• Kerry Keeble

Aurifil Artisan Challenge


If you're new around here or aren't a frequent social media flyer you may not know that I'm officially an Aurifil Artisan for 2022/23!! I'm so so excited about this, I absolutely love Aurifil thread and have used it for many years across all my projects, there is literally a colour and thread weight for everything. I can't wait to make some new friends, learn from other Artisans on my team and share all the fun stuff we'll be doing with you.




Each Artisan was sent an amazing welcome package with a variety of different thread weights and colours and for our first Artisan Challenge we could make anything we wanted using any of the threads.


As well as the beauties above, I was also sent a cone of the Mako' 50 in a really lovely shade of grey #2605 I felt really drawn to this particular colour so I knew instantly I wanted to use it. I had a really special family holiday coming up in California and had s few people making the Patchwork Duffle by Knot and Thread so I thought that would be perfect.




I went for the patchwork option which requires 96 different squares, such a special project required super special fabric so I pulled out my precious Tula and began chopping.






I used Aurifil Silver White #2309 in 50wt for the piecing and when all the different sections were made I then loaded them on to my longarm machine ready for action! I wanted to have structure to my duffle, so I used Soft and Stable By Annie- I'd never tried to longarm this before so it was a bit of an experiment.




The thread was an absolute dream to sew with, it was so smooth and stitched the design out beautifully! The colour shows up really well against all the others in the fabrics and I love the texture that longarm quilting Soft and Stable has created.




For the end panels I used one of my favourite Tula prints - the rainbow hexies, and went for something different and did straight line quilting roughly 1/2" apart using the same 50wt thread, my domestic machine loves sewing with Aurifil I always make sure I follow the guidance for bobbin thread and needle size, there is so much great info on their website, you can find the 50wt info here.




This bag holds so much stuff! I used it as my carry on bag, packed it with a book, several snacks (because you know aeroplane food!), EPP projects, headphones, my iPad, a hoodie, my journal and still had so much room left! We used it for a day out to the water park and on the way back from California I can stuff it full of gorgeous fabric!




I thoroughly enjoyed trying out this new to me thread, I've got a couple of other projects in the works using the Mako' thread on the longarm because I absolutely loved using it and I can't wait to play with the other threads and colours - watch this space!


Happy Quilting

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