We adore industry icon, Pat Sloan. Throughout her impressive career, Pat has written over 30 books, curated Aurifil thread collections, oversees the largest quilting community on Facebook, hosts a daily YouTube show, designed hundreds of quilts, and has created countless fabric collections! Today we are excited to celebrate the arrival of her newest fabric collection for Benartex Fabrics, Bird Song.
A bit of whimsy with a modern twist gives this new collection from Pat Sloan its special charm. Pat’s stylized birds provide a folk art elegance and the coordinates add lots of colorful depth and texture. The focal panel is ready for a few borders (or cut it apart to create even more projects!) Try mixing and matching the multi scale flowers, stripes and textures for a unique and contemporary design. As always, Pat’s collections are created with quilters in mind.Benartex
Our Social Media Manager Hilary Jordan had the opportunity to work with a few of the fabrics from Pat’s Bird Song collection and has a great project to share with us today!
Hey y’all! I’m Hilary of @byhilaryjordan and I am excited to be here today to share the project I created with Pat’s beautiful new Bird Song fabric collection. If you ask anyone who knows me what my favorite color is, then they will without hesitation say PINK! Of course, this means I was drawn to the warm colorways throughout Bird Song.
It was difficult to narrow down my fabric choice, let’s be honest I wanted yardage of everything, but ultimately I selected the Wildflowers Field print in Rose and the Bird Seeds print in Rose. I used these two fabrics to make the coziest set of Carolyn Pajamas, pattern by Closet Core Patterns.
A winning combination of Aurifil thread weights for garment sewing success is to use Aurifil Forty3 cotton on top with Aurifil 40wt/2 ply cotton in the bobbin. The color I used for this project is color 2410 Pale Pink.
You can learn more about Aurifil Forty3 in these posts on Auribuzz:
Aurifil Forty3 Vs 40wt
Thread Matters: Forty3 Thread
Thread Matters 2021: It’s All About The Quilting
Thread Matters 2021: How To Choose Thread For Quilting Your Projects
This project was the very first time I made piping, I knew I wanted it to match perfectly. To my surprise, piping is way easier to make than expected and it came together quickly. The Bird Seeds print is a perfect accent fabric, and each time I look at these pajamas I see a new motif in the Wildflowers Field print. I especially love the little hearts sprinkled throughout the foliage and butterflies. 🦋
If you’ve never tackled garment sewing before, I highly suggest making something with quilting cotton. I’ve been garment sewing for 20 years and some of my very first garments were made with quilting cotton, and I continue to use it all the time. It’s a gorgeous fabric for soft & comfortable items, plus it’s a fabulous fabric choice for garment sewing beginners. Just go slow and enjoy the process. ❤
Oh and definitely pre-wash your fabric. I know to pre-wash or not to pre-wash is a divisive topic in the quilty world, but it’s a must for garment sewing. No one wants to make a garment, only to have it shrink after washing. Thankfully, the quality of the Benartex quilting cotton fabric is amazing. It washed up like a dream, with not a single color bleed in sight, it is super soft, and has only gotten softer with each washing.
Are you ready for the very exciting part of this post? Pat is offering a fabric bundle of Bird Song fabrics to one lucky USA-based winner, or if you’re not in the USA, then you’ll win Pat’s newest Perfect Little Box of Colors Aurifil collection! We’ll randomly draw a winner from the entries at the end of the fabric tour. Simply click the button below to enter.
Thank y’all so much for stopping by today to see my project and help celebrate Pat’s Bird Song fabrics. It’s a stunning collection and I cannot wait to see what everyone else on the fabric tour creates. Follow along with all the other amazing quilters and makers participating in the Bird Song Fabric Tour so you can see what they create too!
A Bright Corner
Carolina Asmussen Designs
Fat Quarter Shop
Aurifil (That’s Us!)
Wendy Sheppard @ivory_spring
EvaPaige Quilt Designs
Blue Nickel Studios
Want it, Need it, Quilt
ByAnnie.com and Patterns By Annie
Pat Sloan is a designer, author, and lecturer with 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 of quilting, she started to teach quilt making to others and then turned her skills to pattern designing. She found that she 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. Pat has had her designs published in all the national quilting magazines, has written over 30 quilt books, and has designed many lines of fabric, including current collections with Benartex.