Thursday, October 11, 2012

10/11/12 Giveaway!!! (And thread review!)

It's giveaway day!! I missed my blogaversary and my 100th post mark, but today seemed like a great day for a giveaway!! (The giveaway is at the bottom if you don't want to read my ramblings about thread!)

First up I'm going to talk thread.  It's a hot topic these days!! A few months back I bought (after reading blog after blog singing the praises) Aurifil thread.  And I initially had issues (they've been fixed but you can read about it here) and the lovely Alex at Aurifil sent me a package (you can read about that here) of Aurifil thread to try.

And I have tried it.

I have been using Aurifil for piecing and for quilting for over a month.  And I've done quite a bit of both in that month.

This quilt was completely pieced with Aurifil

And will be quilted with it as well.  I have used almost a whole 1300 yard spool of white (my color of choice) tapped into the grey, the yellow and the variegated blues.  This is an almost full spool of grey and the rapidly dwindling spool of white (which I purchased myself) I have pieced and quilted several quilts with that one spool!!



I can honestly say I like it quite a bit.  I LOVE the 50 weight. (which is mostly what I use) because it's strong but it's super duper thin and one bobbin goes REALLY far (the bobbins are what have sold me).  I have pieced an entire baby quilt top with one bobbin (and in turn quilted an entire baby size quilt with one bobbin as well)  I HATE changing my bobbin so this is a great thing for me.  I have also mixed the colors top and bottom and had it work well.  I haven't had any breakage issues, I haven't had any additional nesting and I clean  my machine a lot, but other than the flannel quilt that linted a ton, I haven't had lint issues!!  The only time the Aurifil didn't work for me was doing hand gathers.  It was just too thin to withstand the tugging of 4 yards of satin to make a gathered ruffle.  In it's defense, the C&C cotton didn't hold up so well either.  I didn't have a ruffle foot, so I had to do it by hand on the machine.  PITA if you ask me, but worth it!!!

I like the heavier weight Aurifil as well, but not like I love the 50 weight.  It's going to be my thread standard for piecing and the white will probably be my thread of choice for everything (or the lt grey).  I do like other threads for other reasons (I love Sulky thread for it's sheen and when I want the quilting to POP on a quilt, etc) but after a rocky start, I am an Aurifil convert. (I was not paid to write this blog.  It's my opinion based on my experiences with the thread.  I did receive 2 sets of 5 spools to try various threads)

Now for the giveaway!  I am a convert and still have an entire set of Aurifil thread that I would love to pass along to one of you!


Five spools of various weights and types of thread.

Cotton 12 wt, 40wt, 28 wt, 50 wt and one of the wool 12 (which is the one I still haven't played with!)

All you have to do is be a follower of the blog and leave me a comment telling me what you look for in a thread!!
The Giveaway ends Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 11:59 PST. 
 I will pick a winner using Random number generator on Monday morning!

Happy Quilting!




40 comments:

  1. I am a follower - and I love aurfil already. I'm putting it on my christmas list because I have a big collection of rayons and poly's but not that much cotton. I used the 12 wt to give a nice texture on a piece recently - but I like the 50 wt to piece. I was thinking that for Xmas I might ask for a set of 50 wt or a set of 28 wt - the 12 was really really thick and the 28 wt adds texture but still FMQ's fine.

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  2. I am a follower and to be honest, I usually use cheaper threads, particularly those that are "gifted" to me from estates, from my fabric rescues, etc. (Fortunately, I have a machine that keeps going no matter what thread I put in it!) So, I am curious to find out what makes them so special.
    Thanks for holding a giveaway and congratulations on another anniversary and 100 posts - whenever they happened!

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  3. I look for strength (don't want all that work to come undone because of a popped seam) and colorfastness (don't want ink bleed onto white fabric either). Thanks for the chance to win!

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  4. I don't like thread that makes a lot of lint. Otherwise as long as it doesn't break easily i like it.

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  5. I've seen Aurifil around blogland and everyone raves about the quality! I usually use Gutermann as my machine likes it, it's reasonably priced and readily available!!

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  6. I am a follower and have never tried Aurifil but would love to try it. I had trouble with breakage when I first started sewing quilts and a teacher told me to use Gutermann's and I have never had a problem since. Thank you for a chance to win and the informative post.

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  7. I've heard so many good things about the Aurifil, and have wanted to try it. But have not seen it at any quilt shop I've been to, and I just haven't thought about ordering it. I've always used 100% cotton, and I always thought it was polyester, but now I'm seeing the label and it says cotton! Woohoo.....now I'm really excited! Thanks for the chance to win that assortment.....what a great idea to try the different weights to see the difference, and suitability for different projects! Nice!

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  8. i am a follower and i love good thread thanks

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  9. I haven't used Aurifil but would like to. I would have to order it online as my local quilt shop doesn't carry it. I would love to win this sampler. Thanks for the chance. I'm a loyal follower.

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  10. I`d love try Aurifil .I love good threads and use 100% cotton
    Thanks for the chance to win .
    Of course,I`m a follower.

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  11. I'm rather a newbie and have never had anyone show, or tell, me the difference in threads. I would love to try Aurifil.
    I am a follower

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  12. OK, Thanks for the opportunity! As you know I tried Aurifil and did not have a good experience with it...so, maybe I will will and become a convert too, LOL...Congrats on the blogaverary and the 100! What I look for, ease of use. strength and lack of lint :-)

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  13. I'm a new follower and use Aurifil for piecing and love it! It lies so flat and helps keep my 1/4" seams accurate. Thank you for a chance to win some pretty colors!

