Monday, July 25, 2011

Texas Pride Quilt and Thread Review

You know, you can actually get a quilt made when you stay at home.  Duh.  I finally finished the Texas Pride quilt for the shop.  I took the quilt to the shop today and it's now hanging in the front room. 


I had to piece the back because, well, you know, I messed up I planned it that way!  Looking at the picture of the back here on the blog, I realize I got the design lined up pretty good, purely by accident a well planned quilt!

I used the Aurifil invisible thread in clear to quilt this quilt. 

Let me just say...it's great!  First of all, I compared it to the usual invisible thread I get (at Jo-Ann's, no disrespect to Jo-Ann's...I get a lot of stuff there).   I put both threads between my thumb and finger and slid them along.  The Aurifil was smoother.  Second, it is not unruly, uncoiling madly from the spool, tangling everywhere.  Third, I bought the cone, 16,400 yards for $20.00.  The invisible thread at Jo-Ann's is $5.49 for 1500 yards.  Let's do the math...Jo-Ann's cost three times as much as Aurifil! 

To use the thread, I got out my cone holder, after all, that's a big cone of thread!


I used the Aurifil thread in the bobbin too.  Now, I know, the quilt police say never do that, but I did and it worked great!  I'm such a rule breaker.  When I filled my bobbin the first time, I stopped it before it automatically stopped, just because I didn't want to take a chance on it overfilling.  The second time I filled the bobbin, I let it go and my machine stopped it with no overfill.  And,...that was it!  I used just under 2 bobbins for this entire quilt!  I put my tension at 3, which on my machine is the low end of the normal setting.  My only negative is, even though it's Italian thread, it's not fast!  I have a lead foot, especially when I'm sewing straightline grids and the Aurifil thread couldn't keep up with me.  When I went pedal to the metal,...uh, carpet, I had skipped stitches. But that also happens with other threads.  When I put my machine speed to medium, I had no skipped stitches.  Oh, and when they say zero breakage?  They mean it.   I quilted a straightline qrid over the entire quilt, every 1 3/8 inch.  Here's a picture of the quilting close up:

It really is non-reflective, like it's advertised.  Practically invisible.

So, once again, I'm impressed with Aurifil thread.  I am definitely a fan!

LaDonna


21 comments:

  1. Love the quilt!
    Thanks for the thread review! Will definitely use Aurfil if I ever need invisible.
    Deborah

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  2. LaDonna, I am so glad you posted this! I have some fairly good (read expensive) invisible thread but it badly wants to get away from me, and finding the end is the dickens! I now use it just for hand stitching beads (not that I can control it at all) and have been looking for another brand of invisible thread that I can handle for the machine. I will definitely give Aurifil a try. It sounds as though it has the qualities I've been looking for. Thanks, Mary

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  3. The quilt looks great LaDonna. I might have to get me some Aurifil Thread - sounds great!

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  4. The quilt and quilting is wonderful. And thanks for the thread review.

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  5. Pretty quilt! I'm going to have to try Aurifil.

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  6. Funny post! I like your quilt, top and back :D
    Thank you for your thoughts about threads. Heard a lot of good things about Aurifil threads.

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  7. You have me sold, I put it on my list already. I can't believe that you put it in the bobbin and it worked. Can't wait to try it. I use my plastic (Joanne's) cone holder, wish I could find a metal one, it wouldn't be so tippy. Your Texas quilt is wonderful, what Texan wouldn't love it. That quilt shop is eally going to miss you!

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  8. your quilting is very nice, as usual! i couldn't get a close up look at your cone holder but i wonder if it's the same one i have. is it plastic? i had trouble with one of the pieces going into the base not staying properly and mine seemed flimsy. i just wonder if you have the same one and if not, what is yours made of. thanks!

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  9. Love your quilt and quilting LaDonna. You know what they say about rules? They are meant to be broken hehe.
    Hugs
    donna

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  10. Great quilt, LaDonna! (BTW, I always piece my backs and it is on purpose!)
    Thanks for the review on Aurofil!

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  11. Dear LaDonna, Thank you for the thread review. It was SO helpful to me. I too have been wanting an invisible thread, but I have not been happy with other brands I tried. There are times, when one just wants the effect of quilting without seeing the thread/quilting lines.

    By the way, you quilt is gorgeous!! You are so talented!!

    Deb

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  12. Great quilt and thread review! I haven't had a chance to try Aurifil yet.

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  13. I love your post. It made me giggle. Sometimes things work out better even though you don't plan them that way as in this case. I love the pieced back.

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  14. Your quilt is beautiful, LaDonna! And you've convinced me that I should try this thread ~ thanks!

    ~Cindy

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  15. Love the quilt. Aurifil is on my list too! Thanks for letting us know.

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  16. That was a great review--thanks! I've never used invisible thread before, but if I do, I will definitely buy Aurifil. Your quilt looks great and I love the planned backing:)

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  17. What a great quilt! I love how you arranged the colors and you did a nice job on the back, too :-)

    Thanks for sharing all that you did about the Aurifil thread. I'm going to see if I can find it at my LQS.

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  18. I like how your quilt finished up - the back looks great too!

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  19. I like your review on Aurifil thread, too! I got an email this morning from Alex at Aurifil threads and he sent me the names of all the thread colors that will soon be printed on the chart. What a nice guy! I've just got to figure out how to put a link on my blog so that others can access it as well.

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  20. Great color choices for the quilt - and I love the pieced back.

    Cheers from Australia

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