We’re All a Twitter!


Happy Sunday! We are pleased to introduce you to All a Twitter, by Kari Carr of New Leaf Stitches. Kari’s fabric collection with Hoffman Fabrics released at Spring Market in St. Louis, earlier this year. A series of digitally printed designs, All a Twitter manages to capture the beauty of a watercolor while maintaining the precision representative of the digital world. The collection includes one feature print — running yardage of a gorgeous watercolor bird. That print alone is enough to warrant your attention, but the remaining fabrics in the collection are what make it so incredibly unique. There 32 additional prints — 8 different prints per 2 yard cut — that make up a series of Fat Quarter panels. How cool is that? [Check out this fab video by Shabby Fabrics for a fun showcase!]

Kari’s coordinating thread collection for Aurifil is a range of 50wt threads in Large spools… perfect for piecing and quilting new treasures.


Kari has captured our hearts with her fabulous and unique thread photos, so make sure to scroll down to take a closer look! 😉

All A Twitter
100% Aurifil Cotton, 12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool)
Colors included:
6722 – 2312 – 2360 – 2395 – 2445 – 5009
4644 – 5007 – 4129 – 2886 – 2845 – 3817

To view this info on our website, click here. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

What first drew you to to the world of sewing and quilting?
Without a doubt, the most influential person in my life was my mom. This sweet, gentle lady was very creative when it came to needle and thread. I’m sure I was more of a hindrance than help, but I have fond memories of her and I sewing and crafting as a very young girl.

All a Twitter Quilts by Kari Carr

Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
I think I have two different creative sides. One is using color and fabrics, which led to the beautiful watercolor look in “All a Twitter”. The other side is doing things efficiently and designing quilts that look more complicated then they are. This in turn has led to notion developments by New Leaf Stitches and Creative Grids.


Tell us about All a Twitter. What inspired the designs?
I like to think my design aesthetic has a sassy sophisticated look. The watercolor birds are realistic enough to be sophisticated, while the graphic elements provide the sass. Digital printing adds such depth and detail! Because of the digital process we were able to present a new concept to the quilting market, eight different fat quarters on one bolt! I’m thrilled with how the collection has been received!

Do you have a favorite project or projects made with the collection?
I have two favorite quilts using the collection. I have plans to hang “Nesting” in my living room when it finally comes home. My other favorite is “Dottie”. A totally different look and feel. I think these really showcase the variety within the line itself. And cutting the fat quarter bolt in a certain way, helps with the construction process.

When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them?
I truthfully can’t say when I first started using Aurifil. It’s just been my staple, go-to thread for years. I love the quality of the thread and know it will hold up in my quilts. And the colors! Glorious!


How did you go about selecting colors for All a Twitter and what excites you most about releasing the collection to the world?
I really wanted to provide a variety to the consumer. Of course, there are the rich, bold colors. But there are also neutrals that are so practical. And to mimic the water-color effect in the fabric, I also included a beautiful variegated spool.

Fabric: A huge Congratulations to Kari! The All a Twitter collection for Hoffman Fabrics did so well that they’ve arranged for a new colorway, being introduced at Fall Market! We’ve got a sneak peek here, but stayed tuned for more info at the end of the month:).

Tutorial: Kari has worked up a fabulous tutorial to share with all of you. She’ll be unveiling the full project here at the end of month… for now, feast your eyes on this!


To enter-to-win Kari’s All a Twitter thread collection + a bundle of All a Twitter by Kari Carr for Hoffman Fabrics + a set of Kari’s Clearly Perfect Notions, click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page. 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 Saturday, October 21! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Sunday, October 22. Good luck!

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A recycled Home-Ec teacher that found her passion in quilting, Kari is an author, fabric & quilt designer, notion developer, magazine contributor, BERNINA Ambassador & Aurifil Designer. Students enjoy her “pace, tips & warm, good-natured disposition.” The sassy, sophisticated look from New Leaf Stitches combine both traditional elements with a contemporary flair. Her popular notions, Clearly Perfect Angles and Slotted Trimmers can be found in quilt shops around the world.


** Images, biographical text and interview text by Kari Carr




  1. I really enjoy these Aurifil interviews, getting to know the designers of the fabrics I love!… and I’m SO glad to see this one of Kari, and her All aTwitter Fabric!
    I saw All a Twitter in a LQS in Saline, just outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan, last month!!… I fell in love with the colors (!!) and the focus fabric of the beautiful birds!… and just had to buy it!! At the time I had no idea what exactly I’d do with these fabrics… A pretty tote??…. a quilt??… but,…??
    I’d been thinking lately, maybe a medallion quilt???…
    It was great to see Kari’s work!
    Thank you!!
    Pat T.

    1. (What a *wonderful* collection of threads and fabric! I would SO love to win that bundle! Not knowing what I would make, I only bought a FQ of that *beautiful* birds focus fabric!)
      Pat T.

