April 15, 2014

Barbara's Butterflies




I've got the layout for my butterfly quilt.  This design is inspired by one I saw in Glenna Hailey's book Sugar Sack Quilts, which features more modern-looking design for vintage and reproduction fabrics.  I really wanted to minimize the white backgrounds in the applique blocks, and to add some primary colors to the pastels.  White and light-colored bed covers just don't fit in my cat-enriched life.

I'm cutting down the blocks and then bordering them with contrasting prints.


The butterfly blocks are 9.5" finished, and the sashing is 1" finished.  It's been fun to cut prints into large triangles by bisecting 16.75" blocks.  I had a stack of fat quarters, but sadly, a lot  of them were smaller than the 16.75" I needed.


...So I got to buy some half yards, which also will allow me to add more variation to the prints.  As soon as I can set aside more time, I'll finish the cutting and designing.

8 comments:

Debra Spincic said...

Looking very vintage!

ladyhawthorne said...

So Pretty! Just the kind of fabrics I like the best for quilts.
Love your "cat enriched life"!

QuiltingFitzy said...

The butterflies are very sweet. Your extra border around them is really help them POP!

Cyra said...

Looking great Barbara. The borders around the butterfly blocks was a good call.

Moira said...

Fun looking quilt! The borders around the butterflies really adds to the quilt.

Suztats said...

This gives me such a nice, homey feeling. I guess it's those vintage fabrics, but I like butterflies, too. The border really sets off the white and butterflies.

cq4fun said...

Very pretty and the setting will make it unique.

Judy S. said...

Wonderfull setting for those pretty butterflies! That quilt will be a keeper, I hope!