Monday, February 13, 2012

AURIFIL THREAD GIVEAWAY

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!
Several years ago, a quilting friend suggested I try Aurifil thread and I've been hooked on it ever since. It's become my go-to-thread whether I'm piecing, appliquéing, embroidering, or machine-quilting. I love the way it glides through my fabric, and my sewing machine also appreciates this thread as it produces practically no lint! Recently, the kind folks at Aurifil sent me a wonderful package of threads to try.


As a wool lover, I'm a big fan of their 12-weight wool thread (called Lana). I know a lot of quilters who use it for doing hand appliqué but I wanted to try it out on my machine. Because this thread is thicker than the others, I used a 90/14 topstitch needle. Of course, with a thicker thread, you will have to adjust your machine tension to get the best results. Aurifil also recommends that you use your vertical spool rather than the horizontal one. Normally I'd stitch this little brown bird in a matching thread color but I used a contrasting thread to help you see it better.


Aurifil Lana wool comes in all these gorgeous colors. I love having this handy color card to choose the perfect shades for my particular projects. 


And their cotton threads are available in this beautiful rainbow of dreamy hues. With so many options to choose from, you can easily find the perfect one for your project.


And now for the most exciting news! Aurifil kindly gave me some thread packs to give away to you, my dear readers. The thread packs include an assortment of their different threads:
Wool Lana 12—great for both hand and machine appliqué, machine quilting, and hand embroidery
Cotton Mako 40—perfect for machine quilting and embroidery
Cotton Mako 50—ideal for piecing and appliqué
Cotton Mako 28—perfect for hand quilting and blanket-stitching
Cotton Mako 12—wonderful for embellishment and Sashiko


To enter the giveaway, just leave me a comment telling me what project you would like to use these beautiful threads on. You do NOT have to be an official follower of my blog to enter this giveaway and international entries are welcome. If you are an official follower, I will give you one extra entry (to get it, you need to leave a separate comment telling me you're an official follower). If you wish to enter anonymously, please provide your first name and last initial so I have a way of identifying you if you win. Be sure you are not a non-reply comment blogger or I won't be able to reach you! This giveaway closes this Saturday, February 18, at noon CENTRAL TIME. I'll announce the winners later that night and they'll have until Monday at noon central time to claim their prizes. If I don't hear from them by then, I will draw a new name. Good luck to all! 

164 comments:

  1. I've been wanting to try sashiko for years. . . And, I (needless to say) have many tops waiting to be quilted - some even "need" some hand quilting on them. I already love the 50wt for applique and piecing. . . Seems like a pack made in heaven~

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  2. I'm really into embroidery right now and would love to try the aurifil thread. I'm making lots of baby bibs with embroidered designs...one in particular is the bacterial cell that our lab works on for my co-worker who just had a baby. It is nerdy, but it should go over well.

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  3. I am also a huge fan of the Aurifil 50 wt. for piecing and applique. I have been wanting to try the 28 wt for hand quilting - I just haven't gotten around to those projects yet! I have two small quilt tops that are waiting for hand quilting: the most recent mini QAL from Lori at Humble Quilts and a nine-patch scrappy quilt I made with leftovers from a Lone Star quilt. How wonderful that you were gifted with such a treat!

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  4. I'm a big fan of Aurifil threads. I'd love to do another machine applique project with the wool thread.

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  5. eeny, meeny, miny, mo, what unfinished project should I sew? I have more unfinished projects than I care to admit, but a machine applique pumpkin quilt comes to mind. Would love to try some Aurifil thread on it. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  6. I am an official follower of your blog.

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  7. I am also one of your followers!!

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  8. How sweet... from AURIfil...and you! I love to work with wool, but I didn't now that you could use it on the machine. I want to try it and there for I love to try the wool LANA...
    Greetings from the Netherlands.

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  9. I want to try the BOM at raspberry rabbits and I think the heavier thread would be perfect for the applique!

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  10. I would love to try this thread for machine quilting. I don't normally do much hand work, but I do enjoy my sewing machine :-)

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  11. I'd like to try a bit of embroidery with it.

