Friday, July 26, 2019

Island Batik Ambassador Challenge - Artsy Fartsy

Note:  All products in this post were given to me by Island Batik as part of their Ambassador program.

My July Island Batik Ambassador project is a 15-inch mini, showcasing Aurifil thread.  This is the Canned Pineapples pattern from Andrea @ 3rd Story Workshop.

The theme for this month is:  Artsy Fartsy.
Use any fabric art/non-traditional quilting/sewing/thread painting technique using three Aurifil thread weights.
I don't feel I achieved the "artsy" part of this challenge, but I used four different thread weights, so that's a win in my books.

Paper piecing is not my favourite techinique, but these 2.5-inch pineapple blocks were not so difficult to piece.

I used Aurifil floss #1310 Medium Blue Grey to outline the jar.

I then used Aurifil 12 weight #1104 Neon Orange to make the firelies.

A double strand of Aurifil 28 weight #2395 Pumpkin Spice to stitch the circles around the firelies.

I quilted with Aurifil 50 weight -- #2725 Light Wedgewood for the swirls and #2630 Dark Pewter for the stars.

I was limited with the colours and different weights of Aurifil, but I think it works.  I need more practice with my swirls.  I had hoped the light colour would blend in more with the light blue in the fabric.

I had my Singer domestic serviced, and it seems to be doing free motion quilting much better.  I thought this project would be a good opportunity to practice.

I used Hobbs Thermore batting.  Thermore was designed for clothing and mini quilts.  I love Hobbs batting (the only batting in my house).

I enjoyed working with the various weights of Aurifil thread.  I used the following Island Batik fabrics:  Spout Bubbles, Sunshine Sunshine, and Storm Marble and some 5-inch strips from Stash Builders.

I'm linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Lisa in Port Hope
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict 
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Brag About Your Beauties @ From Bolt to Beauty 
Friday Foto Fun @ Powered by Quilting


  1. Great pineapples, and you showed very well the difference between the various thread weights.

  2. I think this counts as artsy. I think you did a great job of showcasing the threads and I love those fireflies. This project is still on my to do list.

  3. Mini pineapples, fireflies and Aurifil - perfect!

  4. That is really sweet - great idea for the challenge. I especially like the hand embroidery stitches.

  5. Love what you did here. Looks artsy to me!

  6. Just adorable and captures a childhood memory

  7. Beauty -and art-is in the eye of the beholder. I think it's artsy. it's the combination of all the motifs and hand quilting that really brings life to this piece. Thank you for linking to TGIFF.

  8. I really like how you made your fireflies and rendered their glow. Super cute mini.

  9. to me, artsy fartsy, is do what you feel. And you did. I love it.

  10. It looks lovely! Love the fireflies, the orange and the yellow!


  11. It may be a small finish but it packs a punch. You should be so proud. The orange fireflies are so you - signature move by Anja!!!

  12. This is so cute! I love it! The floss as the outline to the jar is brilliant, and I love the pineapple fireflies. Great idea and great finish!


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