SARIELLA Aurifil Thread Collection

We are beyond excited to share our first Aurifil Thread collection, SARIELLA! We’re sure it’s no surprise that our debut is based on our fluttering friend, Saki the Butterfly! 🦋

We’ve curated 11 vibrant spools of 50wt thread (including one beautiful variegated spool) and one spool of clear monofilament (which is a favorite of ours!). This collection is not only fun, but versatile. It’s sure to take you through all walks of stitchery fun — from machine and hand piecing to top stitching, appliqué, and quilting.

The SARIELLA collection is now available for retailer ordering from Aurifil and will be in shops next month.

If you’re a consumer, be sure to ask your favorite shop to stock it!

Stay tuned for a closer look at the colors in our box, some sample projects, and a fun giveaway!

Saki Quilt Workshop in Albuquerque · August 12 & 13

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Calling all our Southwest friends in or around New Mexico! (Or anywhere in the world who may want to get away for a couple days!)

We’re so excited to announce that our first Saki Butterfly Quilt Workshop will be at Hip Stitch in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 12 & 13. During this two-day class, you will learn all the basics of Foundation Paper Piecing and Appliqué, as well as how to tackle these techniques on a large scale, while you make a Saki butterfly quilt of your own. Basic knowledge of quilt piecing is required, all skill levels welcome. The class runs from 9am – 5pm both days. The finished quilt measures 76″ x 54″.

In addition to the workshop, we will also be doing a Trunk Show at Hip Stitch on Friday, August 11 at 6pm. All are welcome! Admission is $10. We will be sharing some of our work, as well as talking about our favorite modern quilting tips, tricks and techniques. There will also be some amazing door prizes!

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The cost of the Saki Quilt Workshop is $200 and space is limited to 20 participants. Cost includes paper pattern, pattern templates, and admission to the trunk show. A materials list will be supplied upon registration. Sign ups are now open and you can register by calling the shop, visiting their website, emailing them, or just stopping in!

HIP STITCH
2320 Wisconsin St., NE, Albuquerque
505-821-2739
hipstitchabq.com
Email: HipStitchABQ@gmail.com

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below or contact us here. We hope to see you there!

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Fabric.com Summer Block Party!

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Summer is in full swing and we’re rounding out the Fabric.com Summer Block Party today with our contribution, Half Square Gingham (ya, we’re all about the half squares lately)!

You can download the free pattern from the Fabric.com blog by clicking here.

Have you been sewing along with the other blocks on the tour? If you’re just learning about it, you can download all the blocks shown above for free on the fabric.com blog and through the participants’ websites, which are linked at the end of this post.

There are a few things that really scream summer to us. Amongst them are watermelon, flamingos, and… gingham!

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We love all the possibilities for this easy-to-sew block. It finishes at 12″ (along with all the other blocks on the tour), so you can sew up a mini, pillow, or quilt in no time.

Sure, you can buy some gingham fabric, but making it yourself with little patchwork squares means not only can you use any color combinations you want, but you can also use prints, which makes it that much better!

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We couldn’t resist the adorable Flamingos from the line, Flamingos, by Melissa Ybarra for our block. The Flamingo Floral Multi was just what we were looking for for the focal half of the block, while the Mini Flamingos were just perfect for the medium value in our gingham. We used Kona cotton solids in Punch and Snow for the dark and light blocks in the gingham.

Make a single block into an adorable potholder, or combine four for a pillow, mini quilt, table runner or table topper. We have plans for a full quilt using the upcoming line Charley Harper Western Birds for Birch Fabrics and think it will be totally adorable! We also think this block would be darling for Christmas projects.

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The pattern includes some multiple block layout ideas along with notes about altering the gingham placement to achieve different looks.

We also have some fun variations we’re working on that we’ll be sharing here soon, so stay tuned!

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Please share your project pics with the hashtags #halfsquaregingham, #fabricdotcomblockparty and #sariella on social media so we can see what you make!

We hope you enjoy this block and all the others on the Fabric.com Summer Block Party Tour!

June 5 – “Candied Pineapple”
Eye Candy Quilts

June 8 – “Nautical Stripes”
Initial K Studio

June 12 – “Camp Out”
Love You Sew

June 19 – “Argyle”
Sassafras Lane Designs

June 22 – “Popsicle Party”
Elise & Emelie

June 26 – “Sunshine Days”
@happinessinthemaking

June 29 – “Fishy Fish”
the tattooed quilter

July 5 – “Half Square Gingham”
SARIELLA

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Patriotic Banner Project

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Happy Independence Day! We wanted to share a fun holiday weekend sewing project with you using our Half Square America pattern (available here). This banner is quick and easy to make and perfect for hanging on a door, wall or gate, outside or in. It finishes at about 16″ x 24″ as shown.

