Rainbow of 12wt Aurifil Thread

Quilting with 12wt Aurifil: Auribuzz Tutorial


Remember the delicious rainbow of 12wt Aurifil thread I shared about a little over a week ago? I spent quite a bit of time learning how best to set up both my long arm and domestic sewing machines so that I can take advantage of this amazing rainbow for a free motion quilting project. You can get all the details on my step by step process today over on the Auribuzz blog.

As a quick teaser, I learned how to go from this:

12wt Sample 1: Backside Bobbles
12wt Sample 1: Backside Bobbles

…to this:

12wt Sample 6
12wt Sample 6

…via a clear, methodical, one step at a time process. I hope the Auribuzz tutorial inspires you to consider stepping outside your quilting box and trying something new, whether it is giving 12wt thread a try or experimenting and learning a quilting motif you have been itching to try.

I guess that means it’s time for me to quilt with the rainbow!


  • Great Aurifil column–full of tips and samples that help domestic and long arm quilters.

    Congratulations to you on your patterns being distributed by Brewer!!! So many totally deserved good things are happening for you! I will be following your vapor trail!!!

  • I’ve used and LOVED the 30- and 12-weight Sulky Blendables threads for years and LOVE the effect you get with them. Took a class shortly after I bought my Bernina, on using specialty threads in quilting which is what got me going on them. Glad that you will be opening more people’s eyes to the versatility and results of these threads; had I not taken that thread class all those years ago, I’d probably never have thought to try them. You’ll have to play with some metallics!

  • Just finished reading the post over at Auribuzz. It was quite interesting to read through your steps of trouble shooting the 12wt thread. I hadn’t actually ever considered switching weights to try a thicker thread. It does give quite a nice bold look to the stitches.

  • I saw that blog before I saw it posted here. Very interesting read and some great tips on how to be methodical when making changes. I’d be the person to change 2 things and then not be sure what change caused the correct (or incorrect) outcome.

  • First, I would never have thought to use 12wt in my machine! I love the fact that you did. It’s always nice to try something new and a few tweaks here and there are worth the time!

  • Your tutorial is really clear and helpful. I admire your ability to change just one thing each time (I’d be a bull at a gate, but then it would take me twice as long to get it right) and love the effect using the 12wt in a machine gives you.

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)