Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Butterfly Quilt ~ Progress Report

180 Butterfly Blocks


Admittedly, it was a whole lot more fabric-play, cutting, sewing and pressing than I had anticipated.  A lengthy process but so worthwhile ... cut, cut, cut, sew, sew, sew, repeat, repeat x 180 


I don't mind the repetitive nature of this kind of patchwork piecing, working in batches, selecting and cutting fabric, and then chain piecing 30+ Butterfly blocks at time.  I can be quite a productive and content process worker, especially in wee small hours of the morning.


Fabrics used:
  • 160+ different printed background fabrics from stash and scrap bin
  • a handful of text and number fabrics (see Sunday Stash #148)
  • Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Pepper  (2 yards)

More pictures soon.

Rita

42 comments:

  1. This is positively lovely! I do hope you'll turn this quilt into a pattern as well!

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  2. wow- good work!

    I like chain piecing too.

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  3. You inspire me!! Fantastic!!

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  4. What an incredible project! I am so impressed and can't wait to see it all done!

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  5. I am so excited to see this finished - and I would love a pattern for it!

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  6. It's beautiful! I love the repetitiveness sometimes. It's relaxing and I get to meditate with my thoughts.

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  7. This is gorgeous! I can't wait to see it when it is all finished!

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  8. I love the vintage feel with the lovely bright fabrics. I have to claim the measuring tape butterfly as my fav!

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  9. This is wonderful. It's so bright and lively! I would love a pattern. This would be a wonderful baby quilt. Thanks so much for sharing your progress. I look forward to seeing the finished quilt.

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  10. Rita, your progress looks great and is so amazing!!!! Thanks for updating us!

    - Katie Fleming
    Kate Michelle Designs

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  11. It is just beautiful and so fun!!! What a cute and creative idea. Can't wait to see if fully finished!

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  12. Wow what stunning blocks! The black really makes those prints stand out! =D

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  13. Gorgeous! And the black really makes the butterflies pop!

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  14. Wonder if there's an equivalent block/pattern somewhere, printed in English. That would be too easy, right?

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  15. Rita,

    Wow, your blocks look great! Would you consider doing a tutorial? Look forward to seeing how you quilt it. Have a good day.

    Linda F

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  16. Butterfly Tutorial: mrsschmenkmanquilts.wordpress.com
    You can find the butterfly tutorial, in English, at the above listed blog. Thought this would help your blog fans that are searching for the pattern---and it is free!!!!
    Brenda
    Texas
    p.s. I came over to your blog after seeing you listed on mamacjt's blog side bar, glad I did.

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  17. Always love your work and seeing the process behind your lovely quilts. So aspire to get as much done as you do.

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  18. Wow Rita, those blocks look fantastic. The text prints and pepper tie all the beautiful fabrics together exceptionally well.
    As I wrestled my first ever quilt around last night doing very much less than perfect straight line quilting on my little machine, I tried to channel you and stay calm. It's now coming together. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  19. so in love with this one! nice work... :)

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  20. Can your quilt be retro and modern in the same breath? Yep!!!!This can only mean one thing. That you are wise old soul and a sweet young thing at the same time.

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  21. Oh my word- this is stunning. Love the text in the middles. What a clever idea. Keep up the good work

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  22. I love how it looks with the dark background. I made this quilt with Bliss charmsquares and it has a very different look. Must blog it!

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  23. lovely as ever, Rita. was trying to close my eyes and squint to see if they would look better with another colour, not black. but i think black adds pop. would red work as well? a deep, dark red?

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  24. How many hours a day do you cut and sew? I love to sew, but I don't get nearly as much done as you do.

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  25. Rita this is simply one of the most beautiful quilts I've ever seen! I love every single thing about it! Using the text fabric was a touch of genius and I adore the modern and retro feel it has :)

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  26. Beautiful blocks, especially love pic 2 looking like a caterpillar ready to transform into a beautiful butterfly :)

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  27. Every time I come to your blog I see this gorgeous quilt. LOVE it so much. It is a winner!

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  28. This is coming together really nicely - so much to look at, with the beautiful colors and the text prints. I can hardly wait to see how you'll quilt this one.

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  29. Love this quilt! I hope you'll release a pattern for this. I know about the tutorial at mrsschmenkmanquilts.wordpress.com
    but I like the lack of wonkiness in your blocks. I suspect you've come up with a different method of making these blocks. I hope you'll share it.

    Nancy in Denver

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  30. This looks amazing!! I could not understand how taken you were by the original, but your version has me very impressed. And that last pic with the butterflies set on point... that takes it up another notch! So stunning.

    janer

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  31. LOVE LOVE LOVE the butterfly quilt. great winter project so bright and happy. just the thing to chase away the winter blues
    jenni

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  32. Rita,
    You are amazing! And quick! I love the butterfly quilt. The buyer is one lucky person.

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