Friday, July 8, 2011

Aurifil’s July Designer of the Month, and a give-away


Allow me to introduce you to the Aurifil Designer(s) of the Month for July: Barb Persing and Mary Hoover from the design team Fourth & Sixth Designs. The name of their company comes from the fact that they are sisters, the fourth and sixth children of a close-knit family  from southern New Jersey.

You can read and in-depth interview with the two sisters on the Aurifil news page, and download the free project they designed. Isn’t it lovely? 


Remember, if you make any project from the design team, load a photo to our Aurifil Flickr group. This puts you in the running to win an Aurifil thread prize!

Mary and Barb lecture and teach, and are also the authors of StrataVarious Quilts: 9 Fabulous Strip Quilts from Fat Quarters (C&T Publishing, May 2008):


For more information on Fourth & Sixth Designs:

 

WE HAVE A WINNER! Geni in The Netherlands has won the Aurifil thread for July.
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 a comment after this post telling me how old you were when you started quilting, I'll pull a name at random on Monday, August 1 at noon EST. The sampler pack includes great colors in different weights.

65 comments:

  1. I've sewn since I was about 8 bit I didn't start quilting until I was in my 30's!

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  2. I was 16 when I started quilting. My first project, which is still a work in progress, was to quilt a top my grandmother had made when she was 16. I am now 42. It is about time I finished it.

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  3. I love Aurifil! I started quilting when I was 20. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. Susan, Good Morning. It looks like we are both early risers this morning. I learned to sew in Jr. High and learned to quilt in High School. My mom was learning at the time and when the piecing was done the hand quilting frame went up and we hand quilted it. Thank you for this chance to win some great thread. Take care and God bless, Cory

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  5. I was 21 in 1976 when I started quilting. I had no mentor and learned on my own, so sometimes I do things 'my way'. *smile*

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  6. Susan,
    I think my first quilted project was a small quilt for a doll bed when I was 11 or 12. Didn't really start making quilts until I was about 25. By 40 I had moved to non-traditional quilts and that is what I am making today.
    Nancy Turbitt

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  7. I adore the tulip quilt! thanks! I was 8 when I started quilting w/ my great grandmother and mom.

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  8. Susan, love the thread. Took a new class with Jane Sassaman. Now I've got your inspiration and her's. WOW! What's a girl to do, but quilt, quilt, quilt!

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  9. OK--I started sewing way back in the Dark Ages with the help of my mother and grandmother. The big change came when I transitioned from sewing clothing to quilting (two very different things!) That change came in 1996 with the help of Carol Herbst who had innocently invited me to join her quilting group.

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  10. That is the sweetest quilt. I want to make it! And I love Aurifil thread..It adds that special something to my quilting!

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  11. I went to my first quilting class when I was about 30 and 19 years later, I am still addicted. I hear Sue and Mary speak at our guild and they were fun to have! But I miss Mary's store in Burnt Hills!

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  12. Wow, what beautiful work. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. LOVE the pink and lime green quilt! ( My signature colors!)
    I tried aurifil threads after going to the AQS show in Lancaster this spring. MMMMM, Yummy!!!

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  14. 42--I think. thanks for the chance.

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  15. I was 23. I made a doll quilt for my daughter.

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  16. At 42 I was catched by the quilting virus. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. I started quilting when I was 17. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  18. I've sewn since I was a child, but took my first quilting class in my late 20's (prior to rotary cutters). I hated it and didn't continue. Then I took another class in 1999 and have been hooked ever since!!!

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  19. I started quilting after my son was born, so that was in 1982. Then I did a variety of crafting and painting, then rug hooking, now I am back to quilting again. How old I was is a good question, I keep forgetting how old I am now, lol.

    Debbie

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  20. I started quilting when I was 29 to make a baby quilt for a friend, and haven't looked back!

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  21. I started quilting in 2002....if I told you my age I'd have to kill you! (I'm kidding, of course!) Thanks sew much for the chance to win!!!

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  22. I started quilting when i was 22. Up until then i'd done only garments, now i do only quilts.

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  23. I started piecing my own quilt tops in my 20's but I had helped tie quilts with my Mom since I was old enough to push the needle up from under the quilting frame.

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  24. I started piecing my quilt tops in my early 20's after my second child was born. I remember sitting under my Mom's quilting frame and sending the needle back up to the top when they tied quilts.

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  25. I've been sewing since I was in high school but never quilted until I retired nine years ago. Thanks for a chance to win some Aurifil thread. It's my favorite. =!=

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  26. My first quilt was a baby quilt for my first child when I was 24.

