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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?

Monday, September 30, 2013

black leather dressed for autumn ~ a superior thread giveaway

hello and happy autumn! we were in glacier park this past weekend, and although the weather was rainy, we had a great time... more on that later ~ 

i'm celebrating autumn, and my third year anniversary for the blog!  so...  hope you are ready to celebrate with me, and we'll start with a 'superior' giveaway!!

i have been putting my newest thread love, {that would be magnifico thread}, to the test. 

once again, here's feather-style quilting on this gorgeous black, faux-leather fabric, and with one of my favorite thread combos:  orange and pink ~ {it's showtime}

i began with the orange thread color, echoed it once, and then flipped to the backside of the runner, and began outlining with bobbin play, using a copper-colored razzle dazzle thread, {also from superior threads}. tip:  i increase the top tension of my machine for this technique, usually to a 6-7, and i like to use a strong polyester; 40 wt, {like magnifico} which has the strength to pull that thick thread to the top of my quilt.

once the main feather motif was finished, i then turned to the beautiful, tri-lobal, variegated rainbow thread for the quilting of the motifs which surround the feathers. 

and finally, i returned to the center of the feather, and added my hyper quilting of another feather design, inside the original feather motif, using a pink magnifico thread color.

masterpiece is my bobbin thread of choice {my favorite}; a smooth, extra long staple egyptian cotton thread, which is lighter at a 50 wt.  i get  a beautifully balanced stitch with just a slight loosening of my top tension {from 3 to 2.5}. 

and my needle this time?  i chose the superior titanium coated, 90/14 topstitch needle, instead of a leather needle.  it worked great!






masterpiece thread {below} in golden yellow, for the majority of the free motion quilting, as seen from the back:
when completing the bobbin play, the razzle is on my bobbin, and magnifico {the golden brown color} is on the top, in a matching, blendable color.  i don't mind if it shows a small bit, but i want the razzle... to dazzle!

and ~ this is my thread wall in the studio.  it's a place for my collection of ribbons, assorted trims,  cords and embellishments, too.
i {also} have a smaller collection of threads that are all kept next to my machine as i work.  this collection includes king tut, rainbows, and now, my new, smaller collection of magnifico.
would you like to try some of this gorgeous thread?  today is the day as i welcome superior as an official SPONSOR to the blog! i've been using and teaching about their products for many years, now.  and i can tell you, it's easy to say: it's a superior thread giveaway!  the prize?  a thread package of one spool of masterpiece, one spool of magnifico, and one pack of superior's titanium needles, OR a gift certificate of $25 and you can choose what you'd like to have!

so i hope you'll leave a comment, telling me ... what's your favorite thread?  or perhaps what's your favorite fall color{s}? food?  whatever ~ but here's to hoping you are online, connected, following, and more. {cuz there will be more}

if you'd like to share this giveaway, please let me know that in a separate comment, and you'll get an extra chance.  and...don't forget ~ you can subscribe to the blog by email, too! i'm so looking forward to hearing from you!!

giveaway open until sunday, october 6th, 2013.  

enJOY!  and soli deo gloria!

57 comments:

Susan Lawson said...

Your work is gorgeous! Recently in the blogging universe I've heard nothing but great things about Glide thread by Fil-tec, so I purchase a lot of it, only to find that my fussy machine doesn't care for it---meaning it was unraveling. I saw Dr Bob at a show and he offered Magnifico thread for me to try and WOW! this is AWESOME thread! I'm a Superior thread Only purchaser from here on out!

Sara Luoma said...

Your work continues to amaze me...the colors and so beautiful and remind me of the colors of fall!

elle said...

Ah, I do like Superior threads and needles. I had a nice supply of good thread on cones but Nina gets a tummy ache when I use them sew... She likes Superior threads! Lovely stitching on your runner!

semansky said...

yae!!!!

Lynn said...

I love Bottom Line by Superior Threads and use it for the bottom thread of almost all my quilting. Since I make miniatures and like a finer thread for quilting I love 100 wt. silk thread for that purpose.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Wow, just gorgeous colors....xox

Gill said...

Your work is stunning!
I've never found superior thread here in England - I use mostly gutermann, and aurifil when I can find it!

Tonya Littmann said...

I love Superior thread but I've never tried their needles!
Fall color: Orange!
Fall food: soup!
I've really enjoyed your beautiful runners. This one on leather is especially wonderful.

Southern Gal said...

