Things are a’ changing at Aurifil Thread Australia

It is with mixed emotions, and anticipation, that after nearly 16 years, I say farewell to my business connection with Aurifil.

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Cotton Mako’ 40 is my favourite “all purpose” thread for piecing and quilting.

I have not posted very often this year so I know that it will not come as a surprise to you to hear that I have sold both businesses, Always Quilting & Always Thread, and plan to move on to retirement & other things leisurely.

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It has been a wonderful journey, full of excitement, and special moments, not to mention, all the beautiful friendships I have made along the way. I thank you all sincerely for your loyal support and encouragement over the many years.

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I am confident that I am leaving both the business, and you, in the best hands.

My knowledgeable staff, the team at Always Thread, under the management of the new owner, Jen Kingwell & her staff from Amitie Textiles, will continue supporting all your thread requirements & promoting Aurifil in Australia and New Zealand.

The transition to the new management will not alter how you place your orders, as the telephone number, email addresses & websites will not change.

Once again, thank you for your support and I hope to see you at a Quilt event or two!

So Farewell & Best Wishes for your many future projects with Aurifil

Jenny Scott

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A New Year a New Colour Pallette

There has been some chatter about the 2016 Pantone “Colour/s of the Year” so I thought it was time to “Auriflirt” with the colours of the year using our Baby Pink (2423) & Light Wedgewood (2725) thread colours.

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Or maybe, Light Rose (2430)  & Light Blue Violet (1128), it was difficult to make a decision.

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As you can see, this year Pantone have featured two colours and, on first glance, their colours, “Rose Quartz” & “Serenity”, could appear old fashioned.

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The fun begins when they are blended to generate a third colour

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Here we have used variegated Cotton Mako’ 3840 to show a possible result of blending our chosen pink & blue.

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A deeper purple Cotton Mako’ 6733 also makes a pleasing blending result.

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Choosing pink & blue is certainly a change from the brighter, stronger, colours of previous years but it will still be possible to add fresh colours to make up a clean modern quilt.

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It is even more fun to combine them with other mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink.

Add in silver or hot brights for more splash and sparkle and you have a modern colour way that will be very liveable.

I love blue, but have never been a fan of pink, so this has been an interesting exercise for me, and I am surprised to find that I could imagine using some of the combinations that we picked out.

See more colour pairings for 2016 on the Pantone website

Romantic French Hearts Revisited

In February this year I blogged about my Romantic French Hearts http://alwaysquilting.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/tuesday-treats-romantic-french-hearts/

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I made these using a pattern in Volume 14 Number 12 of Australian Homespun Magazine.

 

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Soon after this, I was contacted by the magazine editor to see if I wished to have my hearts considered for the Readers’  Showcase page. I agreed to do so and supplied a couple of photos and a short accompanying explanation.

Some months passed and I had basically forgotten about doing this.

Then…last month, while waiting for my flight at Cairns airport, I was browsing at the newsagency, when (to my astonishment and delight) I spied my hearts in the recent edition of Homespun.

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Here’s how they look.

 

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What a thrill to see my humble little hearts in print!