I’ve broken free of my usual boundaries. My usual boundaries, of course, being my love for low volume backgrounds. This was not free will. This is a custom quilt where I was told what background to use. While I’d prefer to see this quilt with my usual background, it’s also nice to move out of one’s way and try something different. I love the way those Liberty “butterflies” pop out of the dark background.
This was maybe the second or third quilt pattern I ever designed and this is the third time I’ve made this quilt. It’s a perfect quilt for a beginner to try and I was a beginner when I first made it.
The way the triangles connect resembles a butterfly and all of them together has the look of a migration. This quilt is also perfect for anyone needed to get a handle on their scraps, as all those triangles are just that. My other Migration quilts predate this blog.
The quilt pattern for this quilt will soon release as part of a pattern set intended for the beginner quilter or the quilter who has an abundance of scraps, and will release much later this year.
As I mentioned above, using the dark background was a big change for me. I didn’t want to go with navy thread for the quilting as I didn’t want my butterflies to have dark thread on them that showed too much. I ended up using a medium gray color thread, so the quilting still popped some from the background, but didn’t show up much on the triangles. When learning about hand sewing hexies last spring I realized that gray thread tends to blend into wherever you use it.
I think the quilting shows up just enough, but isn’t overwhelming. What do you think?
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