Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Island Batik Ambassador's Aurifil Italian Color Builder Challenge

I was so excited to receive the teal 2020 Aurifil Italian Color Builder of Capri, Italy.  These threads are 50 weight cotton and so beautiful.  I immediately hopped on Google and started looking at pictures of Capri.  What really hit me were the gorgeous teal waters and I knew I wanted to incorporate that into my project somehow.

I started by pulling teal Island Batik fabrics from my stash.  I also selected a peach fabric for the background sky with the idea of creating a sunset.

I then started playing with wave formations.  I must have drawn 5-10 different drawings which I was unhappy with.  Finally I decided to simply cut out wave shapes and start layering them.

Final placement of the waves.  Time to fuse!

Since this is an Aurifil challenge I knew I wanted to do a lot of dense quilting.  I picked a different filler pattern for each of the wave fabrics.  I then did some fill quilting in yellow to give the sun a dense yellow color.  Finally I did bands of elongated bars in three different orange and corals to simulate the sunset.  I purposely left a small band between them for added contrast. I used one layer of Hobbs 80/20 Cotton/Poly batting inside my quilt.  I used my favorite Schmetz Microtex Size 80 needles and it went through the layers of fusible quite easily.

I decided to topstitch down the binding in all three teal threads.  However, after breaking a needle on the second outline I decided that two was enough.

I'm really happy with the way the quilt turned out!

I hope you get to quilt today!



  1. Love it! It's very playful and pretty.

  2. Your post about the Island Batik Ambassador's Aurifil Italian Color Builder Challenge was truly inspiring. Your creativity and attention to detail in your quilt design really shines through in the final result. I also appreciate the tips and tricks you shared along the way, like using different shades of teal for topstitching. Keep up the amazing work, and I hope to see more of your beautiful quilts soon! Builders In Sale