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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.

Hanging by a Thread

UncategorizedSandy Fitzpatrick3 Comments

I must admit that I have a pretty good collection of spools of thread, both vintage (just for fun) and a variety of sewing, quilting, and embroidery threads. To me, threads are like tubes of paint just sitting there waiting for me to create something wonderful from them. Thread serves many purposes other than just being pretty to look at, our clothes, quilts and art projects would simply fall apart if there were no thread in the seams holding them together. It's not something that you spend a lot of time thinking about, sort of like the nails that hold your house together. However, I saw thread in a whole new light on a recent visit to the North Carolina Museum of Art. This work of art, After the Mona Lisa 2 ,created by Devorah Sperber was created using 5,184 spools of thread. To get the full effect of the image you must look through the glass sphere. The description which accompanies this piece states, "Viewing the work through the sphere mimics peripheral vision, turning the image right side up and shrinking it to a recognizable size."

Simply amazing! 

  You can see the spool detail a little better from the side view...



And here's the view from the sphere...