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January 15, 2019
FREE Aurifil Designer Block Challenge, 2019 Block #1 from Pat Sloan's Blog

I love starting the Aurifil Designer of the month each year! This is my 9th year hosting it. 

Aurifil Quilt Block (1)

Each year I pick a theme and give the designer a set of color criteria for their challenge block. Then I interview the monthly designer at the Aurifil  blog.

Our January designer is my friend Beverly McCullough of Flamingo Toes!  You got to know her during the book tour I did for her the other week. This is her block, isn't it gorgeous! 

And each month share your block at the Aurifil interview page to be in the running to win ...

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January 13, 2019
Project QUILTING 10.1: Hope Springs Eternal from Goer

Last Sunday was the beginning of season 10 of Project QUILTING, a series of one-week quilt challenges. I've participated for the past two years and this year I'm a sponsor. The theme for this week's challenge is Hope Springs Eternal. Well... I was out of town for the first 4 days of the one week challenge, and then I had to spend Thursday and Friday making serious progress on a quilt deadline that I'll be posting on my blog tonight. This means I didn't even have time to think too much about this challenge until ...

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January 11, 2019
Island Batik Getaway - A Life Saver QuiltThe Island Batik... from Living Water Quilter

Island Batik Getaway - A Life Saver Quilt

The Island Batik Ambassadors are so glad you have embarked on the month-long Island Batik Getaway.

Last July, as Ambassadors, we received a box filled with Island Batik fabric. It included a large gift wrapped bundle of “surprise” fabric.  My Island Batik “surprise” bundle is 20 fabrics from the Flea Market collection. (bottom right)


The Getaway challenge is to include as many of the “surprise” fabrics in one quilt as we can. Using Electric Quilt 8, I designed a quilt that includes 15 fabrics from the Flea Market collection. 


Have you used Creative ...

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December 31, 2018
Whimsical and Wonky Improv Tumbler: Finished Quilt from Goer

The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik, including products from Aurifil.

Our December Island Batik Ambassador challenge was to make something Whimsical and Wonky. I knew just the project. Ever since I made the Improv Tumbler mini almost two years ago for the first MQG Swap I’ve wanted to make another.

I opted to make use my 10” stack of Bright Paisley Dot. I love the bright rainbow of color! I did all of my cutting with a rotary cutter and no ruler. I started by cutting the squares approximately in half, then ...

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December 30, 2018
Sew Sampler December 2018 Box Reveal from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Winter has blustered in and we are here to ‘keep you warm’ by revealing the contents of our December Sew Sampler Box. The soft color palette is sure to set the mood for this lovely time of year. If you’re not already signed up for this exciting membership, do so by visiting our website!

Woodland Rose Mini Origami Squares + Finishing Kit by Jera Brandvig for Lecien Fabrics

Butter soft yellows, greens and pinks are anchored with icy blues and poinsettia reds. The 2 1/2″ Mini Origami Squares are a bouquet of florals, paisleys, hearts and butterflies basking in ...

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December 15, 2018
FREE Aurifil Designer Block Challenge, 2018 Final Block 12 from Pat Sloan's Blog

Our final block for 2018 is from the talented Fabric designer Amy Sinibaldi, you know I've used her fabric is several of my sewalongs this year!

 DOWNLOAD the pattern at the end of the interview and come right back as I have a tip!

Pat Sloan 2018 Aurifil DOM Dec block

Amy's block is inspired by a location I've not been to, and it's a block that is much easier to put together than  you might think, she did a brilliant job!

I have a tip for the middle section

Pat Sloan 2018 Aurifil DOM Dec tips 1

I fussy cut my fabric so that the image will be correct when ...

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December 14, 2018
Button Club - Shine + a Free Pattern AND Giveaway! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Pat Sloan Shine Button club project 1

This month the button ladies collection is called 'Shine' with a darling bee, flowers and yummy yellow and lavender buttons!  Just Another Button company has ideas for using the buttons on 6" Finished block size projects.. and ONE is FREE ... 

