Thursday, May 5, 2011

Great new free project from Kaye England

Kaye’s free project for May
The Aurifil Designer of the Month for May is Kaye England. On the Aurifil blog you can read an interview with her, and download the beautiful free project (above) that she designed. I just love traditional quilts with black backgrounds; the bright colors just pop off that black! 

Kaye and a friend
Kaye grew up on a farm in Glasgow, Kentucky, and now lives in Indiana. She designs fabrics for Wilmington Prints, and heads her own publishing company. You can see all of Kaye’s patterns, books, DVDs and fabrics on her website.

Pat Sloan interviewed Kaye on her online radio show February 7; you can download it and listen to on your computer here.

Remember, if you make the project, load a photo to the Aurifil Flickr group. That puts you in the running to win an Aurifil thread prize. One winner is selected each month. 

Aurifil’s fan page on Facebook is:




GIVEAWAY!
Each month this year, I’m going to be giving away a pack of Aurifil minispools (like the one shown above) when the new project is announced. Just leave me a comment here to tell me what you think of Kaye's project. I'll pull a name at random on Wednesday, June 1 at noon EST. The sampler pack includes great colors in different weights. 

UPDATE: Tisme won the thread. Try to win again this month!

38 comments:

  1. I like Kaye's new project! It reminds me of Amish quilts. I like how the colors pop against the black!

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  2. Looks like a great project & fun to try with different colors & backgrounds.

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  3. So fun! I think it will be great for those scraps you are in love with but don't quite have enough of for a full quilt.. put them all together.. and tadaaa beauty!

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  4. Really nice shades and I like the dark background with the stitching.

    Debbie

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  5. I also agree that it has an Amish feel to it and I love it! The colors are amazing and I love the feather quilting - it just pops everything!
    Laura T

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  6. It's beautiful. It reminds me of an Amish pillow I once had... love the bold color.

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  8. It looks like it would go together fast,, which is perfect!

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  9. I am a traditional quilter, so I love Kay's pattern. The color variation is so refreshing.

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  10. I love the new project- illusions of the Amish. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  11. Kaye's pattern is great! I love brights and think it would look great in brights with a black or white background. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. Classic but with a modern feel.

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  13. I love black back grounds, just makes every other color stand out. And if you use black for a backing, the hand quilting is awesome!

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  14. I would do this in a monochromatic color scheme, or maybe two colors :)

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  15. This is a beautiful traditional quilt. It has a lot of possibilities in different colors.
    gr. Marjolijn

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  16. I love the Amish look. This has a joyful look to it.
    Janice

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  17. Very nice quilt project - the colors really do "pop" with that dark background.

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  18. I made a quilt similar to Kaye's when I took a class from Roberta Horton. It has been one of my favorites for years.

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  19. This is a great pattern. I can see so many possibilities in color with it. Thank you. Take care and God bless, Cory

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  20. Kaye's project is lovely and would like to try it -- but I receive "one of the pages is damaged" error message when attempting to download it. Think that there possibilities are huge for trying this with various colors and backgrounds, a.k.a. scraps. Please enter me into the draw for this month.
    Thanks for the post on the finishing/binding of an art quilt.

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  21. Love the design, great way to use up all your scraps, plus what a great background for my favorite thread - Aurifil!

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  22. Just found this and I am SO EXCITED. I think I will be hanging around here often. LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors!!

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  23. I'm very partial to quilts with a black background - probably because I love bright, bold colors! Mixing that with the traditional design provides additional interest.

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  24. I like Kaye's project, and how better to make your blocks really pop than to use black as the background. Heard Kaye speak once at the Bernina store in Omaha and it was a lot of fun. Would be great to win the Aurfil thread. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  25. The bright colors of the blocks are complimented by the black background. Great project for using scraps.

    Julie
    sew.goodwitch_crafts@yahoo.com

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  26. love the quilt! I've never made a quilt with a black background, but Kaye's is so gorgeous, I'm going to make this pattern with the black!

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  27. Kaye's project makes me want to run out and start adding solids to my stash. Amazingly, I've never made an 'unpatterned' quilt....too many fabulous fabric lines. I'm definitely downloading this one. Thanks!

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  28. Love the scrappy nature of this pattern! It may be a good way to use the nine patches I'll be getting from a swap I'm participating in!

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  29. I've always loved black backgrounds, but can't quilt them anymore - poor vision. I do enjoy seeing others' work though.

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  30. I like how a dent would be made in every color section of my stash for this quilt design.

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  31. That looks like a good pattern for a quilt to send to college with my baby :-)

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  32. This is one of my favorite blocks and is very dramatic with the black background. looks great set on point.

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  33. I'm thinking my collection of bright Batiks would be gorgeous with a black background. Thanks Kaye and Susan.

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  34. A beautiful project that speaks "Amish" style to me. Everything really pops on a black background! Nice bed cover or wall piece!

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  35. The bright colors on the black background bring out the block design.

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  36. Woo Hoo A great pattern to use up some of those bins and bins of scraps I manage to accumulate. Love the pattern.

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