Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Subtle Sampler - Dreams Really Do Come True

...and I couldn't be more excited. 

I've been using and bragging about my love of Aurifil thread for nearly 5 YEARS!  

One project after another has been successfully pieced, appliqued, and machine quilted using this amazingly strong, colorful and versatile thread.

Remember these sweet little bird pillows? 
They were one of my earliest projects using Aurifil thread. (July, 2013)

On suggestion from my dear quilty mentor Wendy Sheppard, I used Aurifil 50wt to quilt the pillows on my home machine, McTavish style.   
That's all it took -- they turned out wonderfully and I was SOLD on Aurifil.
Learn more by clicking here.
Here we are 5 years and 40 or 50 Aurifil quilts later and I've been given the opportunity to curate my very own Aurifil thread collection!
Thank you Aurifil...

Meet
The Subtle Sampler
 by Karen L. Miller ~ Redbird Quilt Co.
for Aurifil
 The Subtle Sampler is comprised of 4 different weights of luscious Aurifil Mako Cotton thread (50, 40, 28, & 12), PLUS 2 spools of Nylon Monofilament thread.
Oh so YUMMY!
The collection provides a wide variety of color and weight choices for all your quilting pleasures.

The 50Wt thread is perfect for your bobbin; matter of fact, I choose color #2312 because it's a perfect neutral tone, and when used in the bobbin, will complement a number of different top thread colors.

50Wt #2312 is also great for a variety of hand applique techniques.  It blends perfectly with neutral backgrounds and melts right into earthen tone applique pieces.
Simply Spring Fleur by Karen L. Miller Redbird Quilt Co - Fabric by BariJ - Millie Fleur for Art Gallery Fabrics
My other 50Wt color choice was #2000 --- Oh to use this color and weight on muslin colored fabric is like heaven.  It's my go-to color for background quilting many of my wool pieces.
Wooly Wren by Karen L. Miller ~ Redbird Quilt Co
While we're talking about wool applique -- the 12Wt thread in the collection is PERFECT for wool applique and big stitch quilting.  Selecting subtle colors (#6722, #6723) allows them to be used in a variety of projects.   Stay tuned for some fun project shares with these colors.

On the image below I had fun making the flower embellishments by crocheting with Aurifil 12Wt thread:
Simply Spring Fleur by Karen L. Miller Redbird Quilt Co - Fabric by BariJ - Millie Fleur for Art Gallery Fabrics
The remaining colors in 40 and 28Wt threads are fun and I think you'll find them quite versatile!  Several of the colors were used in the whimsical World of Susybee panels that I quilt.  
Zoe the Giraffe uses 40Wt Color #5017 and #5006.
It also uses 28Wt Color #2130 and #2880.
The 40Wt and 28Wt threads are perfect when you want the thread to take center stage.  They're heavy enough machine quilt with them - and soft and pliable so that hand work is fun too!

I couldn't be more excited about this collection.

Stay tuned as I share more information, inspiration and tutorials using The Subtle Sampler.

Below you'll find a helpful reference sheet for The Subtle Sampler.
I've outlined a variety of uses for each weight of thread, needle sizes, bobbin weights and tension adjustments.
I hope you find it handy to have in your Quilty toolkit.
You can download and print the PDF from here.
Would you like to purchase The Subtle Sampler?  
Look for it in your local quilt shop -- ask for it by name, and I'm sure they'll order it for you. 

In the meantime I too can sell the collection.  If you can't find it locally, feel free to email me for more information.

Lastly -- The Giveaway!!
We're giving away The Subtle Sampler Collection and A Quilter's Doodles Coloring/Inspiration book!

To enter:
Leave a comment on this blog post telling me what weights of Aurifil you've used in past projects. 
Entries will be accepted now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Saturday, November 4! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Monday, November 6. Good luck!