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  12. I'm one of your followers too! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  13. I am a follower. Thanks so much for the chance! :)

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  14. I am working on some wool candle mats and candle wraps. I purchased some wool aurifil in brown but would love to have colors! I would use the wool or cotton for embroidery. These also would be fun colors to try with my sewing machine for quilting on my mug rugs too! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  15. I would love to use these on my monthly wall hangings. They would also be great to use on a McKenna Ryan pattern I have. What a wonderful blog you have.

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  16. You are the second person this week to recommend this great thread.....I would hand applique one of my blocks from Birds of a Feather quilt, and I would also try some machine buttonhole stitching on my lastest Easter tablerunner....Thanks
    Wendy

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  17. I'm working on a sprigs and stars right now...can never have to many applique threads. I'd like to try the heavier threads for some large stitch quilting...

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  18. I have heard wonderful things about aurifil threads. I do hand quilting, applique, and embroidery and sure would love to test their threads. The colors are very inspirational!

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  19. I would so love to win this giveaway! I've been wanting to try Aurifil thread forever. I'm planning to do some wool applique so would love to try the Lana wool thread on it. Thanks for the chance.

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  20. I'd love to try them with any of my handwork, but hand applique is next on my list.

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  21. I would like to try some wool projects and would love to win the wool thread to try out.

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  22. I am an official follower too!

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  23. LOVE AURIFIL THREADS AND WOULD USE THEM TO START MY NEW QUILT OF BLUEBERRY CRUMB CAKE FABRICS-LOVE IT !
    THANK YOU FOR SHARING!

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  24. Those threads are beautiful! I have never seen them before. Very kind of them to share their threads! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day tomorrow!

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  25. I would love to try for hand quilting - and machine quilting - on the quilts I have coming up!

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  26. I would use these threads in quilt making-piecing, had and machine quilting.

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  27. I've tried Aurilfill once for machine piecing, and I think it will be wonderful for some English paper piecing.

    Jennifer T

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  28. I've been working diligently on my machine applique, and it would be nice to try some Aurifil thread! Thanks to them for providing these samples and thanks to you, Kimber, for giving us the chance to win some.

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  29. These threads would be fantastic; I would use the thread for quilting and applique. Thanks for the chance!

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  30. I've heard great things about Aurifil threads, but have yet to try them! This would be fabulous to see the different results. I have some wool that I've been wanting to do a little primitive with, and several tops that need quilting.....one I'd like to hand quilt.....so I could actually try all of the different threads! Woot! lol

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  31. And, of course, I'm a happy follower! :o)

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  32. I just bought my first spool of Aurifil thread this last wkend because the color matched the binding I was putting on the best. I really like it & would love to win this giveaway!

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  33. OOOOO - I would love a chance to try this thread - I have heard it is wonderful - Please include me in the draw ;)

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  34. I was just looking for some Aurifil thread today - with no luck! I'm taking a 15 hour train trip soon and I'd use this thread to do some stitching on a wool penny rug I plan to make!

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  35. Oh, I've been wanting to try it for wool applique. Looks beautiful.

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  36. I am a follower....and a fan of Poe and Teddy, lol

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  37. Aurifil makes wonderful thread. I'd love the opportunity to try their wool thread, but really I'd love to work with any of them. Thanks for the give away.

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  38. I'm a follower (LexingtonQuilter)!

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  39. Oh I love Aurifil ... Got hooked a couple of years ago. I use it for piecing and I have a bunch of their wool that I've used for projects on my machine and big-stitch quilting. Looking at the threads in the picture - I think a spring project would be great for these threads. I have two finished tops waiting to be quilted that might work -- one is a small wall hanging using some vibrant yellows and greens. The other is a rectangular wall hanging with some softer pastels. -- LexingtonQuilter

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  40. I like the Aurifill, I always use the "40" on the machine, but I like to try for example the "12" to stitch my application Owl! You can see him on my blog QuiltWel. (dtd.01.26.12)
    Thanks for the give away!
    Hubertine from the Netherlands

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  41. I follow your blog already, you're even on my blog list, but I saw that I was not an official follower .... So as of today I am!

