Monday, April 29, 2013

Challenge, check!

Butterfly panel

    I finished my butterfly panel challenge yesterday and to say I’m happy with it would be an understatement. I’m thrilled!
     This started with a Christmas gift from my friend Sophie and a challenge to “do something.” We were supposed to have them done last May (I’m very late with this!), but I  couldn’t proceed with a plan. Once I finally had a plan I didn’t really have any problems finishing the piecing.
     But. Then I was afraid to begin the quilting. I took the plunge Saturday and It went very well. I quilted gentle breezes into the sky, circles on the butterfly wings, a small feather in the one border and scrolls in the other. The outer pieced border was a challenge. The piecing had bumpy intersections where eight seams met, so I didn’t feel I could do any all over design, so I stitched in the ditch and added a motif in the wings.
     This project is around 36 inches square. Now that it’s done, I’m left wondering why I was so afraid. Lesson learned: Take the plunge and do it. Give yourself permission to learn.
     Now if I can only transfer this to my next project!
     An overall view:

Butterfly Challenge

     I'm linking to Design Wall Monday , the Free Motion Quilting Project, and Let's Get Acquainted Monday.


  1. I absolutely love this quilt. Do you happen to remember the name of the manufacturer of the panel. My daughter would love it. The quilting looks beautiful and the pieced border fits in so nicely. Great job!

  2. Wow! This is just beautiful! You did a great job with the quilting, and the border is the perfect complement!

  3. Love your finished butterfly quilt. Your pieced border is just the perfect ending to a perfect quilt. Great job.

  4. Hello Jeanne,

    This is a lovely piece of work. The quilted circles in the butterfly's wings make it look so realistic.

    Love from England,

  5. Just stunning - really love your FMQ. Thanks for linking up this week.

  6. What a lovely quilt. Thanks for entering my giveaway.