Also -- be sure to jump over to the Official Aurifil Announcement Post to get in on their giveaway of The Subtle Sampler!
Thank you all so much for the visit and I wish you best of luck in the giveaways!
Happy Quilting!
Karen
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Your Lucky Day ~ Inspiration ~ Review ~ Giveaway

Hey fellow quilters -- welcome!

I'm honored to be sharing a review & giveaway for Teresa Silva's amazing new book: "Longarm Quilting Workbook -- Basic Skills, Techniques & Motifs for Modern Longarming"   
Thanks for joining in the fun!!
Image Courtesy F+W Media

I've followed Teresa's Blog and Instagram, Quilting Is My Bliss, for years and I'm always inspired by Teresa's amazing free motion quilting.    Teresa quilts on a longarm and delivers quilts to satisfied clients faster than I can admire all the beautiful details of her work!  
Modern Wholecloth by Teresa Silva - Image Courtesy Quilting Is My Bliss

Teresa's very successful longarm quilting business is well respected in the industry.  Her creativity and work ethic have enabled her to become a "go-to" quilter for great fabric companies like Free Spirit Fabrics and Moda Fabrics.   
Big Sky - Designed by Lissa Alexander ~ Pieced by Tammy Vonderschmitt
Fabric by Annie Brady for Moda
Quilted by Teresa Silva ~ Image Quilting is My Bliss

Last year I had the opportunity to meet Teresa in person at the Birds of a Feather event in Southern VA.  It was then I realized Teresa is not only an amazing longarm quilter she is a down-to-earth sweetheart.  

I was pretty excited to take Teresa's Modern Quilting Workshop at Birds of a Feather.
Oh the things you learn... thank you, Teresa.  

Now, let's talk a bit about the Workbook.

First, don't be deceived by the title!
It's NOT just about Longarming.  Teresa shares tips, notions, motifs, patterns and amazing free motion quilting information and inspiration for all quilters -- independent of the machine
they're quilting on.  

The Longarm Quilting Workbook has 143 illustrated pages and includes these 5 chapters:
  1. First Steps -- Things to consider before and after you purchase your first machine.  I Love that this chapter also covers materials, supplies, and troubleshooting ideas.  
  2. Motifs -- More than 20 freehand quilting motifs with beautifully detailed stitching diagrams -- Wow!  You'll find a few of my favorites including feathers and bead board quilting.   This chapter makes the whole book worth its weight in GOLD.   
  3. Doodling & Drawing -- This is so fun -- YOU KNOW I encourage folks to doodle and draw their motifs before stitching them.  This chapter made me smile!  Teresa discusses the importance of doodling on paper, describes how to transition from paper to fabric, and shares a couple of fun whole-cloth designs for you to stitch out.    Maybe we're really a lot alike right --  Teresa and me?  That means someday I too can have a great business like hers!  HA HA HA!!
  4. Pieced Projects --  Need a fun, new quilt to try out a few of Teresa's favorite motifs?  Teresa's book includes 3 pieced patterns with detail descriptions and images suggesting how to quilt them.   I Loved this Chapter!!  Here's a fun (and simple) design Teresa shares -- I won't even need a straight jacket to piece this one.  And look at those feathers -- WOW!
Go with the Flow by T. Silva - Image Courtesy F+W Media
  
    5.  Gallery of Quilts -- 36 pages of completed quilt images including the Gravity Quilt (pattern by  Julie Herman - Fabric by Tula Pink) -- Inspiration abounds in Chapter 5!!  
Gravity Quilt pieced and quilted by T. Silva - Pattern by Jaybird Quilts

There are several really special touches about this book.   
  • It's spiral bound.  This means you can have it wide open beside you when you're trying out one of the motifs or making one of the patterns.  This is a nice touch.
  • It contains clear and concise stitching paths -- I LOVE diagrams!  Visual clues always enhance my learning adventure.
  • The photography is a AmaZing!  Really -- who doesn't love looking at details of completed quilts -- you'll love this too.
  • Each Chapter includes tips and tricks -- Those little things that Teresa relies on to make amazing quilts... summarized and at your finger tips.
In summary, Teresa's new book is a great way to learn new motifs, get a little background about longarm quilting, get inspired AND create several new quilts to practice free motion quilting.
It's a must have book in your Quilting Library!!

