Thursday, June 26, 2014

Giveaway, Finished Quilt and Thankful Thursday #12

Hi quilty friends! As you can tell there is a lot to post about today but a lot of it will be all rolled together. Soooo here we go......

First I want to say welcome to Thankful Thursday I have not been keeping up with Thankful Thursday very well and I am very sorry about that. But, in this day and age I think personal relationships are very important and that is why I don't spend a lot of time blogging. Now on to my Thankful Thursday.
My brother in law and sister in law have foster children in their care I think I have mentioned that on here before. These children are what I am thankful for this week. Hopefully (fingers crossed) soon I will have a new niece and two new nephews! (big grin) These children have brought so much love and fun and laughter into our family. I just can't even explain it. So I am really thankful that the Lord choose our family to be a part of their lives.

Now on to the quilt that I finished.
I have been making quilts for the above mentioned children and I am almost done. This is the third quilt I have made and I have one more to go. This quilt is for the older of the two boys.

This quilt is made out of scraps that I have bought and used from two previous Tee Shirt quilts that I made. I just did it in the style of a Jelly Roll race quilt with 2 1/2 inch strips.

Again I did the reverse binding method. This seems to work best for quilts I make for children or quilts that are going to be washed a lot.

Now for the BIG news!

You all know what a big Aurifil girl I am. I love aurifil thread but better yet my Sewing Machine likes aurifil! That is part of the reason I use aurifil so much. 
Well I really wanted something to quilt this quilt with that would really stand out. At first I was thinking maybe a variegated thread but I still didn't think that would be enough of a pop for a little boy! 
So I found another thread that I thought I might want to use. So I ordered it and crossed my fingers that my machine would like it and that it would all work out.

This is what I bought. 

It is made buy Superior Threads and it is called NiteLite Extra Glow.

You can't see it really great here but Superior has some great ideas on how to use it. Here is one of their videos.

  Here is a little bit better picture of the back. I put the thread in the bobbin.

Now to use this thread Superior recommends that you use their Topstitch 90/14 needle.
I did buy a pack of these needles. I am as picky about needles as I am about thread. I was very satisfied with these needles so much so that I bought another pack of the Topstitch 80/12. All of these needles are titanium coated. You can see a needle chart HERE

I have also started making pillowcases to go with each of the quilts that I give to children. It's an easy place to store the quilt when not in use and also gives them a new and unique pillowcase just for them.

Now I personally am not a Gator Football fan but this little boy is! And that is all that matters.

Now for the Giveaway part. Sense I have now made three quilts and one more quilt top with this bunch of fabric I feel it is time for it to move on. So I went to the post office and picked up two medium sized flat rate boxes to pack this up in.

But...... I also contacted Superior Threads and they gave me a deal on some of this thread and I will include some so you too can try the NiteLite thread and Titanium-Coated Topstitch 90/14 Needles 

So for this Giveaway if you win you will get:
a box of fabric scraps
1 small spool NiteLite thread
3 Topstitch 90/14 needles

I know I said I have two and I do but I am still working on the second quilt and when I finish it I will host a second giveaway for the other set of fabric, thread, and needles. (so stay tuned)

Here are the rules:

First you must be a follower of my blog. (Don't worry if your not a follower you can become one right now! Welcome! :) 

This is open to Continental U.S. Residents only. Sorry Alaska, Hawaii and over seas guests. (shipping cost are horribly high)   

This Giveaway will run for one week. From June 26 to July 3 
I will pick a winner on the 3rd

Now how to enter:

Leave a comment on this post and tell me,
How you follow my blog. (i.e. Google+, Feedly, Bloglovin, Feedspot, ect.)
and tell me what you think you might do with your scaps and thread if you win. (don't worry I won't hold ya to what ever you write here LOL)

Please ONLY comment one time. (I do this the old school way of drawing a name) Hey...I'm being optimistic that a lot of people read my blog. A girl can hope...right?!  

If you forget something you wanted to say or you have a question just shoot me an email. flquiltershell (at) gmail (dot) com

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.

Linking up with:

Giveaway Roundup @ Missouri Mel
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Really Random Thursday @ Live a Colorful Life
Finish it up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I get a Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Show off Saturday @ Sew Can She
Design Wall Monday @ Patchwork Times
Anything Goes Monday @ Stitch By Stitch
Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story
Sew ans Tell Tuesday @ I Have To Say
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the River
Work In Progress Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced
Let's Be Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts

Hugs and best stitches to you,
a.k.a. Mrs. Sew & Sew


  1. Wow, that is cool thread! I follow via bloglovin. I would probably make a toddler/child quilt, depending of course on what the scraps are - because I think that thread would be cool to use on a child's quilt/blanket. I think my five year old niece would love it.

    Thanks for the giveaway, and congratulations on your soon to be new family members!

  2. Hello, from New York. Following on Bloglovin'. I would make a scrappy quilt. I'm planning a Halloween quilt maybe the thread will give it that extra spooky touch. 24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

    1. I think you are right! This would make a great Halloween quilting option. Good Luck.

  3. I follow on Bloglovin. I would make a kids' scrap quilt to be donated to Mayo Clinic/St. Mary's Hospital Pediatric Infusion Therapy Unit (kids' chemo). I take quilts there several times a year when I go to MN for my own follow-up visits. I am always on the lookout for kid-themed fabrics to add to my stash for these charity quilts.

  4. Hi from Michigan! I love the quilt - I love the jelly roll race style and the thread you used - how fun! I think I would make a scrappy quilt for my youngest nephew! I am a new follower on bloglovn!

