Today we are thrilled to once again welcome Aurifil Artisan Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio to #Auribuzz! Sheri is sharing all the fun details about her quilted Aurifil thread box! Take it away Sheri!
I’m a big believer that inspiration is everywhere.
When the beautiful Aurifil thread box arrived at my Studio, I opened this swoon-worthy collection and immediately started to think of an idea for a second special mini-quilt. Included in the Ombre Stitches Thread Collection are 50wt colors: 2710 – 2735 – 2515 – 2540 – 5017 – 2870 – 4654 – 2810 – 4660 – 4670 – 2150 – 3920
Before digging in to the new quilt idea I had, I first needed to piece and quilt my Sew Speedy quilt. For fabric, I used the Ombre Stitches collection by QT Fabrics. This sample of Sew Speedy was pieced with Aurifil 50wt White and quilted with the Aurifil Ombre Stitches Thread Collection.
Are you interested in learning more about the process of making and quilting Sew Speedy? Check out this blog post.
Once Sew Speedy was complete, I jumped right into my new idea—an Aurifil thread-collection inspired mini quilt. And, I knew right where I was heading.
You may remember last year I designed and created a quilt for Aurifil, to commemorate and celebrate their tenth anniversary in the United States. The quilt features all 270 current colors of Aurifil’s 50wt thread.
I was interested in exploring a variation of this design.
I envisioned a mini quilt that was the exact proportions of the thread spools (just like 270 Colors), but this time arranging twelve quilted spools as they are arranged in the classic Aurifil 12 Large Spool Collection box. I used the Ombre Stitches fabric as a background for the “spool threads”. For the quilting, I free-motioned the “thread texture” using the twelve colors from the Aurifil/Ombre Stitches collection in the cross wound pattern found on the actual spools. My technique was the same as the 270 Colors quilt. You can read more about the making of the 270 Colors quilt and see a video of how I quilted the project here.
Below are closeups of the front and the back of the mini quilt:
Want to show off your 10 favorite Aurifil Colors? Have you made a Sew Many Colors mini quilt yet? What are you waiting for?
Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill is a designer, maker and self-taught modern quilter. Sheri graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BFA in Graphic Design. She has twenty years of experience leading creative teams to create award winning identities, products and environments. She has worked in small design studios, a dot com and the exhibit department at a children’s museum.
Sheri’s quilts have gained national recognition including awards from QuiltCon, Quilt Week/Paducah and the Quilt Alliance. They have been featured at art centers and galleries across the country. In addition to publishing her patterns, her quilts have been featured in national publications such as Modern Patchwork. She also teaches quilting techniques.
Sheri was awarded the first annual Craftsy Quilt Designer Fellowship in 2016. This fellowship enabled her to debut Whole Circle Studio’s first booth at International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas in October 2016.
Sheri works from her home studio in the suburbs of New Haven, Connecticut—a hop, skip and jump away from New York City. She loves to chat about design and quilts. Contact her at email@example.com.