When the Fat Quarter Shop asked if I would like to try out their exclusive Aurifil thread boxes, they didn’t need to ask twice. I am a huge Aurifil fan and use it pretty much exclusively. The Fat Quarter Shop is selling boxes of 10 spools each in four colorways called Biscotti, Macaroon, Scone and Tart. They are offering Patchwork Sets (50 weight thread good for machine piecing), Finishing Sets (12 weight thread good for handquilting) and Aurifloss (6 strand floss for embroidery).
I was sent the Tart Patchwork set. I guess these are my kind of colors because I just used the pink, grey, teal and yellow in my last quilt and they are all found in this set.
If you look carefully, you can see all those colors in the quilting above! Initially, I purchased 40 weight Aurifil for my quilting but I have recently, over the last year or so, decided that I like to use 50 weight Aurifil for both my machine piecing and machine quilting. My machine seems to love it and I like the finer weight as well.
The Fat Quarter Shop also sent me the Scone colorway. At first, I didn’t think I would find the colors all that helpful but they are actually very nice dark neutrals. I have already used half of the spool on the left in my most recent piecing project.
I was also able to try out a set of Aurifloss in the Tart colorway. I don’t do a lot of embroidery but had recently received Rebecca Ringquist’s new book, Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroidery Workshops: A Bend-the-Rules Primer and it includes a sampler in the back of the book. It seemed like fate and it’s always nice to have a portable project for the summer. I just started stitching the sampler using the Aurifloss. I have experimented using only 2 strands, 3 strands, and all 6 in order to get different textures as Rebecca suggests. It’s fun! As it turns out, couching is really cool! And it is a great use for those little bits of leftover yarn I have too. I don’t expect that this project will be done any time soon but I will share it when it is done for sure.
The Aurifloss is great to work with. It comes on the most adorable wooden spools which pretty much sells it. But I also found the floss nice to work with and less easily tangled than other brands I have tried.
I have no qualms at all about recommending Aurifil. It’s a quality product. I had the opportunity to hear Alex Veronelli from Aurifil speak about the thread making process a couple of years ago and it was fascinating. It just made me appreciate it all the more. And the Fat Quarter Shop has excellent customer service and has boxed up attractive colorways.