Friday, August 31, 2012

Last Days of Summer - Aurifil BOM - and GIVEAWAY!


How is it possible that we're coming 
to the end of summer?  

This was a big summer for me.  One of the reasons you haven't heard much from us on our blog!

Last week, I took my girl off to college.
You know.  The one that wasn't supposed to grow up but did anyway? For rude.


I spent the summer making quilty things for her dorm room.  


(Spent some fun screen printing, creative days with Amanda Herring, The Quilted Fish!) 

And made quilty things for my girlie's friends too!


In essence.  I've spent my summer quilting!
Pretty perfect, huh? And there may be a few 
tears mixed in with some of those stitches, but I'll tell you this much.  Thank goodness for a hobby that doesn't let you wallow.  Too darned busy for that!
I loved that I was able to send my daughter and her friends off with special hugs from Mama Hawk.


SO.  As a final salute to summer, let's knock it out with a big BANG shall we?

We want to know what YOU have been up to all summer!
Have you been quilting? Vacationing?  Both? 

Ready to win a Last Days of Summer giveaway? 
(details at end of post!)

Have you been stitching your amazing 
Aurifil Blocks of the Month?  If you've missed out, now's the time to catch up.  Still chances to win our FAV thread!

Check out the blocks by these fab artists:
AUGUST
 (click HERE)


JULY
(click HERE)


JUNE
(Click HERE)


 If these blocks don't SCREAM summer, 
I don't know what does.  
And DON'T forget to check out the flickr group and upload YOUR finished blocks to be in the running to win some thread.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS!!!

As promised, we're ready for a last days of summer giveaway.  What better way to say goodbye to summer and kick off the fall?  

I have a candy dish FILLED with 
samples of AURIFIL thread


I'm going to DUMP these into a grab bag and send them off to one lucky winner! Oh there's at least 10 good different color, type, weight, yummy spools of thread in there.

Want 'em?

Then show or tell us what you've been up to this summer!  Leave us a comment on this blog. Or click HERE to upload pics of your projects on our facebook page. 
(We LOVE pictures!)

Tells us if you've been stitching Aurifil blocks, what fun summer reads you've been devouring or if you've just been putting your feet up.  We want to know!

We'll announce a winner one week from today;
Friday, Sept 7th.



Can't wait to hear from you and say goodbye to summer together!









75 comments:

  1. It's been a busy summer of gardening & sewing. We ripped out the barberry bushes and pine tree in front of our house and put in a perennial bed with hydrangeas & roses in its place...so beautiful!!

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  2. Oh I've been working on my hexagon quilt.. STILL! Trying so hard to get it finished. And then for some reason I decided to rescue a puppy from the shelter, so everything is on hold while we work on potty training. I didn't realize how exhausting this would be!! LOL. It is like having a baby in the house. Salute all those quilters who are doing it with babies in the house!

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  3. We haven't had much of a summer here in England! but I've been doing lots of gardening! and we have put up a new fence and re-laid part of the blocks in our drive! I've done some screenprinting and a little sewing!

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  4. I've been doing a lot of sewing also. Lots of pillowcases for kids in the hospital, quilts for 2 daughters and one for the homeless shelter. Plus a few baby quilts for future little ones. All with Aurifil thread.

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  5. I've been working, taking care of chickens in the horrid heat, trying to get my sampler quilt quilted for my sister, read LOTS of books, won quite a few of those books, and pretty much just sat and sweated in the heat because we live in an old 1935 farmhouse with no air conditioning. LOL

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  6. It has been a great summer of spending memory making time with my Grand daughters at the beach, quilting an Anniversary quilt and hosting some of my family. I also started taking a Knitting class this summer.

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  7. I have been working on two quilt alongs this summer and another quilt. I am hoping to finish them and use them as Christms presents. Also, I have read several books right now I am reading A Poisened Season by Tasha Alexander.

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  8. Wish I could say I accomplished a lot of quilting but not so much.
    I'm currently nursing my husband after he had a serious bicycle accident. Maybe the Fall will be more productive, I hope.

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  9. I have been trying to get UFOs finished in between cleaning out my grandmother's house and keeping my 5 yr old occupied. In finishing my UFOs I've almost finished up one large spool of 50wt Aurifil thread - love it!

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  10. I've been working on Sew Spooky BOM with my fabrics. I would love to win your threads.....:) I have used aurifil.

