Can you believe how quickly the months are going by? It seems we barely finished with our January and February stitchings and now it's time for the March Aurifil designer! This month's designer is Victoria Findlay Wolfe! You can get to know her by reading her interview and then download her pattern.
Victoria lives in New York City where she has a business making custom quilts for people. But deep down ... it turns out she's a Minnesota girl! She was born here, visits 'up north' each Summer, and has family here, too. A few weeks ago she was in town visiting her mom and it was wonderful to meet her in person!
Victoria's project is so appropriate for March ... a shamrock! Her project has a lot of texture because the entire piece is stitched with a chain stitch. It took me a few minutes to get the hang of it but once I did, it was exciting seeing the design develop.
Make sure you post your finished project on the Aurifil Flickr page when you finish. They are giving away fabulous thread prizes each month and I'd love to know someone who won so I can see it!
We have more March thread kits coming in so if you'd like one, give us a call at the store to reserve a set. (We have more January, February, and April kits arriving as well ... people can't get enough of them!)
If you need some help getting the hang of the chain stitch ... or just want to get out with other stitchers working on this project ... we're having another Aurifil Stitch & Sew on March 1o. We'll print a pattern for you ... you bring your fabric, needle and scissors. When you sign up for the class we'll set a thread kit aside for you.
Here are a few tips for stitching this block ... trace the design following either the inside line or the outside line of the pattern ... be consistent. Also, because this is a chain of stitches, they are easy to pull out ... anchor them when you turn a corner by taking a stitch down into the fabric. Begin your new chain by coming up right next to it. (Trust me on this!!)
Sew ... ready ... set ... stitch! Time sure passes quickly when you have these wonderful projects to look forward to each month! Spring is right around the corner.