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! 😉
THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
All A Twitter
100% Aurifil Cotton, 12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool)
6722 – 2312 – 2360 – 2395 – 2445 – 5009
4644 – 5007 – 4129 – 2886 – 2845 – 3817
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.
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!
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