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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Aurifil Thread Giveaway

1-2-3 Sew
Time For Another Giveaway
Aurifil Thread
Giveaway Starts September 3rd & Ends September 10th 

Aurifil Thread, something I had heard discussed countless times! Aurifil Thread, something that was coveted as "the only thread to use" by quilters within my circle of blogging quilters. So what is so special about Aurilfil Thread I kept asking myself, too embarrassed in my lack of knowledge to ask anyone to explain to me? Aurifil Thread must be the "Cream of the Crop", the"Best of the Best", "The Big Kahuna" of thread for the serious quilter. Well, to learn about Aurifil, I did my research, I listened when people talked about it, and I went to the Aurifil web site, www.Aurifil.com to learn as much as I could about threads. And learn I did. 

I have quilted off and on since I was 16 years old only becoming serious about it these last few years. Last year I found the world of "Quilting Bloggers" and what I thought was a pretty darn good  knowledge base, enough to call myself a "quilter", flew right out the window along with my thoughts of putting my "2 cents" into any blog conversation. Are you kidding? I would have sounded like a kindergartner trying to go to college!!  And the learning began, starting with "Thread".

Aurifil Thread isn't just shearing the sheep and going through the process to end up with a spool of thread that has been dyed a color. Yes color, the world is more then a black and white thread world, it is a world of color that paints a tapestry of beauty. And Aurifil made the tapestry as far as I am concerned. 

I contacted Alex Vernelli, Product Manager for Aurifil Thread and admitted my ignorance about Aurifil. Thread. I explained that based on my small knowledge base, after hearing so much about Aurifil Thread, I would love to try some and see what I thought. I just wanted to validate all the "hype" that was coming from those "Quilting Bloggers", little did I know who some of them were. But my sheltered existence from the quilting world is another story.  Alex said he would send me some samples to try and I could see for myself if I agreed or disagreed with everything I had been hearing and reading. And I thought, well that is the end of that and went about my doings without too much thought about Aurifil Thread. . Ha, within 3 days I had a box of thread and the excitement grew. Along with the thread there was something else that I had heard discussed and couldn't quite figure out what all the hub-bub was about, a "Color Card".  I couldn't really figure out why that would be so important!?  If you needed blue, you bought blue, right?  Wrong, there "ain't" just one blue out there, something I knew but had not practiced with my quilting.

Aurifil is an Italian company started in 1983 near Milano. Aurifil is highly experienced in producing superior quality cotton threads for professional and domestic quilters as well as meeting the needs of the embroidery communities by developing and making a very wide range of embroidery thread in several weights. Aurifil is dedicated to develop new products based on their belief of speed and sophisticated technology strength which allows them to aesthetically manufacture their products and supplies making the company widely popular in the market place. Please go to www.aurifil.com and learn about weights, colors, purposes and correct use of threads. I was amazed, simply amazed at what I learned. I encourage you to follow the link to Aurifil's web site, I believe you will find it interesting and educational, as well as being an eye opener to you about threads, as it was too me.   

My experience with using my samples was fantastic. My sewing machine functioned better then I think it ever has. Handsewing with Aurifil was like sewing with butter, the thread just made a chore I dislike into a better experience simply because the thread does not twist and twirl like "the other thread I have used for years. It pulled so smoothly through the fabric and I'll swear my stitches even looked better. I will never waste my time  or insult a quilt by using a big box store's thread." It is hard to describe the difference but believe me there is a huge difference.  I love the feel of the thread, it is wonderful.  And colors, all I can say about the colors is that if Aurifil doesn't have your color, then you probably don't need it, because I believe they have everything you need. Threads range by sizes, usages and colors.
Don't forget to go to www.Aurifil.com and read what they have to say. And then when you join a blog of quilters you can put in your 2 cents, just like I can now. 

Giveaway, yes I did mention that, didn't I?  We are going to keep this simple and fun. Only 2 things to do to enter for two chances to win a sweet little package of Aurifil Samples and a surprise. Two winners will be picked out of the entries by "Mr. Random.Org".  Good Luck to all.  

1st entry:  Go to Aurifil on facebook and fan their page and come back here to leave a comment about something you read on their page. You might even find another giveaway to enter.   Aurifil on Facebook
2nd entry:  What is your favorite holiday and your favorite decoration for that holiday. Leave a comment here.
That's it, you now have 2 entries in for a chance to be one of two winners of a package containing Aurifil Thread and a surprise. 

See my gorgeous and "coveted" Color Card? Yep, it is mine, not for giveaaway but the four samples packs of thread are, two for each of two winner along with that surprise.


Here is a closer view of the thread you can win.