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  11. Big achievement - finished my wedding quilt top and all centerpieces for my reception :)

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  12. i'm finally kitting both my zenquility pattern and a walk in the woods. all the appliqued pieces and blocks are ready for zenquility and the background and templates are made for a walk, with the applique ready to cut. would love to win the thread! love aurifil ... thanx for the chance to win some.

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  13. I've been stitching, baking, and running (just scroll through my blog and you'll get your fill of it all!). I've ran a Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash, Mud battle, a 15K, two half marathons, and a 5k on our anniversary, all worked into training for our first marathon which is in (EEK) 15 days. And, on my oh-so-lovely rest days, I've designed and made a new purse, a pouch for the gym, and finished a couple quilt tops that are now in the waiting-to-be-quilted pile. And I've been knitting. When my legs aren't piling on the miles, I have to keep my hands busy somehow!

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  14. Put a picture up on your FB site. I couldn't make the link work so I hope that was what I was supposed to do. Not smart tonight...

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  15. I've been trying to finish some quilts and I did finish my newest granddaughter's quilt and a frog appliqué quilt. I spent most of the month of July and August with grand babies visiting. Our son-in-law competed in the Olympics in London and our youngest daughter was able to go with him and we kept our two year old granddaughter. So, not much quilting was done? :-) but our son-in-law did win a gold! Thanks for the chance towin some Aurifil thread. I love it!

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  16. My Summer has been so busy with yard work-- and mowing, mowing, mowing... but in between all that yard work an mowing, I've found a little time to work on some embroidery projects. The latest is a pillowcase with a little grey kitten laying in a bed of blue flowers... :-)

    Thank you so much for the chance to win some Aurifil thread-- I love new thread!!! :-)

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  17. We had a wonderful vacation, then getting ready to send our baby to college, too! Busy, busy stuff, but not nearly enough quilting (I still need to finish her dorm quilt!)

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  18. Love the Call Your Mom pillows! Awesome! But, my daughter called me about 5 times a day at college, so she obviously didn't need a reminder - LOL! I've been busy working on a few wedding quilts this summer! What a great giveaway - thanks so much for the chance to win some Aurifil!

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  19. We've been busy working out the exterior of our house..painting, driveway repair and new porch stairs. I did get a chance to sew some cushions and pillows for my porch furniture but we haven't had a second to sit out there and take a load off. I'm actually looking forward to winter and being cooped up in the house..just me, my sewing machine and a pile of fabric to wade through.

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  20. This summer I have been renovating, new flooring in kitchen, bathroom, and hardwood installed. Painting cupboards, walls, ceilings and on and on. So no sewing and I can hardly wait to get into my sewing room. Would love aurifil thread to try it out.

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  21. We moved this summer and I didn't finish that or probably anything else I started as a summer project. I am in love with my new studio space, but certainly not the moving process. It was completely overwhelming. I have the studio set up enough to be functional and am taking a break from the unpacking and organizing that seems never ending. For now, I need to create.

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  22. I've spent my summer working, quilting and reading (but not necessarily in that order). My last hurrah is my vacation starts this week! Then I'll get started on some Christmas projects when I get back. Would love to play with the thread, thanks for the give away!

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  23. I've been working on "Orca Bay", a pattern for a scrapquilt by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.
    Furthermore, after I found some shop in Germany that sells quite a few Aurifil colors, I have sewn a skirt with Aurifil. I love this thread! I love the way the seams look and that there is actually no lint at all.

    I'd love to win the thread since the threads you're offering are a different weight than mine (which are 50wt) and I'd love to find out how much I love the other weights as well.

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  24. This summer has really flown by! I put in a garden for the first time this year. That was alot of work but fun. I've been working on 2 tumbling block quilts. I've also starting my Christmas gifts. I want to be done by Thanksgiving.

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  25. I completed a small section of an applique quilt. I crocheted some star ornaments to use for gift tags for Christmas. I read a couple books. Not too busy a summer for me. I'm on summer break so I needed some relaxation.

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  26. Started my summer with a vacation in Australia..the highlight of my 3 weeks was spending 2 days with Saly, quilting friend in Nelson Bay (showed her all the FB quilting sites and blogs like yours). So my summer started out great...then back to work as the incoming students came for their advising events...then I took a quick break to visit my daughter in San Diego before she left for University of Oregon School of Law. Then I was off to Honolulu, where Sally and I overlapped by 24 hrs. She landed and in 2 hours we were on the road participating in the local Shop Hop. When it comes to quilting, I think jet lag is not a problem.

