Friday, July 4, 2014

Butterfly Mini Quilt II

Wallhanging measures about 20"x 16"

 I enjoyed making my last dresden butterfly quilt so much, I made this mini quilt for my friend Amanda's birthday--she's the one that invited me to join the Birthday Bash swap!

I had a full dresden made of the little Sunnyside petals, but it didn't connect correctly, and lived on my design wall for a couple of months. 

Photo from IG (@quiltsnfeathers)

 I had planned to take it apart and fix it.  But then I decided to turn it into a couple of butterflies (which I actually think more moth-like).  So I took it apart and added a longer center piece to each butterfly to act as the body and machine appliqued them onto a fat quarter of RJR Cotton Supreme in Night.

I quilted it using Aurifil 2600 (which I got from Massdrop!) and the antenna with #1135.  I had planned to quilt little insects in, like on the first butterfly quilt, but when it came time to quilt it, that style just didn't feel right for this quilt.  The two butterflies on this one, in a different style and color have such a different personality!  So I quilted it with an all over McTavish-ing style design.

The back is a mottled purple fat quarter someone gave me.  I added a hanging sleeve, and blocked it...and then shoved it into an envelope, haha.

Back of quilt.

Each butterfly is quilted slightly different:

The whole time I was making it I kept thinking they looked like bats--so I am planning a bat one now, with black ones.  Maybe for Halloween.

Label from TagsToGo on etsy.

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  1. I was so distracted by your quilting (it looks great!!) that I didn't even realize the wings were Sunnyside. Quilter shame (that's one of my favorite fabric lines). A bat quilt would be superb! Bet your kids would love that!

  2. I love re-using abandoned pieces for something new. This mini is beautiful; it doesn't hurt that I love that color blue and yellow. :)

  3. I love that you quilted in the path the butterflies took.

  4. What a beautiful finish! Love your idea of making each butterfly unique!

  5. Gorgeous quilting! Love the dresdens as wings! A bat would be really cool too!

  6. I LOVE my mini quilt. The quilting is even more beautiful in person. It is hanging on my sewing room wall now. Thanks so much for such a thoughtful and well executed gift! *hugs*

  7. I love the quilting. Yes, I think the shape would make great bats in future. When I first saw the little thumbnail photo in my blog reader, it looked like two flowers, opened wide and kind of facing each other (squint your eyes and you might see what I mean).

  8. Great use of something that didn't turn out quite right the first time around! You're right, a bat version would be so much fun!

  9. Lovely - you quilting is an artwork in itself:)

  10. It's gorgeous, lovely OMG, Amanda is one lucky birthday girl! Pretty, pretty, pretty!

  11. Love this one! Super awesome butterflies and your quilting is amazing as always!
    Amanda is on lucky gal!

    1. Amanda is one lucky gal, not on lucky gal!!

  12. What a clever way to rescue what could have been a mistake!