Butterfly Blossoms Quilt Finish

Butterfly Blossoms is finished!

And here’s the back. I had one block left somehow, so I used it and some fabric for the back.

This was made using a tutorial from The Missouri Star Quilt Company. The front uses fabric from the Good Fortune by Kate Spain for Moda fabric line from a couple years back. Aren’t the fabrics gorgeous?

The back uses left overs as well as some Lavender In Dreams yardage from Dreamscape by Rae Ritchie for Dear Stella fabrics. Here is a close up of it.

The quilt finishes at 51″x65.” I did an all over free motion stipple for the quilting with white and purple threads. I was using a hand me down purple thread which gave me all kinds of trouble with thread tension, so the quilting isn’t as perfect as I would like. I also didn’t do a real excellent job with basting so there’s a couple areas that puff up a little, but no puckering or folds. Here’s some pictures of my favorite blocks:

I love binding close-ups, even though in this case the binding is the same as the border fabric:

This quilt is a gift for my cousin who is expecting a baby girl. Here’s hoping mama and baby love it!

Thanks for reading! I’m linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday and Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday.

Design Wall Monday February 27 2017

I’m late, but better late than never! Butterfly Blossoms is officially off my plate, it’s all quilted and bound, I’ll be posting about that one on Friday. I’m back to working on Rainbow Pinwheels. You can see in the top center, I pieced the block with 1″ sashing. It ended up being too small, so I pieced the first block on the second row with a 1.5″ sashing. That one turned out perfectly, so I’ll go back and fix the first block. Once I add sashing to all the baby pinwheel blocks, I’ll go back and add sashing to the big blocks. I think I’ll add some cornerstones, too. Then I plan on doing at least a couple of borders to finish the top off, but I haven’t decided on the fabrics yet. One border at least will probably be white.

Thanks for stopping by! I’m linking up with Patchwork Times.

Design Wall Monday Feb 20 2017

Not much new on this front. My design wall hasn’t changed since last time. I spent last week changing my domain name which took longer than expected, but everything is up and running again (for which I’m grateful!) I did finally get Butterfly Blossoms basted and got started on quilting:

#quilting away…

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The quilting is not turning out as well as I wanted but I think it will do. I’m using different threads for the top and bottom of the quilt and they’re not really playing nicely together. I’m hoping to get it done this week because my to-do list just got longer:

  1. Finish quilting & bind Butterfly Blossoms.
  2. Finish piecing, then quilt & bind Rainbow Pinwheels.
  3. Begin A Star is Born for baby boy due in July.
  4. Mike’s T-Shirt Quilt.

Yes, I decided on a pattern for the friend of mine that I just found out is expecting. It looks like a simple & quick pattern and perfect for a little boy.

Check out what everyone else is working on this week over at Patchwork Times and Quilting is more fun than housework.

Design Wall Monday February 6 2017

I am working on basting the Butterfly Blossoms quilt too, but here’s what is on my design wall.

I was ready to baste and realized the batting I had was too small, so I decided to get started on an idea I had for my next quilt. Back when I was making the Hungry Little Caterpillar, Leaves and Berries and Sunburst quilts, I was cutting a lot of bonus triangles and on a whim, decided to save them. If you don’t know, bonus triangles are fabric that are left over from trimming blocks. I thought that some day I might be able to make a quilt from them.

So a few days ago I got inspired to play around with them and see what I could make. Immediately I thought that making pinwheels would be a fun way to use these up. Originally I planned on making the pinwheels more scrappy, but it looked a little messy and confused so I decided to make each pinwheel the same fabric, or as close as I could get. The big pinwheels were all made from bonus triangles from the Hungry Caterpillar quilt. The smaller ones are mostly from the Sunburst quilt, but there’s a couple from the Leaves and Berries quilt and I also dug into my scraps stash to cut a few more.

I came up with this design for the top and I think it looks pretty cute. I’m calling it Rainbow Pinwheels. I’m going to make four smaller pinwheels into a block the same size as the bigger pinwheels. I’ll probably add in some sashing and cornerstones as well. I’m also going to add at least one border, maybe two, but I don’t know what those are going to look like yet.

All of the fabric I’ve used so far I’ve counted as “out” for my stash reports, so I won’t be showing a whole lot of movement on my numbers, but that’s OK. I’m happy to put a dent in my overflowing scraps bin.

