07 February 2019

Butterfly Bleh

It ain't pretty, but it's finished...

And for exactly six hours and 28 minutes, I never wanted to see another butterfly as long as I live!

I initially planned to quilt straight lines or a vortex circle, but when I sat down to the (tiny) machine (with an extremely narrow throat), I decided I should practice my FMQ because this quilt wasn't specifically for anyone. It wouldn't matter if I "ruined" it.

After I began quilting and realized how difficult it would be to quilt curlicues freehand in the empty spaces, I was tempted to pick out all the stitches I'd already done and go back to Plan A. I thought it would take me a couple of nights to finish the free-motion quilting. It took four nights and two Saturdays!

I didn't have any more of the leftover Cosmos from backing another couple of quilts that I used on the back of this quilt, and I didn’t have enough of the Toscana leftover from Teal Shadows I used on the front of this quilt to cut strips for binding, so after I finished quilting, I carefully trimmed away the extra batting and folded the Cosmos on the back over to the front.

Initially, I was going to hand-stitch the binding. But by the time I got done pinning all the way around, I decided the heck with it; it's full of mistakes, and it will never, ever be on display anywhere except as a finish (and a sloppy one at that!!!), so I machine stitched it. It's done. I don't ever have to work on it again. I can hide it until it doesn't make my tummy growl anymore!!!

Linking up with Busy Hands Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


  1. It is beautiful like everything you make. You are such an inspiration. I have been crocheting pineapple snowflakes from one of your earlier booklets. Using them as little doilies in my display cabinet. Love the beads you add to your patterns.

    1. Thank you so much, lvh! Sometimes I really need warm fuzzies, and you delivered today! Bless you!

  2. That was very specific. What, don't know it down to the second? lol Hey, at least it is done and now you can move on to the next one.

    1. Yes, indeed, Pat, I'm back into Blockhead mode, and enjoying every single stitch!

  3. You did a nice job echoing the applique with the stitching.

    1. Thank you, Myra! I'm trying hard to be more smooth in my lines. Practice, practice, practice!!!


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