Monday, September 02, 2019

Happy Little Things Block #2

I am still out of town for the labour day weekend, and due to too much relaxation and celebrations, I forgot to post my second Happy Little Things BOM by Jacquelynne Steves! hop over to Jacquelynne's blog for more information on how to get your free pattern.


I pieced block #2 on my favourite white Singer featherweight 221K sewing machine. Here it is sewing the modified hourglass blocks. It is 55 years old and still sews like a dream!


Here is my block #2 mostly made from the Strawberry Jam line of fabric plus some greys. The centre of my block is hand embroidered according to Jacquelynne's pattern. I'm so happy with how it turned out and think it goes together well with block #1.


There is another fantastic giveaway this month which is an Aurifil thread box! To enter your name in the draw to win the thread all you have to so is leave a comment below. Do you use Aurifil thread? And if so, which is your favourite?




My favourite is the 50 weight thread for machine piecing and quilting. I usually buy the neutral thread in large cones, but the 1300 metre size is easier to use as it fits on all machines without needing a thread stand.

Giveaway will end on Sunday, September 8, 2019 night. Prize draw has been made and the winner is commenter #39. 
Congratulations to Nanette!
Blogger Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

I have been using Aurifil thread since 2003 for applique, then I started usin it for my machines! At that time there was only 1 Distributor and she was a jewel.

Kathy I love your blocks for Happy... BOM! Doing a great job on keeping up with your projects!
Remember to visit the other featured bloggers and enter to win their thread draw too. You can only win once per month, but if you visit all the blogs listed below, you have at least 8 chances to win:


A Quilting Life  https://www.aquiltinglife.com/
The Crafty Quilter   https://thecraftyquilter.com/
Flamingo Toes   https://flamingotoes.com/
Allie-Oops Sweet Happy Life   http://allie-oopssweethappylife.blogspot.com/
Happy Quilting Melissa http://www.happyquiltingmelissa.com/

Kathy's Quilts  https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/ (that's me!)

While I have been away my friend Barb taught me how to use my Instagram account, so you can hop over to see another photo of my block posted on Instagram.

146 comments:

Unknown said...

I have never used Aurifil thread before but I sure am hoping to win so I can try it out! The color selection is amazing too!

Deb said...

I use Aurifil when I applique. It's so smooth and basically lint free. 50 at is what I use.

wendy said...

Aurifil thread is great! I haven't used it for very long but I like it!(50 wt)

Susan said...

I have never used Aurifil thread. I would love to win some to try it out.

Joye with an e said...

I have used a spool or two and my machine seems to like it, the orange spools. I would love to have more as it doesn't seem to be as linty as some I have used. Thanks.

Julierose said...

I have never used Aurifill thread--I would like to try it tho;...thanks for the chance hugs, Julierose

Sherill said...

I love Aurifil threads. I use the 1300 m spool. It works very well on my 48 year old machine.

april dawn said...

I'm very new to using their thread so my favorite is whatever I'm using at the moment.

mangozz said...

I have never tried Aurifil thread before, but I would love to.

Barb said...

I have only used the 50 weight Aurifil thread, but I do like it!
barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

Sharon Aurora said...

I have used Aurifil thread and 50 weight is my favorite.

Jill said...

The white Singer is sweet. I'm glad that you are using it. I also use Aurifil thread 50 wt when machine piecing.

MastiffSue said...

I have never used Auriful thread so can't say which is my favorite : ) . mastiffsue1@gmail.com

Jessie McCloskey said...

I love using Aurifil, I also use the 50 wt. When I started out, I found that it was the most recommended type so I gave it a try and stuck with it!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your block is so pretty! I love Aurifil thread, and have been using it for all my hand piecing projects.

DLREB said...

Yes, I love Aurifil thread! I use it for piecing & quilting. All my machines love it too!

Karen said...

I have only used the 50 wt Aurifil. I would love to try some of the other weights.

GranChris said...

I use the 50wt a lot. Not sure about any other weight.

Julieb said...

I have never used this thread. I am still learning. But it would be great to try it to see the difference it may make.

Amanda Best said...

I love the Aurifil Mako 50, so smooth and lint free, the perfect thread, in my opinon.

