Sunday, February 28, 2016

Aurifil Stash


Today I want to talk about one of my stashes.  It's probably my most favorite stash of all, my Aurifil thread stash.  Let me start off by saying I am not affiliate of Aurifil Threads (though would jump at the chance in a heart beat, just saying), I just have a huge fan girl crush on them.  After I discovered their thread and started using it, I have not looked back or found a need to deviate from using it.  One of my favorite things about the thread, is I hardly ever experience breakage while quilting and that is a HUGE deal.  Nothing gets me speaking the language of a sailor like having my thread break every few minutes.   A good quality thread can take your quilting from okay to wow.



I've said this before and I'll say it again, Aurifil thread is like a great lover, it is beautiful to look at, strong enough to hold you, yet light enough to give you what you need.  Therefore, I want all of it I can have.  Insert big smile.  With that being said, my thread stash is starting to outgrow the containers I was using for storage.

After hearing me complain several times about needing to find a better storage method, my big brother Doug surprised me at Christmas with storage containers he picked up at Harbor Freight.


The sections inside the storage boxes are deep enough that several spools could be stored in each compartment.  



How about a few pictures of my thread collection before I stack them in their new homes?






All that rainbow of colors makes my heart beat fast, I love them all.  I searched around on Pinterest for some spool/bobbin storage ideas that might work with my new storage boxes.  One idea suggested using a golf tee inserted into the top of the spool to hold the wound bobbin with the matching spool.  Since, the hubs had a ton of tees I gave this a try.  Great idea, but just wouldn't work for me.  The tees were slightly too big in width to fit through my bobbin holes.

Next I tried a method that used rubber bands around the spools.  This worked like a charm and
still allowed the spools to fit nicely in the compartments.


After some rubber band twisting, all of my threads found their way to their new home.

Watching you, tiny coffee mug Yoda is.
I LOVE these boxes for my thread!  The spools fit perfectly and I still have a few empty spots to grow into (really that won't take long).  But when the time comes (and it will), ordering more boxes shouldn't be that hard.  Or I could just send ol' Dougy boy to the store.

I did have a few fabric purchases this week that I was excited about.  Recently I purchased Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts  pattern Squirrels in the Park to make as a graduation gift for the daughter of my dear friend.


I am hoping that these grays and browns will make for some darling frisky squirrels.  And for the background I found a lovely white one white with little leaf shapes.


That concludes my stash additions for the weekend.  Although I'm not an affiliate of Aurifil (sniff, sniff) I am for Craftsy ( love EVERTHING Craftsy).  If you haven't heard the news, right now Craftsy has a huge Winter Clearance Sale going on as we speak!  Who doesn't love a good deal?  Click on the picture below to hop over and check out the awesome deals just waiting for you.


And guess what?  There just happens to be some deals on Aurifil Thread in the Tools and Notions section.  Ok, well time for me to go, I hear some Aurifil Monofilament thread calling my name.


Come join the party!  Today I am linking up with Let's Bee SocialMain Crush Monday and Sunday Stash.

15 comments:

Wanda Dotson said...

Thread lover, great tips.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

I've tried Aurifil, and it is very nice. Unfortunately, it is very expensive here and only in a few stores. Love your new storage boxes.

Nancy J said...

Beauty container, great stacking method, and what a delight to open that lid and find the exact colour you want.

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

What a great storage method for your thread and bobbins. I only have 10 bobbins, so I'm constantly short winding my bobbins. It's amazing how I have learned to guess how much to wind and how well it usually works out. But I have completely digressed now. LOL I wasn't sure how the thread would go in the bins at first photo, and I love that they can stand. Very nice!

Lisa J. said...

I also love Aurifil and though it is expensive it goes very far. I do have trouble finding as many pretty colours as you have though. I do love your storage boxes.

Stitchin At Home said...

I confess to having more Superior thread than Aurifil. I like your storage units those I could really use. Your fabric for the squirrels quilt are great.

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

Yes...thread is a secondary addiction for me, after fabric. I love all the colors of Aurifil and have a handful of spools, but I use Superior Threads more often. Storage is definitely an issue, and my collection has grown to the point where I need to think about what to do with all of it. Your storage boxes are the perfect answer for those size spools!

Cheryl said...

I love Aurifil too! Great storage method.

Sandra Walker said...

Okay I'm showing MacGyver this and next time he goes to Harbor Freight, he's buying me one. I have a plastic rolling toolbox I got from Canadian Tire that I've used for years to hold all my supplies for retreats and it has a small compartment box in which I keep threads, but it only holds a few. Oh man how I love the pictures of your threads!! I've got a few spools of Aurifil and really like them. Saw some of the deals on Craftsy; unfortunately I'm on a waitlist... Great greys for squirrels! I like that white too; I got an embossed one last week too just for a staple...kind of like bread and milk, gotta have 'em right?

Sparky's Mum said...

I'm in love with your Aurifil stash!!! And I'm stealing the rubber band idea for my bobbins; the thread tries to escape and becomes sooo tangled.

Jayne said...

Oh how you make me sigh. Teasing me with beautiful thread pictures...tempting me. Please do not do that Tish! If I could have all the colors, I would! The variegated thread made me swoon! Great idea on the storage too! I have mine hanging on a rack in the closet, which works well enough for now. Thank you for sharing, taunting and making my day! (I love color!!)

Kate said...

I have serious thread envy, your collection is beautiful. Most of my threads are neutrals, I have only recently tried Aurifil and am slowly changing over as the colours I use run out. I have only found the large size so far in the UK so it will take a while to build up as it's quite expensive here. Dream, dream..........

Mari said...

I love Aurifil too. I want it in every color!

Quilter Kathy said...

Oh me too! Total Aurifil crush!

Quilter Kathy said...

Oh me too! Total Aurifil crush!

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