Weekend Randomness and a Giveaway


Happy Monday! Here are a few shots from my weekend …

We went to the Brewers game on Sunday, and THIS was my lunch. It’s a “barbecue parfait.” Layers of pulled pork, beef brisket, and mashed potatoes, garnished with barbecue sauce and chives. Yes, it was every bit as awesome as it looks. No, I couldn’t finish it. McLurky polished it off for me. But I’ll still need to go to the gym at least 15 times this week to make up for it.

And speaking of McLurks, just look at what my awesome goofball husband did. Yes, that is the scoreboard at Miller Park, and yes, it says “wonky & freshly pieced hexi blocks rule!” I love that it didn’t occur to him to put something like, “Happy birthday to my beautiful wife.” (My birthday was Friday.) Nope, not my husband. LOL. (Sorry about the cruddy iphone photo taken through the ball screen.)

Since I had such a fun weekend, let’s kick Monday off right—I’m giving away some Aurifil thread! Have you used this stuff? I’ve only used Guterman’s up until now—mostly because it’s available at Joanne’s. I mean, it’s just thread, right? But having used Aurifil for a few weeks now, I get why people love this stuff. I’ve had no thread breakage or tangling with Aurifil thread, and I actually think less lint has accumulated in my machine since I started using it. Everything just seems to run more smoothly. And Aurifil is easier to get ahold of than I expected—I found a shop just 15 minutes away that carries it. Not much further than Joanne’s, after all. Aurifil is also available on Amazon.

So, would you like to try some 100% Egyptian cotton thread? I’ve got trial packs with all four of Aurifil’s thread weights, plus a spool of their wool thread, to give away. Just tell me what message YOU would put on the scoreboard at a major sporting event. What do you want the world to know? How much you love Aurifil thread? That your kid got an A on his math test? The awesome thing you had for lunch today? (But whatever it was, it won’t beat the pulled pork parfait. Sorry.)

I’ll randomly choose four winners on Thursday, Sept. 15. For more information about Aurifil and their thread weights, click here. Good luck!

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  1. sewhappy
    sewhappy says:

    Oh, I would LOVE to try Aurifil thread, and a bbq parfait – uh, not together. ggg
    I think I would say, " I love that man of mine!"
    Thanks for a great blog, and a chance to win this great thread.

  2. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    i would love to try aurfil, like you i mostly buy Guterman's from JAF at 40% off!

    your scoreboard is most awesome! let's see…i would put up something like…Hug your child.

  3. Carla
    Carla says:

    I just quilted a quilt with Aurifil and there was no breakage and hardly any lint in the machine…love it. My scoreboard saying would be "Vacations are awesome but it is so good to get back home!"

  4. Allison C
    Allison C says:

    It was my first anniversary with my hubby yesterday so I would probably put "One year and still tolerating you". j/k…love the guy, but wouldn't want to embarrass him too much with something mushy.

  5. Christina W.
    Christina W. says:

    So far I've only used Mettler but am interested in trying others. I haven't found any Aurifil in the shops around here. Thanks for the opportunity to win! Not sure what my sign would say…

  6. manybooks
    manybooks says:

    How fun! And that parfait – all I can say is WOW. I guess my message would be "I like your shirt." It's a standard with my coworkers 🙂 I've never tried Aurifil, but I'd like to !

  7. Jodi
    Jodi says:

    When I first saw the picture I thought you had a peanut butter parfait, my favorite..haha. Your's also looked good and what a thoughtful husband.
    Being a Marine mom I'd probably put something up like "Thank you to our militry men, women and their families for their sacrifices abroad and at home"
    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.


  8. Anne
    Anne says:

    I've never tried aurifil, but I keep hearing about it. I'd love to give it a shot. 🙂 What weight are you supposed to use for machine sewing vs hand sewing?

    Let's see, what would I put up on a scoreboard?
    Maybe, "Smile at a stranger, they may be your next friend." Except y'know, non-creepily. 😀

  9. Pauline
    Pauline says:

    Now that is what I call a proper sundae, forget ice cream and chocolate, mashed potatos are food of the gods. Only in America!

