Saturday, August 3, 2013

AUGUST Designer of the Month

I am having a busy but fun summer sewing and designing new things, along with lots of family time.   I hope you are having a great time, too.  This week I spent some time with my quilt guild on a bus tour of a few quilt shops.  It was a great diversion from the norm and very inspiring.  I highly recommend it!  Get a bunch of your quilting friends together and go on a little road trip.   Ours was only one day, and that was just enough.

I am the Designer of the Month for August with Aurifil Threads.  I am so lucky to be part of the Aurifil team.  I have been sewing with this thread for over a decade, and I just love all it's great qualities:  strong, smooth, thin, lintless, and colorful, to name a few.  As you know, I have my own Aurifil collection called EVERYDAY COLORS.  I think we should give some away, don't you?

I will give a box of Everyday Colors to one lucky
reader.

It's easy to enter to win:
1.  Become a follower here on my Blog.
2.  "Like" my page on facebook.
3.  Visit the Aurifil blog to see my post there.
3.   Leave me comment here so I can choose a winner!

I will choose a winner on August 8th, so pass it along.


 Here is my block.  You can get the free pattern at the Aurifl Blog.  I made four of them in my "Beyond the Gate" fabric collection.


Then I made five alternate blocks, since I love to appliqué.  Aurifil thread is wonderful to hand stitch with because it doesn't tangle and it is so fine that it kind of "melts" into the fabric and you won't see your stitching.  I











I put them together in a quilt I am still working on, but it should be done soon.  I am going to add a row or two of piecing before I sew the borders on.  But I have to finish the hand stitching on the applique first.  I will let you know when I have the complete pattern ready.  I will also have some kits available.

Here is a little tutorial on my applique method.  You can see more tutorials on my website under the FUN STUFF tab.  
(Well, I can't get it to upload, so go to the link to my website and watch it there.)

If you are new here, be sure to follow along.  We have a good time with tips and learning and prizes to be won.  I love to hear from you and hope that you gain some inspiration by stopping by!

139 comments:

Quilter in the Gap said...

I love your block!! You are incredibly talented....thank you for sharing with us!!

Donna said...

Your block is lovely. Thank you for sharing.

Donna said...

I am a follower. Love your blog!

Donna said...

I "like" you on FB.

SoozeM said...

I love your block and I love Aurifil - thank you for sharing both with us!

I follow your blog, I like you on facebook, I have been to the aurifil blog, and now I have left a comment :)

Patchwork and Play said...

I was admiring your block on the Aurifil blog the other day! It is very pretty with the alternate flower ones! Thank you for sharing it.

Patty S said...

Discovered your blog via Pat Sloan. I love your Everyday Aurifil colors

the girlfriend gap said...

I am already a follower. I have heard nothing but good about Aurifill thread but I can never remember the differences in the thread weights. Which weight do you use for applique? Thanks for a chance to win.

the girlfriend gap said...

new facebook friend :) love what you create Jill. you make it look sew easy!

kutiequilter said...

Love the block! I really like all your work. Would love to win the Aurfil. Am following you on Facebook!

scottylover said...

I saw the block on the Aurifil blog. Can't wait to try it out!
Sandy A

Four dogs and one quilter said...

I am already a follower and now I like you on Facebook. I love your quilts. Thanks so much for the chance to win some Aurifil thread.

Renea said...

I really like the colors in your block. This fabric is sew pretty. I am a follower but cannot Like you on facebook as I do not belong to facebook. Thanks for the giveaway. I have always wanted to try this thread.

Judy1522 said...

I am a follower of your blog

Judy1522 said...

I enjoyed reading your interview with Pat Soan on the Aurifil blog and I love your block design.

Nancy said...

I subscribed to your blog, already follow you on FB, visited the Aurifil blog (already subscribed) and here's my comment!

NancyL said...

I already follow your blog and like you on FB. Enjoyed your Aurifil blog, and really like your new fabric line! Thanks for the giveaway! Would love to win some Aurifil thread!!

MoeWest said...

Beautiful blocks! I love the colours in your Beyond the Gate fabric. I follow this blog.

MoeWest said...

I like you on FB too.

ritainalaska said...

I follow your blog, though I've missed blogging for the last month and am having a hard time keeping up with fb. so glad I read your post and then the aurifil blog. great block! thanx for the chance to win some awesome aurifil!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I follow your blog~ absolutely love your studio! :-)

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I enjoyed reading the Aurofil post too. You are certainly busy!

paulette said...

I have been following you forever! Love your blog...liked your Facebook!! Thanks for the chance to win your wonderful Aurofil threads! Also thank you for sharing your block...now I am off for your tutorial!!
Paulette

Gill said...

