Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #4

KT Winner

Happy day to:

Cecilia - Great block! I like to use Best Press when I'm squaring up my blocks. I would love to add some purple fabric to my stash.
You're the winner of our KT 6-pack of purple fat 1/8's for your stash. Thanks for being part of our Moda Blockheads group. 



Moda Blockheads Question-of-the-Week

Which thread do you prefer?
I discovered Aurifil thread about 5 years ago and instantly fell in love. Aurifil 50wt. is my go-to thread for topstitching on layered patchwork & piecing. It is smoother, stronger and finer than any other thread I've used. It's interesting how just a little less bulk to the thread makes your seams "skinnier" and press flatter. Even when hand-stitching binding, I've found it doesn't shred and break like other threads. I'm a believer! We have a KT Collection of 10 Aurifil colors that match my fabrics, all on sale thru the end of March.


Moda Blockheads Block #4

Block 4 - Bee Skep - Jan Patek  
Jan's Blog - http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jan.patek.79?fref=nf
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jan_patek_quilts/


Jan's delightful Bee Skep block (click on link above) was alot of fun for Kathy & Joy. They saw the applique from two totally different angles. Kathy found a great stripe and added some fancy machine stitching to make her version of the perfect bee skep.  Joy pieced folded strips to create her own stripes for a more dimensional bee skep. I love them both! Click on the link below for Joy's version of this adorable block.

Block #4 - Bee Skep - by Lynne

The selvedge quote from last spring's fabric collection, Bees 'n Blooms says,
 "Work like a bee, but savor the honey".  Ain't that the truth?

Joy's block - lower left; Kathy's block - top right.

Comment about your favorite thread to win a 6-pack of gold fat 1/8's this week. Just what you need to make our strippy, scrappy bee skep.

104 comments:

  1. Until recently I never gave a thought to thread but when I started making blocks where precision mattered I started using Aurifil and now it's all I use. Thank you for the chance at the gold fabric pack.

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  2. My favorite thread is Aurifil 2000! The color blends in so well with many colors of fabrics. I have several other basic Aurifil shades, but 2000 is my go to thread!

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  3. I always used Mettler thread as that is what my lqs stocked. A friend recommended aurifil thread and it was love at first sew!

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  4. I have yet to try Aurifil but it's definitely on my list to purchase!

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  5. I use Gutermann thread. It works well for me!

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  6. I'm new to quilting and haven't tried Aurifil yet. I have used Gutermann and it works for me!

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  7. I really didn't think about thread until I started the Block Heads small blocks. I used Gutermann until my daughter recommended Aurifil and her blocks came out perfect. I am switching!

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  8. I like using Aurifil 50 wt for piecing, and King Tut for machine quilting.

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  9. I love using Aurifil thread. Love your block!

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  10. I use Aurifil for piecing, but my quilting machine seems to like Gutermann better

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  11. I drank the Aurifil Koolaid about 10-12 years ago- I think! Found it in a tiny little hole in the wall shop when I was traveling with my husband and didn't pack enough thread. The owner raved about this thread she had that was impossible to get. Tried it out and came home and threw all of my other thread away!

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  12. I am also a firm believer in Aurifil and love my KT collection!

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  13. Aurifil is my favorite thread! Pieces beautifully!

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  14. Aurifil is my favorite thread! Pieces beautifully!

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  15. Definitely Aurifil! Love the colors and my machine loves it too!

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  16. Aurifil!! I never knew what a difference good thread made until my beloved White Sewing Machine died and I had to get a new one. I found that I could not find any thread to work on the new machine...did a little research and tried Aurifil. Oh my glorious goodness! I buy the 50 wt and the spools seem to last forever...even better, my bobbins take a while to empty! The thread is so thin, yet very strong, and it just disappears in the fabric..plus it's amazing how accurate it makes 1/4" seaming...I have not noticed that it adds any bulk at all. Who knew one could love a thread so much!

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  17. I am an Aurifil girl, too! Thanks for this chance!

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  18. I'm in the same camp with most everyone else. I love Aurifil for both piecing and machine quilting.

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  19. You introduced me to Aurifil on the January cruise and now I'm hooked.. I love its sturdy but fine texture.

