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The making of an aurifil thread kit

Just imagine, Moda and Aurifil ask you to design a small quilt and then choose thread colors to go with it.  It’s not as easy as it sounds! The first thing you’d have to do is open up this beautiful color palette of Aurifil threads!  Something happens to your heart when you see this many beautiful colors!  It’s like being turned loose in a candy store when you were a kid.

Aurifil Thread Colors

Aurifil Thread Colors

Then, they tell you to limit your selection to 7 colors.  Could you do it?  Just look at these gorgeous colors.  Don’t you want them all?

Last August I took on this challenge and designed a miniature ornament quilt and selected the wonderful Aurifil threads to go with it. Things are done so far in advance, it’s just now that the finished product has arrived.

The Mistletoe Lane Aurifil Thread Kit contains 6 spools of Aurifil 50wt. thread and 1 spool of Aurifil 12 wt. thread.  If you haven’t tried the 12 wt. for embroidery, you’re in for some fun.  It also includes a mini charm pack of Mistletoe Lane and a pattern for the ornament quilt.  You can find it on our website, available now.

Of course a new kit calls for some design work for the cover so I grabbed my camera to see what I could do.  I loved the first photo I took, until I pulled it up on the computer.

Aurifil Thread Take One

Seems I didn’t know the top from the bottom of the thread, so it was back to the camera to try again.  Once I figured out that the Aurifil name should be right side up, the light had changed.  The color was off and I think I was too LOL!  I know when it’s time to take a break.


I waited a bit and tried for a more casual look.  So pretty with all the fabrics, but still not right.


I can’t remember how many photos I had to take (it was quite a few), but I finally captured the photo below that you’ll see on the box…

Mistletoe Lane Aurifil Thread

Mistletoe Lane Aurifil Thread

Designer, color selector and photographer, that’s me!  Some days are just pure fun!  Join me on Friday and I’ll show what Moda sent to make your like a little more fun.  You’ll also get to see my beautiful new grand-daughter Maya who was born in Germany, February 8th. Lily has a new little sister and I have another baby to hug and love!


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February 18, 2015 - 7:44 am

mimi'sdarlins - Well, your final photo is a winner and the ornament quilt is adorable! I knew you were multitalented but had no idea that you were the photographer for your packaging…. well done :)

February 18, 2015 - 8:40 am

Hildy - Congrats to your new granddaughter! My birthday is today so I can tell you that February is good birthday month.
And congrats to your Aurifil kit your quilt looks adorable and the colors are great:-)

February 18, 2015 - 11:28 am

Pam - Oh perfect Anne! So happy for you and a new baby in your family! I also agree that February is the perfect birthday month…everyone is done with Christmas, January is a thing of the past and we are all ready for a new holiday! A red and pink one at that! Congrats on an Aurifil collection…they know the good gals when they see one!

February 18, 2015 - 11:42 am

DeAnna Dodson - Oh, you’re so right about wanting all those thread colors! I have a color card for DMC floss, and it’s just tantalizing.

Lovely photos of your fabrics and threads. :::happy sigh:::

February 18, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Barb - Oh Anne, a huge Congratulations to you and your family on your new granddaughter! What a wonderful, joyful blessing for all of you. I’m looking forward to the picture.

This new quilt looks like it is so much fun. All those beautiful thread colors – oh yum!! Fabric & thread & quilting – truly one of life’s pleasures!!

Thanks so much.

February 18, 2015 - 5:03 pm

faye - Yummy!

February 18, 2015 - 5:06 pm

janet - Lovely colors….. And congratulations on your new granddaughter has

February 18, 2015 - 7:41 pm

Delcia Rosenow - Sounds like serious color fun! I love to use 12 wt. for embroidery; only used Sulky, especially the Blendables. I always used Cosmo Seasons until discovering the shorter color change with Blendables. It’s great for covering smaller distances where I want more color variation. How does the Aurifil variegated compare with Seasons as far as color change length. So many great products but a limited budget to try all of them out. Your creativity is always fun to see in your posts!

February 18, 2015 - 7:52 pm

kshackabq - Congratulations on your new granddaughter, Maya! Wow, what fun!! And congratulations, too, on your Aurifil thread kit!!

February 19, 2015 - 7:49 am

Gale - Congratulations on the new grand girl, looking forward to seeing her photo on Friday. Love the new line of fabric, I have been viewing it already at the Fat Quarter Shop, it somehow jumped into my shopping cart :)

February 19, 2015 - 8:20 am

Karen in Breezy Point - How fun!

