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!
Absolutely stunning. My favourite so far in the blog hop. Love everything about it. The quilting is amazing 😍ReplyDelete
Just beautiful work you do. Love that it has a curved finish that flows with the butterflies.ReplyDelete
Your runner is gorgeous! Every decision you made along the way was perfect, resulting in a unique and really beautiful piece.ReplyDelete
I’m not into butterflies but omg, your runner is stunning!ReplyDelete
Totally awesome runner and free motion work.ReplyDelete
These butterflies are a real delight and the quilting is wonderful. Thanks for showing it.ReplyDelete
What a beautiful piece. Your work is over the top. The quilting really makes your stunning butterflies pop. Love the background on construction.ReplyDelete
Wow beautiful, stunning!!!ReplyDelete
What a great table runner. Your stitching is meticulous and the quilting... wow! Oh, and the green circles was a great call! Thanks for sharing. MelvaLovesScraps(at)NolanQualityCustoms(dot)comReplyDelete
Very cool! I love the neat butterflies! Enjoy your day! :-) :-) angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcomReplyDelete
Lovely butterflies. Very nice projectReplyDelete
Beautiful, I love everything about it.ReplyDelete
This is gorgeous! I love the shape you made the runner. It's so nontraditional and really makes a statement. And those butterflies...wow! They are beautiful. Thank you so much for hopping with us and sharing your incredible wings project!ReplyDelete
Wow this is gorgeous. So very creative. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.ReplyDelete
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WOW Suzy! Your project is so gorgeous! I love the butterflies and the quilting and the shape. Oh my --it is just breathtaking. Thank you for sharing today.ReplyDelete
Wow! What a stunning quilt! Love the applique and the quilting and love the curvy shape.ReplyDelete
Hi Suzy! What a gorgeous butterfly. I love how you quilted them, and coloring in those dots with green was just genius. Beautiful, beautiful table runner. ~smile~ RoseanneReplyDelete
WOW! I love your quilting and butterfly is wonderful and such a fun and different shape to your runner too. You do gorgeous work.ReplyDelete
That is amazing. I love how the quilt itself mimics the shape of the butterfly wings.ReplyDelete
Such amazing details on your fabulous Butterfly Table Runner. That binding blows me away! ThisT was a perfect project for the Show Your Wings Blog Hop.ReplyDelete
That's absolutely gorgeous Suzy. As always your quilting is just stunning. LOVE IT!!!!ReplyDelete
Lovely butterflies! Thanks for sharing in the hop ... :) PatReplyDelete
Very beautiful. It looks complicated.ReplyDelete
SO cute! I really like that you didn't make it a rectangle!ReplyDelete
Thank You for Hopping and sharing your Wings.ReplyDelete
I love so many things about this piece. Your quilting is amazing and I like your idea to color the dots after quilting. Very pretty!ReplyDelete
Certainly are beautiful project and even so with batiks.ReplyDelete
That binding is insane, in a really good way! Bias strip from a 5" strip, though? Crazy! Your Island Batiks are perfect for butterflies. You have reminded me I need to do something with that small set of fabrico markers I have been hoarding. Loved your project today.ReplyDelete
Love the things you get yourself into!! that turned out so great! And what fun to be a butterfly counter - I bet that is fascinating!ReplyDelete
This is a favorite of mine, Suzy! So pretty (and I'm not usually big on butterflies)! How in the world does one count butterflies? Haha. I assume it's like counting birds, which I learned through my daughter the birder girl. Cool that he does that for the park each year!ReplyDelete
Your quilting really makes these lovely butterflies pop!ReplyDelete
Quite the lovely runner - your butterflies are beautiful!ReplyDelete
You're runner is gorgeous, and the quilting is fantastic!ReplyDelete
Your quilt ideas cause me to drop my jaw. This is beautiful. I now know another way to use my Fabrico markers. I have done that piecing with bias binding. Thanks for sharing this.ReplyDelete
Very cute Suzy, a very unique shape for a runner. It does remind me of old linen type dresser scarves that had crochet lace on the edges.ReplyDelete
Wow your runner is gorgeous. The design is awesome and the unique shape and quilting just amazing.ReplyDelete
Flutter - riffic !!💚💚💚ReplyDelete
WoW, WoW, WoW, Suzy... normally I do not like butterflies but yours are simply gorgeous. I love this pattern and the quilting is breathtaking. I love the shape of the runner... All I can say is.. if you ever decide you don't want this anymore... write me :) I do :)ReplyDelete