Bamboo Table Runner

This weekend, we found ourselves in need of a birthday gift for a close family friend who is really hard to buy for!  A few years ago, I made him a fall colored runner for his table and he has kept it there ever since and really seemed to appreciate it.  So we decided that a new table-runner would be just the thing.  Now he will be able to switch them out for a bit of a change.  We thought he might like a bamboo design because he is a big fan of Asian cuisine and clean modern designs.  I thought bamboo had the potential to be transformed into a simple, modern, appealing design.  I started by designing a paper pieced bamboo block pattern in EQ7.

I played around with some layout possibilities and decided to make four blocks with a bit of a border.  I incorporated the mirror image of the block into the design as well. EQ7 allows you to print your foundation patterns as mirror image or not. I used both; as I often do.  Two of my blocks are mirror images of my original design and two are not. Then I inverted two of the blocks because I like a table runner that you can enjoy from all sides of the table.

While working on designs, sometimes I like to add a second border that is .25 inches wide.  It’s a handy way to mock up your binding in the quilt top design layout.

This is how my layout looked in EQ7.  See how that narrow second border mimics binding?  It can be really helpful in auditioning binding choices when you just aren’t sure. You’ll notice that I made one bamboo stalk a darker green, just for added interest!

This picture shows the quilting nicely. I used a 50 weight beige Aurifil thread and a series of criss-crossing straight lines to suggest the angles of bamboo stalks.  I used blue painters tape and followed it with my walking foot to make those lines. I used about 6 pieces of tape so that I could stitch a number of lines, then adjust the tape and quilt some more.

I really like the minimalist yet recognizable design that was achieved. I hope he likes it!

I will have the block and table runner pattern in my shop soon.

 

December Aurifil Designer of the Month: Amanda Herring

The designer of the month for December is Amanda Herring, a fabric designer for Riley Blake.  Her company is The Quilted Fish.


Here is Amanda’s flower block, made using her favorite shade of blue, a pretty turquoise.  You can find the block and an interview with Amanda here.

Don’t forget, by submitting a photo of your block online, you will be entered for a chance to win a box of Aurifil thread!  This is your last chance for this year!

Here is a picture of all the designer blocks for this year.  Don’t they look great together?  I look forward to seeing what Pat Sloan does with them!  They were made by the following fabulous Aurifil designers:

Jan -Heather Valentine   http://thesewingloftblog.com/
Feb – Kari Carr http://www.newleafstitches.com 
Mar – Christa Watson http://christaquilts.com/ 
Apr – Kate Spain http://www.katespain.com/ 
May – Amy Friend http://duringquiettime.com/ 
June – Jacquelynne Steves http://jacquelynnesteves.com/ 
July – Wendy Sheppard https://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/ 
Aug – Angela Walters http://www.quiltingismytherapy.com/
Sept – Katarina Roccella   http://likeflowersandbutterflies.com/
Nov – Kim Niedzwiecki http://www.gogokim.com/ 
Host – Pat Sloan http://blog.patsloan.com

You can find the patterns for all the blocks in one convenient spot. Be looking for the 2017 Aurifil Designer Team who will bring you 12 new patterns for next year!

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Arboreal Quilt


Arboreal Quilt by Amy Friend

I’m really happy with the way this quilt turned out!  I designed a paper pieced block using my improv paper piecing method.  The inspiration for my block design was the branching of a tree.  When I incorporated the mirror image of the block into the layout and then inverted every other row, I got this great repeating pattern.

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Admittedly, the finished quilt doesn’t scream tree branches, but I love that!  It does have a really cool organic feel to it due to its improvisational design roots.

Arboreal by Amy Friend

I have been wanting to make a quilt that incorporated cinnamon and pink for awhile now.  I love these colors…so adding mustard (another favorite) only made it better!  I colored and recolored the design in EQ7 until I hit upon this combination and it felt right. It certainly feels like fall to me so I am grateful that I was able to photograph it before the leaves were covered with snow.  The solids are a mix of Kona and Bella Solids and the cinnamon is a basic by Cotton + Steel with a tiny scattered dot.

Arboreal Quilting by Amy Friend

The quilting is straight line in 3 shades of Aurifil 50 weight thread. I matched the pink background fabric for the majority of the quilting using #2410 but I also stitched the occasional line in cinnamon and mustard. I love the subtle variation.

