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Botanics Aurifil Thread Set_Carolyn Friedlander


I have been so excited about this. 

I consider myself pretty predictable in what strikes my fancy. If it has anything to do with sewing/quilting/making, there’s a good chance that I’m a fan of it–especially when it comes the most important basics that we use every day like fabric and thread. 


Fabric is an easy and obvious favorite. The tactile textures, enticing designs, and glorious colors suck all of us makers right in. But thread is super important, too. It may not always be the face of our projects, but it is what holds them together, and that is really important.


Not all thread is created equally, either. I’m glad to have learned that little secret early in my quilt-making journey, and as a result, I know that I’ve spent less time dealing with thread issues.


Here’s my disclaimer. Before I ever put together this thread set, I have been an Aurifil girl, 100%. This thread works for me and my sewing machine whether I am machine piecing, hand piecing, or machine quilting. Since realizing how much easier my life is when I’m using the right thread, it has been the only thread that I use.


My sister recently started to dabble in quilting. She surprised me last year by putting together a top, her very first, using architextures. Here it is.


  laurie hall_architextures quilt


She’s good, right?! The problem is that she was almost completely turned off from the process, because she struggled with thread the entire time she was making this. She didn’t realize how important good thread was and used thread that she found at a big-box store. Because of that, she couldn’t sew one continuous seam without the thread breaking. I would have quit quilting right then if I had to deal with that. I’m really glad that she persevered. Now, after having told me about her experience, she’s been let in on the good-thread secret. There are no substitutes on some things, and thread is one of them.


Aurifil Thead Meets Botanics_Carolyn Friedlander

This is why it has been such a dream to work with Aurifil and Robert Kaufman to put together this custom thread set. For this one, we went in the direction of coordinating with my current fabric line, botanics, but these are also many of the colors that I use OVER and OVER again. That flame color, top and center, is one I should have a massive cone for considering how much of it I’ve gone through over the years. Many of the others are that way too.


The other thing I really wanted in this particular set were some greens that would work with the green/teal prints in the fabric line. I found those to be a bit of a challenge to find the right match when I was putting together my first few projects. The greens in this set coordinate perfectly with those prints.


We’ve got a big-spool set with 12 colors…

Botanics Aurifil thread set_large_carolyn friedlander

…as well as a small-spool set too, with 10.

Botanics Aurifil thread set_small_carolyn friedlander

I think that you can expect to start seeing these in shops soon as soon as March. I’m actually working on building a little shop for my site, so I’ll make sure to stock some here as well.

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15 Responses to Auri-awesome.

  1. sophie February 27, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    wow!! I have got the whole collection of botanics fabric! I am planning to make a quilt out of them this qpring! these would be the perfect addition!! way to go!

  2. Mandy February 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

    How exciting, beautiful thread and colours, and what a clever sister, her first quilt is pretty amazing! Congratulations Carolyn.

  3. Perri Krom February 28, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    I’m with you – – both my machine and I LOVE Aurifil. And your fabric and thread are just wonderful.

  4. Brigit Dermott February 28, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    I’ve always used Gutterman but I’ve been hearing such great things about Aurifil I want to know what the fuss is about. This collection looks like a perfect starter kit–such pretty colors!

    • carolynfriedlander March 2, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

      Thanks Brigit! Can’t wait to hear what you think about the thread!

  5. hannlib March 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    Oh my word. I love aurifil. Love botanics. These are going on the must have list!!

  6. Susanne March 3, 2014 at 2:23 am #

    Exciting! 🙂 I did not have the chance to use Aurifil. I would love to try it.

  7. Jessica March 3, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    Congrats Carolyn!! That so exciting… I’ve never used Aurifil, but I LOVE the colors you have here… I also have a hard time finding the right greens/yellows. Can’t wait to pick up a set of your new threads : )

  8. stephanie March 18, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    YEA!!!! How awesome is that!!!! congrats girl. I love the colors!

  9. folksmith April 18, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    can’t wait to try this thread.

  10. Marilyn Macdonald May 25, 2015 at 10:37 am #

    Do you find you have to adjust your upper thread or bobbin tension when you use Aurifil thread?


  11. maria ferreira August 16, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

    Excellent thread! Won’t accept a substitute.

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