Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival -- ROYGBIV : :

A Butterfly Quilt

One year ago today I shared my Bloggers Quilt Festival post, entering my Scrappy Improv Quilt into the Favorite Scrap Quilt Category. My entry was one of only a few quilts I had finished since I began sewing, and was the only finished piece I really had to enter. When my quilt actually made it into the final five voting stage, I was so thrilled! A year ago I wasn't a confident quilter at all. I struggled with following quilt patterns and even more with turning my own quilt pattern ideas into tangible quilts. Entering and receiving such a positive reply was one of the big uplifts I received that encouraged me to keep on trying. This year, I'm excited to be able to enter two quilts into the Bloggers Quilt Festival. Two that I'm really proud of mostly because to me they symbolize the growth and progress I've made as a quilter this year!

First, I'm entering my Butterfly Quilt into the ROYGBIV category. This one started as a late night idea, quickly sketched out, and then Instagrammed!

Molly's Butterfly Quilt Sketch

Molly's Butterfly Quilt

I'm not finished, it's not perfect, but it sure is pretty!

It's made with lots of fussy cut butterflies from Anna Maria Horner fabrics and Valori Well's Cocoon collection, along with AGF Pure Element solids. My idea was to use the rainbow of color beginning with the earthy, muddy colors to those shiny & bright and all the butterflies to illustrate metamorphosis and growth. More than anything I just wanted it to be pretty, since it's a Christmas present for my niece who's four! Haha

A Butterfly Quilt

A Butterfly Quilt

A Butterfly Quilt -- Backed in Loulouthi Clippings by AMH

Wavy quilting for movement

A Butterfly Quilt

Quilt Stats

name: A Butterfly Quilt
size: 43" x 60"
fabrics: Art Gallery Pure Element solids, Anna Maria Horner Field Study & Loulouthi, and Valori Wells Cocoon
quilting: a dense wavy stitch using Aurifil dark gray 50wt for all the quilting at the bottom, an Aurifil bright, lemon yellow 50wt throughout the center, finished with a bright white 50wt on the top portion of my quilt
backing: Anna Maria Horner Loulouthi Clippings
binding: Pure Element Solids in Crystal Pink, Raspberry Rose, & London Red

Tomorrow I'll be back with my second entry! How about you, are you entering this year?

Happy quilting! Maureen

39 comments:

  1. Maureen, this is a stunning quilt and a brilliant idea!!! WOW!!!

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  2. Maureen, you KEEP out doing yourself girl! Mesmerized by this one!!

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  3. OOooh, so happy to see this one again! Honestly one of my two favourites of yours this year (and all the blogosphere for that matter). I have gushed before about how much I love it because it's amazing.

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  4. Wow- it's absolutely gorgeous! I absolutely love the butterflies!

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  5. I can't believe you even struggled with quilting??? and I mean that as a compliment!

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  6. Oh my, Maureen this quilt is wonderful. I love butterflies and you have displayed their beauty is a wonderfully unique way!

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  7. Love love love this quilt. You are an inspiration. (And that is an amazing gift for a four year old, hope it is treasured for years to come)

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  8. i hope you will do a tutorial and/or a pattern for this gorgeous quilt. as an unfortunate member of the compassionate friends, butterflies have a special meaning for me. thanks for sharing.

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  9. Maureen ~ this is beautiful!

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  10. The quilt is so gorgeous and looks beautiful all quilted. Love the photo in front of the church.
    Definitely a winner!

    Debbie

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  11. Good luck with your entry. This is gorgeous. And congrats on the Craftsy win

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  12. what a fun quilt, Maureen. I'm sure your niece will love all those wonderful butterflies and the pretty colors.

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  13. I love this quilt so much - I am so happy to see it again!

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  14. This has to win. LOVE this quilt and am super jealous of your niece

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  15. I'm so in love with your quilt Maureen. You should be soooo proud.

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  16. I love the backing! Was it serendipity or did you center that luscious giant print on purpose? It's perfectly aligned. ;)

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  17. Beautiful quilt! Love the saturated colors.

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  18. Stunning quilt!! I love how you have those butterflies at the top of the quilt...adorable!

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  19. Your neice will love this forever!

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  20. Great choice for this category :o)

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  21. Beautiful and the perfect setting.

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  22. Gorgeous Quilt...........hope you do well :-). can't wait to see the 2nd one tomorrow.

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  23. This is definitely a favorite of mine! Good luck Maureen!!

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  24. This is one of my favorites and I'm glad to see you're entering it! I feel kind of dumb though...what is ROYGBIV?

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  25. I really like the vibrant colours in this quilt and your photos show it off beautifully. It is an amazing quilt.

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  26. This really is an amazing quilt. It's always so interesting to hear people's process and thoughts on creating. I have to say that I am so surprised that you didn't see yourself as a confident quilter a year ago. I'm always so impressed with what you make!

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  27. Maureen, you are an amazing quilter and you should win the top prize! Your niece is going to be very happy you made the quilt for her {^_^}!

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  28. I love this quilt what a wonderful way to highlight the butterflies in those two ranges - I have them some of those fabrics and have wondered how to do justice to them!

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  29. This is a Beautiful quilt! Good luck to you!

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  30. Your quilt is lovely and creative....Keep going!!

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  31. Your quilt is beautiful; it has wonderful movement and colour!

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