Vintage Butterflies and adding to my Stash

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For the last several days I have been working on several different projects at the same time. I am finishing up my paper piecing mini quilt using my Island Batik fabrics, I am redoing a quilt as a mini…..I am hooked on mini quilts all of a sudden and have done some quilting on several other projects.

I am still having internet problems and I think it may be time to change providers. Being the country limits what we can get but satellite is just not cutting it at $100 a month. I’m going to check out Verizon.

One of them is this beautiful vintage applique butterfly quilt. Our neighbor’s wife passed away and his daughters found a box of these old blocks that they think were made by their grandmother and their mom was going to make a quilt with them. The hand applique is beautiful on the blocks. There are enough blocks for 2 wall hangings and 2 lap quilts.
Vintage applique Yellow butterflyI added black sashing and then the blue butterfly border fabric that was already picked out by their mother, the same black is going to be on the back of all of them. I just did a simple stipplequilting design on the muslin background using Aurifil thread.  Here is a picture of the back of the quilt.
Butterfly Quilt backing black kona cottonHere is a better look at the wall hanging I am working on right now. I also have the GO! Butterfly die out so you can see the size of the butterflies.
Vintage Butterfly QuiltIt is always fun when a package comes in the mail, yesterday I received 3 new dies from AccuQuilt. The Heather Feather Border by Sarah Vedeler will be fun to work with. I plan on doing my freemotion applique on the edges of all of these beautiful feathers. I also go the GO! Scallop Border and the larger GO! Butterfly by Edyta Sitar to go with the small one I used for my Scrappy Butterfly quilt tutorial. I can’t wait to start playing with these!AccuQuilt new dies

I also received a package of fabric from Fat Quarter Shop. This beautiful group of fabrics is the Summertime Moda Mix fat quarter bundle with a couple of extra half yard pieces that I will use for a quilt next month.  Fat Quarter Shop puts together all kinds of neat groupings of fabrics in their exclusive bundles, which is how I found this collection.
Summertime Moda Mix ChestnutI am also remaking my Chinese Forget Me Not quilt as…….a mini. I have decided I would like to make minis of many of my quilts so I can hang them in my quilt studio. Right now I rotate what is hanging up.

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Boundless FabricsI recently bought several fat quarter bundles of their new Boundless collections that I will be using next month for a couple projects. I also thought this would be a good time to try their batiks, I bought a 6″ strip bundle and I’m very happy with the quality of them.  I also bought a kit that uses the Boundless Ombre collection. This would be a great time to buy some of them or a quilt kit.

Part of the reason I have been working on so many different projects is because it has been so hard to work on the internet because of it cutting out constantly. Hopefully… will get better.

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  1. Annitta Bass says:

    Connie, The Butterfly quilt brought tears to my eyes as my grandmother made that same exact quilt for me. I am 80 years old now and somewhere along the way my quilt disappeared. Is it possible for you to offer the pattern of the butterfly’s? .I would love to remake that quilt as I have thought of it often.

    1. That is so neat that your grandmother made the same quilt! I am sure I can create something very similar to this. Please give me a little time but I don’t mind a reminder once in a while.

      1. Awesome and yes I can throw a reminder out now and then. 🙂

  2. Love your projects and especially the butterflies. What fun to receive packages of sewing goodness! Lovely new fabrics too. Creative Bliss Dear…

  3. I love those butterflies. That will be a special mini and I like your idea of doing your other quilts In minis too. You are going to have fun with the new dies. I can’t wait to see what you do with them.

    Good luck with your internet problems. That can be so frustrating.

    1. Thanks Mary, I am really enjoying the minis! Internet……ugh…..that is the only bad thing about living where we do.

    1. Thanks Missy, they look like something you would like 🙂

  4. That is so kind of you to finish to butterflies for your neighbors. They turned out great. Bummer about your internet connection. I can only imagine the frustration!

    1. Thanks Nancy! Internet…….unfortunately it has always been a problem because of the bluffs around us. I’m going to try Verizon’s Jetpack.

  5. Your work constantly inspires me! I look forward to your emails! That butterfly applique is gorgeous! What a treasure!

    1. Thanks so much Patricial! I have a million ideas… I’ll keep creating!

  6. fun dies! and great quilts

  7. Those vintage butterflies are beautiful. Lucky daughters to have you at hand to finish the job. Talk about heirlooms! That butterfly GO die is no slouch either. That Moda mix bundle is very tempting but I’ve promised myself that a great stash reduction simply must take place here before I start adding to it. You’ve been very busy! All your projects look wonderful. If I wanted to make minis to hang on my walls, they would have to be postage stamp size.

    1. Thanks Pat, I have the butterfly wall hanging done now to make the lap quilt. Then once that is done I’ll make the same for the other daughter. I also finished a baby quilt that her mother had started. They told me no hurry so I have made sure to have something on my design wall so I don’t forget……LOL. Oh my gosh Pat, postage stamp quilts……ugh!

  8. The feather and scallop dies almost make me want to buy a GO cutter. I’ve looked at them several times, but just never make the move. I actually enjoy cutting my pieces plus I have no flat surface to set it up except on top of my cutting mat. But those border dies are fabulous!

    1. Thanks Sara, for years I cut out hearts for coaster sets…..great thing to do while watching television. Don’t tell but I still enjoy cutting……just cut out 36 small orange peels.

  9. OOo! Love the orange quilt with blue flowers that you showed. Scrumptious! I recently discovered that I haven’t been getting your blog posts so I signed up again. Good to have you back!

    1. Thanks Janice and I’ so glad you’ll get my posts again! The orange mini is coming soon!