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.
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THE GIVEAWAY DRAWING IS NOW CLOSED!