Italian Color Builder Challenge

For our challenge this month, the Ambassadors were sent an Italy-themed Color Builder box by Aurifil. I was sent Florence Brown containing three shades of brown (#2312, # 6010 and #2360) in 50 weight. We were to use all three colors in our project of thread painting, appliqué, or a combination of the two.

Florence is known for it’s Renaissance art and architecture: the statue of Michelangelo’s David, the Duomo cathedral with its Terra-cotta tiled dome, and the Uffizi Gallery. I also found a beautiful carousel – but maybe not for brown thread. Florence is also know for Ponte Vecchio, a segmental arch bridge over the Arno River.

I chose Ponte Vecchio, because I was intrigued by the shops on the bridge. Apparently, the first shops built were used by butchers, tanners, and farmers, but has evolved into high end shops of jewelers, art dealers, and souvenir sellers. You can read more here. If I ever visit Florence I would definitely want to go here.

I used a picture I found on Pinterest as my inspiration and appliquéd my pieces with Steam-A- Seam2. Next, I layered my quilt top, Heirloom Fusible Hobbs Cotton batting, and a backing fabric. The quilting was done with a Schmetz Microtex needle.

I started my thread work adding bricks to the bridge and some definition to the Terra-cotta roofs. I used all three colors of brown and a black thread for my project.

Ponte Vecchio – Florence, Italy

Disclosure: The products in this post were generously provided by Island Batik, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil Thread, and Schmetz Needles.

Be sure to see what the other Island Batik Ambassadors are making with their Aurifil Color Builder threads this month.

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 – sameliasmum.com

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

8 thoughts on “Italian Color Builder Challenge

  1. That’s beautiful, Gail! All of these color builder challenges are making me want to visit Italy!


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