Butterfly Quilting


Click on the pictures to see the quilting detail
It’s done. I quilted a mixture of leaves and butterflies and I guess it looks OK. Once it’s bound I’ll post a picture of the whole quilt but here are a couple shots of the quilting. You can still see some of my marking on the butterfly picture. I used template plastic to trace the outline of the butterfly and scattered them in the border.

Technically I should do some ditch stitching but I hate to stitch in the ditch on the longarm. It’s a donation quilt not a show quilt so I’m going to allow myself to not ditch stitch.

Of course, in case you get the wrong idea – I don’t make show quilts. The quilts I make for myself are scrap quilts and I quilt pantographs on them.

If it wasn’t for quilting my Mom’s quilts I probably wouldn’t be able to quilt anything but overall meandering or pantographs. She always seems to make quilts that need something other than pantographs.

Thanks for all the input.

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13 Responses to “Butterfly Quilting”

  • Laurie:

    It looks AWESOME! Great job!
    Laurie

  • martha in ny:

    Love it!

  • JudyL:

    Mary, looks great! I don’t think you “technically” need SID!! :)

    Judy L.

  • Passionate Quilter:

    Mary–it’s beautiful! You have done a great job and I don’t think it needs anymore quilting from what I can see. I’m sure your Mom will love it too.

  • Mary:

    I probably didn’t make myself clear. This quilt is a donation quilt but I have my Mom to thank for making me learn to quilt something other than pantographs and allover freehand quilting. Her quilts always need more elaborate quilting than mine do.

  • cher:

    this turned out so wonderful-wish it was being donated to me! Really Mary-it is a great quilting job….you are not giving yourself enough credit! Good for you to step outside your usual style and go for the freehand quilting…I think it makes this quilt!

  • Laurie Ann:

    I love love love that pattern and your color selections and now the quilting has just finished it perfectly. I would have a hard time giving that one away.

  • Jeanne:

    Your color choices, thread and quilting are wonderful!

  • Finn:

    Great color choices Mary, and I love the butterflies. In the ditch isn’t much fun no matter how you do it…I sympathize with you. Great job tho..

  • Happy Valley Quilter:

    It’s really looking wonderful. We’ll all be eager to see it once it’s finished!
    Kairle

  • dot:

    This really turned out nice. I like the pattern you designed. It is often scarry to work outside of our comfort zone, but look at the great accomplishment when we do. Keep up the good work.

  • Evelyn aka Starfishy:

    I truly think that this quilt is the Ugly Duckling that grew into the Beautiful Swan! I remember when you posted photos of the lonely blocks – what a transformation! After all that hand wringing – the quilting is just beautiful! Great job.

    Cheers!

    Evelyn

  • The Calico Cat:

    Thanks for the close-ups – I love the main print from a distance, but appreciate it more up close… Green and ornage is now a color combo om my radar (instead of green and purple or green and pink)

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