IQSCM & CFAC – Preservation

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Collection for a Cause ~ Preservation.  It’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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For Howard Marcus Dunn’s nineteenth Collection for a Cause – Preservation, he chose to work with the International Quilt Study Center & Museum to re-create a stunning Medallion quilt from their permanent collection.  They were joined by Alex Veronelli and Aurifil, who curated a collection of Aurifil thread to coordinate with the Preservation collection.

To celebrate the release of Preservation, Aurifil, the International Quilt Study Center & Museum ~ IQSCM and Moda are having a three-day blog-event.

I hope you read the Aurifil Blog Auribuzz yesterday, Erin wrote a terrific article about how Aurifil worked with the IQSCM to select the colors and weight for the thread collection.  She also wrote about the IQSCM and their mission.  Did I mention Aurifil is giving away a very nice prize related to thread and fabric?

This is the original Medallion quilt.  It’s huge – it measures approx. 112″ x 107″.

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The maker of the original quilt is unknown but it’s believed to be from the Allendale region of England, and dates to 1830.  While the provenance of the quilt is mostly unknown, Medallion quilts were very popular in England from 1800 to 1850, and the style of quilting design was common in northern England during the same period.

Erin of Aurifil and Laura of the IQSCM asked us a few questions about Collections for a Cause, this collection and this quilt.

How long has Moda been creating Collections for a Cause and what is the driving force behind the initiative? 

Giving back.  It really is that simple.  In 2008, Mr. Dunn created the ongoing series of collections titled Collection for a Cause.  There have been eighteen collections since the first – Heritage.  Proceeds benefit a variety of charities and causes near-and-dear to Mr. Dunn and the Moda family from the Texas Quilt Museum and Quilt Alliance to the 4-H Clubs of America and Habitat for Humanity, and from Quilts of Valor and the American Red Cross to Gilda’s Club and the Libby Lehman Medical Fund.

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How was it determined that this particular collection would be created in conjunction with, and therefore benefiting, the IQSCM? 

As a passionate supporter of organizations and people committed to preserving our rich quilt and textile history, working with the International Quilt Study Center & Museum has long been on Mr. Dunn’s “short list” of people he would like to work with.  Collaborating on a Collection for a Cause was a way to make that happen.

Selecting the quilt from the IQSCM’s collection was a much easier process.  While considering the many of the quilts in Study Center’s collection, a chance sighting of the English Medallion quilt as it hung in an exhibition was all it took to make it “the one”.

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This is one of the gallery areas in the Study Center – circa November 2014, before the expansion and re-model.

What was the process of creating a new collection based on a historical quilt like? 

The first thing to be done is to photograph as many of the fabrics in the quilt as possible to document them.  Then we go through our collection of antique fabrics and mill books to see if we have samples of those fabrics.  Having that allows us to see if there are design elements missing in the pieces in the quilt. and to see the full-scale of a design.  It also lets us see if there has been any change in color as the fabrics in the quilt have likely faded.

The photographs and fabrics are then transformed into accurately sized digital images that are sent to the mills where the screens for printing the fabrics are made.  Then the process of strike-offs begin.

Strike-offs are test-pieces that allow us to see how the colors, scale and patterns will appear on actual, newly made fabrics.  A shade or two off and details of a print can be lost.  Some fabrics are approved on the first sample while others might require as many as five or six revisions, and not every print or colorway makes it to the final collection.

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Once the fabrics that will comprise the collection have been selected, the design of the quilt representing the collection begins.  That is the work of Susan Stiff – she has designed the quilt and written the pattern for every Collection for a Cause quilt.  She’s also made several of them.  For some quilts, the original antique quilt can be accurately reproduced with only a few small tweaks.  Others require a bit more – the goal is always to make the quilt accessible to as many skill levels as possible.

Our third partner in this exciting collaboration is Aurifil.  The thread assortment selected to coordinate with the collection is beautiful – Collection for a Cause – Preservation.  (They’re the threads we included in our picture – we’re hoping that because we’ve opened them, we’ll get to keep and use them.)

We asked Alex Veronelli of Aurifil about his association with the IQSCM and he told us, “It was a great pleasure for me to serve on the Advisory Board for three years.  During that time, I was fortunate enough to witness the museum’s expansion, including the construction of the new building, the extension of the collection and the growth of the services the study center provides.  I particularly valued the opportunity to learn more about the history of the quilts, to admire the wonderful works of art and to learn about their preservation while connecting with quilt historians, collectors and artists.  In turn, I was able to put my marketing background to use by working to help the IQSCM develop a social business plan relevant to today’s vibrant and flourishing quilt industry.”

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Aurifil and IQSCM – they’re wonderful partners to work with.  If you’ve never used Aurifil thread, I recommend giving it a try.  I have used the 50 wt. Mako Cotton for more than 10 years… maybe as long as 20.  (That’s a scary thought.)  Color 2324 – the cone.  You won’t regret it.

The same is true for the International Quilt Study Center & Museum.  It isn’t a museum in the traditional sense where hundreds of quilts are on permanent display, or even rotating display.  The IQSCM is primarily a study center dedicated to collecting, documenting and preserving quilts and textiles that represent every style, type and cultural tradition from around the world.  If you can get to Lincoln to see the center and whatever exhibit is on display, it’s worth the trip.  If you have a group and can plan ahead to arrange a “behind the scenes” tour, it’s even more worth the trip.  Barring that, their entire collection can be viewed online – it’s an extraordinary resource for everyone.

Finally, to celebrate the release of this Collection for a Cause, we’re going to share a Fat Quarter bundle of Preservation with one of our readers.  To enter, leave a comment by Midnight on Sunday – August 21st – telling us if you have ever used Aurifil thread, been to the International Quilt Study Center or met Mr. Dunn.

I hope many of you can say “yes” to the last option – he’s a very nice man.

Happy Thursday!

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365 thoughts on “IQSCM & CFAC – Preservation

  1. Oh this is so wonderful! Ive always loved the collection for a cause quilts. Its so fun to get an understanding of how the quilt comes about. Thank you for the chance to win. I always work with aurifil (for both machine and hand quilting). Its a stayer :).

  2. Another fantastic collection that is a must-have. I use Aurifil 50 wt thread for all my machine work and for almost all my hand applique. Unfortunately, I have neither been to the Museum nor have I met Mr. Dunn. As usual, Carrie, you’re doing a great job!

  3. That is a beautiful collection of fabric. I have never been to the study center or met Mr. Dunn. I have used Aurifill thread for several years. It works well on my machine.

  4. I use Aurifil thread all of the time. It’s a wonderful product. Unfortunately, no to visiting IQSCM and no to meeting Mr. Dunn.

  5. I love, love Aurifil thread! And my sewing machine loves it, too. Never been to the International Quilt Study Center and I’ve never met Mr. Dunn but I would love to … and meeting you would be even better:-)

  6. Another fascinating and informative post. Thanks! It made me put the Museum on my “bucket list” for travel. Aurifil thread is my favorite piecing thread. Sure would love to meet Mr. Dunn sometime.

  7. Absolutely gorgeous! I have most of the other collections in my stash and would love to add Preservation.

  8. What a marvelous undertaking Mr. Dunn has achieved. He is to be commended on his work that is so important to our history.
    Given the opportunity I would cherish time spent at the museum.

    I have never tried Aurifil thread. But, I am a new quilter with so much to learn. And, I truly have
    fallen in love with the art. I must try Aurilfil thread now.

  9. I have used Aurifil thread and love it. The museum is definitely on my must-see-before-I-die list, and I’m not planning to pass anytime soon, so I’m sure to meet Mr. Dunn eventually!

    Thank you for an enlightening article. This collection looks truly outstanding.

  10. I only use Aurifil thread for quilting. Unfortunately, I have not been to the museum nor have I met Mr Dunn.

  11. Yes, I have used Aurifil thread. No, I haven’t been to the IQSCM. No, I haven’t met Mr Dunn.

  12. What a beautiful quilt! This is on my list. I’ve not had the pleasure to meet Mr. Dunn or visit the Museum. I love Aurifil thread.

  13. I love the collection for a cause quilts and fabric collections. I’ve got a couple in my stash that I hope to use in the near future! I use Aurifil 50 wt. thread for all my piecing and hand sewing. Its the best! I’ve not had an opportunity to go to the museum or meet Mr. Dunn, but both are on my bucket list. Love your posts and insight into what goes on “behind the curtain” in the quilting industry. And thanks for the opportunity to win!

  14. I have used Aurifil thread for several years and my sewing machines are very happy with it. This is another beautiful Collection for a Cause. I’ve never been to the IQSCM or met Mr. Dunn but am most impressed with both for what they do for quilting.