And keep reading... I have a giveaway, just for fun, at the end! 

Pat Sloan Shine Button club project 2
I turned their FREE Sunshine pattern into a mug rug. I think it might be a gift for someone special.

What I used:

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November 30, 2018
Aurifil For Christmas! from Sew Karen-ly Created...

Just on the cusp of December, we have new threads which have arrived at the shop!  In addition to refilling the stock of basic colours in the individual spools, there are also some of the brand new collections introduced at Quilt Market this fall.
My favourite among these is this group of 50 weight variegated, curated by Tula Pink. I love how these multi-coloured threads quilt.
 The collection comes in two sizes.  One contains 12 large spools, and the smaller contains 10 spools
TULA PINK PREMIUM COLLECTION  includes colours 4660 – 4668 – 4656 – 4658 – 4653 – 3320
4662 – 4647 – 2843 – 4060 – 5004 ...

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November 16, 2018
Aurifil Pop-Up Shop from Sew Karen-ly Created...

There are all kinds of Christmas events happening this weekend in Amherst, and Sew Karen-ly Created will be part of that, with a pop-up shop of Aurifil thread at Mrs Pugsley's Emporium on Saturday.  I'll be there from 10-1.
 There was a new order of threads in this week, and they are gorgeous!  We've added more of the very fine 80 weight, and I will have samples there for you to feel and compare to the 50, 40, 28 and 12 weights, as well as sewn samples so you can see the difference.

Mrs Pugsley's Emporium ...

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November 15, 2018
FREE Aurifil Designer Block Challenge, 2018 Block 11 from Pat Sloan's Blog

Our November Aurifil designer interview with my talented friend Sue O'Very!

 DOWNLOAD the pattern at the end of the interview and come right back as I have an ANNOUNCEMENT!.

Pat Sloan Aurifil 2017 DOM block 11

This years theme is blocks inspired by places. 

Sue O'Very and I both love her place, the historic fort at St. Augustine FL!

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Pat Sloan Aurifil 2017 DOM block 1 to 11

Last Month I had a lot of Paper piecing tips, Sue's block is very straight forward. If you need last weeks tips again GO HERE.

Just one more block for Amy Sinabaldi!

In January I'll have the setting, it ...

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October 29, 2018
Needle, Paper and Scissors from Pamela Quilts

When discussing paper piecing, it's important to determine whether the topic is english paper piecing (EPP) or foundation paper piecing.  The former is done by hand, and the latter is a machine piecing technique.  For this months Island Batik Ambassador challenge, I decide to do EPP.  Since I usually like to piece by machine, this was a great way to do something different, and since it's very portable it was a great project to take with me during our travel times.  I used scraps from the Eclectic Garden and British Rose collections for my project - such fun colors ...

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Stitch Witchery from Sew Karen-ly Created...

The witching hour is fast approaching, and this little stitchery is a fun and easy project you can whip up in no time!
Optical illusions fascinate me, and this super simple drawing trick is one we learned in elementary school.  I started out with plain white Kona cotton, and 12 weight Aurifil cotton thread. It stitches beautifully with a size 100/16 topstitch needle. Regular 50 weight cotton was used in the bobbin.
I began by tracing the outline of my left hand on the fabric with a removable marker.
 Then I added straight horizontal lines across the background. 
 The ...

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October 27, 2018
Lady Wigram from Wendy's Quilts and More

I'm thrilled to be able to show this quilt that I've been secretly stitching for the last six months.  I gifted it to my mother in law yesterday, so now I can share it with you all.

My mother in law has always admired everything I make, but she isn't a quilter herself.  When my mother and father in law decided to move into a retirement village, I thought it was time I made them a quilt for their new home.

This pattern is called Bella Ruby and it's designed by Emma Di Stefano who owns ...

