Fly, Butterfly, Fly!

This little butterfly was designed with one specific task in mind: to use up even my smallest scraps of Liberty Tana lawn.

ButterflyThe butterfly finishes at about 9″ x 12″ when printed out at 100%. For my purpose, however, I printed it out at 75% as I wanted to make sure I could use up even the tiniest of those blue and green scraps. The antennae are free motion quilted in a variegated Aurifil 40wt (no 4669) which I bought to quilt my Churn Dash quilt. The butterfly itself was pieced with Aurifil 50wt (no 2000) which is a perfect match to many of the Liberty lawns. I appliquéd it onto a red cotton/linen fabric that I’ve had in my stash for a few years. I auditioned different colours for the background but found it nicest on the red. Funnily enough, when I popped it onto some white, the butterfly looked really washed out.

All of the Liberty lawns came from Ali’s shop Very Berry Fabrics on Folksy and I already have plans to buy more (don’t tell my bank account, I can already hear it groan) as Ali sent me some scraps with my last order and I’ve completely fallen in love with one of them. Sadly she doesn’t seem to have any in her shop at the moment but you can be sure that I will be stalking her in the next few weeks.

This is my third finish for Q1 of the FAL and I’m very happy about that. I really would like to make one of these butterflies in solids as I think it would look stunning in a rainbow of colours too but I’m going to be good and continue with my list before starting something new.

So far, I’ve made my EPP patterns available for free and I want to do this with my last two, Butterfly and Liberty Bloom, too. They just need a little more work before I can upload them to the blog. Hopefully, they should be done by the end of this week. Afterwards, however, I’m thinking of opening a shop on Craftsy or Etsy and asking for a small contribution for my patterns. What do you think? Would you pay a couple of pounds for my EPP patterns?

 

A Triceratops with Cellulite

When Juliet from a Tartankiwi asked for testers for some of her new foundation paper piecing patterns I jumped at the chance. I love the robin I did before Christmas even though he’s still not been turned into something useful. This time I got to try sewing a triceratops, one of my favourite dinosaurs.

Triceratops Head

Being a mostly female household (Charlie the cat doesn’t really count, does he?) I pulled out some fabric in pinks and oranges but changed my mind at the last minute and went for purple Liberty Tana lawn instead. Purple is Little Miss Bossy-Boots favourite colour at the moment and I thought it would be fun with a purple triceratops.

Half a Triceratops

This pattern contains a gazillion minute little pieces and the lawn fabric really helped with reducing the bulk. Once I’d finished the head I admit that I did breathe a sigh of relief. I don’t know about you but I stop breathing when I concentrate really hard. The detail is fabulous, though, and I was happy to continue with the legs, giving my triceratops red toe nails (don’t look too closely, though, as I managed to forget one).

Triceratops

Wondering about the cellulite? Wonder no more. I was a bit tired at the end and didn’t line up the bottom quite as well as I could have. As this one is for us I didn’t worry too much and left it the way it was. I’m sure she isn’t too bothered about her lumpy bottom.

Triceratops Cushion

I didn’t want this lovely dinosaur to end up as a WIP (especially as it is on my FAL list) and started quilting it straightaway. The bulk of all the seams in the head made it too difficult to quilt so I just did two clouds in the sky and a few plants in the grass. Quilting and piecing was, as always, done with Aurifil 50wt. A bit of dotty fabric and, hey presto, we have another cushion for the sofa.

This pattern hasn’t been released yet but I’ll let you now as soon as it’s in Juliet’s shop.

Edited to add: Get the pattern here.

Liberty Bloom

I’ve finished my Doll Quilt Swap 14 mini quilt and I’m really very happy with it.

The only thing I’m a little disappointed with is that I couldn’t do more quilting on it. Once I’d finished stitching in the ditch around the ‘bloom’ and the linen pieces my back gave out to me. I realised that I wouldn’t be able to sit at the machine much longer and therefore simply echo quilted around the bloom a few times. I quite like the simplicity of it, it really lets the fabrics do the talking.

Liberty Bloom

The mini’s progress was stalled when I ran out of Liberty scraps that were big enough to finish the last few pieces. I ordered a mini bundle from Ali’s shop Very Berry Fabrics on Folksy and it arrived promptly a couple of days later. Thank you so much, Ali, for such quick service!