Oh, that's beautiful. I have never tried any type of quilting thread since I've never really quilted. I have my fabrics ordered, my patterns ready to start my quilt (I started a table runner that I haven't finished), so I would love to try the threads.

ramblingrose said...

So pretty.
Fall has me thinking of pumpkins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin latte...so it's all shades of orange for me

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

I have only tried Superior threads on my longarm but I must say your post the other day about using Bottom Line and loosening your tension was very timely! I decided I was giving Bottom Line a second chance (since others raved about it) after using it one project and not really feeling comfy using it. I found I had to bring my top tension down so low I felt there almost wasn’t any tension! Yet, it worked so well! During a machine break, I read your post where you were saying exactly what I just discovered! Did you feel our shared thread karma across the blog wires? lol Gotta say, I love my Bottom Line now!

Barb said...

You've outdone yourself - gorgeous handiwork, and the perfect threads to set it off! I use Superior So Fine 50 for most of my quilting, but would love to experiment. Excellent thread! Excellent quilting.

Barb said...

I've Tweeted about your giveaway. You can check it out at https://twitter.com/MtnQuiltworks/status/384870652861104128
Fun,fun,fun!

Christine said...

Wow.......your work is absolutely stunning! I love Superior thread for my hand applique!
Christine

Kim Lawton said...

Beautiful work! Am new to the world of quality threads and needles. Am starting to realize that it really does make a difference in you projects! Hope to learn more from you!

Barbmcg said...

I am always excited to open an email from Leslie! Oh how I love the color combos you brilliantly sew into lushish feathers and such. Autumn in Pennsylvania is the best time of the year. I love all those delicious albeit fattening pumpkin desserts. God does a wonderful job in you!!!

Judy Borger said...

I love using DMC pearl cotton in my bobbin to get a natural matte finish with the numerous 830 stitches to choose from. Even better to work on burlap with a burnt orange variegated pearl cotton to get the feel of fall. Making potato soup for my son's birthday! Nights are cooler, but still waiting for leaves to change in NC. Happy Fall Leslie!

Jane Wetzel said...

Amazing colors...what an awesome collection you have..kind of like your talent :)

Bonnie58 said...

Thanks so much for sharing, Leslie. Love the quilt (as usual). It's gorgeous.

Vicki W said...

Superior Threads are the absolute best threads. They are all I use too. The new Magnifico line is awesome. I only have a few cones so far but will be building my collection. Congratulations on the new sponsor!

SweetArtUnlimited said...

Thank you so much for your inspiration! You are directly responsible for my obsession to do FMQ. I am practicing every day without fail. I can always look forward to the next practice. I just received my first magnifico thread and I love it. I will be investing in more of it as I can. Thank so much for the encouragement.

journeywitholiven said...

I was using Mettler, but following several blogs and your particularly made me buy Superior King tut in lovely variegated colours and gorgeous batik fabric and I'm going to make a runner for our table inspired by your lovely pieces. I had a little practice play with the King tut and I'm sure they are only first of many I'm going to buy ....

robin said...

Lovely work, as always! I've been using Aurifil thread lately, and it has performed well for me. But I have been looking into superior threads. Thanks for the giveaway chance,

freemotionquiltingadventures.blogspot.com said...

Absolutely Marveles! Love Superior threads, but I have yet to try the Magnifico. Yummy, yummy, thread goodness!

ruthanne said...

Superior thread is wonderful, but in your hands Awesome.

freemotionquiltingadventures.blogspot.com said...

I'll share this post on my blog too!

Martha said...

I just found your blog and I love your work! I don't have a favorite thread but I like the orangy-red colors of fall. Thanks so much for the detail instructions, it gives me the courage to try it.

SewCalGal said...

Oh what a wonderful post. I'm drooling over your spectacular FMQ. Those threads really look great. I'm wanting to add all of theses threads to my sewing room. Maybe I should just come camp out in your beautiful (and well organized) sewing room.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

PK Sews said...

I admit it - I tend to buy the fabric store brand of thread so that I have more funds for fabric, but when I see your awesome work, it makes me think that I should be investing in fine thread. (Not that I can quilt like you - but I can dream, right? :)) So I don't have a favorite thread but I love pumpkin pie! Thanks for sharing!

Michelle MMMM4 said...

Your quilting is always so beautiful. I would love to try Superior Magnifico thread someday. I usually use what I can get at my LQS.

Ettenna said...

MY favorite colors for Fall and Winter are the jewel tones...deep cobalt blue, deep reds, emerald greens. I like them deeply saturated and glowing! If I had to pick just one it would be the deep cobalt blue... Anyway Bless Your Day Leslie!! Annette

Marsha said...

