Aurifil Artisan Challenge: August 2019

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!

The beginnings (or middle?) of an upcoming @aurifilthread Artisan challenge - whole cloth mini quilt with @pbsfabrics solids fabric and thread provided. I chose the 12wt (we picked thread weight but not color) and received variegated thread. Stay tuned for the color reveal! #machinequilting #wholecloth #solids #modernquilt #modernquilting #handquilt #handquilting #modern #originaldesign #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #stephskardalquiltsaurifilaug2019 ...

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Another sneak peak of my @aurifilthread Artisan August challenge. This called for hand finished binding, I think. And now I realize I missed quilting in one small section 😂 This mini was a perfect way to try a proof-of-concept on my inspiration to mix machine quilting and hand quilting. Concept proven and I’ll likely make some tweaks on a larger version. Full mini reveal later - stay tuned! #machinequilting #wholecloth #solids #modernquilt #modernquilting #handquilt #handquilting #modern #originaldesign #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #painterspalettesolids @pbsfabrics #stephskardalquiltsaurifilaug2019 ...

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I’m interrupting my tiny quilting to share this photo of my tiniest quilt holder. I asked her to smile, and this is what I got. My mini for the upcoming August Aurifil Artisan challenge, using @pbsfabrics #painterspalettesolids and 12wt @aurifilthread with mixed domestic machine and hand quilting. #quilt #miniquilt #handquilting #machinequilting #solid #kidsofinstagram #momlife #thisisus #thisisparenting #wholecloth #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #stephskardalquiltsaurifilaug2019 ...

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