    Love your blog, keep up the good work.

  10. Rachel
    Rachel says:

    I've never tried Aurifil thread. Like you, I usually use Guterman because it's easy to find at the fabric shop.

    On the scoreboard…I'd rather be quilting.

    Yeah, I'd definitely rather be at my sewing machine than at a football game.

  11. Lee Heinrich
    Lee Heinrich says:

    I didn't know Aurifil was available on Amazon! Great tip. I've been using Gutermann too, but my machine hasn't been liking it so much lately. I need to give this a try!

    I pulled my Garden Fence quilt out of the dryer this morning, so I'd put "I just finished a Christmas gift" on the billboard. Cause I'm pretty proud!

    (P.S. I need to find a barbecue sundae for lunch!)

  12. anne
    anne says:

    My son just started kindergarten. He desperately wants to be a super hero – a real one. He is afraid that if he becomes one that his teacher will not let him leave school if he needs to "save the day." I would leave a comment for him. Something along the lines of this – "Notice to all kindergarten super heroes: You are allowed to leave school if you need to save the day!" He loves signs and this would make his day. We have one sign in the living room that reads "No News" – this one went up when we turned the channel to watch the evening news yet again. Another is in the garage to notify us that snowmen are not allowed in the house – “They would melt mom.” No it cannot come down when it is 100 degrees out – it may snow you know. THANKS!

  13. Esther
    Esther says:

    I just got a brand new wool coat from Costco for $70. It was freezing this morning and I wore it to work. I think I would want to tell everyone about the fantastic deal! 🙂

  14. Laura
    Laura says:

    love aurfil! I've tried one spool and it is my new favorite. A bit of a drive to find it but it was worth it! I would say Happy 2nd Birthday to my princess Kate!

  15. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Today is my oldest son's 9th birthday so I would probably post something to utterly embarass him! I know in a few years (20 or so) he would appreciate it!

  16. Carla
    Carla says:

    I'd post "I'd rather be sewing!" on the billboard! I would love to try this thread, I've heard so much about it – but can't locate it locally… Thanks for a chance to win! 🙂

  17. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    I go to TONS of Astros games…I'd probably post something like, "no, we're not picstalking YOU…ok, maybe you though!" My sister is constantly taking pictures, and some of the players love it while others…not so much! 🙂

  18. Marci Girl
    Marci Girl says:

    At this moment I would put "Levi Johnson for President" on a billboard just for giggles. I am so tired of seeing that fool on TV.

    I have never tried this thread and would LOVE to!

  19. Keri
    Keri says:

    Have never tried but I am totally in need of thread. Have recently rediscovered my love of sewing (now that children sleep thru the night and I have some energy!!) & am so hooked! but on a limited budget, so some thread would be amazing!!! thanks!

  20. Val
    Val says:

    But "happy birthday" is boring, and really, how would you know it was REALLY for you? I've got some Aurifil in my machine now, loves the stuff it really is amazing!
    I had ice cream for lunch, psh diets are boring and who wants to be skinny right? Right? 😉

  21. mainer
    mainer says:

    Love that Aurifil thread! Would love to try different weights. It is in limited distribution around here.
    I would put on the scoreboard my motto – "Each day is a gift, that is why it is called the present."

    judee 🙂

  22. Toni
    Toni says:

    Oh, I have been wanting to try that thread after hearing all the buzz about it. No idea on the scoreboard, probably flash a picture of my cute kids, or throw out an odd movie line. Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya…

  23. Lori
    Lori says:

    What I would put on a scoreboard is "You're perfect just the way you are". Powerful message that people need to embrace. Love the thread, have used it for years. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  24. Leila
    Leila says:

    How fun! I wonder if my kids would eat dinner better if it looked like an ice cream sundae?

    I would want to put something funny that would make random people laugh and my family roll on the floor, but I'm not coming up with anything right now.

    Happy Birthday!!!

  25. rowan
    rowan says:

    I'm just using my first reel of aurifill thread and the only word i can think of to describe it is SMOOTH! It feels so different to what I have used before. My message will be "Will I ever win a blog giveaway or am i just wasting my breath!!!" :')

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