Happy New Year! Today, we have the distinct pleasure of sharing the final showcase projects created by our incredible team of Aurifil Artisans in 2022. We are so honored to collaborate with these creatives to not only spread the joys of Aurifil Threads but to also celebrate their masterful creations and undeniable talents.
Knowing that the month of December is typically busy with holiday prep and celebration, we kept things simple and asked Artisans to share any recent project made with Aurifil thread — no requirements as to thread weight, color, or the number of each used. We loved seeing all of the beauty that resulted! HUGE thanks to all of our participants for December– we are grateful for you, your creativity, and your incredible willingness to play along with us month after month!
How useful when the block of a throw size or bigger quilt can also be used to make matching pillows! The present block in the Me to You quilt is perfect for it. I used Aurifil 50 wt to piece and quilt these pillow covers.
Merry & Bright! That is what I was going for when I did a full custom color thread conversion from the called for DMC threads to Aurifil 12 wt thread. The classic designs from Prarie Schooler for their 12 Days of Christmas ornament stitch were the perfect opportunity to put a Tiger Lily color twist on. I love the way the 12 wt thread coverage looks when it’s stitched with 1 thread on a 16 ct Aida – it’s PERFECT!
For December, I had so much fun experimenting with micro quilting for a mini placemat to showcase these fall motifs of leaves and fruit.
Some months all you can manage to do is sew scraps together, and that’s ok! This month I made my own scrap jelly rolls. I used old till rolls as a foundation to sew tiny fabric scraps to. As for all things in life there are times when you can be focused on exciting new things, and times when you have to tidy the old things away.
Cristina De Miranda
Deciding how to quilt a foundation paper pieced pattern can be tricky. I doubted my strategy partway through quilting my Nesting Phoenix baby quilt, but I kept going and love the way it turned out. Phew!
I was delighted to complete my “Barton Park” quilt this week, over two years in the making, using my favourite 50 weight Aurifil thread in matching colours for all the English paper piecing and hand appliqué.
Now I am enjoying stitching on some smaller projects over the holiday period, using some delightful new fabrics. Of course I can always find a thread to match from my Aurifil collection. Happy stitching everyone!
Using free motion applique, these adorable handmade fabric greeting cards are the perfect handmade touch for the holidays! Aurifil 40wt thread was perfect for outlining these designs, even the smallest details!
This little bird was inspired by the action that takes place outside my studio windows at the bird feeder every winter. The Great Titmouse is a regular guest and I wanted to capture the action and translate it into a loose thread sketch, using Batik fabric snippets and Aurifil 40 and 50wt on medium weight calico.
I made this cute drawstring pouch for my partner Marisa in this year’s Houston MQG holiday swap!
The pattern is the Modern Japanese Rice Bag by KZ Stevens, and I modified the pattern slightly to quilt the exterior and lining pieces instead of using interfacing. 50wt Aurifil thread in #2975 (brass) looked fantastic against the pink, purple, gold, and black fabrics!
In December, I finished strong completed last minute Christmas market items, a couple block-of-the-months and a quilted coaster for a secret Santa exchange. I was inspired by Henrik Müller’s Spool for Love. Aurifil thread has made a huge impact on my sewing this year so I saw it fit to make something showcasing their logo and to share with a friend. Plus, it’s always fun making foundation paper piecing projects, anyway!
Using 28wt Aurifil Threads add the perfect frame to the Holiday Ornament to commemorate 2022!
This month Brandon uses a lot of 12wt thread to make his abstract goldfish swim through his art quilt. Find out what he wanted to use and how he was able to achieve this luxurious texture.
This quilt was started in August 2021 and although I completed the top which I absolutely loved, I just couldn’t bring myself to finish the quilt – fast forward to December 2022 and I suddenly had an overwhelming urge to wrap myself up in it!
I used 7 different coloured 50wt threads to longarm quilt a feather design all over it – I just love how well the thread colours match the fabric colours and bring my mega rainbow quilt of dreams to life!
There’s nothing like creating a handmade ornament that can be passed down from generation to generation. I used three strands of Aurifloss with perforated canvas to create this snowman cross-stitch ornament.
In the last few weeks, I made a whole bunch of wristlet keychains intended as gifts, each with a fabric scrap chosen specifically with the recipient in mind.
Obviously, it made perfect sense to load up my machine with Aurifil Monofilament – both in the top thread, and in the bobbin. I increased the stitch length just slightly, and the monofilament sewed beautifully through the cotton webbing and fabric pairings, which I had interfaced with Pellon fusible SF101. It was really satisfying to be able to make a little something for each of my family, as I know they all appreciate the gift of handmade.
I decided to make a sentimental make for my last challenge this year.
5 linen stockings for my little family, pieced with 50wt, machine quilted with 40wt (both white) and hand quilted with Aurifil floss (which I simply love and sneak into every project!) and of course I found the perfect colours to match the stars.
As the year draws to an end, all that is left is to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year. May it be filled with lots of inspiration, lots of makes & lots of peace. Here’s is 2023!
Anna – The Hackney Quilter
Quilting is the perfect medium to make a cosy hot water bottle cover as the added layers help keep you and your water bottle toasty warm.
I rustled this up just before the freeze set in using my go-to piecing and quilting thread which is 50wt Aurifil cotton in 2311 Muslin. You can find a free tutorial to make this super easy envelope cover on my blog.
This month I hunkered down and completed a bunch of overdue gifts! Including this super sweet baby quilt for a cousin’s new baby.
I used 50wt for the embroidery and the quilting and it turned out beautifully! I’ll be sharing more of the quilty goodness once they’ve all been gifted!
I have been wanting to make a quilt that was stretched on a frame for a long time. For this one, I started with some favourite faded corduroy trousers, repurposed HSTs, a Figo Fabrics blue landscape print, and a Jen Hewett blue swirl print.
I used improv piecing to assemble the top using Aurifil 50wt thread. I then echoed some of the shapes with Aurifloss in a gorgeous blue using hand stitching. The last step was to stretch it onto a frame with the help of my oldest son. Definitely more of these ‘stretched quilts’ in my future.
This past month (amongst all the Christmas sewing), I made this lone star quilt.
It was pieced with aurifil 50wt and then hand-quilted in aurifil 12 weight in gorgeous #2525 for the dark background and other assorted 12wt cotton thread within the star.
I made this 11.5 x 11.5 mini quilt as a recent journal call where I could only use 7 main colors with the theme flow. Keeping with my curve style sewing and the beginnings of some basic improv, I set out to create a sense of movement and flow within the quilt.
Knitter’s Accordion Pouch – I created this expanding cotton pouch as a birthday gift for a knitter friend.
It was made with two weights of Aurifil thread. Aurifil 50wt in 2021 is used for the main construction and topstitching. Aurifil 40wt in 2783 is used to hold on snap closures. The strength and shine of Aurifil Thread really took this project to the next level.
Using my trusted favorite Aurifil 50 wt thread, I sewed an entire wardrobe to wear at the BeeSewcial Special Exhibit at Houston Quilt Festival.
We encourage you to click through and check out each of these amazing projects in more detail!