If you are intrigued by this design process, I encourage you to order my upcoming book, Improv Paper Piecing: A Modern Approach to Quilt Design. I explain my technique and provide a series of exercises to encourage you to design your own blocks. I think you will enjoy it!

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November Aurifil Designer of the Month: Kim Niedzwiecki

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The designer of the month for November is Kim Niedzwiecki, also known as Go Go Kim!

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She has designed this free block called Geese Tracks.  You can find the block and an interview with Kim here.  I love the description of her historical town–makes me want to go there with my love of history!

Don’t forget, by submitting a photo of your block online, you will be entered for a chance to win a box of Aurifil thread…seriously, for sewing a single block!  There is only one more block to go this year.  Can you believe it?

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Tell Me A Story Holiday Sewalong!

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You are invited to join my Tell Me A Story holiday sewalong! First off, credit where credit is due, this sewalong was inspired by my fellow guild member’s blocks.  Colleen made a Christmas themed Tell Me A Story block and the wheels started turning!

Here’s the idea.  Use the Tell Me A Story quilt block pattern found in my book, Intentional Piecing.  This time, we are going to tell holiday stories with our fabric selections!  Mine are very Christmas themed but feel free to simply go with a winter theme if you do not celebrate Christmas.

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Here’s an example.  This little girl is happily skating around the pond, putting on an amazing performance, for her audience of snowmen that she built earlier that afternoon.  The stories can be simple or you can go crazy and name your characters, etc.  It’s completely up to you!

Because most of us are so busy this time of year, I thought pillows might be an obtainable goal.

Tell Me A Story Holiday Pillow by Amy Friend

For one 18″ finished pillow cover:

Supplies:

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assorted holiday scraps for fussy cuts and borders

1/8 yard fabric for inner corners

1/2 yard fabric for outer corners

18 1/2″ square fusible fleece

5/8 yard fabric for pillow backing

18″ pillow form

optional 16″ invisible zipper

Project Directions:

Make 9 Tell Me A Story blocks found on page 27.

Assemble in a 3 x 3 grid.

Fuse pillow front to fleece and quilt.

Finish pillow following instructions on pages 56 and 57.

Feel free to make more than one pillow…they are addictive! I made these two and have one more in the works!  I will be sharing my blocks on Instagram and here on the blog, as well.  I hope you will join in!

Tell Me A Story Holiday Pillow by Amy Friend

To enter, simply share the Tell Me A Story Holiday announcement that I am sharing on IG today.  No purchase necessary.  For additionally entries, share each block and tell your story!  Always use the hashtag #tellmeastoryholiday because it is from that hashtag that I will draw 4 lucky winner’s names on December 31st.

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Thanks to our sponsors, the winners will win one of the following prizes:

A fat quarter bundle of Snow Day by Maude Asbury from the Fat Quarter Shop.
A fat quarter bundle of awesome striped fabric from Sew Me A Song which just happens to give you a really great start should you want to sew my Crazy Eights quilt (also found in the book).
An assorted color bundle of 16″ invisible zippers from Zipit, perfect for finishing your pillows (because remember, they don’t have to be done to win!).
A box of Pat Sloan’s Perfect Colors thread from Aurifil–12 spools in 50 weight–perfect for piecing or quilting!

I hope you are excited to play along. These blocks are paper pieced but suitable for the beginner.  I walk you step by step through making them in the book, including fabric placement, with color photos.  Enter as many times as you wish with as many blocks and/or finished pictures as you wish. Each tagged picture is an entry.  Most importantly, have so much fun digging through your stash and telling stories!

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Shibori Quilt

Shibori by Amy Friend

I’m so excited to finally share this quilt. I had a hard time making time for it with my busy fall schedule but, tada, it’s done!

This quilt was designed using the improvisational paper piecing technique that I outline in my second book, Improv Paper Piecing, that will be published in February.  I am so excited to share this book with everyone and teach you my technique!

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After much hemming and hawing, I have decided to name this quilt Shibori.  While the individual blocks suggest leaves, the repeat, especially colored in this gradient, feels a lot like tie dye or shibori to me.  My fabric selections are all Pure Elements solids from Art Gallery Fabrics.

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The backing is a Cotton + Steel print from the Print Shop collection by Alexia Abegg.  I love not only the awesome color match but the modern feel of the print and it’s touch of whimsy that compliments the graphic design of the quilt front.