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  14. I guess probably color first....I'm a follower.

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  15. I am a happy follwer. I choose thread for the strength, color and for the way it works in my machine. I can't get
    Aurifil thread locally, so this giveaway is wonderful.

    wigglypup2@yahoo.com

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  16. I like thread that doesn't have a lot of lint and is strong and if I can find it that is reasonably priced is even better. Thanks for a great give away.

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  17. I look for thread that doesn't break, but usually end up getting what I can locally that doesn't cost too much.

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  18. I follow by email.
    I look for thread that doesn't break and doesn't have too much lint. Th manufacture of my machine recommends Guttermans, but I am curious about Aurifil.

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  19. What a lovely blog you have! I have about 5 different brands of thread in my box, still haven't found "the one" that I can be totally brand loyal too, the thread that sings to me like vibratings violin strings. I look for matching color, thread that doesn't break when I sew (and free-motion quilt) how does it look in the completed project? I do look at cost as well naturally and there is the lint factor, as in does the machine get dirty a lot while using the thread (hard to describe this last one). There aren't many thread choices available to me locally sadly.

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  20. I am a follower and I look for strength. I have not tried Aurifil yet but I want to.
    lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  21. I just signed up via Google to follow your blog. I started using Aurifil a couple years ago. I was hesitant because of the price, but one spool really does go a long way. And once you use it, almost anything else for piecing feels like I'm using rope! I like a thicker thread for quilting but Aurifil is my choice for piecing, usually a light taupe, cream or light gray. I'd love to get a sampler pack; I'd especially like to try the wool thread!

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  22. I use Aurifil. I look for a good stong thread and one that has less lint for the machine to pick up. I use Aurifil on my emboridery machine also to make Free Standing Lace items. You can make them look vintage by the color you use. I would love to try the differnt weights. I am now a follower of your blog.

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  23. I've been looking and looking for good piecing thread. You're the second person that's specifically recommended the Aurifil 50wt for piecing. So excited to try it--it's the little things that make me happy. :)

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  24. When I first got my Bernina, I started using Metrosene, which I do like a lot, but that was for general sewing, not quilting or piecing. More recently I've been using Gutermann, as stated above, because I can get it half price and readily at my local JoAnn's (where I teach classes). I have never tried Aurifil and am definitely intrigued by the thinner thread concept. : ) Would love to win these to do some testing/experimenting of my own!

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  25. What I want in a thread is the same as you! I want as little lint as possible, strength, and a wide choice of colors. I like getting as much as possible on a bobbin too. You sound like the Aurifil thread has passed your test!
    hulseybg@gmail.com

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  26. I like a thread that is smooth and doesn't knot easily. I have never tried Aurifil but would love to try it as it is not easily available in England.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  27. Following, Love the blog about threads- I usually use a competitors brand, but am very interested in trying these. Especially interested in the way you describe it being tough threads as I make quilts for children's charities and many young adults who are a little touch on quilts. Thanks for the opportunity & for testing these threads so we can all learn. Helps to make informed choices.

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  28. I'm following your blog.
    I look for thread that doesn't tangle or break.

    dfne[at]peterjh[dot]wanadoo[dot]co[dot]uk

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  29. I Love Aurifil!! I use 50 wt to piece and quilt. I love that it leaves so little lint behind. It is a quality thread that is versatile.

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  30. I look for thread that doesn't break easily. As I hate cheap thread that slowly frays and then my machine sounds clunky and then the thread breaks. How annoying! I would love to try Aurifil for the first time and see if my machine & I like it. :) I'm a follower already! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  31. I read all about aurifil in different blogs, but I never tried it myself :( , but I like too ;)

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  32. I am fairly new to Aurifil thread & I love it because there isn't a lot of lint which really slows down the process. The 50 wt is my favourite & I'm slowly building up my inventory. I learned many years ago that cheap thread is not worth taking home.

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  33. I usually just buy whatever thread I can find at the local store. It is usually Coats&Clark or ThreadArt. I would love to try Aurifil!

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  34. I am a new follower by email. I have been using my first spool of Aurifil thread. I am doing some embroidery with it and love it because it is so smooth. No fussy little fly aways. I just purchased 2 more spools tonight. Hoping that maybe I might be lucky and win some more. Thank you.

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  35. I look for strength & colorfastness. Have not used Aurifil thread but would love to give it a try. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  36. i'm a new follower ... i♥aurifil, 50wt, too, but i've not tried the others, which i'd like to do, so, thanx for the chance to win some!

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  37. I started quilting recently and have not had the chance to try too many different threads, would love the chance to try Aurifil. Thanks for the chance to win I am a new follower

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  38. I LOVE Aurfil 50 wt for piecing and being sooo machine friendly! You are absolutely right on regarding how much thread the bobbin holds...many, many yards! Would love to try the other weights and add to my thread collection.

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  39. I love the Aurifil threads, too! I dislike threads that lint up a lot, and I've had no problems with the limited spools I've had of Aurifil. I am a follower - enjoy your blog.

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  40. I look for something long lasting, strong and with minimal lint. I have not tried Aurifil yet but I hear great things about it. I am interested in seeing how/if it changes my piecing accuracy.

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