  15. After going into semi retirement I finally had time again to quilt. I purchased a new machine and noticed how many different quilting threads there were. So I went to the International show and purchased a variety of different threads by different companies. I played with each in piecing and FMQ. Hands down, Aurifil performed better than any of the others. Alex had a presentation at a local quilt store which I attended. It was fascination, I had no idea all that went into making thread. I highly recommend attending if you have the opportunity. Would love to do a road trip to the museum some day. Mr. Dunn would be fun to have dinner with.

  16. I have never met Mr. Dunn but I would like to! The only thread I use is Aurifil. I love it and tell my friends about it, too!

  17. I really get wonderful results when piecing with Aurifil. I’ve not been to the museum or met Mr. Dunn. Someday!

  18. I use Aurifilalmost exclusively. I have never been to the International Quilt Study Center, although I would like to. I have never met Mr Dunn and he sounds like a fascinating man.

  19. My answers are yes, love aurifil, no, I’ve never been to the international quilt study center but would love to and no, I’ve never met Mr Dunn but would love to shake his hand and tell him what great fabric he produces! I always enjoy the collection for a cause quilts….I have one in the works at the moment!

  20. Love the new project with Marcus fabrics. I have used Aurifil and a lot of scraps donated to me I notice have been stitched with Aurifil. I have not bee to the museum nor met Mr. Dunn, but would love to. And I see some ask if there will be a kit available – I would love that.

  21. I have loved using Moda fabrics and Collections for a Cause for many years. For the past few years i have used Aurifil Thread and have a hard time using up any other threads that I have because Aurifil seems to work so much better! I worked in the quilt industry for a few years with the company I worked for and visited the displays in Houston and elsewhere – always needing to catch my breathe while seeing what others did with the same love we all share for quilting. I have not personally met Mr. Dunn but have been in the Moda booth marveling at what is presented to the market for individuals to use and enjoy.

  22. I love Aurifil, its the only thread I use. I have never met Mr Dunn but would enjoy meeting him. I have never been to the museum but would like that as well.

  23. In answer to your questions, no, no and no. But I would like to be able to answer all three in the affirmative. The fabrics in Preservation are just beautiful and would be a joy to use.

  24. I love this new collection for a cause. The Aurifil thread colors are wonderful and my favorite thread. I was in Lincoln in February but didn’t get to the IQSCM so am planning a trip back just for that.

  25. What a wonderful collection and such a worthy cause. To all those who have never visited the Quilt Study Museum I say … go if at all possible. While I live in South Carolina I am blessed to have family in the midwest and try to visit the museum as often as possible while on those family trips. Adding Aurifil to the mix just makes it better. This is my go to thread not just for quilting but piecing as well.

  26. Such a beautiful collection! I have had Aurifil for many years now, my machine and I love it! Thanks for the opportunity Moda. I would love to meet Mr. Dunn and visit the museum. Someday maybe!

  27. I use Aurifil threads and love the thread box collections. Love the colors in this fabric line. I would love to meet Mr. Dunn!

  28. I love this new collection, always use Aurifil, always always! But I have not had the pleasure of meeting Mr Dunn or making it to Lincoln to the Study center, both of the later are on my bucket list.

  29. This is my first exposure to the cause quilts, but I really enjoyed the articles. I have used Aurifil thread and love the way it handles in my machine. Loved the last comment about him being such a nice man. What a testimony to him and his cause.

  30. I love Aurfil thread and use it for piecing and making little girl/doll dresses. Also I have attended a lecture by Alex on how the thread is made, very impressive. I live near the museum and have visited the museum several times. Seeing the preservation volunteers work on cleaning quilts was fascinating.

  31. Love Aurifil threads, but unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity yet for the other 2 experiences – yet!

  32. I love Aurafil thread and have used it for years. I’ve never visited the Quilt Study Museum, but am happy to learn about it. I have never had the good fortune of meeting Mr. Dunn. I have to say that all the Collections for a Cause are among my favorite Moda Collections. What they stand for makes it that much more special and meaningful to work with the fabric.

  33. I have seen & heard of Aurifil thread. I am a new quilter so I will have to try it. The museum sounds like a great place to visit & meeting Mr. Dunn would be great too.

  34. Yes to all three. Bought some aurifil threads in Houston over 10 years ago and became an aurifil fan. Love it. I am fortunate to live 45 miles from IQSC so have been there several times. What a gem here in Nebraska. Met Mr. Dunn at a retreat- what a gracious man! Love love medallion quilts and this one is beautiful!!!

  35. I use aurofol thread for piecing my quilts. Will not waste it on any other project! Ive never been to the museum or met Mr. Dunn.

  36. Always love the Collections for a Cause lines, this collection is especially lovely. Color combo is gorgeous! I use Aurifil threads, love them for both hand quilting and in my machine. Results are always great! Thanks for the chance to win!

  37. I wish I could say YES to all 3 but I can’t…Love all the Collections for a Cause fabric lines. Just started using Aurifil.

  38. Would LOVE to get the museum – it’s on my bucket list. Not met Mr. Dunn – perhaps that could be on my bucket list. USE Aurifil ALL the time. That is a MUST – won’t piece with any other thread. This new collection is beautiful!!!
    Elaine

  39. I have never been to the museum nor met Mr. Dunn…..but I’ve used Aurifil threads for many, many years! They are my go-to thread….always!

  40. Yes, no and shook his hand. My daughter lived in Lincoln but that was in my prequilting and her starving student with new babies days so when I visited we stuck pretty close to the apartment and tried to figure out baby schedules. I’ll have to put it on my list of reasons to revisit the quilting midwest. Thanks, great article.

  41. I use Aurifil on my sewing machine, for hand applique, and want to try 12’wt for wool applique. I unfortunately have not been able to visit the museum in person. However, I have viewed videos of various speakers that have been there. And no I have not personally met Mr. Dunn but would like to say thank you to him for his Collection for the Cause series and the good wrk he has done.

  42. The photo of the new ‘old’ quilt is beautiful, and I’m sure the fat quarters are more gorgeous in person. Love the colorway … those are for sure ‘my’ colors. i’ve been a Moda fan for years and years, but just a couple of months ago became a convert to Aurifil (only available to me via internet purchases). And I LOVE IT! This is an awesome opportunity! Thank you so much!

  43. I love this collection! I have been using Aurifil threads for years. It’s all I use for piecing, and I’ve used it in my longarm for quilting as well. The Quilt Study Center has been on my to do list for a while now. I need to make that trip happen!

  44. I use and love Aurifil Thread! I haven’t been to the International Quilt Study Center or met Mr. Dunn, yet. This Collection for a Cause, Preservation, is fabulous! I love the colors they are wonderful.

  45. I have always loved your reproduction fabrics! One year I got a bundle and made a different quilt, but, I believe it was from the same time period. Have to go back and research that now. But, the fabric! Oh! It’s divine. Y’all do such great work reproducing time period fabrics. Amazing! Yes, I use Aurifil Thread exclusively! Just started using it and love the way to shine on my quilts! One day I hope to get to IQSC. Hope it’s soon!

  46. This quilt is beautiful! I love the colors and the thread collection, as well. I use Aurifil every day and changed over to it almost exclusively a couple of years ago. I have not been to
    Lincoln or me Mr. Dunn, but wouldn’t that be fun!

  47. Such exciting news! Congratulations all the way around to everyone who is involved. Yes, I have had the privilege of going to the International Quilt Museum. It is a wonderful place to visit. A destination for a quilter. Yes, I use Aurofil everyday in my quilting. I love it! I have not met Mr Dunn but I certainly admire him. thank you for the chance to win some very beautiful fabric.

    Mary

  48. I use only Aurifil thread. The first time I used it I knew that was the thread for me. Hope to win this collection. Nancy p.

  49. I have used the Aurifil thread many times with much success. The reason is the thinness but strength of the thread and less lint while using it for machine stitching. And can also be used for hand piecing and applique.

  50. Yes, I use and love Aurifil threads! Yes, I’ve met Mr, Dunn, at Quilters Take Manhattan in New York City! He wore a shiny royal blue jacket. Very nice man. And, I made a quilt from Heritage fabrics, the first Collection – because Heritage honored the memory of a good friend of mine. I hope to visit the Quilt Study Museum, and have subscribed to their quilt of the month emails for years. Thanks!

  51. I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Dunn. Perhaps someday! I’ve also never been lucky enough to make the trip to the International Quilt Museum. I do, however, use Aurifil thread every day and I can’t imagine using any other! Finally, my stash is heavily Moda because I love the quality and variety of the fabrics. I actually have the CFAC Heritage kit in the original tin suitcase! Hmmm. Might be time to stitch it up, huh?!

  52. Wow! What another beautiful quilt and fabric collection. I’ve made the first Coolection for a Cause quilt – Heritage and love it to pieces!!! I am a new user of Aurifil thread and love it! And I was lucky enough to visit the museum shortly after it opened. Need to plan another trip someday.