I enjoyed your post here and at the Aurifil site!

Gill said...

I'm a happy follower!

KaHolly said...

I am a follower of your blog. I visit the auriflll site often, as I follow them, too. I don't have a FB page, though. Darn. This block is beautiful, esp. the way you complimented it with the flower block. Your choice of colors really make it special.

Margaret said...

I am an eager follower of your blog.

Margaret said...

You know, I use Aurifil in my machine (and love it), but I hadn't thought about using it for hand sewing. I'll definitely do it now.
I really enjoyed reading your interview with Pat Sloan - you are one talented lady!

Fran said...

I'm already a follower of your blog. Thanks for the chance to win some of your lovely Aurifil threads.

Christi said...

I love your color choices...I want to make all your quilts!

cjpike@indiana.edu

Christi said...

I am a subscriber to your blog

cjpike at indiana dot edu

Christi said...

I like you on FB

cjpike at indiana dot edu

Christi said...

Visited Aurifil...love the quilt

cjpike at indiana edu

KMSC said...

Congratulations on being Aurifil's Designer of the Month! By the way, I love your block and your quilt will be beautiful when finished.
k.castanette@hotmail.com

KMSC said...

I am a follower of your blog.
k.castanette@hotmail.com

KMSC said...

I visited Aurifil's blog. I've heard wonderful things about Aurifil's thread so I would thrilled to win your thread sampler. Thanks for the giveaway!
k.castanette@hotmail.com

The Melt Lady said...

Love your work. I will keep practicing..... Love Aurifil thread also. It make my work look better. Thank you.

KMSC said...

I "liked" your Facebook page. Four chances to win! Yea!
k.castanette@hotmail.com

Sharon said...

I follow your blog, liked you on Facebook, and follow the Aurifil blog. I love your blocks, and the quilt they make.

Sandy D said...

I am a follower of your blog

Sandy D said...

I follow on FB

VickiT said...

Jill ~ I am already following your blog and have already 'liked' your Facebook page.

I read your interview on the Aurifil blog. I just love all your fabrics. The colors are always so pretty and work so well together and the designs in each always remind me of home for some reason.
Beautiful block.
Thank you for showing us and the chance to win the wonderful box of Aurifil threads.

Sandy D said...

I think I will "take it Easy" and make up your block today,I enjoy the interview.

bairdmtn said...

Really, really love your block! Your alternate block is just as pretty! Gonna have to play with some of these! Will make a great throw!

patti said...

I follow you by email and on facebook. I love your block, the song is going round and round in my head! Thanks for giving us the chance to win some of your favorite thread!

Amy said...

Darling blocks!

Joan said...

I am a follower of your blog.

Joan said...

I like you on FB.

Joan said...

I saw your block on the Aurifil site. Loved it!

Joan said...

Your block is so pretty and I love the colours. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

Barb said...

I like you on FB as Mountain Quiltworks

Barb said...

I follow your blog by email with mountainquiltworks at gmail dot com.

Barb said...

I enjoyed your interview article - nice to meet you!

Tammy said...

I am allready a blog follower via bloglovin. I also am allready a facebook page follower. I went to aurifill blog and read your interview. Grea tstudio by the way...Love the black and white floors. And the huge long table is awesome. Boy how I wish I had a long tabel like that. conn_and_vans_mom at yahoo dot com

Barb said...

I must say that I rarely use any thread except Aurifil when hand stitching my bindings - the thread does not bind up and get knotted like many other threads and so it makes the process go oh, so much faster!

Flávia e Cristiana said...

Seus trabalhos são lindos! Queria muito participar. Será que mesmo estando tão distante terei esta oportunidade? um abraço.

KathyE said...

I love reading your blog and looking at all of your beautiful creations. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us.

Tina said...

What a wonderful giveaway - Aurifil is amazing thread! Your fabric is just perfect as well!

LeAnne said...

I am a follower of your blog and on FB. Your new quilt is fabulous. Can't wait for the pattern. I really like the black with the soft blues and greens. Really striking.

Kalynn's Creations said...

I also love Aurifil thread - it is wonderful to work with. I follow your blog and follow you on FB

Farm Quilter said...

Great block!!! I am a follower of your blog and facebook :)

Donna W said...

What a great block and aurifil thread is the best!

Donna W said...

I am a follower of your blog

Donna W said...

I like you on FB

Donna W said...

Enjoyed ready your interview with Pat Sloan on the Aurifil blog

beth said...

I did each of the three things you requested. I have been wanting to try Aurifil for a while now. Love your quilts. I am looking forward to your home open house!

Potpourri said...

