Thread Against

The Machine

Sew Along

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About The Sew Along

Hi my name is Henrik Müller and I am an Aurifil Designer.

Aurifil just released my very first thread collection called "PROUD & ABOUT".
It is a collection of 10 small spools of Aurifil thread with your essential rainbow colors completed by the addition of an off white as well as a true black. This thread collection is the perfect companion for the quilter on the go. I am sure you will love it just as much as we do.

I designed the "Swiss Machine Block" a number of years ago and I always wanted to make a proper quilt of it but never came around to do so.

With my newly designed "Minor Thread Block" I found the perfect companion block.
That is why I created the "Thread Against The Machine Quilt Pattern". As you can see it is a compilation of modern sewing machines accompanied by a border of small spools of Aurifil thread in the colors of the "PROUD & ABOUT" collection.

I think this quilt really celebrates the modern quilter by highlighting a modern sewing machine and some really good thread, the best thread in my opinion.

Please note:

In order to make this quilt you need to purchase the Swiss Machine Block, the Minor Thread Block and the Thread Against The Machine Quilt pattern separately.

You can find fabric bundles here:

Quiltzauberei (Germany + EU)

Lovely Jubbly Fabrics (UK alternative bundle)

SewHot (UK)

Amitié Textiles (Australia)

Cottage Quilting (Canada)

Pink Door Fabrics (USA 64" quilt kit)

The Quilt comes in 4 different sizes

12 spools against 1 machine (32" square) 

20 spools against 4 machines (48" square) 

28 spools against 9 machines (64“ square) 

36 spools against 16 machines (80" square)

The steps of the sew along

Week 1 (May 30. - June 5.)

First everyone introduces themselves

Week 2 (June 6. - June 12.)
Fabric pull

We show our fabric pull (The curated bundle or from our own stash)

Week 3 and 4 (June 13. - June 26.)

We sew the spool border first because it is the easier part of the sew along to help people
with less experience getting used to FPP as a technique

Week 5 (June 27. - July 3.)
An introduction to the machine

The designer explains the Swiss Machine Block in detail and explains the steps that are prone to errors in the sewing process.
We will then make ourselves familiar with the pattern and print it out

Week 6, 7 and 8 (July 4. - July 24.)

Everyone will sew their Swiss Machine Blocks

Week 9 (July 25. - July 31.)
Machines assemble

We will assemble the rows and sew them together with the sashing to form a center

Week 10 (August 1. - August 07.)
Finishing line in sight

We attach the borders

Week 11, 12 and 13 (August 08. - August 28.)

This step is optional for everyone. The designer will give quilting options because quilting is a sore spot for many quilters

Week 14 (August 28. - September 04.)

It is not a finished quilt without binding. Let’s do this and be proud of ourselves

Let’s talk about the prizes.

I spoke with a number of industry partners and I have secured some amazing prizes. I will show you what they are on my Instagram at a later point and trust me, they are gorgeous. 

First let me tell you how you can win.

3rd Prize: 

Everyone who at least makes the 32" version with one machine and 12 spools is eligible to win

2nd Prize:

Everyone who finishes 48", 64" or 80" version of the quilt top is eligible to win


Grand Prize:

You are eligible to win if you Quilted and bound the 80" quilt

To win you will need to post about your completed entry on instagram and send me an email with pictures so the judges and I can pick a winner.

The 1st of September is the deadline and the winners will be picked in the first weeks of that month.

More details will be provided every Sunday on my Instagram and you will get email updates if you signed up for the newsletter.