Friday, May 15, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival.....small quilt entry

  I hope you are enjoying the Blogger's Quilt Festival!

I decided to share a second entry this year, as well as the story behind it.

  We have become friends with a young couple at church and often do the Saturday lunch thing with them.  In February we were having a lunch chat and talking about the expected baby soon to arrive.  My plan was already in the works---purple pinwheels accented with yellow.  And then Amber began to talk about butterflies and pink and green, and Chad's comment was, " I am expecting something great.".  Oh boy, time to change the design!  I went from pinwheels to wings and strings.

     I began making  butterfly wings in different color ways with string piecing.  I cut the background squares at 6 1/2" inches and then chopped off one corner.  Each pair was cut differently so there would be a variety of sizes for interest.  And I could avoid the bulk in the corners!

   I shaded by value from dark to light, or light to dark to add some dimension to each pair.  Then to the design wall....and I twisted them to fly in different directions.

  Next it was time for the border and quilting.  I used a darker green for the main border fabric and inserted strips of prints along the way.

  The main body of the quilt was quilted with a small meandering stitch.  And a wavy line of feather plumes  all the way around completed the border.

  Dancing Wings quilted and bound in the bright  pink she wanted.
   A beautiful baby girl was born and name Gracelyn.  A beautiful gentle name for a little girl who will be soon chasing butterflies.

 On quilt delivery day, Mama Amber grabbed the bag and exclaimed "Let me see!".  And the first thing she did was flip the quilt over to see the label!  Of course, there was one----and I did not take a photo of it :(  .    The father, a man of few words...gave me a hug and said I did good.

Dancing Wings, 46" by 50 "---small quilt category.
   And me....I learned a good lesson.  Make plans, yet be willing to change.  And always take a photo of the label!    Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy the rest of the festival, too.  Happy stitching.


Calicojoan said...

Beautiful. It's a good lesson on labels too! LOL!!

Janet O. said...

This is a beautiful little creation. Good thing you are flexible in your work! : )

Wendy said...

Oh so sweet!

Terri said...

Love your string butterflies. What a good idea. Thanks for sharing.

Quilting Babcia said...

A beautiful quilt. Love the butterflies - great idea for a string pieced baby quilt. Thanks for sharing.

Stitchin At Home said...

Beautiful quilt, love the butterflies dancing in different directions gives the quilt movement.

Lara B. said...

Debbie, that is so funny how your friends reacted to you making a quit for their baby. I think your string pieced butterflies are brilliant! What a smart idea to do them so that the corners won't be bulky. It's a wonderful quilt and I hope you have a lot of fun in the BQF!

Kamila @ Work-With-Patches said...

What a great idea for a beautiful quilt!!! I love your design, beautiful fabrics and great quilting :)
Greetings from Poland

Brandy Pettit said...

Wow! I love this quilt, it's gorgeous, and perfect for a baby quilt. Thank you for sharing!

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