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Hanna’s Post: Butterflies and Lavender

Vof vof, friends! It’s me Hanna here, surrounded by lavender and butterflies!

Hanna puppy

Spring turns to summer here in Crete and there are lots of flowers around. When I come home from my walk, I have often flowers and leaves in my fur. In my garden there is a big lavender bush and it’s full of tiny purple flowers. When me and Nero walk near by this bush we smell really nice!

lavender

lavender

lavender

There are busy bees collecting honey and beautiful butterflies flying around.

butterfly

My new quilt projcet has butterflies and I have already made few to test how the free piecing would work. You can see more about that HERE.

fabric butterfly

butterfly

There are really so many kind of butterflies! That’s fun and gives me a change to make creative butterflies with different techniqs. You may know that I love paper piecing! But, the Big But is that it takes a lot of time and I think it’s better for small blocks. But, I made yesterday one purple butterfly and I love it! It took time but I’m hooked! I think I shall make few of these small butterflies but I couldn’t make many because this quilt is going to be the biggest I have ever made.

paper piecing butterfly

paper piecing butterfly

Patter is from Lillyella and I’m sure you have seen many of these beautiful butterflies flying around in blogs and instagram. I made small change on the body

paper pieced butterfly

butterfly quilt block

Diamond blocks are made with Kate Spain‘s ‘Grand Canal’. I think my favourite is this deep purple! It brings water to my mouth! Now I’m waiting to receive bundle of ‘Early Bird’ also by Kate Spain, to continue this project. I think these small butterflies with solids add something special to this quilt.

lavender

I picked lots of lavenders to make later lavender pouches. There is still much more to cut but I leave them for the bees for a while.

dear dog Hanna

Hmmm, what I was thinking? Making plans is one of my favourite hobbies. Often it’s difficult to concentrate and start to make something. But when I start then it’s difficult to stop. I was thinking to clean in the garden, you know those fallen leaves and flowers, but I think I prefer to make new butterfly. What you think about juicy yellow-green butterfly? … pink … turquoise …

I shall join my favourite linky parties with my friends! All the buttons are on my sidelist, so click and see what everyone has been doing!

Kisses from HANNA

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{Butterflies} New Quilt Project

Hi dear friends! It has been a little bit quiet here lately but something I have done. Lots of planning in my mind, lots of thinking what fabrics to use/order and finally some testing blocks. Beginning a new quilt project is always exciting but it can be also very challenging, too.

butterflies new quilt project

As you know, I plan as a go and always with the fabrics. They give me ideas and that’s the way I like to see what fabrics and colours will work as I like. But for this big project I need to order fabrics before I can really start and because it can take even 4 weeks to receive them, I can’t just order something to try and then order more.

After lots of lots of thinking I have ended up to Kate Spain‘s ‘Early Bird’ from Fat Quarter Shop. Adding some beautiful blue prints, I’m sure this will work well. I’m imagining different kind of butterflies in different sizes. Have to find a way to make some flowers, too. Perhaps some applique, but that I shall see later.

butterfly quilt block

When trying to think how to make improvised butterflies, I draw one. This could be paper pieced but also this can be a guide for free piecing. I wanted to try free piecing to be able to make butterflies that look improvised and coulr make some of them quite big.

butterfly quilt block

improvised butterfly

butterfly quilt block

sewing room

You can see from these process photos that I was going on with similar way like paper piecing but without paper. And of couse my pieces are not precise. I tried to find fitting pieces from scraps and when didn’t manage, then cut from the big piece of fabric.

I had to trim the turquoise more than I had planned so the wings became quite short, but there are so many kind of butterflies so I think this is also cute. I don’t know if these will in the quilt. I have to see later when I have done a lot with the main fabrics.

sewing butterflies

butterflies

One evening I had company, not only Hanna, but this tiny dragonfly (is it dragonfly?).

dragonfly

Looked like she enjoyed modelling and was watching what I’m doing. It stayed at the end of the iron board all the evening! When I made the ‘Bunny’s Friends’ quilt, I had special little helper! Perhaps you like to read the story: Part 1,  Part 2, Part 3, Part 4. When I looked now those posts I was wondering how my sewing room was then so empty and in order?!

Nelli enjoyes her special private window place. This is Nelli’s room and place to store ‘things’. This window is in the last corner, perhaps the most pieceful place in the whole house but with a great view to the garden. Nelli can see what the dogs are doing there, if any neighbour cat is passing, birds visiting the water bowl. She found this place on her own when wanted to hide from ‘Paris’ and from then I find her sleeping here long times every day.

Nelli cat

When I decided about the fabrics, I thought I could use also some Grand Canal (by Kate Spain too) I had purchased earlier. Because they are Jelly roll, I wanted to try how the make a butterfly with strips.

sewing butterfly

Those diamonds are there because I had already made many of them with that Jelly roll. I may use them or not. They could be on the borders around, spread randomly or they could create something like flowers.

While waiting the fabrics to travel on the other side of the world, I can make some small butterfly blocks with paper piecing and to test how perhaps make some flowers.

Thank you very much for visiting and reading my blog! If you have a moment, write few words because your lovely comments make my day! Have you sewn butterflies? Have you tried free piecing or do you like foundation paper piecing?

If you like to crochet, you may like this crochet butterfly with free pattern. Notice that this pattern is not mine, I have only translated it. I was asked so much about the pattern and if there is English version, that I translated it with help of Avis from ‘Oh Sew Tempting’. Unfortunately I never managed to receve any answer from the original pattern but I have shared the link to it in the English pattern. So there you can find it also in Finnish.

I’m linking at ‘Needle and Thread Thursday’ at ‘My Quilt Infatuation’. 

TEJE