Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Sew it with Aurifil

Those of you who read this blog will know that I sew with Aurifil.  I piece with 50wt and quilt with 50wt, 40wt and 28wt.  If I was an embroiderer or hand quilter, I would quilt with 12 wt.  


And now here's your chance to sew with Aurifil.  Each month for the next three months, Aurifil will be offering one of you the chance to try out one of their 12 spool thread sets and let us know how you get on.  This month the set we are offering is the 12 x 12wt spool Prism collection created by Michele Scott for Aurifil.  12wt is hand quilting or embroidery weight thread but it can run through the machine if you pick a bigger needle.
To be in with a chance of playing with these beautiful threads, here's what you need to do:
  • Leave a comment letting me know what you would make using the Prism Aurifil Designer Collection.  
  • You can make something big, small, quilted, not quilted, useful, decorative.  It's up to you.  
  • After a few days, we will pick our favourite project suggestion and that person will be sent the thread collection.  
  • All we ask of you is that you write a guest post for this blog containing photos of the finished item and a tutorial showing us how you made it, ideally within one month of receipt of the threads.  
And if you don't get picked this month, don't worry, there will be another Designer Collection on offer next month so stay tuned.

102 comments:

  1. This would look so pretty with a rainbow rail fence quilt accented with the various threads.

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  2. Oh well now you're talking! I can see a whole cloth quilt, dark fabric, quilted in just those threads!

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  3. Wow Trudi, that was exactly my first though, but you pipped me to the post there, I would love to see it if you get the chance to play with them, i bet it would be fantastic! So, I'll have to give a second choice idea for me, what about a dresden plate cushion made in some kind of low volume, or texty fabric with the petals embroidered with those beautiful threads to really show them off. Ange : )

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  4. I have really been wanting to try Aurifil, and just clicked that it is stocked at Pink Castle fabrics. Will definitely be adding a spool to my next fabric order. This challenge really requires the thinking cap for me - I am not a hand-quilter at all. I am thinking of a mini spools quilt, with the "thread" part of each spool in white fabric, but then with quite heavy quilting in a different colour of thread for each to show off the thread. I would do the quilting by machine - maybe different FMQ patterns, maybe using some of the fancy embroidery type stitches on my (mum's) machine.

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  5. I immediately thought of a hand quilted piece that I had sewn a couple fo years ago and have actually been planning another. I was using up some fabrics to make an everyday quilt with a black backing and decided to use up some of the odds and ends of threads and embroidery floss that I had in my other stash (!). Well I was not too impressed with the "pieced front" and that's okay, but the back where all the stitching showed was another story altogether! I really loved it and at the time that I was stitching it some meaning was given to it. You can see it here dyeingforyou-kathleen.blogspot.com/2011/03/stitched-striations-new-name.html#links. Hopefully this link works, this is the first time that I have "linked". Thanks for the opportunity to win these threads!

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  6. this is very yummi! :)
    so, I'm rather new in quilting, but I would love to create some landscape wall-hanging with beautiful Aurifill threads!! something like this I made before (with some simple threads) http://alovchany.blogspot.ru/2012/06/altai-himalaya.html
    I try to learn "needle-painting". and it would be great to try a best quality threads!! I'd be really happy! :)
    thank you!
    Masha,
    Russia

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  7. I would really love to sew with Aurifil! I could use it everywhere cause I love sewing and creating using all the techniques. What I would love is to try them with a bobbin lace creation that I could use to refashion or to create a new fabric creation with it. Let the chance speak ;)

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  8. Ohh love those threads! I would make makeup bags and pouches and use them to quilt with like I did here http://www.flickr.com/photos/41904070@N08/8226796081/in/photostream/.

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    1. Actually I have changed my mind, these would look brilliant as a cushion using a charcoal solid and random lines.

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  9. I've always heard of, but have never used, Aurifil. My LQS doesn't carry it. :( As you mentioned embroidery, I would embroidery with it, giving more details and depth to the people and scenery b/c of the variegated color. It could be very dramatic. I mean, can't you see the rays in the sun moving and the tide of the water rolling along already?!

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  10. I just received some Sizzix flower dies for raw edge applique and I would use this Aurifil to do some amazing thread painting on them. Ooh I'm so excited - even if I don't win I may have to buy some on my own and make this project!