I like you on FB visited Aurafil and liked their blog. Also get your blog and I love your fabric designs and Colours.

Cowtown Quilts said...

Jill, your color sense is so happy, yet comforting. I love it and your quilts!

Dinah said...

I was already following your blog, so it was an easy step to Like your page on Facebook! I went to the Aurifil blog - I use their threads also, and love them!

Dinah

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I am a follower of your blog--thanks for the chance to win some awesome Aurifil!

Cecilia said...

I'm a follower, I already like your Facebook page, and I visited Aurifil's blog. I love your block and Aurifil thread. Thanks for the chance to win.

Kaye M said...

I'm already a follower and liked you on Facebook and read your post on the Aurifil page. It's fun to see your new quilt in progress. I love quilts that combine piecing and applique, its the best of bother worlds! tkmattson@hotmail.com

Linda said...

HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU ON BLOG LOVIN'!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Patty D from NC said...

Great block. I follow. Thanks for a chance to win.

Linda said...
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Linda said...

ALREADY 'LIKE' YOUR FB PAGE
(LINDA.DOUGLAS.35)

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Linda said...

VISITED THE REALLY NEAT AURIFIL BLOG!
THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR BEAUTIFUL PROJECTS!THANKS TOO, FOR A SWEET GIVEAWAY!

Helen L said...

I liked you on FB and am now a follower on your blog and have visited the Aurifil site. Love your projects!! I'm happy to find you so I can be further tempted/inspired by your creations!! Hugs, H in Healdsburg

Lynn Osborne said...

Already a follower. Liked you on Facebook. Thanks for the chance to win.

Margaret said...

I am already your follower, follow Aurifil on facebook, like you on facebook too been to the aurifil blog to read you comments and love them. I love the colors you use and have your book Now I just need the thread and fabric to make all the projects I have bookmarked.

Emily C said...

Love the blue petals. There are 2 #3's on that list.

Emily C said...

I'm a follower.

Emily C said...

I like you on facebook.

Emily C said...

Love that 1896-1996 quilt on the AuriBuzz site. So beautiful. I love the picture quilts.

Susan Lawson said...

I recently saw your booth at Chicago International Quilt show and it was so inviting! Love your colors, love your new block. I have never really liked hand applique...perhaps it's because I used Coats and Clark thread! If I win the Aurifil I would definitely give it another try! :)

Erin McSweeney said...

I follow your blog

mcsweeney.erin@gmail.com

Erin McSweeney said...

I like you on facebook.

mcsweeney.erinatgmail.com

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

Hi, Jill, my friend (on facebook, here and elsewhere)! Congratulations on your "Designer of the Month" status at Aurifil. Love your block design, but especially paired with your signature applique' and vines! What a terrific quilt it will be, another favorite for sure!

Sandy said...

Hello, I like to follow your blog, and now on facebook too. Thanks for showing us another great Jillily pattern.

ledamewood said...

I have been a follower of your blog for quite a while, and now I follow you on Facebook. I went to the Aurifil blog and read the interview and saw the quilt. I love it, can't wait to see it finished. Just love your style and your color choices.

Debra Scarimbolo said...

Just started using Aurifil threads! Didn't know what I was missing. Everyday colors to provide everyday inspiration. Your blog is a great source of inspiration too! Thanks

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh My! I LOVE the colors in your Take it Easy block you made with your new fabric line! They are gorgeous! I alrady follow, went to Aurofil website (I love their thread). I would love to win your everyday colors thread colors!

Tam said...

"Jillily" is synonymous with happy, open, airy patterns and fabric--not to mention your home too! And now Aurofil thread, my favorite for piecing,quilting and applique.

Linda Towles said...

I read the Aurifil blog

Linda Towles said...

I now follow you on FB

Cheryl said...

I love your everyday line!!

Ellen said...

Love your blocks. Have started following you on FB and subscribed to your blog.

The Toothfairy Quilter said...

I adore your clear color combinations and sweet patterns! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

SarahVee said...

I love your new line of fabric! I'm following now via Feedly, liked you on FB and already have my Aurifil block done:) Thanks for the chance to win your thread.

Carol said...

I love love that blue, gray and cream quilt on the Aruifil Blog. I actually like everything I have seen you do, patterns and color combinations! Thanks for your blog.

Kathleen said...

Congratulations for beingDesigner of the Month!I signed up on your FB page.

Evie H said...

I have been following the Aurifil designer of the month blog posts and hope some day to finish the quilt with the great rock-and-roll blocks. I have two of them done. =) I, too, love the Eagles!

Wanda said...

Love your block and your blog.

Deb said...

I just subscribed to your blog via Bloglines so I won't miss a post! I don't know why I haven't found your blog in the past! I'd love to enter your giveaway!

