Monday, August 8, 2011

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


Jinny Beyer is Aurifil’s Designer of the Month for August. Jinny designs fabric – including the many fabulous border designs she uses in her quilt patterns – and she does everything (piecing and quilting) by hand.


On the Aurifil blog, you can read Pat Sloan’s interview with Jinny, and download this beautiful free project — a placemat she designed using her border prints:



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!

Jinny’s website: www.jinnybeyer.com 

 

GIVEAWAY!
FabricAndFlowers from Houston, Texas is this month’s winner! 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 why you started quilting, I'll pull a name at random on Saturday, Sept. 3 at noon EST. The sampler pack includes great colors in different weights.

46 comments:

  1. I love to create and that is what got me started. With quilting and all of the wonderful fabrics, the possibilities are endless. I have see lots of fun challenges, but my brain has been elsewhere the past few years, now I know why. I am on lyme treatment now, so hoping I will come out of this month, back to my normal self.

    Debbie

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  2. I started quilting after my girls didn't want sweet little dresses anymore in Elementary School. I love the creative process and all the new stuff. Don't like to follow the rules---that is one reason I am drawn to your beautiful quilts and techniques. Love Aurifil threads...they are just the best.

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  3. I started quilting when I moved into my first apartment. I needed bed coverings and found a lovely, cheaply made, toenail stitch quilt at the local department store. When it started to fall apart almost immediately, I knew I could do better and so I became a quilter.

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  4. I have always sewn and I initially started quilting to use up all the leftover fabric from my sewing projects. Well, the fabric buying sort of got out of hand after I started quilting.

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  5. I've always sewn but I didn't start quilting until my youngest started school and I decided I wanted to make a quilt for my Mum who was ill at the time

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  6. Quilting was a bucket list item. When I got sick, I decided better get with it.

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  7. Oh, Debbie,
    I'm so sorry to hear that you have Lyme. My niece has it, too... she lives here in NC, and even though her parents requested Lyme testing when she got a rash, the docs poo-poo-ed the idea and said that we don't have Lyme here. WE DO! She was eventually diagnosed.

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  8. I started quilting in 2006 after coming across quilt tops my grandmother had made. I attended a local guild meeting to get information on how to actually quilt the tops. Started taking some classes and was hooked immediately. So here I am five years, countless finished quilts and many great friends later, grandmothers quilt tops are still as they were. I've decided they are a work of art and cannot be changed.

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  9. I grew up in northern Mexico and I'm the first quilter in my family. During my teen years I kept asking my mom to teach me quilting and at the time she had only seen one quilt in her life and the Spanish craft magazines didn't have anything about patchwork or quilting. Fast forward a few years and I find myself married and living in Philadelphia, Pa. with no friends and no family. The first thing I did was to enroll in a quilting class and the rest is history. Quilting has been my life for the last 19 years. Since then I have moved to Austin, Tx. and I have taught quilting in Spanish, in Mexico. Quilting has given me the opportunity to meet wonderful people all over the world who share my love for quilts. I just started using Aurifil threads and I love them!!

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  10. I think that I have worked with a needle of some kind nearly my entire life. When I saw a quilt show for the first time about 17 years ago, and gave it a try, I was hooked! I love it and can't imagine my life without it. Then, about 18 months ago, I discovered art quilting! It gives me the opportunity to be creative and expands my horizons.

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  11. I too have had a needle in my hands for most of my life.My Nana taught me needlepoint and how to read a clothing pattern. I used to sew my own clothes and then my family's clothes. After I retired I discovered TV quilting and that led to the real thing. My favorite thread is Aurifil, of course.

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  12. I started quilting to make baby quilts for the grandchildren I hoped to have. Now the grandchildren have children and I'm making them baby quilts.

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  13. I took a quilting class back in the early 80's at a craft shop. My purpose was to make a quilt for my then little son. I fell in love with quilting, and not only love to make them, I love to see what other people create with fabric, needle and thread. I'd love to try the Aurifil thread :-)

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  14. I started quilting because I was always fascinated with them. Quilts are the perfect combination of art and practicality.