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  42. I have been a follower for a long time!
    Kathie

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  43. I have been wanting to try their hand applique thread for awhile, I am working on a few projects so mattering the colors that would be the project I use them on!
    LOVE the color card, that would be something great to have!
    Lucky you!
    Kathie

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  44. Happy Valentine's Day Kimber :) Please enter me for a chance to win 1 of the thread packs. I'd love to try out these threads for handwork.
    Smiles, DianeM
    basketblessed@yahoo.com

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  45. Hello Again - This is my 2nd entry as I am an 'official' follower of your lovely blog :)
    Smiles, DianeM
    basketblessed@yahoo.com

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  46. Love Aurifil too but not tried the thicker wool thread would love to do some embroidery and big stitch quilting with some nice bright colours!

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  47. I'm a follower Kimber! Thanks for this opportunity!

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  48. I love Aurifil thread and do all my piecing with it. I would really like to give the Mako 28 on wool applique projects I am working on.

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  49. And of course, I am a follower!

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  50. I've used Auriful for years. It seems pricey, but there is a lot of thread on each spool. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  51. I am getting ready to do some embroidery and blanket stitching on a quilt called "Pond House." I have heard so much about Aurifil thread. I'd love to try it!!

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  52. Kimber,
    This is a wonderful give-away! Thanks for the chance to win. I would love to try the wool thread for hand applique and try the cotton for hand piecing and applique. Thanks for sharing.

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  53. I have only heard good things about Aurifil thread! I have some in my drawer, but haven't tried it yet! Shame on me. And...my aunt loves it and sent me a spool for my birthday. I have no excuse not to just use it! THanks for the chance to win!

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  54. I'm hoping to start on one of Kim McLeans' patterns shortly. This thread would be wonderful to try! Thanks

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  55. I am also a follower of your blog! Thanks

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  56. I just got the Buttonwood Farm book and there are a few projects in there in which I would use the Aurifil threads. Please enter me in you fantastic give-a-way. Thanks

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  57. I am also a follower of you blog! Thanks again.

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  58. I only hear good things about this thread so I guess I will just have to try some. I am loving machine applique so this 12-weight just may fit the bill. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  59. I would love to try various threads on a quilted landscape banner I just started in lovely spring colors of pink and green

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  60. This looks like a great brand of thread. I love how it looks on the blanket stitched bird. I don't think that I've ever tried Aurifil thread. I'd like to try it for sewing quilt blocks, or maybe clothing. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  61. I'm a follower of your blog. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  62. Having a assortment of packages like these would for sure place a smile on anyone's face. and the Aurifil Threads would be on my hands wondering what and when I might make something great from theses amazing threads

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  63. I would love to try the wool thread for machine applique. I don't have much time for hand sewing anything.

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  64. I would use any and all weights and types of their threads as being a mixed media artist, I'm forever on a voyage of joy and discovery.........

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  65. I hate doing the buttonhole stitch by hand as it never seems to be evem. Would LOVE to try Lana in my machine to get the look without the "pain." Jan J

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  66. I want to try Sashiko, and I have some applique to do. I want to try the different weights. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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  67. I follow your blog! Thanks. I love your house, too. So pretty!

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  68. I love doing free motion machine embroidery, these would look awesome. Love the colors.

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  69. Dianne from Greenwood, INFebruary 14, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    I am just starting to work with felt and wool projects and I'm at the point with some of these projects that I need some thicker thread! I've also done some hand embroidery (not crossstitch) and I'm a quilter too! I'm willing to try anything new that will look great on my quilts and other projects. Thanks for the chance!

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  70. I would also love to load up my Bernina to do some machine embroidery with beautiful Aurafil wool threads!! Thank you for the opportunity to enter!

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  71. I would love to try this on McKenna Ryan's Bella Garden.

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  72. I am getting ready to start my quilt for the Alliance for American Quilts contest and I am sure theses threads would be a nice addition.

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  73. I am so excited to hear the positive things about the 12 wt thread. I am doing a BOM with Primitive Gatherings called Primitve Garden and plan on stitching it by machine. This thread will be perfect!!

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  74. I am a new follower. Glad to find you!!

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  75. I love Aurifil threads too - love them for applique and piecing, but the best is machine quilting with the 50wt cotton. It is so strong yet so light that you can do dense fills or backtracking without getting that thready kind of look. I would probably use these for applique, I have several projects on the go!

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  76. I love the Aurifil threads for free-motion embroidery. I would probably use the thread on one of my art quilts. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  77. I love to do hand and machine applique and these threads would be a wonderful addition to my kit.

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  78. This thread would be lovely to embelish and embroider with.

