Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Happy Butterflies





















A little cutting and sewing, pressing and trimming as time allows and slowly my collection of happy butterfly blocks has steadily grown. Next week I plan to begin sewing these together, most likely in a pleasant random swarm of beautiful colour! The feature collection is Biology, a recent Cloud 9 release by Sarah Watson, mixed with some Cloud 9 Cirrus solids along with a Nancy Mim's Pick a Bunch print and a smattering of organic solids also from Robert Kaufman. All wonderfully fresh and organic.

I began with 7" squares of fabric, using a scant 3/8" seam as I find a larger seam more secure, especially when sewing on the bias. Making up my own plans as I go I figure there's no reason to stick with the conventional scant 1/4" seam. I've never really understood why this very narrow seam allowance has become the standard for the unfinished seams in quilting - I guess that's my earlier sewing background wanting to have a secure finish. Each hourglass block has been trimmed down to a 5 3/4" square, although I prefer to think of them as my butterflies.  :)


Sharing at WIP Wednesday.

26 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Very pretty, I love the happy butterflies! Enjoy your day!

DeniseinVA said...

That is going to be a gorgeous quilt! I love those butterflies.

Maryse said...

I like where this going ... beautiful fabrics and oh my! Love the butterflies print!

Jeanne said...

Karen you are amazing with your quilting patterns. Love this one. Hope you are well and life is going good for you!!!!

geanina said...

Lovely butterflies print! :)

Carla said...

Those prints look really nice in those blocks. Happy stitching!

amanda | wildly simple said...

Beautiful butterflies! Your seams as stunning as well. I could admire your work all day, Karen!

Giga said...

Material to make a quilt with butterflies happier. Hard work Aug waiting, but you like it, I think. Regards.

Dirk Rosin said...

kult ! :-)

Joy said...

lots of work but ot is worth it;)
Amazing color!

Fun60 said...

Can't wait to see how you are going to arrange the blocks. That butterfly fabric looks wonderful.

Cathy said...

If you only knew the many times I wish I could take a class on quilting from you. All the information I need to do it by myself is available, but it is so much nicer to do it with a friend who knows how to it it so well!
I did answer you comments on my blog about the bees...
Blessings!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Hi Cathy, this would be a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon or more together….if we lived closer. Maybe you will find a nearby quilter who would love to share her techniques with you. I rarely have a block of time to set aside, thankfully quilting lends itself to being worked on in small snippets of time.

Rachaeldaisy said...

I always think hour glass blocks are so satisfying to sew, I love that you are calling them butterfly blocks, so apt with those beautiful fabrics. Happy sewing.

Patchwork and Play said...

Your fabrics play so perfectly with this pattern! You are going to have a wonderful quilt from these pretty shapes!

Kim said...

The butterfly fabric is so pretty. It blends beautifully with the mixture of the other fabrics. These fabrics will make a lovely quilt, Karen.

marmarel said...

Beautiful fabrics you use!
Greetings from Marijke

Kelsey Boes said...

They are simply gorgeous, Karen.

Allison said...

I love a good short cut... great photos!

I read recently that the narrow seam allowance is so that there is less bulk added to a quilt... whether it's true or not, I really couldn't say... I'm a 1/4 incher sewer myself.

Erica Sta said...

Fantastic work again!
Many greetings by Heidrun

Amy Franks said...

what lovely fabric, I think it'll look quite beautiful at the end :-)

Janneke said...

I´m fond of butterflies, this quilt will be wonderful, but what a tremendous work.
Wish you happy sewing next week, I´m sure you enjoy it and the result will be great!

Filip Demuinck said...

Very creative and nice material.

Greetings,
Filip

Liz said...

Another gorgeous quilt in the making!

Preeti said...

The larger seam is an interesting feature. I'm curious to know if the pieces feel bulkier due to the extra fabric.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Hi Preeti, I often sew with a slightly larger seam, even with epp. With larger pieces like this there is no noticeable extra bulk at all. If anything the blocks sit better/flatter and pull less, being more stable. The fabrics I am using are quite a fine weight quilting cotton. If I was using a design with many tiny pieces then I may need to use a scant 1/4” seam.

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