Ready-to-Ship FALL SALE!

Incase you missed it, all of my current ready-to-ship bags and other items have been posted for sale on my Instagram account @amistabaker and in my online shop. I've got lots of large and small project bags and zipper pouches. Great for you or a friend as a gift! :)





Aurifil Thread: A Comprehensive Guide

Hello and HAPPY OCTOBER! My favorite month of the year! As a new 2018 Aurifil Artisan, one of the most requested posts my followers asked for were comparisons on the different weights of Aurifil and why they are better quality than the typical store bought thread.

All thread information can be found at Aurifil.com, but I have broken it down for you in shorter, easier to understand terms and put it all in one place. I've also included some stitch examples and I have recently published a trouble shooting guide if you're having issues with thread wether in hand stitching or machine sewing so check that out as well!

If you're here for the info on Aurifil keep reading!


The basics of Aurifil

Aurifil is 100% Egyptian Cotton grown in the MAKO region of Egypt on the River Nile. The thread production process begins Milan, Italy where it goes through a 15-step process before completion. Aurifil thread is mercerized which is a process that not only strengthens the thread but also provides it with a beautiful sheen.

Aurifil has many thread weights...

Below are the lists and brief summaries of each Aurifil thread type / weight as well as links to color charts that are available.

  • Cotton Spools come in small, large and cone sizes. They are available in the following weights: 12, 28, 40, 50, in 270 colors. (more on weights below)
  • Cotton 80 Wt. available in small spools only in 88 colors.
  • Forty3 - Long arm thread cones in 50 colors.
  • Aurifloss - 6-strand embroidery floss available in smalls spools, 270 colors.
  • Wool - (50% Wool, 50% Acrylic) in small and large spools and cones, 192 colors.
  • Poly Longarm - Variegated cones in 10 colors.
  • Monofilament Invisible - 2 shades available in large spools and cones.
  • Bobbin - 60 wt. large spools in white.
Side note: Needle selection is just as important as thread selection. Checkout this great guide for pairing the right machine needles with different thread weights.

Understanding thread weights...

Most of you will already know a little about thread weights and how important they are to each project you're making. Below is a direct quote from Aurifil.com about how their thread weights are determined, and since I couldn't write it any better (and they're the expert on their own threads, lets be honest LOL) I've included it here.

Our thread weight is determined by something called Number English or Ne. Ne is a measure of linear density and refers to the number of hanks (840yd or 770m) of skein material that weigh 1lb. For instance, 50 hanks (42,000yd or 38,500m) or our 50wt thread (Ne 50) weighs 1lb. Under this system, the higher the number, the finer the thread. 

How to choose the right thread...

Many Aurifil thread weights work for the same purposes. I have done countless EPP (English paper piecing) blocks in 80, 50, and 40 wt threads. I just grab whatever color is right, in whatever weight I own that specific color. They are all great for hand piecing, you just have to choose what your preference is. Just remember, the higher the weight, the thinner the thread!

When it comes to quilting or top stitching, my personal preference is either 12 wt, 28 wt, or 40 wt thread. They all give a great defined stitch. Below are the thread choices from Aurifil and the best uses for each product.

  • 12 wt. - Hand quilting and embroidery, cross stitch, machine sashiko, machine quilting, top stitching
  • 28 wt. - Cross stitch, hand quilting, hand or machine appliqué, machine quilting and embroidery, top stitching
  • 40 wt. - Cross stitch, hand piecing, machine piecing, quilting and embroidery, top stitching
  • 50 wt. - Piecing and providing super flat seams, and for quilting or hand sewing, appliqué, and all sorts of machine sewing.
  • 80 wt. - English paper piecing, hand appliqué, machine embroidery and appliqué
  • Aurifloss - Cross stitch, embroidery, tatting, needle point, crochet, applique
  • Cotton Forty3 - Long arm machine quilting
  • Wool - Cross stitch and hand embroidering, machine appliqué and quilting, serging, long arm quilting.
  • Poly Longarm - Machine embroidery, quilting, satin stitching, thread painting, decorative appliqué 
  • Monofilament - Invisible seams, stitch in the ditch, couching, attaching invisible binding
  • Bobbin - Umm... the bobbin! :) Pairs well with many different top thread weights.

