Thread Play - The New 8 Weight Aurifil Thread

Thread Play - The New 8 Weight Aurifil Thread

Thread Play - New Aurifil 8 weight thread
When the lovely people at Aurifil asked me if I'd like some of their brand new 8 weight thread to have a play with, I jumped at the chance.  I've been an advocate of Aurifil for many years, and as well as having 4 of my own collections I have loved experimenting with the different colours, thread weights and techniques.  So I was really excited when I heard that they had released an 8 weight thread! 

3 Aurifil 8 weight spools in a box on a patchwork
Hand quilting is one of my favourite techniques and the thicker weight of the 8 weight thread lends itself perfectly to hand quilting.

Aurifil 8 weight thread on patchwork

As it happened I had some of Suzy Quilt's 'Duval' collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, which was the perfect partnering for the Aurifil 8 weight, given that it is Suzy herself who has launched the 8 weight collection!  So I set about making a pillow using simple half square triangles. 

Next it was to the fun part, the hand quilting!  The threads matched perfectly, and I decided to quilt in  a diamond formation, either side of the seams. 

Hand Quilting with 8 weight Aurifil thread

It was a joy to stitch with the 8 weight.  I love the additional definition that the thicker thread gives, and it really makes a feature of the quilting.  The thread has a wonderful feel to it, and it glided easily through the patchwork and batting.  I was thrilled with the final result. 

Patchwork cushion on chair hand quilted with 8 weight Aurifil thread

Let me share some close ups. 

Aurifil 8 weight hand quilting
8 weight Aurifil thread hand quilting

For the back of the pillow I made a simple envelope back, and used a simple black popper to secure it in place.  I think it looks pretty stylish! 

Cushion back with envelope backing and popper

Here's the pillow in my living room.  It matches perfectly and might just have to stay here! 

patchwork pillow on a chair in my living room

It's fair to say I'm a convert to the 8 weight Aurifil and I'm excited to get my hands on some more colours soon.  I know you're going to love it too. 

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