When Carol of Just Let Me Quilt announced her Show Your Wings Blog Hop I was really excited. My mind went immediately to butterflies. My dad counts butterflies for the county parks each summer and we share a love of these beautiful creatures.
What fabric to pick? Of course I dug into my stash of Island Batiks. I'm an ambassador for the company and I just love to work with their fabrics. Isn't this batik perfect for a butterfly wing?
I designed a swallowtail butterfly because I really like the way their tails hang down.
Here he is all stitched. I had great fun using my decorative stitches to add antennae. It's the first time I've done anything like this, but it won't be the last!
I used Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting because I like the way it drapes even though I quilt things to death! The quilting is done in Aurifil 50 weight.
Once I was done I decided the dots needed to stand out more. So I used my Fabrico markers to color them light green. I think it's super fun! You can also see I did a curvy 1/8 inch binding.
This binding has a STORY. You see, the purple fabric was a five inch wide strip. I had to cut many very small bias pieces, sew them all together, and then I had enough to go all the way around the edge of the runner. The things I get myself into. Fortunately it worked well and turned out great.
However, I did not realize that the end of my runner was going to curl. So I had to do something about it. I got out the steam iron and pressed like crazy.
It worked like a charm and I now have a perfectly flat runner!
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I hope you get to quilt today!