Shibori by Amy Friend

I often use solids when I really want my pattern design to take center stage, which is what I did here.  Then I find myself wishing I didn’t have to quilt because I don’t like quilting that takes away from that bold statement.  I find that straight lines are normally the best option because they don’t tend to detract and I end up liking the layer of added interest.  Here I quilted in vertical lines using Aurifil 2600 (a light gray that I love) and Aurifil 1147 (for a pop of green).  I used a 50 weight thread for the majority of the quilting which is spaced at 1/4″ and 1/2″ intervals, but the green pops are in 40 weight so they stand out a bit more.

The finished quilt measures 48″ x 56″.

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I’m also appreciative that the foliage cooperated for these shots.  Had I finished even one week later, I would have missed that gorgeous color.

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October Aurifil Designer of the Month: Kathy Brown

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She has designed this free block called Chip Off the Old Block.  You can find the block and an interview with Kathy here.  I love the old desk/shelf she has in her sewing room–what a nice space!

Don’t forget, by submitting a photo of your block online, you will be entered for a chance to win a box of Aurifil thread…seriously, for sewing a single block!  There are only two more blocks to go this year.  Can you believe it?

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September Aurifil Designer of the Month, Katarina Roccella

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The designer of the month for September is Katarina Roccella, whom I have had the pleasure of meeting a few times now at quilt market.  She is a very talented textile designer for Art Gallery Fabrics and just the nicest person. I always look forward to saying hello to her.

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She has designed this free block called Into the Blue.  You can find the block and a wonderful, really interesting, interview with Katarina here.

Don’t forget, by submitting a photo of your block online, you will be entered for a chance to win a box of Aurifil thread…seriously, for sewing a single block!

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Cuckoo!

Cuckoo Block by Amy Friend

My friend, Melinda, shared these precious birds with me so that I could make another version of my Cuckoo Clock block. I adore them!  They seem made for this block.  The block is 10″ though and the fussy cut was too large.  How many times do we set aside the perfect fussy cut for just that reason?  I didn’t want to let that stop me so I enlarged the block to 16″ and now they are perfect!

I had fun playing off the primary color scheme of the fussy cut.  Red, blue and yellow are not my normal go to colors, but that’s what made it fun. They are undeniably cheerful colors too.

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Now I am mulling over what I am going to do with this large block.  It could be a pillow front as it is or with the addition of a narrow border.  Or I could design some German themed paper pieced blocks to coordinate with it.  I’m still considering!

If you would like this pattern, you can find it in my book, Intentional Piecing.

 

August Aurifil Designer of the Month, Angela Walters

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Have you been sewing along with the Aurifil Designers of the Month?  It’s worth it, I tell you!  For each block you make and post, you are entered to win an awesome Aurifil prize.

Angela Walters designed the block for August.  You can read all about Angela and download her free pattern here.

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Here is a picture of her block to entice you!

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Baby Fletching

Fletching by Amy Friend

My mom and I made our first collaborative quilt together this summer as a baby shower gift for a friend.  We used my Fletching pattern from Scraps II. We just scaled down the blocks to 8″ square and used a 5 x 5 layout for the perfect 40″ square baby quilt.  The mom has chosen a light mint green for the nursery walls.  I happened to have a few yards of mint green Kona on hand and then between my mom’s stash and my stash, we came up with lots of fun prints in the mint/navy/chartreuse families to coordinate.

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We managed to sneak in mushroom, lamb, panda, and ladybug prints and yet the quilt is still not super cutesy so it should grow with the baby boy nicely I think!

I straight line quilted every 1/2″ with mint green Aurifil.  The binding print pulled our color scheme together and my mom had just enough of it so we lucked out!  She hand stitched the binding in her nice, neat stitches.

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I hope that baby Sam enjoys his quilt when he enters the world this fall.  We had fun making it.

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Cinched Quilt

Cinched Quilt by Amy Friend

I am so excited to introduce my new pattern, Cinched!  Ever since I designed Interlock a couple of years ago, I have been playing around with more jelly roll designs.  I really love Interlock and wanted to design something equally unique and not your standard jelly roll quilt.  Well, it took two years to come up with a design that I liked but I think it was worth it!

Cinched uses a single jelly roll in prints and a single jelly roll a solid (or the equivalent).  It boasts both a bold primary and secondary pattern.  There is hardly any cutting, there’s no squaring up or trimming down, it’s super chain-piece-able, all in all, it’s a cinch to make!