89 comments:

  1. I am already a fan of Aurfil on FB. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. My favorite holiday is Christmas. My favorite decorations are the tacky ones the kids have made/bought me over the years and let me tell you I have some tacky ones. But every year we get a kick out of them.

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  3. I love Aurifill thread! My favorite holiday is Halloween! My husband is a potter and made haunted houses,castles and barns! All lighted with candles! Very cool, but not as cool as the thread!!come on Mr. Random Number Generator!

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  4. I couldn't find the "like" button on the facebook page! I think I liked them already. I also signed up for Ellison Lane thread giveaway too! fingers crossed!

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  5. I was introduced to Aurifil thread when Kaye England came to my local quilt shop. The difference is really amazing!My favorite holiday decoration is a Santa I bought years ago at a craft show, he is made from an oatmeal box! Thanks for the giveaway! Jane

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  6. Thanks for the info on Aurifil. I myself have been experimenting with different threads lately, but have yet to try Aurifil. They have some great quilt photos on their FB page. The Earthbound quilt by Jill Buckley is amazing.

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  7. I love Halloween! I enjoy puttin out my Halloween fabric postcard holder. It takes over my fireplace. You can see it here: http://quilteddelights.blogspot.com/2010/10/halloween-postcard-holder.html

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  8. WOW I'm the first?!?! Kool My favorit holiday would be christmas. Making quilts, throws, and wall hangings.
    Thx

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  9. I had no idea that aurifil posted giveaways on their FB page! I will definitely have to keep an eye on that!

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  10. My favorite holiday is Christmas! And of course my favorite decoration is a real, live Christmas tree! I love the smell of pine in my home during the holidays! I am new to sewing and quilting so my goal this year is to make our very own tree skirt.

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  11. I love your colour card!
    I like Christmas and each year a new runner for the Christmas table!

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  12. Thanks for this post. I don't have knowledge of thread either and I don't have a local source for all the 'high end' threads out there either. Would love to win these and see for myself.
    My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving now...CHristmas just leaves me too stressed and glum. I made a Kaleidoscope quilt in fall colors when I first took a class and I LOVE it! IT comes out in Sept and stays up (as a wallhanging) till after Thanksgiving.

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  13. I visited the fb page as freeindeed cyr. I liked the pumpkin runner pattern they showcased...I love anything fall!

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  14. Wow Mark Lipinski!?!?! Way Kool

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  15. My favorite holiday is christmas. I usually have so much to make for presents, I love being busy in the sewing room. :)

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  16. I am a facebook fan of Aurifil! :-)

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  17. My favorite holiday is Thanskgiving and I tend to stick with Fall colors and themes around this holiday. It's easier for me to decorate by seasons rather than holidays. :-)

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  18. KOOL! I'm first! Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts is celebrating her birthday with a great giveaway. I already like Aurifil on facebook, just hadn't been there yet today. Thanks for sending me over. Aurifil rocks!!!

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  19. Hallowee is my favorite holiday and I have a wicked scary witch on a broom that hangs on the front door, can't wait to dig it out!

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  20. My favorite holiday is, without a doubt, Christmas. Choosing one favorite decoration is very hard because I'm pretty obsessive about Christmas and have a warehouse full of decorations. One of my favorites is my stocking. It was made by my great grandmother when I was born. It is small, white muslin, with solid red toe and heal and my name embroidered on it in red.

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  21. I read that Ellison Lane is having a giveaway too. I like aurifil on FB.

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  22. Christmas and Christmas trees are my favorites.

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  23. For me it's Christmas and a simple Christmas tree. I don't like going overboard with decorating. :)chyle

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  24. I found out from Aurifil's FB page that they have a new store locator tool to find out where to buy Aurifil thread. :)

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  25. I like Christmas and love to decorate with wreaths. :)

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  26. i'm a aurifil fan and enjoy their posts and giveaways. they've posted about a new community group,
    Sewn - Home www.sewn.eu.
    they're encouraging fans to join. the knitting club on fb introduced their crafty thingy this way and allowed it to take over the page. ruined it. i hope this doesn't happen with the aurifil page.

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  27. of all the holidays, my favorite is the fourth of july! flags and bunting, of course are the mainstays of independence day decor, but red, white and blue anything goes is wild to wear here in beautiful downtown seward, alaska. hats, clothes, sox - it's dress up time. i wear a tshirt with stars, very bland.

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  28. Something I learned on the Aurifil FB page? That they have a dedicated Australian FB page too! Double like!

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  29. My favourite holiday is Christmas! What can I say? I love the tradition and the baking and the crafting and the present hunting/wrapping/giving etc.

    My favourite decorations are the home made ones that my children and I have made together.