Did I miss something? Have a question?

I'm all about learning new things. If you believe I missed something or even have a question please don't hesitate to comment below.

That's all, folks!

Whew! This was a lengthy post. However, I did get lots of requests for this sort of content from newbie quilters on my Instagram and Twitter. I hope I've helped in some way. 

Please stick around and follow my blog and social media accounts for more posts like this including upcoming giveaways and tutorials! Have an awesome day!

NEON Kona Solids Bundle




Admittedly, I'm new to the world of solids. I refused to use them for such a long time that once I finally got to them I felt like I didn't know what to do LOL. Now I love them, and thanks to @cloudtori I came across this amazing curated bundle of Neon Kona Solids shades that Im totally obsessed with!


It was a pretty popular post of mine on Instagram, with lots of DM's asking me the names of the solids and where to find them, so I thought I'd share here. I purchased mine from Fabric Bubb, its my favorite shop to buy solids in the US and they have super fast shipping.

Below is an imagine labeled with corresponding shade names, but ill list them here as well:

  • Dahlia, Sassy Pink, Orangeade, Cantaloupe, Bright Idea, Key Lime, Azure, and Breakers.




3 in 1 Pouch Pattern by Aneela Hoey


Happy Friday! I hope your September is going well so far. I feel like "Summer" was so short, and yet the super hot and humid weather has continued :( I am ready for fall temps and falling leaves!

Today I want to share this beautiful 3 in 1 Pouch pattern by Aneela Hoey. I have been testing patterns for Aneela for well over a year now and I am always pleasantly surprised at how simply her bags come together, even for those who may not be skilled in pouches.

The specs:


  • Separating zipper + 3 interior pockets
  • Very roomy, each divided pocket fits multiple large thread spools
  • No templates or printed pieces needed.
  • Closed size - 10"(W) x 4"(H) x 4"(D)
  • Open size - 10"(W) x 4"(H) x 7"(D)
  • Purchase the pattern here
On to the review...


Pattern Review

The great thing about this particular pouch is the simplified construction method. If you're familiar with the pouch similar to this in Aneela's book "Stitched Sewing Organizers", you may have found the origami style construction a bit difficult. This 3 in 1 Pouch is much more straight forward!

It's definitely an Intermediate level pattern still, so keep that in mind. However, with Aneela's great instructions and detailed drawings depicting the steps to complete the pouch, I don't think you'll have an issue. Just take your time and read everything twice. This pattern also features quite a bit of hand stitching, so if thats not something you're comfortable with I'd do a little practice first :)

Overall this is a great unique pattern and would be especially good for crafters, teachers, kids, makeup enthusiasts, etc. It can hold lots of goodies!


My version features this beautiful Navy Gingham from Cotton + Steel and a Pat Bravo "Indie Folk" print for Art Gallery Fabrics. I did a small EPP panel with 1" hexes on the front and outlined those with some decorative hand stitching in Aurifil 12 wt. threads.

Im really happy with how it turned out and will definitely be making more in the future!



Would you purchase this pattern? What do you think of it?


Troubleshooting Thread Issues


If you're an avid sewer, wether it be by machine or by hand, I'm sure you've ran into your fair share of  issues. Am I right? Over the years I've learned quite a bit about troubleshooting these issues myself and checking things that I honestly fail to realize may be an issue at first.

Below are some troubleshooting tips and tricks for not just machine sewing but also a common hand sewing issue. If you have anything to add, I'd LOVE to hear it! Please comment below with your own suggestions :)

Left: small spool holder, Right: large spool holder.


