Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Aurifil’s Designer of the Month: Sharon Pederson

Sharon Pederson’s free “Aurifil Christmas Tree” Pattern

Designer, author and teacher Sharon Pederson is Aurifil’s Designer of the Month for December. I met Sharon in person this fall at International Quilt Festival in Houston. (She was shooting video for The Quilt Show, and she interviewed me in front of one of my quilts.)

Sharon’s “Rose of Sharon” quilt (below) is absolutely spectacular, and represents a partnership between Electric Quilt, AccuQuilt, Alex and Ricky of The Quilt Show, Aurifil, Bernina, Island Batik, and designers of 850 blocks from quilters in 11 countries. The result was a quilt that has helped raise a lot of money for Alzheimer’s research through the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative. You can read all about it on Sharon’s website.


Pat Sloan has interviewed Marianne on the Aurifil blog. (That’s where you go to download the pattern for her free Christmas tree project!)


Learn more about Sharon here:


To learn more about Aurifil thread on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aurifil.quilt.thread 

Each month this year, a different designer has been giving away a free pattern on the Aurifil blog (my month was January). 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 a fabulous Aurifil thread prize!

There are fun things planned for next year, too, so please stay tuned!


GIVEAWAY!
Each month this year, I’ve given 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 if you are making a quilt for the holidays – either for yourself, or as a gift.
I'll pull a name at random on Saturday, January 7 at noon EST. The sampler pack includes great colors in different weights.

69 comments:

  1. I'm not making a quilt, but am making my first mug rugs! They are so fun to do and I feel like I have accomplished something when I am done with them!

    Sandy A

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  2. I'm not making a Christmas quilt this year, but you've reminded me to bring out a favorite one from years past.

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  3. I am making a small quilt for a cousin=)

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  4. I love her work, really beautiful quilts. I will have to go check out the tree pattern.

    Debbie

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  5. I'm making several small Art Christmas quilt wall hangings as gifts. So much to do; not much time left.
    Thanks for the give-away.
    Hugs from Mary

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  6. Nope, not making a quilt for the holidays. Not for this year, anyway, LOL! I'm still trying to win some Aurifil, though. :) Happy holidays to you and your family, Susan.

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  7. I've made portrait quilts of my grandchildren for their parents.

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  8. I'm making a Christmas tree skirt for myself - a project I've planned for years, but never come sofar. Now it is almost done: only quilting and binding to be finished.

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  9. Sharon's work is beautiful! I love aurefil thread and her Rose of Sharon collection are just lovely. You have such a generous heart, Susan, to hae these give-aways! Thank you and please sign me up!

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  10. I am making a tabletop for my sister. It is 72" square so I have to quilt it on the longarm machine. Hoping to try out the thread.
    Ruth

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  11. No holiday quilts.. just still working on 3 quilts that I started.. thru the holidays.. Will I ever finish?

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  12. I'm making a Christmas quilt for my children - I make a new quilt each Christmas! not sure how long I can keep it up!!

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  13. Not for Christmas, but working on a snowman redwork pattern at the moment. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  15. Only making(finished)charity projects for this Christmas. Still trying to finish a quilt for granddaughter but will not have it done before Christmas.
    Would love to have some of these wonderful threads for my collection.

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  16. I am making a quilt for my son's family for Christmas. In the future this kind a project should be finished by October! What was I thinking? Thanks for opportunity.

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  17. Not time for me to make a Christmas for this year. The old purchased one I have went on my bed today, and I made a promist to myself to donate it to Goodwill when finished with it and make one for us for next year.

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  18. i haave made a quilt for my daughters pug for his birthdday and christmas and woul dlove some threads. i hope I can be in the draw although I am cnfused about the date for it to close.

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  19. I am finally making a Christmas quilt from blocks I won two years ago at our Guild holiday party!

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  20. My mother pieced (I did some of the rotary cutting, etc.) a deer themed lap quilt for my niece's husband was pieced and is now at the long arm quilters. Hope to get it returned so can bind it before Christmas eve.

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  21. I am making a doll bed quilt for my neice. I let her pick out all the colors.

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  22. I just ordered fabric that I hope I get soon so I can get started on my quilt...

