Aurifil Challenge - Three weights
The Challenge for October - Using three weights of thread in one project
The challenge this month was to create a project using three weights of Aurifil thread. I chose to make a cushion version of my Going Live Quilt Pattern. My daughter has just moved into her own flat so is pestering for bright and fun cushions to decorate with. It was the perfect excuse to use some of my Tula Pink fabrics and my Going Live pattern.
I did of course start with my favourite off white 50wt for the piecing 2021. 50 wt is my standard go to for all piecing and most of my quilting and it is definitely the thread I use the most.
Next up was 40wt for the quilting crosshatch design. 40wt works very much like the 50wt but is a tiny bit thicker do the quilting stands out a smidge more.
Next up then in 28wt, which I adore. I don't use it too often, it is thick enough to really add some definition, but still thin enough to be able to use in my machine. For a hand stitching avoider like myself this is invaluable.
Lastly and having forgotten I was only supposed to use three weights I used my trusty 80wt thread to hand stitch the back of the binding down. 80wt is my go to for hand sewing as it is very fine and therefore melts into the background. Just be careful not to tug it too hard whilst stitching.
Being and Artisan has opened my eyes to the different uses of thread weights, still confused here's what I use them for:
80wt (the thinnest) - English Paper Piecing and hand stitching binding down
50wt - Piecing and most straight line quilting
40wt - Quilting if I would like a little more definition
28wt - Adding feature quilting and appliqué (it adds a really nice depth)
12wt - This is mainly for hand quilting so on the rare occasion I do this then I reach for the 12wt.