Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Butterfly Twist Quilt

Just finished the binding on this butterfly and green quilt this afternoon.

Whew... talk about vibrant! And I used orange thread this time, because there's a wee bit of orange in the butterfly wings. That's the downside about using Essential Threads, there aren't a TON of color options; only about 60 or 65 to select from. Hopefully there will be more colors down the road... but in the meantime it's make do! I love the thread too much to switch to a different brand that might have more options. :)

Can I moan for a long arm machine again? Cuz this wouldn't have happened if I had one!

Towards the bottom you can see a bit of the backing fabric that got pinched. Not a big deal, right? Well... when I was quilting that part, it started bunching on the top too. Instead of taking a moment to figure out if something was wrong, I just smashed the top relatively flat and hoped for the best. Nope, that's not how it works. :P

The quilting was just loops this time. I was running out of steam after free-motioning the ferns on the green zig zag quilt. So I picked something easier and wouldn't use a lot of thought. And if I accidentally crossed thread over, one would just assume it was another loop. :)

Still needs to be washed for "optimal usage", but I've moved onto the binding of the last trio of quilts.



Vicki W said...

Cute quilt! I hate to tell you this but those pleats sometimes happen on a longarm too!

Kisha said...

I am in total awe of your skills pleats or no pleats. Although really I have no idea what a long arm is I still love your quilts what a talent.

The Quilting Pirate said...

I love the orange for that added pop in this quilt!

Mary said...

I was going to tell you the same thing Vicki did - pleats do happen even when quilting on the longarm.

Loops are great aren't they? I just finished a quilt with them and wonder why I don't quilt them more often - they were quick and easy.

ruthieredneck said...

You have such lovely work. Part of the charm of hand-crafted art is that every piece is different and (gasp) it isn't utterly perfect.

You are too hard on yourself. Quit picking on yourself and pointing out your flaws! IT IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!

(BTW, pointing out our flaws is common in women. I want you to learn from my mistakes. So YOU quit doing it! LOL)

June said...

Yes, I agree that pleats and bunches happen with longarm machine work too. I consider these my "religious errors". I acquired this quilt pattern from your blog awhile back and have used it several times to make kids quilts to donate. Great pattern. Thanks!!