Welcome to the fifth of six (6) Slice & Stitch Challenges that we’ve teamed up with Aurifil to bring you! One OLFA Ambassador and one Aurifil Artisan will receive the same products and create a project or tips / tutorial for you! This month Cassandra Beaver and Amanda Brown of Fabric Heart were both given the Chenille/Textile Cutter (CHN-1)and Aurifil’s Cotton 40 weight.
For a quick video on the OLFA Chenille Cutter visit our youtube channel here.
Hello everyone! I’m Amanda from Fabric Heart (), and I love making intricate modern quilts with bright, bold colours. Today, I’m so excited to share with you my contribution for the Slice and Stitch challenge, a Flower and Stripes art quilt I made featuring two great products quilters have been using for years!
OLFA’s Chenille Cutter has made making a Chenille quilt a breeze! Its unique design makes cutting a channel take a fraction of the time with much more accuracy than using scissors. Aurifil’s 40 wt thread is a favourite with makers, offering durability and more defined stitching in 270 colours! Nothing gets me more excited than being able to find exactly the right colour for a project!
When accepting this challenge I was really excited to use OLFA’s Chenille Cutter. Chenille quilts bring back fond memories of visiting my Grandparent’s house for sleepovers with my cousin. I wanted to try to use the Chenille Cutter in a more modern way than my Grandma’s quilts.
When I think of Chenille quilts, I typically think of fuzzy strips close together. I wanted to give the eye a place to rest and to create the look of fairly defined stripes. To accomplish this I decided to use the LL 1/2” Channel Guide and spacing each channel 1” apart. I also wanted the stripes to create some movement which I accomplished by strategically layering my fabrics and exposing each layer to allow the lighter fabrics to show in the middle and the darker fabrics closer to the edge. I definitely want to play with this technique again, allowing unexpected pops of colour to come through.
As a quilter with the love intricate piecing, I tend to use very thin threads to help keep my seams nice and flat and not too bulky. Getting to play with Aurifil’s slightly thicker 40wt thread was a real treat. I had a lot of fun using this 40 wt thread to add details and accents to my flower petals and leaves. It reminded me a lot of adding the details to my sketches. This thread was a dream to work with. The subtle shine on the thread really made the details I added to the leaves and petals pop. Also, this project also took a good amount of hand sewing and Aurifil’s 40 wt make hand sewing a breeze.
For more pictures and tips and tricks on using OLFA’s Chenille cutter and Aurifil’s 40wt thread head on over to my blog (www.fabricheart.com).
Be sure to head over to the Auriful Blog to check out Cassandra’s project here.