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  30. Hi Jeanne- great giveaway. I already like Aurofil on F/B. I left a comment re your giveaway, and noticed that Ellison Lane is also having a giveaway. :)

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  31. My special time is Christmas- and I have a handmade decoration that my youngest daughter made me when she was about 6 years old- it is a Santa made from one of those cone shaped machine thread spools, she is an adult now, but I will always treasure this decoration. :)

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  32. Oh boy, I may have to try these. After going to their facebook site, I saw a lot of comments about how great the thread is.

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  33. Favorite holiday is Christmas, and I love my stockings that I put up on the mantle. It makes me sad when I have to take them down.

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  34. Well what can I say? I love Aurifil!!!! So I am a fb fan and I read that there was another giveaway to celebrate a birthday. Ooh I hope I win :)

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  35. My favorite holiday is Christmas. I decorate the house,patio and garden with blue and silver decorations and solar powered twinkle lights. My family comes over on Christmas day and we spend the day in the pool. I cook a huge feast with the aircon on and we all have a great time hanging out :)

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  36. No way! I'm the 1st? I can't believe, that is like winning in itself!

    I joined Aurifil and found out that it is Jennifers Birthday and she is having a giveaway of Auriful thread as well.

    http://ellisonlane.blogspot.com/2011/09/birthday-giveaway.html?commentPage=2l!! Yippie.

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  37. 2nd chance LOL

    Halloween!! I use old costumes from the 60's and hang them up, I love them!

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  38. My favourite holiday is Christmas and I love to decorate the tree. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  39. My favorite holiday is Christmas and my favorite decoration is a nativity scene music box. Thanks for this giveaway with Aurifil.

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  40. My favorite holiday is Christmas and my favorite decoration is a nativity scene music box. Thanks for this giveaway with Aurifil.

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  41. We already "like" the Aurifil FB page and left a comment (look for Margaret butterfly).

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  42. We already "like" the Aurifil FB page and left a comment (look for Margaret butterfly).

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  43. Have been to Aurifil and learnt that it's Jennifer's birthday today and that there's another aurifil give-away.

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  44. I like Aurfil on Facebook and noticed that over 12,000 other people do too! I would be thrilled to try some ...

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  45. Excited for Christmas and can't wait to get started on advent calendars for the kids!

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  46. I went to Aurifil's Facebook page. I already like them on Facebook, but I did see a birthday thread giveaway there!

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  47. My favorite holiday is Christmas. My fvorite indoor decoration is our festive tree. Outside, we decorate over the top, with lots and lots of sparkling lights!

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  48. For the longest time I thought 'thread was thread' and used the 19 cents Woolworth's brand. It held blocks together lol. Now? Im in awe of Aurifil and hope I win : ). VermontPines@aol.com

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  49. I love any holiday that gets me in close proximity to my family...and I love table linen to snazzy up the table and help us enjoy that all important meal together...bring it on! Thanks for the great review on something so basic but vital.

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  50. I have already "liked" Aurifil on Facebook! Thank-you.

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  51. While I don't get on FaceBook, I have scoured Aurifil's website over the past few months, since discovering the thread for myself. So I can tell you a couple of things about it right off the top of my head.

    1. The color of the spool will tell you the weight of the thread.

    2. The thread is virtually lint-free, so the inside of your bobbin area is much cleaner.

    3. The thread is so fine and wonderful that more fits on their spools.

    You are right...those color cards would be a delight to have.

    OK....I would DEFINITELY like to win some thread! Thank you for the giveaway!

    I will tell you that Christmas is my favorite holiday. My favorite decoration for it is a ceramic nativity set that I made around 1988 or so. When I unpack it to set it up each year, it causes me to take the time to remember why I celebrate and love that holiday, so that I don't get caught up in all of the glitter and forget.

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  52. I Liked Aurifil's FB page. I'm excited that they do giveaways as well there. I went to the videos they had and watched a few. One video was from the Houston 2009 Quilt Show and they had just introduced some wool thread, Lanna I believe she said. I'm going to check it out as I'm doing a wool BOM applique class in January 2012

    Thanks so much for the great giveaway.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. Thanks for all the information on Aurifil and thread.

    My favorite time is Christmas. I love to decorate with items my kids made when they were small. That time goes by so fast and each year it always brings back such great memories of them growing up.

    Thanks again for the giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  54. Hi Jeannie..I'm not seeing my two comments..so I'm reposting..If by chance they show up..will you please delete..Sorry was not on purpose.

    I Liked Aurifil's FB page, which I thought I had done before, but did again. I watched some videos they had. One was the Houston 2009 Quilt Market where they were releasing some wool thread called Lanna, I believe. I'm going to look into it as I'm taking a wool BOM applique class starting in January 2012.

    Thanks for the great giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  55. Part 2..again if this is a duplicate, sorry...

