Thursday, February 18, 2016

Finishing Quilts

I just realized that I post about quilts that I start but I don't post the finished picture. Here is the finished quilt from my last post (2 years ago):
  The funny thing about this one was that when I told my old friend from another state that I was working on a scrap quilt to use up some of my scrap stash, she up and mailed me a whole new box of scraps! So I was able to make it into a twin size quilt and I ended up with more scraps then I started with! I don't really love the busy scrapiness of the whole thing, but I do like it. My daughter loves it though and it keeps her warm at night, so it's a win.
And here is the finished heart and butterfly quilt. This is my favorite quilt I've ever made! It will always be full of memories for me.
 I actually finished this for my daughters birthday 4 years ago. My how the time flies! I had gotten burned out on making the hearts and the butterflies and then my daughter said she wanted some green in it so we got the idea to fill in some space using the nine block pattern you see there. From there I just added on borders to make it fairly large. This is a bit bigger than a twin size. It would probably fit a full bed nicely. Right now it's on my daughters twin bed and she loves it still!
Here is a close up of the heart to show why I got burned out on making so many of them!
 And here is a butterfly close up. I made up the butterfly pattern myself to fit in with these hearts. My friend drew a pattern for the butterflies bodies and then I ironed them on with iron on adhesive stuff. Then to make sure they didn't fall off I sewed the body on too. The antennae were embroidered on by my friend.
 Then to top it all off we hand quilted the whole thing! That was time consuming but very fun. We just stitched around each butterfly and heart and then stitched a heart:
 Or butterfly on the empty squares:
 On the edge my friend had a pattern that we chalked on and I love the way it turned out:
 We criss-crossed through the borders here:
Basically we just kind of made it up as we went along. I love all the help I got on this quilt and how much I learned while making it. I have yet to make a quilt that I like better or feel more proud of than my scrappy heart and butterfly quilt!

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