part 2: “more than 5 colors” Aurifil Artisan challenge—Citrus Slices quilt

detail of Citrus Slices, a fun modern foundation paper piecing quilt pattern. Designed by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio

October brought together two big projects—finishing up two secret projects for Quilt Market collaborations and the Aurifil Artisan October Challenge, using more than 5 colors of thread on one project. Why work on just one project when you can make two? Here is the second big project I finished up in October. Head on over here to see the other project.

a new pattern paired with a beautiful new fabric collection!

When my friends over at Ruby Star Society sent me a sneak peek of the new collections debuting at Fall Quilt Market, I was immediately drawn to Clementine by Melody Miller.
Clementine, by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society, fabric swatches.
I’ve been itching to design a new foundation paper pieced quilt pattern and I was super inspired by the citrus fruit and colors Melody features in her new collection. After sketching and testing blocks, my new Citrus Slices pattern was designed. It was time to start cutting, sewing and quilting.

I wanted the bold prints and citrus slice shapes to really stand out, so for quilting I selected thread colors that complemented the print. For the background, I followed the seams in my blocks using a basic white (Aurifil 2024) in 50wt cotton. For the citrus segments and rinds, I outlined the shapes using a complementary thread color in Aurifil 40wt cotton. Using the slightly thicker thread allows for the quilting to be a bit more visible against the bold prints. Below you’ll see my final Aurifil thread selections:
• 2024 (White)
• 4140 (Wedgewood)
• 2847 (Bright Grey Blue)
• 2135 (Yellow)
• 2314 (Beige)
• 2437 (Light Peony)
• 2515 (Light Orchid)
matching Aurifil cotton 40wt thread with Citrus Slices quilt
matching Aurifil cotton 40wt thread with Citrus Slices quilt
detail of quilting with Aurifil 40wt on Citrus Slices, a fun modern foundation paper piecing quilt pattern. Designed by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio
detail of quilting with Aurifil 40wt on Citrus Slices, a fun modern foundation paper piecing quilt pattern. Designed by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio
detail of Citrus Slices, a fun modern foundation paper piecing quilt pattern. Designed by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio
Citrus Slices, a fun modern foundation paper piecing quilt pattern. Designed by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio

Citrus Slices debut

Citrus Slices debuted in the Ruby Star Society booth at Fall International Quilt Market 2019.
Citrus Slices, an intermediate foundation paper piecing pattern, shown in Clementine by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society at International Quilt Market 2019.

Stay tuned!

Citrus Slices, a fun fresh quilt pattern, will be released in late 2019/early 2020 and will have instructions for 4 sizes! Want to be the first to know when it’s available? Subscribe to my newsletter, Three Things Thursday, to get studio updates, quilting tips and links to awesome things.

Go make something great,


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