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  20. I love Aurifil: the 12 wt for embroidery; the 80 wt for applique and the 50 wt for piecing. I have a very small collection of all of these so far. Thanks for the lovely blocks!

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  21. I love Auriful 50 wt and it is time to order a big spool for my go to thread. I have always used white, but am thinking that a cream would be a better choice. I am wanting to try the new 80 wt thread also to see how I like it.

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  22. I love Aurifil Thread , perfect for piecing plus I like the embroidery floss as well .

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  23. Aurifil 50 wt for piecing in assorted neutrals. It is my go to thread and I would love to win the assortment. Thanks for the block and the opportunity to increase my Aurifil stash.

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  24. I am really becoming a fan of Aurifil thread. I think I became aware of it in a Jo Morton class that I belonged to and after using others previously the Aurifil is all that I am now purchasing. P.S. I really love that beehive block!

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  25. Isacord thread is my favorite. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  26. I generally use either Aurifil or Isacord.

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  27. Aurifil is my favorite thread. It makes such a huge difference in the piecing. I ran out of a color a few days ago, so a switched to my old brand and was shocked at the thickness. It seemed more like a top stitching thread. I have my KT thread chart that I am constantly adding to. All my favorite colors!

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  28. Aurifil is my favorite thread. It makes such a huge difference in the piecing. I ran out of a color a few days ago, so a switched to my old brand and was shocked at the thickness. It seemed more like a top stitching thread. I have my KT thread chart that I am constantly adding to. All my favorite colors!

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  29. I use mettler which is all they sell, but seeing how everyone likes the Auriful I think I'll try some.
    Thank you for all you do, I sew enjoy your site!

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  30. I use Aurifil thread also. A quilting friend recommended it and I am hooked. That's the only thread I use now.

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  31. I use Aurifil - so much less lint than other threads I have tried. Have gone through several spools and I liked someone's idea that we should be able to turn in an empty spool to get a discount on a new one.

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  32. Aurifil all the way. I and my machine love it! Thank you for this BOW challenge. Loving it too!

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  33. Aurifil is my favorite thread to use for piecing and quilting. I don't have a favorite color, I have about 20 different colors. I keep forgetting that they offer larger spools. I'll check with my local quilt store this morning.

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  34. My go-to thread is Presencia 60 wt. It is strong, practically lint-free, and keeps me sewing! ♥

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  35. I couldn't agree with you more, my favorite thread is Aurifil as well. My favorite color is usually a grey or taupe. Gold fabric is also a great color to use in almost any quilt I sew...it gives a little extra pop to my projects, so thank you for the chance to win.

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  36. Aurifil is my favorite thread to use for piecing and quilting. I don't have a favorite color, I have about 20 different colors. I keep forgetting that they offer larger spools. I'll check with my local quilt store this morning.

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  37. I generally use Superior Thread's Omni or So Fine. Their warehouse is almost local so it's a matter of convenience and price for me. Thanks.

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  38. I am enjoying the block heads posts. I am use Aurifil thread to piece my blocks. I like the thinnest of the thread and the colors that it comes in.
    Mrebec4@hotmail.com

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  39. I like Connecting Threads threads! I love their sales and variety of colors.

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  40. I love Aurifil 50wt. thread, it helps get that scant 1/4 inch seam. It is so thin but strong, it is perfect for piecing and it does not leave as much lint in the machine!

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  41. For sewing my blocks I love Aurifil too. It is thin and makes much less lint in the bobbin area of my machine. Superior Masterpiece also makes a nice fine thread for sewing but the tension adjustments for use on my Bernina makes it a hassle. My new fave thread for my longarm is SoFine by Superior Threads. My mistakes are much less visible.
    prentmeester@centurytel.net

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  42. When I started quilting a few years ago I thought thread was thread…never could figure out why I had to keep cleaning my machines out all the time. I finally asked a member of my quilting guild in Cape Girardeau and they swore by Aurifil thread. So I bought a spool and have never looked back. I love the 50 wt and look forward to trying some appliqué with 12 wt.

