Monday, March 22, 2010

butterfly baby quilt

The quilt is done! It is now waiting to be wrapped up and taken to a baby shower next weekend. I knew I wanted a butterfly quilt and I knew I wanted to also use up my fabric stash. Those close to me know that I made a commitment this year to use up my ridiculous amount of fabric before purchasing any more. I am trying really hard to adopt the "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or go without" motto in my life and avoid excess. It is tough at times, but so far I've made a huge dent in my stash by either using it or donating it to folks that can use it.

I had a fat quarter pack from Moda's Celebrate Spring collection from, um....a long time ago. This fabric is so sweet and perfect for a Spring themed quilt.


I borrowed this adorable paper butterfly from the Pottery Barn Butterfly Wallies pack and used it as my pattern for my larger butterflies. You can also Google butterfly clip art and you will find hundreds of different butterfly patterns. For my smaller butterflies I used the Stampin' Up! die cut. I am in love with their shape. I ironed on the fusible webbing to help stabilize the fabric and then I just ran it right through my die cut machine. Anne Beale inspired me to use this after she showed me her adorable butterfly garland.



I then just appliqued them all on using a zig zag stitch (too much in a hurry to applique stitch all of them!) Thanks to my good friend Kayleen for helping me decide how to place them. I tried having them fly across the fabric (not so pretty) and then I tried a cluster of butterflies (really, really not so pretty-ugh). I finally decided to have them fly up and off the quilt--with a few flying off in a different direction. You know there are always a few that will do whatever they want no matter what everyone else is doing--hee!

Now that this is done, I am considering picking up some new fabric. Hey, I did use up what I had first, right? I also gave what I won't use to those that will, right? I am drooling over Moda's new Hunky Dory line and really want to make a quilt with little girl dresses. I'll keep you posted!

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63 Responses to “butterfly baby quilt”

Seaside Siblings said...

That looks amazing!! I have a weakness for anything with butterflies on. I wish I was as talented to be able to make something like that.

PaisleyJade said...

Beautiful!!!!!

Juggling Motherhood said...

That is so gorgeous and so unique! Love the fabric, and the placement spot on! I can see that butterfly pattern on a wall too! It would look so cute!

Brandi @ Frugal Farmhouse said...

oh my goodness! this quilt is so beautiful. I love the placement of the butterflies! Thank you for sharing, I love this!

Mommyto3andahusky said...

what a pretty quilt! :)

Jen said...

That is a seriously beautiful baby quilt!! What a lucky mama.

I have a similar resolution - I have to finish the half-completed projects I have sitting around the house before I buy the materials to start anything new. It's always more fun to start something new than finish an ongoing. But it's working!

Real Life Reslers said...

It's beautiful!

happeningswithLana said...

Love it! TFS!

Averie and Josie said...

The quilt is beautiful!! Love the butterfly design. Great Job!! One lucky girl is going to have a quilt to die for.

Shorty said...

That is such a beautiful quilt! Love it! And knowing you made it from your stash of scraps... even cooler. I'm sure the recipient will adore it!

Teri said...

This is freakin' gorgeous! Lucky baby! :)

michelleml said...

what a beautiful quilt. I love it

jenclair said...

Beautiful! Light and lovely and perfect for a baby and for spring!

Elam's said...

That is ADORABLE! I love it - I thikn it is the cutest baby quilt I have ever seen! I need one of those for my little gilr's room that is also in those colors with butterflies (but I am not patient enough anymore to make one)!

The Tesdalls said...

It's beautiful! I love it!!:)

Char @ Crap I've Made said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Mother Huddle said...

Oh my....I am loving this. I never leave links in a comment, but since you already have the butterfly die cutter, I made a butterfly chandelier this would be perfect with!
Here is a link:
http://www.themotherhuddle.com/?p=2733

Ooooohh it would be perfect! Especially if you used different colors instead of all white like I did.
Okay finished gushing.
Great job!

april francom said...

That is absolutely darling!

Em said...

check out http://crazyoldladiesquilts.blogspot.com/search/label/Flutterby- they have a pattern called 'Flutterby' very similar to your quilt! Yours is beautiful, by the way.

Piper said...

oh. my. goodness!!! So beautiful!

Marie said...

I LOVE this quilt! Thanks so much for sharing! I see one for my daughter in the future! :)

Lynette said...

I love it...it is beautiful!!! Great job!!!! That's one lucky baby that's gonna get it!

Carpenter's said...

What a beautiful blanket!! Super sweet.

Janica said...

I seriously want to go make one of these RIGHT now. And I don't even quilt. This turned out lovely:)

sallgood said...

This really turned out CUTE!! Great job!

Brianne said...

Love love love it. That is some lucky little baby girl.

Casey said...

what a cute quilt! It looks great

Rachael said...

LOVE it! Did you quilt it or did it get quilted somewhere?