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  11. I am thinking of using the thread through my machine, I have tried this before with jean stitch thread, and you just have to go slow and carefully. I think this would make for some fabulous quilting. I would take a low value top, made with simple patches, and use the thread to showcase a colorful design on top of this. So the top will be the background and the thicker threads of quilting will really pop out. I can't tell you what the design will be at this time, but I have made a low value top using grays, and I plan to make another using neutrals (prints and solids).
    I'm not sure how much detail you want for the contest -
    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  12. Beautiful threads that would be perfect for any project - ah, now these would be perfect for quilting my New Kona colour charm pack quilt project - lots of delicious colours to use delicious threads on .....

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  13. I think these would look GREAT on a table runner with a spring type theme! I could see some flowers embroidered in a rainbow of color! Or a cushion with the same idea! I'd love to get the chance to play with these!

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  14. I have a bento box quilt top in solid and patterned fabrics that I started when I got back into quilting 7 years ago - so it has original Flea Market Fancy in it and other 'vintage' fabrics, lol. I am now ready to quilt it and I would love to hand quilt it with these yummy threads, which would suit its scrappy colour palette perfectly!

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  15. I have just purchased Madame Samm's coin purse instructions and three of the handles. I would use the Aurofil thread to sew the handles onto the body of these coin purses. Hope I win. Love the threads. Thanks for the chance!!!

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  16. These threads would be delightful in a small quilt with several hand embroidered blocks. A sea theme with sea creatures would work really well.

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  17. This thread set is beautiful. I would like to FMQ on a dark (probably charcoal) fabric a multi-color Zentangle/doodle then turn it into a pillow. I think it would be stunning!

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  18. I would make a table runner...something colorful to show the different threads...thanks

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  19. I'd love to showcase this on a dark colored low volume quilt.

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  20. most of my projects are smallish quilted pieces of my own design. So I would likely do a bag or tote or tech cozy using the threads for some free motion quilting.

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  21. Oooh, I love the colours! With this pack, I'd love to do a rainbow whole cloth using the thread as the colour. I could do bars of colour with different free motion motifs throughout. So fun! Thanks for the chance!

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  22. I have a quilt as you go project in mind that I want to do with brights in the center and white on the outside.. but with thread this beautiful, I think that the thread should SHOW!! Gosh that would make the stitching easier :)

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  23. I quilt and piece exclusively with Aurifil. The only time I don't use aurifil is when I do garment sewing/serger. I'd use Aurfil prism on my next self challenge I want to tackle - adult wearable and not a jacket. Women's special occasion dress. I've recently completed a little girl dress, made with recycled fabrics. It's about time quilted wearables get modern, stylish, and mainstream.

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  24. I really like this collection. I have several embroidery designs that are perfect for the varigated threads. Just wish the 12 wt could come on smaller spools. It would be wonderful for the Aurifil embroidery blog hops. I do sew almost exclusively with the 50 wt. I have not used the 40 wt to quilt yet.

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  25. Wow those colors would be perfect for quilting a dresden plate quilt!

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  26. With the 12 weight I would highlight quilt so many things. I just highlighted a sun on a quilt, I love to highlight quilt flowers.

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  27. My daughter has been bugging me to learn to embroider. If I won these I would make good in my promise to learn. I would make pillow shams and embroider them for her. :)
    Thank you for this opportunity.

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  28. I'd love to try my hand at some needlepoint with these beautiful colors! Perhaps something for Valentine's Day... oh dear, did I just rush through Christmas?! :P

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  29. I would piece my swoon quilt which has very colorful combos.

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  30. I would use the threads to embroider a monster from Sue Garman's "Redwork Monsters" pattern and make the embroidery into a pillow.

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  31. I would love to try this thread, I love embroidery I could never afford a set of beautiful thread this nice, thanks for having the give away.

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  32. I am taking part in this round of the magnificent Doll Quilt Swap {13} on Flikr and I am planning to make the handquilting a feature. I would love to try these awesome threads on it.

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  33. I love to embroider and have been using Aurifil Thread 12 wt to do my Aurifil designer block of the month stitching. I am also using the Aurifil threads I have to stitch the Christmas ornaments from their blog. I would use the threads to stitch a pattern called Betsy's Closet that I want to make for my granddaughters if I won. It would motivate me to get it done right away as I have 3 granddaughters that I would like to make it for.

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  34. I would try some dense quilting on solid fabric. Maybe a pillow or wallhanging. Oh that would be fun!
    Susanne

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  35. If it's ok that I'm across the ocean, I'd like to play along. :) I collect vintage sheets and love to incorporate them into projects! I would like to make a low volume vintage sheet mini quilt and have the "focal point" (off to the side- not centered) be a design created by these threads/colors- hand embroidered/quilted, of course. I am thinking an original, graduated step design of some form for the pattern. I'd love to try out this weight!