Before we get talk about the giveaway -- be sure to get inspired by these other blog hoppers.  You won't want to miss out on their reviews and giveaway chances:
Also -- I know you want to buy this book!!  You're guaranteed to get a copy at any one of these sites:
For an autographed copy... http://www.quiltingismybliss.com 
http://www.shopfonsandporter.com/
https://www.amazon.com/
http://www.quiltandsewshop.com/


Now for the Giveaway!  
F+W Media and Teresa are providing me one hardcopy book to giveaway - YAY!  

 To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post letting me know how many quilt tops are in YOUR stash waiting to be quilted.
Also -- tell me why they're not quilted? 
What is holding you back?

Be sure to leave an email address for me to reach you -- especially if you're a guest to Blogger.  

The giveaway will be open through end of day October 20th.
Remember to visit Teresa's Blog by 4pm Pacific time Friday, October 20th to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway -- there's some great products going to 2 lucky winners!

Oh -- and there's another fun announcement and giveaway scheduled for the 21st of October so do stop back by then.

Happy Quilting!
Karen

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Watch it Live!! A Quilter's Doodles

Hey everyone -- I'm here in St. Louis, Missouri at International Quilt Market -- I hope you're tuning into the amazing quilts and creations I've been sharing on my Instagram and Facebook pages.

Today I'm going to be chatting with the Aurifil team on Facebook Live -- we'll discuss and I'll demo A Quilter's Doodles -- free motion creations stitched on a home machine using Aurifil 28Wt thread.
This sweet piece was prepared on Moda Grunge fabric with a layer each of Dream Wool and Dream Blend (Thank you Moda Fabrics and Quilters Dream Batting).    I also used my favorite needle, the Superior Top Stitch needle.
Be sure to tune into the Aurifil Facebook page at 11:30am Central to ask questions or just get a quick laugh as I work my way through the experience.

Happy Quilting!
Karen

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Let's Quilt It -- A Winner and More

Many, many thanks for the kind feedback
on my latest Free Motion Quilting tutorial
"Let's Quilt It - A Valentine for You"
recently published on the Moda Bake Shop.

I do hope the diagrams,


details,


images,


recently added YouTube videos,



and never ending chatter,

Yadda, Yadda Yadda !!

aid in your quest to improve your 
free motion quilting
skills!

Now to announce a winner of the 
"Let's Quilt It - A Valentine for You" 
Kit... 
which includes some seriously
beautiful Moda Fabric
4 Large Spools of Aurifil Thread

I combined the entries from the blog post with the comments on the Bake Shop Recipe for a total of  219 eligible entries.

I used Mr. Random.Org to choose a Winner... 

There's a Kicker ... 

Wait for It.... 
 Mr. Random  first selected comment #77,
 my dear friend Shari from Bear Creek Quilting Company. 
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 If you're not familiar with Shari's fantastic Online Quilt Shop you should certainly check it out. 
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Shari has an amazing selection of fabric, Aurifil thread, panels, kits, blocks of the month selections, and she's always sharing free patterns and inspirational blog posts & tutorials

Shari is one of the most gracious and giving folks I know.
In true form -- she wanted me to give the "kit" to another lucky winner....
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So... we drew again.
Mr. Random.Org Choose
And the winner is:
Congratulations Linda !!
You're the winner of the fabric and thread kit!
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I'll send you an email so we can get your shipments in the mail to you!
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Thanks again to those who took the time to comment and share.
I LOVE when we can come together to improve our skills.
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Many thanks again to
and

for always sharing inspiration and fabulous products!

