Today, we’re handing the blog over to Aurifil Designer Susan Emory of Swirly Girls Design. Susan has a wonderful pattern to share, along with some excellent tips — all using her Summer Lovin’ thread collection, released last year. This project is absolutely perfect to get us prepared for warmer weather ahead! Now excuse us while we daydream about the bright Summer sun;).
My introduction to Aurifil Thread came several years ago when I picked up a spool of 12 wt thread for hand embroidery. I immediately loved that I no longer had to separate strands before I began stitching! Since then, I have discovered the lint-free beauty of Aurifil 40wt and 50wt to use on the machine. I switched to Aurifil and never looked back.
When I approached Aurifil to create a designer thread collection to coordinate Summer Lovin’, my fabric line with Michael Miller Fabrics, I was THRILLED when they said yes!
I love hand embroidery and I love appliqué so we combined the best of both and produced a box with six 12wt spools and six 50wt spools.
This box is the perfect fit for the Sweet Summertime Block of the Month quilt featuring hand embroidered blocks each month.
The 50wt is ideal for machine appliqué and matches the fabrics perfectly!
Have you had a chance to hand stitch with 12wt yet? I designed a simple hand embroidery project to give you that chance and to help get you started!
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I used a pencil to lightly trace the design onto solid white Cotton Couture from Michael Miller Fabrics.
I combined back-stitching and french knots for stitching the design.
I then added borders and quilted the mini quilt. After quilting, I decided to add some fussy-cut floral motifs from Summer Lovin’. I stitched the appliqués down with matching 50wt thread. Next, I added a row of big stitch quilting with the 12wt in red.
I used the yellow and green Picnic Plaid print for bias binding.
Enjoy!! I can’t wait to see your minis!!
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Susan Emory is a licensed designer with Michael Miller Fabrics and a quilt designer under the Swirly Girls Design logo. Summer Lovin’ by Susan Emory/Swirly Girls Design for Michael Miller Fabrics and the Summer Lovin’ Designer Thread Collection are in stores now.
Pssssst. Something fun coming soon!!
This is just darling Susan. Thank you for the sweet pattern and tutorial.
Thank you Susan, love the little embroidery stitch images and your thread box is a rainbow of fun!
Your colors are so versatile…such a nice collection….a good basic kit. Thank you for the pattern and tutorial….
LOOOOOVE this!! Thank you so much for sharing your Pattern!! 🙂
A wonderful pattern. It’s on my list of “to do’s”. Thank you.
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EEK! Such a cute summer mini and looks like more beautiful thread is coming with your new line! Congrats Susan and thanks for sharing your creativity with us!