Meadow Sweets by Jill Finley


Jill Finley of Jillily Studio debuted Meadow Sweets, her first collection as a designer for Penny Rose Fabrics (a division of Riley Blake) at Spring Quilt Market. The fabrics are in stores now, available alongside her coordinating Large and Small Aurifil Thread Collections. We just love the range of colors and have simply fallen for the feature quilts!

Meadow Sweets
12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool)
2425 – 2265 – 1103 – 1135 – 2140 – 1147
2887 – 6720 – 2775 – 2710 – 2024 – 2692


10 Small Spools, 50wt (220yds/spool)
2425 – 2265 – 1135 – 2140 – 1147
2887 – 6720 – 2775 – 2024 – 2692


To view this info on our website, click on any of the images above. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you first got started in the world of sewing and quilting?
I was always a sewer, and mostly did garment and home dec sewing. Then about 20 years ago I was asked to teach a quilting class at my church. I said OK. (How hard could that be?) So, long story short—I learned a lot and then fell in love with quilting!

Meadow Weaver
Meadow Weaver in Midnight

Do you remember the process of making your first quilt and how you felt once it was complete?
It was awesome! I loved the idea of doing something old–that women had been doing for centuries. It was something that was important to keep in the tradition of things, and to use my own creativity.

Spring Fling
Spring Fling

Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
I think that life in general has been an inspiration to me creatively. When I have an experience or see something beautiful, I want to create to share that.

How did you first connect with the lovely folks at Riley Blake and what have you loved most about the process of creating this latest fabric collection?
I have known many of the people a Riley Blake for many years. When I finally decided to make the move over to the Penny Rose company, it was like coming home. I love working with these people—we are on the same wave-length!

Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever

Meadow Sweets is your latest collection, available in stores now. Can you tell us a bit more about what inspired the line and what excites you most about it?
I live near the mountains and in a matter of minutes I can be up one of our beautiful canyons enjoying nature. In the spring and summer these mountain canyons are filled with colorful wildflowers—it looks like a candy store—with so many colors and textures!

Do you have a favorite project made with the collection? 
Oh, I have made so many—and there are more coming, too. But one of my favorites has to be the Meadow Weaver quilt because the piecing is so unusual and intricate. And I love that it comes in 2 colorways. I can say that I LOVED piecing that, and watching it come together. The applique was so much fun to do—very simple shapes with big impact!

Meadow Weaver in Midday
Meadow Weaver in Midday

What is your favorite thing to make? Do you prefer quilting over creating smaller projects like home accessories or handbags, or vice versa? 
I think I probably prefer quilt-making, but it sure is fun to whip up a small project like a bag or pin cushion for a change of scenery!

Strawberry Tart
Strawberry Tart

When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them?
I always tell Alex and Elena that I am their oldest US customer! The first Market that they came to—to introduce Aurifil threads to the US market, my booth was across from them. They didn’t speak much English, and I didn’t speak Italian, but we managed to get some thread to take home and try. Of course, after using it, I became a fan for life. I ran out and had to call Italy to get more because when I went back to my previous thread, I felt like I was sewing with string! At the time they didn’t have a US distributor, so it was hard to get but worth it!   I have not sewn with anything else since!


Do you have a favorite color/weight and why?
I love the 50 wt for all my piecing, by machine or by hand. I also use 50 wt. for my hand applique. On my machine I use a neutral color as I am piecing, but when I applique, I like to match the thread color to my applique piece. So, I have TONS of colors, and love them all!

I also use the 28 wt for making yo-yos, some hand stitching, etc. I have all the weights, too. You never know what you are going to need.


How did you go about selecting threads for your latest Aurifil collection?
That’s easy. I just picked colors that matched the fabrics in the collection so I can applique and top-stitch with confidence that the thread will be perfect.





To enter-to-win 1 Fat Quarter Bundle of Meadow Sweets by Jill Finley for Penny Rose Fabrics, a division of Riley Blake AND 1 Large Meadow Sweets Thread Collection by Jill Finely for Aurifil, click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have!  Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Thursday, December 22! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Friday, December 23. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Judy Rianprakaisang!


jillfinleyprofileJill Finley is the owner and designer behind Jillily Studio. She has been designing quilt patterns for over 15 years and currently designs and sells quilt fabric, patterns, kits and notions. Her quilt designs show off her fresh style using high contrast fabrics and usually have a bit of applique to soften and finish each design. Jillily Studio produces the popular notions, Appli-Glue and Poke-A-Dots, along with numerous kits and patterns. Jill is the author of several books on quilting; Home Sweet Quilt and Stitched Together.

She is a Master Designer for Aurifil Threads and is also a BERNINA Ambassador. Her designs have been featured in several magazines including American Patchwork and Quilting, Quilter’s Home and McCall’s Quilting. Jill stays busy traveling and teaching about her quilt designs and applique methods. Jill designs fabric with Penny Rose fabrics, part of Riley Blake designs. Creating fabric collections for quilting has been one of Jill’s favorite projects. Jill loves to spend time with her family; eating, reading, gardening, sewing, cooking, and learning. She and her husband Randy live in Herriman, Utah and are the parents of seven children and eleven grandchildren.


