Summer Holiday Aurifil Treasure Hunt

I love finding textile treats as souvenirs whenever I travel. A new pattern, some fat quarters or patchwork tools are easy to fit into my bag & are meaningful reminders of my holidays.

I don’t need to search for Aurifil “souvenirs” when I travel, as I have the full range at my finger tips on our online retail store, but I do like to check out the shops that stock Aurifil and I thought that you might like to do so also.


If you are not lucky enough to have a good stock of Aurifil in a nearby local quilt shop or, even if you do have easy access to Aurifil, it is always fun to find something new.


So just for you, the souvenir hunter, I’ve compiled a list of the shops that have added Aurifil display stands to their stores in the past six months.


Many shops stock Cotton Mako’ 50 so it has been exciting to see that some of these shops below have chosen to stock the Cotton Mako’ 12, 28 or 40 thread ranges for their displays.

Cottage Quiltworks (Warriewood, NSW)

Fairies & Fortunes (Richmond,  NSW)

Jukejema  ( Nowra, NSW)

Picton Patchwork (Picton, NSW)

Pot Pourri Cottage (The Junction, NSW)

Pleasure Sew ( Capalaba, Qld)

Fifi’s Fabricology ( West Burleigh, QLD)

Hettie’s Patch  (Hindmarsh, SA)

Quarter Inch (North Hobart, Tas) the new shop for Hugs n Kisses

Amitie  (Gardenvale, Vic)

Sew Inn (Colac, Vic)

Periwinkle Patchwork ( Warnambool Vic)

Materialise ( Nedlands, WA)

But don’t just use this list, as there are many more shops around Australia & New Zealand stocking Aurifil!

To help map out your summer travels, go to the website to get a complete list of Aurifil stockists in Australia & New Zealand, many of which have had thread displays &/or a great range of colours for a long time.

Happy Treasure Hunting!



Wishing you a Merry Christmas & Happy  New Year for 2016


Aurifil @AQC

The Australasian Quilters’ Convention is just around the corner (16-19th April) held at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building.


This is always an exciting event for quilters: an opportunity to see the latest in quilting trends, be inspired by the work of others, and shop for all things quilty.

Even the venue itself is full of inspiration!

Melbourne Exhibition centre, Calton Gardens

Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Carlton Gardens

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Stencil detail from Royal Exhibition Building….would look good as an applique border!

Here at Aurifil we have been very busy packing up stock for the Aurifil retailers to display on their stalls.

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Packing thread for one of our retailers.

Some of the retailers are taking a range of individual spools in various thread weights, while others are running special projects (such as block of the month) and we have been making up small packs of specially selected threads for these.


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We have also put together some new four packs, including 3 new reproduction basic collections, just perfect to give you a range of “go to” reproduction-coloured threads.


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One of three new “Reproduction Basics” collections.

These little four-packs also make great gifts (for yourself too!)

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New Four Pack: “Purple Passion”

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New four Pack: “Bubbles”.

The retailers who we know will have Aurifil for sale on their stands are:

Other Aurifil retailers present at AQC are:

In addition, some of the talented 2015 AQC tutors including Deidre Bond-Abel, Kathy Doughty, Karen Styles and Lisa Walton use Aurifil thread.

Look out for Aurifil at AQC and be sure to make certain that you have all the Aurifil supplies you need to successfully complete your current and future projects!

Not the perfect match

Jenny and I were delighted to see the February issue of Australia’s “Homespun” magazine in the shop this week.  It is always a good read, with lots of projects to do and plenty of articles about patchwork and sewing plus great advertisements  to drool over.


Several of our customers had mentioned that they were going to be selling the Homespun Block of the Month “China Blue” in their patchwork shops, and some had mentioned they would like some suitable Aurifil thread packs that would also work with the fabrics.


We knew that Kathy Doughty (from Material Obsession), one of the designers of this block of the month  was an Aurifil stockist, and we noted that Kathy recommends, in the materials list, Aurifil 50 in a neutral colour like 2900.

This got us thinking.  What other colours could we use to make up a small pack of threads for this amazing BOM and to go with the fabulous Kaffe Fassett  fabrics?   Always Quilting has a small range of Kaffe Fassett fabrics, so we selected a few, and matched them up with our thread selection.  This was a very difficult task as Aurifil has 270 colours to choose from!!

My spool of Aurifil Ne 50 in  colour 2900

My spool of Aurifil Ne 50 in colour 2900 looks good

2564 works well with these assorted mauves

2564 works well with these assorted mauves

We also realised that you don’t need the perfect colour match for your applique.


The citrus  fabric colours can be appliqued with a soft green/grey or even a soft blush pink


Although Kathy has recommended 2900 for this first part of China Blue,  you may be interested in these other colours as well:  2564, 2846, 6724, 6727, 6723 (the last three numbers are part of the gorgeous new colours available in the Aurifil range).

