Welcome to the May edition of the Slice & Stitch Challenge. We’ve partnered with Aurifil to bring you six challenges during 2020. For each challenge, one OLFA Ambassador and one Aurifil Artisan will receive the same products to create a unique project or tips/tutorial to share. Additionally, Michael Miller Fabrics is supplying solids from their Cotton Couture line.
This month Sarah Gozzo and Sherry Shish each received:
- OLFA Rotary Circle Cutter (CMP-3)
- Aurifil Color Builder Collection: COMO (OLFA Creator) or SARDINIA (Aurifil Artisan)
- Michael Miller Fabrics Coordinating Cotton Couture Solids: Space / Cobalt / Royal to coordinate with COMO and Confection / Bubblegum / Raspberry to match SARDINIA
Keep reading to see what Sarah did with her challenge:
Sarah Gozzo here from Princess In A Pouch Designs. One of the first OLFA tools I ever owned was the rotary circle cutter. I bought it to make a cathedral style baby quilt for my sister in law. The tool made it so easy to cut circles out of fabric and batting that I decided to make a second quilt!
Ever since then I’ve used OLFA’s rotary circle cutter for many different projects including cup koozies, pencil holders, and pincushions. It’s very satisfying to cut a perfect circle.
I’ve had this bubble fish quilt idea in my head for a while now. When I had the opportunity to design something using the OLFA Rotary Circle Cutter, paired with Aurifil’s Como Blue Color Builder Box and Michael Miller Fabrics Blues Bundle, I knew it was time!
This quilt block consists of 100% of various sized circles – making it a super cute and quick project when using the OLFA rotary circle cutter. Adjusting OLFA’s rotary circle cutter to the desired size is simple, just use the ruler marked directly on the tool. This photo shows a 2” circle setting.
The fun in this quilt block is that you can customize it.
- Choose a super scrappy version, a basic version, or a primary-color version.
- Give your fish silly eyes or a silly smile.
- You can even add more bubbles!
- Make 1 block, 4 blocks, or more!
Let’s make our quilt
This pattern includes a basic placement diagram. Once you have your background pieces cut, crease in half both ways to show the midlines for placement guidance
Have you ever used Soft Fuse or another type of paper-backed fusible web? If not, I promise it’s way easier than you think! Raw edge appliqué is one of the easiest techniques! I promise you’ll be hooked! Let’s get started:
Lay your fabric face down on your pressing mat.
Place the glue side down on top.
Quickly pass your dry hot iron over the paper to fuse it to your fabric.
With the paper on, take the fused fabric over to your OLFA cutting mat. Set the OLFA circle cutter to the desired size and cut your circle.
Once all your perfect circles are fused and cut, place them on the background piece where you like them. Use the included diagram for reference.
Then peel the papers off and pass the hot dry iron over each circle to fuse them to the background. EASY!
Now choose your favorite color Aurifil thread and machine stitch around each shape. I like to use either a zig zag stitch or a blanket stitch to secure each fused piece.
Quilt and bind as you wish.
For this project, I created 4 Bubble Fish blocks to make a baby-sized quilt or play mat. I added borders for more color and to make the fish pop! This quilt is backed with a super soft minky dot and is simply quilted with a wavy pattern to represent seagrass.
My nephew loves it and I hope you do too!
Be sure to head over to the Aurifil blog to see Sherry’s creation for this month’s challenge.