The start of a new week and time for day five of our blog hop. We’re half way through already and I hope you are enjoying meeting new friends and maybe picking up a few free motion tips and ideas along the way. Lots of you are leaving comments which I am loving reading. Keep it up and perhaps you’ll be the lucky one to go get one of those DVDs or maybe even the Stella lamp and Hexie Love ruler! There will definitely be a winner… no rollovers on this drawing…
Today we are welcoming Kim Niedzwiecki to the blog. I met Kim through a small Facebook group I have been a part of. We were making blocks for a block swap but unfortunately life got in the way and it’s been a while since anyone has posted.Kim works for Aurifil, USA as the Social Media Content Coordinator and Quilt Guild Donation Coordinator so we have met IRL* at Quilt Market several times.
If you were to watch my DVD closely you would see that I have Aurifil on my machine for all my stitching demos. The 50wt. cotton is my go to thread for free motion quilting. It’s a 2 ply thread and adds all the texture I’m looking for and just enough color. And it’s great quality so it’s problem free with very little lint or breakage. Super!
BTW I have heard a rumor that there will be a thread giveaway over on Kim’s blog at Auribuzz today, as if you needed an incentive to get over there?
Moving on from loops and swirls today’s place mat is finished with chrysanthemums, flowers and what I refer to as snail trails… as I stitch into the center of my shape I’m thinking of a snail shell although I’m not making circular shapes. Suggestions for a new name for the motif on the blue stripe are welcome!
The chrysanthemum stitch adds almost the same texture as pebbles without quite so much effort. They are different as you can see in this next picture,but if you just want an all over circle type texture you’d get it done in less than half the time with the chrysanthemums. Something to consider?
Did you notice the variegated thread in that picture? It just adds a subtle hint of color for extra interest! It’s color 4651 (Sunrise) if you’re interested. My most favorite Aurifil variegated thread is 4060 (Silver Moon). It is a tone on tone light grey to white which looks so good on a shades of white background. It’s what I used on the featured image at the top of the page.
Choosing the right thread to complement your quilt top makes so much difference to your finished quilt!
For your enjoyment here’s the list of bloggers again. If this is your first time here it’s worth checking out some of the previous posts so that you don’t miss anything.
Comments do win prizes… I’ll be drawing at least three names from all the comments left on my blog between the 7th and the 16th on Sunday 17th to win a DVD. The grand prize winner will also receive a brand new Hexie Love ruler AND a Stella task lamp from Stella lighting. Definitely worth trying for? I am reading all the comments. They are moderated so if it’s your first time commenting and you don’t see yours coming up straight away I will get to it as soon as I can…
And if you’re not lucky, or you just know you can’t wait? The DVD or digital download is available at the Interweave store by clicking on the widget at the right hand side of the page.
See you again tomorrow!
*In real life!!