Aurifil Design Team 2016

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Wow, I have exciting news! Last year, I was asked to join the 2016 Aurifil Design Team and even though I’m extremely nervous about filling the shoes, I am thrilled to say, that I accepted.

I'm excited to be part of the Aurifil Design Team 2016. Learn more about our upcoming year together. The Sewing Loft

Group Photo – Alex, Pat, Angela, Me, Kathy, Elena, Front – Christa & Wendy Side top to bottom – Amy, Katarina, & Kate Bottom – Kari, Amanda, Jacquelynne & Lynn

I'm excited to be part of the Aurifil Design Team 2016. You can grab my free Swirl Away Block pattern here and learn more about our upcoming year together. The Sewing Loft

Aurifil Design Team 2016

The 2016 Aurifil design team is a pretty incredible line up. Let’s take a quick look at the team. The team is crazy packed with talent. Let’s meet the talented crew-
Jan -Heather Valentine – that’s me!
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/

I'm excited to be part of the Aurifil Design Team 2016. You can grab my Swirl Away Block pattern here and learn more about our upcoming year together. The Sewing LoftOur mission was to design a 12″ block using the colors blue & white. That part was pretty easy for me since blue is my favorite color but the designing part…. that was tough. The possibilities are endless.  I knew I wanted to focus on straight lines so, I quickly went to work sketching.

I'm excited to be part of the Aurifil Design Team 2016. You can grab my Swirl Away Block pattern here and learn more about our upcoming year together. The Sewing Loft

Once my concept was set, it was time to pick the fabrics. This was harder than I thought it would be. Just think about how many options are on the market today, dare I say, too many?? Thank goodness for the help of my local shop. (As always, they are fantastic!!)

Tips for sewing your Swirl Away Quilt Block by The Sewing Loft

Then it was time to start stitching. To help me keep my points lined up, I gave my fabric a good spritz of starch and grabbed my 1/4″ foot with guide. 

Nest your seams to keep your block flat. The Sewing Loft

I used a few of my favorite flat pins to line my points up and am even pretty excited to flip the block over and see just how clean it looks.

Tips for sewing your Swirl Away Quilt Block by The Sewing Loft

Now, for the front-

I'm excited to be part of the Aurifil Design Team 2016. You can grab my Swirl Away Block pattern here and learn more about our upcoming year together. The Sewing Loft

And just because I’m all about busting through my fabric scraps this year, I stitched a few more. I just love the way they look!

I'm excited to be part of the Aurifil Design Team 2016. You can grab my Swirl Away Block pattern here and learn more about our upcoming year together. The Sewing Loft

Want to make your own? Head over to the Aurifil blog for the full block pattern download, my behind the screen interview with Pat Sloan and a chance to win an amazing box set of Aurifil thread!

I'm excited to be part of the Aurifil Design Team 2016. You can grab my Swirl Away Block pattern here and learn more about our upcoming year together. The Sewing Loft

Be sure not to miss a block and stay tuned in each month to see my personal spin on this year’s Aurifil’s Design Team quilt. With block one down, I’m pretty excited at how this is gonna turn out.

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Comments

  1. Great interview and a beautiful block … I also am partial to blue.

  2. Judy in Idaho says

    Gorgeous Crisp Clean Block!!! can’t wait to start mine… can’t wait to see your next one 🙂

  3. ioleen kimmel says

    Great looking block. I ordered a bunch of blues from Jinny Beyer, a couple of years ago, now I have a project to use them on.

  4. quilting1Vivian says

    Very nice block. So glad you decided to design one.

  5. the blue block is wonderful, but I really love the bright scrappy one !!

  6. Hester Nel says

    Hi Heather, Hester from South Africa. I Love your blue block, beautiful!!! can’t wait for the next one

  7. Hi Heather I I am trying to get the Blue & White pattern for the month of January with Aurifil and I can not get a copy. Can you help me? Can you send me a PDF to my email?
    Thanks

  8. Love this blue block, lovely and refreshing look to it

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