Before I go... 
Sister Michele and I take an Eagle Spotting Road Trip
Annually every 3rd of March  
Her Birthday!!
This year we broke records observing more than 35 eagles on our day-long trip.
Here are 2 neat shots that she snapped:

P41 in his new nest by the River (Deposit, NY) Image Courtesy Michele Morningstar

Mature Bald Eagle near Cannonsville Reservoir, Deposit NY - Image courtesy Michele Morningstar
It was an amazing day!!!
Thanks everyone -- Happy Quilting!
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A Full Day of Feathers
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Technique or Project Oriented Workshops available.

Send email inquiries to karen at redbirdquiltco dot com
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Let's Quilt It - A Valentine and Giveaway For You!

Greetings quilty friends...

I'm excited to share a Free Motion Quilting
recipe on the Moda Bake Shop today.
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We start with a little
💕 Moda Grunge & French General fabric...💕
layer with Dream Wool batting
add in my favorite Aurifil thread
and walk through the steps necessary
to free motion quilt
pebbles, echos, feathers & matchsticks
using a HOME machine!!
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So... if you need a quick gift for a friend...
Or to dress-up a table display,
Be sure to visit the Moda Bake Shop and
learn how to create and quilt
this sweet 11" mini.
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It will get YOUR creative stitches hopping!
The design and quilting is very versatile so you might consider the following
finishing options:

1.  Forget the applique and prepare a mini whole-cloth.
Quilted on Moda Muslin with Aurifil 40Wt thread - Dream Wool batting
In the sample above I used my QP Edge Template by my dear friend Linda Hrcka ~ The Quilted Pineapple and added a double-line cross hatch in the center.
Sew FUN!!!

2. Make it larger by duplicating the design for a 4 patch!!
Image via PhotoBooth for Instagram 
The hearts look fabulous oriented in either direction.
Image via PhotoBooth for Instagram 
3.  Consider adding sashing to the middle of a 4 patch... so pretty!
Image via PhotoBooth for Instagram 
 4. Or surround the blocks with setting triangles...
Image via PhotoBooth for Instagram 
Just a few of the things you can do to turn the mini into a real quilt.

Be sure to jump to the Moda Bake Shop post for the quilting details
and return here to enter:

A Kit Giveaway!

That's right!!
I've packaged up
Moda Grunge & French General fabric
and my dear friends at
tossed in the exact colors of Aurifil 40Wt and 50Wt thread that I used to make the sample.
💖
Moda Fabric +
4 Large Spools of Aurifil
Oh MY!!!

You will LOVE working with this fabric and thread...

To get in on the giveaway
I need a little feedback....

Leave a comment below or on the
Moda Bake Shop tutorial...
describing what you like best about it.
Is it the images, the advice, the project, learning a new Free Motion motif ?

For an extra (optional) entry -- share this blog post or the Moda Bake Shop tutorial with your friends on social media and leave a comment letting me know you did.

Need one more (optional) chance to win ?
If you're on Facebook -- be sure to "Like" Redbird Quilt Co,  Moda Bake Shop and Aurifil Thread for another optional entry.  Leave another comment here letting me know you did.

Giveaway Entries Open through Midnight EST Feb 27th
 💕  Sister Janet's Birthday!!  💕

Updated 27-Feb-2017
I've uploaded 2 YouTube videos for "Let's Quilt It... A Valentine for You!"
Click the images below for Part 1 and Part 2 respectively.

Also -- stay tuned as I've recorded a YouTube video of my stitching the sampler.
As soon as it's uploaded I'll include the direct link here.

Comedy and quilting go hand-in-hand

Updated 5-Mar-2017
Click the image below to download the Heart Template from Google Drive:


Thanks for your continued support!

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Free Motion Quilting on Home Machines
Basics ~ A Quilters Doodles ~ McTavishing
A Full Day of Feathers
Ruler & Template Work
*
Wool & Needle turn Applique
Technique or Project Oriented Workshops available.

Send email inquiries to karen at redbirdquiltco dot com
or redbirdquiltco at gmail dot com


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