To create this banner, first make the HST star portion of the block as written in the pattern and trim it on the left and right sides to the quarter inch dashed line. Next, cut a solid blue HST triangle using the dimensions in the pattern and cut it in half. Piece these smaller triangles to the sides of your star and trim along the bottom, if needed. If you’d like a little extra wiggle room for trimming, you can cut your solid triangle with 13″ edges, instead of the dimension in the pattern. This will give you a little extra to trim off for squaring up (that is what we did below).

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Next, piece the stripes as written in the pattern, but make them at least 17.5″ long, rather than the various lengths specified in the pattern. Note: you will trim these at an angle as shown in the diagram below, so can make the outer strips shorter if you prefer a little less waste, or are using smaller scraps. However, if you prefer to keep your banner with a straight bottom edge, versus the point, make all your stripes the same length. Piece your strips to the top star portion.

You can now trim your piece to shape or you can quilt it first. We decided not to bind our finished piece, so at this point we layered the top with batting and did a little quilting. We then cut the top to shape.

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You can adjust the length of your stripes to fit your preference, but the diagram above shows the dimensions we used. Mark a line in the center of the stripes 16.5″ down from the top of the stripes. Mark lines 9.75″ down on the the left and right sides. Connect these points and trim along this line (this includes a 1/4″ seam allowance for finishing).

Since we were not binding our piece, we then laid the top RST on a backing fabric cut oversized. We sewed using a 1/4″ seam allowance around all the edges leaving a 3″ gap on a bottom angle for turning. We trimmed the backing to the edges, turned the piece right side out, pressed, and stitched the gap closed.

We chose to make tabs and use a dowel to hang our banner, but you can hang it like a mini quilt, or make a solid pocket at the top or on the back to use a rod for hanging also. To make each tab, use two pieces of fabric cut to the stripe width specified in the pattern x 6″. Sew them RST along the 6″ edges using a 1/4″ seam, turn right side out. We made five tabs for our banner.

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To sew the tabs into the seam, fold them in half matching up the raw ends so they measure 3″ tall and place them along the top edge of the banner aligning the raw edges with the top of the banner, having the folded edge at the bottom. Starting 1/4″ inch from the left and right edges to account for seam allowance, space the tabs evenly across and glue baste in place right along the top edge. You can then layer your backing fabric and sew together as instructed above.

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We used a dowel rod and laundry line to hang our banner, but think that an old yardstick or even a tree branch would be adorable! You can find dowel rods in a variety of sizes at most home improvement and craft stores.

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We aged ours a bit using this technique with black tea, steel wool and vinegar. You can also use some wood stain or paint.

We hope you enjoy this little project! Please share your projects with the tags #halfsquareamerica and #sariella. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or contact us here. Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

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Half Square America Sew A Long Prizes

We’re so excited you’re sewing along with us and are loving all your Half Square America blocks so far! There’s still plenty of time to sew along if you’re just joining us. We’ll be hosting the SAL and collecting blocks for the Wounded Warrior donation quilt through the end of July (You can read all the details in the original post here).

As mentioned before, we have a few prizes up for grabs and will choose winners at random at the end of the sew a long. We may have a few more surprised along the way, so keep an eye here and on our Instagram feed!

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Since we’re both dog lovers and are donating pattern profits to Service Dogs for Heroes, the first prize up for grabs is a Fat Quarter bundle of Doglandia fabric by Blend. Isn’t it adorable?!

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Next up is an EPP kit with a 40 piece mini charm pack of Caroyln Friedlander favorites fabrics, paper hexie templates, and a pair of Nikki’s favorite snips!

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Next we have two bundles of Fancy and Fabulous from Riley Blake – one Fat Eighth bundle and a Charm Pack bundle with pins and seam ripper.

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And last but not least, three additional winners will win a pattern of their choice from the ones shown above.

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Below are a few posts from the SAL thus far, aren’t they awesome?! Remember, your blocks don’t have to be red, white and blue to join in. You can see some other flag variations under the tags #halfsquareamerica and #halfsquareamericaSAL.

You can find the Half Square America pattern on Craftsy and Payhip.
Fifty percent of every sale is donated to Service Dogs for Heroes.

All the RW&B and Half Square America Quilt Kits

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Good Morning, friends! Thank you for all the love on our new Half Square America pattern, we’re excited for you to sew along with us! We wanted to mention that your blocks do not have to be red, white and blue themed to join in the sew along. You can see another version that Nikki created here. Be creative! Perhaps even a rainbow flag for pride month?

If you are working on some RW&B flag blocks, we wanted to share some resources for all our favorite red, white, and blue fabrics.

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First, Pink Door Fabrics has created some quilt kits, look how cute! They include the fabrics needed to make the Fireworks or Chevron layouts, or any other layout of your choice with 6×6 blocks plus a border. There is a limited quantity and you can find them here.

They have such an amazing variety of fun kits (and yardage!) aside from this one, so poke around a bit while you are there! Plus, Chelsea is so sweet!

