Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Remember This One...

This quilt was the "girl" quilt I made when a friend was pregnant and not finding out gender.  I had left the center blank, thinking that I would add the kid's name. 
Well, that baby ended up being a boy and he got monsters instead.  So the girl quilt sat waiting, like patience on a monument as they say. 
Our Kindergarten teacher is having a baby in February, and score, it's a girl.  Check it out, she is so getting a quilt.  Done and done.  But we really weren't all that sure we would manage to find out exactly how they are spelling the name (I'm related to an EmmaLee, so even a "usual name" can't be assumed) and coordinate that with when she is at school considering maternity leave and all that. 
So we went with Plan B; and around here, B is for butterfly.
 The butterflies are all applique.  I used dryer sheets as the underside of my applique, I read about it here.  It worked out great!  I like the bit of dimension it gave the wings.  I am all about poof, remember. 
The thing that surprised me, and really if I had thought about it I should have seen this one coming, but it smells a bit more spring-time fresh than you'd expect in my full on winter.
 The butterflies are all a bit different as I didn't use a pattern or anything.  I just drew a wingish shape for each of the four wings on the butterfly.  I then stitched those together and voila, a butterfly.
 I had planned on hiding my stitching, but it was taking way long, so I switched to visible stitching in purple on all the butterflies, as opposed to pink on pink and blue on blue.  I ended up really liking the way it turned out.  I think it fits with the visible purple stitching in the little square border. 

 We are going to be gifting this one, along with some cookies or whatnot, to our teacher for Christmas.  Here's hoping she likes butterflies...and the smell of fresh laundry.


Audrie said...

Love it, she will too. Where would you be without the hand model pointing things out for us?

Kim said...

Now who would not go crazy over this delightful little quilt?

Happy Sewing and Merry Christmas,

amandajean said...

what a great finish! i've just heard about how great the dryer sheet applique method was this week. now on your blog, that makes twice. i'll have to try it out sometime.

thanks for linking up!

notes of sincerity said...

What a darling quilt. :o)

Susie at ProsperityStuff said...

I LOVE this quilt! I'm amazed at how gorgeous the patchwork looks with the white space and the butterflies. And dryer-sheet applique is what I'm trying for my latest circle-applique project ... So far, so good. BEAUTIFUL finish!