Beautiful, as always, Leslie. Let's see: my favorite thread is whatever isn't giving me problems at the moment! Favorite fall color: the gorgeous yellows and golds of the aspens. Favorite fall food: any type of squash - yum, yum, yum.

Linda said...

Hello,Beautiful Stitching!
My favorite colors for Autumn are the golds and reds! Would love to try Superior Threads;I use Mettler.
Thank you for sharing!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Emily C said...

Your feathers are beautiful. I love those colors. My favorite fall colors are orange and red.

Renee said...

Wow that quilting, and the colors, are just gorgeous! My favorite threads are Superior and Aurifil, they just work wonderfully in my machine and quilting beautifully.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Your work is always so beautiful. I have never tried these threads before. I use the Bottom Line Superior Threads for my quilting. Love that it goes and goes, and goes.

Sheila said...

I am always inspired when I see your lovely work and I love that you explain what threads and needles you have used. I have used superior threads and loved them but not easily accessible for me other than online and I don't shop online . Thanks so much for the chance to win , it sure would be nice !

StarofMoonDancer said...

Wowza on the thread..The colors are so pretty and stand out and or blend in so well with whatever you have to quilt or sew....thanks for the giveaway..Sharing and spreading the word and colors....

Laura Davies said...

Love your feathers! Love superior threads too:)

roadie said...

The only Superior Thread I have tried is King Tut...time to try some others! Your stitching is amazing...not sure my machine would do such a nice job. I didn't know they sold a special needle...I have to go looking for a source.

Joan H. said...

Your Work is absolutely beautiful. I have been very satisfied with Aurifil thread but would like to try this thread.

Joanna said...

The only Superior thread I've tried is their Bottom Line bobbin thread. As a top thread, my favorite's been silk, but I'm anxious to try some of Superior's offerings just because of the fabulous results you get! (I jumped ahead and read the post about titanium needles and want to try them, too!)

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lauraluvsloons said...

Hi. I just joined your blog and am so excited to see your beautiful quilting. I would like to try some of these dazzling threads on my own quilting.

Tamie said...

Your quilting is amazing. I'm all about pumpkin right now and planning on some pumpkin bread this weekend.

Ella said...

I have a few of your runners which I love! The thread colors and shine add so much to the total effect. I'd love to try them and the needles too! I find your blog very informative and I LOVE all the photos--SUPER!

Marianne Tighe said...

God's Grace is truly a wonderful thing. Your work is truly beautiful! I have tried out the Superior thread and agree that it is a great thread.

Karen said...

I've been using Isacord thread and I really like it. I would like to try some others.

Sophisticat Studio said...

Your work is absolutely stunning! You don't mention if this giveaway is open to Canadians as well but here's hoping! I use the premium quality threads when I can find them. Love Superior as well as Aurifil. Favourite fall colours? -- all of them!

Laceflower said...

I've been following your blog for some time and your quilting is just stunning. I'm starting to use Superior thread but can only get it online which makes it difficult matching to my projects.

Sallie said...

Beautiful! I am using Aurifil right now. Thanks for the giveaway!

LeAnne said...

I'm still working on my FMQ so don't have a favorite for quilting, but I love Superior's Masterpiece for piecing.

stitchedbyme said...

Happy 3rd Blogging Anniversary! You have been a true inspiration for me to do FMQ feathers. I would LOVE the opportunity to win anything from Superior Threads. I am very interested in trying out the titanium needles.
Thanks for hosting the give away and also for all of the inspiration that you provide.

queenopearls said...

Oh Leslie, I adore your quilting! The faux-leather piece is phenomenal. You reminded me of leather quilting Ferret does in the UK. Here's a link if you are interested. http://www.ferfab.co.uk/portfolio/trad/
I adore Superior threads and use Bottom Line exclusively in my bobbin. :) Magnifico used to be brights and it is awesome. I also use their top stitch needles exclusively.
Keep on sharing your gifts ... which are many!
~Christina in Cleveland, OH

Michele T said...

Beautiful creations, oh my! You are so talented! I have never tried Superior threads but have heard rave reviews!! We just got back from a photo shoot of all the fall colors... Love, love, love this time of year!!!

Colleen said...

Because my quilting is not yet as good as I would like, I love to use So Fine. It gives me texture, but hides the mistakes.

roselady said...

I love superiors threads! There are still many I would love to try. Your quilting is beautiful, I am still trying to get my nerve up and do more than practice FMQ!

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