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  43. I have recently discovered Aurifil 50wt thread and am in love with it. While it is more expensive, the results are well worth the extra. I hope you still have your Aurifil thread set available as I am planning on getting it today to use on my Blockheads blocks that I am doing from my Kansas Troubles "stash".

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  44. I never realized how much difference thread would make. I became acquainted with Aurifil 50 wt. thread and never looked back. It creates beautiful smooth and flat stitches and my piecing has improved. My favorite color is pale gray. I used it for everything!

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  45. Love the Aurifil 50 wt. thread - it's the best I've found! I use cream or white depending on my background fabric for piecing. For my KT prints, I use a dark gold - so glad to here you have KT colors on sale! I'll definitely order some! Thanks for all the extra ideas on the block of the week!

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  46. Definitely prefer Aurifi. I pulled a spool of my old favorite that was left and couldn't believe the difference.

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  47. I also use Aurifil 50wt. for piecing. I was introduced to a Sulky thread for applique by Susan Marth the I also really like.

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  48. Buy cones of Aurifil 50w for piecing. Will try it for applique for this block. Love KTQ fabrics!

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  49. I definitely only use Aurifil 50w for all my piecing. A quilting teacher put me onto this thread back when I first started quilting and I won't use anything else.

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  50. Just started using Aurifil....such a HUGE difference...it's like Buttah....

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  51. I really didn't think brands of thread would be that different, but I was wrong! I have really enjoyed working with Aurifil 50 wt threads. They are so nice. I'm going to check out the 80 wt next.

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  52. Aurifil is my thread of choice. I starated using it a few years ago and fell in love with it. I don't have many KT golds so would love to win some.

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  53. Aurifil is the thread I have loved for quite awhile and right now I love to use number 2309 natural. I also like 2021 white, a gray, and a black in the collection. On gold fabrics, I am always on the hunt for good golds because there are never enough!!! Sometimes it is the gold in a quilt that just make the colors pop!!

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  54. Gutermann is what I use right now but I think I may need to give Aurifil a try.

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  55. I love aurifil thread and that you have your own collection to match your fabrics

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  56. I use Auriful 50W for very accurate piecing. It is a joy to stitch with. Gutermann is another of my go-to threads.

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  57. I use Auriful 50Wmost of the time- especially when piecing tiny blocks. I do sometimes use Gutermann.

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  58. I love the Aurifil 50wt thread. It helps so much on accurate piecing. I'm looking forward to ordering the 10 pack special to go with my KT fabric stash I have started!

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  59. Once I started using Aurifil 50 wt., I never went back. It's what works best in my machine.

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  60. My favorite thread is gutterman. It's nice to work with. I would like to try Aurifil, I hear lots of good things about it. Good luck everyone in the giveaway. angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  61. I have been using Mettler thread as that's what the quilt shops near me carry. Some have started carrying some colors of Aurifil. But to let you know my sister & I have taken advantage of your March offer on Aurifil thread so just waiting for delivery.

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  62. Aurifil - I use it when I need precise piecing which is all the time!

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  63. I really don't have a favorite thread that I use. I guess for actually machine quilting I like Superior thread. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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  64. While I do absolutely love Aurifil, I must admit to also using Guterman for more utility type quilts where precision isn't so critical.
    basaran.family@rogers.com

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  65. Well I haven't got that fare in my sewing choices. I need to use up thread I picked up here and there before I by any.But I have not is alot of my sewing buddy use aurifil. happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  66. Well I haven't got that fare in my sewing choices. I need to use up thread I picked up here and there before I by any.But I have not is alot of my sewing buddy use aurifil. happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  67. I have been using Mettler and Gutterman 50w for piecing for years but have fallen in love with Aurifil 50w now for piecing. I definitely see the difference in the thickness of the seams. They are much neater and lay so much flatter aND my sears need all the help they can get!. I'm slowly weeding out all of my other threads and replacing them so knowing what the Moda Blockheads designers' favorites are really helps...thank you!

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  68. I have been using Mettler and Gutterman 50w for piecing for years but have fallen in love with Aurifil 50w now for piecing. I definitely see the difference in the thickness of the seams. They are much neater and lay so much flatter and my seams need all the help they can get!. I'm slowly weeding out all of my other threads and replacing them so knowing what the Moda Blockheads designers' favorites are really helps...thank you!

