Thread Painting with Aurifil – Meet William’s Garden

I hope you have been enjoying all the great thread painting posts from my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors. There are so many great thread painting projects, I hope you check out their web sites and see all the beautiful projects being shared. It has been a great month to create and play with the wonderful threads we were given by our generous sponsor Aurifil Threads. I thought this month I would incorporate applique and thread painting together in a colorful wall hanging. Here is William’s Garden. It is 37″ x 37″.

William’s Garden

First before I go into how I made my thread painted wall hanging I have to share with you a fun little back story. Yes that is snow, lots and lots of it. I took a little trip out to Colorado and got snowed in by a snow storm that dumped 17″ of snow where I am at. Certain parts of Colorado received more, but any way you look at it, it is a lot of snow. I was planning on posting my blog on Sunday night but was not able to, due to no internet. The snow storm started Sunday afternoon. It really snowed a lot all night long. When I woke I was completely snowed in. Literally, I was buried in lots of snow.

I had internet on Monday but the signal was so weak I could not upload my blog. Finally this afternoon I have internet. Yeah!!!!! The whole snow storm has made this trip a fun adventure. It was so pretty this morning too.

Now to get back to thread painting using the wonderful Aurifil thread I was given to make this botanical quilt.

Fabric and Thread selections

My inspiration for this thread painting project was from the Island Batik fabric collection, William’s Garden. I am a big fan of William Morris. I love the way he created his designs around nature.

These are the fabrics I used along with the corresponding Aurifil 50wt. thread colors. These are the the batiks from the collection I used for my flowers.

The leaves and grassy areas of the project were created with these batiks from the collection.

And here are the Island Batik Foundation fabrics I used for the stone wall in my William’s Garden wall handing, along with the corresponding Aurifil threads. I thread painted the fabrics with these threads to give it depth and texture, and to give it the appearance of a stone wall in the background.

I also used Island Batiks Foundations to create my dirt that the flowers were growing out from. As you can see Aurifil has a wonderful selection of threads that pair very nicely with the Island Batik fabrics.

Setting up my sewing machine

The project was thread painted using a zig-zag stitch. I have a Bernina 790 sewing machine and these were my settings. I also used a open toe #24 foot and Schmetz Super Non Stick Needles in the 70/10 size. These needles sew beautifully through the multiple layers of batting, fabric, and fusible interfacing.

The flower and leaf appliques were fused using Steam-A-Seam 2 Lite. I like this product because it allowed me to reposition the applique pieces until I had them arranged in a way I thought looked natural and where portioned in the wall hanging appropriately.

Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 Double Stick Fusible Web - 12" x 40 Yard Bolt - -

As I mentioned previously, I have a Bernina 790. I used a #24 open toe foot and a zig-zag stitch. Below are pictures of my machine settings.

I created the stone background first, sewing the various Island Batik stone-like fabrics together using the zig-zag stitch.

Once I had all the background sewn together, I started working on creating my applique flowers using the Steam-A-Seam 2 Lite product.

Laying the project together with Hobbs batting

Once all the applique flowers were on, I started thread painting the quilt. I layer the top with an Island Batik fabric on the back and I used Hobbs Fusible in the middle. Using the fusible batting kept everything nice and positioned while I did my thread painting on the piece. Not only did the Hobbs Heirloom Fusible 80/20 Cotton Batting keep it nice and flat while I thread painted, it also gave it a nice loft and drape for a wall hanging.

This is a picture part way through with my thread painting.

This is a more detail picture, you can see how the fabric is texturized with the zig-zag stitch and the Aurifil threads.

For a wall handing thread painted project it took some time and lots of thread, but I love the way it turned out. It was fun to select the colors as I went.

After hours of thread painting here is the completed wall hanging. One reminder I would like to mention, make sure each time you change the bobbin to clean and oil the bobbin case area. I also changed my needle 3 times during the making of this project. There is a lot of thread work in this 37″ x 37″ piece. Doing general oiling and cleaning kept the stitches nice and even.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post. This was a fun project to make and I hope you give thread painting a try. Let your creativity and imagination flow and explore new ways to make a beautiful quilt, give thread painting a try with fabulous Aurifil threads!

Happy Quilting!


  1. This is really impressive and just, well, wow!

    1. Thank you Eileen.

  2. Hello Carol! Your project looks so beautiful in the snow. I like the way you used the zig zag stitch for the thread painting. I’ll have to try that sometime. Have a great day!

    1. Thank you Jennifer.

  3. This is stunning, Carol!!! Wow! I love the colors of the fabric, I love how you used the thread, I love it all. Amazing!

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