Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Blooms and Butterflies
The arrival of Spring makes me want to sew something spring like. Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet announced a "#bloom where you are planted" sew along on Instagram and I was all in. She adapted a flower block from her book, "Quilty Fun" for this sew along. My quilt top is entirely scrappy using only fabrics that I had on hand. I had part of a layer cake (10 inch squares) of Floral Gatherings by Primitive Gathering that I had for another project. I was able to cut all the pieces needed for each flower background from a 10 inch square of fabric. Just make sure to cut the larger pieces first from 1 1/2 inch by 10 inch strips before cutting the one inch pieces and 1 1/2 inch squares. I did buy some of the green and cream Floral Gathering fabric seen on the right for the backing and the binding plus a piece of batting. Other than that, everything was from my fabric stash.
"Quilty Fun" also has the directions for adorable butterfly blocks. I couldn't resist adding a scrappy butterfly border using the leftover fabrics from the flowers and flower centers. The quilt adds just the right amount of Spring into the room.
I also love how the little quilt compliments Mr. and Mrs. Bunny which I painted during my tole painting years. Um, yeah, that would be 28 years ago. I still love those bunnies. They are my favorites! Blooms and Butterflies is also one of my favorite quilts.