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  69. I definitely prefer Aurifil 50 Wt. for precise piecing. I am planing to try the 80 wt. for applique work.

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  70. My small Kenmore runs the best with Coats and Clark thread so that's what I give it. My Juki also likes Coats, but will take others. I haven't tried Aurifil, but hope to.

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  71. I've used Superior and Guterman - those are the brands carried by the 2 quilt shops near me. When I get to a store that has Aurifil, I'll buy a spool to check it out.

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  72. When I was new to quilting, I used whatever was on sale. I ordered some Aurifil on a daily deal and instantly noticed the difference. It made me look like a better quilter!

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  73. I use Guterman and it works well for me. Of course I've never tried anything else but I'm interested in trying the Aurifil based on all the positive comments!

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  74. Aurifil all the time, I don't use anything else for quilting, I just love it.

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  75. I've used Aurifil 50 wt. to piece for years, but just discovered the 80 wt. I love it for applique--it's wonderful! Love your bee skep!

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  76. My favorite thread is also Aurifil 50 wt. Have used it ever since a repair man of Featherweights told me it would be the best to use on my machine. I have purchased the big cones I love it so much.

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  77. I had used Superior's MasterPiece 50 wt. thread for piecing and loved it. However over a year ago I was introduced by my local quilt shop to Aurifil 50 wt. for piecing and I love it now! Thanks for the chance.

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  78. When I first started quilting I was very confused about thread. But then, I discovered Superior Threads and all their educational videos. I love their So Fine and Masterpiece thread. I also use Bottom Line for hand applique and EPP. Would love to try Aurifil too.

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  79. Favorite thread - Bottom Line - for EPP that I do on the run and it's great for applique.

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  80. I was introduced to Aurifil thread about 1 year ago, at a quilt show. Love it and that's all I use for quilting now.

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  81. For years and years I used Mettler 813, lighr grey thread. I always liked that grey does not show up white on dark fabric and dark on lights. Now however I have discovered Aurafil and I use their light grey GR30. Like how fine it is and how well the seams press.

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  82. I love Joys block! I use Aurifil 50wt and love it!!

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  83. I like Superior threads but since I can't buy them local, I use Aurifil which I also like. Both are good products and my machine is happy with either one.

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  84. Love Aurifil 50wt for piecing. I use grey and off white the most.

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  85. Wow I use many threads, aurifil for machine piecing, bottom line for epp, YLI for hand quilting and crochet cotton for big stitch quilting(only because I got a big bagful for nothe a lot of money from a charity shop). Lastly I use old sylko cotton on small wooden reels from my gran for hand piecing, love each one differently but equally..

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  86. I'm newer to quilting and have been using the same thread I craft with. I guess I need to head to the fabric store and investigate my options!

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  87. I too love Aurifil thread, I purchased your thread box a while back and love all the colors. I would love the tan fabric to use in the block of the week pattern.

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  88. My main go to thread is Aurifil. I love it! Block 4 is adorable. Have a lovely day!
    Lisa

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  89. Usually whatever is on sale at Joann's but now I think I need to try some Aurifil!

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  90. I've been using thread that's been collected over the last several years. A mixture of brands. After all the hoopla about Aurifil, I decided to try it and I'll never go back! It took up less seam room when sewing and it didn't leave cotton dust bunnies in my bobbin area. Winner winner chicken dinner!

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  91. My usual go to thread is Gutermann, but lately I have been trying some other threads such as Auriful and Superior Threads. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  92. I don't have one does that exclude me?

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  93. I love Aurifil thread too; my favorite color is 5013 because it blends with so many rich colors.

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  94. Well I need to use up all my other adds and ends before I get a faverite thread.But ladys at quilting love aurifil thred..

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  95. Well I need to use up all my other adds and ends before I get a faverite thread.But ladys at quilting love aurifil thred..

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  96. Aurifil thread is my favorite! It seems very thin for the size thread, and so takes up very little room in pressing.

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  97. Once I discovered Aurifil about 10 years ago, it's always Aurifil, no lint, no bulk!
    JoAnn

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