Crazy Quilts Challenge with Aurifil

We were challenged to make a Crazy Quilt using the Colour Builder thread set that Aurifil provided us with! The project could be any size and anything! We were to use decorative stitches to highlight the thread.

I was given “Golden Shrimp Plant.” This plant is from Peru and is “also known as the Golden Candle Plant ...
It attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and is resistant to deer … it is a popular houseplant.”
This information and the pictures below are from Aurifil:

I decided to use a 10″ stack of Island Batik‘s Opulent Orange. Aren’t they absolutely gorgeous? I paired it with “Marble Frog.” I originally was thinking grey or black, but I really liked Marble Frog much better!

First, I cut (20) 10″ squares of Hobbs Batting, 80/20 batting.

20 squares of Opulent Orange were divided into groups of 4.

I pressed all of the squares on my Prairie Spirit Alpacas mat. Then I chose a group of 4 squares and placed them on the cutting mat.

Then I randomly cut the stack of 4 squares. Then I arranged the fabrics so that each one was in a different location. The top left segment had the top fabric placed to the bottom of the pile. The top right segment had the top 2 fabrics placed to the bottom of the pile. The bottom right segment had the top 3 fabrics placed to the bottom of the pile. Each set of blocks (there are 4) was pinned to a 10″ square of batting

Then the Quilt-as-you-go started.

  • the first 2 pieces were sewn with right sides together
  • the seam was pressed
  • A decorative stitch was sewn from end to end

The next pieces were sewn into place. First the gold fabric, then the orange fabric

The block was then squared to 9 1/2” square. A 1/2” line was drawn around the cut block. The picture shows both the 3/4” line and the 1/2” line. You only need to mark the 1/2” line. Cut the sashing strip at 2″ wide. The sashing was lined up against this line and sewn on with a 1/4” seam. The last picture shows the sashing pressed into place.

I used my Stitch in the Ditch foot to guide the stitches and Schmetz Needles for the stitching.


I had a blast picking different decorative stitches to use! I used over 100 different stitches. I remember when I bought my Janome M7, they were emphasizing how many decorative stitches it had. I laughed! When would I ever use them?? Well, now the laugh is on me. I used almost every one!

I was telling my husband how much fun it was to use all the different stitches. He said I was behaving like a Kid in a Candy Shop! So that’s name of the quilt!

The picture below shows the variations of the different threads.

A photo shoot on the rocks in my neighbours front yard.

And, my usual clothes line picture!

Where can I buy Opulent Orange Stack?

The following places have it for sale:

Thank you!

Disclosure: The fabrics, batting, thread and needles were generously supplied by the following companies: Thank you, Island Batik,  Aurifil Thread,  Hobbs Batting,  Schmetz Needles, & Prairie Spirit Alpacas!!

Island Batik Ambassadors

Make sure you visit all of the Island Batik Ambassadors to see the wonderful projects they are creating!

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Renee Atkinson ~ Pink Tulip Quilting
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Susan Deshensky ~ Lady Blue Quilts
Brittany Fisher ~ Bobbin with Brittany

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
Victoria Johnson ~ Forever Quilting for You
Randi Jones ~ Randi’s Roost

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ Quiltery – For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine

Anorina Morris ~
Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Sarah Pitcher ~ Pitcher’s Boutique
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Lana Russel ~ Lana Quilts

Elita Sharpe ~ Busy Needle
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail. You’re HERE!
Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    

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26 thoughts on “Crazy Quilts Challenge with Aurifil

  1. Hi Gail, what a great quilt! You got to quilt-as-you-go and try all of your wonderful machine stitches. I felt the same way when I last used them. It was surprisingly fun. Thanks for linking up to Free Motion Mavericks.

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  2. What fun to play with all your stitches! Love how vibrant and fun your quilt is. Thanks for sharing on my weekly show and tell, Wednesday Wait Loss.

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    • Thanks, Anorina! It was totally fun using the different stitches!!! I thought that the precut and the thread were a perfect match – so it just made sense to use them together! 🙂


    • Thanks, Brenda! There are close to 400 different stitches on the M7 … but I didn’t use the buttonhole ones nor a lot of the satin stitches … I must admit, Island Batik does a fantastic job in preparing the various collections! Love them!

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    • Glad to hear it, Sharon!
      After the blocks were done, I spray basted the backing on and the stitches in the sashing anchored the backing. Since the batting was already quilted, I didn’t need to worry about it!

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  3. Hi Gail! Oh, this is such a FUN quilt. Those fabrics!! And the pairing with Marble Frog was brilliant. I love everything about this quilt. Great job, Gail!! {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

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  4. It is like a kid in a candy shop using all the fun stitches. I used to sometimes use mine in narrow borders, and that is a good reminder. You had a perfect construction method too, so you could just get to work on the quilting. “Kid in a Candy Shop” is certainly an eye catching quilt and the green was a terrific choice.

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