MY MACHINE HATES "---" THREAD BRAND
Nope, it doesn't, I swear! When I first started using Aurifil 50 wt with my Janome 3160 QDC I had tons of issues. I did a lot of research and quickly realized I was using the wrong spool holder! I was using the basic large spool holder that came with my machine, which is great for Coats and Clark spools,  but I needed a small version for Aurifil. You'll notice some thread brands come with large gaping spools (Coats and  Clark), or small skinny spools (Aurifil, Connecting Threads). The spools are different and so naturally the spool holders need to be different too! 

The fix is easy and so cheap - you can grab a 2-pack of small spool holders from Sewing Parts Online for $5.99 (shown in photo above). *Great for horizontal or vertical spool holders! Can also be used with Craftsy and Connecting Threads brand spools. It was an inexpensive fix that allows me to use Aurifil, and other threads with the same style of spool, without issues. Whenever I may use a thread with a larger spool I simply switch back to the holder that came with my machine.

Aurifil 40 wt. variegated thread in Marrakesh, using the correct size spool holder.

SKIPPED STITCHES, BIRD NESTS, BREAKING THREAD
If you're getting frequent skipped top stitches or big bunched up "bird nests" with your bobbin thread there are a few areas you can check to rule out the problem. All of these troubleshooting steps can apply to thread breakage as well. Try them ALL until the issue is fixed!
  1. Is your needle bent or dull? It may not always be obvious, but the best way to check is to remove it from the machine and lay it on a rotary mat against one of the lines. If there is any bend at all, replace it. If the tip doesn't seem as sharp as a brand new one, replace it. You should be replacing them after a few hours of stitching anyway :) I like to do so at the start of every new big project.
  2. Are you using the right needle? Not all machine needles are compatible with every thread weight. Depending on what thread or fabric you're using, do a little research and find out what size machine needle is best and use that. If you've got multiple layers of thick fabrics when sewing bags, use a heavy duty denim needle. If you're sewing with knits, use a knits needle, so on and so forth.
  3. Are you using the right spool holder? This is what we just talked about. It can cause huge tension issues. Make sure you have the correct one!
  4. Is your bobbin wound correctly? Yes, there's a right and wrong way to wind a bobbin and if the tension is off when winding it can totally affect you're stitches. Checkout this video for winding a bobbin correctly every time.
  5. Is your machine threaded correctly? It happens to the best of us, sometimes you just don't thread the machine right and don't even realize it. Take it out and start over just to be sure if you're still having issues. Make sure the foot is lifted in the "up" position, this is super important when threading a machine!
  6. Check the tension. The best way to correct tension for the particular thread weight you're using is to simply experiment. Grab a couple pieces of scrap fabric and some batting, sandwich them together and stitch straight lines, adjusting the tension for each line until you get the right setting. If your bobbin thread is showing on top or your top thread is showing on bobbin, you've got tension problems!
  7. Clean your machine! You should be cleaning your machine, changing needles, and re-threading after every completed quilt (or a several small projects). It sounds excessive but you really do need to do basic maintenance that often. I like to pick a day of the week, we'll say Sunday, and designate that as machine cleaning day. Built up lint and thread bits will definitely effect the way your machine operates and can cause skipped stitches, or worse, a broken machine!




KNOTTING DURING HAND STITCHING
This is something I've encountered quite a bit since I do some form of hand stitching or English Paper  Piecing nearly every day of the week. In order to seriously cut down on any knots while I'm hand stitching, I first and foremost will begin by running my length of thread through a thread wax before I sew. You need the static and waxy coating that the thread conditioners provide in order to keep your thread strands stuck together - it's when they come apart that they begin to tangle and knot during sewing.

My thread wax preference is Thread Heaven, but they've since gone out of business. However, there are a lot, and I mean A LOT, of large and small brands selling thread waxes on the internet now. If you'd like to buy from an actual quilter or small business, try Etsy!

A second tip is to make sure you're not using a length of thread that is way too long, I like to use one the length of my forearm (finger tips to elbow) or shorter. The longer the thread, the more chances it will twist and knot during sewing. You need a good workable length.


Wrapping it up...