Gretchen Weaver said...

I use Auriful for piecing all my quilts, love it! I normally buy the big sized cones but take the smaller spools to retreats.

Stevie said...

I am ashamed to say I do not use Aurifil for piecing, but I do have a neutral spool and I will try it.

Droid said...

I have never used Aurifil. I am still a novice so learning so much.

Paula said...

I love aurifil. I use it for sewing, quilting, and applique. Dove grey 2600 is my favorite.

Sally Langston Warren said...

I have not used aurifil thread yet but have wanted to try it! I have heard the 50w is great for machine quilting. I quilt on my vintage domestic machines (old Singers and an old Elna 62C).

Tammy said...

I love Aurifil thread! I use the 50 weight for machine piecing, free motion quilting, and needleturn applique. It is so versatile.

PatriciaLud said...

I only use Aurifil thread on my Berninas. Beautiful colors and terrific stitching!

Susan said...

I have never used Aurifil thread but have heard a lot of good things about it. Please use my email 'happytrails2u-rv@att.net. Thank you.

Lee said...

I love using Aurifil thread!

Daniele said...

Since Aurifil is less popular here in Luxembourg, Europe than other brands, I have never used it yet.
mimishka1@yahoo.de

Stitchin At Home said...

I love Aurifil thread and use it for piecing and quilting.

mama b said...

Aurifil 50 wt is my favorite for piecing and machine quilting

Brenda West said...

I have not tried Aurifil thread yet. Would be something looks like I may have to do. Thanks for another great giveaway - this would be a great way to try it out. deanbren87@gmail.com

Cathy B. said...

My Aurifil selection is growing, but I confess I've been known to save it because "it's the good stuff" just like the towels that only get used for company. I use 50 weight and also have a vintage Singer - a 401A.
basaran.family@rogers.com

Diane H said...

My favorite quilting thread is Aurifil #50. Love your block in such gorgeous fabrics.
laura84watt(at)gmail(dot)com.

ThreadCatcher said...

I haven't used Aurifil thread. Those I know that do use it seem to love it. It would be fun to win some so I could give it a try also. Thanks for the chance.

Geneal said...

I has been interesting to see the many ideas on each of the bloggers sites.

Peggyinno said...

I have been using Aurifil 50 wt for piecing for at least 10 years. Those large spools last forever! I haven’t quilted with it yet, always seem to stick with King Tut.

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

I have been using Aurifil thread since 2003 for applique, then I started usin it for my machines! At that time there was only 1 Distributor and she was a jewel.

Kathy I love your blocks for Happy... BOM! Doing a great job on keeping up with your projects!

Enjoy your visit

Denise :) said...

I love your 'slow stitching' version of this BOM! Sounds like you've enjoyed a long, lazy weekend -- yay! I found (and followed you) on instagram -- it's nice to find old friends in new places! :)

Cecilia said...

Yes, I always use Aurifil thread for piecing. My favorite is Dove gray and cream.
cecilialyoung at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

I have never used this thread but look forward to giving it a try.
tats4boo@gmail.com

Louise said...

Cute block! I love Auriful 50 wt and use it almost exclusively. I've also tried the 40 wt but it doesn't work as well in my machine. Thanks for offering a giveaway :)

SandraC said...

I love Aurifil threads. Recently discovered colour # 2375 which is a great neutral for piecing...and I like it in the finer weight for applique!

bcarlf said...

I would really like to try the Aurifil thread. I have read about it so often and would love to win this. Thanks so much for the chance.

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I have never used Aurifil thread.

Elizabeth Barno said...

I have not used Aurifil thread, but I would like to try it.

MissPat said...

I use Aurifil 50wt for piecing and FMQ all the time. I usually use one of the creamy shades or lgt gray for piecing, but love to use variegated threads for FMQ. I finally broke down and bought a cone of #2000, but now I can't find the thread stand I bought months ago at a Connecting Threads sale. I put it in a safe place because I was constantly having to move it.
Pat

Nancy in IN said...

I need to buy some more Aurifil 50 wt

Enthous said...

I use Aurifil a lot for piecing, so 50wt is my favorite.

Wendy Zick said...

