To celebrate, let's have a giveaway! The fine folks at Aurifil sent me a wonderful package of threads to use, and some to give away!
I use Aurifil 100% cotton thread nearly exclusively these days. Bernie is a bit of a princess when it comes to what she likes to be threaded with, and nearly anything other than Aurifil causes a lot of complaining of the mechanical variety.
Aurifil 50/2 (50 means the weight of the thread, the higher the number, the lighter the thread; 2 means 2-ply) on the orange spool is my favourite for piecing. It's thin (so it doesn't mess with my ¼" seams), and virtually lint-free (so I don't have to brush out my machine as frequently). I sometimes use 50wt for quilting if I am quilting in the ditch or I don't want it to be too prominent, examples of both are here in this mug rug:
Aurifil 40/2 on the green spool is a great choice for quilting, including free-motion. It is smooth like buttah, I tell you, and it has quite a lovely sheen to it. Here are a couple of closeups of quilting done with 40/2 thread in a lovely aqua (colour 5006):
Aurifil 28/2 on the grey spool is another great quilting weight. I used this slightly heavier weight to quilt my For The Love of Solids pouch here:
I also used it to do the scribbly stitching on this mug rug:
Aurifil also makes a 12/2 weight (red spool) which can be used for hand-quilting (like perle cotton), and I've used the 100% wool thread in that weight to do some NON free-motion quilting. The FMQ tended to break that thread. (No photos of that project because it's a secret!)
So! Here's the fun part! I've got 5 sample packs of Aurifil thread to give away to 5 lucky readers! Just leave a comment before 10 pm Pacific time on Sunday, September 25th, and Mr. Random.org will choose the winners soon thereafter. Good luck! Oh, and please make sure I have a way of contacting you!