I hope this guide troubleshooting guide was extensive enough and helped you if you were having issues. Feel free to comment below with any questions or comments! I will help any way I can.

Have an awesome day and Happy Labor Day to all my U.S. readers!

Fulk Family Quilt #2: Baby Size!


I'm happy to show you the second of the Fulk Family quilts (see the first here), a baby version for Helen's youngest son Henry who is just a few months old now. This quilt was made with donated blocks for the original quilt, and ended up at 36" x 48" which is the perfect crib size! It should be big enough to grow with him well into his toddler / preschool years.

Longarm quilting services were generously donated by StarlitQuilts in Washington, U.S. Star did a fantastic job, the quilt turned out so soft and crinkly after being washed :)


I'd like to say a big thanks again to everyone who donated blocks, backing, binding, quilting, time, energy, love, etc. to make these quilts happen after the unexpected death of Helens husband. She absolutely loves them and will cherish them forever!

Auribuzz Guest Blogger


Last week I was a  guest blogging on Aurifil Thread's blog, Auribuzz. I'm using Shannon Fabrics Cuddle pinky, Embrace double gauze, and Terry cloth. I'll also be sharing a free bib pattern and tutorial, plus some tips for working with these fabrics in conjunction with Aurifil 40 wt. threads.

I hope you'll join us! Click here to visit my guest blog post.


Finished Fulk Family Charity Quilt

Hello all, and Happy August! By now, I'm sure many of you have seen on either Facebook or Instagram that the Fulk Family Quilt is finished, so I wanted to hop on here and share some final images of the finished quilt with you all as well.

If you're just finding out about this charity quilt effort, you can read my original post here. I shared the hope of making a quilt for Helen Fulk after her husband unexpectedly passed away in June with people across social media and the response was overwhelming!


The finished quilt is 72" x 84" and made from 12" reverse sawtooth blocks (free tutorial by suzyquilts). I chose blue, green, and teal mixed with low volume fabrics when I put out a call for blocks. I think the final look is really cohesive considering they came from so many different quilters!

A big thank you to everyone involved in this process. From block making, to donating binding, backing, batting, quilting services, etc! It was a huge group effort that stretched from the U.S. to Canada. It would not have come together so quickly if it weren't for all of you.


Longarm quilting, batting, and binding services provided by Megan McCord. 

Blocks donated by 17 quilters from the U.S. and Canada. 

Binding donated by SimplyMackbeth on Etsy. Backing donated by Karen Denoya. 

Quilt top was pieced by me :)


The label was purchased from BorderCityQuilts on Etsy, where I get all of my printed quilt labels. She has so many designs to choose from and is very open to custom orders!


This quilt was gifted to Helen and her sons a couple days ago. She was very happy to receive it and wanted to make sure I passed on her thanks to everyone involved.

Thank you again!

Favorite EPP Tools + a Giveaway!



English paper piecing is one of my favorite rainy day projects to work on. I love to grab my favorite supplies, some EPP blocks and get to work while watching a movie or just relaxing. But, guess what? There was a time I couldn't sew a single stitch by hand. I knew nothing!

Over the years I've learned some great EPP stitches and I honestly feel like anyone else can too! Even if you're strictly a machine sewist by heart :) So, today I've partnered with a couple businesses to bring you this post to get you started on your EPP journey, and offer up an awesome Giveaway!


SPONSOR:

A big thank you to Sue Daley Designs for sending a very generous package for the giveaway as well as my very own personalized rotating cutting mat! Thanks so much Sue! And a big thank you to Kim of RobotMomSews for sending a thread gloss as well! The other items will be from me! <3 i="">Giveaway details are at the bottom of this post.

Keep reading to checkout my favorite tools, plus enter to win your very own EPP Kit!

EPP Checklist

First, we'll start out with a basic checklist of necessary supplies. I promise I won't go too overboard and everything is pretty easy on the wallet as well which is great! Im sticking to just the basics!