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October 15, 2018
FREE Aurifil Designer Block Challenge, 2018 Block 10 from Pat Sloan's Blog

 am SO excited about the October Aurifil designer interview with the amazing Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio!

 DOWNLOAD the pattern at the end of the interview and come right back as I have Tips!.

Pat Sloan Aurifil 2017 DOM block 10 

This years theme is blocks inspired by places. 

Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill has a wonderful story about her block and again, it's NYC that inspires her, But not the whole city, just one special place that captured her heart.

This is a paper pieced block, but it's not hard. It is also not symmetrical. Below are some of my tips!


Pat Sloan Aurifil 2018 DOM block 10 pic 2  Pat Sloan Aurifil 2018 DOM block 10 pic 3

Pat's Tip

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October 3, 2018
Festival Threads from Sew Karen-ly Created...

I love it when a new shipment of Aurifil thread comes in!  These have arrived just in time for the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival, in town next week. 
 There are lots of cones in both 40 and 50 weight Mako cotton, perfect for both piecing and quilting.
Paula Nadelstern's "Deep Gems" collection is restocked; this one keeps selling out!  This perennial favourite has deep, rich, colours.  I love every shade in that box!
The "Kansas Troubles" collection is another favourite.

New this time, are 80 weight cotton threads.  This thread comes wound on charming cherry wood spools, each ...

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October 1, 2018
My 13 Favorite Quilting Notions from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

If you’re going to quilt, you have to have notions. The handy gadgets that are at times essential and at other times make the quilting process significantly easier.

I have pulled together my absolute favorite notions that I use constantly in my own quilting projects. These are my holy grail, can’t live without them tools and I bring them with me everywhere I plan to sew or quilt. Check out why I love them, what I use them for and why I can’t quilt without them.

Get your own:

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September 20, 2018
i finally finished it! whoot whoot from Adventures in Life

WHOOT WHOOT I finally finished it ... about 13 months in the making ... started on the day of our big solar eclipse in august 2017
 all freezer paper templates and hand appliqué which is why it took 13 months to finish ... i started this totally on a whim ... i have always had a medallion quilt on my mind and while watching 
TV footage of the solar eclipse i spontaneously got up took some background fabric from my stash and drew some lines out from .the centre ... made a centre circle & some leaf shaped templates ... and it grew from there  ... totally the ...

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September 16, 2018
twinkle...little stars :) from Sew Karen-ly Created...

For September, the Island Batik Ambassadors were given the theme "Star Struck" for the monthly project.  We had free reign to choose any fabrics from either of the boxes sent to us this year, any method of construction, and any size for our project.  A veritable blank sky for our stars!
I've been quite taken with this "Paisley Dots Brights" collection since it arrived, and decided it would be perfect for little pops of light here and there on a neutral background. 
The background is called "Almond" and although it is hard to see in the picture, it too ...

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September 15, 2018
FREE Aurifil Designer Block Challenge, 2018 Block 9 from Pat Sloan's Blog


I am SO excited about the September Aurifil designer interview with the very talented Sharon Holland! Learn more about how this project runs at our intro of the 2018 team

 DOWNLOAD the pattern at the end of the interview and come right back as I have Tips!.

Big Apple

This years theme is blocks inspired by places. 

Sharon knew here inspiration city immediately and I couldn't wait to see what she created, the Big Apple it is! This is her block, she took it with her on a trip to NYC and you'll see some of the photos at the ...

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September 3, 2018
A Year plus in the making from Adventures in Life

last summer on August with eclipse fever taking over north america i started a medallion quilt ... don't ask me why ... the urge just struck me and off i went ... maybe i needed an hand appliqué project to keep me busy in the evenings.
 this is preview of the finished piece minus the borders....

quilting in process ... aka quilting it to death ... it feels like hours and hours of quilting and then the hours of tying tails ... my goal for September 2018 is to finish this quilt ... binding by September 30th
linking up to

 elm street quilts, One Monthly Goal

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