I made Fluttering By for my Gran. Gran taught me how to do English paper piecing when I was in my teens - unwittingly setting me on the path to quilt addiction. I've now been quilting over half my life!
After Gran moved
to a smaller home several years ago, we decided she needed a new quilt for her
smaller, single (twin) bed. That it would feature butterflies was a foregone
conclusion. Any letter from Gran is instantly recognisable even by my children,
by the flock of butterfly stickers she adds!
I had Vicki Welsh custom-dye the wide fabric for me in a
gradient of Gran's favourite greens and turquoises. All the butterflies are cut
from my considerable stash of Vicki's hand-dyed gradient fabrics,
I found a selection of butterfly
silhouettes online and printed them out in several sizes, then traced lots and
lots of them onto Lite Steam-a-seam2 - from memory the quilt has 137 appliqued
It took a while to
position them to my satisfaction, then I fused them in place before sandwiching
the quilt. They're free-motion appliqued in place, and I went around each one
twice, using matching Aurifil threads. By doing this after sandwiching, the
applique stitches are also quilting. While appliqueing the butterflies, I added
the antennae. There's also one wholecloth butterfly, for something a bit
Once all the butterflies
were done, I quilted some feather plumes in the large open spaces, then filled
the rest of the space with a free-hand swirly design which worked well in all
the odd spaces.
I finished by binding
with the main fabric. I'd carefully cut what I needed for the top leaving enough
spare all around for the binding. I flipped it so the turquoise section is at
the bottom, against the green, and vice versa.
Size: Approx 66x82in
Techniques: Machine applique, free-motion
This is my entry in the Applique quilt category of the May 2013 Blogger's Quilt Festival.