February 19, 2015 - 5:29 pm

Pat - Granddaughters are a true gift. Enjoy yours!

February 24, 2015 - 7:20 am

Kim Brandt - Oh my isn’t she just perfection? I wish I had a new grandbaby to snuggle and welcome to the world. I know your arms with ache for her until April, enjoy their visit and special hugs to Lily. ( since we both have granddaughters named Lily :0).)
Congratulations to the winners…….how fun to find out you’ve won a giveaway when you didn’t even know you had a chance to win! Love the Aurifil and your colors are divine!

Happy Sewing Anne and I wish you continued success :0)


It’s February 15th and time for block two of Snapshots, the Fat Quarter Shop quilt-along.  You can find the free block on the Jolly Jabber blog and it’s the perfect one for all of us.  It’s the sewing machine block!

Snapshots Block Two

Snapshots Block Two

Just think, you can make a sewing machine any color you’d like!  This block is quick, easy and imagine, no applique needed.

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You can see all the future blocks on the Fat Quarter blog, and be sure and join the Snapshots quilt-along on Facebook!  Hope you have some time today for a little sewing!


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February 15, 2015 - 8:47 am

Hildy - Love the fabrics you’ve used for your sewing machine!

February 15, 2015 - 11:45 am

DeAnna Dodson - So cute! :D

February 16, 2015 - 7:26 am

mimi'sdarlins - What a great block! I don’t have time for a QAL right now, but this sure looks like one to collect blocks and sew later… each block in itself would be a darling wall quilt or pillow :)

February 16, 2015 - 9:32 pm

Lorraine Isaac - Love the block, would look good made into a sewing machine cover, Lorraine

Designer Mystery has me dreaming of far away places

Take 12 Moda designers, add some Moda fabric, ask each designer to design a block and what do you get?  It’s another wonderful, cute,  fabulous Designer Mystery Quilt that you’ll find at The Fat Quarter Shop!

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Rows of houses and snowmen.  It’s such a cute quilt, and I designed one of the blocks for it.  As the mystery unfolds, you’re going to be glad you joined, because the finished quilt is adorable!  You’ll be able to use it the entire winter, and if I were making the quilt I’d be sure to personalize it for my family.  Embroider house numbers, street names, or family names on each block and you’ve got a quilt your family will treasure.

Kimberly asked us to answer a question and I didn’t have to think about it very long.  She wanted to know “Out of all the places you’ve visited, which place is your favorite?”   Just fly into London, rent a car, visit the Cath Kidston shop, and then drive slightly over an hour and you’ll be at my favorite place…the Cotswolds.  It’s like traveling back into another era of time, where life is still romantic, people live the simple life and neighbors all know each other.  I LOVED the Cotswolds.

Bed & Breakfast

This is the bed and breakfast we stayed at.  It’s an area where around every corner…

around every corner…you’ll find another thatched roof house!Thatched RoofThe birds sing the sweetest songs, of course.

Bird on roof copy

And even garbage day is pretty!

Garbage DayYou’re sure to make lots of friends if you visit…

Ba, Ba ____ Sheep copy…and meet some people that have a great sense of humor…

Deaf catsAt the end of a long day, you can soak in a nice hot bath…

Bathroon to relax inHouses are my favorite thing in any part of the world.  If you love them like I do, you’ll love The Fat Quarter Shop’s Designer Mystery for 2015.    You can read all about it on the Jolly Jabber blog today then take their fun quiz to find out what quilt block you are.  I took the quiz and here’s how I answered (hope my hubby isn’t reading number 3):

1. You’re in New York for the first time – yes! Where do you go first?  I said I’d be taking photos in the SoHo neighborhood.

2. Your eccentric next-door neighbor swings by to ask for:  A look at the antique candelabra you just bought.   I love vintage finds so this is definitely me.

3. Your idea of a perfect date is:  My husband watching the big game while I’m sewing with my cats.

4. What’s your favorite thing about sewing?  Everything!

5. What’s your favorite thing hanging on your walls?  A bookcase full of my favorite reads.

Turns out I’m the row house quilt block!  Well I don’t know if it’s true, but it was a cute quiz!  What block are you?  Take the quiz and you’ll find out.

Hop on over to the Fat Quarter Shop blog for some fun!  I love a good mystery, don’t you?


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February 11, 2015 - 5:40 am

Barb - Hi Anne- well, I couldn’t find the quiz to take but that Quilt of the Month is just wonderful. I love your idea of personalizing it, too.