If you’re wanting a smaller bundle or just some yardage, we have some resources for that, too. Stash Fabrics has the cutest cotton + steel patriotic remix bundle (shown above), and they also have some excellent Kona solid bundles. These would be perfect for a mini, pillow or runner project.

We picked up some of that amazing Mammoth Flannel plaid shown above to back our quilt – isn’t it perfect!

If you would like to make your own mic of fabrics, Stash offers 1/4 yard cuts (and up) which I LOVE, and are perfect for cutting strips for this project. Below is a shot of our Design Wall from their website showing some of the fabrics we used, plus oodles more. You can click here or on the image below to link to our design wall. From there you can click on any of the images for a direct link to that fabric. Isn’t that a fun feature?

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We hope this post has been helpful and we cannot wait to see all your blocks! Stay tuned for info about all the fun prizes we’ll have for the sew a long and remember to tag your photos with #halfsquareamerica and #halfsquareamericaSAL.

Bye for now!
~ nikki & sari

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New Half Square America Pattern, Sew A Long, and Charity Quilt

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We’re so excited to share our new pattern, Half Square America, with you! With both of us being military wives, this is an idea we’ve been wanting to get out for quite some time. The pattern is now available for download on Craftsy or Payhip and we will be donating 50% of every pattern sale to Service Dogs for Heroes.

We’ll be hosting a casual sew along for the next month and will also be collecting blocks to make a quilt (or hopefully quilts!) to donate to The Wounded Warrior Project.

Pink Door Fabrics and Stash Fabrics will be offering quilt kits and we will share all the details of those here and on Instagram on Monday.

Read on for more information about the pattern and how to participate in the sew a long or charity quilt project!

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This modern patriotic take on a half square triangle block can be made without the star using traditional piecing only or with the star by using a combination of traditional piecing and foundation paper piecing. It is designed for the advanced beginner with basic knowledge of quilt block piecing and some paper piecing experience.

Make a single block into a hotpad or mug rug, make four blocks into a mini quilt, pillow or table runner, or make a full quilt perfect for summer picnics and firework watching!

The pattern includes directions for making the 11.5″ finished block, along with multiple quilt layouts with fabric requirements and cutting & piecing directions for each.

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Half Square America Sew A Long & Charity Quilt

We hope you’ll sew a long with us as we continue making blocks for our own projects, as well as for the donation quilt. There are no specific rules or guidelines for the sew a long, simply make some blocks, post some photos and inspire and motivate each other! Make your own quilt, a small decor project, a gift for a veteran, or simply some blocks to donate. Please share your photos with the hashtags #halfsquareamerica, #HSASAL, and #sariella.

There will be some fun prizes to win along the way simply for participating. Anyone who posts a photo with the hashtags will be eligible, and we will share more about those here and on social media as we go.

The SAL will run through July 31 and we will continue to accept donation blocks through this date as well. If you are interested in donating a block or blocks, please send us a message through our Contact page and we will send you all the specifics! Please be sure to contact us BEFORE making your donation blocks to ensure you are making the correct version that we need. Thank you!

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Keep in mind the stars and stripes do not have to be red, white & blue! Check out this fun version we made using Alison Glass Seventy Six fabric. So many fun possibilities. Here are just a few quick mockups we did using this single block.

We’re so excited to see what you do with this pattern and will be sharing some additional project ideas and pattern variations here over the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

xoxo, nikki & sari

(Update: check out this post for half square america quilts kits and other links to our favorite red, white and blue fabrics!)

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Hello & welcome!

Howdy, friends! We’re excited to get our dedicated SARIELLA website up and running and hope you’ll bear with us while we work on getting all our content loaded. From here you can easily access our free patterns and tutorials, as well as direct links to our pattern shops and where to purchase SARIELLA goods (tshirts, notecards, quilt kits and more). We will update the blog with any interesting news we have to share, projects we’re working on, upcoming pattern information, tester opportunities, and more. You can also send us a message or submit your information for our tester list anytime through the Contact page.

Following is a little summary of what we’ll be sharing here and releasing in the next few months. In the free patterns and tutorials department, we’ll have a PDF of our Sariella 3D appliqué tutorial available for download soon, and you can now download our free NeoVol and Baker’s Dozen patterns through the Free Patterns & Tutorials page. The new Electric Diamond Pattern, in collaboration with Libs Elliot, will also be available as a free download in April.

Our Bakery Box pattern that was featured in the Modern Quilts Unlimited Fall 2016 issue will be available for purchase in April, followed by our Sariella Gems and Neo Quilt Series patterns. A new pattern from our 1925 series will be featured in the April Stash Builder Box (sign ups are open through April 14!), followed by other patterns in this series later this year.

For those interested in our Saki Quilt workshop, we will have information and pricing available soon and will have a Classes/Workshops page here on our site. Feel free to email us if you’d like to be added to the scheduling list for this workshop and be the first to receive the information.

Thanks for stopping by! We hope you’ll come back soon!

~Nikki & Sarah