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  79. I'm having visions of hand-applique and embroidery projects for the wool. I love Aurifil threads for piecing and quilting.

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  80. I'm a follower. . . Hi Kimber! Thanks for the nudge to add the second comment. - Amy

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  81. Id use it on a wool applique project where I dont have the right thread and cant seem to find it either. Yummy colors too! Thanks for the chance!

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  82. Im a follower too! Love your old house, grew up in the oldies too, oldest 1790's

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  83. I am now a follower of your blog! Anybody that has or works with Aurifil threads I love.

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  84. I love Auriful thread and recently have gotten interested in wool. Our LQS has a big Wool area and on Mon night they meet and sew. I also love to use my embroidery machine and these threads would be a nice start to begin.

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  85. Love aurifill but have not yet tried the 12 weight wool on the machine yet. We could send pictures of our finished project!

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  86. I'm starting to use different kinds of threads for quilting, sewing and appliquè. I still have to learn alot about thread so every kind will be a challenge!

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  87. I am starting a quilt and i would love some aurifil thread to make it with.

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  88. I would use it a new block of the month quilt I started. It is pieced ,appliqued, and has embroidery in some places. The right thread always enhances a project.

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  89. I'm going to make a wild and funky quilt for my guild's challenge, so this thread pack would be a wonderful thing to use.
    thanks!

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  90. I have a Dresden plate quilt I'm working on that I think would lok great with a top stitch like you did with your brown bird!

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  91. i am a big fan of aurifil thread for both piecing and machine quilting.
    i plan to make a wool baby quilt of my design for my new granddaughter. that is the project i would use the thread for

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  92. I am really enjoying machine quilting right now and would love to try these threads on some of my projects. Unfortunately these are not available locally, and it would be a 4 1/2 hr drive to the nearest store :-(. I am not a fan of ordering something online that I have never seen before. I have heard many good things about Aurifil though!! Thank you!

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  93. I am working on a new art quilt that I would love to try it on, please pick me!!

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  94. I have a project where can use several of these thread types : a Japanese Fan quilt where the blocks require sashiko thread (which need to learn too); a quilt in line for sandwich and machine quilting thread; a little bundle of flannel that will be a tied lap quilt using wool ties; basted hexies to be assembled with hand piecing thread.... Yes, there are places can use the sampler threads should the colors be OK. Thanks for the chance to try Aurifil. Have heard lots of good things.

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  95. I have heard so much about this thread and it sounds wonderful.I haven't had a chance to use it because it isn't sold anywhere around here, so I would love to win it.I do a lot of applique work by hand and by machine. Can't wait to give it a try. Joyce Carter-ccarter13@windstream.net

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  96. The Lana wool on your bird looks fabulous! I have several applique patterns that I'd love to start and doing by machine (with that wool) might be just the way to go. Would love to give the different threads a try!

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  97. I would love to try this thread on my wool projects in contrasting colors to have them stand out. I would also like to try them on hand stitching projects that I do instead of machine stitching. Thanks for the great opportunity. Mary A.

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  98. Kimber, I am a follower of your blog-I enjoy reading your blog and get a lot of wonderful ideas. Thanks. Mary A.

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  99. I love wool yarn and have used it to crochet afghans, scraves and hats. I had never evenconsidered sewing with it until I read your blog today.

    Judy M.

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  100. I love to do piercing with it especially on my GFG quilt.

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  101. I love Aurifil thread for quilting. I would love to start on the Designers BOM with the 12 wt cotton, but I've also been collecting wool and patterns for a few months and am anxious to start one of my wool applique projects. I figure that the Aurifil wool is the perfect thread for this. Gosh...I'm going to need a lot of Aurifil thread this year! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win some of it.

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  102. I'm also now a follower, and I'm headed over to the Moda Bake Shop to see your pincushion. I love pincushions! Thanks again.

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  103. I would love to use Aurifil thread to quilt a baby quilt - a 9 patch with applique. Thanks for the chance!

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  104. I just received the pattern of the Civil War bride quilt, a GREAT applique quilt; I need a lot of threads for this quilt...... So the Aurifil pack is more than welcome here in France....

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  105. I love trying new threads, I have some applique work that might be the first test for me and I really need to find a machine quilting thread.