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

absolutely adorable!

Stephanie said...

Wow, this came out beautifully! I think it looks great the way you had them flying up the blanket - you can see that they're in motion. It kind of looks like they were in the grass and were startled when a little one came running through - I love it!

Tasha said...

This is simply gorgious. I am completely in love. Seriously. Way to use up fabric too. Oh, I just love this.

Cardcrazy said...

Oh my goodness! This is so amazing...and absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful gift for a special little someone! ~~Pam

Amie said...

This is gorgeous! It makes me want to learn how to sew...But there are far too many things I want to learn how to do as it is.

mukibug.com said...

I love love love this quilt! It turned out amazing with our SU! Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die. Thanks for the shout out! AB :D

Sam said...

Wow - I love it. And what a great idea for using scraps. I always over buy from projects and end up with lots more than I need so this is now on my to do list!

Audrey said...

It's beautiful!

Atticelf said...

Wow! This looks fatastic. I'd have a hard time parting with it, but that's just me...

Midwestern gone Idahoan said...

It looks great!!! I love it!!! I will be featuring you on my blog on Wed!!! I hope that is okay!! I love it!!

April Roycroft said...

Wow! Beautiful! I love the Big Shot and seeing things done with it. Great job!!!

made with love said...

That is beautiful
Rachael xx

Little Birdie Secrets said...

Hi Rachel, I did the quilting myself--that is why you don't get a close up of my quilting. Hee hee.
I don't have a long arm so I am stuck doing it on my regular machine. Oh well, it gives the quilt character. ha! The long arm quilting machine is also on my super wish list.

Mother Huddle, your mobile is beautiful~

Em, wow, thanks for sharing the link. This is perfect for anyone looking for a pattern. Mine was a super small crib size quilt so this is great. I hope we send some business their way!

-stacy

Cheryl said...

So lovely and unique from all the other quilts out there. Makes me want to do one like this (even though I've never made a quilt).

Eric and Carrie said...

Beautiful quilt! It's so creative!

Dee said...

Oh this is such a sweet baby quilt. Simple and truly beautiful.

Sew It To Me said...

I love it! I love all things butterfly- my name even means butterfly.

Vanessa
Sew It To Me

Nubia said...

super adorable. The mom-to-be will absolutely adore it.

Amber said...

This is so beautiful! If I opened this gift I just know I would gasp in delight. I am SURE the lucky recipient is going to absolutely adore it.

Humbugs said...

...stunning!!!! I am off to baby shower this weekend and wish I had such a beautiful gift to take with me!!!

Rachel D said...

*swoon* If I needed a kick in the pants to buy that butterfly die, this is it. Beautiful and fresh!

Joy said...

Beautiful. I love quilts that are outside the box. Hope you don't mind if I posted a pic over at my blog...just had to share with everyone.

The Van Leeuwen Family said...

that hunky dory line is SO cute!! I just finished a charm quilt with it & am dying to pick up some more!
LOVE the butterfly quilt, it's adorable. sure makes me want a little girl!

Becky said...

I LOVE this quilt! When I've tried appliqueing things, it's always difficult and frustrating. I can't imagine going around all those butterflies. But I want to make this quilt! Any tips?

Evelyn said...

This is such a beautiful quilt. Great job!

The Noalls said...

So, so cute. SO CUTE. You are making me want to quilt, and I'm not a quilter!

Kjirsten said...

Wonderful Work!
<3
Kjirsten
http://sewgraciouslyblessed.blogspot.com

The Sewing Dork said...

Your quilts are amazing!

GoldieGirl said...

I love this quilt, So I made a twin size version of it for my little girls day bed. http://marylauriehuber.blogspot.com/2010/05/quilts-baby-love.html
Thanks for the beautiful idea!!

"Lucky" said...

CUTE idea! I've been following your blog for a bit now through some other crafting blog(s) somewhere and had NO CLUE you knew Anne Beale (me too!) Small world.

Amie said...

Thankyou so much for sharing such a beautiful quilt. I made a smaller version over the weekend and I am just in love with it. I am going to make a cot size one now too. Just wondering if you have made one for a little boy or not..... really want to do a boy one but just undecided on the shape to use. I have posted a pic on my facebook page too. It was my first attempt at free motion quilting and I can't wait to do more :o)
http://www.facebook.com/?ref=hp#!/album.php?aid=285896&id=703717162
Amie

pwnmom said...

I am in LOVE with that quilt! I adore anything butterfly, so I may have to try this. Thanks for sharing! :)

mariaerba said...

lovely ;)
ciao Maria

Malena said...

Would you by chance be able to scan the large butterfly and email it to me? I can't find those wallies anymore and really want to make this quilt for my upcoming baby girl.

Veronica C said...

Thank you so much! I made a version of this in purple and green butterflies. It was supposed to be for a friend, but I love it so much that I don't think I can part with it. :)

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