The Aurifil Color Builders program has launched, and the block for January is a Sumatran Elephant. I couldn't wait to tear into my beautiful little box of threads!
This month includes 3 greys: 2600 Dove, 2610 Light Blue Grey, and 5004 Grey Smoke. I chose similar shades from my stash of batiks. I particularly like that one in the middle, from Island Batik.
It looks very elephanty to me. I also chose violet as an accent colour, and blue for the background.
The foundation patterns for this program are designed by Cassandra Beaver
; the detail is fabulous. The colours have nice contrast and work well in the pattern. When I began, I thought that light grey section below was his trunk, but soon realized it was the other end of the elephant! (The foundations arrive reversed.)
I am as yet undecided as to whether I will quilt and bind this as a stand-alone mini-quilt (it's 16" square), or quilt each of the blocks and join them as a quilt-as-you-go at the end of the year. My other option of course, is simply to join all the blocks when they are complete and quilt them traditionally. We'll see.
In addition to the foundation-pieced pattern, there is also an embroidery design sent each month. I don't have an embroidery machine, so I will be doing mine free-hand free motion on my domestic sewing machine. It should prove interesting. These patterns are exclusive to Aurifil Colour Builders 2021. If you would like to join in, you may do so at any time. I've ordered extras, which you can find here.
We ship across Canada. More details on the program may be found on the Aurifil website.