  53. What beautiful fabric and great quilt! Yes, I do use Aurifil thread and think it’s wonderful. I have not been to the International Quilt Study Center but hope to visit one day. I have not met Mr. Dunn but thank him for many years of admiring and using Moda fabric.

  54. I’m exactly like Nancy above me…I’ve never met Mr. Dunn nor been to the International Centre, but I only sew with Aurifil and don’t plan on straying from that at all! I love Moda and Aurifil both and thanks for this chance!

  55. Simply said – I love aurifil threads. So reliable, consistent and beautiful.
    That’s a yes to one of your three questions, not a bad batting average, but I will be working on the other two.

    1. hit enter before I was finished. I have never been to the museum or I have never met Mr Dunn. 2 more things added to my bucket list.

  56. Aurifil thread is the best. Thanks so much for all this wonderful information on how things come to be and that such wonderful museums/study centers exist and where it’s located. I see a road trip in my future.

  57. Mr.Dunn’s Collections for a Cause lines have been some of my favorite fabrics, and this one looks beautiful. I have been using Aurifil threads for many years–I like to buy it on the giant cones! The museum has been on my bucket list–I need to make it happen!

  58. I use Aurifil thread for precise piecing and love my results. Visiting the Quilt Museum is on my bucket list. I love all of the Collection for a Cause projects and am hand piecing the Lemoyne Stars from number 6, Hope.

  59. What a beautiful quilt and fabric! I have used Aurifil thread, but I’ve never been to the IQSCM or met Mr. Dunn. Thanks for the chance to win a bundle of Preservation!

  60. I haven’t managed to get to Lincoln, Nebraska yet. It is a long way from the UK

    I do use Aurifil 50 weight and am really looking forward to using the new 80 wt once it is released in the UK.

    I have spoken to Mr Aurifil. Alex Veronelli, but not to Mr Dunn.

  61. I’m relatively new to quilting, but all the comments above have convinced me I must buy Aurifil thread on my next trip to the quilting store! Have not had the pleasure of seeing the museum or meeting Mr. Dunn yet. These fabrics are lovely–thanks for the chance to win!

  62. Yes, I do use Aurifil thread. No, to meeting Mr. Dunn, but what an honor that would be! My small group plans to go to the museum, possibly this fall. So exciting!

  63. Thank you for this offer. I love Moda! Being a shop owner, I am not entering in the drawing, however I would like to thank Mr. Dunn for the Collection for a Cause program. How kind, generous and thoughtful of him to give back to the community. As for the questions, yes I have met Mr. Dunn, a lovely man and so fashionable, have not visited the IQSC Museum and have not used Aurifil threads for piecing. I did use it to hand embroider a bag I received from Moda that included the Aurifil embroidery thread. Still working on that bag from I think 2014! Ah, UFO’s where would I be without them?

  64. Aurifil is the BEST thread for everything I’ve made and will continue to use it. My BFF and I have talked about heading east to Lincoln to the study center for inspiration but haven’t made it yet. Maybe soon! Would be an honor to meet Mr Dunn – maybe one of these days. Love the colors of this latest collection and would love the opportunity to win it. Thank you!!

  65. I use Aurifil thread and love it…in several sizes. I attended one of Alex’s talks in July and have the new 80 wt to try for appliqué. Very excited about this! I have been to the IQSCM once, before the expansion, so will be headed there one of these days. And now for Mr. Dunn…I have not met him. But I can just imagine what a sweet man he must be, and the patience of a saint to work with all of the women he employs! I already know he is generous beyond words, based on all the things he sponsors and all the giveaways from Moda. And this preservation project…a keeper, he is indeed. Yep, Mr. Dunn would be on my bucket list of people to meet. Thank you, Mr. Dunn, for another giveaway, once again!

  66. I mostly use Aurifil thread and love it…never met Mr. Dunn and never been to the museum, but I enjoyed reading about it here in this article. I love reading about the history of quilts because quilts have always been a part of my life and I am almost 60.

  67. I do use Aurifil thread. Thank you for sharing the process of replicating these wonderful collection for a cause series of quilts. Mr.Dunn/Moda is truly living proof of goodness in our world.

  68. Yes, I use Aurafil thread and I like the orange color cores they use . . . sets them apart from other brands. Would enjoy the fat quarter collection for my friend’s birthday. I liked learning that Susan Stiff has done all the patterns for Collection for a Cause. Hugs, Allison Bayer in Plano, TX

  69. I have a little bit of Aurifil–so expensive. Thanks for the article about how the collections are made.

  70. I use Aurifil Thread and met Mr Veronelli. He came to my local quilt shop this Summer. He gave an interesting presentation on how thread is made at Aurifil. I have not met Mr Dunn.

  71. I have used Aurifil exclusively for about 15 years since I was introduced to “an absolutely amazing” Italian thread by a vendor at a NQA show in Columbus. Still have to order it most of the time since only one LQS started carrying a little only last year. Someday I plan on both meeting Mr. Dunn and making a trip to the Study Center. I have a personal quilt I want my daughter to donate to the Study Center when I pass. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity.

  72. I have never tried Aurifil threads. I would love to. I have only seen the collections through your blog, they are so lovely. Your fabrics match the collections beautifully. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

  73. Another fabulous line of For A Cause fabric. I only use Aurifil thread. I’ve used all the weights except the new 80 wt. It’s on my list to purchase some st Fall Market. I have not been to International Quilt Study Center yet. I have met Mr Dunn. He is one of the kindest, most generous person I’ve ever met. This is another fabulous Moda giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  74. I’ve been to the International Quilt Study Center twice and use Aurifil thread for piecing and quilting but have not had the opportunity to meet Mr. Dunn.

  75. I love the Aurifil thread. I piece with it and use it for applique too because it is so fine. Never been to the museum or met Mr Dunn.

  76. Maybe soneday I will get back to the US and get to the Ibternational Study Centre. I do use Aurifil for my piecing and quilting love it, although have yet to use a cone. As for Mr Dunn, I would love to meet him, sound like a great boss!

  77. I am transitioning from hand quilting to machine and use the Aurifil threads. I love the colors of the thread…and performance. I simply love the the fabrics and thread colors of this new Cause for Preservation Quilt ….and it will be gorgeous!! Traditional quilting is my absolute favorite!!

  78. Two out of three is not bad…I’ve used Aurifil thread exclusively since a spool was given to me as a gift and I visited the Internation Quilt Museum in 2010. It would be a pleasure to meet Mr. Dunn!

  79. I absolutely love the collection! I hope to find it at my LQS soon! I just started using Aurifil thread, 50 wt Mako, # 1140. The color was highly recommended for all colors except whites/creams. For those I bought # 2311. I will add you favorite to my list! I have not been to the International Quilt Museum, only the National Quilt Museum in Paducah. I have never had the pleasure of meeting any of the creative people from Moda, but I have briefly met one of your designers: Lisa Bongean.

  80. I haven’t used Aurifil (though I’ve only heard good things), I haven’t met Mr. Dunn, and I haven’t been to the museum (but have always wanted to!). I love that Moda has taken this charge to use fabrics to benefit others. And t his combines two of my passions: fabric and preservation. Perfect <3

  81. Yes! I have used aurfil thread! it is my favorite, go-to thread! Would be fun to see the Center and meet Mr. Dunn so I could say yes to all three!

  82. I usually use Aurifil for my piecing, and often for quilting. The IQCSM is on my list of destinations. And I haven’t had the chance to meet Mr. Dunn yet, but hope to someday. I’ve used Tradition, Legacy and Charity in quilts, and hope to use many more of his CFAC fabrics.

  83. I always love the Collections for a Cause fabric! I did go to the International Quilt Study Center a couple of years ago when the American Quilt Study Group was there for our annual seminar. I didn’t meet Mr. Dunn there but I did go to coffee with Marianne Fons!!

  84. What more is there to say…when you use Aurifil it is a quilting experience. When you use it on Moda fabrics it is heaven. No I have not met Mr Dunn, but if I did I would thank him for all he does for the quilting community. As for the museum ..it is on my bucket list. Thank you to all who were involved in this project. Hugs.

  85. I have not used Aurifil for piecing or quilting, but would like to. The center is on my to do list when I get to Lincoln. (Husker football Saturdays may not be the time, though.) Have not met Mr. Dunn. The collection is beautiful.

  86. Aurifil is my choice for hand piecing; it is very fine and yet strong enough to resist wear. I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Dunn nor visiting the museum but a girl can dream!

  87. The Collection for a Cause quilts and fabrics are the best! Congratulations Moda and Mark Dunn on another winner!

  88. Yes I only use aurifil thread, love it & sew do my machines. Yes I made the legacy quilt & donated it to JDRF. Well I sort of met Mr. Dunn last year at Houston. I met him through the quilt that was made of him.. Yes IQSCM is a favorite place of mine to visit when I go to Nebraska. I will be visiting there next week. Excited that Moda is joining forces with IQSCM….

