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August 2, 2019
Another Vintage Project from Wedding Dress Blue

This year is the year–of Vintage Projects.


Recently, my mother surrendered two quilts started by HER grandmother, Mina Opal, (my Great-grandmother) in the 1930-40s.  Today we will take a look at the first one.


Mina Opal created 53 applique butterfly blocks.  My mother added one.  She then added sashing and started to build a top (early-to-mid 1980s).  But she was unhappy with the results and put the whole project away for about 35 years.

ASIDE:  Now that I think about it, my mother quit on the quilt about the time Mina Opal became ill and died (1987). Hmm…I ...

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June 19, 2019
Cats and Dogs and Butterflies, Oh my! from Quilted Joy

Themed quilts can be very fun to make. Most quilts have color schemes. But a real theme, an idea outside of mere color, can be fun to incorporate. Using a single fabric line, so the designs on the fabric coordinate can be one way to do this. But incorporating the outline of objects in the top can be another. In these creations from our longarm machine renters we see a couple of fun themes: cats, dogs, and butterflies, but I know there are so many more out there.

Debbie's Cats Quilt after longarm quilting at Quilted Joy

This quilt gives a new definition to Calico cat. I love all ...

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January 29, 2019
Mary Elizabeth Butterfly Quilt from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

I am totally smitten over my newest quilt. Everything about it makes me smile. The fabrics I used in it are all designed by Christopher Thompson aka The Tattooed Quilter. This is his third line created for Riley Blake Designs called Mary Elizabeth. Its fresh spring feel has inspired some spring cleaning in my sewing room as well as this light and playful quilt. As soon as I saw the line at Market, I fell in love with the petals design because of its playfulness. When my package of fabric arrived, it was the main fabric that drew me in ...

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May 4, 2018
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Liberty fabric patchwork butterfly quilt

It's been gloriously sunny in Manchester and spring is in the air. The blue skies were a nice backdrop for this dancing Liberty butterflies quilt, even though it was a little bright to perfectly show off the pretty prints. Classic floral prints are quite delicate but look bold and modern framing the butterfly blocks. 

Liberty fabric patchwork butterfly quilt

I mixed the two print fabrics, swapping the borders in the four outer blocks and changing the butterfly wings. It's nice to play about with the wings, as they look different depending on the fabric combinations. You can also create another version of the ...

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March 21, 2018
Quilt Snips Mini Tutorial – Butterfly Blossoms from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

A fast and simple way to create a Butterfly Blossoms Quilt.
This is a super fast and fun way to create a Butterfly and Blossoms Quilt using your Periwinkle Template from Missouri Star Quilt Co! Click HERE to watch the short clip and get your supplies!

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March 10, 2018
Butterflies, Dogs, and Cats, Oh My! from Quilted Joy

Images in nature are beautiful and common themes to include in artwork. Flowers, vines, and trees often make it to a quilt top. But there is more than just flora out there. Let’s not forget the fauna.

Carol quilted her Strip Butterflies quilt at Quilted Joy

Carol made this Strip Butterflies Quilt with batik fabrics. The butterflies are so colorful. The colorful border ties it all together ending in that beautifully matched blue with rainbow accents border. The pantograph she chose also subtly accents the design. She quilted it here with our Airborne pantograph. It reminds me of wind swirling giving flight to her butterflies.

Rita quilted her Halloween themed Pins and Paws Quilt at Quilted Joy.

This was a ...

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October 5, 2017
Butterfly Block Progress: Kaleidoscope of Butterflies 21 from Fret Not Yourself

Butterflies still flitter around our area but they have been difficult to photograph. A friend has mounds of lavender in her yard attracting loads of bees. If you listen quietly they make the most relaxing hum.

I'm continuing my own butterfly blocks. Just a few each month. Making a few each month is also relaxing. I've no clear idea about a final quilt so I'm enjoying taking my time over these. Here's what I have so far.

Simple butterfly quilt blocks
September Butterflies
There was enough of the light blue in the top right to center wings for one butterfly ...

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