Thank you to everyone who commented or emailed me about the Aurifil thread. I am very blessed to be part of such an amazing blogging community.
Several people mentioned the spool position...my Janome 9000 (the current workhorse) has a horizontal spool pin. And the bobbin was the issue, not the actual sewing. So I dug in the craft cave and found an old dusty sidewinder bobbin winder that someone had given to me....(that was supposed to be part of the ebay pile that never made it to ebay!)
AND VIOLA! Perfect bobbins. every.single.time.
So I rethreaded my machine with the Aurifil and finished quilting my quilt. With one bobbin. Almost a whole lap quilt. REALLY???? AWWEEESOOOOMMMMEEEEEEE. I'm sold.
AND a shout out to the company....I complained on my wee little blog (and it really is a small blog in blog land) and Alex from Aurifil sent me an email offering help. How cool is that???