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  37. I've recently on a project for 2013 that involves blocks whose designs will be completely embroidered in 12 wt. thread and then bordered, sashed and made into a complete quilt. I've used 50 weight Aurafil in my sewing, but would love to try the 12 wt. thread for this project! Thanks for the opportunity to win a set. (Crossing fingers now)
    Donna

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  38. I think i would make a wool penny rug! Lovely cools!

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  39. I have always just used aurafil threads for piecing. I have always wanted to try Libby Lehman's THread Play quilts and these threads would be a beautiful way to do that. Thanks for the opportunity....
    sharon.bourque@sympatico.ca

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  40. If I won, which of course I won't, I'd get my sister to make me something real pretty.

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  41. I have been wanting to try and hand quilt a quilt that I finished this summer. This would be perfect.

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  42. Since all I do is hand quilt, I could really use some more thread!! I can't get Aurifil thread locally (I live in a rural area!) this would be
    a wonderful prize! Thanks for the chance to win!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  43. I have a quilt in mind that is all jewel tone batiks on black. This thread would be ideal for the project start to finish. I do all my piecing and quilting exclusively using Aurifil Thread. I would love to win this.

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  44. My boyfriend really loves pebble quilting - he likes to trace the patterns and feel the different textures. I think using this gorgeous thread on some dark black or charcoal fabric would make a great textural mini quilt!

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  45. I scored some new patterns on Black Friday and I'm thinking a very colorful Spin Cycle quilt (Cluck Cluck Sew) would be complemented by this set of Aurifil... yum.

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  46. I think they'd look great in an embroidered mandala, maybe on a dark solid or piece of linen so the bright colours stand out...not sure I could get it done in a month though so best pick someone else!

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  47. I would love to make an equilateral triangle sewing machine cover with bright bold colored fabric.

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  48. I made a rainbow dresden: 16 pieces, each a different color of the color wheel. Here it is before I added it to a 24-inch white background: http://www.flickr.com/photos/moonlightsewing/7114246865/in/photostream/.

    I am planning on quilting it using 16 different colors of thread! The quilting will radiate out from each wedge. This prism of thread would be PERFECT to add some hand stitching to the finished wall hanging!

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  49. I am getting the AMH book for Christmas. I am itching to make a project within it so I would use the thread one of those beautiful pieces :)

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  50. I want to make a rainbow log cabin quilt - these threads would be perfect for the quilting!

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  51. I would use it to echo quilt a dresden fan quilt top. I'd choose the colors in the fan and echo out with them alternating. I love the look of that.

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  52. I have a quilt of valor quilt that needs to be quilted, it is to go to a young lady doing her second tour in Afgansitan.

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  53. I'd make some little quilted coasters for drinks, simple but gorgeous, quilted in glorious rainbow colours. A perfect Christmas pressie!

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  54. I would love to make a table runner.

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  55. I have a Christmas quilt panel already sandwiched and ready to handquilt. The panel's design has the faux quilt big stitches printed on it. I purchased some pearl cotton to use for handquilting, but something was wrong with the thread--the pearl cotton threads kept breaking. So, I'd use the Aurilfil to handquilt this Christmas quilt.

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  56. Wow...that thread is lovely. I would use it to quilt for sure and maybe even learn to hand quilt just to use this lovely thread.

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  57. Oooh this would be perfect for the whole cloth nautical themed baby quilt that I've had in mind for ages, using a solid as the background

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  58. I simply wanted to say that Aurifil, j'adore!! Always I piece with 50wt, and usually quilt, both machine and hand, with that weight, and sometimes with 40wt. I went a bit mad a couple weeks ago and bought the Aurifil colour card so I could choose accurately! That selection looks gorgeous, but I have *no* idea how I would showcase it. Everyone above me has great ideas, so I wish you luck choosing! I look forward to the lucky winner's guest post. :-)
    Hazle

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  59. I like to use the Aurifil 12 wt threads for embroidery and wool applique. Those colors would go beautifully with some hand dyed wools I purchased from WoolyLady! Something gorgeous and bright would make my January more bearable.

    :) Linda

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  60. What a very generous offer and thanks for the chance to win. I have never used Arifil before and would like to try, so if I was picked I would like to try them on English smocking and I would make a dress for my friend's new grand-daughter. I would also like to try it in my machine and free motion quilt a small table runner and maybe some napkins oh and a mug rug and a cup bag...would definitely used these threads for both hand and machine work.

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  61. I would love to try out this thread and try hand embrodery my new granddaughter is due next month! I would like to stitch a wall hanging with her name and decorate it! I would like to try it in my machine and see what I could do with the embrodery stitches. It looks beautiful!