There are so many wonderful designers and such great ideas – who can keep up,with all of them? It’s so much fun to see all the creativity, imagination that is out there – so great and so much fun!!

Thanks for sharing thismwithnus!!

February 11, 2015 - 6:56 am

mimi'sdarlins - I seem to be the Grandma’s Cottage quilt block…can’t say it surprises me :) Love your vacation pics…if we ever make it back to England, the Cotswolds are at the top of my list. I’d spend the entire trip seeing the English countryside (with a quick stop at Cath Kidston of course).

February 11, 2015 - 8:47 am

Hildy - I’m a quilt shop quilt block whatever that is I’m sure it’s something good;-)

February 11, 2015 - 10:16 am

Janice King - I’m the “Grandma’s Cottage” block!! LOL! Guess that about sums me up. Looking forward to the 2015 Block of the Month quilt.

February 11, 2015 - 11:17 am

Lorraine Isaac - For some reason I am the church block, it’s a mystery all right, lol

February 11, 2015 - 11:36 am

DeAnna Dodson - Oh, what lovely pictures!

I’ve been to England several times, but it’s been several years since the last time. I miss it! Such a beautiful place, such nice people and all that history! Now I’m dying to go back. :D

February 11, 2015 - 12:40 pm

Sandra - I’m the “Post Office Block”. Thanks for the photos of the Cotswolds. I’ve read the Agatha Raison books by M.C. Beaton, which are set in the Cotswolds. It was great to see the actual place where the books are set. I would love to visit there some day!!

February 12, 2015 - 4:32 am

Alicia Key - Awesome pictures! Thanks for sharing!

Oh those fat quarter bundles

If I owned a factory the first thing I would buy is a machine that cuts fat quarters.  Then I’d buy a machine that folds, one that presses and one that collates.  Since there’s no chance of a factory coming my way, I’m in a studio with rulers, rotary cutters, irons and a few helpers.  Over a two-week period we will have cut 1,440 fat quarters.

When we decided to offer a bundle of Mistletoe Lane for the Snow Happy Hearts, I never imagined so many of you would want one.  We’ve got such a small website compared to the big guys and normally we can see an end to the fat quarter cutting at about 24 bundles.  These little Snow Happy Hearts bundles are putting us to the test!  Here’s the innocent looking culprit.


 and here’s her accomplice…

Snow_Happy_Hearts_Embellishment_Kit Yards and yards of ribbon have been packaged up with a piece of wool felt and a few buttons (yes, we’ve included a few extra buttons just in case).

If you’ve wanted a bundle or embellishment kit and haven’t ordered yet, please be patient with us.  We may have extra after we get the current orders out the door.  I promise to let you know if we do, but for now give us a week to catch up with the ones we have.  We’re shipping the current orders as fast as we can but it’s taking longer than normal.

For now I can’t wait to go to bed at night.  I’ve been dreaming of completed bundles of fat quarters.


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February 10, 2015 - 10:00 am

LINDA - HI,it’s Charming Collection,for sure!

February 10, 2015 - 11:49 am

DeAnna Dodson - That’s what you get for making everything SO cute! :D

I think I must have one eventually, but I’ll give you time to catch your breath.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 10, 2015 - 3:21 pm

Pat Godkin - Congratulations on the culprits and Snow Happies being a hit outta the park!

February 10, 2015 - 5:12 pm

Barb - Such beautiful fabric, so many fabulous ideas – Snow,Happy Hearts & quilt ideas.

You’ve tempted us with just too much to resist. Good job!! :-)

February 10, 2015 - 6:38 pm

Anne Marie - I hope you will keep cutting – can’t wait to order this fabric bundle. Please let me know when they are available! Thanks.

February 11, 2015 - 3:02 am

Christine B. - Anne, I am not surprised you have been busy…. this fabric is absolutely stunning! Love the ribbons too! :) xx

February 11, 2015 - 6:37 am

mimi'sdarlins - Sorry you’re so swamped….but how nice to have so much business you can’t keep up. It doesn’t surprise me that these little projects are so popular, the fabric and trims are just darling :)

February 11, 2015 - 11:19 am

Lorraine Isaac - Imagine snowmen all year long, doesn’t get any better than that, lol, Lorraine

February 12, 2015 - 3:20 pm

Karen Dobbs - They’re adorable. I’ll stay tuned to see if more fat quarters will become available. I won’t order the embellishing kit until I know about the fat quarters. Thanks much!