Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Guest Post on the Aurifil Blog

Quilted Paisleys using Aurifil variegated threads!

Today I am so excited to finally be sharing the Aurifil variegated samples I've been working on for the past month!  Head over to the Aurifil blog to see all 36 variegated threads on white and black fabrics, plus they are having a giveaway too!

Here is my giveaway:

Aurifil color card and 7 small spools of variegated threads!

The threads include 2 of my favorites: Marrakesh and Silver Moon, and two of the favorites from my Instagram teaser pictures: Tramonto a Zoagli and Creme de Menthe!

Lots of fun colors to play with! Silver Moon (4060), Silver Fox (4679), Berrylicious (4647), Marrakesh (3817), Creme de Menthe (4662), Limoni di Monterosso (4658) and Tramonto a Zoagli (4657).  You can see them stitched out in the collage at the top of this post!

Giveaway Rules:
1. You MUST include your email address in your comment to enter!  
2. International entries welcome.
3. Giveaway open until September 28, 6pm MST.
4. Winner notified by email, if they do no respond within 48 hours I will choose a new winner.
5. Winner chosen at random.
6. Limit of two comments/entries per person.

To enter: Tell me if you've tried variegated threads, and if yes which is your favorite color?
Second entry (in a second comment!) just tell me how you follow: blog, IG, pinterest, etc.


Don't forget to go check out the Aurifil blog, I'm super proud of how all the rainbow quilted paisleys turned out!  Many thanks to Aurifil for supplying the threads and Michael Miller for supplying the Cotton Couture in white and black so all 36 colors could be well represented!

Aurifil variegated sample!  I love seeing how different the threads look on the spool vs white fabric vs black fabric!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Paisley Moon mini quilt

Paisley Moon mini quilt: measures about 16.5" x 16".

Earlier this year the Blue Moon Quilters (a small group of friends that sometimes get together) decided to do another mini quilt swap.  The theme this year was to make a moon mini quilt.  I spent a LOT of time thinking about what to make for Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl (my random draw this time).  Finally I decided on a large crescent moon with detailed paisley free motion quilting!

Paisley Moon mini quilt: crescent quilting detail--I used Aurifil Silver Moon #4060 variegated thread so there would be a slightly darker areas to suggest the darker marias on the moon.  It's subtle, but they aren't as noticeable during crescent moons anyway.

Both sides of the moon are appliqued on.  I made as accurate a moon template as possible (using an ellipse for the crescent inner curve) and used Kona Silver and Pepper (which is actually a very dark navy and not at all a grey or black).

Paisley Moon mini quilt: the dark side of the moon quilting detail.  I used 28wt Aurifil Dark Pewter #2630 which is the darkest grey I have that wouldn't completely disappear on the Kona Pepper.

I used two layers of Quilter's Dream Orient because I had large enough scraps and hate messing around with my wool (I have a mild wool allergy, plus its stinks like sheep, but I have like super human smelling sensitivity).

Paisley Moon mini quilt: the back!

The back is Kona Charcoal, and I used mostly matching Aurifil 50wt threads in the bobbin.  The organic straight line quilting is Aurifil Dark Navy #2784.  Going around some of the stars really helped break up the monotony of FMQ those lines, ha.

Paisley Moon mini quilt: back of the crescent moon quilting detail.  The bobbin thread is Aurifil Aluminum #2615.

Here's the quilt label I made in a hurry.  I literally thought "2007" before writing it and then my brain clicked and I was like UGH wrong decade.

Paisley Moon mini quilt: simple quilt label

One of our members, Sara @BlueQuailStudio moved to Michigan recently, so unfortunately wasn't able to make our swap meeting, but here are the other 3 quilts!  I was gifted the one on the right, made by Afton at Quilting Mod:

Blue Moon Quilters mini quilt swap!  Left quilt made by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl.