We love Anna Maria Horner. First and foremost, she is an amazing woman with such an inspiring story. If you’ve ever been to one of her lectures, you may have learned about her creative beginnings and how she’s grown into her current career. From a childhood rich with various styles of artistic expression on to clothing design and garment construction, graphic design, fabric & pattern design, and running two amazing and revered boutiques, Anna Maria has really seen it all. (Head here for a snapshot.)
She exudes passion for her craft and her excitement is contagious. We’ve adored her work for ages, but that adoration just grew when we first met to discuss a collaboration. Her first trio of Aurifil collections came in 2017 with Warm Reception, Cool & Collected, and Stitch Gallery. Last year, we released her 2018 Color Story in partner with Conservatory – Chapter One: Pathways. Her color selections are always vibrant and rich, perfect partners to her stunning fabric designs which often look as though they could each be solo works of art, on display in a high end gallery.
To celebrate our partnership with Anna Maria, and our love and respect for her longtime partner, Free Spirit Fabrics, we created a bit of a showcase to feature her fabrics, our thread, and the magnificent craftsmanship of our beloved Aurifil Artisans.
Each Artisan received 3 Fat Quarters of Anna Maria’s fabric, courtesy of Free Spirit, in addition to a spool of thread in a coordinating color. No other directive was given — Artisans were encouraged to create something new from the materials received. From mid-May through the end of June, we’ve been delighted by a series of stunning projects, popping up in blog posts, on Instagram, and on Facebook. It’s been like a parade of Anna Maria Horner in the most lovely of ways. We’re thrilled to showcase all of that beautiful work here today.
Quilted Pillow by Afton Warrick of Quilting Mod
Up and Away Mini Quilt by Alyce Blyth of Blossom Heart Quilts
Zip Pouch by Ange Hamilton of alittlepatchwork
Throw Pillow by Cassandra Beaver of The (not so) Dramatic Life
Pincushions by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs
Throw Pillow by Faith Essenberg of SaranaAve
Butterfly Block by Gosia Pawlowska of Quilts my Way
Quilt Mini by HollyAnne Knight of String & Story
Wallet by Isabelle Selak of Southbay Bella
Quilt Mini and Pouch by Karolina Bakowska of B-craft
Popcorn Pouches by Kim Lapacek of Persimmon Dreams
EPP of Kitty Wilkin of Night Quilter
Bag by Krista Hennebury of Poppy Print
Zip Pouch by Kristina Brinkerhoff of Center Street Quilts
Quilt by Laura Piland of Slice of Pi
Zip Pouch by Leslie Meltzer of 50 Sq Ft Studios
Zip Pouch by Lou Orth of Lou Orth Designs
Quilt by Mel Beach of Piece Love and Happiness
Zip Pouch by Sarah Goer of Sarah Goer Quilts
Bag by Sharon Burgess of Lillabelle Lane
Zip Pouch by Wendy Welsh of Wendy’s Quilts and More
We have to say a HUGE thank you to each and every Artisan who participated. We admire you, are impressed by your, and our respect for your work has no end. Thank you for playing along with us and for showing us how it’s done! 😉 Thanks also to Free Spirit for being such a wonderful partner in all of this. <3
Enter-to-win Anna Maria’s 2018 Color Story OR Chapter One: Pathways by clicking HERE or on the image below. This giveaway is open to all of our thread-loving friends, worldwide. We’ll accept entires through 11:59pmEST on Wednesday, July 18. We’ll contact the winner via email. Good luck!