Hissyfitz Designs

A Light-hearted Look at Appliqué Quilts by Sandy Fitzpatrick


Aurifil Love

UncategorizedSandy Fitzpatrick6 Comments

Does it get better than this?! Today I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected as an Aurifil Artisan! I've had a love affair with this wonderful thread for many years and have been using it exclusively ever since I discovered it. The quality is unsurpassed in my book, strong, lint-free, fantastic colors, and my BERNINA sewing machine absolutely loves it.

What an honor to be included in such a great group of likewise quilters, crafters, bag-makers, designers, and sewists throughout the world.

If you have taken a class from me, then you probably already know about this thread as I have been preaching about its qualities for years. If you haven't tried it yet, I encourage you to give it a try.

My husband and I took a trip to Italy a little over a year ago and, although it wasn't on our original itinerary, we took a train to Milan to visit the Aurifil headquarters


This is me with Elena Gregotti and her Dad, Angelo Gregotti, the founder of Aurifil thread and Studio Auriga.


Now this is a priceless shot! Look at all that wonderful Aurifil thread! Oh, and those three great guys in the foreground too.

Alexander, Bradley and Alex

Did you know that you can use Aurifil thread for embroidery too?

So, I'll just be doing my little "happy dance" for awhile here! I hope you will join me in my celebration.


UncategorizedSandy Fitzpatrick6 Comments

I’m excited to debut one of my newest patterns called Tweet! I’ve been sewing and designing like a madwoman trying to get new patterns ready for publication and this one is so much fun. Tweet started out as a one block design which I created for an applique class at Bernina World of Sewing in Raleigh. Sometimes I have a hard time “leaving well enough alone” and decided to add a couple more blocks to make a larger wallhanging. What fun I had sewing the appliques and free-motion quilting this beauty with Aurifil thread. I’ve used Auriful off and on for a few years, but have now become a die-hard convert. This is such a great thread because you get so much on a spool and it is practically lint-free. I can wind a bobbin with the 50 wt and sew much longer without running out of bobbin thread. Plus, since there is practically no lint, that means less time on machine maintenance and more time for stitching fun!

This bright, clean wallhanging is perfect to brighten up any area. The appliques are simple and the limited amount of piecing is fun. For free-motion quilting, I simply echo quilted around the applique designs and did a little more swirly, funky design in the pieced areas. If you are looking for a simple applique design with a lot of punch, this is it! Order it here!