Aurifil Artisan Wholecloth Challenge

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!

I've linked up to the Q3 Finish Along Finishes post. Check out my whole Q3 list of projects.

6 thoughts on “Aurifil Artisan Wholecloth Challenge

    1. sarah

      Post author

      Thank you, Anja! I don't really own light pink things and was walking around the house looking when I ran across my daughter's ceramic tea set. :-)

  1. Kathleen McCormick

    Wonderful quilt and the variety of stitches is so much fun! I love the photo with the sweet ceramic tea set.

    1. sarah

      Post author

      Thank you, Kathleen. I borrowed the tea set from my daughter. She was tickled that I was using it for a blog photo.

  2. Laura

    Thank you for the careful explanation of what you did. All very interesting. I am comfortable with walking foot quilting, FMQ, not so much. I think I could improve my skills with a little project like yours. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. sarah

      Post author

      Thanks, Laura. I enjoy sharing about the process in addition to the finished object. Mini quilts are such a nice size project for practicing FMQ. Most notably, it's not an overwhelming size and has no drag as you move around the quilt top. When I was new to FMQ I found a little daily practice to be very helpful. Happy quilting!


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