Friday, October 26, 2012

Butterflies - Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2012

Butterflies - done

Let me introduce Butterflies, a quilt I made and showed off this past spring. She is my quilt entry in the Blogger's Quilt Fall 2012. This quilt was made from Kona White and scrappy bits of Terrain by Kate Spain. That picture is after she was crinkly from being washed and dried.

Butterflies - after washing, detail

I machine quilted Butterflies densely. First I filled the sashing with straightish lines. Then I free motion quilted the butterfly wings in a swoopy wing shaped motif. The washing and drying really added a lot of texture to the quilt.

Butterflies - after washing - detail

I sewed the curves without pins - you can read about my technique and view my video by clicking here.

Butterflies - detail

The butterfly motif is a traditional block made with drunkard's path 1/4 circle curves which are trimmed close to the edges of the curved units. I was first inspired to make this block when I saw this little quilt Megan at Canoe Ridge Creations made.  This block is in Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Quilt Patterns, page 403,  #3364, Fan Quadrille - by Mountain Mist. The blocks look modern and fun with bright fabrics, some negative space and dense quilting.

Butterflies - back

I put these fun trees on the back as it seemed to me they went together with the butterflies. The print is called Trees by Timeless Treasurers.

Butterflies - before washing

That picture is before washing. This quilt is about 44" x 56". If you were putting this quilt in a category for the Festival, I think that it would best fit into the throw quilt category.

Butterflies - done

The scrappy binding is made from the leftover Terrain fabrics.

Blogger's Quilt Festival statistics:
name: Butterflies
size: 44"x 56"
quilted and pieced: by me
technique: curved piecing
catagory: throw quilt or home machine quilted quilt

Amy's Creative Side

There will be hundreds of beautiful quilts linked up for the Blogger's Quilt Festival which is hosted by Amy, from Amy's Creative Side.  I hope you will show one of your quilts too - you have until October 31 to link up. I will be spending some time over the next couple of weeks going to see them - I recommend you do too.