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  23. I'm working on way too many projects never finishing anything. Hoping to get the top for the Cobblestone Lane put together before Christmas next year......grin.

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  24. I had some quilts in the works but then my oldest daughter decided to get married on February 11th so there is no time to sew now.

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  25. I AM making a quilt these holidays.. but it is a challenge quilt for a show...so not a Holiday themed quilt.

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  26. I am longarm quilting 2 table runners for sisters using Aurifil variegated thread. Love this thread! Harriett C. in NC

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  27. I'm making table runners for my sisters and pillow cases for some of the grandkids. I'm really re-energized about quilting (cleaning my quilt room tonight) and it feels really good. Sharon is an amazing quilter and she does beautiful work!
    LauraT

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  28. I am doing two quilts this year. I am doing one that I am just playing with Christmas bricks for my husband. And I am doing a wall hanging of our camp for my Mom.
    I wasn`t going to sign up for this giveaway because I did win threads this year, but hey, you are drawing for this on my birthday, so had to sign up! :)

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  29. I haven't yet made any quilts , but yes planning to make one for my little one for this winter

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  30. This is the first time in 5 years I am not making a quilt as a gift. Everyone I love has one now. So, I am making myself a slow cloth jacket. Me, my thimble, and thread stitching away quietly. I must admit I have twinges of anxiety because I am not used to not being in the mad race to get a quilt bound on the drive to the party!

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  31. No....unfortunately I'm not making a quilt this season. I've been concentrating on many UFO projects, but that doesn't equal gifts for folks.

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  32. Hello Susan!
    I'm not making a quilt but I'm making some mug rugs, and some notebook covers with fmq on them. So would we call these mini quilts?
    Sure appreciate your blog! I'm thankful for you!

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  33. I made a flannel quilt in holiday hues for my teen daughter's room. She loves it as it is so snuggley. Now if we could just get some cold temps so she could use it!

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  34. Oh yes, I just finished quilting an embroidered top from Guatemala and I made my sister a quilt to cheer her up on gray days.

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  35. Not making a quilt but lots of memories.
    msdgator81@yahoo.com

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  36. I am not making a quilt this Christmas but I am planning for my next project. I hope to be able to work on thread painting and become proficient in 2012.

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  37. Yes, I am making an embroidered quilted mini quilt for a tutorial later in the month. I love Sharon Pederson's work! Merry Christmas, Susan! Kd

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  38. No Christmas quilt this year but working on the December BOM blocks which means I almost have 3 quilt tops ready to assemble. first visit to your site. Will follow as I like what i see! Thanks for the cute Christmas tree pattern.

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  39. My current challenge is to applique a large navy anchor on white background and make it into a laptop bag for my nephew. The lining is a navy with white anchors on from the Dear Stella range of Anchors away.. as you probably guessed.. he has nautical interests so I might make a few waves with the quilting!

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  40. Great blog post! I look forward to the Aurifil Designer info. I'm making a quilt for my son, but it won't be finished by Christmas. It's a queen size, and I still have to do the borders, which are pieced. I've made some other holiday quilts, too, and have to finsih a tablerunner for my sister-in-law. I do need some more Aurifil! lol.

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  41. I don't quilt, but I do sew tote bags for my group, World of Charity Stitching. We fill the totes with goodies for senior citizens in a nursing home and for children at a domestic violence shelter for Christmas. Thanks for a chance to win.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net
    http://keepmeinstitches-peggy.blogspot.com

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  42. I am working on a wall hanging for myself. I just finished a quilt for my grandson's bed and have it wrapped and under the tree.

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  43. I don't quilt, but I do make tote bags for my group, World of Charity Stitching and would love to win some thread. Thanks for a chance.
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  44. I made my son a black and white log cabin quilt with red centers. This replaces one made about 20 years ago in black, white, grey and red trip around the world that is now in shreds.

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  45. I am working on a Kaleidoscope quilt for my granddaughter. Just need to do the binding (and yes I realize I am only 2 days away) UGH...nothing like last minute. Thanks for the chance.

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  46. I am not making a quilt FOR Christmas, but I have an almost "naked bed" as my quilt on my bed is sadly worn out. As soon as Christmas day is past, I will be finishing several quilts -- and amazingly, it is now my turn, so they will be for me! Very exciting!

