Friday, October 9, 2020

One with Nature and Thread... a Giveaway!

Greetings fellow quilters, I hope this post finds you safe and well.

I'm pretty excited to be sharing an Aurifil Thread Matters blog post today.  In these crazy stressful times I'm finding solace in nature...

This months' Amalfi Color Builders threads inspired me to stitch out a native wildflower.

Hop on over to the Thread Matters post and take a minute to be One with Nature.

While you're there -- share the post, leave a feedback comment and be sure to come back here and let me know you did. 

Finger Lakes Sunset... a view from #ourkeukahomestead
One lucky entrant will take home the real Aurifil Color Card!  

Trust me -- it's the most helpful tool to have in your quilty stash!   I have a one that has a slight ding on the edge but I guarantee those wrapped threads are luscious as always.

Will YOU be the lucky winner ?

** TO ENTER **

Leave a comment on the Aurifil blog => Thread Matters post **

Take advantage of multiple entries by sharing with your friends on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest. 

Be sure to return here and let me know you commented and/or shared !  

Giveaway closes Thursday, October 15th at  midnight EST


Finally...  I've been having a blast sharing my love of Free Motion Quilting in the Fall FMQ Lecture Series hosted via ZOOM by my good friends at Hotel Hamilton & Retreat Center. 

Week 3 is just around the corner and it's not too late to join us!! 

Click here to read up on the 3 remaining lectures.

Many thanks for stopping by -- have fun with the Giveaway!

Stay safe and keep on quilting!

All my best,


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Fall Free Motion Quilting Lecture Series

We're back and excited to announce a
Fall Free Motion Quilting Lecture Series 
hosted by our good friends at 
Join Us -- It's Virtual! 

For details click the image below!

Don't delay -- 
Early Bird Bundle pricing 
is in effect NOW through Sept 20th!

I look forward to seeing you there.
Stay safe,

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Thread Matters - Blending: Give it a Try! Plus -- A Giveaway...

Hello Creative Friends -- many thanks for stopping by!

I'm thrilled to be sharing a post on the Aurifil blog as part of the 2020 Thread Matters Aurifilosopher Series.  We write something fun and educational each month - don't miss out on all the great information and inspiration!!

In 2020 the Aurifilosophers are highlighting the luscious Aurifil Color Builders collections.  Use this link to preview the Thread Matters series.

To prep for the post I pulled out a UFO from a fairly recent Workshop with the amazing Lorraine Turner of Calico Horses.    Oh -- you must see the beautiful creations by Lorraine.  Hop on over to her website for more inspiration and available workshops.

Let me introduce you to "Silent Awareness" the Eagle Owl -- one of Lorraine's many beautiful collage workshop subjects.   I'm really excited to get moving on this piece because, you know,  I kinda LOVE birds.

Although I have a little more fabric selection and placement to do before finishing this piece I was thrilled when the April Color Builder color #2375, Antique Blush was announced.

Antique Blush looked like it would blend perfectly with the background and feathers of my little red friend.  As a bonus -- it works well with Burgundy too -- I'm hopeful it will give the feathers a little cast of glitter.
I outfitted my 221 Featherweight with all my favorite FMQ notions including this nifty replica Feed Cover Plate from The Featherweight Shop.   Here's my "real-life" image of the feed dog cover (dust and all).
Here's the shined up version that the Featherweight Shop shares:
Isn't it sweet ? 
It's simple to install too !! 

I learned about the Featherweight Shop feed dog cover this winter -- just after I shared my first experience with Free Motion Quilting on my Featherweight.  
If you missed that documentary {wink-wink} be sure to checkout Thread Matters from January 2020 -- 28wt and a Featherweight.   I wrote about the awesome Horizontal Thread Post there too !! 

I began using the Feed Dog Cover in March while preparing Springtime Hearts on my 221 - a mystery challenge between two Quilty friends. 
Wendy Sheppard and I each quilted 2 hearts with 2 different weights of Aurifil thread.  I just had to try the 80 weight -- see the 80wt heart and learn more of our adventure in this Auribuzz post.  

FMQ on A Featherweight - With 28Wt Aurifil
Now let's get back to blending...   Oh -- and that Giveaway !!

Jump on over to the Auribuzz April Thread Matters post for all the details and images of HOW and why I blended two shades of thread for my Eagle Owl work-in-progress.
While you're there -- be sure to leave a comment on the post -- just one of the steps necessary to make you eligible to win a 12 Large Spool Collection of Aurifil thread -- The Subtle Sampler.

The Giveaway!!

That's right -- I'm giving away The Subtle Sampler to one lucky winner in the USA.   If you're from outside of the country I'd be happy to send you a digital version of one of my patterns for free!  I'll look to find a USA winner for my favorite thread collection. 

To Enter The Giveaway:

Before Midnight EST Saturday April 18th...  

1. Leave a comment on The Auribuzz April Thread Matters post ==> click here
2. Leave a comment below on this  blog post  ==>  scroll down

Be sure that I have a way of reaching you -- leave me an email address or a blogger profile that includes an email address.   

I'll choose and notify a winner early next week !!    

I so look forward to reading your feedback!

Tell me...   what you love about the project(s) or share what you need to know to get free motion quilting on your home machine.   Have a Featherweight ?  Follow the Featherweight Shop?   Tell me what you LOVE about your Featherweight !! 

That will do it -- remember -- comment on The Aurifil Blog and My Blog to be eligible to win.

Thanks for following me too!    
Redbird Quilt Co is on Facebook, Instagram, Blogger, & YouTube !! 

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

FMQ on a Featherweight with 28wt Aurifil

I'm psyched about Free Motion Quilting
on a Featherweight 221!
Have you tried it?
I used two of my favorite Aurifil
threads --  28wt and 50wt !
I'm sharing details on a
guest post for Aurifil's
Thread Matters 2020 - The Aurifilosopher Series

Stay tuned for my post
to be published on Friday Jan 10th.
I detail my learning adventure, tips, tricks and tools.
There's a Giveaway too!!
It's open through end of day
Monday January 13th, 2020

You'll want to click on the Rafflecopter
link at the end of the blog post and follow
the outlined steps to enter !!

For my mini whole-cloth stitched on the
I used a red Moda Linen
layered with Quilters Dream Wool.
I did a little pin basting and made
some "improvements" to my Featherweight
(thanks Featherweight Shop)
and I was ready to go!.

I stitched the curled feather and one round of echo quilting with Aurifil 28wt on top
with 50wt in the bobbin.
(with the January Milan yummy Color Builder colors... )
I switched to lovely February Pompeii red Color Builder colors in 50wt top and bobbin for subsequent echo quilting.
You can NEVER have enough color options!!
This is exactly why the new Color Builder subscription program is the best.
Learn more here - and be sure to check with your favorite quilt shop to get started!!
I love, love, love working on the Featherweight
with Aurifil thread and
all those amazing tools from The Featherweight Shop!
(read all about them in the Auribuzz Blog Post).
Stay tuned though as I have a new idea planned for my next project on the Featherweight.

I can't wait for this new learning adventure to begin !!
If you loved what I shared on the Aurifil Thread Matters post be sure to leave a comment there or on my blog to let me know.

Also -- I'd love for you to share the posts with your Featherweight Friends - they'll thank you!

I appreciate the feedback.
All my best,


NOTE:  The FTC requires me to tell you...
I occasionally use affliciate links on by blog and website.
Rest assured I will only share and promote products that I use and LOVE myself.
Many thanks for your support of my very small business.