In transit home, I checked in with a few blogs I had been missing while away and lo and behold, Lynne is at again with her Italian thread magnate, Alex Veronelli. Alex has really embraced the modern quilt movement and supports us with fabulous Aurifil-sponsored contests and events all the time. Their latest challenge is to build a designer case of 12 thread spools. If your case is chosen by the judges, you win it! Wow, that's well over $100 worth of beautiful Auriful thread. Count me in!
I thought about how to build a collection of thread. I know colour-coordinated spools will look pretty together, as will gradations of the same colour, but how useful would that be in the long run? So, I went about building two cases based on a theme rather than a colour story. I figure lots of variety in the threads (both weight and colour) would be most useful to me. Ahem, if I were to be so lucky to win.
The cases contain 12 spools. There are 12 months in a year, each one with its own birthstone(s). A google search turned up this great colour chart for reference at www.personalizedgems.com
There is selected number of coloured spools available for this contest, so with the guide above I did my best to match colours. I give you the Birthstone Auriful Thread Collection by Poppyprint (that does have a nice ring to it, don't you think?).
Turns out, these shades do look lovely and jewel-y together. A perfect 30 wt. collection for top stitching small projects like bags, pouches, scarves and also for quilting quilts!
Continuing on with the year has 12 months thing, I got to thinking about something I love about Canada, and that is our good fortune to experience 4 distinct seasons every year. My Vancouver friends may argue that we only have two here on the west coast: rain and summer. And last year to be honest, it really was just rain with a sunny break in August.
I thought of some words and things that I associate with each season, like winter sky, snow day, harvest, daffodil, forest walk, cherry blossom...etc. and chose colours that correspond to each one.
Here we have Four Seasons Aurifil Thread Collection by Poppyprint:
Definitely not as sexy as the Birthstone set when it comes to visual pleasure, however upon closer inspection this set would be infinitely useful for the work I do. You've got the neutrals on the bottom row which would be perfect for piecing in a 40 wt. The lovely variegated top row for free motion quilting in a 30 wt. and rich, warm colours for topstitching or quilting in the middle!
Head on over to Lily's Quilts for all the details on how you can enter this great contest by April 18th.
Congratulations to Amy who won the Brrr! giveaway. Don't despair if you're not Amy, I've got more giveaways coming up as soon as I get organized.
Back soon. Promise.