Kim Christopherson, creator and owner of Kimberbell Designs and fabric designer for Maywood Studio, has quickly become one of our favorite designers. Her whimsical style and dimensional embellishments are always a delight and we’re often drawn to her booths at International Quilt Market to ooooh and aaaah over her latest patterns.
When a collaborative opportunity arose in the midst of this wild year, we jumped! We’re simply thrilled to introduce Kim as the newest member of our Aurifil family.
As a way to help makers connect through creativity, Kim and her team designed the Love Notes Mystery Quilt Along. It launched at the Premiere Schoolhouse at Virtual Quilt Market in June and officially kicked off on August 3.
Love Notes was perfectly timed as a way to help us connect through creativity. The program is available for both sewing and machine embroidery. To sign up, check in with your favorite local quilt shop, or take a peek at Kimberbell’s site to find a shop near you. While the program has already started, you’ll still be able to grab all of the sweet love notes to dive into your own QAL journey.
Each of the five Love Notes is an envelope with directions for a new section of the quilt. We absolutely love this idea… and who doesn’t love getting sweet surprises in the mail??
In addition, Kimberbell has been posting videos with tips, hints, and other Love Notes stitching fun — there are still a few to come and they’ll always pop up on Mondays!
Love Notes Videos:
- Tips & Tricks, Week 1
- Tips & Tricks, Week 2
- Tips & Tricks, Week 3 (Sewing)
- Tips & Tricks, Week 3 (Machine Embroidery)
The finished quilt will be revealed August 31, so until then we’ll be enjoying all of the stunning little sneak peeks and the helpful videos that are shared!
Our absolute favorite part of all of this is that Kim curated her debut Aurifil Thread Collection to coordinate perfectly with Love Notes. While it’s tailored to the sewing version of the QAL, it’s also a perfect companion to the machine embroidery version, giving makers the opportunity to piece their quilts with perfectly flat seams prior to moving along to the embellishments.
Ten sweet spools in Kim’s go-to 50wt thread. We’re sure you’ll agree that this collection is a must-have for all of your Summer makes!
- 10 Small Spools 50wt threads (220yds each)
- Colors included: 2425, 2530, 2250, 2130, 1231, 1148, 2024, 2606, 2630, 2692
- Contact your favorite local quilt shop to get your own collection or check here for your closest Aurifil Dealer.
For a little extra fun surrounding Love Notes, make the coordinating A Little Birdie Told Me pillow. Designed for both sewing and machine embroidery, this cheerful blue bird is the perfect complement to our favorite Summer QAL. We’re in love! (Click on the image for the pattern!)
Kim Christopherson is the creator and owner of Kimberbell Designs and fabric designer for Maywood Studio. With whimsical style and dimensional embellishments, Kimberbell is known for our feature quilts and popular bench pillow series. Impeccable instructions and innovative techniques invite customers of all skill levels to give sewing or machine embroidery a try.