It’s a Giveaway!

One very enjoyable part of my job at Quiltmaker is the area of product reviews. In the most recent issue (Nov/Dec 2009, No. 130), we reviewed some interesting thread stands called Coneflowers, so named because they look like coneflowers, of course.

coneflowerweb Its a Giveaway!

These beauties are made by Paul Boyum way up in Battle Lake, Minnesota through his business They’re meant to hold cones of thread and they have an additional spindle for storage of extra bobbins. They’re so pretty, they’d add a nice decorative touch to your sewing space. I have two Coneflowers to give away. One is shown above, it’s the Sara, double (meaning there are two flowers). The other is the Laura, single.

To enter, leave a comment telling us about your favorite thread: what it is and why you like it. We’ll randomly select a winner on Friday, Oct. 16 around noon Mountain time. Good luck!

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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52 Responses to It’s a Giveaway!

  1. Karen Pollard says:

    I love this conflower thread holder. Love purple coneflowers too! At this point, I use Gutermann exclusively, but am considering ordering some of the Masterpiece by Superior Threads. I’ve been told it’s fantastic.

  2. Debbie says:

    Mainstays 100% cotton is my favorite thread to work with. It works well with my machine and easily threads.

  3. Cindy says:

    I like Guterman for most basic sewing, but I also like Sulky when working on thin shiny fabrics, I also use Coats and Clark and Metrosene for much of my basic work. Would love to see my thread on one of those cute holders!

  4. lola says:

    I use the Gutermann thread. I like it for hand work as well as machine sewing.

  5. Mary Ellen says:

    I like Gutermann 100% cotton – it is strong and glides through the fabric. I don’t end up with frayed thread snapping on me as I get to the end. I use it both hand sewing and machine stitching.

  6. Marcia says:

    Please enter me in your drawing for the coneflowers. My favorite is Mettler thread – especially silk finish … would like to try Aurifil and Guttermann but not available in a local shop (that am aware of…). Usually end up with C&C because our local big-box carries it but don’t like how it shreds, knots, and lints.

  7. Kelly McPherson says:

    I love Güterman´s thread, it works well for so many projects. Either hand quilting or machine. Either Hand Piecing or machine ……

  8. SewLindaAnn says:

    Looks like I agree with most entries. I love Gutermann, Mettler and Aurifil. They always run smoothly and cause no machine issues. They don’t break, or have lots of lint. I bought a bunch of C&C embroidery thread to try, hope it works out for me. I have been going thru my thread stash and will only use their threads for hand basting as it breaks, and the lint factor is horrible!

  9. Carole Howard says:

    For piecing I like Gutermann, gives a nice consistent stitch, less breakage, and less lint in and out of the machine, . I bet their spools would fit perfect on Paul’s thread holder.

  10. My favorite thread is Mettler all cotton. It really does leave less thread dust in my machine. I wouldn’t sew without it! The coneflowers are beautiful!

  11. Penny Lynn says:

    GUTERMAN, and the threads that are metallic–all brands! I was told 10 years ago how the “lint” could really gum up parts in the machine, so the above quilters/artists are correct with all the comments they left and I also loved their tips about threads, too. Lovely coneflowers, by the way~!

  12. Deby says:

    I love King Tut variegated threads. The colors are so rich and the thread so silky.

  13. Robin says:

    I love using Superior Threads King Tut in any color- it enhances my quilting and doesn’t snag in my machine- I buy huge spools to keep in stock

  14. Sue Cahill says:

    I beleive in using thread that matches the fabric I am using so my favorite Gutermann 100% cotton. It quilts beautifully and is easy to find.

  15. Robbi Imhoff says:

    My favorite thread is YLI silk. I attended a workshop this sumemr with Diane Guadynski. I had never used this type of thread before for quilting. It was absolutely amazing how the thread looks on fabric and how much my free motion quilting improved using this thread. The colors are beautiful and there are even variegated versions of this thread available now.

  16. Polly Blank says:

    I like Aurifil. It was recommended by the shop where I bought my sewing machine because it doesn’t lint as bad as some. Nice thread holder.

  17. Kim says:

    My favorite thread right now is Superior Thread King Tut threads. The colors are beautiful and stitch out very nicely. They help create beautiful holiday projects. These threads would sit perfectly on a metal petal. :)

  18. Vicki says:

    My favorite thread is 50 wt Metler for piecing quilts.
    I think these thread holders are beautiful and real art pieces.
    Thanks for the contest

  19. Michele says:

    What a great idea for a thread holder. Gorgeous! I love Aurifil threads, specifically the 50 wt. for stitch in the ditch work and paper piecing.

  20. Mary Ellen says:

    I like Guterman 100% cotton thread. I especially like when they are on sale.

  21. Sharon S says:

    I love Superior Threads King Tut threads. My favorite color is Harem. I really like the repeat of the colors. I even bought fabric to match the thread for a quilt!

  22. Deb says:

    My absolute favorite thread to use is Aurifil. It’s fine but strong and leaves very little lint. The best part is the bobbins seem to last forever!

  23. Debbie says:

    I love Sew Fine! by Superior Threads. It is strong, thin and blends right in. It is simple to get an accurate 1/4″ seam for my quilting projects and is a great all around thread for sewing. I agree with Allison the people at Superior Threads are superior!

  24. Tina says:

    wish I could find Guterman 100% cotton where I live. I like guterman thread best…. lots of colours, there is always one that match the fabric I’m going to use

  25. Judy R says:

    I love Aurifil cause it has very little lint and there is a wide range of colours and I especially like their varigated threads. And Sulky Blendables is another one of my favourites. Just love their colours.

