Tuesday, October 18, 2016

scrappy eclectic butterfly quilt

Finally!  This quilt has sat in the laundry for two weeks, finished, waiting on me to wash it so I could take pictures.  Plus, all the time it sat on the sewing machine or the ironing board waiting on me to figure out what I wanted to do next and would what I wanted to do work.

Scrappy eclectic butterfly quilt – Which is what I'm calling it.  There was a rummage through the scraps plus some of those pre-printed blocks.  Sister Suzy called it eclectic.  I think she was trying to be diplomatic.  It doesn't have a lot of wow factor for me, too random.
I spent a lot of time just figuring out how I wanted the pre-printed blocks placed. This is what I decided would be the best bet.  Then I spied the block I had put together from the scraps from the floating hexagon quilt.   I removed the hexagons and it fit perfectly.  While I was digging in a drawer of fabric I came across a piece of gingham that someone had embroidered seven butterflies on. (Where Mom got the fabric, I don't know.)
I squared them up and used the three smaller ones in the body of the quilt and the four larger ones as cornerstones in the border.  I quilted each section/block separately and used Marguerita's Quilt As You Go Method to set it together.  I bound the quilt in the same fabric I used to set the quilted blocks together with, hoping it would help tie everything together, add some continuity to the quilt and tone down the randomness of it all.  The borders are a total of 6-inches wide, the pre-printed blocks are 17-an-a-half-inches square and the scrappy blocks are 13 1/2" x 17 1/2".
The finished size is 48" x 72".  The backing was what ever scrap backing Mother had leftover.
The little heart was to take care of a spot where I didn't catch the backing into the seam allowance. And I didn't want to go to the heartburn of picking everything out to fix it.  So I fused a heart on it!
Well the label is on.
So it is time for me to get the next one finished and to wish that all of you have a good day.


  1. Beautiful. I actually like it the best of the quilts.

    1. Thanks! One would think I would like it better since I'm Random/ Concrete/Sequential. Maybe my randomness isn't as strong as it use to be? I'm becoming an old fart!?

  2. I love it! It's cheerful and keeps the eye interested, with just enough symmetry to keep it from looking chaotic. Well done.

    1. Thanks! I pulled the quilt out again to see if I could find that same 'love it' that you and Paula (Shadowmoss) found in it. It's still just an 'okay' quilt to me. I wouldn't take a seam-ripper to it, but looking at it doesn't give me that satisfying you-did-good feeling either. Weird!


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