Your Key To Quilting Success: Aurifil + OLFA

We are teaming up with our friends at OLFA to introduce a new monthly series that will answer all sorts of questions about OLFA tools & Aurifil threads. Whether you’re just getting started, looking for specific answers, or are interested in key tips and tricks, this series is for you!

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Getting Started with Aurifil

  • Aurifil’s primary threads are made from 100% cotton sourced from the Mako region of Egypt, produced and manufactured near Milan, Italy. 
  • There are five different weights of cotton 2 ply, one cotton 3 ply, and one 6 strand divisible cotton floss.
  • Aurifil threads are generally available on small spools, large spools, and cones.
  • For ease of selecting your desired thread weight, Aurifil spools are color coded. Red = 12wt, Gray = 28wt, Green = 40wt, Orange = 50wt, Yellow = Forty3, Wood = Floss, Cherry Wood = 80wt. Color coding the spools allows you to locate the desired weight and color at a glance without reading the label.   
  • Most weights are available in 270 luscious colors, with exception to 80wt (88 colors) and Forty3 (73 colors).
  • Aurifil does offer a Wool 12wt thread in 192 colors and two shades of nylon monofilament.

Aurifil Product Guide | Aurifil Cotton Color Card
Wool Color Card | Aurifil Cotton Color Names

OLFA: Using a cutter properly is the key to safe cutting, Part 1

  • Always use an OLFA® cutting mat to keep your cutting surface from becoming damaged. The mat will also keep your fabric or paper from shifting as you cut.
  • Clear your cutting mat of excess fabric, pins, or other obstacles that can damage your blade or cause injury.
  • Cut away from yourself, never toward yourself.
  • When you hold the cutter, wrap your hand around the handle, placing your index finger on the ridged portion of the cutter above the blade. Placing one hand on your ruler, with fingers away from the edge, press down and follow the edge of the ruler until you complete your cut.
  • Automatically close the cutter when you complete a cut. OLFA® handles make it easy to do this. Never lay a cutter down on a surface with the blade extended.

Join us next month for more handy educational nuggets! HUGE thanks to OLFA for their continued partnership!


  1. The color coding of the spools is a really helpful feature.
    It would have been very nice had the description of which color spool carried which thread weight, had been in the same order as the photograph of the actual spools.

  2. I enjoyed the description of your thread and am interested in trying some. I am presuming I can buy on line?

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