Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Plumeria ~ Flower of Sicily ~ Italian Color Builder Challenge

This is Plumeria ~ Flower of Sicily.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this project were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.
It's my Island Batik Ambassador challenge quilt for March.  For this challenge, Aurifil thread supplied each of the Ambassadors with a Color Builders thread collection.  Each collection represents a different region of Italy.  
I chose Sicily Yellow, partly because my family has roots in Sicily, and partly because I love these sunny bright yellows.  The three threads in this collection are 2105, 2115, and 1135.  They are all 50wt cotton.

I had a tough time choosing a subject for this project.  There was so much to choose from!  Ideas I considered included an aerial map of the island, a cliffside town, something that represents my family, one of the historic temples, mountains, and the sea.  When I discovered that Plumeria is the official flower of Sicily with it's beautiful yellow center, I knew immediately that this was to be the subject of my quilt.

I designed my quilt in EQ8.  I used fusible applique and Island Batik solid white for the bloom of the flower.  The center of the flower was thread painted with all three shades of the Sicily Yellow Color Builder thread collection.  I used the lightest color for the detail lines on the petals.

The leaves were cut from two green Island Batik Foundations fabrics, Jungle, and Bluegrass.  I used a Schmetz Super Non Stick Needle for both the thread painting on the flower and the vein details on the leaves.  This type of needle is excellent for fusible applique projects. I used two different Aurifil threads for the leaf details, 2845, a medium green for the lighter leaves, and 5011, a golden tan for the dark leaves.

I used another Island Batik foundation fabric for the background.  This beautiful blue reminds me of a summer blue sky.  I bound this quilt with Island Batik solid yellow to evoke the feeling of a sunny summer day.  I free motion quilted swirls on the blue background with a light gray Aurifil thread.  Hobbs Fusible Batting was used in this project.  I like it for small quilts that I will be thread painting/quilting on my Janome Memory Craft sewing machine.  It holds the layers together so nicely and no pins are needed.

Plumeria ~ Flower of Sicily
Finished Size:  24" x 24"
Fabric:  Foundations and Solids by Island Batik
Batting:  Hobbs Fusible
Thread:  Aurifil Sicily Yellow Color Builders, 2845, 5011
Needles:  Schmetz Super Non Stick
Designed in EQ8

To see the other beautiful Italian Color Builder Challenge quilts created by my fellow Ambassadors, visit these blogs:

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Megan Best ~ Bestquilter
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamelaquilts
Elizabeth DeCroos ~ Epida Studio
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Jane Hauprich ~ Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting
Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine
Anorina Morris –

Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts ~ Sew Cute And Quirky
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Andi Stanfield ~ True Blue Quilts
Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt


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Jennifer Thomas

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1 comment:

  1. Fabulous quilt! I love all that thread painting and what a wonderful representation of Sicily. Congrats on a great finish.