  89. I am a huge Aurofil fan and try to convert everyone I meet. The IQSC is on my bucket list. I was sorry to miss the annual seminar of the American Quilt Study Group when it was held in Nebraska. I so appreciate the contribution of Moda and Mr. Dunn to these causes, all worthy.

  90. I use Aurifil thread, have not met Mr. Dunn or been to the IQSCM. Great information and the process of the Collection for a Cause fabrics.

  91. I only use Aurofil thread…it’s a wonderful product. I have not been to the IQSCM, but with retirement coming in a few months it is a planned trip for early 2017. I could only hope to meet Mr. Dunn. Thanks for the great post, and this is a wonderful collection. I can’t wait to use it!

  92. I have only used Aurifil thread once; it was a lovely gift from a friend. My husband’s parents were from Lincoln, Nebraska and it looks like I’m going to have to encourage him to take us on a trip now!

  93. Preservation is just as beautiful as all its predecessors. I was so lucky to see Mr Dunn & the amazing display of many of his quilts & the originals in Houston last year & to sign a block for him!

  94. I’ve had the absolute pleasure of visiting IQSC&M at least a half a dozen times. It’s a five day road trip from where I live but well worth it. So much to see and learn about our quilting heritage across the globe and across time.

  95. Thank you, Mr. Dunn. I have so enjoyed your collections for a cause. I have not met you but I have been using Aurifil thread for quite awhile and really enjoy it.

  96. I have enjoyed one visit to the museum and look forward to another this fall. Love the fabrics in the new line.

  97. This is my first time to see the collections for the cause…… I use Aurifil fabrics exclusively. I love them all…..as for Mr. Dunn… he sounds like a very interesting man, have not meet him. I would love to win some of the fabrics from this line. Fingers crossed.

  98. It was at a quilt show that I discovered Aurifil thread. I was passing a vendor’s booth and touched the thread – and then went running after my friend who had moved on to another booth. We were both enchanted with the quality – so much so that I asked for a collection (and received it) for my birthday. I live about 50 miles from the quilt study center. My first visit was before the new facility was built and it was fascinating to gather in a very small room and be shown what was there. My small quilting group has been to Lincoln to the new home, but that was before the renovations. Can’t wait for a return visit!

  99. I was introduced to Aurifil thread at a quilt shop, where Alex and Elena gave a presentation showing how the thread was made. I have used nothing else since that time! I haven’t met Mr. Dunn, but would love to – and have not been to the museum either. Is there going to be a kit of the Preservation Quilt? It’s stunning.

  100. Wonderful Blog article. I use Aurifil almost daily. I just got some of the 80 wt. to try. I have not yet been to the Museum but it is on my list to visit. And I have not yet met Mr. Dunn but I would love to meet him one day, too.

  101. Wonderful cause!! Yes, I have used Aurifil thread for applique and it was great. No, to the other two questions. Would love to see the International Quilt Study Centre and would love to meet Mr. Dunn some day. He’d have to do all the talking though, because if that day came, I’d be too speechless to say more than ‘Hi’ and shake his hand :)!

  102. What a beautiful collection! I do use Aurifil thread and have visited the museum several times. It is always inspiring to visit the museum and their new addition really helped them display more quilts. It would be a pleasure to meet Mr. Dunn – maybe someday.

  103. I love love love the CFAC, those are some of the coors I quilt with the most. I have been using Aurifil thread for about 25 yrs now. I do a lot of hand applique, and hand quilting it works great for both. I have yet to meet Mr. Dunn, or go to the International Quilt Museum ( on my bucket list). Thanks for everything.

  104. What fascinating information you have brought us this time Carrie! You answered a lot of questions for me. I have used Aurifil thread for years as well. I love the quality, the selection, and how it enhances my work. It works like a dream in my sewing machine leaving far less lint than other brands. I love the Collections for a Cause. They always contain such beautiful fabrics and inspiring quilt designs. And it blesses me that the proceeds go to such worthy causes. I was especially touched at the thoughtfulness Mr. Dunn showed by doing a collection to benefit Libby Lehman. I have never met Mr. Dunn though I expect he is an incredibly interesting and kind man.

  105. This collection is right up my alley! I use Aurifil thread, the quality is “Top Drawer”! I have not been to the museum, and only “met” Mr. Dunn through Carrie’s postings.

  106. I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Dunn or visiting the museum, but I am a loyal Aurifil user! I’m off to read yesterday’s bog post next, as I find this all very interesting. Thanks for a chance to win!

  107. Living in Nebraska-yes, I have been to the Quilt Center though not as often as I’d like. I do, also, use aurfil thread as my machine seems to like it better than other brands! (ask me how I know?) Meeting Mr. Dunn- nope, not yet. But through your blogs I feel I have!

  108. I absolutely love Aurifil thread! It’s the only thread I use on my two Berninas and on my hand applique. It is wonderful to use and disapears into the applique, I would heartily recommend this thread. I’ve never been to the International Quilt Museum, but I would love to go, and I have never met Mr. Dunn and there again it would be a pleasure. Not every eye can see the beauty of fabric.

  109. I love using Aurifil thread and though I’m a fairly new quilter I’ve found my ‘forever’ thread. I haven’t met Mr. Dunn or been to the quilt museum but it would be great to do both. What a good man to think of creating these quilts for a cause!

  110. What a beautiful collaboration story that gives heart to quilting! I do use Aurifil and admire it’s quality. When I began sewing I used the only thread available 55 years ago in my area and it was a brand we all know. I noticed that the thread would break a lot and not be smooth. But it was my only option. Then when another European brand was available I purchased it and it worked better. I would still have some problems with breakage. I can say that in the past year of learning to quilt I have never had the Aurifil thread break. And it has a sheen that gives the thread substance. I consider Aurifil a must for sewing when one looks at the overall cost and quality of our fabrics. Why would we use any other thread?

  111. Love this collection. I also love Aurifil, and use it almost all the time, in all my machines, the new and vintage. It always works for what I need to do. I met Mark Dunn at Quilters Take Manhattan. He was so sweet, and I really enjoyed his presentation. I would love to go to the museum.

  112. I use Aurifil thread and love it. I recently saw the new collection for a cause and I do hope I win this fabric! A Moda rep was at the quilt retreat and showed us this line. It is beautiful and I want this fabric. have made two quilts from the collection for a cause 1852.

  113. I’ve watched the development of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum from an idea to a spectacular program housed in its own beautiful building in Lincoln, NE. I am a member of the IQSCM, enjoying regular visits, taking workshops, seeing exhibitions, and following them closely on IG and in other ways. We are also fortunate that the Center now hosts the monthly meetings and regular sew days of the Lincoln MQG. I could go on forever about what a resource it is for us nearby. I am also a fan of using Aurifil thread and have been amassing quite a collection. I use it regularly for piecing, and use it for quilting more and more as I work up to being able to FMQ my own quilts.

  114. I use Aurifil thread all the time and have for years. My collection is growing by leaps and bounds. I’ve never been to the International Quilt Study Center or met Mr. Dunn but I do have most of the quilt kits of the Collection for the Cause fabrics and surprisingly, have even completed several of them. They are beautiful classic quilts.

  115. Best post ever! Had the opportunity to visit the university campus and quilt study center before they built the museum. Wonderful volunteer gave me a tour of the archives and storage area. The staff were very informative and super excited because they had just broken ground to build the museum. They asked me my “sewing story” and when I related my California childhood 4-H kitchen table experience they were thrilled. Let me know they had collaborated on a 4-H manual called “Quilt Quest” and phoned the book depository so I could walk across campus and purchase my very own copy. It is one of my favorite books! Hoping to one day visit the museum! Also aurifil is my favorite thread!

  116. I use Aurifil exclusively for my machine sewing, hand piecing and machine quilting. I would love to meet Mr. Dunn; in photos he looks downright jolly and proud of his designs. Visiting the museum is on the bucket list!

  117. Pretty much use only Aurifil for piecing and quilting. We will be visiting Lincoln in September and the Center/museum are on the top of the list. Have always loved the “Collection for a Cause”! Have never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Dunn…yet.

  118. use Aurifil thread every day I quilt or embroider. LOVE the stuff. I also have my of the Collection kits…which I still need to finish, but knew I needed to get them when available or I’d be sorry ;o). I have seen Mr. Dunn from a far at Quilt Market in Houston on year. Love Moda Fabric…it is my fabric of choice.

  119. I have not had the pleasure of doing any of these things. I just found the Collections for a Cause and am loving all the lovely colors!!! Thank you for the giveaway!

  120. Aurifil thread is my favourite, but sadly I have not visited the museum as I live in Australia. However, it is definitely on my wish list – what a wonderful cause.