  26. pat says:

    I use Aurifil for most of my machine piecing. For the hand quilting I have always used Coats and Clark. I have no favorite on the embroidery threads. I have been a quilt maker since 1977. I began using only Coats and Clark. What a very novel thread dispenser. thanks for asking us all.

  27. Karen B says:

    I use Gutterman for most all, leaves less fuzzies. Some Mettler for fancy stitching. Love the holder!

  28. Jan says:

    My favorite thread is Gütermann 100% cotton–I buy it by the cone in color 829! It blends well with many projects and is always reliable. My family gave me one of these beautiful coneflower thread holders and I love it; if I win one I’ll give it to my friend Cynthia who saw mine and wants one of her own!

  29. I’ve tried all the brands in 15 years of sewing/quilting. My favorite is ANY thread by Superior Threads. I use So Fine! developed by John Flynn for all my longarm quilting. I use Bottomline developed by Libby Lehman for my longarm bobbins. I use Masterpiece developed by Alex Anderson for piecing on my many vintage machines. King Tut is great for quilting on any kind of machine. Glitter is great for that special touch on a project. Brytes developed by Karen Bryert Fallert is awesome for machine embroidery. Oh, and Razzle Dazzle developed my Ricky Tim to for bobbin work. Superior Threads Customer Service AND Education is unsurpassed by any other company. I’m a believer!! Their spools would look great on this beautiful thread holder.

  30. Cindy B says:

    I like 100 weight YLI silks thread the best for machine quilting. It hides most of my mistakes! I recently got a free sample spool of Glide thread from Fil Tec. It’s becoming my favorite thread.

  31. Lynda says:

    I love the MasterPiece by Superior Threads. It disappears in the seam and does not create bulk when you press.
    I love the coneflower holder. I grow lots of coneflower’s and have one on my car tag.

  32. Sherida says:

    My choice for piecing is now Aurifil after borrowing a spool from a friend at a retreat. I did have to switch to an embroidery needle to make my stitches come out nicely but the thread is a great value!

  33. Sandra says:

    I use Gutterman, it doesnt leave “thread dust bunnies” in my bobbin case as much as some other threads do.

  34. Lori says:

    I like different threads for different jobs. I love Masterpiece by Alex Anderson for applique or heavy quilting.

  35. Aasa says:

    I love Güterman´s thread best. I’ve tried other threds but Güterman is best and they have many fun color to sew with. (i no I no it’s some spelings problem)
    Aasa from sweden

  36. Melissa Velik says:

    Gutterman for piecing, and I really like mettler hand-quilting thread

  37. Nova says:

    I like the mini spools-I think they might be Gutterman.

  38. tracey braithwaite says:

    Gutterman is my thread of choice right now. What a fun “holder” for thread!

  39. I’m still learning about threads, but I love anything that is shiny. Krenik is coming out with machine quilting thread. I can’t wait to give it a try.

  40. Ruthie says:

    My favorite thread would have to be LAVA by Superior for my longarm.

  41. My favorite thread is Aurifil. I try to use it exclusively in piecing. I love that there is so much thread on a spool. I love the way my piecing looks when I use it.

  42. Jean says:

    I like Signature threads for quilting. These coneflowers are adorable..I hope I win one.

  43. Yvonne Hamilton says:

    I love Gutterman thread. It stands up well in the sewing machine; not breaking or going fuzzy! Now, having said that, PICK ME, PICK ME!!! lol

  44. Patty says:

    My favorite thread is Aurifil. It doesn’t seem to leave lint like some of the others I tried. I guess it’s whatever you get used to. I see there are 4 or 5 different favorites listed already.

  45. Karen says:

    I love Aurifil thread! It’s very fine cotton, strong and gives me a great 1/4″ seam! Also very little lint. I also use it for quilting on my home sewing machine as I like my quilting to blend it rather than stand out-I’m not very good at it.

  46. Jo Anne says:

    Ever since I discovered Aurifil thread I buy nothing else. It is very smooth and fine, which makes for nice flat seams. It does not throw off lint like so many other threads do. And it comes 1422 yards per spool. I use it for all my piecing, machine and hand applique, and machine quilting that I do on my home sewing machine.

  47. Sandra Aiken says:

    I like the Aurifil threads because they don’t leave lint and doesn’t break easy when I am machine piecing.

  48. Sandra :) says:

    I’ve found C&C to be extremely linty, so I generally use Gutermann as well – it’s always on sale at my local fabric store, so it’s handy and a bargain!

    Thank you for a fun giveaway – those Coneflowers are incredible – I haven’t gone to the site yet to peek, but I bet his wife sews, lol! What a beautiful (and functional!) piece of art for the sewing room!

  49. becky says:

    I’ve been experimenting with threads. C&C 100% cotton is very smooth under a microscope, but leaves lint. Essence (Connecting Threads) was recommended to me, but it is also a lint creator. Seems like Gutermann’s is the least linty.

  50. Jan says:

    Beauty and function! My thread choice depends on what I am using it for. For all around use I like the Gutermann 100% cotton. For machine embroidery or if I want a really shiny thread I like Mettler Poly Sheen.

  51. Peg Spradlin says:

    My favorite threads are 100 weight YLI silks because I do a lot of small background quilting on my quilts and the small thread doesn’t bunch up like a larger thread, and there is no fuzz from silk threads to clog up the bobbin area of my machine.

  52. Karen says:

    My favorite thread is Gutermann 100% cotton. It doesn’t fuzz up while sewing, meaning it doesn’t leave a lot of fuzz in my sewing machine after using it. It is strong and also has a slight sheen making it more than just a plain quilting thread.

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