    My favorite holiday is Christmas. I love to decorate with things my kids made when they were younger. Seems like time flies by so fast. I love looking at the items each year and having all the great memories.

    Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  56. I like Aurifil on FB. I see they have over 12,000 other fans :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  57. My favourite holiday is Christmas and I love to see handmade Christmas stockings waiting to be filled with goodies!

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  58. I am a big fan of Auril and like their FB page.

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  59. I like all holidays and enjoy changing the wreath on my doors for each holiday.

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  60. I'd LOVE to win this! I'm already a fan of Aurifil on FB.

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  61. My favorite holiday is Halloween! All different types of decorations!

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  62. My favourite holiday would have to be Christmas -- so many warm memories from my childhood. And my favourite decoration would be a live tree, decorated with the ornaments made by my children.

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  63. I already like Aurifil on FB. I noticed that Martha C. Hall won a package of threads as a SAQA member -- congrats Martha!

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  64. I am a fan of Aurifil on FB - learned through photos that they have just about any color thread imaginable!

    I would love to try this thread- thanks for a chance to win!!!

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  65. My favorite holiday is Christmas - love to get together with out of state family. My favorite decorations are the stockings I made for my sons. They are simple but cute :)

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  66. My favorite is the fourth of July and having great barbeque decorations!

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  67. I already like Aurifil on FB. That Rainbow Ketupat quilt by Ivory Spring posted a couple hours ago is beautiful!! :)

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  68. I don't have a favorite holiday. I love them all, but I do enjoy decorating for Christmas & this year I'm making a Halloween quilt & placemats. Thanks for the chance, I'd really like to try some Aurifil now!!! :)

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  69. Have used Aurifil and like it alot. My favorite holiday is Christmas with all the decorations and family time.

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  70. When I went to FB I got a kick out of Lisa Walton's comment "Dyed & Gone to Heaven". That's what I say every time I go to my LQS and fondle all the fabrics, threads, etc.

    My favorite holiday is Christmas and my favorite decoration is my Christmas tree with all the treasures my kids and grandkids made in elementary school. Also the first ornament that goes on my tree is one my dear cousin Franny made many years ago before he passed away. He's always there in my home at Christmas time. Such a comfort.

    Marie

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  71. I am looking forward to trying Aurifil! I love Halloween! My favorite decorations are the Halloween quilts I have made my 3 grandchildren.

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  72. MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY IS CHRISTMAS-THE DAY WE CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF JESUS!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  73. 'LIKED' AURIFIL'S FB PAGE!
    THANKS FOR SHARING

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  74. My favorite holiday is Christmas and my favorite decoration is my old wool santa....love him!

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  75. My favorite holiday to decorate for is Halloween - but my favorite holiday decoration is from Christmas - a set of cheap lantern-style lights my parents had on their tree when I was a kid.

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  76. I "liked" Aurifil's FB page - there is no fan button that I could find.

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  77. My favourite holiday for decoration is Thanksgiving - the colours are just so great. But I also like Passover because I it seems like I am always making new matzoh covers for my friends and family.

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  78. My favorite holiday is Christmas, and my favorite decoration is homemade stockings. It is such a happy memory.

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  79. I like Aurifil on Facebook and I loved their friend giveaway they had recently-I won 3 spools. They also sent me their color card. Just wish I could buy it locally! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  80. I'm already a fan of Auriful on FB, but went back over there and saw that I missed a giveaway. :( Maybe next time!

    LaLaQuilts on Twitter

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  81. My favorite holiday by far is Christmas. I totally go all out and usually have at least one Christmas tree in each room (but usually more than that....I'm nuts! My favorite decorations for this holiday are the hand made ones. I have one 7 foot tree that is nothing but counted cross stitch ornaments that either I have made or friends have made. It is AWESOME! I also love all of the ornaments that my son made when he was little. Priceless!

    LaLaQuilts

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  82. I "Liked" Aurifil Facebook page.
    I was just in time for the posting of a new giveaway. Yay!

    the first one is in honor of Edyta Sitar attendance at 17th Carrefour Européen du Patchwork / European Patchwork Meeting , we will giveaway one of her 12 large spools kit to a random lucky winner within the Carrefour's fans that will comment on Aurifil Quilt Patchwork and Embroidery Threads using the word " Patchwork" with in Thursday 8th midnight US west coast .......
    cgreenleaf2(at)earthlink(dot)net

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  83. My favorite holiday is Christmas and my favorite decorations are the Christmas Tree with the ornaments that my kids (now grown up) made for me over the years.

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  84. I read "Dreaming of making my next patchwork quilt with aurifil threads".

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  85. Hello Jeanne!!

    I love your blog and would love to be entered in your Aurifill giveaway.

    I love Christmas and Halloween!

    Janet xox
    http://theemptynest-blogspot.com/

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