  121. Aurafil is lovely but I have a hard time finding it in stores in my area, and in very limited color choices. I would dearly love to be gifted with this set of fabric….it is gorgeous!

  122. I almost always use Aurafil exclusively for my quilts! Love the weight and color options! I was also lucky enough to go to the Institute on Saturday. I was impressed with the museum’s quilt collection, the Mountain Mist Collection / Story, the Chinese quilts ETC! I hope to get back sometime!!

  123. I use Aurifil most of the time, have never been to the museum, and would love to have lunch with Mr. Dunn! What a beautiful new CFAC quilt!

  124. I, unfortunately, have to say “no” to each of your questions but I hope to be able to say “yes” to all three someday. Thank you for an informative post.

  125. What a tribute this number of comments is! Thank you Moda and Aurifil for your support, and to the Center for creating a home base for the art of quilting around the world. I have yet to visit, or to meet Mr. Dunn, but am an Aurifill thread user thanks to a Mary Fons recommendation.

  126. Yes I own many spools of Aurifil thread! These colors are great since those are the colors in a sampler I have been working on! 😀

  127. I love all the Collection for a Cause quilts but this one is exceptionally beautiful. I am hoping it will be marketed as a kit. It would be especially wonderful if it came packaged in a commemorative tin. Whichever way it comes I will purchase it and it takes the position of #1 on my quilt making priority list. I have not tried Aurifil threads yet but this will be the perfect opportunity to begin.

  128. I have used Aurifil thread. It is super special for applique as the 50 weight just disappears. I have viewed some of the digital images of the quilts, but I will likely never get to see any of these in person or meet Mr. Dunn.

  129. I use Aurfil exclusively for all of my piecing! I love it. This collection is beautiful and I love the medallion quilt. Sad that not more is known about it as that is half the fun! Thanks so much for a chance to win! Fingers crossed – Laurie

  130. I use and love Aurifil thread. It’s by far my favorite. Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to experience the other options even though I would love to.
    Beautiful fabric!!1

  131. Aurifil cones are my all time favorite thread. They are spun so fine that protruding fibers are nonexistent. Hope to some day tour IQSCM and meet Mr. Dunn. Thanks for blogging.

  132. I have only ever used Aurifil thread. The colors are amazing, I never have trouble finding a match for the task at hand. I have yet to meet Mr. Dunn and see the museum, but there’s always tomorrow! Or next month, next year!

  133. I have been using aurifil thread for a few months and it is my favorite thread now. The collection for a cure collections always catches my eye–some of it manages to make its way to my house! I have not personally spoken to Mr. Dunn but I have been to a gathering of Moda customers where he spoke, I agree super nice man.

  134. Yes I use Aurifil thread, no I have not been to IQSCM but have been getting their email quilt- of -the- month for a few years, and, sadly, no I have not met Mr. Dunn, or shall we call him Mr. Moda. Hopefully all your positive press hasn’t gone to his head; seems like the humble type…

  135. I have some Aurifil thread to try but haven’t used it yet. I don’t know why I am waiting to use it, It’s kinda like using the good china,,, 🙂 Haven’t visited the IQSCM nor have I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Dunn.

    Thanks for the chance to win and all the information on the collection!

  136. I have 2 colors of Aurifil so far, and I love it- would love to try more colors! Never been to the museum or met Mr. Dunn, but would like to if I’m ever in the area.

  137. Love Aurifil for both hand and machine work. Have never been to the !QSCM, nor have I met Mr Dunn – both are on my bucket list!

  138. I have used and still use Aurifil – I love it for machine free motion quilting. Unfortunately I’ve never been to the museum or met Mr. Dunn.

  139. I have used Aurifil and like it very much. I have never been to the museum or met Mr. Dunn, but hope to do both. I love the Preservation fabric, and hope to get some for my stash.

  140. Yes, Aurifil is my favorite thread. Use it for piecing and quilting. Hope to one day go to the museum. Sorry, have not had the pleasure to meet Mr. Dunn.

  141. What another beautiful quilt and reproduction fabric line!!! Love, love, love! Aurafil threads are just wonderful to use and I like how the colors are so well thought out. I have the IQSC&M on my wish list to visit, and now I’ve added Mr. Dunn to my list to meet someday, also. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the great new collections and the chance to win!! Happy Stitching!!!

  142. I love Aurifil thread, and use it for piecing. I have not met Mark Dunn, but love that he chose IQSCM for this collection. I have been to the museum, but not since the expansion. Time to go back!!

  143. Aurifil thread is all I have used since I first started making quilts – about 6 years ago! And my husband treated me to a wonderful visit to the IQSC&M when we visited from Virginia this past January – so fun – and our docent was wonderful! This article was so interesting – thanks!

  144. Beautiful collection! I use Aurifil thread and love it! I haven’t met Mr. Dunn or been to the museum, but I would love to study with them – I have looked at their MA brochure several times. Thanks for the chance!

  145. I have used Aurifil thread, I have not met Mr. Dunn, but I have been to the IQSC&M many, many times — I am SO lucky to live in Lincoln, NE!!

  146. I visited the IQSCM about 10 yes ago on the way to pick up my son from Fort Leonardwood. I also use Aurifil thread.

  147. The quilt is just beautiful, and I really enjoyed reading about how a collection all comes about. I have used Aurifil thread & love it. Unfortunately, I not been to the museum, nor have I met Mr. Dunn. But please tell him ‘thank you’ from all of us for his hard work! Beautiful collection!

  148. I love and use Aurifil thread ,for piecing and quilting but unfortunately have not made if to the museum nor meet Mr Dunn , Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful collection ,,

  149. This collection of fabric took my breath away when I first saw it! So gorgeous! ❤️ I will be looking for it in my LQS and making a quilt out of it as soon as I can! I have used Aurifil thread many times for piecing. Having been a long arm quilter for 9+ years, I love using Aurifil thread for long arm quilting too. As a teacher of long arm quilting techniques, I recommend Aurifil for quilting as well. It runs like a dream and never have any issues whenever I use it. Someday I hope to visit the museum and it would be a pleasure also to meet Mr. Dunn, I’m sure!

  150. I love Aurifil thread and I do use it! I live an easy road trip distance from the quilt museum and it has been on my short list of places to go for a while. I have not met Mr. Dunn but I would like to meet him some day. Thanks for the chance to win and the informative article.

  151. So exciting to hear about this great place! I have just started using aurifil 2324. I’m in the process of a large wool appliqué project and I’m loving the 28wt! Thanks for the opportunity to win this fabric.

  152. Aurifil thread was the greatest find of my husband in 2004 when we were at market and thinking about opening our quilt shop which we did in 2005. Aurifil was there when we opened and even though we were in a small town and most people had never heard of the thread, it only took trying the thread and people were hooked. I don’t want to sew with anything else. We were also fortunate to jump on board with the Collections For a Cause at the beginning. We loved them. Sadly last year this time we were in crisis with my husband being diagnosed with an extremely rare tumor with extensive surgery so we had to close our shop. The surgeries have gone well and he is still recovering. Since I’m the care giver I’ve been out of the quilt news, but this in my feed this morning has made me smile. Thanks Mr, Dunn for sharing your collection of quilts with us.

  153. I’ve not tried Aurifil but I have one lovely collection of it that I just got and will be using it in a quilt I am saving for my mother-in-law and a an appliqued piece for my mother! I am quite excited to give it a try for all the buzz there is about it. I normally use go good German-made thread or other Italian threads. But Here’s To Aurifil! Thank you for the wonderful information being shared about the preservation of quilts and all that is going on!

  154. I use Aurifil when I can find it. I really want this collection but fear I won’t find it at a local quilt shop. Seventy-five percent of my sewing is repo so I know I would use the thread….all of it… there is a lot of thread in that box. I am not wanting to buy collections of thread….I have the collections of fabric habit and one habit is enough. Have never been to the IQSC and never met Mark Dunn. It seems as though I have met him as he just down the road from me and one sees his picture many times each year.

  155. great cause, beautiful fabrics, wonderful threads, amazing man. Thanks sew much for all of these and a chance to win your generous giveaway.

  156. What beautiful fabrics and thread! Yes I use and Love Aurifil! I have used it now for several years and it’s the Best!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  157. I use Aurifil thread for all my piecing. Once I started using it I saw my piecing really improve, it is amazing the difference a good thread makes. I love Aurifil amd Moda fabric, can’t wait for this collection!

  158. What a beautiful collection. I love using Aurifil thread. I would love to visit the museum some day and meet Mr. Dunn. Thank you for another wonderful post!

  159. I use Aurifil and love how they match the thread to the fabric lines. And these reproduction fabrics are beautiful.

  160. Absolutely stunning quilts! Aurifil threads are my absolute favorite…I won’t do any piecing with anything else! In fact, since finding the light variegated grey is difficult to find in my area, when I do find it, it’s not unusual for me to purchase10 spools at a time!

