Aurifil Thread GIVEAWAY


Let's start the New Year with a giveaway! If you are new to my blog, I am happy you are here! As you can see I *love* threads, especially thick Aurifil 12w and 28w threads.

Let me show you how I do a FUN practice piece before I start any project using these threads.
I could never begin with a white piece of fabric so I came up with this design which includes all the basic quilting lines: straight, curves and angles to help me started.

How it works: on a white piece of paper draw the design with a black sharpie. Pass over the lines with Sulky iron-on transfer pen. You can skip this step and draw directly on your fabric but I like the versatility of this pen because it prepares the design for future use.

As you can see, I only drew half of each shape so when it is time to sew first I follow the line and then freely complete the rest of the shape.
Cut two pieces of the same fabric you would use in your project and following the manufacturer's directions, transfer the design with the help of an iron.
Sandwich your fabrics with the same batting you would use in your project. First, load your sewing machine with 12w Aurifil thread on the top and 40w thread in the bobbin, insert a new 90 or 100 needle and start to sew at a slower pace. Once finished, load your sewing machine with 28w Aurifil thread on the top this time and 40w thread in the bobbin and complete the exercise as before.
 This is how it should look in the back after sewing with 12w Aurifil thread.
Final practice pieces are pictured. The picture above shows the 12w Aurifil thread and bottom picture shows the 28w Aurifil thread.
Make any adjustments in your machine with your tension if necessary.

Now that you are familiar with these threads, why not do a small project?
I made this small quilt with my TRAPUNTO technique published in Quilting Arts magazine  Dec.13/Jan14 (you can find the article on page 54) and a combination of Aurifil 12w and 28w thread sewn by machine and  by hand. In my next post I will show you how I did it.

Now let's talk about the GIVEAWAY:

Aurifil is giving away two sets of 7 spools each of 12w and 28w thread
It's open to all readers-International shipping
If you are interested in winning this giveaway just leave one comment telling me what would be your first sewing project of the year.
Please make sure to leave your contact information if you are a no-reply blogger.
I do usually respond to comments, but with the volume received for giveaway day, I apologize in advance if I am not able to do so.
For a BONUS entry you can become a follower and/or LIKE my Facebook page and comment again telling me you have, but it's not required.
 
THE GIVEAWAY DRAWING IS NOW CLOSED!

70 comments:

  1. What an awesome way to begin the New year!!!! Ohhhh I have so many ideas to create just never enough hour in the day,,,,,,,But to melt it down some I am starting a new series of *Barns* so...perhaps I would begin with that!

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  2. I'm digging out a quilt top that I didn't finish last year and hope to finish soon. Love the threads pictured. I am your newest follower.

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  3. This looks fun!!
    I'm going to make my sister a new purse for her birthday!!

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  4. My first sewing project is an economy block quilt top.

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  5. Oooo lovely stitching!!! I need to practice with my machine more so I can make pretty things too! I've just completed my first project of 2014 - two pouches using some orphan blocks.

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  6. Yay I am already a follower through GFC. Happy Saturday :)

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  7. Thank you so much for the giveaway. My first project of the new year is Dresden Plate blocks for a baby quilt.(I was wondering why you used two different size threads to stitch your project. Is it because there is a difference in the thickness? I am not very familiar with this thread.)

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  8. I am already a follower via GFC. Thanks again.

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  9. My first sewing project this year is making my grandson some fun pants with rockets on them . . . then it is on to putting together my BOM quilts from 2013!

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  10. I follow by email - my favorite way to follow!

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  11. I need to sew a basket to hold stray mittens and hats!

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  12. I'm going to start the year with one of the two quilt tops I started last year and didn't (even come close to) finish. Thanks for the quilting lesson with these beautiful threads!
    emyerly(at)wideopenwest(dot)com

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  13. Love this! And I'd love to win this thread. Well, my first project will probably be another quiet book for my good friend's daughter. Thanks for the opportunity. I do follow you too!
    lheines at wowway dot com

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  14. I love the use of the Sulky Transfer pen and I want to try it but first I must finish a hand dyed silk project started in Houston.

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  15. I'm working on 2 of the 3 BOM's that I am involved with, these are the Jan blocks. This is my 2nd year doing BOM's and I am happy to say that I have managed to finish every block in the proper month. I would love a chance to try the Aurifil thread.
    thelady at hotmail.com

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  16. I follow you by email.
    thelady at hotmail.com

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  17. I am working a travel bag. These threads would look very nice on my bag. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  18. Have not tried Aurifil so on my list of things to do! Have a quilt I need to finish of my own, but first I have customer quilts to finish! I am a long arm quilter ;)

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  19. I am making a baby quilt for my newest great nephew. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  20. I'm a follower with Bloglovin'. Thanks again.

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  21. I adore Aurifil threads and would love the opportunity to do some lovely threadwork and quilting on my January art quilt project and then sharing those techniques with others, both on my blogs, Facebook, and in my quilt guild challenge. I am always creating and love trying new ways to use beautiful things!

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  22. Oh, and I follow you in 3 different medias and Aurifil, too!

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  23. My first swing project of the year was to make a small quilt using my touchstone word for 2014: Double Dare. I haven't yet used a lot of Aurifil thread and would love to win some to sample.

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  24. I started the One-year sewing out with the first block in quiet play's Sew kitschy BOM.
    I love the sketchy technique but always have done it with the thin threads. Maybe these weights would be ideal. They certainly look great, thanks for the tute and the chance to win them.

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  25. I started the One-year sewing out with the first block in quiet play's Sew kitschy BOM.
    I love the sketchy technique but always have done it with the thin threads. Maybe these weights would be ideal. They certainly look great, thanks for the tute and the chance to win them.

