We just adore Pat Sloan. Not only is she a true industry icon and one of our original Aurifil champions, she is also an absolute joy to work with. She has written over 30 books, has designed hundreds of quilts and quilt patterns, has put together countless fabric collections for companies like Moda and Benartex, curates thread collections for Aurifil, manages the largest quilting group on Facebook, and somehow still has time to share weekly videos, orchestrate inspiring online events, and even actually quilt! She is a tireless crusader for quilting and sewing education and is generally seen as an inspiration to all;). So… we love Pat. Pat is just amazing.
Today we have the distinct pleasure of celebrating her new book release! Holiday Celebrations (Martingale/That Patchwork Place) is a beautifully curated collection of 17 easy quilting projects for a variety of seasonal occasions.
Pat has put together a wonderfully rich selection of projects, including everything from full quilts to table runners, wall hangings to Halloween accessories! Her patterns are masterfully constructed, truly like a quilty education. This is where Pat shines. Her passion for sharing her craft with the world comes through in her writing and her patterns are notoriously easy to follow, even for beginners. We’re delighted to share a few of our favorites below!
Aurifil’s own Kate Brennan jumped at the chance to create a project from Pat’s book and we’re delighted to welcome her here to Auribuzz today! Thank you, Kate!
I had the opportunity to pick a pattern from Pat’s new book, Holiday Celebrations. I chose the Liberty Hill pattern but only made 3 blocks for a table runner. I dug through my stash and decided the Dear Stella I had been holding for something special was perfect.
The blocks went together really well. Pat, as always, gives excellent instructions and I would have saved myself a bunch of time if I had read them all the way through before starting my first block – I really should know better by now! As I was piecing them, I realized the opportunity for fussy cutting that 6” center square – I already have fabric pulled for a whole quilt as shown in the book or maybe even bigger. The block finishes at 15” x 15” which is a really nice size for a large bed quilt.
The only real problem I had while putting this together was keeping the pooches out of the way for the photos!
I used thread from the Pompeii, Como, and African Penguin Color Builder thread collections and since I have been practicing my free motion quilting lately, I decided to add a little interest. The 50wt (I used blue and red) thread creates really nice texture in the background without overpowering the adorable prints and the 40wt is a little heavier and added a little more detail in the stars. I used a wool batting to give even more texture!
HUGE thanks to Kate for lending her expert eye to this project. We are so fortunate to have some very talented makers on staff!!
BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE
The fun kicked off on May 31, so we encourage you to click through the links below to get a peek at additional projects, giveaways, and more!
- May 31 – Martingale with a grand prize! martingale.com/
- June 1 – Jacquelynne Steves jacquelynnesteves.com
- June 2 – Andy Knowlton www.abrightcorner.com/
- June 3 – Scott Hansen bluenickelstudios.com
- June 4 – Amy Smart www.diaryofaquilter.com/
- June 5 – Bonnie Hunter https://quiltville.com
- June 6 – Fat Quarter Shop fatquartershop.com/
- June 7 – Becky Thompson powertoolswiththread.com/
- June 8 – The Shibaguyz, Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby www.designz.shibaguyz.com
- June 9 – Bev McCullough flamingotoes.com/
- June 10 – Aurifil auribuzz.com/ ( YOU ARE HERE)
- June 11 – Maureen Cracknell maureencracknellhandmade.com
- June 12 – Melissa Mortenson www.polkadotchair.com/
- June 14 – wrap up at Pat’s evening video patsloan.com/
- June 16 – Grand Prize Announced!
Martingale has also been kind enough to offer a copy of Holiday Celebrations to one lucky reader! We’ve thrown in Pat’s Perfect Little Box of Neutrals thread collection for a sweet little prize pack. To enter-to-win, please comment below with your favorite holiday project to make. Giveaway closes at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 16! Winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email. Good luck!
Pat Sloan is a designer, author, and lecturer, and with her weekly radio show, Pat truly is the “Voice of Quilting”. She has a deep passion for making quilting fun for herself and everyone around her. Pat loves to hang out with quilters on the internet as well as visit you in person. Be inspired to get more done!
Having sewn since she was a child and quilted for over 20 years, Pat eventually looked to her craft as a business. After a few years quilting she started to teach quilt making to others and then turned her skills to pattern designing. She found that she really enjoys designing and seeing how other quilters made her patterns. In 2000 Pat’s designs became so popular that she and her husband Gregg formed a design and publishing company called Pat Sloan & Co. In addition to designing and publishing her work, they now travel around the country teaching and showing her quilts to quilt guilds and quilt shops. Also, Pat has had her designs published in all the national magazines, she has written 31 quilt books and has designed many lines of fabric for Moda Fabrics.
Visit her website for more info.