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The world of applique just got more exciting because Aurifil is introducing a new 80 wt. thread at Fall Quilt Market!   Can you imagine a thread from Aurifil intended specifically for applique?  I’ve had the exciting task of testing this thread and I actually used it to stitch my bunny block for The Splendid Sampler.  I’m in love with it!

Block 25 shabby

I used it for some English Paper Piecing and loved it even more.  With color and quality as only Aurifil can do, this 80wt. thread is the perfect companion for applique.   It stitches like a dream.  They’re going to start with a selection of 88 colors!

Splendid Sampler Border EPP-2473

 There’s only one place you can buy this thread before market.  It’s available from my friend Kimberly over at The Fat Quarter Shop!  She has 36 of the colors available now, in six collections. Over the next few months she’ll be telling you about each one.  It’s an applique event you don’t want to miss.

Aurifil Whisper-2765Aurifil Trendsetter-2768Aurifil Nostalgia-2770Aurifil Harvest-2764Aurifil Essential-2775Aurifil Dazzle-2772

Are you a trendsetter, a dazzle girl or an essential lover?  I suggest getting them all.  Aurifil 80 wt thread, applique and The Fat Quarter Shop!  You are in for a treat!


I was lucky enough to have my grand-daughter Alyssa here for a few hours last week, and the two of us made all these hexies using some of the fabrics I’m using for The Splendid Sampler blocks.  We had such great fun, we laughed and giggled the whole time.


Alyssa was able to cut hundreds of these hexagons using the Sizzix Big Shot machine and the hexagon die I bought.  It was the first time I’ve tried it, so we watched a YouTube video first and then she started cutting.


In very little time, she had a charm pack cut into hexagons.  Then I taught her how to prepare them using hexagon templates.  The only thing we couldn’t do was to fussy cut.  I’ll still have to do those by hand.

Alyssa wanted to try cutting wool, so we pulled some scraps and ran it through the machine.  It worked great and I had a hard time getting her to quit.

wool hexies

 wool colorsI have no idea what I’ll use all these wool hexagons for, but they sure look pretty in the jars.  I know these made some great memories.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!


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