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  26. Ciao Margarita! Sono Silvana dal Peru. Seguo sempre i tuoi lavoretti, mi piacciono moltissimo. Sono originali, usi tecniche diverse e lo fai sembrare facile. Non hai mai pensato venire in Peru e fare un workshop? Ho imparato molto grazie a te e anche io ho fatto dei lavoretti simili. I fili che stai usando per questo lavoro sono bellissimi e con dei colori proprio vivaci. Continua cosi! Tanti baci e buona fortuna!

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  27. Love Aurifil thread and would love to win some more.

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  28. i WOULD LOVE THE THREADS - my first project is going to actually be a christmas quilt - based on a christmas card of the three wise men.

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  29. My first project of 2014 is a table runner. I just need to bind it and it's all finished! I FMQ'd it with aurifil 50w beige. It was the first time I ever used Aurifil and I never want to use anything else!!!

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  30. Also- i follow you on facebook!

    hoppipollaquilts (at) gmail (dot) com

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  31. My first project of the year is a table runner for under my tv. I can pull it out when it gets dirty. Saves on dusting the table :-)

    Denise (dvitola@mygrande.net)

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  32. I love Aurifil threads and would use them on my newest projects. I am making small drawings on vintage paper from an old book and painting them with water colors. I turn the little paintings into paper fabric. I would use the thread to embellish th little paintings.

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  33. I've really been wanting to try out the different weights of these threads. I love the 50 weight for my quilt piecing, but haven't been willing to commit to the other weights w/out trying them first.

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  34. My goal this year is to work on machine quilting skills, this would be a great way to get going.

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  35. My first project of the New Year has begun. I have basted a quilt top that's been folded and taken out of the cupboard, and refolded over the back of the couch and folded again........ It's time has come. There is something about the momentum of a year ending, and another beginning that was just what the quilt needed. I love finishing!

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  36. I'm making crib quilts for my two new nieces - one here and one on the way!

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  37. I love aurifil! Thank you for the chance.

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    1. Whoops. I forgot to tell you my project. I am working on a low volume quilt with Riley Blake's Willow collection. The colors look fabulous!

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  38. I am a new follower through Facebook.

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  39. Hei!Jeg er en ivrig Quilter fra Norge,men har lite av Aurifil tråd,kunn håndsøm!Mitt første syprosjekt dette året,som skal bli ferdig med en gang er:Designvegg veske som jeg kan feste mine små prøvelapper,når jeg er på kurser ol.Smart ide jeg såg på en Dansk blog.Ellers lever jeg for verset:"En kunstner er en som produserer ting folk ikke trenger.Men som han-av en eller annen grunn-mener det er en god ide å gi dem!"Beste hilsen Quiltegleder Margrethe

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  40. I'm going to make a pouch for the lovely tablet my husband gave me for Christmas....or should that be the tablet that my lovely husband gave me! Either way some gorgeous Aurifil thread will make it even more beautiful.

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  41. I'm working on an AQS block of the month.

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  42. new follower...i am still learning and my projects are small blocks...i am going to try this practice advice...

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  43. I am working on two tops right now and have two to quilt.

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  44. I've already been working on a small wall hanging in memory of a friend that died of cancer a year ago, a quilted fireplace cover to keep out drafts, and a commissioned TARDIS quilt. Would love to get a chance to play with those threads!

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  45. My first quilting project of the new year is a big blooms quilt that is almost ready to quilt. I would love to use aurifil threads to finish that quilt!

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  46. My first quilting project of the year is a set of fabric "baskets" for a friends birthday in 3 weeks.

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  47. My first sewing project for the new year is a pillow for my friend with pictures that I have printed on fabric of her daughters. I want to embellish around the pictures like a fancy frame but with thread.

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  48. I am so excited...I also signed up for your emails and 'Liked' your facebook page. I can't wait to see what you have in store to share in 2014,

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  49. Love your creative flowers, in the middle of doing a piece with flowers now. Aurifil thread would be great for the outline.
    vivianhelena@sti.net.

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  50. Hi Margarita,

    Happy New Year to you my dear. I hope you and your family had a wonderful christmas and new year celebrations. In fact I'm sure you did. I'm really loving what your doing lately experimenting with trapunto. I haven't got their yet. I've had a small hiccup in my quilting life and things have been very slow lately. I'm trying to improve on that. But anyway your work has reminded me that I should be pulling out some fabric and batting to give your project a go as well as to practise my free motion quilting! I too have fallen in love with Aurifil and have a few spools in my thread collection. I may give it a go tonight after I have done the vacuuming once my cat has gone out, as he hates the vacuum noise it sends him under my bed for protection. So you have got my sewing finger itchy. I will send a picture of my attempts. I don't know how good it will be but I'm going to give it a go!!!

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  51. I like the simplicity of this piece and the lines made with the aurafil thread. Flowers are my favourite! My QA only comes at the end of the month. I look forward to it.

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  52. Amazing. . .I'm trying to find 'good' thread. I have been FB follower and am now following blog. Thanks so much for the design info. Blessings, Janet

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  53. I do use the 50wt Aurifil, and would love to try some of the different weights as i am doing some hand quilting lately. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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  54. Happy to be a new follower! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  55. my main project is to tie 4 quilts, all queen size. i have to do it at my sister's house. she is the only one who has the room for the frames!

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  56. now that i have found you, i am following your blog!! thanks!

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  57. i liked you on facebook!!! bring on the fun!

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  58. I am working on a chili pepper table runner. These threads would certainly come in handy.

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  59. I'm going to make a pop-up birthday card, shown in Quilting Arts magazine, for my sister's birthday. She's feeling a little blue at the moment and I hope to make her smile.

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  60. My first project will be a quilt for the hubs!

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