Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Modern Butterflies

The Maya fat quarter bundle I saw online was calling my name this spring.  I kept looking at it and looking at it, and finally after a few weeks of drooling over it, I just went for it and bought it!  I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the fabric, but I came up with this little lap quilt after using my Kona aqua and a few Alexander Henry crossweave fabrics I had in my stash.

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Now, I started this quilt at the end of May.  This n That Fabrics is having an Awesome Autumn Challenge and I decided to use these fabrics as my inspiration. 

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I cut all my fabrics and made the quilt top (and added a few more from my stash), but getting from a top to a basted quilt sandwich is always a big hurdle for me.

Once I got this quilt basted, it only took two nights to quilt it.  I have to say the quilting I envisioned (and practiced drawing for a half hour before attempting to sew it) didn’t turn out quite as I had hoped.  I did free motion waves vertically and horizontally. 

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Now for my favorite part!  I had all these little triangles left over from trimming my butterflies.  I couldn’t just throw them away and my scrap basket is overflowing, so I made some flying geese to liven up the back.  I still have plenty more triangles to make more flying geese…maybe a modern baby quilt?   The other backing fabric is Summersville, as is the binding.  It coordinates so well with Maya and  of course is orange, which seems to be my favorite color lately.

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I’m not one hundred percent sure these shapes look like butterflies or more like arrows.  But no matter what, it was fun to make up the blocks.   You can see the other quilts in the challenge on their Flickr Group. 

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I used spray basting again and machine attached the binding as usual.

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The quilt measures 50” x 57”—the perfect size for a lap quilt.

7 comments:

  1. This is so lovely - I love the aqua for the background, the perfect choice!

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  2. looks wonderful, Jamie. I love how you practiced drawing your quilting, you're good, that's the right way to go about it! The back looks really lovely, too.

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  3. To me it seems like that you dare more in your latest quilts with colors and patterns (not sure if I said it right? Do you know what I mean?) and I enjoy the results! This quilt could be in a magazine! I also like the back -it´s fresh and could make a cool front, too.

    Butterflies, arrows, spools...anyone can see whatever he/she wants. :-)

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  4. so pretty! I love your fabric choices. :)

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  5. Another great finish! I love the orange in it. Such a great color.

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  6. Looks wonderful! Did you use your new table? If so, how did you like it? I hope to get back to sewing next week! Great job :)
    shawn@studio57artz.blogspot.com

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