I haven't used Aurifil yet, I hear it is wonderful. Love your featherweight! I have several treadles, they are fun to sew with.

Sue Green said...

I use 50 wt. Aurifil thread for machine piecing and 28 wt. for hand piecing. Thank you!

Gail said...

I have never used Aurifil thread. jgsowin@gmail.com

tac73 said...

I have some Aurifil thread. My favorite color is currently Dove since gray seems to be quite popular.

Bert K said...

I love Aurifil for piecing too - the 50 wt.

Unknown said...

Nope, I've not used Aurifil. I find that I get stuck on what's available at my local shop. But we are traveling right now and I hope to find some to try on the baby quilt I'm working on right now.

Michelle said...

I haven't used Aurifil thread. I like your color combination and fabrics you used on your block.

Linda Copas said...

Once I was introduced to Aurifil thread, there was never another for me. I like the 50 weight for piecing and applique, and the embroidery thread is wonderful.

sue s said...

I have only used the 50 wt but would love to win this group.

Sarah said...

I have one reel of aurifil thread only but it's nice to use!

Deb A said...

I got some 50 weight aurofil in neutral and light blue to try out after hearing so many say how great it is to needle. I love it for hand piecing and it works well on my machine. I'd better go print out this pattern and draw it out for embroidery this week. Enjoy the vaca.

Sharon Brown said...

Kathy, I have used Aurifill for about 6 years now and really like quilting with it. It all started when I bought my first spool of 50 weight to try, when it was on sale. It became my favorite thread, but 50 weight is my favorite and most used. I am always behind on keeping up with blogs I subscribe to, except yours sometime every Sunday for the Slow Stitching! I look forward to those happy, no drama posts so thank you for providing a calm and enjoyable place to encourage slowing down and enjoying some stitching.

Sewgirl said...

Glad you are enjoying Instagram! I love Aurifil 50 wt the best.

Cindy Berry said...

I have not sewn with Aurifil thread but would like to give it a try. cmberry@lsu.edu

Pam said...

I have used Aurifil --- I just picked up another spool!! IT is wonderful

Hannah said...

I have used Aurifil, 50wt. I'd like to try some of the others, something heavier for hand quilting for example.

Lydia said...

I am using Aurifil now and love it. Almost finished with this spool so would love to win this prize

Sherry said...

I use Aurifil 50 weight thread when piecing. It is my favorite thread for that. I have also used Aurifil 12 wt for embroidery and love how it looks.

Darlene said...

I have never used Aurifil thread before but I sure am hoping to win so I can try it out!

Dianne M said...

I love your block! The colors are some of my favorites.

Judy1522 said...

I mostly use the 50 wt Aurifil thread for my quilts and white is usually my go to color.

Jayne said...

I like to use Aurifil 50wt

KaHolly said...

Cute, cute block! I use 50wt. Aurifil mostly.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

I just got my white featherweight back from my daughter. She said it was working so I had Tom clean and oil it and with a few tension adjustments I got it working again. I think it might have been driver error. Mine belonged to my husbands grandmother and it brought so many wonderful memories of her to see it again. Your second block is very cute!

Liz Horgan said...

I love your embroidered block!
I use aurifil 50 weight for piecing!

Becky said...

I use Aurifil all the time. Love it. Very thin for piecing get great seams.

Delaine said...

I do use Auriful thread for piecing and quilting, and they are all my favorite! Thanks!

Monica said...

yes, I use 50 wt Auriful for piecing and binding.

pippirose said...

I haven't used Aurifil yet, but I sure want to!

Ups and Downs said...

I love Aurifil thread, it is the only one I use.

Mary Lou P. said...

I use the 50 wt Aurifil for all my piecing.

Deanna W said...

I have just started using Aurifil for piecing.I love how fine it is and not thick like cotton thread. It is very nice for doing binding as well. Hope even your blog stalker is eligible ...haha!!!

wildfitzrose said...

I use Aurifil for everything....so many colors makes it easy to match if I need to.

Sue Bernier said...

I love the 50 wt Aurifil for my quilts. It sees beautifully every time.

Debbie said...

I love the 50 wt Aurifil for doing all my piecing. It is strong and really helps for making the seams disappear. I use a lot of white, off white, and black and even purchased one of the large cones when it was 25% on sale.

joanelle20 said...