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  15. I've always sewn! Ukrainian girls learn to cross stitch and make Pysanka eggs very early, then learn to crochet lace and make clothing. In 1976 for the USA bicentenial, I learned to quilt, colonial style. Wherever we moved, generous quilters were my first friends.

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  16. I started quilting when my friend took me to a quilt along at her friend's house..they were gathering together to make a Christmas wreath quilt top...I did not do too good on that since it was a log cabin block but I have been quilting every since and I just love it...I also have made many new friends thru quilting...

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  17. I started quilting because my friends starting having babies. The rest is history.

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  18. I started sewing at age 13 but with the prospect of babies in our house, I started a love affair with quilting.

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  19. I started to make a few quilts for myself, took many years off and then restarted to make a good friend's grandbaby a quilt...then I got the bug and have been quilting ever since!

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  20. Beautiful fabric soothes my soul. My mother used to talk to me about fabric as we walked through stores. She was always educating- showing me quality vs. cheap. I often think of her when I work with something pretty and often wish she was still here to enjoy with me.

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  21. I have sewn since a young girl - but didn't start quilting until just before my daughter was born(22 years ago). I love being able to create my artist vision in fabric - basically drawing with thread.

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  22. I started quilting as somthing that my Mom & I could do together and also something that would help me keep my sanity. It keeps me grounded and is a great way to be creative.

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  23. I moved to an island and got married. My town has 500 people in it. My mom was afraid that her city girl daughter would not make it thru the winter, so she introduced me to quilting. I made it through that winter, and am married to the same guy, coming up 11 years, 2 beautiful boys and my passion is art quilts=)

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  24. I've always sewn since Junior High when I made all of my own clothing. I began quilting when I made a queen size quilt when I was first married back in 1973. I continued sewing and doing some quilting but had 5 kids under 5 years of age and so quilting really kind of took a back seat until about 1995 when I got divorced. I then bought a new sewing machine and began quilting again. It has provided me a creative outlet, pieceful times, and a way to create quilts and crafts for my family and friends. I also love to teach quilting to newbe's:)
    Laura T

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  25. I actually wanted to learn how to smock and the person taught at the LQS. I received a gift certificate for lessons and by the time I went to take them, she wasn't teaching any more. I took quilt lessons instead and have never looked back. It's been twenty years.

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  26. My mother tells me that she let me stitch on a quilt she was making when I was 5 yo. Lots of my relatives made quilts, especially my mother. After helping mark and cut pieces (pre-rotary), press, etc, I made that first quilt that was 100% mine. I was hooked. It is so much fun to quilt with my mother and love it.

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  27. started quilting when I realized the beautiful dresses I made my grand daughters would not last forever the way a special quilt would.

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  28. As a knitter, crocheter, embroiderer, sewer, etc., from a young age, I was always attracted to any and all needlework and craft publications. I once picked up a quilting book at a discount table in a book store. One day, many years later, I looked at the book and decided, 'why not', and chose a project and haven't stopped since!

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  29. I started quilting when I was 16 because I found this quilt top that my grandmother had done when she was 16 and I thought it should be finished. Unfortunately, it is still a work in progress (hand quilting it) and I am far from 16 now.

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  30. Hi! I fell in love with Aurifill when i was making "From my log cabin window" quilt by Pam Bono. 5 years ago i was diagnosed by tongue cancer. Thanks to my caring and loving husband, bless his heart! and Vanderbilt's doctors they brough me back to life. I survived! That was the trigger for my quilting! If I still ived in Ukraine, where I came from, I would probably not be talking to you now. So I decided to myself, if Lord granted me the second choice, i MUST use it and learn to do something new, productive and life-loving! Three years ago I made my first quilt for my older son, then for youngest and then I already couldn't stop. I've done 4 charity quilts for kids. Now I'm a member of quilting guild, we do a lot of charity there too. I love life and love quilting too! This is my new fetish!

