Butterfly birthday quilt

Butterfly birthday quilt

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This is my second quilt from Animal Quilts.  I knew I wanted to make the butterfly as soon as I saw it, and thought my sister would like it for her birthday.  She agreed, and chose the dark purple (Grunge Fig) as the inspiration colour.

I used scraps of Alison Glass, Grunge Spot, Moda Lustre (the cream), and Harvest Moon by Dear Stella for the black (the pattern is tiny hearts).  The background is a map print which my husband found in a remnant bin when he was working away (yes, he is amazing).

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Quilting was a challenge.  I was so happy with the piecing and didn’t really want to quilt  it at all.  I stitched in the ditch around the wing patterns, and the flowers, then echo quilted around the butterfly.  I would love to be able to free motion quilt this kind of background but don’t have the skills.  One day!

For the flower border, I used the Flower Power cushion pattern from Love Patchwork & Quilting issue 49.

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Juliet’s instructions are brilliant and it went together very well.  There were a lot of pieces though and the downside for me was making one section and knowing I would have to make another the same (mirrored) for the other wing.  I’m delighted with the finished quilt, and my sister loved it, so well worth all the work.

For Hetty fans, I thought you’d like to see what she was up to while I was taking the photos.  Always ready to help!

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