Our selection of threads

Our selection of threads

We will be looking forward to seeing what the coming months bring us with this exciting BOM from Homespun, designed by the fabulous Kaffe Fassett and Kathy Doughty (and the design team from Material Obsession).

It is January so it must be time for a Fabric Frolic

January in Melbourne means “Fabric Frolic” time from 16th to 25th.

Seven shops in the eastern suburbs collaborate to organise a splendid week of treats, shopping and competitions for the patchwork enthusiast.

This year I was pleased to see that two of the shops on the shop hop map are Aurifil retailers so be sure to stock up on your thread supplies when visiting Patchwork Passion and Palm Beach Quilting.


Patchwork Passion in Cranbourne has a good supply of Cotton Mako’ 28 for your blanket stitch applique & quilting.



and Palm Beach Quilting in Carrum Downs stocks an extensive range of Cotton Mako’ 50 for piecing and needle turned applique.

So it is time to get together with some friends and plan a road trip to visit these shops in the next few days.




A 'Bright' Idea

The recent Easter holiday coincided with the Anzac commemorative long weekend. Taking advantage of this break in the normal work schedule, we headed to the high country of Victoria; destination Bright.

The Ovens River in Bright

The Ovens River in Bright

The leaves were beginning to show their splendid Autumn colours and in the crisp evening air we could see our breath.

The Ovens River with a touch of Red

The Ovens River with a touch of Red


The many shades of red

The many shades of red

One of the highlights of Bright is visiting the Sew Bright Alpine Quilting shop. There is always a smörgåsbord of fabrics, patterns and kits on offer.

Sew Bright Alpine Quilting Shop

Sew Bright Alpine Quilting Shop

I picked up some gorgeous corduroy fabric and an  Amy Butler pattern, “The Liverpool”. You can glimpse a version of this shirt in blue in the photo above.

Perfect Pattern and Fabric for the cooler days of Autumn

Perfect Pattern and Fabric for the cooler days of Autumn

The Sew Bright Alpine Quilting shop also has an Aurifil Mako 12wt Embroidery Thread Club underway. You can contact owner, Angela Bradbury, for full details.  Aurifil Thread Clubs are a great way to enhance your thread collection over time.

Sew Bright Alpine Quilting Thread Club

Sew Bright Alpine Quilting Thread Club

We would love to hear about your ‘bright’ ideas for a short break. Quilt shop destination optional but always appreciated.

Cinderella Transformation at the Australasian Quilt Convention

The beautiful Melbourne Exhibition Building underwent a cinderella transformation yesterday as the quilts went up, the exhibitors stands were decorated and the classrooms were prepared for today.

Melbourne_exhibition_buildingSet up day was misting rain all day so I was pleased that I had loaded the Aurifil parcels into the van the day before, ready for an early delivery run into the city.


Even so, by the time I arrived the merchant hall was well on the way to being well dressed.


Orange fluouro vests were the standard dress for people, but the walls were looking much more appealing.


I love the way each exhibitor has stamped their own store personality on their display


Yesterday was a rumble of trolleys, and ripping of boxes, as stock was unpacked and displayed but for the next four days the hall will be a buzz of excited chatter as visitors discover amazing treasures of “must have” items.

I can’t wait to see the transformation.

Make sure you visit the Aurifil retailers to take home some thread treasures for yourself:

Stand 43    Cherry Pie

Stand 45    Elm Grove Patchwork

Stand 21    Fifi’s Fabricology

Stand 181  Millrose Cottage Quilting & Gallery

Stand 44    Miss Sampson’s Drapery

Stand 23    Needles & Pins

Stand 58    Somerset Patchwork & Quilting

Stand 55    The Quilted Crow

Each retailer has chosen the threads that are particular to the fabrics, designs & techniques that they are featuring at the show so you may wish to visit each one to build your collection of Aurifil.

Happy Treasure Hunting!



How to find Aurifil at the Australasian Quilt Convention

It is less than a week until the Australasian Quilt Convention opens so we have been madly packing threads for the various teachers, using Aurifil in their workshops, and the patchwork stores where it will be sold at the Expo.

Each exhibitor will stock the particular Aurifil thread weight that relates to their patchwork style and patterns, so take note of the retailer’s stand number, and the Aurifil product line, so that you will know where to find the thread weight that you wish to purchase.

The latest thread kit from the factory.... a set of 4 piecing colours in Cotton mako' 50

Cotton Mako’ 50 will be found at:

Stand No: 43      Cherry Pie Designs

Stand No: 23      Needles and Pins


Cotton Mako’ 40 will be found at:

Stand No: 45       Elm Grove Patchwork

Stand No: 58       Somerset Patchwork & Quilting

Yummy flower colours for broderie perse

Cotton Mako’ 28 will be found at

Stand No: 21       Fifi’s Fabricology

Stand No: 55      The Quilted Crow

Aurifil Lana wool thread, in two spool sizes

Lana will be found at

Stand No: 181    Millrose Quilting & Gallery

Unfortunately none of the exhibitors will have the Cotton Mako’ 12 for sale this year, however you can always place a special order with us for collection at the Convention.

