Slice & Stitch Challenge: Sherry Shish

Spring is in full swing and we’re completely enamored with those rich green hues that signify renewal… these days, it’s exactly what we need! We hope that you’re getting some warmer days, some sunshine, and ALL of the creative inspiration. We’re delighted to present our third installment of Slice & Stitch for 2020 and are honored to be continuing this amazing partnership with our friends at OLFA.

Every other month throughout 2020, we’ll publish a new Slice & Stitch post. With each new installment, one Aurifil Artisan + one OLFA Ambassador will receive the same products with the challenge to make one new project to share with all of you. The twist this year is that we’re sending everyone the Aurifil Color Builders. Since there are only 6 Slice & Stitch posts and 12 Colors Builders, we’ll be featuring 2 Color Builder sets per month. The Aurifil Artisan will receive one and the OLFA Ambassador the other. In addition, our friends at Michael Miller Fabrics have graciously provided coordinating fabric solids from their Cotton Couture line.

So, without further pause… let’s dive in!

Sherry Shish AND Sarah Gozzo

OLFA: Circle Cutter
AURIFIL: Sardinia Color Builder (Sherry) & Como Color Builder (Sarah)
MICHAEL MILLER: Cotton Couture Solids in Confection, Bubblegum, Raspberry (Sherry) & Space, Cobalt, Royal (Sarah)

Sherry of Powered by Quilting and Sarah Gozzo of @princess_ina_pouch each brought their own creative spin and we are simply in love with their projects. They both scream Summer and we could use a little of that bright  sunshiny energy! We’re excited to showcase Sherry’s project here — make sure to click through to her blog for her full tutorial. And don’t miss Sarah’s full project over on the OLFA page and on her own website. Enjoy a bit of color inspiration!

I always love trying out new tools, so I am thrilled to participate in the Slice & Stitch Challenge this month! I received Aurifil’s Sardinia Pink Color Builder box (with 50wt spools in colors #2410 Pale Pink, #2425 Bright Pink, and #2530 Blossom Pink), OLFA’s Circle Cutter, and three pink fat quarters of Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids. I have never used the OLFA Circle Cutter before, but I was extremely excited for all the fun ideas you can make with circles!

It’s almost summer and I thought making an ice cream cone with pink ice cream would be so fun!  I used some pale yellow and off-white couture solids to make the background since it reminded me of an old ice cream shop.

I tested out the circle cutter and then realized that perfect circles would not make the most realistic ice cream cone.  I used the circle cutter to cut ~60% of the circle and then hand drew and cut out the bobbles at the bottom of the scoop.

To decorate the background, I decided to make small circles with the cutter and placed them on the background. The complete tutorial for the quilt is HERE!

I used the 50wt pink threads to zig zag stitch the applique on the backing.  I decided to make a pillow cover with my ice cream cone.  Using #2021 Natural White 50wt, I quilted the piece in the background to make the quilted top.  Then I used #2372 Dark Antique Gold Aurifloss to backstitch embroidered the detail on the cone.

This is such a cute pillow for my couch and a very welcome to summer!

Thank you Aurifil, OLFA, and Michael Miller for the fabric, thread, and tools to make this quilt possible!

Head on over to OLFA’s blog to check out Sarah Gozzo‘s project and don’t miss our next Slice & Stitch Challenge for 2020 coming up in July!

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Sherry Shish has been a crafter her entire life. She started with hand sewing when she was younger, then expanding to crocheting, knitting, needle felting, paper crafts, and finally quilting.  She fell in love with the variety of quilting!

She is an engineer by schooling and day job, but quilting definitely energizes and motivates her the most. Hence, her blog: Powered by Quilting.

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