The entirety of the summer I’ve been working on this quilt. I’m both pleased and sad to be finished with it. I almost always enjoy working on my quilts, but this one was particularly fun. I like these “quilt-along” way of making quilts. I like sampler quilts! You start out with a big fat stack of fat quarters and low volumes and just chip away at it until you get a finished quilt.
For the past two weeks (almost every day), I’ve posted the videos I made while I worked on this quilt. This was a new feature that’s part of the pattern. See them all here if you missed this.
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I purchased the butterflies here. If you do a search there, you can also find other options of butterflies in a bunch of sizes and styles. They set the tone for the rest of the quilt. I started out with a stack of fat quarters, but I also had to dig around in my stash for applique opportunities. All the flowers around the butterflies are older fabrics that I’ve been sitting on forever. I also pulled quite a bit of scraps for this quilt that I was hoping to make work.
*Many fabrics are missing from this list, because they are out of stock or older and I no longer know their names.
I took my time with the quilting on this one. I was stretching myself and I wanted to try some new to me things, like outlining. I gave outlining a go on the Attic Window blocks. It was crazy fussy, but I really loved the look. I outlined about a 1/4″ from the blocks and then I outlined the ditch around the block, and then quilted inside each one with a flower crown. It turned out so pretty. I’m kicking myself now though for not doing a bit more of that. I wish I’d done it on the Dresdens in particular. It really made things pop.
I also tried some larger shapes in the quilting. I quilted really big feathers and asterich flowers in some of the larger pieces and then did tight quilting around them. I liked it at first, but now I’m wishing I had filled in the feathers a bit and filled in the larger flowers (sassy grannies) just to give a bit more fill. I think I left it a bit too open, which seems to be something I keep doing. It hasn’t planted in my head yet, I guess. I forget.
I do really like all the negative space in this quilt and I LOVE the look of the gold thread on all the low volumes. I’ll try and get a bit braver with using a bit more contrasting threads.
I cannot wait to make this quilt with you again this fall during our quilt along. If you haven’t signed up yet for it, check it out here. Check out the #Anthologiequilt and see all the other versions of this quilt being made.
We’ve got about a month before the quilt along begins and I need to be thinking up themes to use on my next version of this quilt.
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