Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tuesday Archives - Key Lime Butterfly


Val at Val's Quilting Studio has a weekly linky party called Tuesday Archives, a linky party featuring your old, archived quilting or sewing posts. The lovely Bernie at Needle and Foot mentioned it to me in one of her comments, and I think it is such a great idea! Val chooses a different theme each week, and today's theme is Butterflies.

I believe that most of the folks that participate simply link to their old post, but since my archived post is on an old blog, I decided to just repeat a portion of it here on this blog. You can read the post in its entirety here on The Katy Rose.

I think it's good to look back on old posts, especially when I see something I used to do that I should revive. Because I was new to quilting I added "Things I've Learned" to the posts about my finishes, and it was very helpful in my learning process.

Side note #1: I've had other blogs prior to this one! My former blogs are For Goodness Sake, a catering blog started in Oklahoma, Oklahoma Peach Fuzz which transitioned into The Katy Rose when we moved from Oklahoma to Katy, TX, and my present blog, started when we moved north of Katy.
Side note #2: The quilt in this post is the only quilt I've sold!
Side note #3: The paper-piecing class I mention in my old post? Sadly I un-enrolled and never took it!

Enjoy!

Key Lime Butterfly Complete - Things I've Learned

June 17, 2013


The vintage Schnibbles from my quilt-along is finished. I added the border of the white fabric with script, and the black and white hexagon patterned binding made the other fabrics pop.

The back is pieced with vertical panels of leftover fabric along with a coordinating swirl fabric.

The final size is 30-1/2 by 30-1/2 inches.

I finally worked up the courage to free motion quilt, and after all was said and done, I am pleased with the way it turned out. I cut a template for a butterfly design, marked it on each block with a Frixion erasable pen, and used my darning foot to stitch. There was a bit of pesky "eye-lashing", but only on the back. I did straight line quilting on the lime green bordering the blocks. I added a butterfly "body" with one of the embroidery stitches on my Janome.

Things I've Learned:

I learned that joining a quilt-along gives me the discipline to complete a pattern from start to finish with a deadline. No one pressures me but myself. On the day of the "parade", it is not only fun to see the variations but also to "meet" other bloggers and read their ideas and tips. I almost didn't do this month's Schnibble, and I'm so glad I decided to do it.

I learned that I can overcome any fear in quilting. Free motion quilting should have been fun for me, and up until this project, it wasn't. I finally began to get into a rhythm and feel the instant gratification and pleasure that comes from quilting a quilt. This feeling of "I can do it!" prompted me to enroll in a paper piecing class at my LQS.

I learned that even though I try not to be too hard on myself, perfect points are still very important to me. I found this tutorial about a positioning pin on Connecting Threads, and it worked!

Check out other interesting archived posts at Val's by clicking on the link below!

Val's Quilting Studio

12 comments:

  1. Wow what a beautiful quilt, just love the colours and the butterflies. Especially like how you have a design on the back as well as the front. I'm with you, I love Free Motion Quilting but it takes me a while to work out a nice simple design that will look effective without me pulling me hair out.

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    1. Thanks Dawn. At the time I made this quilt, I was really practicing on FMQ; unfortunately I haven't in a long time!

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  2. I love Val's idea and know that I have a butterfly quilt. Now whether I actually posted something about it is something different altogether! If so, I'll add to the linky party.

    Your quilt is fabulous! I love the colors and the fabric. You are pretty bold with your quilting, too: making your own template, mixing in some embroidery, straight line quilting! Wow! I could maybe handle one but no way I'm shooting for three!

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    1. Mary, thanks for the kind words! I guess the words "that was then; this is now" apply here, because I don't take that kind of time anymore with my quilting. Maybe I should though!

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  3. How fun to see the progression of your blogging. I like that you featured what you learned from the experience. That is a great idea.

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    1. Thanks Bernie, I think so too - I need to revive that habit.

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  4. What a lovely post Linda! Loved seeing your quilt, which is beautiful and learning about your other blogs! Christine x

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  5. This is FABULOUS!! I am a HUGE fan of the lime green/black combination, and I love all of the fabrics that you've chosen. Yet again I say, we need to live closer!

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  6. I like the lime green and black, too! So refreshing! The Tuesday Archives posts are fun because you get to see things people worked on back before you knew them! I should join in one of these days. I enjoyed how you added what you learned from this project, too. I have tried FMQing, but don't feel very confident with it. I finally purched a Craftsy class on it and am looking forward to getting started on it! Happy Valentines Day!

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    1. I no longer have confidence in FMQ Diann! :( Who is the teacher of your class? I took a class from Angela Walters at International Quilt Festival in Houston in 2012 and really enjoyed her, but I just didn't keep up with it. Good luck to you!

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  7. I love the way the lime in this quilt shows in such a subtle way with the black and white prints. And hurray for you for doing the FMQ--you not only jumped in and did it, you added a unique spin with your embroidery work. Congrats on the sale. It seems that one might have been hard to part with.

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    1. I did love that quilt! I keep thinking I need to get back to practicing FMQ. I get in too much of a hurry when I quilt - just want to hurry and get it done! Not a good attitude. ;)

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