Must-haves:
  • Milliners needles, size 10 or 11
  • Binding clips
  • Needle minder (or Pincushion)
  • Thread conditioner / wax
  • 1" x 6" acrylic ruler
  • 18 MM rotary cutter
  • Glue pen + glue refills
  • Marking pen
  • Paper pieces
  • Quality thread
  • Sharp snips (small scissors)

Optional:
  • Silicone or leather finger tip protectors (or thimble)
  • Needle threader
  • Shaped Acrylic EPP templates
If you'd like to purchase some of these items, I have curated an Amazon list titled Favorite EPP Tools that has all of my recommendations on it for you! You can grab everything in one place :)


My Favorites

Once you master the basics and have your tools, you can move on to new shapes. Now, I want to talk about some more specific brands, primarily the ones that I know and love and use on a daily basis. You do not have to buy these brands, my Amazon recommendations list provides alternatives.

Aurifil Thread, $4.50+
My go-to thread for everything. Aurifil 50wt. thread is smooth and doesn't produce lint or have frequent knots and breakage. You can get it in hundreds of colors, large or small spools, cones, and multiple weights.

My #1 website for Aurifil purchases in the U.S. is Hawthorne Supply Co. They have EVERY shade, weight, and multiple spool sizes. I love to buy the small spools in a rainbow of colors, its affordable and perfect for traveling. As an Aurifil Artisan I admittedly use lots of Aurifil threads for all of my projects, but even before I became an Artisan for the company I had a strong love for Aurifil and used it daily. 

Sue Daley Designs Milliners Needles
By far my favorite. Ive tried so many brands but nothing compares to Sue Daley. The little tube the needles come in is beyond convenient and super travel friendly, the gold tipped needles make it easy to see when threading and the needles themselves are just superb. They're long and thin which I LOVE! If I don't use a long needle, my hands get so sore and start to cramp. 

I often use Milliners #10 and #11 size from Sue Daley for hand sewing of all sorts, but especially EPP. They glide through the fabric without leaving a large hole and it just makes everything so seamless.

RobotMomSews Thread Gloss, $4 to $7
Kim of @robotmomsews has a wonderful little shop where she sells lots of shapes and scents of beeswax thread gloss at a super affordable price. And yea... she even has UNICORN THREAD GLOSS!

TheTrendyLittleGeek Unicorn Horn Needle Minder, $4.00
Beyond CUTE! I am obsessed with the little unicorn horn needle minders from the TrendyLittleGeek on Etsy. They snap onto fabric so easily and needle minders are great for when you need a super quick place to put your needle down during sewing. When I'm not using this one, it sits smack dab in the middle of my pin bowl :)

Binding Clips, $10
I have to admit my all-time favorite binding clip brand was Jen's Favorites from FatQuarterShop. Don't know where those went or what happened to them but they are gone (insert second cry face). So any brand will do really! They're useful for EPP, quilting, and so many other things :)

Sue Daley Glue Pen + Refills, $7.24+
I have used this glue pen for YEARS, and I'll tell you a little secret: any brand of glue pen refills will fit in these. So you can buy Fons and Porter glue refills at JoAnn fabrics, or Sewline and Sue Daley glue refills online and at quilt shops and they ALL fit! I do every bit of my EPP basting with glue. If you haven't tried it yet, you're so missing out. It is much quicker and provides more secure basting.

Olfa 18 MM Rotary Cutter, $12
Small rotary cutters are extremely good at cutting EPP pieces, especially those with curves. Because of their size they're also very easy to travel with and pair perfectly with a small cutting mat.

Sewline Styla Water Erasing Marking Pen (Blue), $5.50
I am not shy about using marking pens anymore, I've overcome my fear of stained fabric disasters. I really love the Sewline Styla Water Erasing pen in blue. Its vibrant but still removes super quick and has a nice ceramic 0.8mm roller ball that doesn't snag or fray fabrics.

PaperPieces.com and Sue Daley EPP Papers
These brands are my go-to for all paper pieces in any size and shape. For the U.S. the price and speed of shipping is unmatched. I get my items so quickly and I'm never disappointed in anything I've ever purchased, including entire quilt kits. You can also purchase an acrylic cutting template for basically EVERY EPP shape and size that PaperPieces.com sells. Amazing!!

