Thursday, November 14, 2019
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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.

22 thoughts on “Let’s Fly: Show Your Wings Hop Day 4

  1. The fairy quilt is really neat! I love the scrappy background behind the dark silhouettes. No wonder your youngest loves it!

  2. Oh my, that does look like it was a lot of work. Lucky girl. Hurry up and finish it now that you’re on a roll. If you leave it, it may be quite a while before you get back to is and little ladies do get impatient. It’s lovely and just goes to show what can be done with the lowly scrap.

  3. Very creative. Love how it just seemed to come together perfectly. And, I’ve been in the same predicament with my machines at times, it seems only a miracle can get them to work so I can dive back in my creativity.

  4. The fairy quilt is just stunning and sweet! I love to applique but doing it around all the pieces would be intense. What a great idea to put tulle over it and then quilt. This will be such a treasure for your youngest! Thanks for hopping along with us and sharing your adorable fairy quilt!

  5. wow, this is stunning. you are very creative. i understand why your daughter wants you to finish it. thanks for sharing and for inspiring today.

  6. That’s way cool! I have to laugh…why is it that we always do it the hardest way first. What a fun way to use up those scraps though. Your giving me ideas here! πŸ˜‰

  7. I know what you mean about scrappy projects. I make several crumb blocks and sew them into quilts to donate. While I like them, I don’t usually “love” them. But some recent ones I”ve made are on my list of favorites. As artists we need to keep creating and realize that not every finale will be a Rembrandt. Nonetheless, your freedom of expression is admired and your daughter is proof that we often judge ourselves too harshly. I hope you had fun and thanks for sharing a creative finish.

  8. Wow! That is really gorgeous! It looks like it would be so much fun to sit and sew and get it all together like that. Definitely have to give this a try. Thank you for sharing.

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