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Sew Along - Thread Against The Machine

Updated: May 14, 2022

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. In light of the release of this new collection

I thought long and hard about how to properly celebrate this occasion and a sew along came to mind.

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. I really love the community aspect of our happy little world of quilting and that is why I didn’t just want to make the quilt for myself and be done with it, but rather turn it into a greater thing that brings people together. The technique used in this quilt is Foundation Paper Piecing or FPP for short. I know that not every quilter has used this method before. That is why I designed the quilt with a sew along in mind to take you by the hand and guide you through the quilt step by step. No one will be left behind. If you have a hard time with a certain part of the quilt pattern there is always help. Be it help by myself as the maker of the pattern or other people sewing along with us. Community is a powerful ally and can lift us all up together while doing something fun. I curated the colors of the quilt very carefully to really celebrate the "PROUD & ABOUT" thread collection and I teamed up with a number of international quilt shops that will provide a quilt kit to ensure that everyone gets to make the quilt that they want to make. 
 Surely you can shop from your stash if you want to but for those of you that like to make the exact quilt that I designed, my partners and I have got you covered. The sew along is free if you already bought the "Swiss Machine Block" prior to the sew along as many people have, you only need to sign up for my newsletter to get started. If you are new to my patterns entirely you need to first buy the "Swiss Machine Block“ pattern and then sign up for my newsletter. You can find the pattern and the sign up sheet for the sew along on my website The sew along kicks off June 1st and will end September 1st. As with any proper sew along there will be prizes in the end to keep everyone motivated to push through to the end even when things get a bit tough.

Do you want to know more?

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 1: Introduction 
 First everyone introduces themselves 
 2: Fabric pull 
 We show our fabric pull (bundle or otherwise) 
 3: Spool-A-Thon 
 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 
 4.1: 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 
 4.2: Participants against the machine 
 We will make ourselves familiar with the pattern and print it out 
 4.3: Machine-A-Thon 
 Everyone will sew their Swiss Machine Blocks 
 5: Machines assemble 
 We will assemble the rows and sew them together with the sashing to form a center
 6: Finishing line 
 Attach on the borders
 7: Quilt-A-Thon 
 This step is optional for everyone. The designer will give quilting options because quilting is a sore spot for many quilters

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 once you signed up for the newsletter.

I hope I could get you excited for the PROUD & ABOUT thread collection and the

Thread Against The Machine Quilt Sew Along.

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