A prosperous New Year to you!
January Aurifil project ... Snowbird ... behind the scenes!

Aurifil's 2012 Designer program is ready to kick off!

Aurifil 2012 team
I'm so excited to be included in the 2012 Aurifil Designer Program! Look at this line up ... some of the best stitchers in the world ... and they all will be coming to your inbox once a month. It's going to be a great year!

We're kicking things off on Thursday, Janaury 5th with my stitching called "Snowbird". Then each month until December, another one of the team will share their design with you ... all with a focus on what that month is about.

2012 aurifil designer button
Here's the schedule and links to the designer's place on the web ... get to know them a bit before it all starts up! I'm anxious to see if their projects.

January ... me ... Roseann from Rosebud's Cottage

February ... Sherri Falls ... This and That

March ... Victoria Findlay Wolfe ... Bumble Beans Inc

April ... Gail Pan ... Gail Pan Designs

May ... Anna ... Thimbleanna

June ... Pam Viera-McGinnis ... PamKittyMorning

July ... Sarah Fielke ... TheLastPiece

August ... Bari J ... BariJ

September ... Amy Ellis ... Amy's Creative Side

October ... Amanda ... Mrs McPorkChop

November ... Emily Cier ... Carolina Patchworks

December ... Liz Hawkins & Beth Hawkins ... Lizzie B girls

Snowbird sewing

So what are you going to do with all of these blocks? Well first off ... they'll be sashed with cute fabric when you're finished and you'll want to store them carefully. Sherri Falls from This and That has designed a charming layout ... it will be the perfect wall hanging for that special spot in your home. Stitch along with us and this time next year, you'll be hanging it on your quilt rack!

Of course ... there WILL be prizes. When you finish your monthly stitching, load it up on the Aurifil Flickr page ... some lucky winners will get some wonderful thread!!

Aurifil A
You're probably wondering why Aurifl is concentrating on embroidery this year. Well ... its to show how terrific it is to stitch with their 12 wt thread! It's like using two strands of floss. What I like is that it raises a little bit above the surface of my fabric ... it glides through the fabric ... and the spools have a place to wrap your thread so it doesn't unravel. That's just a bonus!! Oh ... and the colors are beautiful. I've had the best time using it for my block!

So are you ready to stitch? Meet over on the Aurifil blog Thursday morning to see my project. You can also check in on Facebook. Then come back to the Cottage blog here and I'll show you some stitching tips. Go over to the calendar to see about our Sit and Stitch on January 21.

This is going to be such a fun year! Pull out your hoop!!