Bailing out Mama

24 10 2010

No my mom didn’t go to jail!

My mom joined the ranks of longarm quilters a few years after I did.   She occasionally takes on jobs she doesn’t feel ready to handle and she brought along a customer quilt when they came to visit.  To me this quilt looked like fun — it didn’t require persnickety quilting, but I could just jump in and let loose.  (The quilt really isn’t crooked, it is just my picture-taking angle and using perspective in Photoshop.)

The large butterflies are each quilted differently.

But the fun part was the freehand butterflies in the half square triangle blocks

and the smaller freehand butterflies in the background among the swirls.

I drew pictures of both in my notebook and so for anyone who cares here is the step by step process of both butterflies.

For the half square triangle blocks I used the diagonal seam as a guide.  If I were quilting the butterfly in a solid block, I would probably draw in a guide line.  I start the whole butterfly with an elongated tear drop shape for the abdomen.  (Disclaimer — I am not an entomologist and do not promise anatomically correct butterflies ;-o )

For the antenna, I back track down to the head.

I start with the outside of the wing and then add detail inside.

I back tracked slightly over the thorax to get to the other side.

For the smaller butterfly I marked a straight guide line in the position for the body — other than that it is very similar.  It just doesn’t have to fit in a square.




9 responses

30 11 2010

That is really lovely – I wish I could quilt like that!

27 12 2010
Nancy Wilkins

Thanks so much for showing how you did those butterflies.

2 08 2011
Jessica Nichols

Hi Sonya,
I loved this tutorial and linked to it on my website, You can see the link here:

Thanks for sharing!

14 04 2013

lovely butterfly, I want to use it in my next quilt.
I hope that tis allright that i´d pinned id?
I like to QuiltBlog

22 05 2013

Thank you very much for this. You are very generous.

19 04 2014
Wendy West

Fantasic sewing of the butterfies!! Great instructions on how you did them.

19 06 2014
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Appreciating the time and effort you put into your site and detailed information you
offer. It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same outdated rehashed information. Great read!
I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

26 09 2014

The tutorial is a great aid in designing for my projects. Detailed sketching/stitching is a plus. I plan to visit your site/blog often! Thans.

5 09 2015

Thanks Jean, I’m glad it was helpful. Sadly at this point in my life I don’t have time to post on my blog nearly as often as I used to.

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