I love your book Home Sweet Quilt and have it on my wishlist...love esp the Raspberry, Blueberry table cover/wall hanging. My favorite thing about your interview over on Auribuzz site was seeing your studio and learning that you have raised 7 children.

I LOVE your quilt!!! I would be very interested in the pattern and kit.

Kim Q said...

I love your block, and oh boy...I love the quilt you're putting it in! I'm waiting for the pattern! Thanks for the chance to win.

Cheryl Kirk said...

Beautiful! Can't wait to see the finished quilt. Love, Love, Love the colors!

JoshM said...

I follow your blog & liked you on fb. I also checked out your post at Aurifil (such great thread).
Love, love, love the 2 block quilt you've designed to go with your Designer of the Month Block!
Thank you so much for the chance to win.

Jan said...

Fantastic blocks and colors. I am a blog follower and I Liked your FB pages.

andri. said...

I read your post on Aurifil's blog:)

andri. said...

Liking your page on fb:)

Kendra Fredrickson said...

I love red too!! Can't wait to make my own "Take It Easy" blocks!

Kalynn's Creations said...

Like you on facebook

Kalynn's Creations said...

Follow your blog

Kalynn's Creations said...

I also love aurifil thread, your fabric and patterns. Thanks for sharing

Lee said...

I follow your blog!

Lee said...

I read the post at Aurifil's blog! Super post and great block!

Lee said...

Thank you for the giveaway!

Janet said...

Thanks for sharing your busy life and designing world with us. Congrats on being Designer of the Month for Aurifil. I've always loved your color combinations and would be ecstatic to win some Aurifil. Thanks for sharing your take it easy block; I'll watch for your quilt pattern to purchase when it comes out.

Designer Mom said...

I've "liked" your facebook page for a while now. I love seeing what you're up to. And your thread colors look fabulous.

Pat S. said...

I follow, I like, and I visited...my goodness, you're such a talented and busy lady!! Love your color choices! Congrats on being AuriFil's Designer of the Month and thanks sew much for this chance to win. :-D

Peggy said...

If I read the instructions correctly we are to leave one comment. I already follow your blog and facebook page. I read your interview article and enjoyed it. Love Aurifil thread and would love to win this beautiful box. Thank you very much

Keri F said...

Hi Jill. I bought your glue and appli dots at Road this past year and I love-love-love them. The new book looks darling and is on my list to purchase this summer. Thx for the giveaway. I think Aurifil threads are a dream, but only have a few colors. This collection is amazing! Fingers crossed to win.

Lori C. said...

That is such a great spotlight! I love your block! Thank you for a chance to win this wonderful gift!

Along the Perkiomen said...

Absolutely lovely block. Love your book Home /sweet Quilt, too

PK Sews said...

I like you on Facebook and I'm following your delightful blog via Bloglovin. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent!

PK Sews said...

I loved the post about you on Aurifil's blog, especially the chance to see your delightful studio and quilts. And I smiled when I read "Take it Easy." With seven children, prolific designing and quilting, and all the accompanying work that goes with that, I can't imagine you taking it easy! Thanks so much for sharing your talent and inspiring viewpoints!

janice said...

I have read your blog for quite awhile and now I am a follower.

janice said...

I liked your facebook page quite sometime ago.

janice said...

Your block is super cute and I love Aurifil thread. It is wonderful!

Sherry Purtell said...

I met you in both Houston and Chicago. I love your quilts. I have never used Aurifil thread but now am on the lookout for a store that carris it so I can try it.

Beth said...

I love this block! I just finished my version and am thinking of making an entire quilt of them. The "tile" look is really beautiful and would showcase so many different fabric designs.

Thanks for a gorgeous block and for the inspiration.

Beth said...

I follow you, and visited the Aurifil blog and Pat Sloan's.

Beth said...

I follow you, and visited the Aurifil blog and Pat Sloan's.

Marija said...

I loved reading your interview on Aurifil blog!! Bright, happy colors are my favorites too (I just had some great fun stitching and quilting a baby quilt with yellow, green and red!!) and I love your simple but stunning designs. Thanks for sharing it all!

Sandy said...

Love the block and the alternate as well. Makes a beautiful quilt in my favorite colours...

SIMPLESEW said...

I read the Aurifil blog.. thats inspired me to make a block..

SIMPLESEW said...

I follow you on Google and FB

SIMPLESEW said...

I have been following on FB, its a lovely block and gorgeous thread,

Sandra said...

Hi, from Moab. I still remember and love that wonderful Utah Centennial quilt. Wish I'd been able to come up to see you at Springville. Liked your page on FB.