The products featured in this post were given to me by Aurifil, and their industry partner Paintbrush Studio Fabrics.

As an Aurifil Artisan, I have monthly challenges to participate in this year. The August challenge was to create a wholecloth quilt. (My first!) Paintbrush Studio Painter’s Palette solid fabric (from their 2019 colors of the year) and matching Aurifil thread was provided to each participating Artisan. I received Coral fabric (it's a very pink coral) with 12wt Bright Pink Aurifil (#2425).

My initial plan was to add a couple other pastels to have some color variety in my quilting. (I changed my mind.)

Inspired by my June mini quilt, I opted for creating sections on my quilt with organic curve walking foot quilting in the Aurifil 12wt Bright Pink (#2425), with 40wt in the bobbin. I decided to add an echo line of stitching for each curve. Then I picked a variety of free motion fillers for the six sections in Aurifil 40wt Light Peony (#2437). I wanted a variety of curved and angular motifs.

 

Section one features one of my go to FMQ motifs: spirals! I use this one often. Fandangle Scrappy Squares and Modern Batik Scrappy Squares come to mind as two quilts I've quilted with spirals.

Section two has another favorite, a jagged stipple.

In section three, I used a nesting C motif that I last used on the mini that inspired this quilt.

In section four, I did two rows of boxy overlapping loops. (I want to call these boxy spirals, but they really aren't spirals. What would you call them?)

Section five has free motion echo lines radiating in from the initial walking foot quilting.

Section six had a triangle meander, which I previously shared in a blog tutorial.

 

I backed my quilt with some white on white from my stash and bound by machine (visit my tutorial to see my technique) using Aurifil 50wt Baby Pink (#2423).

I love the texture of the quilting!

My wholecloth mini finished at 17" x 22". I used a remnant of Quilter's Dream 100% Cotton Deluxe batting from this quilt.

You can find the chart of matching Painter's Palette solid fabric and Aurifil thread colors not the Paintbrush Studio website.

Thank you to Aurifil and Paintbrush Studios for the fun challenge!

The round robin with four other SCVQA quilters continues. This month I have Susan's chicken quilt. We're not sharing any sneak peeks so I can't reveal what I've added to her project (this round was "quilters choice"), but this is the chicken panel she started with.

Susan would like a rectangular lap quilt, and asked that nothing be wonky. She provided all the fabric for the round robin, a huge selection of chicken prints (including feathers and chicken wire) as well as a variety of teal blenders. So many options!

Susan is doing her own version of a chicken quilt at home, following the same guidelines as our group round robin, but sewing each round herself. You can view the current state of her at-home version on her blog, QuiltFabrication. (P.S. I love theses watermelon wedges she made recently!)

See the project I worked on in round 2 and my starting block.

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At the start of the month I visited Valley Quilt Guild in Marysville/Yuba City, California. At the evening guild meeting I enjoyed taking them on My Quilting Journey featuring dozens of quilts I've made from 2002 through present. I love the nostalgic trip through my quilting past as I share what I've learned over the years and how my style and technique has developed. At the meeting I was treated not only to member show and tell, but also a parade of 116 charity quilts being donated by the guild. Such a treat to see the variety of color palettes, quilt designs, and quilting motifs!

The following day, eight quilters joined me for my Planned Improv: All About Angles workshop. We got started at 9am with the A/C running to combat the 95 degree forecast. Not long into class, the A/C stopped blowing cold air (despite the control panel indicating it was still cooling) and by 11am the room had warmed up to 90 degrees. Eek! Two hours down, four to go. Thankfully, Eileen offered for us to all relocate to her house to finish the workshop. So we packed up our projects and the eight quilters got cozy around Eileen's dining room table.

Venue #1.

Venue #2.

Quilters got creative finding space to layout their units to work on their overall layout, using the couch, chair, and floor as "design walls." I'm so thankful to Eileen for a cooler venue to finish our workshop and to the entire group for being fun and flexible on the hot, hot day.

Design Couch.

Design Chair.

Design Floor.

I love teaching technique-based workshops. It's so fun for me to see everyone's project unfold as a mixture of the basic technique I'm teaching and their own design choices along the way.

Colleen added a border to her project once she got home. She used Decolourant to create the ginkgo leaf designs on her border.

Judy finished her project early so she missed the group picture at the end of the day.

Thank you to Valley Quilt Guild for a lovely couple of quilty days!