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  31. I've been a sewer all my life, but resisted quiltmaking until I couldn't any longer. I like playing with fabric, colour, and needle and thread and quilting gives me all of that.

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  32. Having always loved fiber arts and knitting since I was 5, I knew I needed to make a quilt when I became pregnant with my first child! After making this first quilt, I was hooked (in a big way) and have been quilting ever since. BTW, my eldest son is now 21 years old and I have 2 other boys 19 and 17. They all know how to sew have each made several quilts.

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  33. I learned from my great grandmother when I was small and have always enjoyed it! thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  34. My Grandmothers and Mother quilted---I grew up with it all and loved their work---I learned very young that quilting is a labor of love--I have beautiful quilts from them-and the memories of the quilting bees...I am walking in their steps....

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  35. Passion for fabric, design, embellishments brought me back to quilting...but most of all quilting brings me a quiet moment in my studio to unwind and "just be me". As a special education teacher/administrator for many many years one needs a place to free their thoughts and to create...Quilting brings that for me...

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  36. I'd seen traditional quilts (which didn't excite me) but it wasn't until the newer fabrics/colors came in during the 80's that I decided to try this quilting stuff. Now, of course, I'm totally addicted! What can I say. I like the concept that these days "anything goes," and you can be as creative as your brain will allow.

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  37. I love Aurifil threads and would love to win this pack. I started quilting because I made my bed in university (double captain's bed) and figured that if I made the bed, then I should make what goes on the bed too. :) thanks for the giveaway!

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  38. I started quilting because I was not very good at sewing clothes. My aunt, who taught me to sew, suggested I try making a small quilt, and from there I was hooked!

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  39. I started quilting because my grandmother was living with us and she was a quilter. She got me started-1974. I haven't stopped since.

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  40. My children are leaving the next, one by one, and I need to get a life! Quilting is part of my new life . . .

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  41. Posted by Susan for Dotti:

    I began quilting in 1990 while on sick leave from work. The woman who was to do my job while I was out was a wonderful quilter and as soon as she found out that I loved handwork, she told me I had to start quilting. She took me to the store, picked out all the supplies I need to make a quilt and told me she would be right there with me every step of the way. I didn't have a rotary cutter or a decent ruler and the result was hideous. I finished the quilt 2 years later and it was a nightmare. But I felt like I had found something that I would like to try again. Quilt #2 was a flying geese in pastels. It is my favorite of everything I have ever made because with every stitch came a closer relationship with this woman, who became a wonderful friend. I quilt because it gives me peace of mind and a feel of great accomplishment. It offers quiet time with my thoughts or kicks and giggles with my quilting friends who gather here periodically for Quilt Circle!

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  42. I started quilting in 1981 because I wanted to make a quilt for my new baby, but couldn't afford to buy one at the department store. This hobby has not saved me much money since then, with a room full of fabric, a Gammill, three sewing machines, and all the other gadgets I have purchased over the years!

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  43. I learned to sew around the age of 10 and have always loved it. When our bridge club dissolved about 23 years ago, one of my friends said, "Let's learn to quilt.". We did.

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  44. I had been in an accident and was off work with my step-daughter's wedding approaching. My dreams of buying a big expensive wedding gift were on hold. I saw photo fabric and that sparked an idea for a photo/applique wedding quilt. That was my first quilt and I've never looked back.
    Regards from Gail in Wa State

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  45. I started quilting in 2000 because of stress in my life. Our youngest daughter is a high functioning mentally disabled person who is mentally ill (obsessive compulsive disorder). The proceeding 5 years were highly stressful with her anxiety from OCD. When she was anxious, she became angry and scared which led to violence at times (ripping off closet doors, etc.). We always had to walk on eggshells no knowing what would trigger an outbreak as it changed from day to day. Medication would work for a while and then stop. Then another med, etc. Quilting saved me as a time to just think about colors and creativity. She is now on the right meds and enjoying life.

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  46. I started quilting to make a bed quilt and have been quilting ever since then. I just retired from teaching middle school and plan to spend lots of time in my sewing room. I love traditional quilting.
    Sharon

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