1" x 6" Acrylic Ruler, $2.50 to $9.00
I think it goes without saying any brand will do, but a good 1" x 6" acrylic ruler with clear ¼" marking is just about the only ruler you'll need for most EPP projects. Its so easy to travel with and just a really great size for marking and cutting seams. You can find the Moda brand Travel Ruler at FatQuarterShop, but Fiskars and Creative Grids also make one commonly sold at JoAnn Fabrics and Amazon.com

And now onto the giveaway...


Prizes provided by Amista Baker, Sue Daley Designs, and RobotMomSews


GIVEAWAY DETAILS! [CLOSED]

There will be TWO winners! You could win a great EPP Favorites Prize Pack that includes:

Starter Package:
  • RobotMomSews Thread Gloss in Raspberry Jam
  • Sue Daley 1" Acrylic Hexagon Template
  • 100 ct. Sue Daley 1" paper hexagons
  • Sue Daley Glue Pen and refill
  • Sue Daley #10 and #11 Milliners Needles
  • Aurifil Threads, large spool in #2845
  • 2 ct. MODA Fabric Mini Charms (2.5)

Expert Package:
  • Sue Daley's Round We Go EPP Quilt Kit (papers, templates, pattern)

If you're interested in entering the giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter app below and follow the directions for ways you can earn multiple entries! Ends July 23rd, 2018. Winners will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours.

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*Any Amazon lists are linked to my Amazon Affiliate account. A small percentage of purchases helps me stay in business doing what I love and allowing me to bring you content like this :)

Stitch & Sew Swap



Are you interested in an awesome swap and a chance to win prizes??

For the next few weeks I will be helping Aneela Hoey promote her latest book, Stitch & Sew, by hosting an Instagram swap. All participants will be sewing up projects from the book that feature beautiful hand embroidery patterns.

PLUS every one who participates will be eligible to win 5 PDF patterns of their choice from Aneela's shop courtesy of Aneela herself as well as some Aurifloss and Wool thread spools courtesy of Aurifil!

Currently closed: All details can be found by visiting the Swap Sign Up Form including dates for all check ins, shipping date, and more. I hope you'll join us!

Quilt Block Drive for Fulk Family


Hello and Happy July! I hope you're all having a wonderful Summer. I'm blogging today to ask a special favor of anyone who would be willing to help a dear friend of mine.

Helen lost her husband Joe unexpectedly the day before Father's Day this year. Joe served as a United States Marine during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served two tours overseas and returned to his family to work for Local Union 683 as a certified electrician, later teaching the same class he was a student in. As a 33 year old, he did not have insurance, a will, or any other means for his family to rely on after his sudden death and leaves three small children behind (ages 6 yrs, 3 yrs, and 4 months).

Helen and her three sons are devastated and could use all the help they can get. As one of her close friends, I would like to make a quilt for her and her children as a token of comfort in this hard time, but financially I cannot do it alone right now.

If you would like to read the obituary for Joseph, please click here. Below is information on what is needed for this quilt block drive. Thank you for your time!

Update 6/13/2018: We officially have everything needed. THANK YOU!!!

Helen and her children (ages 4 months, 3, and 7 yrs)

What do we need?

We are making a Reverse Sawtooth Quilt from the FREE pattern by Suzy Quilts using 12" blocks from the tutorial. There are great pictorials and instructions for creating the blocks (Thank you, Suzy!) and I believe a even beginner  can complete a couple blocks without issues. More details are below...