Along with the cousin that Butterfly Blossoms is for, I have another cousin expecting a baby and then I just got news that a good friend is expecting a baby, so I’ve got to get cranking on these baby quilts! Good thing these go fast. I’m also thankful I have enough of a stash that I probably won’t need to buy any fabric to finish off this quilt, or the next one.

Check out what everyone else is working on this week over at Patchwork Times and Quilting is more fun than housework.

Stash Report February 5 2017

Nothing in or out this week. I’ve finished piecing Butterfly Blossoms but I’ll count that once I finish quilting it. I’m still working on basting it at the moment. Here’s a funny picture from when I was piecing the top… I accidentally sewed a border on backwards, lol!

Used this Week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: 9.75 yards

Added this Week: 0 yards

Added Year to Date: 1.5 yards

Net for 2016: 8.25 yards

I’m linking up with Patchwork Times.

Butterfly Blossoms Ready to Quilt

This past week I finished off the top and the backing for Butterfly Blossoms:

As I suspected, once I added the final borders, my need for more purple was fulfilled. I absolutely LOVE how this quilt top turned out. The Good Fortune by Kate Spain for Moda fabrics really were a great choice for this pattern. I also finished the backing:

It’s a lot larger than it needed to be, but I made the backing too small on my last quilt and it really irritated me, so I wanted to be sure to not make the same mistake this time!

Now I’m all ready to quilt it, but I’m having a hard time deciding how I want to do it. Last time I quilted an applique quilt, I did highly designed quilting around the applique and a different design for the border. I’m leaning towards doing an all over stipple on top of the applique on the white center, and then another design on the purple border, maybe diamonds? Or maybe just a stipple in purple thread.

Thanks for reading! I’m linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday and Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday.

Design Wall Monday Jan 30 2017

Design Wall Monday is here again! It may not look like it, but I got a lot done on the Butterfly Blossoms Quilt this week. Especially considering I usually only have an hour or two a day to work on it after I put Henry to bed for the night.

The center of the top is complete! Although now that I’m seeing this picture, I can see I forgot to trim the tail on one of the sashes, lol. I sewed up all of the blocks, cut the sashing and cornerstones and sewed them on. I love the cornerstones. The example quilt was much more purpley than mine is turning out to be, which I was a little disappointed with, but the cornerstones help bring out more of the purples. Once I add the border I think it will look purple enough to me. The directions I’m following are from a video and it wasn’t too clear how wide the borders should be cut, so once I figure that out I will be able to cut those and finish the quilt top.

The top is supposed to finish 56″x66″, a little bigger than I’d like to quilt on my little machine but I’ll get it done somehow!!

I’m linking up with Judy over at Patchwork Times.

Stash Report January 29 2017

No fabric in or out this week, I am still plugging away at my butterfly blossoms quilt but I’ll talk about that tomorrow during my Design Wall Monday update.

Used this Week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: 9.75 yards

Added this Week: 0 yards

Added Year to Date: 1.5 yards

Net for 2016: 8.25 yards

The rain finally stopped this week, so I decided to hang all of my son’s cloth diapers outside.

They were in serious need of some good ol’ natural sun bleaching. In the summer I used to hang them outside to dry after every wash, but they take so long to dry outside in the winter that I got out of the habit, and it shows. I’ve got a few used cloth diapers coming my way, more is always better! (they were used only for a month and I’ll be stripping them thoroughly before putting them on my baby)

And yes, that is my son’s wading pool from the summer still outside, waiting to be put away… judge not lest ye be judged!!

I’m linking up with Patchwork Times.

Meet in the Middle

Meet in the Middle is finished!

Finished 52″x60″ and made completely out of scraps from my stash. The pattern is a free one from Jo’s Country Junction called Meet in the Middle. My version ended up being a lot more scrappy than I thought, and I made a few mistakes, but overall I’m happy with how it turned out.

The recipient of the quilt likes the color red, so I used a lot of red for the backing. I used an all over stipple (my go-to these days) for the quilting.

Fun fact: the background fabric I used, the window pane print with the stars and hearts, was fabric my mom purchased to make curtains for my nursery back in the 80s! Obviously she never got around to that project, but I think it looks cute here. I love how stripey bindings look, so I used some stripey fabric from my stash for this binding.

Thanks for stopping by! I’m linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday and Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday.