Sunday, April 8, 2012

Two Year Podcastaversary Giveaway Week 2--It's Aurifil Week!

Thanks to everyone who played along on Week 1: A Celebration of Quilty Podcasts! Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks again to my fellow podcasters who helped me celebrate! (I'll announce my winner on my next podcast episode; I'm in the process of getting in touch with her to let her know she's won.)

And now it's time for Week 2: Aurifil Week!

As you know if you're a listener to my podcast series, I'm an Aurifil girl. I use other threads on occasion for different kinds of projects, but for piecing, it's strictly Aurifil 50 wt. I love how thin it is, so it doesn't take up a lot of extra bulk in the seams, but at the same time it's really strong. It's also amazingly low-lint. Because it's thin, one spool lasts a l-o-n-g time. This is the current collection I'm working with, although I've got a few more in my thread drawer waiting their turn.

I've also gone through my share of the 28 wt thread in machine quilting. It's also incredibly strong, low breakage and low lint--great for free-motion quilting. It's also good for hand quilting, hand applique, and hand piecing--according to Aurifil's website. I do remarkably little by hand, so can't really speak to that!

I was intrigued to find out awhile back that Aurifil also has a wonderful wool thread, so I bought some to explore doing felted wool projects by machine. Can't report on that yet--haven't gotten to those projects on my to-do list at this stage. However, I am seeing some potential usage opportunities coming up soon in some of my art quilting--it'll be great for some hand-stitched accents.

I'm also looking forward to using Aurifil's monofilament (invisible) thread that I own--the invisible thread has gotten great reviews. That'll probably get put to use pretty soon--I've got a project in the offing that it'll be perfect for.

So, yes, I'm a fan. I'm thrilled that Aurifil has sponsored this week's giveaway, so now I have the opportunity to try to make a few more fans out there too!

Aurifil has provided several sampler packs for me to pass along. Each sampler pack has five spools of thread: (1) wool, (1) 40 wt, (1) 28 wt, (1) 50 wt, and (1) variegated 12 wt. Colors vary per pack.

I'm going to send one sampler pack to each of seven winners. Count them--seven winners! I'm going to give you two chances to enter in the drawing.

1. Leave a comment here telling me how you'd like to use your sampler pack, if you won one. Your name will get entered once in the drawing.

2. You can leave a second comment telling me that you've subscribed to my podcast series. (If you're already a listener--thanks tons! And leave a comment telling me so--you'll still be entered.)

Leave your comments by Friday, April 13th, 2012, at midnight Eastern-Sandy-Time (New York). I'll draw the winners on Saturday. Can't wait to share!

Thanks for helping me celebrate, and good luck! (Be sure to spread the word--tweet or post this giveaway to your sewing friends who may want to have some Aurifil in their thread collection too!)