Flight of the Butterflies


This week I finished a cot quilt for a new baby girl.  I’m resisting the urge to call her a wee Irish lass every time I talk about this quilt, so I promise not to do that again ;)  I’m just a little excited that one of my quilts will be heading to Ireland!

butterfly trail front
Flight of the Butterflies front

In light of the Irish climate I selected 100% wool wadding and a GORGEOUS Anna-Maria Horner flannelette backing.  This quilt is seriously snugly.

butterfly quilt back on fence
I used a gorgeous AMH flannelette for the back from Pink Castle Fabrics

This was my first time using wool batting so I made a test sample with the idea of turning it into a cushion cover.

butterfly quilt test run
You can read about how I make my templates here

For the sample I tried both reverse appliqué and raw edged appliqué and although I love the look of the reverse appliqué I found that it distorted the fabric.  I decided not to risk a quilt top that wasn’t flat and went with raw edged appliqué.  I’m really happy with the result.  I FMQed around each butterfly using my rainbow of Aurifil 50wt threads to secure it in place and prevent excessive fraying.

butterfly quilting detail
quilting detail

I used a grey 50wt Aurifil for the quilting because I wanted the texture of the quilting to not over power the butterflies.  It worked perfectly, although I found that I needed to drop my top tension just a little due to the wool wadding and flannelette backing.  I went with a variation of a quilting design that I used recently and added in some pathways for the butterfly to really give movement and direction to the kaleidoscope of butterflies (yes, I googled that and they can be called a kaleidoscope of butterflies!).

butterfly quilt in flight
I love the motion and movement the quilting gives, these butterflies are ready to fly away

I used Bella Berrylicious for the binding and I love how it makes the quilt a little more girly without going over the top and works so well with the back too.

butterfly back
quilting detail on back with binding

This quilt measures approximately 50″ x 50″ and is a great size for a cot or playmat (seen here on my daughter’s toddler bed which is actually a modified cot).

butterfly quilt on cot sized bed

I’m hoping the new Mummy loves this quilt just as much as I do.  I had fun stitching baby’s name, first freehand by machine and then with some handquilting using the lovely 12wt Aurifil in a verigated pink.

Butterfly quilt name details

I had fun being back in the babyzone making this quilt and plan to make some more baby quilts soon, such a fun size to work with!

butterfly quilt folded

This quilt was made and quilted by me on my Bernina 440QE. I used Aurifil threads, Bella Solids (Steel and Berrylicious), Loulouthi flannelette and a variety of stash prints for the butterflies many from my monthly stash subscription.

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13 Comments on Flight of the Butterflies

  1. Dominique
    July 12, 2013 at 2:19 am (7 months ago)

    Wow! the design of the top itself is beautiful, but the quilting is what really makes this quilt sing! beautiful work!

  2. Michèle-Renée Charbonneau
    July 12, 2013 at 2:34 am (7 months ago)

    Wow, Gemma, it’s beautiful! Love everything about this quilt – the colours, the design, the quilting. Fantastic!

  3. Laura Lochore
    July 12, 2013 at 5:31 am (7 months ago)

    Love the butterflies! Well done! :)

  4. Vera
    July 12, 2013 at 5:54 am (7 months ago)

    Beautiful! Your quilting, butterlies, everyting.

  5. Enid
    July 12, 2013 at 12:40 pm (7 months ago)

    I love that quilting so original!

  6. MsMidge
    July 12, 2013 at 12:54 pm (7 months ago)

    Just divine! What a lucky little Irish Lass :)

  7. Aoife
    July 12, 2013 at 1:35 pm (7 months ago)

    It’s so beautiful, Gemma! And even if you weren’t in my blog reader, I’d have found you through twitter – where Alex Veronelli tweeted out this project!!! Yay! I like that you got a beautiful cushion for yourself out of this too :) I’d love to touch this quilt, it’s so lovely.

  8. Michelle
    July 12, 2013 at 3:43 pm (7 months ago)

    That is gorgeous — love the quilting and background color you chose!

  9. audrey
    July 12, 2013 at 4:03 pm (7 months ago)

    This is so cute! I love all of the little details you put into it.

  10. Catrin Lewis
    July 13, 2013 at 1:09 am (7 months ago)

    Oh come on! This is in a different league to mine! Your quilting is exquisite – those pink butterflies next to her name are the perfect touch. I love the fact that both our quilts have some Cocoon in then though!

  11. Maartje Quilt
    July 13, 2013 at 10:16 am (7 months ago)

    The Artis in Amsterdam is great but we were in a smaller, very child friendly zoo 40 km from Amsterdam. http://www.dierenparkamersfoort.nl/
    I love your quilts!

  12. Stephanie
    July 14, 2013 at 1:03 am (7 months ago)

    This is so gorgeous and simple – I love it!!

  13. Mareenchen
    July 25, 2013 at 4:05 am (7 months ago)

    It’s perfectly adorable! What a wonderful baby quilt. :)


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