A few weeks ago I showed you some new fabric that I brought home from my favorite quilt shop (aka The Granary). You can go here to see that post. I just finished the quilt top yesterday and I really like it. I know, it’s not true love yet, but it will be once I’ve quilted it and added some blue piping around the outside and all. The pattern is from the book, Sisterhood-A Quilting Tradition: 11 Heartwarming Projects to Piece & Applique.
There were some big prints in this fabric line from Michael Miller (aptly named “Bella Butterfly”) and I really wanted to use all of them. The large hydrangeas in the outer corners are actually made up of little butterflies. So cute!
TIP: Make a fabric swatch color guide before you start a new quilt project. It really helps to keep things organized and then you don’t have to think so hard! Here’s what mine looks like:
On the right side of each fabric swatch, I wrote the corresponding color and letters as given in the pattern. So, for instance, any time the pattern said to cut the tan fabric or to use piece C, I would know to look for my green fabric.
And here’s a close up of the applique:
There are so many techniques for applique and I wanted something that was done by machine. I chose a turned-edge technique using lightweight fusible interfacing and then it’s finished off with invisible thread and a blind hem stitch.
I decided to use the flowers and butterfly that were printed on one of the other large scale fabrics. This is similar to Broderie Perse which uses pre-printed elements to make up an applique scene. Here is the fabric before cutting it up and after:
Have a happy day!