Butterfly Quilting

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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.

Blocks Quilted

OK, the blocks are done now onto to the borders.

I also have to decide if I’m going to do any quilting between the blocks. For now I’m not planning to – we’ll see what I think when the rest of the quilting is done.

Do I like it? Not sure yet.

Ready to start

OK – I’ve decided to freehand quilt this quilt – I hope I don’t regret it. I don’t know why I’m stressing over this maybe because I’ll actually be showing the outcome on the blog. So be nice to me – this is why I don’t quilt for other people except family members and they get what they pay for.

I’m going to use the variegated thread and I’ll start with the square in a square blocks. I played around with different variations and this is the one I’m going to try. Can you tell I can’t draw. I printed a bunch of blank blocks off EQ5 and drew different patterns until I came up with one I like.

I’m still not sure what I’ll do in the 4 patch blocks but I’m leaning toward some loops and butterflies in the final border.

I printed a butterfly motif off of the McCalls site and I can trace it on template plastic and just use the outline on the top so I can place the butterflies where I want them. I’ll just do loops in between the butterflies.


I’ve loaded the butterfly quilt and intended to start quilting it tonight but since I’m not sure about the quilting I’m going to sleep on it and start tomorrow afternoon.

I’m in such a pantograph mode – I haven’t quilted anything freehand this year. I’m debating between freehand quilting a Line Dancing pattern with leaves or this pantograph – Rhapsody. The lazy way would be to just do the pantograph.

Second I’m debating thread color. An olive green that matches the *dark* fabric in the quilt or a variegated with greens, golds, and oranges.

Click on the picture to get a larger view.

I’ll probably start quilting in the afternoon so if you have any thoughts for me – leave me a comment before then otherwise it will be too late because I AM going to make a decision and quilt this tomorrow!

Adam’s top finished

I was determined NOT to go to bed tonight before finishing this top. I did not want to wake up and have to face it in the morning. It’s turning out better than I expected it and I know Adam will love it.

Now I’ll put it aside until I get back from the Mid Atlantic Quilt Show next week. We visit Adam on his birthday (March 18th) so I’ll have plenty of time to quilt it before our visit.

Stashbuster’s retreat weekend

I’m participating in a stay at home retreat this weekend with the Stashbuster group and working on a birthday quilt for my son Adam.

This is another UFO – I’ve had 3/4 of the squares cut out for this quilt for months maybe even more than a year. My intention was to make a rag quilt but then I made the mistake of describing the quilt to him. He said NO ragged edges. So with most of the squares cut out I was limited to what I make.

Here’s my progress so far. The appliques are from the old jeans and I’m just trying to sprinkle them through the quilt.

I have two more rounds of squares – one blue and a final black.

Does anyone have ideas on how to quilt this?

UFO #5 finished

Here are the final pictures. I finished the binding up at my Bee group this morning. I didn’t have enough of the border fabric to bind the quilt so I made a scrappy binding out of the leftover red and purple strips.

Next up is a jean’s quilt for my son’s birthday. He told me he did NOT want a rag quilt after I had most of the squares cut so this one won’t be very interesting.