Update 6/13/2018: We officially have everything needed. THANK YOU!!!
  • We need at least 42 - 12 inch Reverse Sawtooh Blocks, in BLUE, GREEN, OR TEAL mixed with white or very low volume prints. Blocks can be scrappy.
  • 9 yards single fold quilt binding in BLUE, GREEN, OR TEAL
  • 5 yards quilt BACKING in BLUE, GREEN, OR TEAL
  • Monetary donations to pay for longarm quilting expenses and batting (OR A DONATION FOR THIS SERVICE), approx. $100 will be needed plus shipping costs. Send donations to https://www.paypal.me/amistabaker as Friends & Family payment please. *Excess funds will be given to Helen for other expenses (groceries, diapers, formula, etc)
  • I would like to get all blocks and supplies in by August 1st, 2018.

Any extra blocks, bindings, etc will be put towards pillow covers or smaller quilts for the children. I will use up every last donation, I promise!

We will be making the 12" block version as shown in this chart. Please visit SuzyQuilts blog for tutorial.


Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to seeing blocks that are sent my way! I will post progress photos and updates of the quilt on my Instagram account @amistabaker.

Kingfisher Quilt Progress



How many of you are participating in the Kingfisher Stitch-A-Long hosted by @talesofcloth and @stitchedincolor on Instagram?? It is a great way to use up 2.5" mini charms or fabric scraps and slow stitching projects are always good to have on hand for those lazy days.

I have all 46 blocks basted and approx. 20 of those blocks already sewn together. I thought I'd share some of my progress here on the blog for those of you who don't follow me on Instagram (@amistabaker).

Products I'm using...


  • Aurifil 50 wt. thread in various shades
  • Sue Daley Designs glue pens, 1" hexagon acrylic template, and #10 milliners needles
  • PaperPieces.com 1" hexagon papers
  • Thread Heaven thread conditioner
  • Assorted fabrics from my stash, and sharp snips 

Finished Blocks...











I've got a few more done that haven't been shared on Instagram yet, so I'll save those for now :) You can follow me @amistabker to keep up on my progress every day!

I'm a 2018 Aurifil Artisan!

A few months ago I signed up to be an Aurifil Artisan, in the hopes that out of likely hundreds of applicants, I would be chosen to work with my favorite thread brand for the next 12 months. Today I am happy to announce that I am officially a 2018 Aurifil Artisan!!



About Aurifil

Aurifil is a family oriented company based near Milano, Italy producing superior quality threads for both professional and domestic sewing enthusiasts. They use 100% cotton grown in the MAKO region of Egypt on the river Nile. As exotic as that all sounds, the thread itself is even more so! To learn more about Aurifil, head over to their website.

Hey, that's me!

About Me

If you're new here, my name is Amista (hi!). I am a stay-at-home mom of three living in central Ohio. My sewing journey began around 10 year ago after I had my first child. My sister-in-law wanted to get rid of her old Kenmore sewing machine that she had used in Home-Ec in Highschool and my husband graciously purchased it for me for $50.00. I had never operated a sewing machine, and I couldn't even hand stitch!

Fast forward a few years and now English paper piecing and hand binding a quilt are one of my all time favorite things to do! I use my machine for quilts, bag making, and so much more! I have opened myself up to learning anything and everything I can, and even took some online courses on embroidery. 

My skillset has improved ten fold over the years and I'm honored to have been selected as a 2018 Aurifil Artisan!


Some Interesting Facts...

  • I have been a pattern tester for Aneela Hoey since March 2017.
  • I own over 4 dozen Aurifil thread shades in different weights.
  • My favorite colors are purple and teal.
  • I've been hosting online sewing themed swaps for years.
  • I have a modest sewing space but I would love to expand!
  • We own 2 female guinea pigs, Sugar and Peaches.
  • I'm also obsessed with beauty products!
  • I love to watch Netflix and Hulu while I'm at my machine.
  • My husbands hobby is beekeeping.

Some of my favorite Aurifil 50 wt. shades!

Is there anything you'd like to see from me??

I'm more than happy to take some suggestions on projects you'd love to see me make during my time as an Aurifil Artisan. Just leave a comment below and I'll add it to my list :)

I hope you'll join me on my journey as an Artisan over the next 12 months. You can follow me here, on Facebook, or by searching for @amistabaker on Instagram and Twitter!

A look at my machine and a small part of my sewing area.