The Liberty Bloom is pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50wt, my favourite thread of all times.  It finishes at 19″ x 19″ and has a scrappy Liberty binding which I am very partial to. I just hope my partner loves Liberty Bloom as much as I do.

Scrappy Liberty Binding

The pattern for this mini will be added to my tutorials once my partner has received it as I’ve named it after her. I don’t think she reads my blog but it’s better to be safe than sorry and I don’t want to spoil the surprise for her. One of the fun things about theses swaps is that you don’t know what you’re going to get until you hold the package in your hands.

This was another projects on my FAL list and I’m so happy to be able to cross it off.

Finish-A-Long 2014 Q1

I was fairly successful finishing WIPs (works in progress), PHDs (projects half done) and UFOs (Unfinished Objects) when I joined the Finish-A-Long hosted by Leanne last year. I did miss Q4 as that was just around my move to Switzerland and I found it difficult to find the time to blog and sew. Hence, I have a whole pile of WIPs, UFOs and PHDs calling my name.

This year the FAL is hosted by the lovely Katy of The Littlest Thistle and I’ve decided to join in again. Now this list is probably going to make you chuckle as it is incredibly long but I’m aiming high. Whatever isn’t finished by the end of Q1 will simply roll over to Q2. No stress. Right, here goes:

1. Athea. Two blocks that I have had on the list a couple of times already. One is destined to be the centre for a medallion quilt, the other one is going to become a cushion.

Athea Spring Version and Bloom

2. The DQS 14 mini quilt. I’m still waiting for some more Liberty which is winging its way from England as we speak.

DQS 14 Mini

3. In the Woods. I have no idea what to turn it into. I was going to use it as the pocket for a tote but I have so many bags already that I have to have a little ponder before I decide.

In the Woods Finished

4. Triceratops. I’m pattern testing for Juliet again and I want to make sure I don’t end up with another orphan block. This one will be turned into a cushion, I think.

Fabric for Triceratops

5. Robin. This little bird was supposed to be turned into a cushion before Christmas but ended up on the heap of WIPs due to lack of time.

Close up Robin

6. Scrappy Trip Around the World. When the impromptu quilt-along started last year I made four blocks before stopping. I love them and am thinking of starting again and turning them into a lap size quilt.

Scrappy Trip

7. Art Deco. This Epp block isn’t big and I made it without any plan whatsoever. Not sure what to do with. Answers on a postcard, please!

Art Deco

8. A Dashing Echo. I’ve quilted in the ditch and then got the scared. I really want to free motion quilt it but am not sure how. It’s been sitting on my table for a few weeks now and I really want to finish it.

A Dashing Echo

9. The Log Cabin. This quilt is for me. It’s going to sit on my sofa even though I really don’t need it. Our flat is too hot anyway as our neighbours below turn up their heating big time and thus heat our flat as well as their own. The quilt will give a lovely burst of colour that will go well with my yellow chair, though. It needs to be basted, quilted and bound.

Heron Log Cabin

10. The bag. It’s been a year and there isn’t a lot left to do but somehow it wasn’t something I wanted to work on.

The Bag

11. Liberty Butterfly. This one was started because I wanted to use up the tiny scraps left over from the DQS14 mini. Again, I don’t want this to end up as an orphan block lying about. Little Miss Bossy-Boots asked if she could have it and I’d be happy to give it to her. However, she already has lots of cushions on her bed and I don’t know what else to turn it into. A bag maybe?

Liberty Butterfly

12. Portholes. These were made at the Fat Quarterly Retreat in 2012 and I feel bad that I haven’t turned them into something.

Pink Porthole

13. Spring Carnival. This is a project I’d really like to finish for this year’s FQR.

Spring Carnival Progress

14. Sew-Euro-Bee-an quilt. I asked for blocks made in blue and turquoise and have received some fabulous blocks from my fellow bees. Sadly, I never received blocks from two of the bees so I will have to make a few more myself to turn this into a good size quilt. This will then have to be pieced, basted, quilted and bound.

Sew-Euro-Bee-an

15. Good Fortune by Kate Spain. It was supposed to be a cushion cover. Maybe one day it will?

Good Fortune

Fairly ambitious list, n’est-ce pas? I’ll see how far I get.