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I wanted this quilt to be super cheerful and sunny so I used a Blueberry Park Brights Roll Up by Karen Lewis in combination with Kona Snow for the quilt top. The colors that Karen selected to print on are gorgeous and I have always been a fan of her designs. The wind cooperated with me for all of a second so that you can see the backing too. I used a Rhoda Ruth print by Elizabeth Hartman which makes for a great coordinate.

Cinched Quilt by Amy Friend

I quilted in straight lines with a very pale pink Aurifil thread.  It blends very well against the Snow background and isn’t as harsh as white would have been where it crosses through the prints.  I bound the quilt in one of my favorite prints, Creamsicle. Final quilt dimensions are 60″ x 64.”

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I had to include this shot just because it’s pretty and I like it!

Cinched is available now as a pdf pattern in all my shops (links in sidebar).  It’s heading out to the printers so paper patterns will be ready for quilt shops very soon.

I hope you are all enjoying your summers!  This was my last sewing goal for the summer so I am hoping to have a more relaxing remaining few weeks…time will tell. I have never been any good at relaxing.

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July Aurifil Designer, Wendy Sheppard

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It’s Wendy Sheppard’s turn this month to share her block design for the Aurifil Block of the Month.  You can find all the details here.

I love that quilt in the lower left of her mosaic, don’t you?

In order to enter a photo of your block for a chance to win a box of Aurifil thread, simply link up your photo right in the blog post, on Aurifil’s web site.  Good luck!

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May Aurifil Designer of the Month–me!

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May is my month to share a blue and white block design for the Aurifil Designer of the Month BOM.  I truly love Aurifil thread so I am so happy to partner with them for this project.  All my piecing and quilting is done with Aurifil!

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Pat Sloan asked us to make blue and white inspirational mosaics and I had so much fun making mine.  I thought I would share it here too.

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This is my block, a traditional Cups and Saucers block because when I think of the colors blue and white, I think of china tea cups.  I added a bit of a modern flair with the gradient.  It was a fun block to make and I hope that you will enjoy it too.

Read all about the BOM and how you can win a box of Aurifil thread just by making and sharing one of these blocks (and being the lucky winner) right here. The block directions can be downloaded there too, as a simple pdf. There is also an interview with me where I confess my weakness for peppermint patties and a link to my recent chat with Pat Sloan on American Patchwork and Quilting.

Enjoy!

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April Aurifil Designer, Kate Spain

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It’s Kate Spain’s turn this month to share her block design for the Aurifil Block of the Month.  You can find all the details here.

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In order to enter a photo of your block for a chance to win a box of Aurifil thread, simply link up your photo right in the blog post, on Aurifil’s web site.  Good luck!

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I love the way Kate used color in the block–it looks dimensional to me. She has used her new batik collection called Latitude.

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March Aurifil Designer, Christa Watson

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It’s Christa Watson’s turn this month to share her block design for the Aurifil Block of the Month.  You can find all the details here.

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There is an important change to note. In order to enter a photo of your block for a chance to win a box of Aurifil thread, you no longer upload your photo to Flickr. You will breathe a sigh of relief to learn that you now simply link up your photo right in the blog post, on Aurifil’s web site. Hopefully that will prove easier for you!

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After all the tiny half square triangles in last month’s beautiful block, this one will go together so quickly!  The center is improv pieced, surrounded by flying geese units.

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Possibilities

Fleet and Flourish Blog Hop

I’m so happy to be kicking off the Fleet and Flourish Blog Hop today to celebrate my friend Maureen’s new fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics. I love all the fabrics in this collection but her Roadside Guides print really caught my eye and inspired this quilt design. My quilt is made entirely of Pure Element Solids and backed in the Roadside Guides print.  I’ve named this quilt Possibilities.

Possibilities by Amy Friend
When I first saw this print, I knew I wanted to fussy cut it. I decided to do that in two sizes and made two corresponding blocks. I isolated just one log cabin design from the fabric and framed it with a solid for some of the blocks, and used groups of four fussy cut log cabins for the larger log cabin blocks.

Possibilities Quilt Top Detail, by Amy Friend

Because I love the fabric print on point, I designed the quilt so that my blocks are on point.

One of my personal challenges is to try to really mix up the colors I use for my quilt background fabrics–getting away from the safe white and greys. So here I used Pure Elements Grapefruit. I incorporated narrow sashing between blocks and irregular borders and played with the negative space around the edges, clipping the corners of the rectangle with my block placement.

