Not Just for Quilting

UPDATE: Voting is now open thru 4/15! I would really appreciate it if you would go to the Aurifil website and vote for my mini. It’s the very last entry #21. You can only vote for ONE mini! To vote simply click on the little heart in the upper right corner of the image. Thank you very much! Your vote is greatly appreciated.

When I first came across the Aurifil “Sew Mini Colors” challenge, I knew immediately what I wanted to do. The image of the mini literally just popped into my head. Then came the, ummmm, how should I actually make this happen? LOL

The spools are done Trapunto style so they appear to be 3D.

The centerpiece I hand embroidered, sewn the brown edge on, and then appliqued it to the top.

The threads are free motion embroidered to resemble a large spool of Aurifil. Yes, I intentionally made a hanging thread from each of the spools. Why? because that is just how my spools look – unless of course they are brand new in the package still. lol

I call it “Not Just for Quilting”. Why? Because while I use Auriful and KonaΒ both all the time for things other than quilting. πŸ™‚ This hand embroidered center piece is just an example. I attempted to make it look like an embroidery in the hoop. That is why it’s brown on the side.

Regarding the colors I used. For the Aurifil that’s easy – I used white (all my piecing), #2630 for the quilting to match the background, and I have the mini collection “Simply Color” by V and Co which has colors: 1231, 2423, 2730, 2715, 2530, 5006, 1240, 5003, 2214, and 2625 in it. As far as the fabric colors. Well… I really can’t tell you. The fabric shop is over an hours drive from my house. With a over-active toddler. In a fabric store… Yeeeaaaaaa. I simply held up the spools of thread to the bolts of KonaΒ to find the ones that most closely matched while attempting to keep my toddler from running around the entire store or filling up the cart with things she wants. Plus, since I couldn’t find all I needed at the first store, I actually had to take her to TWO fabric stores in one day!?!

Actually, after a conversation on IG, I went searching for my receipt (I made a special trip to get the fabrics) and can name several of the Kona cotton colors I used thanks to them being labeled on the receipt. πŸ™‚ At the one store I purchased: Snow (the centerpiece and quilt back), Coal Gray (background), Chartreuse, Baby Pink, Pool, Sunny, Eggplant, Pewter, Red, Riviera, and Chocolate Brown (edging around the centerpiece to make it look like an embroidery hoop). The others I cannot name because they came from a quilt store (Magical Stitches in Macon, GA) and their receipts are not itemized like that.

The paper piecing pattern Sew Mini Colors from Whole Circle Studio was not a problem. The technicalities of how to do the rest of it was the challenge for me. You see, I like to do things a bit different. I do not think I’ve ever once followed a pattern exactly without putting my own spin on it. That’s just the way I am.

There were times of the past couple of days that I did not think this mini was going to come to be in time to enter the contest. If you follow me on IG then you know of my issues… But I’ll tell you all about those another time.

So anyhow. I’ll do another post when I have more time explaining how I actually made this mini quilt. But for now I’ve got to call this post done since the linkup is only open till midnight…

I’m linking up with:
Let’s Bee Social over at Sew Fresh Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday over at My Quilt Infatuation
Free Motion Mavericks over at Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing
Finish it up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday over at Busy Hands Quilts
Show Off Saturday over at Sew Can She
Slow Stitching Sunday over at Kathy’s Quilts
Monday FUNday over at That’s What Che Said
Monday making over at Love Laugh Quilt


22 thoughts on “Not Just for Quilting

  1. I am so glad you got this done and posted, I was getting worried! love how this vision happened, fabulous job.

    Now, you have had a long day. Take a load off. πŸ˜‰

    -@vagabondindigo on IG

    1. LOL! You’re not the only one who was getting worried! πŸ˜‰ Thank you so much. Tomorrow I have a full day of playing with my little girl since I promised her that if she was a good girl and let me get all my “work” (sewing) done that I wouldn’t do -any- work tomorrow and just play with her. The bribe worked. Looks like I’ll be spending tomorrow sitting on the floor playing with barbies, having tea parties, playing with play-doh, and painting. πŸ™‚

    2. Hi!
      I just voted for you, because it’s really the best quilt with’a little bit much’ than just a quilt. Well done and good luck!
      Greetings from Germany

      1. Hello Rike πŸ™‚ Thank you so very much for your vote. It is really appreciated! I’m glad you like it and happy I was able to take the thoughts in my mind and make them into fabric.
        Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. πŸ™‚ The spools are 3D and the centerpiece is as well. I attempted to make it look like an embroidery hoop with the embroidery in it. Fingers crossed. I want to win! πŸ˜‰

    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you! I always try to give things a bit of my style when I’m using someone elses pattern.

  2. What an amazing piece! Love the different color spools as well has how you made the 3D effect. Great job, TFS!

    1. Thank you so much Heide! πŸ™‚ I’m just glad I was able to turn what I thought of in my head into fabric.

  3. Ive just voted too. Loved all the little touches – sewing in the hoop, and the dangling threads – just great. Good luck !

    1. Thank you so much Rosiemac! πŸ™‚ I really do appreciate it. While I’d like to win the prizes, what I’m really hoping for is to get my little quilt hung up in the Aurifil booth at Spring Market!!! That would be so exciting.

    1. Thank you Denise! One of the three prizes would be nice, but I’m really hoping that mine will get to be in the Aurifil booth at Spring Market! Fingers crossed. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Kathy! πŸ™‚ I couldn’t figure it out either at first until after I voted for someone else (and then couldn’t vote for mine LOL) and after having several others ask me how to vote I figured I’d put it right on the website.

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