Sewing has not been in the cards for me much this week. I hurt my arm on Tuesday afternoon and ended up with a stupid splint. Not the best way to get stuff accomplished. I am hoping to change that today with a trip up to see my friend Kelly Ann :o) She owns Kelly Ann's Quilting in Warrenton, VA. Her cute shop and has more fabric selections and fun than I may be able to handle today. She is hosting a sew in for Quilts of Honor East. I am gonna go hang for a few hours and see what I can get accomplished.
In my mail this week was something very exciting and it will be the incentive prize this week!
AURIFIL sample packs!
Some of you know and some of you may not know that I have been working for Aurifil the past two years as the social media and quit guild donation coordinator ( the other reason I am so behind in projects). I am lucky enough to be able to have access to fun thread items like this sample pack of all the weights of thread ( and a spool of the floss). I specifically asked for this set because I think it is the best way for people to be able to see and feel the difference in the weights of the threads in person.
I will not go into the fine details of how the thread is made, Alex is the master of discussion when it comes to thread production. He will be on the road ALL SUMMER giving very intimate lectures at local quilt shops sharing all the behind the scenes how these threads are made explanations. Check with your Local Quilt Shop and see if he will be stopping in ;o)
I want to keep this simple and just let you know how I choose and use in my sewing room. Very creative friends are coming up with new uses all the time so feel free to try something new and exciting! the possibilities are always endless!!!!
Starting from the left:
50wt( orange top) is the number ONE piecing thread for flat seams and wonderful for quilting when you want the stitches to melt into your quilt.
40wt (green top) My GO TO thread for everyday sewing, garment and bag sewing and perfect for quilting with more of an impact.
28wt ( gray top) this is really my favorite for quilting. I do not have enough of this one in my sewing room. It glides through the machine like butter and it also fabulous when used as topstitching.
12wt ( red top) Want quilting with a WOW factor? This is your thread! You can use this thread in your domestic home machine ( mine is a Bernina 440 QE) by using a larger needle like a topstitching or leather needle and using 40wt in the bobbin. Depending on your machine you may need to adjust the tension, I did not have this issue. This thread can also be used for beautiful embroidery and lovely hand quilting.
Aurifloss LOVE this so much! This floss is so beautiful and perfect for any hand stitching projects you may have. Six strands of perfect cotton floss that can be separated. Can also be used for hand quilting and best of all...the adorable wooden spool!
12wt wool ( red top) this is a dream to use in hand stitching. Lovely matte finish and perfect to use with either wool projects or in any of your embroidery projects. I have not tried this one on my machine but I know that many people have done so successfully :o)
Each come with all the information you need to make the right choice when choosing your project.
MAKO ( cotton) 40 wt , the color number 2884 and the small spools of 40 wt hold 150 metres of thread
I will be giving one sample set away for the incentive this week :O)
Let's get our SEWjo (sewing mojo) going! This link up will be open the WHOLE WEEKEND to give you LOTS of time in case you need to do silly other stuff like make dinner or driving your kids somewhere and then there is always making sure you have good lighting. The things we all have to go through...sigh ;o)
To participate in the party please...
1. Share a project from this past week or TODAY!!! Link it up from your blog or, if you do not have a blog, your Flickr photos. It can be a FABULOUS finish or a WIP ( any progress is always good)that you are working hard to get off your sewing table!
2. Share a link back to SEWjo Saturday somewhere in your post. I would be over the moon if you grabbed the button and shared that too ;o)
3. Share some love with some of the other posters!!!! Visit some of the linked up photos and get inspired by other quilty friends' work. And please leave some sunshine in their comments! Let's support each other!