As it turns out, the perfect Aurifil thread match for Pure Elements Grapefruit is #2420 Fleshy Pink. I used a 40 weight thread and stitched in diagonal lines spaced 1/2″ apart. I then stitched on the diagonal as well in the triangle formed in the negative space on the bottom left.

Possibilities with backing by Amy Friend

I bound the quilt in the background solid to keep the eye focused on the design and not to frame it. My finished quilt measures 55″ x 65″.

I completely loved making this quilt! Thanks for visiting. If you want to follow along with the blog hop, check out the following blogs in upcoming days:

Feb 22nd ~ Amy Friend : During Quiet Time { Blog & Instagram }  (you are here)
Feb 23rd ~ Heidi Staples : Fabric Mutt { Blog & Instagram }
Feb 24th ~ Amy Smart : Diary of a Quilter { Blog & Instagram }
Feb 25th ~ Amanda Jean: Crazy Mom Quilts { Blog & Instagram }
Feb 26th ~ Brooke Sellmann : Silly Mama Quilts { Blog & Instagram } Visit Maureen Cracknell Handmade for a Fleet & Flourish GIVEAWAY with Lady Belle Fabrics!!

Feb 29th ~ Amber Carillo : One Shabby Chick { Instagram & Blog }
March 1st ~ Nicke Cutler : Kiss Kiss Quilt { Instagram & Blog }
March 2nd ~ Nicole Daksiewicz : Modern Handcraft { Instagram & Blog }
March 3rd ~ Christopher Thompson : the Tattooed Quilter { Instagram & Blog }
March 4th ~ Alexis Wright : My Sweet Sunshine { Blog & Instagram } Visit Maureen Cracknell Handmade for a Fleet & Flourish GIVEAWAY with Llama Fabrics!!

March 7th ~ Jessica Stewart : Izzy & Ivy Designs { Blog & Instagram }
March 8th ~ Stephanie Kendron : Modern Sewciety { Blog & Instagram }
March 9th ~ Heather Bostic : House of A La Mode // Citizens of Textile { Instagram }
March 10th ~ Ali Brorsen : Because of Brenna { Blog, Facebook, & Instagram }
March 11th ~ Melissa Kelley : Sew Shabby Quilting { Blog, Facebook, & Instagram } Visit Maureen Cracknell Handmade for a Fleet & Flourish GIVEAWAY with the Intrepid Thread!!

March 14th ~  Maureen Cracknell Handmade { Blog, Facebook, & Instagram }

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If you want to see the whole collection of Fleet and Flourish, you can find it here.

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February Aurifil Designer, Kari Carr

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Pat Sloan has just introduced the February Aurifil Block of the Month, designed by Kari Carr.  You can find all the details here.

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There is an important change to note. In order to enter a photo of your block for a chance to win a box of Aurifil thread, you no longer upload your photo to Flickr. I know I was contacted by a few people last month looking for help with that since Flickr isn’t as popular now as it used to be. So you will breathe a sigh of relief to learn that you now simply link up your photo right in the blog post, on Pat’s web site. Hopefully that will prove easier for you!

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Here is Kari’s beautiful block, Lake Life. Look at all those HSTs! Lucky for you, Kari has a tool to make sewing HSTs easier and you can read all about it in her directions. Have fun sewing the block this month!

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Aurifil 2016 January Designer of the Month, Heather Valentine

Aurifil4colI shared my news on Instagram, but I think I neglected to mention it here on the blog. I was invited to be an Aurifil Designer of the Month for 2016. Of course I said yes because I am a huge Aurifil fan! I use Aurifil exclusively for my quilting.

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Pat Sloan has put together an amazing team of designers this year.  If you don’t follow these people already, you will want to!
Jan -Heather Valentine – The Sewing Loft
Feb – Kari Carr www.newleafstitches.com
Mar – Christa Watson christaquilts.com/
Apr – Kate Spain www.katespain.com/
May – Amy Friend duringquiettime.com/
June – Jacquelynne Steves jacquelynnesteves.com/
July – Wendy Sheppard ivoryspring.wordpress.com/
Aug – Angela Walters www.quiltingismytherapy.com/
Sept – Lynn Krawczyk  smudgeddesignstudio.com/
Nov – Katarina Roccella   likeflowersandbutterflies.com/
Dec – Amanda Herring www.thequiltedfishpatterns.com/

Over the course of the year, designers will share patterns for 12″ blocks in blue and white.  At the end of the year, you will have a quilt top!  Along the way, you have a chance to win a box of Aurifil thread, valued at $120 just by posting a picture of your block to this Flickr group.

