Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Working with Aurifil thread

I finished the dark blue threadwork on “Lepidoptera” today and started working on the other colors. I am waiting on my shipment of varigated Aurifil thread, but I did have one spool of their Cotton Mako 28 in a varigated pink. It is a bit heavier than what I ordered, but I am so eager to dig in that I decided to use it on some of the pink areas.

This is the first time I’ve used Aurifil thread for machine quilting. The first thing I noticed is how beautifully shiny it is. I almost thought it was polyester, and checked the spool twice. Yep, it’s cotton!

The varigation is very nice on this thread, going from a very pale, almost white pink, to dark pink. In the photo below, you can see how shiny the Aurifil thread is in comparison to the blue thread, which is a Mettler solid blue.

I have heard that Aurifil thread is very strong, and that it leaves very little lint in (and on) your machine. I have not used it enough to know if this is true for me … but I have a long way to go on this quilt. I’ll watch for this, and post about it later. So far, so good!


  1. Absolutely gorgeous so far . . . I can't wait to see it in person!

  2. Still just loving this! The other part of this quilt that is sucking me in is the way you have blended your paint colors...these photos just have me drooling to see more!

  3. I have just recently found Aurifil too! I just love it! Especially on the long arm!

  4. Hi! My name is Traci and I work for the Bigfork Bay Cotton Company.
    The only thread we use to create our quilts is Aurifil! Isn't it just a dream? And FYI we sell it too on our website.
    Your work is absolutely stunning!


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