Quilting butterflies

Funny but when I got my new Pajama Quilter DVD and workbook, this wasn’t the design I thought I’d be quilting first but Dawn made them look so fun in the DVD I just had to try them.

My spacing could be a little better but that’s pretty typical of my trying out a new pattern. This is a little HeartStrings top I pieced during our last project.

Do you know what makes Dawn a GOOD teacher? She encourages you to have fun and to not stress, she tells you that you can’t mess up. So when I quilt a butterfly like this where I didn’t do a very good job of retracing my center, I don’t give myself a hard time.

And when I do one like this ….

and this….I tell myself what a WONDERFUL quilter I am.

I also found that I could space the wings out a little and have less of a line to retrace.

Dawn is such an inspiring quilter and a nice person … she even laughed when I called her Fern Ziggle design BLOB quilting when I posted my drawing the other night. That’s the next one on my list to try out but first I might see if I can find another top here to do this one again to help embed it in my brain.

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20 Responses to “Quilting butterflies”

  • This turned out really cute. I think this quilting pattern fits nicely this bright and cheerful quilt. I love the fabrics on the closeup especially the ladybugs.

  • I love the butterflies! I guess I’m going to have Dawn’s new DVD to my wish list!

  • Ann:

    I love the butterflies and your positive attitude about your quilting. I am thinking about getting Dawn’s DVD, would you recommend to start with the first one or doesn’t it matter which one a person starts with? I am new to long arm quilting and this looks like so much fun. Thanks Mary.

  • Cyndi Holguin:

    Oh my God granddaughter and I just used that frog material for her green quilt. She loves it. I also love those butterflies. I want to get Dawn’s DVD. I think I will order them Thanks

  • Sue:

    Thanks for answering so quickly. I ordered one today and am truly looking forward to it. Many thanks!

  • I love the butterflies! So fun.

  • Teresa F.:

    This is such a cute quilt and you ARE a wonderful quilter Mary! And congratulations on winning second place in the Accuquilt Barn Quilt contest. Have fun spending your gift certificate.

  • Your butterflies look great!

  • Diane:

    oh that’s so darn cute, makes me want to make a baby quilt to try it on!

  • Very neat design! Good for you for trying a new design…you inspire all of us to keep trying!

  • Sara:

    The butterflies are very cute – excellent choice!

  • They look so cute. I can’t wait to try some of her new designs. I think your spacing looks perfect!

  • Pat:

    Thanks for the tip on spacing the wings. I pre-ordered the DVD and the workbook when you first posted about it. I couldn’t agree more with Kathy and Ann’s post. You do have a fantastic attitude and inspire so many of us out here just starting to get our toes wet. ~ Thanks

  • Aubrey:

    I love the butterflies! And thanks for the smile. I alwas love it when I see a fabric I recognise in one of your quilts. This time there are 2. Thanks for the insperation!

  • I love your butterflies, they look such fun on the quilt.

  • WOW, Mary! I can already see that I will be learning alot from you! I love your attitude about jumping in and doing a new skill or a new pattern, confident that eventually you will be great at it, and it is okay on the first try to just be ‘okay’ and be proud. Bravo!

  • Oh, such fun!! Yes, relax and enjoy the flow … every creature in real life is an individual, so why shouldn’t a quilted one be individual too :)

  • Bobbi:

    It is so nice of you to share your new accomplishments and it encourages me to try them too. What a great job, it makes me want to get my new DVD and workbook out and give it a try.

  • Hello Mary, wonderfull butterflys. And I am so happy about your tipp with the new DVD from the pajama quilters. Yesterday it arrived to me and i am so happy that i bought it. Great Inspiration!! I made butterflys also, as i saw the trailer from the DVD. If you had time, take a look.
    Greetings from germany
    Patricia/Allgäumädel

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