Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Papillon Jardin

One of the perks of doing custom orders is that you get to work with fabrics you would not ordinarily have around. This quilt was done from a kit - I had not seen these fabrics before and simple fell in love with them! There are lots of different fabrics in this quilt, but they all are put together so well, and I give a big thumbs up to the pattern! Very well laid out and easy to follow - and I love it when that happens. If you like this quilt you can download the pattern yourself and make it, it's free! And the fabrics are so pretty - well worth seeking out.

No tricky parts to making this quilt, just squares and rectangles, and follow the diagram. All the time I was sewing I was thinking of what I wanted to quilt on it. I like loops on quilts with bugs for some reason, but thought I might try to quilt in some butterflies, too. The very week I was working on this I was checking out what Sharan was quilting on in the shop and it was a pantogram with loops and butterflies! So I took notice of it, then did my own freehand version of it.

I really love how it came out, and so did my customer! My quilting is a little more primitive, and my butterflies come out a little blobby sometimes, but I really love the look and had a wonderful time trying out this pattern. All in all a happy experience all the way around. I used warm and natural batting in this quilt, teal aurifil thread on the front and tan aurifil on the bottom. I find this thread is wonderful on my machine with a size 14 needle, rarely breaks and very little linting.

And here is why you need to make sure your sewing table is all the way cleared off before you start machine quilting. Somehow this little piece of ribbon made it onto the back of the quilt! Not exactly a chosen design element. I removed it by cutting through the ribbon nest to the stitching lines and pulling it out of the stitching on the back. The little threads left removed easily with a piece of masking tape. Lesson learned - if you are going to save a piece of ribbon, make sure you put it in the ribbon bin, don't leave it sitting on the table!


Giovanna said...

That's too funny about the ribbon, one time I had a baby sock get quilted onto the backing. What a hassle.... I love the butterflies. My daughter would love that quilting pattern.

HopalongHollow said...

Nice quilting though :)