Sunday, March 24, 2019
Blog Hops Everything Show Your Wings Blog Hop

Let’s Fly: Show Your Wings Hop Day 4

Hey there! To those who are new here, welcome! If you’ve been here before, welcome back. πŸ™‚ I appreciate that you took time out of your busy day to stop by to see me and what I’ve been up to.
Today is day 4 of 4 for the Show Your Wings Blog Hop hosted by the amazing Carol from Just Let Me Quilt.

Before I share my project with you, the line up for today is:

February 21
Just Let Me Quilt
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Sew Fresh Quilts
Quilt Fabrication
Words & Stitches
All Thingz Sewn
Kathy’s Quilts
For The Love Of Geese
Two Maker Chicks – You’re Already Here! πŸ™‚
That Fabric Feeling

And now, onto my project. πŸ™‚ I knew before I signed up for this hop that I would be making something for my youngest who loves butterflies and fairies. I had no clue, nor any ideas for what to actually make. While gather inspiration on Pinterest (of course) I found a butterfly silhouette that I liked the look of which got me thinking. With the idea of silhouettes, I went digging for images of butterflies and fairies that are in the public domain. I found a fairy image I liked, played around with some boarder designs, tweaked it all in Photoshop and I had my silhouette.

However, I still had no idea what or how I was going to use it. So I sat on my ideas. I’ve long since realized that I cannot force these things otherwise I’ll never be happy with the results.

Do you have a thing that you do in which you really don’t have to think but you still enjoy it? I do scrap improv piecing. Just the other day I was talking with Jen from Patterns by Jen and host of the 2019 Monthly Color Challenge on IG about scraps and how I cannot throw away even the teeny bits. Yes I have a scrap problem.
Anyhow, I have one of those rolling plastic carts with the drawers in them and it is stuffed *full* of bits and pieces of fabric that are oddly shaped or just plain small. When I want to sew just to sew, I’ll pull that cart over and just start sewing bits and pieces together. I don’t follow any color order, and there’s no rhyme or reason to it. I just sew.

Anywhoooo, when I was doing this the other day, it finally occured to me what exactly I was going to do for this hop. While the top is pieced, and it’s all pinned up ready to be quilted, I honestly have no clue when that’s going to happen… I went through 3 of my domestic sewing machines today trying to get them to cooperate with what I was trying to do and those 3 machines are lucky I didn’t immediately list them up for sale or bring them out to the curb. *sigh*

Now you know the story, here’s the wall hanging quilt that I’ve made for my girl minus the quilting and the black binding.

I will be making more quilts like this in the future, however I will be going at it a different way because I do believe that I did – every – single – step – the hard way with this one. *sighing AND shaking my head* LOL

The top measures somewhere in the neighborhood of 33″ x 30″-ISH. First the backing was improv pieced using scraps from my bin. Then the silhouette was hand cut, centered onto the scrappy background, and fused down. I flat out knew that I didn’t want to take the time to sew around ALL those bits, so the top layer of my quilt sandwich is actually a layer of fine net tulle. That way, once I finally get around to quilting it the tulle will hold down all those tiny whispy silhouette details that would easily come loose.

So, I hope you like her – I know my youngest does. πŸ™‚ She’s excited for me to finish it because I told her it will be hung up in her room once it’s done.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day.

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