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 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.

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.

Design Wall Monday January 23 2017

Here is my progress on my Butterfly Blossoms quilt. I used two Good Fortune by Kate Spain for Moda Charm packs, and to make my life easier, I bought Bella Solid Charm packs in White rather than cutting out 80 5in squares. All of these pieces are appliqued, which in itself didn’t take too long. But I had to iron two of the edges under before I could applique and that took forever! I have to admit though, it looks much better than raw edge applique (to me, anyway). Next, I need to cut the sashing, cornerstones, border and binding and assemble the quilt top.

I have some quilts in the pipeline that need doing:

  1. Baby girl quilt: I have another cousin due with a baby in May, I’d like to make a quilt for her before baby arrives. I haven’t picked out the pattern yet but I hope to use all fabric from my stash to do it.
  2. Mike’s T-shirt Quilt: I talked about wanting to start this soon back in November. I didn’t receive any of the materials I’ll be needing as Christmas gifts but my birthday is around the corner, so maybe then!

I’m linking up with Patchwork Times this week.

Stash Report January 22, 2017

It’s been raining here lately, here’s my dog Jetty cuddling up in his bed staying nice and cozy!

New Year, new stash numbers! I’m so happy. I ended 2016 using more fabric than I bought, but only by about 2 yards, so I’m hoping to do better this year. I have a finish under my belt already for this year which I’ll be posting about Friday, it was a fairly large quilt and all from my stash, yes!

I also started a new quilt. I am following the Butterfly Blossoms tutorial by MSQC. I used some Good Fortune by Kate Spain for Moda Charm Packs that I had bought a few years back for the quilt. Luckily I was able to find some yardage online for the border fabric. I thought I would be able to use some other fabric I had bought last year, but it didn’t look right. Hopefully I will be able to use that fabric for the backing.

My goal this year is to really thin out my stash. The Butterfly Blossoms quilt is for a cousin’s baby due in April and I’m happy I was able to use mostly fabric from my stash to make the quilt. I have another cousin due in May and I’m hoping to exclusively use fabric from my stash. It’s so hard with all these new adorable fabric lines coming out all the time!!

Used this Week: 9.75 yards

Used year to Date: 9.75 yards

Added this Week: 1.5 yards

Added Year to Date: 9.75 yards

Net for 2016: 8.25 yards

I’m linking up with Patchwork Times.

Stash Report Nov 13, 2016

Today my son Henry is 13 months old! Here we are at JDRF’s One Walk last week to raise money to cure T1 Diabetes


Well, I have a quilt finish under my belt, thankfully, so I can show some movement on my numbers. I used a kit to make most of the quilt, and I never added that yardage to my numbers so I’ll just be counting the yardage I used for the border I added and the backing. I’m really happy because I used a few smaller pieces I’ve had forever to piece the back, so now those are out of my stash and just a few small bits made it to the scraps bin.

img_4967 I stopped by my local quilt shop and added some bright white fabric to my stash, I was all out, and picked up some In Dreams (Lavender) By Dear Stella Design to use as a border on another baby quilt. I’m hoping it will match with my Good Fortune Charm Packs from a couple of years ago.

Used this Week: 1.125 yards

Used year to Date: 9 yards

Added this Week: 5.5 yards

Added Year to Date: 11.307 yards

Net for 2016: 2.307 yards

Thanks for stopping by. I’m linking up with Judy over at Patchwork Times.