Sunday, November 22, 2015

In Memory of Jessica: Aurifil threads

I really want to thank Aurifil threads for supporting this quilt by sponsoring the threads.  This post is to honor and celebrate the company, people behind it, and the threads they sent me to use in this quilt.  Here are all the threads I used in this quilt:

Aurifil threads used for the In Memory of Jessica thread painting.

Aurifil very generously sent me 1 large and 24 small spools of thread (the large spools in the upper right of the photo are from my own stash).  I tried to pick colors as accurately as possible, but still ended up with 8 unopened small spools (the ones at the bottom of the photo).  I did use 27 different threads on this quilt though!

Here are the colors I used on the face and neck:

Aurifil threads used for the face and neck.

The only place I used the Dove (2600) was the nose ring, and the only place I used black was the eyelashes.  I used Dark Brown (5024) and Chocolate (2360) for the eyebrows.  Butter (2123) was used for the brightest highlights on the chest, cheek, nose and forehead.  For the lips I used Light Salmon (2220) mixed with Peach (2215).  Peach is also used for most of the middle skin tones.  Raisin (2345) was used for the lip creases.  Fleshy Pink (2420) was used for the brighter skin tones.  I used Cafe Au Lait (2340) for the medium shadows and Dark Antique Gold (2372) for the dark shadows.

Approximate areas the threads were used on the face.

I used 15 colors for the hair--though I wish I hadn't used Dark Antique Gold in the shadows because it really has too much of a green caste for the hair.  I used a lot of the other threads to help blend it in though.

Aurifil threads used for the hair.

I arranged them in the above photo from highlights to shadows, here is a list of all of them (from left to right): 2123, 2106, 4658, 2134,  2320 (large spool), 2214, 2210, 2930, 2335, 2155, 2372, 2355, 4012, 2360, and 5024.

Aurifil threads used for the hair.

I meant to keep the background really simple, but I ended up grabbing 3 extra greens from my stash to create the shadows and highlights in the background swirls:

Aurifil threads used on the background.

I used Light Toast (2320) on the back, which used up about 9.5 very full bobbins:

Aurifil thread on the back of the quilt.

I love how the back looks, using all the same color really gives it a different feel than the front of the quilt!  

Back of the thread painting.  I love how the thread gives it a feel of shining and glowing.

It is kind of amazing to me that only 27 colors of thread (and only one of them is a varigated) was able to create this convincing portrait:

In Memory of Jessica thread painting using Aurifil threads.

In Memory of Jessica thread painting using Aurifil threads.

While working on this quilt I came across this quote on Jessica's facebook page, "Do not give from the depths of your own well, give only from its overflow."    I feel like the extra Aurifil I have is my overflow from this project, so I am giving away a set of 4 Aurifil threads to 2 lucky winners!

**GIVEAWAY CLOSED**

Set A: Terracotta (2385), Very Light Brass (2915), Creme Brule (4150), and Yellow Orange (2145).

Set B: Cinnamon Toast (2390), Toast (6010), Light Caramel (6001) and Golden Glow (3920)

**GIVEAWAY CLOSED**
Giveaway Rules:
1. PLEASE make sure you are not a no-reply blogger (if you're not sure, google it)--if you are, you need to leave your email address!  If you do not, I will not have a way to contact you and will pick a different winner!  
2. International entries welcome.
3. Giveaway open until November 29th at 6pm, MST.
4. Winner notified by email, if they do no respond within 48 hours I will choose a new winner.
5. Winners chosen at random.
6. Limit of two comments/entries per person.

**GIVEAWAY CLOSED**

To Enter: leave a comment below telling me which set of thread (A or B) you'd prefer.  Followers get a second entry--just leave a separate comment telling me how you follow me (IG, email, blog reader, etc).

In Memory of Jessica thread painting and Aurifil threads.

In Memory of Jessica thread painting series:
6. Aurifil thread colors used (you are here)

88 comments:

  1. I love what you did here! My choice of thread would be "A" Thanks for the chance ot win!

    caribousmom (at) aol.com

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  2. I follow your blog on Feedly

    caribousmom (at) aol.com

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  3. I'd prefer A. I feel like I use those colors more. Thanks for the chance and for being so generous. It's a pleasure to see this quilt again! I can't stop looking at it, Renee!

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  4. I love set two (what a great giveaway--thank you!)

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  5. I follow your blog and have loved watching this thread painting evolve. What a beautiful tribute to your dear friend's memory.

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  6. This is...Renee I have no words. None that will do it justice. You are a genius; it is like she is about to lift her head and toss her hair back over her one shoulder... I love Aurifil, period. I guess if I had to, I'd pick B.

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  7. I follow you on bloglovin ever since you captured me with your Tardis quilt. :-)

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  8. I honestly have no preference between the two sets of threads. If you need to put me in one column or the other, put me in "B." Thank you for offering your extra threads, it's a lovely gesture.

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  9. I follow you on Instagram under my full name, @LouiseHornor

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  10. You inspire me! It's hard to decide between the two sets- I think I would lean toward A.

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  11. I follow you on IG after meeting you at quilt bliss recently! (@ksheffie)

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  12. Either set of colors would be fantastic, but I would pick set B based on names if forced. ;)

    I was definitely curious if you were going to use more than what you had selected / been sent from your stash. I'm so glad Aurifil sponsored this project; it turned out so beautifully.

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  13. I love it!!! I follow you on ig. I would love set a.
    Kurtem@me.com

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  14. I love it!!! I follow you on ig. I would love set a.
    Kurtem@me.com

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  15. I can't believe that this is thread art!! Wow! It is breathtaking! I love Aurifil threads and either prize would be wonderful! Thanks!!

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  16. I think going the extra step for the background was well worth it. I like Set B.

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  17. I follow you on my Blogger Reading List.

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  18. Your portrait is such a wonderful tribute to your friend. I would like to win either set. My old machine didn't like auriful but now i have a new machine i'd love to try it again

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  19. Amazing work, I follow by email.

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  20. No preference between the two sets, I love them both...B if you want a choice XXX

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  21. Your work of art turned out so lovely. I really like the green swirly background you gave it.
    The B set would find a good home here.

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  22. What a magnificent tribute, Renee. I love set A :)

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  23. What a beautiful quilt.

    Thank you for sharing your process with us, both the quilting and the processing of your emotions related to your loss. Because of you, when I was out with some dear friends, I made sure we took pictures together--not just pictures of the kids, the way I usually would have.

    Both thread sets are really nice and would fit well in my stash, maybe B a bit more, but I'd be delighted with either.

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  24. I follow via email: wordygirl (at) earthlink dot net

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  25. I love that you shared this loving tribute with us and we got to watch you create such a wonderful quilt! I would find set B quite useful. Thanks for sharing your overflow!

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  26. This has to be the most incredible quilt I have ever seen, sheer genius. Thank you for a great giveaway, I would be happy with either set. x

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  27. I am a happy Bloglovin follower. x

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  28. Set A and I follow you via RSS in Feedly

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  29. This is simply stunning. Either set would bee fantastic.

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  30. I would love set B. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  31. I follow you on Bloglovin'. Thanks again!

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  32. It's gorgeous and how amazing to use all those colors.

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  33. I follow you via an email feed and enjoy visiting your creativity. It was lovely seeing how this master piece evolved.

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  34. This is such a beautiful and love filled quilt. Set A please.

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  35. What an amazing quilt! I would pick set B.

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  36. I follow you on Bloglovin~the spools of thread look like curlers in her hair :)

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  37. I follow you through Feedly. I'd love selection B.

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  38. While either set would be wonderful I think I gravitate more to set A.
    As a side note I love how the one pic looks like cutlers in her hair! Made me smile!! ;0)

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  39. Your work is simply STUNNING! I am in awe! (I prefer thread set B.)

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  40. I follow your blog and read it on Feedly (and correction to auto spelling curlers not cutlers)

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  41. i would be happy with either set, thank you

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  42. i follow your blog thru bloglovin'

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  43. What an incredible tribute. I've loved seeing this quilt. It's truly incredible. I would love to win either set, but Set A would be my first choice.

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  44. Sunning - I love the back too!
    I'd be thrilled to win either set

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  45. Your quilting is amazing and I'm glad you decided to make the swirls in the background. I think they set off the rest of the picture and your quilting perfectly. I really don't have a favorite on the thread sets so if I have to pick one it would be set B.
    I love Cinnamon Toast and Caramel so I'm going with the names. Rina

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  46. Beautiful work. Either set would be fine. Thank you.

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  47. Your quilt is so lifelike. Great job. Either set of theads. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  48. Following on Bloglovin'. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  49. Love the second set. What a wonderful project...

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  50. What an astounding portrait you painted with thread. You for your lovely friend proud. We lost my stepmother to cancer in October. I always thought she would have loved your Tardis quilt. Fuck cancer indeed. I like thread set A better.

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  51. I'm a new follower by email. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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  52. It is amazing that Aurifil had so many thread colors that blended and worked together on her beautiful portrait. I would be happy with either set.

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  53. I follow your quilting journey with Bloglovin. Thanks!

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  54. I only really popped in to see how this was getting on; she looks so beautiful and your quilting of her is an absolute triumph. Such a wonderful way to remember a friend. Since I seem to have stumbled on a give-away as well, if I am lucky enough to be chosen then I would love set A as a first choice but would be thrilled with either. :)

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  55. It really is an amazing tribute to your friend. I pick set A.

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  56. I follow your blog through Feedbin.

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  57. And I follow your blog but mostly now I'm on IG ;)

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  58. I don't have a preference, and I've never actually used Aurifil, so I'd love to win :) I have one spool of green that someone gave me, but I haven't quilted anything green lately!

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  59. I don't have a preference - I'm pretty sure I could find uses for either set ;)

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  60. Amazing post dear! You have a wonderful blog:)
    What about followingeach other on Instagram, Bloglovin, Twitter?.. :)

    www.bloglovin.com/blog/3880191

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  61. What a stunning memorial! Both sets are great. Maybe Set A is my first choice but really, either would be awesome. I'm also following you by a bookmark but I'm not sure if that counts so I'll just leave this one comment.

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