  161. What a gorgeous fabric collection…love the colours. I love my Aurifil threads for hand piecing so thats a yes, but the other two are a no. The Quilt Museum is a dream and who knows, maybe one day it can become a reality.

  162. No to the three questions! Would love to try the thread, see the Museum and meet Jim! Fabrics are gorgeous!

  163. I have been using Aurifil thread for several years now and especially love it when making minis. We are heading to the East coast soon and hope to stop at the Museum on our way. Can’t wait. No, I haven’t met Mr. Dunn – would love to.

    Charlotte

  164. Though I have been sewing and even quilting for years I am pretty new to the whole world of quilting.
    I have seen a segment on the museum and would love to actaully see it in person. I envy Mr Dunn, to be the owner of Moda, to have access and associate with all the folks involved, The ideal job!
    As to Auriafil thread, I just heard of it recently and winning this would be an ideal introduction to using it. I am sure from all I have heard I would never go back.

  165. I have used Aurifil Thread, but I have unfortunately not made it to the Quilt Study Center nor have I met Mr Dunn.

  166. I have recently started to use Aurifil thread in my quilting. Prior to this I was using Isocord. But I really like the 50 wt. of the Aurifil. I would love to visit the quilt study center. It is on my quilting bucket list.

  167. Yes…No…and no! Yes, I’ve sewn with Aurifil and love it! No to visiting the Quilt Study Center, but would love to someday! And no to not ever meeting Mr. Dunn.

  168. No to all three. I have not tried Aurifil yet, but so many people recommend it, so I should! Would love to visit the Quilt Study Center.

  169. I started using Aurifil thread when I took a class with Edyta Sitar. I love it for hand applique and machine piecing. I would love to visit the Quilt Study Center and would enjoy looking at all the quilts.
    And meeting Mr. Dunn would make my day.

  170. I love using Aurifil thread – so much better quality than what I used before! Haven’t been to the Quilt Study Center or met Mr. Dunn.

  171. What a beautiful quilt . No I have never visited the center but sure would love to . I love aurifil thread and use it for all my piecing of quilts and also the embroidery threads for my wool work . Thanks for the chance .

  172. I love the fabric colors. My favorite part of quilting is to make a beautiful quilt, purse, and give it to someone. Love giving. Thanks to all of your talent in designing the beautiful fabric.

  173. I have never met Mr. Dunn or visited the center but do use Aurifil thread daily. Thanks for the opportunity to win the FQ of these beautiful fabrics. rjc2cam(at)gamil(dot)com

  174. Love the quilt and the fabric collection. Would love to see the beautiful old quilts. So important to remember and preserve this part of our heritage. In an age of hurry up and get it done I still love these historic styles of quilts.

  175. The colors are warm and inviting. I have to answer no to all questions but I just received Aurifil thread so I’ll be using it soon!!

  176. Unfortunately, my answer to all 3 questions is no. I would like the opportunity to try this thread.

  177. I do use Aurifil thread and it is so nice to work with! I have not had the pleasure of visiting the Quilt Study Center or meeting Mr Dunn, yet!

  178. What a beautiful collection of fabrics and threads! I have the greatest admiration of the women who created these quilts. Even with help, they had to run a household with out running water, electricity, or air conditioning(!). Then to find/gather goods to feed family and staff AND find the time to sit down and make the quilts using candle light or oil lamps nearly overwhelms me. It is sometimes more than I can manage to get a meal on the table or do the laundry, much less make a quilt by hand. Thank you for the work you’ve done to create such amazing fabrics and threads to honor the unknown creator of this quilt.

  179. I have never been to the center, but i do love Aurifil thread. The colors used are so warm. I love the history of the quilts.

  180. Yes, I have used Aurifil thread and I love it. I have not visited the Quilt Study Center but we are planning a trip so it may be in the future. No, I have not met Mr. Dunn.

  181. Love this color palette and the beautiful prints! I love Aurifil thread. I just was introduced to it this year due to the Splendid Sampler… I am having so much fun seeing this year! Have not been to the museum or met Mr Dunn.

  182. I have never been to the quilt center and I have not met Mr. Dunn (though I think I would be too intimidated to speak if I did meet him!). I have, however, used Aurifil thread – a fantastic product!

    Thanks for the chance to enter:)

  183. Wonderful colors and palettes — it is wonderful when matching Aurifil threads are available.

  184. I love the concept of Quilt for a Cause! It is one of the reasons I primarily buy Moda fabric. Although I haven’t made it to Lincoln yet, I do get a monthly email from them…Love your blog, too!

  185. I have to say NO to all three. I have heard and read so many good things about Aurifil thread-the giveaway would be an excellent way y to try it. Loved the article, love Moda fabrics, and all for preservation!

  186. That is a beautiful collection of fabric. I have never been to the study center nor met Mr. Dunn. I just purchased Aurifil 80wt for the 1st time.I am so pleased.Love Moda Fabrics too.

  187. It is a beautiful collection for a beautiful cause. I’ve never used Aurifil thread, visited the Study Center or met Mr. Dunn. But I would love to.

  188. I have used audition thread for years and couldn’t now use anything else I love the fact you can piece and machine quilt with the same weight. Muriel.B

  189. I love the look of the fabric and the beautiful thread. I have never used Aurifil, I don’t think it is available at my closest fabric store. Now that I’ve seen this, I’ll look for this on line. I’ve never been to Moda or met Mr. Dunn, but I do use Moda fabrics. Most of them have been purchased on line.
    Loved this post.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win some of these beautiful fabrics.

  190. I have not used the thread, met Mr. Dunn, or visited the International Quilt Study Center—YET!

  191. I don’t know if I am just late to find out about these or this is the first quilt that spoke to me. WOW!
    I have used the thread, but not yet to the other two.

    With the fabric and thread will the pattern be available? If so, where and when?
    I love it all. Thank you for what this does as well as sell products.

  192. I only use Aurifil thread and have many, many collections and colors. I joke that my thread stash is bigger than my fabric stash!

  193. Just love the old fashioned fabrics. Both Moda and Aurifil are my favorites. I have never been to Lincoln or met Mr. Dunn but it is now on my bucket list for sure.

  194. Aurifil is the tops, although not readily available in my area I buy it on line. That quilt is awesome and the fabric is absolutely splendid I would love to win it.

  195. I use Aurifil thread for most of my piecing and quilting. I’ve never been to the quilt center but it is on my list of must do things. I’ve also never met Mister Dunn. I applaud his commitment to these reproduction fabrics and quilts.

  196. I live in Nebraska so have been able to visit the IQSC several times. What a privilege. I have not been able to do much quilting the past few years but love this Collection and the thread…I love 1800’s fabrics and how Moda reproduces them…I am anxious to try the Aurifil thread on my next project! Love Love Love this collection for a cause! Thank you, Mr. Dunn!

  197. I’ve done a bit of vintage quilt repair and it was so rewarding. I love Aurifil thread and the fabric line that Mr. Dunn has designed. Hope I win!

  198. Aurifil threads are my go to threads for all of my sewing and quilting projects. I love the colours and the dependability.

  199. I was introduced to Aurifil thread last summer when I used it a group project with military kids, constructing a Quilt of Valor, with the help of several 4-H volunteers. I haven’t met Mr. Dunn, but it sounds like we have several things we hold dear in common. I am putting the IQSC on my bucket list, it sounds like a wonderful place to spend a day or two or three!

  200. i discovered Aurifil thread soon after learning to quilt and i’ve never look back, trust it completely.

  201. What an inspiring quilt and a beautiful collection of fabrics and thread! The museum is still on my “someday” list, but a friend who visited it this year said it is inspiring as well. Thanks for the chance to win.

  202. I have to say no for all three questions. I have to order some of the thread after hearing everyone’s wonderful praise. I’m sure I’ll love it! I have to add the museum to my bucket list, it must be amazing to see the quilts in person, because they are sure wonderful to view online. Maybe I’ll get lucky and get to meet Mr. Dunn someday, he would be fun to have coffee with!

  203. Have been slowly switching over to Aurifil and love using it for both hand and machine piecing. No to the 2nd 2 questions, though hope I can remedy that someday. The fabrics are to die for!

  204. I have not met Mr. Dunn – although I would love to! I was a volunteer at the IQSC at UNL helping with entering information into the online catalog as they were planning on building the museum. I have enjoyed many visits since it opened. I have not tried Aurifil but will do so in my next project!

  205. I am really enjoying using Aurifil threads- I have started piecing smaller scale quilt squares this year and I love how the 50wt thread works for that- much easier to maintain my true scant 1/4″! I haven’t made it to the museum yet, or met Mr. Dunn, but I am grateful to them both for their work preserving and promoting the magnificent work of earlier quilt artists.

