For March, we were challenged to use a set of the new Italian Color Builder sets by Aurifl. The “Carrara Black/White” Aurifil Color Builder set was sent to me, and the box reminded me of quilt tiles. Carrara, Italy is know for its Marble tile. I thought creating a Marble tile looking wall quilt would be a tribute to Carrara.
There are so many beautiful designed created with their marble, that I was looking at the hardware store for some Carrara Marble to add in my quilting room.
My Wall quilt is made of 3 1/4″ squares of Island Batik Oster fabric, with 1/4″ gray ‘grout’ of Island Batik Cement fabric. This just reminded me so much of the different marble colors in Carrara, Italy.
The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik, Schmetz, Hobbs, & Aurifil.
This quilt is basically making a large quilt block, it is a 23″ x 23″ wall quilt. You could make this a full size quilt, repeating the steps to make it larger.
I sandwiched two layers of Hobbs Heirloom Polyester Batting batting with the top and Gray Island Batik fabric. I wanted a thicker wall quilt.
I quilted with Gray thread from the Aurifil Carrara Color Builder set, by stitching the Cement Island Batik fabric to give the grout more definition. I went down both sides, and along the outside edge of the Cement fabric.
I free motion quilted part of the Oyster Island Batik fabric for more of a marbling effect with the White thread from Aurifil Carrara Color Builder.
I added a flange to my binding, by using a 1 1/2″ strip of Black and a 1 3/4″ strip of Oster. Then press towards the Black and folded in half. This gave a little bit of a flange on the binding.
I attached the binding to the back of the quilt, and then folder over to the front. I used the white thread to stitch in the ditch between the Oster flange and the Black binding.
When adding the binding, I added folded squares at all four corners for hanging on the wall. This is not needed if you are going to use this like a regular quilt, or to decorate a table top.
Come back in a couple weeks, after we finish the Weekly Row-By-Row Directions, for instructions on creating this wall hanging. (mid-April)
Check out the Aurifil Italy Thread Builder projects from my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors for more inspiration!
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