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  62. What a lovely offer! I think I would chose quite simple fabrics, maybe even solids, and create a 4 x 3 grid and make either a cushion or lapquilt. In each square I would quilt a pattern using a different colour for each square. I think that would let the thread do the talking!!!! Sx

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  63. I would use the thread for trying some appliqué animals out for a quilt for my son! And also for quilting the quilt as well!

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  64. I love to embroider and as the colours say Spring to me - I would make some hoops and cushions with a "Sprigy Theme"...bunnies, chicks, flowers....

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  65. I have a mini-quilt idea for a friend with 6-8 different kitchen embroideries all together... I had been thinking of different solid colours for each one but looking at these I think variegated would be lovely!

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  66. I am just about to finish the top of my youngest granddaughters' quilt and would so love to hand quilt with this thread the whole thing. This is the first quilt top I have finished and I have never hand quilted before, but I have hand-stitched (cross stitch and the like) for many years so I would really really love to have my first experience with this wonderful thread. I would take photos of my hand-quilting, mistakes and all, for the tutorial which I would really love to do. Thank you so much for this opportunity.

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  67. I would make doll quilts for my sweet little rag dolls! (see them in my Etsy shop: Pink Scissors Design).

    Deborah
    pinkscissorsdesign @gmail .com

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  68. I'm planning a set of table mats in grey prints and linens with a range of blocks in a rainbow of solids - each one different and helping me to practice different techniques, traditional piecing, paper piecing, improv, EPP etc These gorgeous threads would give the project the spark it needs and I'll hand and machine quilt each mat individually.

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  69. What beautiful threads Aurafil makes! If I were to win these threads, I would be interested to see if it is thick enough to do some Punchneedle. I love to do fins shapes with smaller thread when punching. These colors would make a beautiful bouquet or perhaps a mini quilt design. If they are too fine for Punchneedle, I would love to try them with wool appliqué. Many of my wool projects are these brighter colors and I use any thread I have on hand that matches the wool to sew it on. These varigated colors would look lovely on wool it think! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  70. I would use some of the thread to quilt some Christmas projects!

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  71. I’ve just started quilting my own quilts, and I would love some Aurifil threads to work with!

    A whole quilt pieced and sewn and quilted and bound with Aurifil would be wonderful! Our LQSs haven’t yet realised the loveliness of Aurifil or have severely cut down their ranges, so this package would be very welcome!

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  72. I recently discovered Aurifil and am an addict!! I also just had my first hand quilting/ embroidery class!! So making my small size one is where I'm at. But to use that thread would be delicious!!!

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  73. I haven't tried Aurifil but I want to so bad - so I'll just keep entering competitions until I can. I have a hand-pieced hexy rainbow quilt on the go and I would love to audition these threads for the quilting by making a mini version first!

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  74. I have not used Aurifil before, but I'd love the opportunity to try it! I would use the multi-colored threads to create some small, handmade Christmas gifts...an iPhone case for my sister, a covered journal for my niece, and gift card covers for all the other relatives. Thanks for the great opportunity!

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  75. I'd love to try 12wt to make an embroidered fabric postcard! With those beautiful colours, I'm envisioning some flowers.

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  76. A quilt as you go using decorative stitches on my machine is the first thing I think of! I can see folded/pleated solids...a pillow cover....yes! :)

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  77. A whole cloth quilt made exciting from the use of various thread highlights between the standard quilting weight sewing.

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  78. I would make a thread scarf, with bits of colorful batik fabrics. Using a wash away stabilizer, I sandwich the bits of fabric and perhaps lace or ribbons or other fibers, and create a new fabric by stitching with the aurifil thread in top and bobbin to create the warp and weft threads that make up the to be created fabric. This 12wt would make a nice airy fabric, and I am imagining the consistency of the fringe that can be made by sewing machine with this aurfil 12wt thread.

    The big questions: long or short fringe? narrow or wide scarf? short or fashionably long? and how to incorporate the colors - as a blend, gradations, or some random visual patchwork?

    I look forward to seeing the finished project by the lucky winner.

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  79. I think the blues and purples would look amazing as embroidered snowflakes on a seasonal table runner...

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  80. I would like to do a color wheel themed baby quilt and use this thread to do some hand quilting. Haven't done that in a while. I've never used Aurfil but would so like to try it out! Thanks for the chance!

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  81. I am a huge fan of Aurifil Thread. I have never been dissapointed. I am a quilter, so they would definitely get used in the quilting process. I think that maybe a great way to use them is to highlight a rainbow quilt. It's been on my 'bucket list' for a while, and this would be a great way to get it done!

