Friday, 25 January 2013

Stars and Butterfly Quilt - Part 1

Hello everyone,

I missed posting last week but I was just so busy with work and family stuff and kept putting it off, but I have been getting some sewing done despite having an inferior machine to work with.

I actually started this quilt before my machine broke but was able to keep piecing on the stand in.

It started with this block, taken from Carol Doak's book Simply Sensational Stars.  Have to say it is an excellent book especially if you like foundation piecing.
Mine was a gift from a quilter friend - thank you Irene!

I made 4 of these blocks and set them on point around a center block with a butterfly.

I love this blue fabric with the big flowers on it and I didn't want to cut it too small so it was perfect for the setting triangles.

I don't know about mixing batik and non batik fabrics in a quilt, but I'm doing it anyway.  This is a gorgeous rainbow stripe batik.

Next up I added a border which was also foundation pieced.

                                                            Close up of the border.

It's getting bigger and look at all that space for the applique!

More foundation pieced blocks joined to gether to make the next border that will frame the applique.

.... and this is the story so far. 

I am still waiting for my machine to be repaired and returned to me so I am hanging off doing the applique. I love how this quilt is progressing - it looks just like the picture in my head.  I did do a small sketch of how I wanted it to look but forgot to take a photo. Next time.

Before I go I'll just share my good news.  DH has bought me a new machine (from a different dealer). I've opted for the Janome 1600P.

It's being delivered on monday and I cannot wait!
Enjoy your weekend.


Sandra Kaye said...

WOW!! another butterfly quilt!! I loved the first one you did...but this one looks like it will be a winner too!!! Oh, and the lizards on your heard....Still my favorite quilt :):) hugs

Borderline Quilter said...

Great workhorse for quilting Rhianon, I used to have a Viking Mega Quilter on a frame....still have the machine...think I collect machines, it will last forever but don't quote me on that....coz you are prolific! Great looking quilt too!

LynCC said...

Wow! This is so pretty :D

Karen said...

Rhianon - this quilt is beautiful! Love the colors and the piecing and applique is awesome! Can't wait to see what else you do with it.

Congrats on your new machine!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Love your new machine Rhianon. I am so very anxious to see this quilt finished. your applique and quilting is going to make it into a masterpiece; I am sure!!! Love it so far

Debbie said...

Beautiful design and colors. So very pretty. Congrats on the machine. I'll be waiting to see how you like it, as I was looking at one this week!

CitricSugar said...

Beautiful work!

I'm curious to hear how your new machine works… That's the super-fast industrial one, right?

Andrea said...

Lovely quilt - will be so beautiful. I have the 1600p - great machine xx

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

Beautiful and your new machine look so but you are going to have fun :)

Susan Lawson said...

Beautiful! BTW, I mix batiks and prints all the time. A new machine! how exciting! I bought a babylock symphony last year and the stitch capability on it is phenomenal! so how come I use like 3 of them? ;)

Larissa said...

This top looks fabulous Rhianon!! ... Best of luck with your new machine!!

Quilter said...

Thanks for sharing your process. The quilt is beautiful, can't wait to see the next step. Enjoy your new machine.

Belinda said...

Ohh that is to DIE FOR!! What a beautiful quilt.

M-R Charbonneau said...

It's looking fabulous, Rhianon!

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