Anna Maria Horner + Aurifil Artisans

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.)

image via Quiltfolk

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

Modified Popcorn Pouch + Fast & Easy Key Fob by Amista Baker of Hilltop Custom Designs

Embroidered Hoop by Andrew Tsang-Jackson of 3rd Story Workshop – Basic Embroidery Stitches & Wrapping Your Embroidery Hoop

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

Wee Travel Pal by Laura Cunningham – Images & Tutorial

Quilt by Laura Piland of Slice of Pi

Zip Pouch by Leslie Meltzer of 50 Sq Ft Studios

Mini quilt (and quilt top in progress) by Lisa Hoffman-Maurer of Sew What You Love – one, two, & three

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!



  1. Love each and every design! So colorful, fun and beautiful! Such creative ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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