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  106. I have a scrappy zig-zag pillow I've had in mind for a while, but have put it off because it needs some multi-color machine embellishment (in my head, lol). These would be perfect...thanks for the giveaway!!

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  107. I would love to try some hand applique projects and some wool ones also. Great giveaway, thanks.

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  108. I would love to try the wool thread with machine applique.

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  109. I was lucky enough to visit the Aurifil stand at the NEC Festival of Quilts and how I now wish I had bought more of their threads. I have one spool of thread for piecing but would love some of their 40-weight to try on machine quilting. Thanks so much.
    Hen x

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  110. I'd love to try this thread! I've read about it online but can't find it locally. I'll cross my fingers! Thanks a bunch!

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  111. Hi Kimberly. I follow your blog. If I'm the lucky winner I will definately use the thread for hand embroidery and embellishing.

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  112. I would love to use some of this thread to embellish art quilts with hand embroidery stitches.

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  113. Hello,
    What a great give away! :)I would especially love to try the Wool Lana thread for hand applique...I am currently working on a wool bed cover. The cottons sound wonderful too, and I would be interested in trying the heavier ones to embellish clothing.
    Thank you for your generous offer!
    Rhonda

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  114. PS. I am an official follower of your lovely blog. :)

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  115. I am especially interested in trying the 28 wt. for machine embroidery - I have a an embroidery collection that is supposed to give the look of hand embroidery...I think the 28 wt. would be perfect! I also love to work with wool and would definitely like to try the 12 wt. in my machine!

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  116. Would love to try a hand stitching project with this thread! Thanks for the chance :)

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  117. I recently won a mini pack of Aurifil thread. Wow does it look nice as machine embroidery on a block. I just started embroidering all of the names and locations on the blocks from blocks that I won in the January block lotto. They look great. I would use the bright colors on that project... and then proceed to the next project with some fancy top stitching. Love Aurifil!

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  118. I have been practicing a lot of FMQ and trying to finish some projects. I have so many tops that just need to be quilted and my goal for this year is to get through that stack.

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  119. I truly enjoy following your blog!

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  120. I would love to do some wool table runners with this thread. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Debbie

    Quiltingathome@earthlink.net

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  121. Aurifil are top of my list of things to try, I would use it on all my piecing work and embroidery and I look forward to standing back and gasping at how nice they all look with this non-burring thread and never have trouble with breakage, or have to stop and clean my machine while sewing (yeah!) that would be nice! grace:) weftandwarp(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  122. I am a regular follower but do not have a blog

    Mary F from Naperville, IL

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  123. I have always wanted to try this thread, and have a baltimore album pattern on my to do list. I enjoy your blog.

    Mary F in Naperville, IL

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  124. I am working on a couple table runners and would love to try the aurifil thread for quilting them. Seems like everyone raves about aurifil, but I have never had any. I guess I'm missing the boat.

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  125. What a great giveaway. I would love to try these threads on a William Morris pattern designed by Michelle Hill. I would use the finer threads for background quilting and the thicker threads for machine applique. The thickest thread would be great for hand stitched embellishments.

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  126. rguenthart@oakknolls.comFebruary 17, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    I would love to try the aurifil thread! I recently took a class on embellishing with decorative stitches and I would like to try the thread for this project. I love your blog and check it every day.

    Rene'

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  127. rguenthart@oakknolls.comFebruary 17, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    I follow your blog also. Thanks, Rene

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  128. Happy to follow you!
    thanks for sharing!

    msstitcher12@yahoo.com

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  129. I think I'd like to use the threads in my next quilt of michael millers' "Strawberry Tea Party" ! Thanks so for sharing!

    msstitcher12@yahoo.com

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  130. I am now a follower. I love all the information you give out. Hugs

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  131. I love Aurifil thread. I use it for machine piecing, quilting and applique. Thank you for the great giveaway. Hugs

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  132. Please enter me in the thread giveaway. I'd love to try the wool applique. If you have a chance, stop by my blog... I've got a giveaway going on too.

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  133. I would love to try those wool threads on the machine. I love Aurifil thread but have yet to try the wool.

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  134. I'm now following too! Aurifil is what I use to piece. I'd love to try the wool, but any of those varieties would be put to good use.

    Thanks for the great inspiration : )

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  135. I would be excited to use their threads on my new machine for embroidery!

    jennifercausby at hotmail dot com

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