  206. I had never used Aurifil until approximately 8 months ago, when I joined the 365 Challenge to make a block every day for a year – a worldwide challenge, originating in Australia. Someone suggestedI used Aurifil thread as I was having trouble piecing very tiny blocks, measuring 3 1/2″ square! What a revelation Aurifil thread has been! Virtually no fluff in my machine and very accurate piecing. So pleaded I found Aurifil and now wouldn’t use any other thread. Thank you.

  207. Love this collection and have used Aurifil for years. I highly recommend Aurifil to others too. One day I want time to visit the Center in Lincoln.

  208. I have a few spools of Aurifil and I like it. Visiting the museum and meeting Mr. Dunnare on my bucket list but I live at the other side of the world and I don’t see any traveling plans for the USA in the near future… Thanks for the opportunity to win though!

  209. I have enjoyed learning about this quilt and think that it is great to see that a reproduction can be made. I have used Aurifil thread before but have not been to the museum or met Mr. Dunn. I would love to have the opportunity to!

  210. Yes, I’ve used Aurifil for hand work and l really like it. No to the other 2 questions but would like to.

  211. Love Aurifil and so fasinated by the process and what goes into developing a quilt for a cause. What a wonderful thing to preserve tradition and history in this way. I absolutely love the colors .

  212. No to all three questions. However, I would love to try Aurifil thread, as well as meet Mr. Dunn & tour the Museum one day.

  213. I have been using Aurifil thread exclusively since I discovered it many years ago at a trade show. I use the 50 and 40 weight for both piecing and quilting. I love the 12 weight for some machine quilting and hand work. Some day I will make it to Nebraska to visit the Study Center. I love many of the the Quilt for a Cause fabrics. The give away fabric looks wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win some.

  214. Aurifil #2324 is my favorite too, I love how it blends in with fabric. I hope to visit the museum one of these days and meet Mr. Dunn also.

  215. I have been using Aurifil thread for a very long time. I am also excited about the new 80wt that is out! A great opportunity to use it on a new quilt. Thank you for the give away.

  216. Aurifil – never used it but these articles have made me curious. sounds like a product worth looking at

  217. I’d be interested in viewing the IQSC Museum’s South American Mola art work & their Hawaiian quilts.
    This new Preservation collection is rich and beautiful -and- the coordinating Aurifil thread collection is really the icing on the cake!
    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

  218. I have used Aurifil thread and love it. One of these days I will make it to the museum.

  219. I have used Aurifil for the last ten years – saves time cleaning my bobbin lint “trap” and just disappears into my fabric when I sew. I have planned a roadtrip to Nebraska next year and this bundle would give me a chance to work on my applique skills while crossing Iowa. Both collections are just lovely!

  220. The only one I can say is that I have used Aurifil thread. And excitingly enough, my LQS has just started carrying the whole line! As for the museum, it is now on my “someday” list.

  221. Unfortunately I have to answer no to all three of those questions. I own a spool of Aurifil thread, but I’m being good and using up the last of my other spool before I open it.

  222. I always use Aurifil thread – I love it! I’ve not been to the museum or met Mr. Dunn, but love his collections for a cause.

  223. I have just started using Aurafil for my applique work and I love it. Use the 50 wt And my stitches dont even show!. I’ve made the Faith quilt, which I just love. Have not been to the museum yet, nor meet Mr Dunn. Wish to do both in the very near future. Love all the fabrics that have been reprinted from these beautiful old quilts!

  224. No to all three. I have heard so much about Aurifil thread, I would love to win some so I can try it. The fabric collection is beautiful.

  225. I just recently purchased my first spool of Aurifil thread. I haven’t had a chance to use it yet.

  226. I have yet to use Aurifil thread, and “no” to the other two questions. I did read the interview with the owner of Moda and I have been to the New England Quilt Museum in Massachusetts.

  227. I have used Aurifil threads and love them. Unfortunately I have not been to the museum nor have met Mr. Dunn.

  228. I have used Aurifil threads. They do a very nice job of piecing quilts. I have been to the museum several times and I love it. I haven’t met Mr. Dunn but I would like to.

  229. I have not tried this threads yet but haves drooled at different sets available. This is such a wonderful idea and maybe could be done for historical quilts in different countries in the future.

  230. I love Aurifil thread. I really never thought thread could make a difference in my quilting experience, but I have found that Aurifil thread is both so soft and so strong at the same time that it sinks into the fabric beautifully and aids in precise piecing. It looks wonderful when I use it for machine quilting! It makes me a better quilter.

  231. I love the fabrics,quilt for a cause, means more to me now that I am a survivor . Yes I have tried the thread,never been to the museum..looks fantastic, and have not met Mr. Dunn

  232. yes, no and no! I use Aurifil for all my piecing, and I have ever since I first discovered it about 5 years ago. I’d love to visit the Study Center, but that isn’t on my current radar. And kudos to Mr. Dunn for his “collections for a cause”! What a great way to give back!

  233. I haven’t used Aurifil thread, been to the IQSCM or met Mr Dunn. But I can achieve at least one of those things – I’ll try Aurifil thread! I like this medallion quilt. I haven’t made one before but will had one to my possibilities list.

  234. I loved reading the Aurifil post yesterday and reading even more about the collaboration today. I have used Aurifil thread (50 wt and 12 wt so far), but I have not been to the Study Center or met Mr. Dunn. They are both on my bucket list!

  235. I have started using Aurifil and love it! I bought a box of Pat Sloan’s colors and am enjoying using them on the splendid sampler project, I have never had the opportunity to travel much so have not visited the museum but will definitely add it to my “bucket list”. I’ve not had the opportunity to meet Mr. Dunn either, but I’m impressed with his quilt collection! Love Moda fabrics and would love to win!
    Diane Downes

  236. I have not used Aurifil yet, have not visited the museum, nor have met Mr. Dunn. I guess my bucket list just got longer….

  237. I love using aurifil thread ! and I dream of visiting the International Quilt Study Centre – hopefully one day or maybe they’ll send a travelling exhibition to Australia :). I haven’t been lucky enough to meet Mr Dunn but I love his company !

  238. Wow, I feel like I’m missing out on something good! I’ve only been quilting for a little over a year — I’ve never sewn with Aurifil thread (but I keep reading all these awesome things about it!), I haven’t met Mr. Dunn, and I have not (yet!) visited the International Quilt Study Centre 🙁 Still lots to learn and do in this mega world of quilting!

  239. I’m sorry to say I have never used Aurifil thread, been to the International Quilt Study Center or met Mr. Dunn. I will say that I’d like to do all of the above!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

  240. Aurifil has been the only thread I use for the last 12 years. I have been known to drive almost 80 miles to the nearest “local” quilt shop that had the color I needed, rather than settle for any of the brands that the chain store 10 minutes away carries.

  241. I do use Aurifil thread and love it. I haven’t been to the IQSC nor have I met Mr. Dunn. I’m a big fan of Moda fabrics though.

  242. Use aurifil all the time. Love it! Love about 35 minutes from iqscm, I know I’m lucky. Visit at least 4 times a year.
    Only know Mr Dunn from online videos and pictures.

  243. I use a lot of Aurifil but have not yet had an opportunity to do the other two. Hopefully,some day I will!

  244. Sorry to say I must say no to all 3. Love the collection though and must definitely try the Aurifil threads

  245. I am a fan of Aurifil and Mr. Dunn. I haven’t been to the museum; it would be a great experience, I’m sure. I fell in love with a Collections for a Cause line one year, about 6 or 7 years ago. The fabrics are always classic in style and color.

  246. Unfortunately, I have not experienced any of the three. Definitely would like to try working with Aurifil thread, & would like to meet Mr. Dunn as well as tour the museum one day. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  247. Aurifil is a fine thread. I’ve used it in my sewing machine, for hand quilting a baby quilt (the color range is out of this world), and I ‘ve doubled it to sew on binding. Have been to IQSCM in the fall 2 years ago. The log cabin display was very inspiring. Mountain Mist pattern quilts brought back fond memories. Enjoyed playing with the log cabin puzzle. Have not yet met Mr. Dunn, but am very pleased with his interest in quilts and using this to help other worthwhile causes. His collections have never disappointed me and I have a great number of moda fabrics in my collection.

  248. I have not been to the Museum but I’ll get there someday. Aurifil thread is wonderful. Mr. Dunn is someone I have only seen from a far.

  249. I love love love Aurifil and Moda! I did not know about the IQSCM, but would definitely make a stop there the next time I am in the area. I am fascinated by quilts, their history, and the people behind the quilts. There is always a story in the background, not only from the quilters, but also from the textile makers.

  250. I love Moda and Aurifil but have never met Mr. Dunn or been to the museum. Would love to go some day.

  251. Aurifil thread is the only one I use. Had used a popular brand for years but once I tried Aurifil there was no going back. I have not been to the museum but love reading about it. Also, although I have never met Mr. Dunn, I am in awe of all the good works he accomplishes. After looking at the above photos, I can see many of the Collections in my possession. Moda has the best fabrics.