Cotton Mako' 12 is the thickest thread in the range

Cotton Mako’ 12 is the thickest thread in the range

PS:  Contact us before midday Tuesday 8th if you are wish to pre-order a particular thread weight or colour so that we have time to arrange for a collection point for your order.


Tuesday Treats: Marg Low, a pattern designer worthy of a mention

Over the years we have put together a selection of  Cotton Mako’ 12 thread packs for Marg Low to stitch her delightful embroidery patterns.

Marg Low Designs can be found at many of the craft shows around Australia

Marg Low Designs can be found at many of the craft shows around Australia

She is well known for her love of red …. fabrics and threads

You may have guessed that Marg loves to work with red and white

You may have guessed that Marg loves to work with red and white

But she does mix it up with other colours

The Country Garden pattern and thread set. Click on the photo to go to Marg Low's online store

The Country Garden pattern and thread set. Available from Marg Low Designs

It is well worth a visit to Marg’s blog to read more about her designs, and who can resist a visit to her online store when the patterns are so irresistible.

Tuesday Treats: AQC set up

I’ve got a good excuse for being a day late with this post!

We spent Tuesday packing Aurifil threads for delivery to retailers at the Australasian Quilt Convention. By the time I completed the deliveries today most of the stands were almost complete and it was looking exciting.

Kaye at Needles & Pins (stand 4) has got a good selection of Cotton Mako' 28, 40 & 50

Look for some beautiful applique designs at the Needles & Pins stand

You will find a good assortment of Cotton Mako’ 28 (for quilting), 40 (for patchwork piecing) & 50 (for applique) at the Needles & Pins stand.

Sue, at Miss Sampson's Drapery has a good selection of Cotton Mako' 28

Sue, at Miss Sampson’s Drapery has a good selection of Cotton Mako’ 28

Miss Sampson’s Drapery has a selection of rich dark Cotton Mako’ 28 colours that will work beautiful with the Jinny Beyer fabrics, and designs, that you will find on the stand.

Look for some great packs of Cotton Mako' 28 at the The Quilted Crow stand

Look for some great packs of Cotton Mako’ 28 at the The Quilted Crow stand

By the time I reached them, the girls at The Quilted Crow had their stand looking good.

The Quilted Crow Girls Cotton Mako' Collection "A"

The Quilted Crow Girls Cotton Mako’ Collection “A”

I dropped off  Cotton Mako’ 28, made up into Collections of colours that they had especially selected to work with their wool applique designs.

I also dropped off a Cotton Mako’ 50 display at the Elm Grove Patchwork stand, so be sure to stop by to re-stock your thread box.

As I walked through the convention centre I saw some of our other Aurifil retailers busy setting up their stands.

  • Ballarat Patchwork
  • Somerset Patchwork & Quilting
  • Millrose Quilting & Gallery

I also stopped for a chat with Lisa Walton, of Dyed & Gone to Heaven. Her new book, “Beautiful Building Block Quilts” is a must have for every patchworker’s library.

Stop by at Lisa's stand to buy a copy of her book.

Stop by at Lisa’s stand to buy a copy of her book.

There is so much to see at the Quilt Convention this weekend, so do have fun and don’t forget to visit our Aurifil retailers.

Tuesday Treats: April means the Australian Quilt Convention

The Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne is less than three weeks away so we are busy packing threads at Always Quilting.


Most of the other craft fairs in Australia feature a mixture of crafts, knitting, paper crafts etc.

The Quilt Convention, on the other hand, is significant in that it is dedicated to patchwork and quilting and you will find a great variety of exhibitions, full day workshops, information sessions, make & take sessions and lots of vendors that are all fabric & thread related.

So we are hard at work packaging Aurifil threads for some of our wholesale customers who will be vending at the Convention.

Look for our pre-packed sets of Cotton Mako

Look for our pre-packed sets of Cotton Mako

Look for  Aurifil threads at the following vendor stands:

Marg Low is famous for her love of red & white designs.

Marg Low is famous for her love of red & white designs.

  • You will find more Cotton Mako’ 50 at Elm Grove Patchwork, a new store in country Victoria and a new vendor at the quilt convention.
These Cotton Mako' 28 packs are full of rich colours to match the fabrics from the Quited Crow

These Cotton Mako’ 28 packs are full of rich colours to match the fabrics from the Quilted Crow

I hope you will make a point of visiting our Aurifil retailers at the Quilt Convention.

Watch this space as I add more information about our stockists over the coming weeks.