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  27. We had a fun vacation trip to Canada this summer, but other than that it has been one of those summers that we will be happy to see end (family illnesses, etc. - sorry for the downer). So only a little sewing and just trying to get through it. This would definitely cheer things up! Thanks for the chance to win!
    ellen(at)myerly(dot)net

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  28. It was a DREAM Summer!
    I created over 2 dozen quilt tops, hand quilted 3 quilts and...created a quilt for a quilt magazine...but that's top secret and I can't give out those details, other than I worked with some amazing fabric from Timeless Treasures.

    sowingstitches [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  29. where to start? learned to knit, then FELT, 3 pr of wool slippers!! made a DrSuess baby quilt, Sudoku quilt (twin) for a college student - my own pattern, finishing a DIVA BOM, a red/black/cow spots quilt, pan pinchers and hand-quilting a Christmas quilt ... reading: Debbie Macomber books and finished "A Walk to Remember" by Nicholas Sparks.

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  30. A little vacation, a little sewing,a lot of grandchilren time and finally organized the sewing room.

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  31. I can't believe that the summer went by so fast! I was just getting used to the "no-school-traffic-on-my-way-to-work" schedule, and now it's back. :< Anyway, I worked on a BOM from my LQS, did some knitting and I put together a quilt for my newest Great niece, Elise. I haven't figured out how I want to quilt it yet, so it is sitting in my sewing room guilting me out every time I walk in there!

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  32. It's been hot here in Oklahoma so I've been working on a Flowers for My Wedding Ring quilt for my niece. She'll be getting married next July. I also have my daughters quilt for her room and two baby quilts.

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  33. I am working on a Swoon quilt with Flea Market Fancy fat quarters! Thank you for
    the giveaway!

    amyd14_1999@yahoo.com

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  34. I have been busy finishng two quilts to hang in my livingroom. They are both Edyta Sitar patterns using her strips method to make baskets and triangles to make trees, and then Aurafil thread to do the applique.

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  35. Summer has been spent indoors working at two different jobs. AND in my spare time (ha!) I've been fitting in applique on a Christmas Baltimore by P3 Designs.

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  36. See my "Beach Cottage" by "2000 Bottle Quilt Co. and Piece By Number" paper pieced foundation quilt top on Facebook that I did this Summer. I really need some beautiful Aurilfil threads to finish the top

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  37. I've been working full time but I've managed to.get in a lot of sewing! I've finished 8 purses. 2 quilts and bits of odds and ends. :)

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  38. I've had a productive summer for once! LOL First off, I cleaned and reorganized the sewing room. Then I completed hubby's Hanging Garden quilt top and took it to the long arm quilter to do. I took the left over strips from it and made a jelly roll race quilt for a friend from them and yesterday I finished another jelly roll race quilt top. Will get it basted and quilted by week's end as it is a birthday present for my dad. I put myself on new project restriction, so I haven't done any of the BOMs. Once I get some more projects completed, then I will start something new!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Sandy A

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  39. It's been a wonderful Summer, albeit too hot here but I have completed piecing two lap throws - both at the quilters now. Got some embroidery done and plan to start a redwork Christmas wall quilt. I sure love the Aurifil thread for both sewing and embroidery.

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  40. MY SUMMER INCLUDED: A WEE BIT OF SEWING, ALOT OF READING HISTORICAL ROMANCE NOVELS AND ITS SUB-GENRES, POSTED SO MANY GORGEOUS GOWNS OF HISTORICAL PERIODS ON MY FB TIMELINE WALL, SHARING RECIPES, PLANTING PURPLE FLOWERS FOR MY HUSBAND TO ENJOY, PURCHASING FABRIC AND TRYING TO FIND A PLACE TO HIDE IT AND MAKING FRIENDS WITH AUTHORS.THE BEST PART, SEEING ALL MY SISTERS TOGETHER!
    Juanita Decuir
    silhouettesinscale@yahoo.com

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  41. seems summer and the entire year has flown by, except for the unmerciful heat (which is still with us at 114 heat index predicted for today. so I have actually been getting a chance to get back into trying some quilting on small projects with a swap group. I have never used Aurifil thread but everyone who I know who has used it raves about it. Would love to win your generous prize and try them out for myself on my next swap project.