  252. I didn’t think thread could make that big of a difference until I bought my first spool of Aurifil. I will never buy anything else again! For the machine it is smooth & does not break; for hand-sewing it disappears into the fabric; and you can’t beat the color choices!
    I would love to spend a weekend at IQSCM–I had no idea it existed and am fascinated by their mission.
    I use Moda fabrics regularly & will thank Mr. Dunn personally whenever I meet him!

  253. Always use Aurifil thread – love it and Moda fabrics. Have never been to the museum, maybe someday and no to meeting Mr. Dunn.

  254. These collections are some of my favorite purchases. I use Aurafil thread on a regular basis, the Quilt Study Museum is on my bucket list and have not met Mr. Dunn.

  255. I purchased my first spool of Aurifil in May and I love it. I LOVE all my Moda fabrics too and have a few layer cakes of the Collection for a Cause series Sadly I’ve never met Mr. Dunn, nor have I been to the museum (nor Nebraska), maybe someday! Thank you for sharing, it’s a generous giveaway!

  256. I love Aurifil thread. Its such good quality, I never have issues with thread breakage and the colours are amazing. Living in Australia unfortunately no chance to visit the museum or meet Mr Dunn!

  257. I have not used aurifil thread but I would love to try it. I do both hand and machine work of all kinds so could see how it performs in many different applications. Thank you for the chance to win, and the quilt study museum is on the travel wish-list.

  258. I only use Aurifil thread for my quilt making! It glides through my machine, when other 50 wt. brands failed. It is the only brand for me. I would love to meet Mr. Dunn, and I haven’t visited the quilt study museum but would love to!. Thank you for this chance to win.

  259. I love Aurifil Thread! It is the best in my machine and in my piecing of a quilt. Thank you for such a wonderful product! Thank you for this great giveaway!
    Have a super great day!

  260. I would love to visit the museum. I have been reading quite a few articles about using Aurifil Thread, so hope to try it in the near future. Any Moda fabric is my brand of choice because it is always true to grain. Thank you offering this great opportunity to win the fabric and thread.

  261. Hi – I love the collection for a cause. I have been quilting for many years and use Aurifil thread. It is so interesting to read about the development of this year’s quilt. Thank you.

  262. I’ve always loved Moda’s Collection for a Cause bundles. I just started using Aurifil’s 50wt threads and have fallen in love. I mainly stick to the neutrals and black but have used their variegated thread for machine quilting and loved it.

  263. What a wonderful collection all round, I have not been and live in the UK, so now am unlikely to have the chance to visit sadly –
    but I do live near Lincoln in the UK, could that give me a little ‘Preservation’ credibility? LOL
    Much praise for both the informative article and the remarkable Mr Dunn and what must be a wonderful museum.
    I only use Aurifil, for me its the only thread to use.

  264. I love Aurifil thread for piecing and am trying some hand embroidery with the 12 wt. I would love to visit the quilt study center, especially since one of our quilts (the Boise Peace Quilt Project) was in an exhibit there last year.

  265. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Aurifil 50 wgt thread and so does my sewing machine. There is hardly any thread lint AND I can fit more yards on my bobbin. How can you not love that? Working on the Love collection clam shell quilt. This collection is beautiful. I have not been to IQSCM or met Mr. Dunn. Both are now on my bucket list.

  266. Hi, I’m sorry to say my answer is no to all three questions. Perhaps I will win and aliviate one of those negatives!

  267. Congratulations Mr Dunn on yet another wonderful Collection for a Cause, your generosity to those in need is exceptional. I cannot fib, I have not tried Aurifil but I certainly will. I have not had the pleasure of meeting Mr Dunn nor have I had the opportunity of visiting the IQSCM. Thank you for the chance of winning the latest Collection for a Cause fabrics along with Aurifil threads to match, I love reproduction fabrics and traditional piecing and look forward to making the replica medallion quilt.

  268. I love the preservation collection! I love reproduction fabrics and the Aurifil threads that match.

  269. I love Mr. Dunn’s new Preservation line of fabrics, and own several of his Collection for a Cause lines. Would love to meet Mr. Dunn someday, and also visit the IQSCM as well. I do use Aurifil thread for piecing and applique. It’s a wonderful thread, and I am switching to Aurifil exclusively. Thank you for the opportunity to possibly win a bundle of Preservation fabrics!

  270. Such a beautiful quilt! I admire Mr. Dunn’s work in Preservation of the Arts! I have not met him, or been to the International Quilt Center. Wow, I sure would like to though! I own quite a few spools of Aurifil threads, but still have a lot to learn about which thread for which project. Thank you for the opportunity to win this giveaway. Also, is the fabric for sale?

  271. I love Aurafil threads. I switched about one year ago and there’s no going back! I have not made it to the IQSM. I only live 4 hours away. So I don’t really have an excuse! Would love to meet Mr. Dunn! Need to get a job with a quilt shop so I can attend market someday!

  272. I HAVE USED AURIFIL SINCE I LEARNED ABOUT IT IN ABOUT 2005. I DO ALL MY PIECING WITH THE 2600 GREY. Also i am nearing the end of my second cone since then. this one i dated when i started it…… 3/31/2012!!! I do ALL my piecing with it and i work in a sewing shop and do LOTS of piecing!!! I have my next one on standby for when i FINISH THIS ONE.
    I HAD THE PLEASURE OF GOING TO THE MUSEUM THIS PAST JULY!!!! LOVED THE MOUNTAIN MIST AND CHINESE EXHIBITS!!!

  273. This quilt, Preservation, is stunning as are the threads that go with it. I have been using Aurifil thread consistently for the past 10 years and love it. If I ever get close to the IQSCM it will be one of my must see stops and I will definitely ask for Mr. Dunn.

  274. Aurifil is the only thread I use. I use it in all my machines and love it for hand sewing. Wouldn’t be without it.

  275. Al my sewing is done with Auriful treads, I would love to visit the museum one day. The quilt that inspired this cause is beautiful. And so are the fabrics.
    Many greetings

  276. Sadly i haven’t done any of the mentionned things. But I adore this quilt and the fabric line is amazing. I also woud love to try aurifil threads

  277. It was so nice to hear about this, I was not even aware of this effort. I just started using Aurifil thread, the 50 weight glides so smoothly for quilting with my domestic machine. I just visited the museum this summer. It was a fun treat and I got to see quite a variety of quilts on display. I have not had the pleasure of meeting Mr Dunn.

  278. What a beautiful quilt! I would love to visit the museum, have to figure a way to make that happen. In the meantime, winning this bundle would be great!

  279. I love the idea of reproducing vintage quilts. Unfortunately I have to answer no to all three, but it won’t always be that way. I’ll at least get #1 marked off one day soon

  280. Did war have an effect on quilt-making? If yes, would love to know/learn/see an exhibit showing in what way it was affected….fabric choices, design, quality, availability of materials, etc. I love vintage quilts and their stories…thanks for all your work!

  281. Aurifil is the only thread I’m comfortable using in both my machine and by-hand. I drive almost an hour for a good selection, but it’s worth it.

  282. I have used the Aurifil thread and love it! Currently have gray and white sitting waiting to use by my machine. I have not been the museum, but it’s on my list of want to do. Have not met Mr. Dunn, but he sounds like my type of person to meet, maybe someday.

  283. I only use Aurifil thread for piecing, machine quilting that I do at home, and hand appliqué. I just love it. I haven’t been to the museum or met Mr. Dunn—both are inspirations to the quilting world.

  284. For many years, I used whatever thread or fabric I could purchase locally and made do. Now, in my retirement years, my goal is to make as many beautiful quilts patterns that I can. AND, I confess to only purchasing MODA fabric and AURIFIL threads now! I have become obsessed with the quality, colors, and beauty of both the fabrics and threads. Thank you for your input into the preservation process for our quilting history.

  285. I use Aurifil thread for all my quilting needs. I haven’t been to the Museum or met Mr. Dunn….how DOES one meet Mr. Dunn?

  286. Thank you for preserving the past. I love that kits have been created with the permission of Mr. Dunn and the help of Moda and Aurafil. It does not get better than this.

  287. Yes, I use Aurifil threads – it is my favorite. I would love to see the Museum and have not had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Dunn. Hopefully some day I will bump into him on my dream trip to the big quilt show in Houston.

    1. Yes! We selected three winners for three different prizes – we gave away a Fat Quarter bundle, a Fat Eighth bundle and a Layer Cake of Preservation. And a wee bit of Aurifil thread to play with. 🙂

      1. Nice! Congrats to the winners; and thanks for the chance to win and the great post!

  288. I have several of the quilts that Moda was so awesome to kit..but the first few were out and gone before I knew of them..would be wonderful if they were kitted again.

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