrop to the florals.

The collection accompanies the First Blush Block of the Month by It’s Sew Emma Patterns, a modern 12 month BOM that uses the Starburst 30° Ruler from Creative Grids to create its unique pattern.

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We were thrilled to present a coordinating thread box earlier this year. The sweet and bright colors perfectly compliment the cheery prints and are incredibly versatile in our 50wt thread. The collection is available in both a large and a small box. To learn more, check out our collection announcement here.

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The fabric will be shipping to stores this month and thread collections are already available. Check in with your favorite retailer for collection availability and to join the BOM.

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When Windham first approached us about joining in on the blog hop, we knew that the fabrics should be sent to the fabulous Hilary Jordan, Aurifil‘s Social Media & Quilt Guild Coordinator. Hilary is also the designer behind Young Texan Mama and we just love her style! She took one look at the variety of prints and knew she wanted to make a throw pillow, the perfect accent to the grey chair in her sun-drenched living room.

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She settled on a foundation-pieced flying geese pattern that would allow her to alternate between neutrals and pops of color and quilted the cover using Aurifil 50wt thread in 2130 (Medium Butter) from the First Blush collection. She finished the pillow off with a red gingham binding.

We absolutely adore the finished pillow and may just have to put in a special request for one for Aurifil HQ!

GIVEAWAY
Want a chance to win a FQ Bundle and Small thread collection of your very own? Windham and Aurifil are offering one of each at every stop along the blog hop! Pretty awesome, right?

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To enter-to-win, simply leave a comment on this blog post telling us what you’d most like to make with the First Blush collections and why. The contest is open to US and International entries and one lucky winner will be chosen at random. The contest ends October 27th, 2016 and winners will be announced on Friday, October 28th, 2016.

Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thank you so much to all who entered and Congratulations to our winner, Connie German!

BLOG SCHEDULE
We have loved seeing all of the other projects along the blog hop so far! From quilts to mini frocks, each project is simply amazing. Take a moment to check out 
Monday, October 10 – Chris Dodsley at made by ChrissieD
Tuesday, October 11 – Sinta at Pink Pincushion
Wednesday, October 12 –  The Jolly Jabber at Fat Quarter Shop
Thursday, October 13 – Windham/Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine
Friday, October 14 – Jennie  at Clover & Violet
Saturday, October 15 – Aurifil (YOU ARE HERE)
Sunday, October 16 – Tina Egner at Emily Ann’s Kloset
Monday, October 17 – Kristyne Czepuryk  at PRETTY by hand
Tuesday, October 18 – Allison Harris at Cluck Cluck Sew
Wednesday, October 19 – Erin Cox at Why Not Sew?
Thursday, October 20 – Angie Wilson at Gnome Angel
Friday, October 21 – Debbie at Happy Little Cottage
Saturday, October 22– Heidi Staples at Fabric Mutt
Sunday, October 23– Leanne Elliott at daisy and jack handmade
Monday, October 24– Greg Jones at Grey Dogwood Studio
Tuesday, October 25– Wendy Sheppard at Ivory Spring
Wednesday, October 26– Stephanie Lynn Denton at Creative Reveries
Thursday, October 27– Lisa Ruble at Love To Color My World

Thanks so much to Windham and have a wonderful weekend!

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:)

 

 

Luna Sol by Felice Regina

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Aurifil is pleased to introduce brand new Aurifil Thread Collection Designer, Felice Regina of Sew Scatterbrained. Felice is an illustrator and designer living in Houston, TX. Her first collection for Windham Fabrics is inspired by her “spirit animal”, the mystical moon bunny. A vivid color spectrum recalls burning sunrises and calming sunsets. Geometric moon phases, ditzy florals, and sweet bunny faces bring balance to this whimsical collection. The coordinating Aurifil thread boxes are a perfect representation of the collection’s the fabulously rich and bold colors.

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THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Luna Sol
100% Aurifil Cotton, 50wt
Large – 1422yds each, 12 colors, Large Spools
1154 – 1135 – 2140 – 2730 – 4655 – 1320 – 2588 – 4030 – 3660 – 2780 – 3920 – 2525

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Small – 220 yds each, 10 Colors, Small Spools
1154 – 1135 – 2140 – 2730 – 1320 – 2588 – 4030 – 2780 – 3920 – 2525

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For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

THE INTERVIEW
What first inspired you to start sewing?
I’ve always had a strong internal motivation to make things. When I was in elementary school, I taught myself how to sew by hand using a book I bought with my allowance. I didn’t use a sewing machine until I was a junior in college. I had just gotten my first apartment and wanted to make some inexpensive curtains and pillows to decorate with.

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What is your most beloved project finish and why?
My favorites are constantly changing, but right now, I’m in awe of of my Satellite Medallion quilt. It took a lot of energy to get it made in time for the Luna Sol look book. I don’t think I’ve ever put so much effort into the quilting process! When it was done, I knew it had to be on the cover of the look book.

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When did you first start working as an illustrator? 
I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil.

How did you first connect with Windham Fabrics and what have you most loved about working through the collection design process? 
I met my fabric design idol, Heather Ross, at Quilt Con 2015 and she introduced me to the Windham family! I can’t even describe how wonderful they are to work with. I really enjoy the dialogue we have regarding putting the collection together. They’ve helped spark positive ideas and changes that I wouldn’t have come up with on my own.

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What do you love most about Aurifil threads?
The color selection. I love pulling out my Aurifil color card and being able to find the perfect shade for my project. I’ve never been let down!