  1. Love the Meadow Sweets fabric line and the wonderful colors of Aurifil threads to go with it. I am redoing my kitchen and this fabric would make wonderful accessories for it.

  2. I am making fat quarter pouches/bags for Christmas gifts. I am on a roll so probably would make some up for gifts for giving throughout the year. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I really like your new collection and thread. This is not usually my type, but it sure makes up nice. I agree on your favorite quilt. Would love to make it myself. Thank you. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

  4. Great colors. I love the quilt shown for the fabric collection, so I would either make something similar, or a table runner and place mats. Really cute!

  5. I am incredibly amazed by the beautiful colors and details in your work. It is a fresh look in the quilting world (at least for me!). Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos.

  6. I think this is a very pretty fabric collection. I don’t do much applique yet, but it would make a beautiful pieced quilt.

  7. There is a little lap quilt pattern I have been wanting to make just for myself to use for my sewing studio, in the car, or when I go to get my treatments since I get so cold easily. I DONT HAVE ONE QUILT I HAVE MADE OF MY OWN. Isn’t that PITIFUL! I have made TONS of quilts for charity, for family, as gifts for baby showers and wedding showers and even have a charity for dog kennels that I send about 10-15 little kennel quilts a month out. Annnd I don’t have one of my own quilts yet…shameful. So, thats what I would make. I love the beautiful colors, they match my sewing room too! I adore your amazing quilts, the quilting is gorgeous and the colors are so cheerful. I love color.

  8. Jill, I love both your new collections-thread and fabric!! I am definitely going to look for them in my LQS. I’ve used Aurifil for piecing and applique for several years and haven’t ever used anything better.

    Thank you and Aurifil for doing this great giveaway.

  9. I love the pincushions. I would make a beautiful quilt, using the disappearing nine patch pattern. Thank you for a lovely giveaway.

  10. To be honest, I don’t know what i would make! It is such a lovely collection that I can see a lot of things being suitable. But, as I have been making them for Christmas, probably a set of zipped bags.

  11. I love the Cabin Fever quilt. A small version would be nice. All of the Quilts are breathtaking.

  12. I would love to make one of the piece quilts accented with just a touch of applique. I don’t think my hands would be up for more than a bit, but I love that combination!

  13. Meadow Sweets would be used to make a set of appliqued placemats for my dining table and outdoor table. Matching napkins and a table runner would be sweet too! Gorgeous colors!

  14. Meadow Sweets would make cute country kitchen placemats and table runner…maybe some napkins, too. 🙂 Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  15. I love the range of colors. I’d probably use them for pot holders and placemats to brighten up my drab kitchen.

  16. These fabrics are Beautiful!! I would make a quilt for my Daughter!! Perfect colors for her Home!! 🙂 Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way! 😀

  17. What a special Christmas to get Threads and the fabrics! Love them both!! Thinking making aprons with matching potholders would be great!!

  18. Such beautiful fabric I would make a quilt although mine would not be as great as the ones I am seeing here.

  19. Love the fabrics, love the colors, love the thread! Love all the projects in this post, great inspiration!! Thank you for this great giveaway!
    Have a super great sewing and stitching day! Happy Christmas!

  20. As soon as I saw Jill’s quilt, Cabin Fever, I knew that I wanted to make it. The colors are beautiful and the appearance of it is just so appealing to me.

  21. I’m I love with Jill’s applique projects, and sewing with those glorious fabrics and Aurifil threads on frigid days would give me hope for spring and sunny times. Lovely!

  22. I would love to make a quilt with these fabrics and have wanted to quilt with Aurifil thread. I love all things designed by Jilley so this giveaway is sew exciting.

  23. I would like to make a quilt with Meadow Sweets.Love Jillily designs and Aurifil Threads! Thanks for sharing! MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL!

  24. Meadow Weaver….Cabin Fever….Meadow Weaver…Cabin Fever…so not fair to make me choose just one! I love them both and would love to make them both, in different colorways of course! Such cute quilts and will showcase quilting, piecing and applique! Love them.

  25. These are just beautiful; thanks for the generous giveaway! I’d try to make a quilt …. I’m still a newbie!

  26. Wow gorgeous fabric but after checking out Jill’s website and seeing her patterns I would have to make one of her patterns, I think my favorite is Checkmate

  27. Your Meadow Weaver quilt is truly amazing, I would love to make it! You always come up with such creative designs.

  28. Since we alreaxy have snow on the ground I would love to make a cheerful Spring quilt, cabin fever would be just perfect don’t you agree?

  29. All of Jill’s quilts are so charming! If I won the bundle, I would check out her patterns to see which one would be scrappy to use as many fabrics as possible!

  30. Cabin Fever and Meadow Weaver Midnight are both beautiful quilt, but I don’t think a fat quarter bundle would be enough fabric for either one. I would probably make a couple of table runners with the fat quarters and thread. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  31. I love Meadow Sweets and the coordinating Aurifil Threads. I would love to make a quilt for a patient at MDAnderson using these beautiful, cheery fabrics.

  32. I would make a lap quilt and hopefully a dress for my new granddaughter.
    Beautiful collection
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