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  82. I have been mulling this over for the past day and I have two ideas for using this type of thread:

    1. I have blocks from a tree & house quilt from Stash Bee that I would like to make primarily as a hanging in my daughters' room. I can send you a link to some of the blocks, but it is quite whimsical and a lot of the blocks already have some fun embellishment. I'd like to put this quilt together and hand quilt it. I've only ever hand quilted something once, so it would be a wonderful learning experience for me. I already have embroidery needles and a hoop, so the thread would be all I'd need:) This is a link to the quilt I used as inspiration for my bee mates (with permission from the creator):
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/busybeequilts/6608881185/in/photostream
    I have some photos on my flickr stream of some of the blocks together if you'd like to get an idea of what it will look like, but very similar to this one.


    2. My other idea is to make a rectangular pillow from this embroidery design by The Sometimes Crafter:
    http://www.thesometimescrafter.com/free-tutorials/TSC_HappyLittleHouses.pdf
    I've never done embroidery before, either, but I contacted Christine and she gave me some pointers for doing it. It needs to be enlarged and I'm thinking the pillow will be somewhere around 20 inches in length.

    Those are my ideas! Hope you pick me:)
    Jamie

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  83. A few others have already mentioned it but I think a whole cloth quilt using only these threads would be fun. I still haven't tried running the 12wt through my machine, but it would be great to try. I even have the quilting design already in mind that I would use with all these colors. So pretty!

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  84. I'm making a rainbow quilt for my daughter, and I'd LOVe to use these on there for her!! It'd look gorgeous on the white sashing!!

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  85. I need to play with my sewing. Can this be used for embroidery? I'd make a small quilt for Ami Simms Alzheimer project.

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  86. Count me in - I want to make an embrodiery quilt with stitched flowers Gorgeous!!

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  87. I have a scrappy Tripple Irish Chain quilt and each large white block would look fabulous with Aurifil 12wt. stitched in a feather wreath, each block a different color. Oh my, I can see it now. How beautiful it will be.

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  88. I have just recently discovered Aurifil threads....NOTHING compares the quality of these beautiful yummy strands of colored gold. Worth every penny of investment! I would love to use these verigated colors on the hand made round robin. My Mother lives miles away and this is our way of getting to quilt together. We will each start one....the sky is the limit...just all hand made...who knows where this project will take us! Can't wait!

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  89. I would use it to hand quilt my colorful, non traditional, cathedral windows!

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  90. I'd love to try it to handquilt some of the new silk/cotton blend "Radiance" fabrics...

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  91. I like to hand embroider embelusments on to my quilts would love to give this thread a try. Thanks for a chance to win some.

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  92. I have a challenge quilt coming up would love to use the Aurifil to quilt it, I have used Aurifil to piece and it is my new fav thread, would love to try some for quilting too!

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  93. I have a wall hanging in some pretty colors that I have been thinking about hand quilting and would like to do colors that match the colors in each of the sampler blocks. I think these threads would be fun to use.

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  94. A whole cloth quilt with an interesting circular and straight stitch mix quilting design.

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  95. I just started a project for my daughter as a gift when she graduates high school. I'm embroidering 10" squares of my favorite inspirational quotes and will be incorporating them into a quilt for her. That way she will always have something uplifting and heartfelt to read when she is on her own. I'll be calling it "Words of Love, from Mom". I would love to be able to use these beautiful aurifil threads to make the embroidery pop!!

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  96. Love this set of threads! I would use it for hand quilting and embroidery on a quilt that I am making with swapped blocks from an online group I belong to. It would be the perfect colors to provide just that special touch to this quilt. When finished , it will hang in my sewing room and remind me of all of the friendships I have made through quilting. I may also try some in my machine using the hand look quilting stitch that I have yet to use. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  97. Moda's Simply Color collection would be perfect for this Prism Collection. I first used Aurifil thread because I bought it at a quilt shop that was going out of business. It was 12 wt. I didn't know any better, and it was a good thing I was machine quilting it on a flannel quilt. The result was exceptional, but when I had to track down more thread to match, I had a difficult time, but finally found someone online who carried it. Great stuff!

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  98. After rereading my previous post, it doesn't say what I'd make. I would use Moda's Simply Color collection and the Prism threads to create a modern lap quilt. Pattern? Maybe the Sea Glass Mosaic that was featured in this issue of Quilt Magazine. It allows for a lot of open space to really highlight the quilting and those exceptional colors!

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  99. I would love to use this in a quilt. thanks for the chance!

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  100. I would use it to quilt my colours quilt. It would be perfect! Thanks for a chance to win.

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