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Aurora Quilt

Pattern: “Aurora” by Jemima Flendt at Tied With a Ribbon
Fabric: Tula Pink for FreeSpirit Fabrics
Design & Piecing by: Jackie Fitzgerald
Quilting by: Bonnie O’Connor – The Quiltin’ Lady
Binding & Finishing by: Jackie Fitzgerald

My first online group sew-along was Tula Pink’s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks with the Gnome Angel, Angie Wilson… and I LOVED it.  So, when Jemima Flendt at Tied with a Ribbon started her SAL starring her fabulous Aurora quilt pattern, I couldn’t resist joining in on the fun and digging into my Tula Pink fabric stash once again!  The SAL was an 8-week quilt-along, start-to-finish, ending with a fully quilted and bound quilt in the final week.

Week 1 was all about selecting our fabrics and color-ways and cutting all the fabric squares needed to make the quilt.

Week 2 was dedicated to sewing, pressing and trimming all of the half square triangles (HSTs).

With the quilt divided into 4 main quadrants, weeks 3 through 6 were spent finalizing the layout and sewing each of the quadrants independently.

Aurifil Thread was the gift sponsor for Week 5 and they selected my quilt as the winner!  I won a beautiful 12-spool box of Alison Glass’ Seventy-Six Collection Threads

Week 7 the four quadrants were sewn together and the quilt top was complete!  Then it was off to quilter to have it quilted and ready for binding.  My Aurora quilt was beautifully quilted by Bonnie O’Connor – The Quiltin’ Lady here in New Braunfels, Texas.  Bonnie worked with me to select the most AMAZING quilt design for my quilt and then the perfect colored lilac thread to stitch it!!  Both choices were extremely complimentary of the quilt design and fabrics.  The quilting is phenomenal!

We finished up the SAL on Week 8, binding and labeling our quilts.  I used Tula Pink’s Free Fall 108″ Wide Back fabric in Orchid as the backing for this quilt.  From the scraps that trimmed away from the quilt after it was quilted, I used the leftover free fall pieces for the binding.

This quilt was so much fun to sew!  I definitely look forward to making this beauty again!