Tiger Quilt with Aurifil Thread
[ Island Batik Ambassadors 2021 ]

Tiger Quilt – Endagered Species Challenge

Here is my Tiger Quilt!Tiger Quilt

The October challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors was to create a small quilt using Aurifil’s special Endangered Species thread collection.

Endangered Species with Aurifil

I was given the Sumatran Tiger set, which included three shades of orange thread.

The Tiger Quilt Comes to Life

Planning the Tiger Quilt took me down several paths. I thought about a wholecloth thread play, maybe with a silhouette of the tiger surrounded by free motion designs. A Google search for “tiger mandala” inspired more stitching ideas.

Ultimately, I simplified my ideas and turned to a favorite animal pattern designer – Elizabeth Hartman. I pieced the Antonia Tiger using Island Batik fabrics in white, grey and black solids, along with some off-white Rice and a fun green print.

island batik tiger

Time for Quilting

When the piecing was done, it was time to add the free motion quilting details. First, I started with the lightest shade in the 2021 Aurifil Color Builder – Sumatran Tiger Collection (#2214). This added texture around the face and in the ears.

Tiger Quilt with Aurifil Thread

Then I used the medium shade (#1133) over the grey fabrics in the center of the tiger’s face.

The darkest shade (#1104) added some leaves in the border. I think I was subconciously influenced by Frida Kahlo!

See more of my floral quilting here.

The stitching really shows up on the plain grey backside.

Tiger Quilt stitching

Beautiful Animals

Tigers are such gorgeous creatures. I love visiting the Phoenix Zoo with my family. They have a beautiful African Savannah with my favorite animals – giraffes.

Giraffes at Phoenix Zoo
Photo from Expedia.com

It would be amazing to take a safari or a trip to Indonesia to see big cats like the Sumatran Tiger in their natural habitat. Unfortunately, less than 400 tigers are left on the island of Sumatra. Learn more about them from World Wildlife Fund.

Get Inspired

Please visit the other 2021 Island Batik Ambassadors to see their quilts for the Aurifil Endangered Species Challenge.

What animals have inspired your quilts?

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