Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Making a Case

Hello! We're home!  I believe this is the longest blog absence ever at Poppyprint, but the family break was much needed, and our time in France much too full for blogging. I trust you understand and am glad you're back with me. I have missed interacting with everyone, truly.  I have over a thousand photos to go through and was hoping that in the coming weeks you would indulge me with a bit of travel photography (one of my very favourite past times). What do you say? Can you handle a bit of France?  I thought I'd do a few posts and focus on a certain landmark, region, or topic in each one...they will mostly be photo essays.

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

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?).

Aurifil Birthstone Collection by Poppyprint
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:

Four Seasons Aurifil 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.


Dianne said...

Woooo Hooooo you're home!!! SO looking forward to your photo essays of lovely, distant, France. sigh!
I think if I had to pick one of your stunning "prize winning" boxes of thread I would choose the birthstone one just because of the pure unadulterated pleasure I would derive from gazing at the beautiful jewel colours in anticipation of that first stitch!! :0)
Welcome back to Vancouver, how appropriate that your first post is on a sunny day!!

Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

Welcome back, Krista, good to have you back! Of course we'd like to see French photos; bring them on!!

paulette said...

Yahoo...she's back!!! As for the threads who wants JEWELS when you can have that kind of bling on your sewing machine or on your needle!! Hands down the Winner!! You have done it yet again!!
So glad you had a wonderful holiday!!

CitricSugar said...

Love your thought process - lovely collections!

And do tell more about France. I need to get vicarious croissants from somewhere. :-)

Leanne said...

Glad to hear you had a great time and please share the photos! Your collections of thread are lovely, good luck.

Katie B said...

Yummy thread collection! Welcome home. :)

Pétra said...

I'd love to hear about your trip! We had a trip to Europe with the kids the summer before last and I never really blogged about it which I still regret please share! I love your thread colors.

Patti said...

Welcome home! I have been following some of your photos on Flickr and they are amazing! Your thread choices are fantastic.

Mrs Flying Blind... said...

Welcome home xxx
Back to it already!

dutchcomfort said...

Welcome home Krista! Missed your posts. I’m curious to hear all about your stay in Paris!
Lovely thread collections!

badlandsquilts said...

Lovely thread collections... great inspirations!

And I would LOVE to see your photos and travel vicariously through you!

Amy Friend said...

Welcome home Krista! I hope you had an amazing time.

pinksuedeshoe said...

welcome home! can't wait to see all your france loveliness.

felicity said...

I love France so I would gladly sit through all 1000 photos. Bring 'em on!

Your themes for the Aurifil threads are brilliant, by the way. But they got my birthstone wrong - October is Opal!

Anonymous said...

Wow! You've been busy since you got home! Love your beautiful thread collections, hope you win. Looking forward to going to France via your photos! We missed you, glad you're back and that you had a good time.


What Comes Next? said...

Can't wait to see your pictures of France - I spent a wonderful 8 weeks there many, many years ago, and it is one of my most favourite places. Bring 'em on! Your jewel tone caase of threads is beautiful - I can see myself working with those threads for sure. Welcome home!

Live a Colorful Life said...

I'm so glad you are home!! Well, you sure put more thought into your collections than I did--I was thinking strictly about choosing colors for one particular quilt, even though I'm pretty happy with my colors choices. Your collections are both great.

Can't wait to see some more of your pictures!

karen said...

welcome Home!!

Holly said...

Welcome back, Krista! I can't wait to see photos of your travels. It'll take me back to my trip to France that happened twenty years ago - holy cow, I'm getting old!

Love the thought process behind your thread selection. Hope you win!

Kristie said...

Welcome home, Krista!! Can't wait to see all of your photos and hear of your adventures :)

Unknown said...

Back at it, I see! These two collections are really neat. I think my fave is the first (just in terms of visual appeal).

Nice to see you back safe and sound!