I have never used Aurifil thread, but would like to try it in the future.

Kathy E. said...

Your block is so sweet...perfect colors and fabrics!
Yes, I've used Aurifil many times and usually keep it for really special projects because it's pricey. I prefer the 50 wt. too!
duchick at gmail dot com

Noreen said...

50 weight Aurifil is practically all I use! trotskyn@att.net

Stacey Trichel said...

I use the Aurofill 50 white & cream for piecing.

Joan Avery said...

I love Aurafil neutrals in the 50 wt.

Joy said...

I’ve never used or heard of Aurifil thread. Would love to try it.

2Eagles said...

I've recently started sewing with aurifil threads. I like the neutrals esp. lt. beige & dove. I'm drooling over the colorful aurifloss kit which is a bit pricey for my budget but is on my Christmas wish list!

Annette Canonica said...

I currently use only the 50 weight thread but plan to expand my horizons this coming year. JewelryBoxJoy@aol.com

Diane said...

No, I don't use Aurifil thread but would love to win some to try!

tehlers said...

I have not used Aurifil thread but would love to try some. tdcehlers@yahoo.com

Denise8 said...

I use only Aurifil for piecing, 50 weight cotton, generally a medium grey or medium beige.

nanateppy said...

The shop where I bought my machine ($$$$) recommended using Aurifil thread, but I haven't gotten around to buying it yet. I have been pretty happy using polyester thread so far, but will keep Aurifil in mind, especially as I learn to do more quilting on my home machine.

seamstress manana said...

I have not used Aurifil thread but I would love to some day.

Lin said...

I use primarily Aurifil 50 wt. and the colour depends on the fabric I'm working with so I don't really have a favourite.

Teresa said...

I always use Aurifil, love it

Mary said...

I love using Aurifil 50 weight for machine quilting.

Lorna said...

I have only used Aurifil thread (50 wt) when machine quilting. Thank you for the chance to win the prize pack. Cheers

Rebecca Buchanan said...

First of all I want to say your block is lovely! I love Aurifil--their 50 wt for piecing was my first encounter, but I am now loving trying out the thicker threads, 12 and 28, and am looking forward to trying their floss. I also have the 80 wt (?) in neutrals which I plan to use for EPP and have heard so many good things about. Thank you for this giveaway opportunity! rebecca@sover.net

Mary Jean Eisenga said...

I use Aurifil thread for piecing and quilting. I love the colors available and the beautiful results I get on my Quilt projects. I am excited about also trying the embroidery thread with appliqué hand projects. All cotton is great. I am planning to check out the Forty3 for quilting on my mid arm machine at the Quilt expo tomorrow in Madison. Thanks dmjeisenga@hotmail.com.

Angiegary said...

I have tried Aurifil once and it was so nice. Didn't leave lint and sewed wonderful. Enjoy your day!! :-) :-) angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

hummnbyrde1 said...

I am using 50wt in a neutral color on my Happy Little Things and love it!! hummnbyrde1@yahoo.com

Veronica said...

I have not used Aurifil thread but am hoping to after reading all of the great comments. I, too, enjoy hand embroidery so I look forward to seeing your blocks.

Leloy said...

I have not used Aurifil, but would love to try it on my Bailey. Loved seeing your bom - too cute!

Judy said...

I don't use Aurifil but would like to give it a try!
judewalahoski@gmail.com

neflaval said...

Aurifil 50/2 is best for quilting for me. The smaller size.

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said...

Such a pretty block this month. I use Aurifil at least 85% of the time and 50 weight is what is in my drawer. I'd like to try some of the 28 Wt and maybe some of the 60wt.

kdgardner303@comcast.net said...

I have never used Aurifil thread, but I would love to try it.

Susan4cats said...

I love Aurifil thread & have been using it for several years. Love most of the colors but I am partial to variegated thread so tend to buy them the most.

Pilarín said...

Nunca he usado hilo Aurifil, pero me gustaría. Muchas gracias por la oportunidad del sorteo.
Besos,
Pilarín

Bonnie58 said...

I love aurifil threads for quilting because of its fineness. Thanks for sharing

judi said...

