November Aurifil Artisan Showcase

Each year we partner with an amazing team of Aurifil Artisans to not only spread the joys of working with Aurifil Threads, but to also share their masterful creations and talents far & wide. Today we are thrilled to share the fifth project showcase for our team of 2022-2023 Artisans!

For the month of November, we challenged the team to create or share a project using Aurifil 80wt thread. Our finest thread weight, the 80wt is incredible for small and detailed pricing, EPP, appliqué, and more. We love the project variety by these amazing artists and are certain you’ll feel the same! HUGE thanks to all of our participants for November– we are grateful for you, your creativity, and your incredible willingness to play along with us month after month!

Sarah Ruiz

The Full Moon quilt is one of the patterns included in the new book Modern Heirloom Quilting by Amber Elliot. I made my version in metallic fabrics from Ruby Star Society, and quilted it with 80wt Aurifil thread in #2930. I wanted to quilt this piece fairly densely, but didn’t want to detract from the simplicity of the design. Thin 80wt was the perfect solution! I turned the finished mini quilt into a pillow that will live happily on my couch.

Madeline Bonner

For this months challenge I have completed a project using Aurifil 80 weight to appliqué lots of circles on to contrasting Liberty Tana Lawn backgrounds. The result is a bright and warm scarf! The weight of this thread complements the Lawn perfectly.

Claire Campion

Making handmade Xmas decorations is one of my favourite things to do running up to the festive season. Making these EPP Xmas Stars made me take it slow and enjoy the process.

I used Aurifil 80wt thread, which melted into the fabric and made the stars look they were glued together. It is a dream to work with!

Debbie Jeske

This month’s Aurifil Artisan Challenge – to use 80wt thread in a project – was perfect timing, as I just finished up nearly two months of tiny piecing with the Mini Series Sew Along, where I used Aurifil 80wt thread to stitch all of my blocks.

I also used 80wt in my bobbin, as suggested on the Aurifil website. Though I expected a learning curve with this fine of thread, there really wasn’t one. It sewed smoothly and flawlessly through my machine from the first stitch, and the thin thread allowed seams to press really flat. It’ll be nice to have a “go-to” thread for paper-piecing, when next the occasion arises.

Kerry Keeble

I have a particular love for EPP, it’s the first type of quilting I learnt to do and I always have at least 2 EPP projects on the go! There are so many gorgeous quilts and patterns out there I just can’t help starting something new, but this month I actually got something finished (almost)!

My version of Vignette has been made using treasured Liberty Tana Lawn and Art Gallery Pure Solids, I’ve colour matched Aurifil 80wt throughout this quilt and I absolutely love the result!

Zeïba Monod

What I love the most about being an Aurifil artisan is how every month is a fab opportunity to explore new threads and/or new skills . This month’s challenge was to create a project using Aurifil 80wt thread which is an extremely thin thread that I had never used before. Well, Aurifil 80wt won me over. It is perfect for hand applique as it virtually disappears into the fabric giving a beautiful invisible finish.

My gorgeous little tea cosy with its matching last minute mug rug were a delight to make. The 80wt thread was beautiful to work with and it has really given me the confidence and inspiration to try more appliqué projects.

Carrington Elliott

Foundation paper piecing and 80wt thread…a perfect match! Instead of regular quilting cotton, I used some beautiful batiks. The one caveat about batik cottons is that they are stiffer than regular quilting cotton. Even with the stiffer fabric, and all those tiny seams, these seams laid flatter and were less bulky than on any of my previous FPP projects!

Yasmeen Kreebani Branton

Whenever I do any hand appliqué projects, Aurifil 80wt is my go-to and absolute favourite thread to use. It stitches beautifully and the just melts into your fabric giving the illusion that you’ve created these magical invisible stitches, plus is so much stronger than you would imagine it to be for such a thin thread!

I’m currently using these threads for a sew-along I’m running now as well as recreating a stunning antique hand applique pattern. My most used colours are #6725 and #5012 – I can guarantee I need them in every project!

Jen Goodwin

This month’s Aurifil Artisan Challenge was to use 80wt threads. My schedule hasn’t allowed a new piece of work to magically appear but here are some of my pieces worked in a mixture of different thread thicknesses. They contain a sizeable amount of 80wt thread to create the finest areas of patterning. I am looking forward to January when I can get my next big blackwork project started. It’s been on the drawing board for so long now…

Anorina Morris

With Christmas just around the corner, I created an EPP candle mat using coordinating 80wt cotton thread and some fun Aussie animal Christmas prints. I find that the 80wt is great for EPP as the stitches blend in beautifully within the fabric fibre and there’s such a huge variety of colours to suit any project.

Anna – The Hackney Quilter

I finally finished my summer sewing project: an EPP cushion top made in bright pink and red. A light grey 80wt thread is my go to in projects with different colours as it lets the fabric colours shine.

It’s been a while since I last did English paper Piecing and I was happy to remember all the things I love about it. I even made a Pinterest Idea pin about it!

Sarah Harris

I have been admiring this Aurifil 80wt thread collection with Carolyn Friedlander, and it is as brilliant as I had expected. I decided to use it for machine appliqué on one of my favourite patterns/tutorials by @sewofcourse which is easily adaptable in size, shape, and number of pieces.

My kids refer to this pattern as the Ammonite and I love the organic feel of it’s curves. I paired some treasured Carolyn Friedlander scraps with an Essex Linen background. The 80wt thread is so lovely and fine, yet very strong, which gave the appliqué a polished look and feel.

Kate Sandford

80 weight and appliqué a match made in heaven! A speedy Christmas make this month. Feeling festive I made a garnish for my most recent mini quilt. With 80 weight you really can not see the thread at all when you’ve finished!!!!

Lynn Harris

For a while I have been stitching little leftover bits of Oakshott cottons into small string segments. I recently sewed them together into this little 8.5” by 9.5” quilt. I quilted it with a pale pink 80wt Aurifil thread. I love the thinner thread for small quilts like this one. The 80wt also helps reduce the bulk when creating a narrow 1/8″ binding..

We encourage you to click through and check out each of these amazing projects in more detail!

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