Today we are excited to share the next showcase post for our 2020 – 2021 team of Aurifil Artisans! For September we partnered with our friends at Windham Fabrics to provide a number of our Artisans with the
Windham Fabrics Artisan Cotton solids. They were then challenged to create a wholecloth quilt using the fabrics they selected and their choice of Aurifil Threads. ❤
*Click on each Artisan’s name below to read more about their project.*
– “September Aurifil Artisan challenge done!! ✅ This was fun. 5 of Aurifil beautiful threads. My design done on the iPad through Amazograph then getting it quilted on this. It’s all free motion.” Sue de Vanny
– This small whole quilt in Wine Pink was quilted with a randomized grid of domestic machine (forty3) and hand quilting (12wt) in pale yellow. My five year old holds it up proudly for me! Steph Skardal
– This month I used Aurifil 12 weight thread in 6 colors to create an organic hand-quilted quilt. I love the movement of the hand quilting and the subtlety of the colors coupled with the fabric. Eliane Bergmann
– I used four colors of Aurifil 28wt and 40wt threads to create a plaid whole cloth quilt wall hanging. The base fabric is Windham Artisan Cotton in the Aqua/White combo. I love experimenting with layers of stitching, since it’s always surprising to see how the color of the fabric changes! Audrey Esarey
– “I couldn’t resist this month’s opportunity to tackle my very first wholecloth quilt! I learned how to create this 8-fold geometric rosette earlier this year in an online course, and enjoyed the challenge of recreating it in textile form. The construction lines are stitched in 50wt #2024 (white) thread, and the final motif is stitched with 12wt #2784 (dark navy). The subtle variation of yellow-green Artisan Cotton fabric added a great element of texture to the overall design. I’m excited to hang the finished quilt in my home!” Sarah Ruiz
– “This is my Wholecloth Quilt with a twist! It was a great challenge and an opportunity to try something different. The surface qualities of the Artisan Cotton in Navy-Cyan gives great depth to the quilting. I used 50 weight in 2525 and 2780. The variegated thread is 12 weight and perfect for both machine and hand quilting. The Artisan Cotton is a fantastic weight and catches the light beautifully. I can’t wait to try other colours.” Madeline Bonner
– “For this Artisan challenge I nearly used free motion quilting but I had a spark of inspiration from a fun art meets maths tasks we did months ago during homeschooling…parabolic curves. In basic terms, a parabolic curve creates a curved shape from the intersections of straight lines. This seemed like a perfect principle to replicate using straight line quilting. I’m a big lover of quilting maths generally so I knew the need for measuring and precision would be fun for me.” Amy Ball
– “had such a fun time with this Aurifil artisan wholecloth project featuring Aurifil thread and Windham Artisan Cottons. I was inspired to create a quilted design similar in appearance to dot art. Aurifil 28 wt thread was perfect for adding definition to the stitches which was so important in a wholecloth design.” Heather Black
– “I loved how soft and texturally rich the Artisan cotton felt, and I wanted my quilting to highlight that. The wavy lines of the sea kelp felt like they would evoke that smoothness, and the quilted bubbles helped to show depth. I added some leafy seadragons to complete the scene, and I’m very pleased with how the whole piece turned out.” Allie McCathren
– “Mini plant drawings. Plants that you can’t kill. Plants to hang out with your other plants. I went with three mini wall hangings. Three plants are better then one. 😉 “ Laurel Ryan
– “The following tutorial modernises wholecloth quilts by exploring the use of different coloured threads to accentuate decorative stitching on a wholecloth quilt, and aims to make quilting on a domestic machine more approachable with step-by-step tutorial on how to create a Six-Pointed Star quilting design.” Wendy Chow
“My wholecloth table runner was made with forty3 thread on my longarm. I combined several designs to create an overall composition.” Sherry Shish –
– “I absolutely loved this challenge. I initially was going to do a free motion wholecloth quilt because of Karlee Porters class I had just taken. But then I decided to go for something more me, something with a simple modern twist. And I’m in love. I used all 28wt and changed thread colors for every section. I want to dive deeper into this kind of modern wholecloth quilting in the future.” Lisa Hofmann-Maurer
– “For the Whole cloth quilt challenge, I was inspired to recreate on of my quilt patterns using only thread. I additionally challenged myself to try free motion quilting for the first time ever to create this stitched Pine Falls Quilt. I wanted it to look like a doodle, since that’s how most of my quilt designs begin!” Erin Kroeker
We hope that our artisans have inspired you to try your hand at creating a wholecloth quilt!
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Absolutely fantastic finishes Artisans ! Congratulations on the most amazing whole cloth design and execuation! Love them all — Bravo.
All of these examples are great. I can’t decide what color the fabric was that Audrey Esarey began with. I’d love to know and even more about how she went about completing this project.
Thank you, that was very inspiring.