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
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!