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We are starting off 2016 with a block designed by Heather Valentine from The Sewing Loft.

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I like the way Heather used value in this block.  If you’d like to make it and read more about Heather, you can find all this information on the Aurifil Blog.

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Ombre Vibes Mini

Ombre Vibes Mini by Amy Friend

A little over a year ago now, I designed a quilt for Sizzix that I called Ombre Vibes. It is available as a free pattern on the Sizzix site.  Sizzix now owns the sample quilt that I made and I have been intended to make one for myself but keep putting it off.  I was asked to teach an Ombre Vibes quilt class this fall so I figured it was now time to make another version!  Sizzix is kindly sending the original for me to share at the class so I made this sample to share another colorway, a smaller size, and a different quilting approach.

Ombre Vibes Mini by Amy Friend

The original Ombre Vibes was made with 6″ finished squares and HST units.  This mini version is half the size using 3″ finished squares and HST units.  It finishes at 27″ square.

Ombre Vibes Mini by Amy Friend

It can be tricky to find 6 solids in a nice gradient.  I chose to start with a FQ pack of Pure Elements by Art Gallery Fabrics and added in the lightest shade of pink for the center and one of the medium pink shades from a Kona bundle in order to achieve the gradient I needed.  The grays are all Kona.  I was so thrilled to find the perfect binding fabric in my stash!  It’s Tula Pink’s Swarm in Jam.  Not only does it match the darkest shade of pink but it includes one of the medium shades too!

Ombre Vibes Mini by Amy Friend

For my original Ombre Vibes, I quilted with tiny pebbles in the center square and then quilted wavy radiating lines from the center to the outer edges.  In order to show a quilting alternative, and since this one was smaller and therefore this approach more feasible, I quilted with a dense diagonal grid.  The lines are all 1/4″ or 1/2″ apart.  They are primarily quilted with a 50 weight Aurifil in light pink but I added some rows of gray stitches too. I think you can see this if you look closely.

I hope you are all enjoying summer!

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FQS Aurifil Thread Boxes

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When the Fat Quarter Shop asked if I would like to try out their exclusive Aurifil thread boxes, they didn’t need to ask twice. I am a huge Aurifil fan and use it pretty much exclusively.  The Fat Quarter Shop is selling boxes of 10 spools each in four colorways called Biscotti, Macaroon, Scone and Tart. They are offering Patchwork Sets (50 weight thread good for machine piecing), Finishing Sets (12 weight thread good for handquilting) and Aurifloss (6 strand floss for embroidery).

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I was sent the Tart Patchwork set.  I guess these are my kind of colors because I just used the pink, grey, teal and yellow in my last quilt and they are all found in this set.

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If you look carefully, you can see all those colors in the quilting above!  Initially, I purchased 40 weight Aurifil for my quilting but I have recently, over the last year or so, decided that I like to use 50 weight Aurifil for both my machine piecing and machine quilting.  My machine seems to love it and I like the finer weight as well.

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The Fat Quarter Shop also sent me the Scone colorway.  At first, I didn’t think I would find the colors all that helpful but they are actually very nice dark neutrals. I have already used half of the spool on the left in my most recent piecing project.

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I was also able to try out a set of Aurifloss in the Tart colorway.  I don’t do a lot of embroidery but had recently received Rebecca Ringquist’s new book, Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroidery Workshops: A Bend-the-Rules Primer and it includes a sampler in the back of the book.  It seemed like fate and it’s always nice to have a portable project for the summer.  I just started stitching the sampler using the Aurifloss. I have experimented using only 2 strands, 3 strands, and all 6 in order to get different textures as Rebecca suggests.  It’s fun!  As it turns out, couching is really cool!  And it is a great use for those little bits of leftover yarn I have too.  I don’t expect that this project will be done any time soon but I will share it when it is done for sure.

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The Aurifloss is great to work with. It comes on the most adorable wooden spools which pretty much sells it. But I also found the floss nice to work with and less easily tangled than other brands I have tried.

I have no qualms at all about recommending Aurifil. It’s a quality product. I had the opportunity to hear Alex Veronelli from Aurifil speak about the thread making process a couple of years ago and it was fascinating. It just made me appreciate it all the more. And the Fat Quarter Shop has excellent customer service and has boxed up attractive colorways.

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