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Do you have any advice for new designers out there?
Don’t let yourself be intimidated. Never limit yourself. Embrace failure.

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To learn more about the Luna Sol collection, please visit Felice Regina & 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 18! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Thursday, May 19th. Good luck!

UPDATE (5/19): This Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Susan Clarkson!!

LEARN MORE ABOUT FELICE
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Felice Regina is a 20-something illustrator/designer/maker from Houston, Texas. Since she was a child, her creative spirit and relentlessly curious nature has driven her to pursue making in many forms. Illustration and sewing happen to be her favorites.

As an adult who still sleeps with her baby blanket, Felice thinks she was primed to be a quilt fanatic. She made her first quilt in January 2014, and she now has more than she can count. She loves the marriage of artwork, function, and snugglability a quilt represents.

Felice graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Art and a minor in Business Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio in 2013. With her illustrated series “The Exiled Realm”, she won both the Trinity University 2013 senior award for Excellence in Art and the Ai Wei Wei Award at Trinity Art Collective’s 2012 Media Madness show. The series was also exhibited at Trinity’s Neidorff Gallery. Her photography was published in the 2010 Trinity Review. Her digital illustration “Closed for Cleaning” was featured in the MMORPG TERA Online from June to August 2013 as a winner of the “Loading Memories” contest.

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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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!

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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!

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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]

2015 Fall Quilt Market Part 2

Welcome back to 2015 Quilt Market Part 2!  There is never enough space to put the grandness of Quilt Market into one post.  Market needs to be at least two to three days longer ( and two posts longer) to be able to process at least half of what is happening or what has happened!  Hoping you enjoy Part 2 of Market!

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There is never a lack of activities for shops at Market!  On the day prior to Market officially opening, there are Schoolhouses.  Schoolhouses are designed to educate and inspire shops to help their customers to find the right tools, fabrics and knowledge for every project!

Aurifil’s Schoolhouses were by different areas of the quilting industry. Fabric house, Island Batik, designers Wendy Sheppard and Jinny Beyer, and Alex Veronelli.

The first was Island Batik Fabrics with their lovely new collections! The one being shown is Tinsel!  Each of the four newest fabric collections has an Aurifil thread collection to match! Perfect colors for every one!

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Wendy Sheppard from Ivory Spring was the Second in the series.  Wendy is a scientist turned quilter.  She has been featured in just about every quilting magazine on the planet with her beautiful quilts that are all quilted on her domestic home machine!  Wendy has a new Aurifil Collection and explained how she came to use Aurifil 50wt and why she believes it is the perfect choice for all quilters for it’s strength and beauty!

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Wendy’s stunning quilt was on display in the Aurifil booth during Market and will be going on tour with Alex for his lectures in Aurifil Quilt Shops, Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for this beauty!  Also, keep on the lookout for a possible pattern for this beauty!

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The talented Jinny Beyer was in the schoolhouse next!  Jinny’s insightful lecture was about thread weight uses.  With so many weights to choose from, how do you know what is the correct one for your project? Jinny shared what she uses and why.

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Alex assisted her by holding up one of her quilts as an example.

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Alex was the final lecture for the day.  The topic of his discussion was the overwhelmingly popular Aurifil lectures.  This lecture is available only to Aurifil shops. This exciting lecture is approximately 90 minutes of engaging video that takes you behind the scenes of the Aurifil factory, inside the research and development of the thread, a short lecture about the recommended uses and care for the threads, then concludes with an array of stunning artworks from the industries top designers.  Alex explained how the program works, why it is so popular and added in that there are gifts and giveaways of Aurifil at every session! What is not to love?

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Time to walk the Quilt Market floor!  It is always exciting to see the upcoming collections from the various designers and fabric houses!  It never ceases to be amazing that each booth is created only for the few days of the show. These displays are a labor of love a true act of passion by their creators!

Joanna Figueroa from Fig Tree &Co.  Is always prepared with something new and fresh for Moda Fabrics! She is really a sweetheart to boot!

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She had a little something unexpected and special in her booth…WOOL and Aurifil floss to match!  This is something completely new and will be coming to a shop near you soon!  Very thrilling!

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The new kid on the Moda block is artist, architect, and all around great dancer LUKE Haynes!  This is Luke’s first fabric collection.  It is appropriately named Dapper and has a modern edgy feel using traditional herringbone and bold colors.

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Sandy Gervias is also in the Moda family and has this sweet new collection Refresh.

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Loving the Aurifil spools as flower vases!

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There was a real showstopper in Michel Miller Fabrics!  Into The Deep by Patty Sloniger was filled with rich colors making the mind dance!

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The dress was absolutely sublime!

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Tula Pink never fails with her daring designs for Free Spirit!

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Darlene Zimmerman never fails to entertain the creative juices in her Robert Kaufman booth! There is always something special and vintage that makes you want to stay awhile and see what else may turn up.  Morningside Farm will be available in 2016!

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Maureen Cracknell had an explosion of fabulous with all of the details in her booth for Art Gallery Fabrics and her collection Fleet and Flourish!

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Tim Holtz had on display his personal collection of antique items that inspire his own personal designs.

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The very popular Mendocino by Heather Ross is being reprinted by Windham Fabrics! These lovely fabrics are sprinkled with life from the ocean including mermaids.

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The final addition for today is Mary Fons‘s collection with Springs Creative Small Wonders.

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Alex was happy to welcome Mary into the fabric world and into the Aurifil family!

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Hope you will come back tomorrow for even more from Quilt Market!