Sunday, March 6, 2016

Butterfly Construction

 Anyone who has followed my blog knows I am a big Lori Holt fan. I have her 2016 calendar hanging in my sewing room, so when I switched over to March on Tuesday night and saw her butterfly quilt featured my wheels started spinning. I am teaching her Quilty Fun book as a BOM at my local fabric store and I have been trying to show my students some of the quilts featured in the book. For the month of March, we are making sewing baskets and they are pretty simple. In April, we are scheduled to make the butterflies. I decided to start on the Butterfly quilt. It has 91 butterflies in it. I had enough of the Kona navy background in my stash and plenty of brights for the butterflies and flowers. I started cutting!
I worked a bunch on these Friday night for FNwF
Here are my butterfly wings ready to be ironed.
 I shopped in my mom's stash--thanks Mom and found a perfect print for the butterfly bodies! The only thing I will need to buy will be a navy with white dots
and I should have this top made soon! 

I dropped my Pfaff off yesterday at our local sewing machine store for service and got some terrible news--they are closing in two weeks! I bought my machine there specifically because I could have it serviced locally. I begged the mechanic to add my machine to his queue--and he did. He is also going to look into opening his own repair shop locally--fingers crossed that will happen! Sometimes living in a rural area stinks...
 I managed to get my first birdhouse done for my Down in the Garden quilt this morning.
It was a good start for Slow Sunday Stitching. I will work on the flower and herb pots next. Check in here for more handwork inspiration

I am heading into my sewing room to make a bunch of cheerful butterflies on my Singer Featherweight and binge watch Damages on Netflix.

I have a long week ahead three late nights with parent/teacher conferences and a meeting, but we get Friday off. Have a great week!

19 comments:

  1. OMG, you have accomplished so much. The birdhouse is amazing as are all the butterfly pieces.

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  2. A very productive weekend so far, Tanya. I love your Down in the Garden project. Perfect for SSS.

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  3. Fall in love with your birdhouse, so cute It seems you are ready for Spring with So many butterflies and Down in the Garden blocks. Have fun.

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  4. I love, love, LOVE the butterflies!! :)

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  5. My goodness you need are so productive!!! Love the butterflies, they look amazing and the flower edgings, will make a beautiful quilt. So good you culd make it mostly from your stash...how good your Mum had a great stash too. Beautfiul stitchery you have done too.

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  6. That butterfly quilt is going to be so stinking cute!! I can't wait to see it!

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  7. I feel your pain about your local machine shop closing. I bought a BERNINA for the same reason and then the store closed! Now that I've opened my own shop I'm working toward being able to be a BERNINA dealer but it is pretty expensive and a lot of money upfront to get started. Hope your local repair guy is able to open his own place!

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  8. The butterfly blocks and quilt are great! So sweet and colorful. I hope you have a good week with conferences. I know how exhausting that can be.

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  9. Once again, a mad woman at work!!!!! Love the little butterflies! Is there a new Damages series? We watched all of it, of course, binging all the while!!!! Just saw the 1st House of Cards...ooohhh!!!!

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  10. Your birdhouse block is lovely! I hope you enjoyed some relaxing moments stitching the flowers!

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  11. I remember when Lori had a butterfly sew along on her blog years ago. I even pulled fabric for it, but never got around to starting. They are so cute--I look forward to seeing yours! Love your embroidery!

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  12. What a fun bunch of butterflies!

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  13. I am so looking forward to seeing your completed butterfly quilt - you're making me want to make one, too. I love that book!

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  14. That butterfly quilt is going to be so pretty, and you've made so much progress! Our local Janome dealer closed shop here but I'm fortunate to have a repair shop close by. I hope you find someone to help you keep your machine in tip top shape! Thanks for linking to MCM - I love those butterflies!

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  15. Great start to the butterflies and well done getting most of it from your stash. That is always a good feeling.
    The birdhouse embroidery is lovely.
    I hope you survived all the conferences and enjoy your day off.

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  16. The butterflies are awesome!! Thank you so much for linking up at TGIFF!

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  17. Can't wait to see the butterfly quilt!!

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  18. I love that butterfly quilt and can't wait for your to be done.....if I lived closer I would totally be up for the classes. Have fun with it.

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