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  47. I just finished a crib-sized quilt in various blues for my nephew.

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  48. I was commissioned to make a Christmas Log Cabin... and I've been in a Snow People block swap, as well.

    Tks for the contest!

    Rosa Robichaud
    Saint John, New Brunswick,
    Canada
    robich@rogers.com

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  49. I didn't make a quilt for Christmas this year. I'm hoping in the new year I will get to piece together my first quilt. And get it completely done. :)

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  50. I am making a quilt for my daughter this year...and quilted tote bags for lots of others!
    Thanks for the giveaway and Merry Christmas!

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  51. I am making a quilt for my daughter this year...and quilted tote bags for lots of others!
    Thanks for the giveaway and Merry Christmas!

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  52. I'm working on a number of projects; everything from felted ornaments to zippered pouches to a quilt. I'm loving every moment I can squeeze in at my machine.

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  53. I made 3 quilts for the holidays. One for my husband, one for my nephew and one for my best friend's daughter. I also made 2 mug rugs, a wall hanging and a table runner. Busy Busy Busy!

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  54. i made a quilt for my mom this year, but had to put off the quilting til after the big day...just wrapped the top, lol. I ordered some Kate Spain Flurry to work on a quilt for me between now and next year :)

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  55. I would love to try Aurifil thread.

    Quilting wise, I'm preparing a few baby quilts for a big potential customer. Hope to meet up with them in the second week of January.

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  56. I joined a BOM challenge. While selecting fabrics for the challenge I realized that I have never made a Christmas themed quilt. I pulled all of the red/green/Christmas themed fabrics I have and began making my first Christmas quilt. I have four blocks finished.

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  57. I made a table runner and two miniature wall hangings as gifts.

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  58. I made a quilt for my GS Brady. Macine quilted 4 small Christmas quilts for a friend, and made a tablerunner for my SIL.

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  59. Yes, I am working on a fused applique art quilt and will be doing some thread sketching. I love Aurifil thread.

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  60. I made 2 wallhangings for my kids that were part of the WillowBendCreations.com pattern line "Santa's First Stop" depicting a big Christmas tree and 4 corners had the Alaska animals. Both my kids were born in Alaska and loved their Christmas gift.

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  61. I did not make a quilt for Christmas. Instead I made quilted potholders and kitchen towels with a quilted band - both with embroidery, too. I wanted to make mug rugs to match but ran out of time. I might make them for groundhog's day. Thanks for the thread giveaways. Aurifil is my favorite brand.

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  62. I made 3 quilted tree skirts this year and a banner for church. For next year I plan to make a tree skirt that coordinates with the church banner for the church tree. 3 family members got quilts for Christmas (I'm the only quilter in the family).

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  63. I just finished quilting a wonderful quilt called Trees Up Lights On by Pieces of My Heart. I had so much fun making this quilt. It looks great with the metallic thread I used. All I have left now is the binding.

    MissM

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  64. This year I made mug rugs and re usable snack bags out of novelty fabrics. Really cute!

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  65. I didn't make a Christmas project but I did make my granddaughters each a twin size quilt for a Christmas gift.

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  66. Thanks so much for the offer of Aurifil Thread-they look dreamy!

    I did not make a Christmas Quilt but I did finish two special quilts for my older grandchildren. I plan on starting a Christmas quilt in January 2012.

    Logan, who is 21, was given a Chess Board quilt done in marble black and marble red. Jacqueline, my 15 year old granddaughter, received a Posie quilt in soft pastel colors.

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  67. Thanks so much for the offer of Aurifil Thread-they look dreamy!

    I did not make a Christmas Quilt but I did finish two special quilts for my older grandchildren. I plan on starting a Christmas quilt in January 2012.

    Logan, who is 21, was given a Chess Board quilt done in marble black and marble red. Jacqueline, my 15 year old granddaughter, received a Posie quilt in soft pastel colors.

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  68. I made wildlife wallhanging for my husband, a table runner for a desk in our kitchen, and some quilted oven mitts.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  69. I am making a Christmas gift quilt; as you can see I didn't quite make the deadline! Would love the sample pack; I've just discovered Aurifil thread for piecing.
    Tina in San Diego

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