ABQ (Aurifil-Bartending-Quilting)

 I’m completely impressed by Casa Cenina!
My Aurifil threads have arrived today, they were shipped on Monday and sent by AIR MAIL! Imagine, from Milan to Munich, about 600 km, and for a very reasonable shipping rate.
Here they are:

My parents are on a business trip to Italy next week, and I’ve already passed my order for more Aurifil to my mom. Let’s see if she’s successful… 🙂

Now there’s the thread to go on quilting my helix quilts. I’ve quilted straight lines onto the coloured spiral, and I’m planning some grey variegated (Aurifil Mako 50 No.4665) in a meander FMQ for the negative space.

While waiting for the threads to arrive I did some bagmaking. I used Kirsten Link’s Bucket Bag pattern from her Craftsy class. 
These bags turn out really nice! I gave one to my mum to store her knitting things, one is for myself and I’m planning to give the third bag to our Kindergarden for their spring market. 
I’ve covered Aurifil and quilting, now to bartending. My DH gave me Charles Schumann’s cocktail recipe book a few weeks ago. Now I’m our private at home bartender and serve a cocktail now and then. The book is fantastic, full of recipes and useful things about mixing and spirits. And, what I find really handy, a double index for the recipes, one in alphabetical order and one for the spirits used. It’s really worth the money. One of my bartending attempts: 
Cheers! 
Happy Sewing

A source for Aurifil threads in Europe!

I find Aurifil threads rather hard to get here in Germany. You have to search the stores and aren’t lucky most of the times. You can get them only at very few quilt shops, and they’re uber-expensive here.

After some time googling and searching I found an online shop in Italy who ship to customers all over Europe – Casa Cenina.

They have Aurifil Cotton Makó 50/Ne 220 yards for approx. the same price as in the US, but shipping is far cheaper and I don’t have to pay import tax or VAT because it’s included already.

Their logistics seem quite transparent, you get email notifications regularly and the only charge your credit card the day they ship, not before.
My order of Aurifil threads is on the way via DHL, so it can be tracked through the whole shipment.
50/Ne #4665  🙂
(photo taken from http://www.casacenina.de/aurifil/50-ne-4665.html)

I look forward to receiving my package and keep you updated.

Happy sewing,

Please vote!

I’ve submitted my first quilt to the quilting gallery show and tell. It’s “Over The Rainbow I”, the quilt I gave to my brother and his fiancé for Christmas 2011. Here’s my post.

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Thanks a million!

Happy Sewing,