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  27. about 26. i used ALL the scraps left from dress making and made a patchwork pillow, a cotton vesion of crazy and the rest is history. oh, the first baby quilt i made for a dear friend was to be a one patch but was so off i made a second one as the first looked more like zigzag stepping stones.
    still quilting after 40 years!

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  28. I was 28 or 29 - can't remember exactly except that before that first quilt was finished - my daughter was born. She just turned 22. If you are into math - my age is a giveaway!

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  29. www.fiberartsconnection.blogspot.comJuly 8, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    I was about 18 when I first made a patchwork quilt. Not exactly quilting, but it was a good start. I think it was later in my 30s when I made a denim and calico quilt, or started one for a boyfriend then. Found out he was cheating on me so I kept the quilt and still have it to this day to remind me.

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  30. My mother tells me that she let me sew in the corner of one of her quilts when I was a little girl - about 5 years old. I began quilting in earnest on my own at about 55, though did a few things from age 29 forward. In other words, I don't know what age to claim!

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  31. Started quilting at 49 and haven't stopped since.

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  32. 14. Thank god you didn't ask me how many decades ago that was!

    edie

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  33. My Grandma Wink taught me to "quilt" with a double layer of paper napkins and some embroidery thread when I was about 9. She never taught me the finer points of quilting, though. My first hand quilted quilt had knots on the back!

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  34. Been making quilts for 20 yrs. Made my own clothing since I was 12 yrs old. My mother convinced me that it was not a good thing to cut up perfectly good material and make it into a "blanket" I finally matured at 48yrs of age and made my first quilt..Guess I'm now a family REBEL but am enjoying the journey tremendously

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  35. I was 53 when I started to quilt. Who says old dogs can't learn new tricks???

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  36. I didn't start quilting until I was 46!

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  37. 56 I started when my husband was deployed to Iraq to pass the time. I have never stopped and he has been gone 2 out of the last 3 years. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  38. I started quilting in the late 70s after watching Georgia Bonesteel's tv show. Amazing lady! It was been the one consistent thing in my life as a military spouse! Hand applique is my favorite!!

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  39. I started quilting when I was 36.

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  40. Though I can't remember when I started sewing... I must have still been in diapers... I started quilting at age 56, a gift to myself when I retired from my old life. :-)
    I am now an Aurifil thread-snob.

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  41. I got my first "sewign machine" when I was 8 (40 years ago!!!!). A neighbor taught me to make a quilted pillow when I was 13, which I still have 35 years later! Then in 1985 I took my first formal quilting class to make a log cabin quilt. I love that quilt!

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  42. I started quilting when I was 20 when I bought Marguerite Ickis' book "The Standard Book of Quilt Making and Collecting"!

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  43. I did my very first one at 20. I didn't do it for a long time, and I've rediscovered it at 36!

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  44. Took my first quilting class around 35.

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  45. Took my first quilting class around 35.

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  46. I start quilting when I was 30 and a mother of 4 :O)

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  47. I started quilting when I was 44.
    Thank you for this fun give-away!
    You are awesome!

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  48. I was 23 when I began quilting. I was a graduate student and trying to decorate my first apartment so I bought an old machine from from a thrift shop and started with a quilt for my own bed.

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  49. I was 23 when I began quilting. I was a graduate student and trying to decorate my first apartment so I bought an old machine from from a thrift shop and started with a quilt for my own bed.

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  50. I sewed garments until I took a quilting class at age 35.I have loved quilting ever since.

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  51. I started quilting when I was in art school and using quilting techniques in my pieces, but then put it aside until I was 45, and started quilting traditionally. I hope to get back to some art quilting soon!

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  52. My mother started teaching me how to sew when I was 7. I didn't start my first quilt until about age 45. It was a full king-size bedspread using QIAD's Winning Hand pattern, tied, not quilted. After another long break, I began some art quilts a couple of years ago. I'm ready to learn more!

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  53. I started quilting when I was about 24. My grandmother quilted all the time, but she didn't teach me. I just watched what she did.

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  54. I began sewing at about 8. I was making my own clothes at 12 and finished my first quilt at 15. I wish I had some of that energy now!
    I enjoyed seeing you on the Quilt Show.

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  55. I learned to quilt from a library book at age 30, while living in a cabin in the woods of Arkansas. It is a scrapy tumbling block and one of my favorite quilts.

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  56. Hmmm...30!!
    Thanks for a chance...

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  57. I first started quilting as a teenager. But it was all hand quilting and wasn't hooked...started again a few years ago and discovered the wonders of the machine! Now it is a passion!!

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