I recently participated in the Aurifil Artisan challenge for August 2019, where we were challenged to make a mini quilt using PBS Painters Palette solids combined with Aurifil thread. We selected our preferred thread weight (mine was 12wt), but didn’t have a choice in the fabric color.
I was excited when I received Thistle from the PBS trending colors of the year and Aurifil 12wt in 3840 (French Lilac), since these colors were not what I might normally choose (I usually live in the blue/aqua/green space :)). Before I received the fabrics, I knew I wanted to mix domestic machine (not longarm) quilting with hand quilting, to create a blend of precision and handwork. Once I received the half-yard of fabric, I cut two squares measuring just over 16″ (for the front and back), and marked the quilt top with my preferred marking tool at 2″ increments.
Next, I basted the mini quilt using Warm & Natural cotton batting, and loaded up my walking foot on my domestic Juki. I traced the lines and added horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines in a predetermined pattern. Once I finished the machine quilting, I decided to hand quilt inside all of the diagonal sections. I hand quilted in each of the diagonal sections just a bit inside the machine quilting lines. Finally, I finished the mini quilt with a touch of handwork for the skinny binding.
The mini quilt now hangs happily next to several other quilt finishes in my house. I’m glad I tried this concept of mixing domestic machine quilting with hand quilting, and I hope to experiment on a larger piece in the future.
You can see more photos in the gallery at the top of the blog post, or from my IG feed below. Happy sewing!