Monday, March 27, 2023

Aurifil Artisan Challenge :: Aurifloss | Whisper

So the scrappy quilt I began a few weeks ago using Aurifloss for big-stitch quilting is complete. Glance back if you missed the beginnings of project. What started me off was a box of small spools of Aurifloss - the Rosso Rubino collection by Susan Ache @yardgrl60 for Aurifil. The collection consisted of 10 colors of Aurifloss, 5002 [Medium Red], 6729 [Tangerine Dream], 2220 [Light Salmon], 2270 [Paprika], 2435 [Peachy Pink], 2420 [Light Blush], 2255 [Dark Red Orange], 2277 [Light Red Orange], 2230 [Medium Peony], 2415 [Blush]. I originally intended to use every thread color, and I came very very close. 

The floss worked really well for hand-quilting. I ended up using three strands throughout, and that felt good and strong; not too thick, yet still very noticeable. I really like the look of the different colors of thread playing over the quilt. 

All the stitching designs were on a whim, decided as I approached a new section. Most were done 'by eye,' though on a few of the larger ones, I marked stitching lines with my hera marker. 

For binding, I tried Erica's @kitchentablequilting method of big-stitch binding, referring to the highlight in her IG stories for tips on beginning and ending. I thought those very visible binding stitches really suited this particular quilt. 

I chose to wrap the binding and stitch on the back of the quilt, as the Kona Ivory quilt back shows off the quilting nicely.

I used Quilters Dream Natural Cotton Request Batting for this quilt, and it was lovely to hand-quilt on. The quilt is baby-sized, finishing at 34" x 40". It had been ages since I'd hand-quilted, so this was a fun change of pace. And I gave the Aurifloss a good workout and it came through swimmingly. I'm glad I gave it a go, and have a sweet, soft finish to show for it.


  1. Great idea using the neutrals as a backdrop for the threads, and it looks so soft and inviting. I've been doing some hand stitching with Aurifil 12 wt and really love the feel and look of it!

  2. I love how this came together! And I spy scraps used for the binding, perhaps? I haven't explored using big stitch to finish my binding yet, but it is something I'd like to try out sometime, too. It looks like you stuck with 3 strands of 12 weight to big stitch the binding?

  3. Amazing stitching! Quilting and binding - love it. xo

  4. Congratulations on your finish, super!
    I like the hand quilting, diamonds and changing color, great effect.

  5. It's a beautiful quilt and your quilting just finishes it off so perfectly. I've not tried aurifloss for hand quilting before (I usually stick with 12wt), but I'm keen to give it a go now that I've seen your project.