Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Butterfly Mini Quilt

Another secret mini quilt to show you finally!  This one was was made for my friend, Nicole at Snips Snippets.  She's also in the Birthday swap, and shares a fondness for greys and teal/aquas.  I fully intended to make her something from my collection of those colors, but then I bought a dresden ruler on a whim (I mean, I'd been eyeing it for a while, and finally it found it's way into my cart), and saw this butterfly block in her inspiration board and it was all over.  


I used entirely scraps on the front--just pulling out fabrics I thought looked pretty together for the butterfly, and the background is a patchwork of Kona Coal scraps (do notice how there is some variation in the background though--Kona dye lots can vary by quite a bit!).  The sunflower is made with Sunnyside scraps from another dresden I made that ended up too big, and too wonky.


When I made the flower (using 1.25" wedges), my 4 year old son told me several times "Not to forget the pollen", so with his inspiration I added the circular stitching to the center of the flower--technically it is the Seed of Life pattern, and it required quite a bit of practice in drawing, then marking and quilting.  And it's still wonky--but that's nature for ya.


I quilted in the ditch around the butterfly using Aurifil 50wt in #2530 (pink), #2545 (purple) and in a 28wt #1148 (light teal).  The flower is quilted using Aurifil 50wt in #1135 (yellow) and #2887 (olive green).  The background is quilted using 50wt #2605.  I free motion quilted the antenna using 12wt #4093 (teal) and 28wt #1148 (light teal).

The back is Bella Aqua.

 I love quilting in little bugs, and it was perfect for this quilt theme--there are six of them for her to find.


Grasshopper.


Snail.


Dragonfly.

Bee.

Butterfly.

Fly.

I bound it using Kona Charcoal.  It measures about 20" x 21".



 Also included in her birthday gift is this little bag I made from the quilting test quilt from this profanity quilt.

About 11"x 5".

 The quilting is Aurifil 12wt # 4093 (teal) and 28wt #1148 (light teal).  I seriously love these threads and use them whenever possible.

The other side.

There is a double layer of batting, and backing, and lining--so it is a well shaped little pouch! 

Color coordinated lining!

I've been saving the practice quilt just for her, and decided it would make a better bag.  I was kind of sad to see these gifts go, but I know they're in a well-loved home!


26 comments:

  1. I really like the subtle variation between the light grey thread and the medium gray background. I'm planning a grey background almost like this (first time, used to white) and I was hesitating about having a lighter thread or a matching thread. I think I'll go the same as you, it really shows the quilting but not too much for being distracted of the main motif. I'm not a Dresden plate fan but I really like your butterfly.

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  2. How cute! I've been thinking about the dresden ruler for a while too, but it hasn't found its way into my cart yet. I love the little bugs quilted into it.

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  3. omg, the snail. I love the snail. Everything is is super fantatstic too, but the snail. BOMB DIGGITY! :)

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  4. Oh wow - LOVE this! The butterfly caught my eye and I just love how it's a play on the Dresden. Beautiful - and the quilting.... wow!

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  5. Your quilting is lovely and what a clever use of a dresden ruler!

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  6. You have been on a roll with the minis lately! The bugs are so cute - fantastic idea. And now I have to try the quilting in the middle of the sunflower.

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  7. And it's all MINE!!!!!!! Muahahahaha!!
    Renee you are awesome, i love it all so much! I still can't get over your amazeballs quilting! And to finally get to see some of it in person, i die. You my friend are so incredibly talented! Thank you so much again for everything!

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  8. Oh my goodness! Your quilting just goes from triumph to triumph!!! XX!

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  9. There is so much to love here. First of all, your quilting is always so amazing! I love those bugs! The sunflower is so sweet and the butterfly is just plain beautiful. I love that your son had a hand in it too :) This is all kinds of awesomeness.

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  10. I am so amazed every time I see your quilting! These are beautiful. What fabulous gifts. And I LOVE your bugs. lol

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  11. You sure take swaps to a whole new level! I love all the little details.

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  12. You are soooo talented!!! Love that butterfly!

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  13. Oh wow Renee! It is just beautiful - your quilting is amazing (as always), so much to look at!

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  14. I have no words - so amazing! Seeing your stunning creations, and knowing you do it all on a domestic machine, really makes me feel like I can too, with a LOT of practice. :D But this one really takes the cake, possibly because there is a sunflower, and all the hidden bugs are a really cute thoughtful detail.

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  15. This is beautiful, Renee! Your quilting is lovely, and the hidden bugs are super perfect! I like the effect of the variation in color in the background, too, super subtle and it gives it more depth. :)

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  16. Fantastic quilting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so inspired by it!!! THANK YOU for sharing!

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  17. These pieces are fab! Great inspiration too. I really love your quilting!

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  18. Love the butterfly mini. Just wow! The quilting is incredible and I love that you worked all the little bugs into the details. The pouch is sweet, too! She's going to love them both!

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  19. OMG, this is crazy cute! Love your quilting everytime. The bug....killing me:) So fun!

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  20. Renee, just found your blog. What a BLAZING SUCCESS for a first-time reader to see. Your butterfly rocks, the sunflower (my fave) is so cute, I love the middle quilting. Pollen matters - my allergies are in full bloom and I bet your son's are as well. Can you grow sunflowers there in Albuquerque? I have grown them in south Florida and northern California very successfully. We had a wall of ten-footers with 2-foot wide flowers one year that was impenetrable and forty feet long. Two packets of seeds for the best sunflower wall ever. Residents in our little coop still talk about it.

    I digress. Your small quilt is gorgeous and I hope well appreciated. I would just stare at that quilting for a few weeks, then hang it right close to where I spend most of my time. The bugs are a touch that just scream with fun and creativity !~! I wish we lived closer, I'd like to have coffee with you. If you ever get to the Bay...

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  21. Amazing! Nice to see some Salt Water here, too. :-) Love the quilting. Eva

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  22. Outstanding quilting!!! What machine do you use? Does it have a stitch regulator or are you just uber talented ...man I wish I had your skills. Love it!!!

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