  2. What wonderful colors – I love birds, what beautiful quilts Kari has created! Would love to make a quilt with her exceptional fabric collection! Thank you, Susan

  3. I think a smaller project like a tote bag or table runner would really make those darling birds stand out.

  4. Beautiful fabrics! I’ve never worked with a digital print before. This would be perfect for a throw quilt for my dad’s house. He loves watching the birds outside his window.

  5. What gorgeous fabrics! I can see a beautiful quilt just waiting to be made with this collection!

  6. I would make a quilt and perhaps a table runner. I really like the example shown in the article!

  7. Love these prints! I have some bird lovers in my family so I would probably make a quilt for one of them. The Aurifil thread colors are gorgeous too! I can’t wait to see the tutorial when it comes out.

  8. Ooooh my goodness! GORGEOUS Fabric & Thread!! Woul looove to win ! Thank you for the chance! 🙂 I would make a Throw for Family room!! then we could enjoy every day!!

  9. I’ve been looking for the perfect fabric to make my Mom a quilt and I believe I have found it. The birds are beautiful and the thread line goes wonderfully with it. Absolutely a must have!

  10. This collection really sings to me! The colors and prints are so beautiful! I would pretty up my kitchen with making some pot holders, adding borders and trim to towels and making placemats!

  11. I love birds and this is one of the most lovely prints of birds that I’ve seen. I’d make placemats so that I could enjoy the pretty birds every day!

  12. Really wanted to reach into the screen and grab and hold those prints. Would love to see the bird yardage “in person”. With the dottie FQ panel, I’d make a modern quilt. Would love to add some fussy cut birds somehow.

  13. Love watercolor so this fabric really speaks to me. I would make a wall hanging for my living room which would be perfect for Spring time.

  14. Love the fabric. Maybe a wallhanging or tote bag! Possibilities are endless! Thanks so much!

  15. Love birds and the bird images on the fabric are wonderful. I would like to make a
    new wall quilt for my sewing room using this beautiful collection.

  16. I love to hand applique, so I would make something with flowers and birds. Maybe the center of a quilt.

  17. What a fabulous idea! Love the colors – I would sew make a quilt with this – and I love the threads – especially the variegated! 🙂

  18. To begin with, I’d use a panel to make a small quilt for some of the pets who are being evacuated in the Northern California wildfires. Something lovely to life the spirits of the people who are doing such hard work, tending to the frightened, possibly injured pets as they wait for their families to find them.

  19. Love these interviews especially when you show a good view of the collection not just bits and pieces.

  20. Love that bird print. It would be great for a project for the home, a cushion, mini quilt, table runner…

  21. Those birds! Amazing! I think I would make table toppers and runners for a start. I’d love to win this bundle and have a play day with some quilting friends!

  22. I love birds and these are so cheerful! I’d make the table runner for starters – for sure!

  23. I think that I would be making some pretty placemats and tablerunners. They would be so bright and pretty.

  24. I love birds and the bright and beautiful colors God made them. I would make a throw quilt with
    this lovely collection of fabrics and threads. So pretty!!!

  25. I would make a wall hanging focusing on the birds. Wonderful colors in both the fabric and thread collection. I would be thrilled to own them.

  26. I love this collection. I think I would follow one of Kari’s designs and use the panel as she does. The watercolor of the birds is beautiful.

  27. I especially love the bird fabric. Iwoud make a wall hanging for my bedroom. Every morning I wake up to birds singing.

  28. I would make a wall hanging that could double for a kitchen door curtain. The birds are too lovely to not be out where they can be seen every day.

  29. Hmmm. Not sure how big the birds are but they might look nice featured in an attic window block quilt.

  30. Beautiful collection. I love the colors and I love birds. I would love to make a lap quilt out of this collection.

  31. It’s a beautiful fabric line. The birds fabric would make a great market tote. Thanks for the giveaway.

  32. Yes, I am enamoured by the bird fabric. What would I make? I think it would become the backing of a quilt, with the birds fussy cut for the front. Perhaps they would each be in a bird house?

  33. I love this fabric line and the unique way the fat quarters are printed as a group. It would lend itself to quilts…using the birds as a center medallion and the fat quarters to make blocks to go around it.

  34. I just love the fabric and thread colors. They make me happy! I can hardly wait for the ‘mystery’.👵

  35. I absolutely love your fabric line! I’m an Aurifil user too, so I can appreciate how much you like it. I’m so glad I’ve discovered you through this blog.

  36. Wonderful, unusual prints. They would be great to play with. Bright, usable thread choices, love that variegated one! So fun!

  37. My Auntie has a beautiful sunroom with a view of her gorgeous garden, birds, etc. I would have to stitch up a mini for her to display in this special area of her home. Thank you Kari for all your inspiration!

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