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  42. Summer has gone way too fast. Spent some time traveling and with the fam. Made a few charity quilts and working on wool for a craft show. Would love to try aurifil, so thanks for the opportunity to win some. If not then I see a shopping trip in my future!

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  43. I've mainly been watching the Olypmics and Paralympics and doing a bit of EPP in between races!!

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  44. I having been Quilting to, Will finish up binding next week, I have 2 sons getting married in Sept and I also got a new grandson, So all of them are getting a quilt. I have been creating during the Zakka sew along and some Bee swaps.. I gotta run now and finish up the Bows for the Wedding.

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  45. I've sorted, pressed, and re-folded my stash, made 1 kid quilt, 2doll quilts, a placemat for the dogs dish, and 2 tops. Also, I bought more fabric! That's what holidays are for, aren't they, hitting new shops! Thanks! sguday@shaw.ca

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  46. I can't believe summer is almost over!! It seemed to last so long when we were kids. I have been working and going to school so not much to report on the sewing front. I did complete a baby quilt for my new granddaughter. (Awwww!) I guess I need to begin thinking about holiday gifts. (hard to wrap my head around that one) Good luck and best wishes.

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  47. We had a wet spring and a very hot summer here in southern Alberta, Canada. It sure feels good to be getting a few cooler days now. I made two quilts and worked on a charity quilt for our guild. Can hardly wait for guild to start in two weeks. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  48. omg what I would do with me some aurifil thread as I would make me a beautiful baby quilt for our new great niece or nephew due in March... Our niece was told she couldn't have another child after her first daughter and 9 years later she comes up pregnant.. oh what a great chance it would be for me to win

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  49. I have been so busy making burp cloths...wash cloths...hooded towels...and of course quilts for my first grandchild, due in January!

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  50. I worked on some quilting projects, practiced FMQ (my feathers are improving!!) and did some sewing for my mom. I read Debbie Macomber's "The Inn at Rose Harbor" (recommend!!) and went to the lake, the fair, and a quilt shop hop. It's been a great summer!

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  51. Was sick in May..took while to get back on feet...sewing Journal covers when my back allows me to sit in leaning position for any length of time...worked on quilt top some, garden some, took care of bee hives. In all a little of this and a little of that.

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  52. Will finish a top today, have two to be quilted, need to put a binding on the wounded warrior quilt and have several ideas bouncing around begging to be made. And it's too hot to throw those quilts over my shoulder to be quilted!

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  53. This summer, I have been working on fabric
    postcards for next Christmas, making embroidered tea towels, just finished a
    twister quilt. Just starting on a row by row quilt to be finished next spring.

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  54. I have ridden 739 miles on our tandem along with my husband, 35 miles on my new bike, visited Puerta Vallarta and walked my legs off in the heat. I finished a baby quilt and embroidered label which were delivered, worked on my Aurifil blocks, embroidered several other blocks for wall hangings that are being donated to our local volunteer run ski area fund raiser later this month. and moved several sets of blocks on to topsville, to be quilted this winter. I have five quilts waiting for me to hand stitch the binding down as I sewed the binding to the front and am working on them in the evenings. I have also read at least 25 books, ranging from mysteries and romances, to serious non-fiction. Over all I think this has been a very productive and fun summer.
    I would love to win and am so sad that summer is gone. I am not ready for the snow to fly here in Alaska.

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  55. I did a surprising amount of sewing this summer considering how short our season is! A couple of QAL's and lots of little projects for Bees. I love Aurifil, so thanks for the chance to win some!

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  56. I have gotten a lot of sewing done this summer..New designs and some fun new things for my granddaughter! And of course I used Aufifil thread!! My favorite!!

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  57. I've only done handwork this summer, mostly applique. House is being remodeled including my sewing room. I'm itching to get it finished and have access to all my quilty stuff again.

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  58. Unfortunately we've had no summer here in England!! It has been rain rain and yet more rain. I have MS and that hasn't taken a vacation this summer either so I hace turned into a couch potato! In other words I've been sitting all summer watching television with my feet up. But I would dearly love to win you aurifil giveaway cause it might just get me motivated to cut and sew again.

