As this crazy year we call 2020 draws to a close, we round out the last of Slice & Stitch Challenges.
For these challenges, we’ve partnered with our friends at Aurifil to bring six months of inspiration and project ideas to you. For each challenge, one OLFA Creator and one Aurifil Artisan will receive the same products to create a unique project or tip/tutorial to share. Additionally, Michael Miller Fabrics is supplying solids from their Cotton Couture line.
This month OLFA Creator Amanda Brown and Aurifil Artisan Sarah Goer each received:
- Product: OLFA 28mm Quick-Change Rotary Cutter and OLFA Cutting Mat
- Thread: Aurifil Color Builder Collection FLORENCE (Aurifil Artisan) or CARRARA (OLFA Creator)
- Fabric: Cotton Couture Solids in Khaki, Ginger, and Brown to coordinate with FLORENCE and Soft White, Clay, and Black to match CARRARA
Keep reading to see Amanda’s winter inspiration from the cliffs of Carrara’s Marble Quarries.
Hi! I’m Amanda Brown an OLFA Creator and I took part in this month’s Slice & Stitch Challenge! This month’s theme is Holiday.
I was excited to get this theme because I LOVE the Holiday’s. I’m Canadian and our Thanksgiving is in October and with Halloween and Remembrance Day behind us, I’m preparing to gear up for the most magical time of the year!!\
One of my all-time favourite Holiday songs is “Let It Snow.” It always gets me in the holiday spirit – and what better way to keep that song in my heart than to make a fun snowflake wall hanging. I love that this month’s colours are grey scale because it means this piece can be displayed from the first snow fall until spring without screaming CHRISTMAS!
The snowflake pattern is foundation paper pieced I designed, which is my very favourite quilting technique. I love my 28mm Quick-Change Rotary Cutter and 6″ x 8″ Double-Sided Rotary Mat for paper piecing.
Paper piecing requires a lot of trimming. The little mat and 28mm cutter fit nicely beside me on my sewing table and I can finger press and trim my seams without ever getting up. The 28mm blade is perfect for small intricate cuts! I also designate my 28mm Rotary Cuter for all my paper cutting.
The Michael Miller Cotton Couture Solids featured this month were Soft White, Clay and Black. The Soft White and Clay were perfect for the snowflake and backdrop! These fabrics are great a great thickness for foundation paper piecing. Not too thick but also not too thin or slippery.
I was really excited to use the Aurifil Carrara 50wt threads for this project. I love using 50wt for Foundation Paper Piecing – it’s just the right thickness and nice and strong. I also used the Aurifil 50 wt thread for my embroidery work. The standard for embroidery tends to be a poly thread but I much prefer using cotton thread for my embroidery. It has the perfect amount of shine. I then used the same thread to free motion quilt swirls all over the quilt like a falling snowflake.
I can’t wait to find the perfect spot for my new wall hanging among my other Holiday decorations! I hope some of you make your very own snowflake!! Be sure to check out the other Slice & Stitch challenge posts this year. There are so many inspiring projects!!