  5. I follow on Bloglovin. I would make small lap quilts for my grand nephews. I love the titanium needles. I have not used the nitelite thread yet, but it looks fun for kids. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  6. I have been following with Bloglovin. I have six grandsons that I am sure would love me to make them a bag for the cars or legos or whatever they want to carry.

  7. I'm already a Follower thru Bloglovin :) Looove your blog!!!

    Thinkin' I'd add to your scraps & make a cool Throw for sweet lil' guy at our Church...we are like Gma & Gpa to him. :) Know he will be thrilled!...'specially with the nitelite thread! (How cool it is!!)

  8. I would make a quilt and donate it to the local abused women shelter. They are always looking for blankets.

  9. my son would love this! thanks. i follow with bloglovin.

    1. Welcome Sarah! Good luck in the giveaway.

  10. Following on Google.
    Project Linus would probably receive an I Spy quilt with these fabrics. I'll mix them up with my stash of picture fabrics. Thanks for a chance.
    BTW - those kids you are thankful for are probably thankful for their Aunty Sew & Sew.

  11. I follow you on bloglovin' now, found you through Sarah's Whoop! Whoop! and I would cut your scraps into 6.5 in blocks to use in my novelty quilts!

  12. I follow you via bloglovin'. I have good friends who are Gator fans, so I would make a throw size quilt for them.

  13. Gorgeous quilt! Congrats on finishing.
    I follow on bloglovin - nataliek711

    I think I would probably make bean bags for my kids. Although, If I won I might review these comments a little more for ideas. Someone else said "I spy" quilt and I like that idea too!

    1. Your right Natalie there are some great ideas from my readers. Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Good luck in the giveaway.

  14. Following on bloglovin! I think I'd make something for my baby son that he can wear at night! Love the idea of glow in the dark stitching!

  15. visiting from crazy mum quilts. What a fabulous boys quilt.

  16. I am a new follower, by email. I found your site on the Desing Wall Monday post. That is a great little boys quilt, and the thread that glows is perfect for it. I used some of the glowing thread on a little girls quilt a little while ago. She loves to take the quilt into the closet to see it light up. Thanks for the chance to win.

  17. New follower by email! I have little grandsons, I think I would combine it with my scraps and make them a glow in the dark quilt too!

  18. I follow via Google. First, I would cut 2 1/2" by 4 1/2" bricks. These would go into a pattern I got years ago which uses 18 bricks. I put 18 different fabrics in each block. It takes 40 blocks for a top and I have 18 tops to make for my 18 grandchildren.

  19. It is always fun to play with someone else's scraps. I have been "mind planning" some kids & charity quilts. Great idea to make a pillow case to go along with the quilts. That glowing thread would be a thrill to use.

    I follow you on BL. Thanks for the giveaway.
    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  20. Hi Michelle, I follow on Bloglovin and on Google+. What a great giveaway, I've wanted some of that glow in the dark thread for years! If I were to win, I'd make something with machine embroidery for my kids to take to bed - I like your idea of a pillowcase. I could do one for each of my little kids with their name on it, they'd love it. With the fabric, I'm not sure but it would give me a chance to work more on combining fabrics instead of just choosing a two color quilt :) Thanks for having this giveaway!
    ~Laura (PS, if this posts twice please delete. I tried to post minute ago and somehow I believe I deleted my first post lol)

    1. The pillowcase id the magic pillowcase pattern. Super easy. Glad you had time to come over and comment.

  21. I love your quilt and pillow case. That is such cool thread. I am now following via Twitter and Email. I would use these to make a quilt for one of my great nephews who is all about hero's and football. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  22. Your quilt is so amazing! It is perfect for a boy withall the super heros and sports things. I often can't come up with a good idea for a boy theme. You did a great job! I also am interested in how the glow inthe dark thread worked for you. I have been wanting to try it and now that I see how you have used it.. I will be making a quilt and a back pack for a boy and glow in the dark thread would be perfect accent. One is with a sports theme and the other is a military theme.I follow you with Blog Lovin!

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  25. I follow on Bloglovin. I'd use the scraps for string quilts.

  26. I just started following you on email! I would make something fun for my grandsons.

  27. Follow with goggle theresan and I would use the scraps for a quilt for my grandchildren.
    Theresa N

  28. I'm a new Bloglovin follower.

  29. I found your blog through MSQC...I would make a quilt for one of my 4 grandsons...they would love it...thank you for the

  30. I do love a bag of scraps! lol Your quilts are lovely and, having adopted my younger daughter through the foster system, I hope your new family members bring you as much joy as my daughter has brought me! Beth @ Words & Stitches, (following on Bloglovin')

  31. I've just signed up to follow you. I think I'd like to make a quilt for one of our local charities -- Center for People in Need, probably, as it is one of the lesser publicized programs.

  32. I follow on google friends. I think I would make a charity quilt.

  33. Hi, I follow on Feedly, I would love the scraps & thread to make a quilt for my 11 yr old son! Thanks!

  34. I follow you on Google, Feedly, I think I would try to make a quilt for a new grandbaby,(hoping for a boy ;)

  35. Such a wonderful finish, Michelle! I am a big fan of Superior Threads and love their topstitch needles too. Making each child a pillowcase to go along with their quilt was a fabulous idea!

  36. I thought I posted but don't see it. I forgot to tell you how I'm following :)
    I saw your post on M* and am following with Google.
    I love that thread and have some quilts to make for the little I think I'm going to order some. Thanks for sharing.