I haven't tried Aurifil yet but I have some in my stash I want to give it a try.

Lee said...

I have just started using Aurifl thread and am loving it! tks!

Ronelle said...

I can't wait start using Aurifil. It is not very available in my country, but I believe it is awesome to work with.
Ronelle.Serfontein@ubank.co.za

Jollygirl said...

I love Aurifil thread and love the 50 weight for sewing. I also like their embroidery floss.

Jessica Jo said...

I have a box of Aurifil thread but I rarely touch it because it's so expensive and pretty.

Unknown said...

hi - I love Aurifil thread. Just so smooth when doing applique. I have a box of neutrals and have added some colors overtime. I use 50 wt. I would love to try their embroidery floss.

kathiec said...

Aurifil is my favorite thread to piece with! I've been using the Mark Lipinski neutral collection for the last six years and manage to use up most of the box of twelve spools in under two years. When I switch to another brand I'm always surprised at how much more lint there is to clean up in the bobbin area. And, I appreciate my Aurifil thread even more.

Carol K said...

I too have and use my OLD Singer portable all the time. It's the best investment I ever made in an appliance. I bet it would love to be fed some Aurifil threads.

Shirlee Ramblings said...

I have a few spools of Aurifil. Sure would like to use more!

Helen said...

I have never used this thread, but love thread. When I go in Fabric Store, the first place I stop is the thread display.

Tonya's Territory said...

I haven't tried Aurifil thread yet...but it's on my list of things to try. So, winning would really help that one out! :) Beautiful block! I love seeing everyone's work! (froggytonya at yahoo dot com)

Tammy said...

I have yet to use Aurifil threads. But I have heard rave reviews

Rebekah Newell said...

I have not used Aurifil yet but I do have some waiting on a project to get done so I can use it !!

Karrin Hurd said...

I have used a spool or two, and love it

Ginny G said...

I got Aurfil thread when I bought my Bernina. I use cotton thread for piecing and poly thread for quilting.

Susan Stanton said...

I use Aurifil thread for all my sewing and piecing. I love it and the wonderful variety of colors. I also like their 80 weight thread, practically invisible!
yoyopattycakes @ hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I love the 50 weight thread and use both grey & beige for piecing...
Elaine at stenbraaten at hotmail dot com

Amyjoajs15 said...

I have used Aurifil but only a couple of times

Bonnie said...

I like the Aurifil 50 weight thread for quilting.

FL said...

Love Aurifil threads.

Julie in GA said...

Aurifil 50 is my favorite thread for machine piecing, and I also use it for machine quilting.

Design Originals by KC said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Aurifil threads... I use 50 wt in my sewing machine for piecing quilt tops... then I use 28 wt for stability stitching by hand on those quilt tops and for top stitching bags I make... Finally 12 wt is my fave for big stitching with flair!!! Thanks for the chance :D Kathi kathi.clower66@gmail.com

dianne said...

Sven Thorson (my true love machine) will only accept 50wt Aurifil - he skips stitches if i try to thread him with any other thread, so i don't (cuz who wants a berserker Viking in the Magick Shoppe?!?)

Glenda X said...

Yes, I have used my 1st spool of Aurifil last month! 50 weight. I was surprised it is made in Italy & its so strong yet silky & smooth sewing. Love your block! Hope my entry isn't too late? mainlineministries@hotmail.com

Nancy Mahan said...

Would love to win the Aurifil. I enjoy many kinds of hand work.

Deb said...

I have used Aurafil 6 strand floss, the 80wt cotton and the 12wt as well, I love the ease of the 6 strand on a spool and the colors of all the thread are vibrant. I would love to take part in this give away thank you.

Margaret Creek said...

Very pretty block, I've still to try Aurilfil so I'd love to win

Joan said...

I have never used Aurifil thread, but I'd love to try it. Your block is lovely.

Judy said...

I love the boxed sets that go with a fabric designers line! I made a wall hanging with the matching aurafil thread used to machine quilt it, it was a perfect match to the fabric!

Carol said...

I have not used this kind of thread before but I sure would like to give it a try.

Nana'sBoys said...

Who can.t use thread? I love the colors and strength of this thread.