Monday, July 23, 2012

A Butterfly Quilt

Get ready for an overload of pictures!
Butterfly Quilt
Measures 48.5 inches x 60.5 inches (or 1.23m x 1.54m)
180 Butterfly Blocks pieced together and quilted, but not without frustration.  The seam intersections are bulky but no more so than expected when sewing together patchwork blocks.  My fancy sewing machine was not impressed and once again the Juki - straight stitch only - machine came to the rescue.


I also agonized over the quilting.  With so many different contrasting fabrics, quite a lot of it black and some of it light/white, I couldn't decided on what color thread that I would be happy to see on the quilt.  I am not much of a fan of dark quilting lines on a light fabric, and vice versa.


And so, I decided to ditch-stitch the quilt.  All of the seam lines surrounding each Butterfly Block have been ditch stitched.  It was slow going but not difficult. (All of the images in this blog post are of the finished quilt).  Quilting detail wasn't necessary for this already interesting and busy quilt. I am really happy with the result.  The quilt is not heavily quilted and the look of the quilt has been preserved. 


For the back of the quilt I have used a Flea Market Fancy print - Dotted Leaf in Gray.  A favorite!


A traditional RPQ binding:

I've got a lot of pictures, please bear with me ...


This quilt is for sale!  Paypal only (major credit cards accepted) - use drop-down menu below to choose correct shipping destination.  Please don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions:  EMAIL  redpepperquilts@gmail.com
 SOLD


Thank you for stopping by!
Rita

57 comments:

  1. Stunning! It looks impressively fiddly. Can't wait for the tutorial!

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  2. It's a stunner Rita, love the butterflies, esp with the black background. xo

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  3. This quilt is absolutely stunning! I like the quilting you decided on. It lets the wonderful fabrics shine.
    It sure sold quickly. :)

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  4. This quilt is absolutely stunning! I like the quilting you decided on. It lets the wonderful fabrics shine.
    It sure sold quickly. :)

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  5. Such a great quilt...and so many yummy fabrics!

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  6. amazing...beautiful...is there a pattern?

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  7. It is AWESOME. Whoever snatched it up so quick is very lucky. I love to stitch in the ditch, and I think it was the perfect choice for this quilt!

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  8. It's a spectacular job ... I love your quilts

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  9. I was wondering how you'd go with the bulky seams, I hate that part - trying to wrestle the quilt (gently) under the needle. Love the choice of stitch-in-the-ditch, perfect for this quilt. I really can't believe you let it leave your house, although I'm sure it will receive much love and wonder in its new home!

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  10. I could stare at this quilt ALL DAY LONG!

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  11. Looks wonderful!!! Glad you stitched in the ditch, anything else would have detracted from the beautiful butterflies.

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  12. Turned out beautifully! You and I feel the same about white on dark and dark on light quilting--in the ditch was a perfect solution!

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  13. Fabulous!!! Absolutely love it!! Gunilla

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  14. It is absolutely stunning! My favourite quilt of all time is not too large a statement.

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  15. I never for a moment thought this quilt would hang around unsold! Really great quilt.

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  16. Stunning quilt - and I think your chosen fabrics really make it sing

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  17. What a stunning quilt,the design has so much life that it notice something different every time I look at the photo

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  18. I cannot believe it was for sale! I really would struggle to part with that. The stitch in the seam was perfect for it. It is an utter beauty!

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  19. That's a really beautiful quilt.

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  20. This is so beautiful. I am not surprised it sold so quickly! I would also have a lot of trouble letting that one go!

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  21. I echo the other comments in saying that I marvel at your ability to put so much love and attention to detail into a beautiful and interesting quilt such as this, and then part with it so quickly! It shows a generosity of spirit that I admire. Lucky the one who will give it a good home!

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  22. Gorgeous quilt , I love the black background & myriad of colours .

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  23. Absolutely sensational in all its finished glory. Bravo Bravo! How could you let go of this baby? The tute will be very popular.

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  24. Stunning! Can't wait for the tutorial!

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  25. What a beautiful quilt. Love everything about it.

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  26. Wow! That's beautiful!! I love that you stitched in the ditch :)

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  27. Beyond beautiful! I'm thrilled that you are going to share a tutorial with us. Thanks!

    Nancy in Denver

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  28. That really is beautiful!!! It looks like it almost can't be real there are so many pieces to it - this may be one of my favorites of yours :)

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  29. Oh please answer my question. You mentioned the Juki straight stitch and stitch in the ditch. I just spent hours picking out little teensy stitches on a beautiful quilt, which is now in a frame being hand-quilted. Now that's not so bad, but I really wanted to machine quilt it. I've looked at the Juki on-line, but I really wonder why my Bernina and the dual feed foot I bought completely failed (epic fail) to give me any kind of consistency at all in my quilting. And I was having such fun, too. You quilted this beautiful butterfly quilt just like I was trying to quilt mine. Tips oh great one??? :-)

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  30. Rita, your quilt is unbelievable and so inspiring! I'm a beginning quilter and mentioned your site in my blog www.allsortsofgoodstuff.blogspot.com

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  31. Pretty and colorful quilt! Great job!

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  32. I think it's the nicest one I've seen so far!

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  33. I think it's the nicest one I've seen so far!

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  34. Your work continues to amaze and awe! This quilt is stunning, and you make it look so easy (although I'm pretty sure it wasn't). I'm looking forward to the tutorial.

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  35. Such a gorgeous quilt! Black as a background colour really makes for an iconic finish =D

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  36. This is such a fun quilt - for some reason it reminds me of fortune cookies. I am looking forward to your tutorial - I think I need one of these!

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  37. good call on the quilting, this is an awesome finish!

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  38. Oh, Rita, I think this is one of very favorites! So happy. Remember that quilting question I had a couple of weeks ago? I think this quilt answers the question--quilting in the ditch! Beautiful!

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  39. Such a gorgeous quilt and such a fast process from making a block to getting it listed and sold. Lovely job.

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  40. Glorious. Don't know how you parted with it.

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  41. Beautiful! I can't wait for the tutorial.

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  42. Your quilt looks amazing. I love it!

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  43. Dotted Leaf in grey (one of my all time favourite fabrics) was the perfect choice for the backing of this stunning quilt; I love it. Can't wait for the tutorial.

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  44. Such a beautiful quilt ~ love all the photos! And a tutorial on how to make it ~ can't wait!

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  45. Oh my goodness, your quilt is just awesome! I can't believe you stitched in the ditch around all those butterfly blocks. Now that is impressive!

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  46. I'm sorry I don't have access to a juki machine anymore, It would sew anything.

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  47. This is stunningly beautiful~ one of my favorites! So inspiring! It would be difficult to part with, but not at all surprised it sold so quickly, Lucky buyer! Thanks for the Tutorial!

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  48. I think that yours is my favorite butterfly quilt. What makes it so different is the bright colors and the text. Did you really sell it? That must have been difficult and I sure hope you got your time's worth. A butterfly quilt is high on my sewing wish list. Thanks for the tutorial :)

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  49. Bravo! Well done! and yes, STUNNING!

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  50. I love it! I love black in quilts!

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