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  59. HELLO! NEAT GIVEAWAY!
    THANK YOU FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  60. This summer was garden time. Homemade tomato soup, V-8 juice, apple sauce, apple pie filling, pear jam, beets, corn, green beans, salsa, and stuff I can't remember. Almost ready to get back to quilting. Kids are back in school, YEAH!
    Wish we could have some of that rain from England as we were so dry here in Ohio.
    Thanks for the Aurifil giveaway love that thread.
    Cindy
    cladig@woh.rr.com

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  61. This summer has been along & hot one. I have been working on "Hearts Desire" Quilt by Esther Aliu. I'm getting the courage up to try and do some free motion quilting. This thread sure would come in handy for doing that. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  62. I've been making some kitchen goodies, pincushions and purses. I'm creating my own patterns, so have been snapping photos as I sew. I'm going to have to figure out where to buy Aurafil thread...it's all I hear about lately!

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  63. I have been Hexie-obsessed this summer. I am making a scrappy flower quilt with 1.5-inch hexagons. I noticed that I often had smaller scraps that needed to be used too, so I started making a 3/4-hexagon of every fabric I used - I am collecting them (and probably will be for years to come) for a super scrappy quilt to come :-)

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  64. I have been catching up on my BOM projects...it has been good for my soul to get some UFO's finished too! I think that I am going to have 4 quilts to give as gifts this year for Christmas and I am super pumped about that. Of course hand stitching has been mixed in when we are away from home. Quilting is such an amazing hobby to have!!
    cjpike at indiana dot edu

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  65. I've been working all summer on a queen size quilt for my brother. It's been a great way to stay out of the summer heat!

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  66. I've been trying to finish up my UFO's before starting something new...that's not working for me :).

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  67. Picking organic veggies and berries here in Michigan is top priority! Between times, finishing 3 quilt tops for a beach house, and 2 purses for my daughters...great summer! Now to tackle the quilting...I will try aurifil thread for the first time...excited!

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  68. My summer project started out with a Birthday quilt for my Granddaughter. It was a Hello Kitty Quilt. She is 18 yrs old and still loves HK. Then I ordered a new sewing cabinet and after 5 weeks it is being delivered today! I can't wait. This summer I went to California twice and just as it ends in Sept, I will be headed to TX to spend a few days with my Sister to help her celebrate her 60th! Then, I'm hitting the quilting hard! Thanks for the opportunity to win this fantastic thread.

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  69. Between prepping my Mom's house for sale, packing, moving, unpacking I've mostly worked on small art quilt projects; along with a couple super cute aprons for my great niece's birthdays - one a Fancy Nancy and the other Princess Merida from Brave; did a 'slice' for a friends group quilt challenge and just finished up a Fall Block challenge.

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  70. I spent most of my summer working on "Tribute to a Hometown Hero" a T-shirt Memory Quilt for the guardian of our local Hometown Hero, Cpl. Frankie Watson who lost his life in Afghanistan last Fall. I used Frankie's t-shirts, signatures of his buddies he served with, badges, pictures transferred to cloth, Marine Corp fabrics and pillow top. It can be seen on my blog with the complete story.

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  71. Besides going to work, I have spent a lot of time taking my dad to Dr appts. He just had his 4th redo total hip replacement. Unfortunately, the femur broke a few days after surgery and they had to go back and put bands around the femur. He is 88yrs old and will have a long recovery but is doing good. During the hours of surgery I worked on an embroidery piece I am doing called "My Sewing Room". I actually am using my first spool of Aurifil thread and am loving it. Hope I am lucky enough to win some more. Thanks.

    lsandes@comcast.net

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  72. This summer I worked steadily on a Sunbonnet BOY quilt for my wonderful, smart, cute, lovable 2 yar old great-grandson, Kylar. Each block has a hand-appliqued boy with a landscape background. I drew the boys so all are different poses. One has a kite, one a basketball, one holds flowers, etc. and all are dressed differently. Because this little boy is obsessed with trains, I designed and appliqued a train across the top to go on the pillow area.

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  73. Love Aurefil 50 wt. It's the only thread I use to piece with.

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  74. I have not used Aurefil thread yet, guess I've been hiding under a rock or an island. I've been doing yard and garden projects not leaving much time for sewing during the summer. Soon winter and snow will be here and I try to get outside on my bike as much as possible.

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