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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

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Grand Canal: new quilt project!

Hi dear friends! I hope you feel good! I do because I have a new quilt project going on!

grand canal diamonds

This quilt story began with the jelly roll Grand Canal by Kate Spain. Visit Kate’s beautiful blog ‘Kate Spain Designs’! This is my first time to use jelly roll and while waiting it to arrive I search for pattern. I really liked the idea of diamonds made by strips and decided to make diamond based design.

Grand Canal Jelly Roll

When this candy arrived I was so excited! It’s really beautiful, colours are gorgeus and the fabric is very soft! To make these colours shine even more I thought to add Kona solids.

Grand Canal and Kona

Looks really inspiring! First thought would be to add similar solid for the centre of the diamond and that is beautiful but there has to be also enough contrast.Look my first test blocks where the centre doesn’t separate well.

jelly roll diamonds

When I add solids the colours on the prints pop out!

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I never cut all the pieces in the beginning because I plan as I go. I have cut now some diamonds. One stripe makes one diamond and from the left over piece I shall create something else for this quilt. You can see HERE how I cut these and the measurements.

Grand Canal and Kona

When I was thinking about the pattern and waiting for the fabrics, I saw one photo in Istagram which made me want to add grey to this quilt. Have a look HERE. I really like grey colour and I love drift wood, old worn-out, faded wood. We have collected drift wood for our works and even our Christmas tree is drift wood!

Drift wood Christmas tree

Photo above is from last year but the tree is the same now. The scene is almost the same this year.

From my stash I couldn’t find very good grey. I like a lot this little gingham but it’s quite thin; colour is dark blue/grey and I think it’s really good with the Grand Canal!

Grand Canal quilt project

But then yesterday … oh, sometimes I AM SO LUCKY! I was looking around my fabrics and saw the perfect grey-wood fabric … where? … on the pile I brought from Finland!

grey fabric

First I tried the grey for ‘sashing’ to surround the diamonds. I don’t think I shall do this at least with this project. It doesn’t give the best view for the Grand Canal and I don’t think it should be mixed with the colourful diamonds.

diamond quilt blocks

In the evening I couldn’t keep myself away from the Grand Canal and made more diamonds!

diamond quilt project

I have now a basic plan in my mind and I think it’s good. I shall use that grey-wood fabric and different shades of Kona grey solids … to make diamonds … and try to make a unique layout which leaves the Grand Canal shine and show!

Grand Canal by Kate Spain

This quilt project makes me happy! I realize now that this is what I have missed, a good, big quilt project! I have felt restless, jumping from one to an other small project having all the time too many things in my mind. So now while I work with custom orders and other things I can think and plan this quilt in my mind and feel calmer. You know what is my only problem now? How to stay away from this?! And you know what every quilter needs? To have a work in process on the design wall! It’s so nice to step in my room just look this for a minute or two!

I shall link at ‘Let’s Bee Social’ and ‘Needle and Thread Thursday’.

Thank you friends for reading and commenting! The best part is to share my quilting and sewing stuff with you!

TEJE


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Diamonds with Jelly Roll

Hi dear friends! I feel that I haven’t started new quilt for a very long time! Now when I have received my first ever Jelly Roll: Grand Canal by Kate Spain and can start to make diamonds!

diamond quilt project

You can imagine my excitment to open the Jelly Roll and to see the colours and prints in live! They have so beautiful colours and the fabric is soft! Those 3 strips on the right down corner are from my shoppings in Finland (green/yellow is by Kate Spain but the other two are something else). I used those three for test blocks .

jelly roll diamonds

When I decided to order jelly roll, I started to think about the pattern, too. This time it was easy to decide because for a very long time I wanted to make these diamonds. I was quite sure that I saw some where tutorial but couldn’t find it now. That’s why I shall put here easy tutorial for you and also for me. If this will be long term project it’s sure I forget how to place my ruler!

2,5" diamond

First I cut 45 degree angle from the end of the 2,5″ strip. Then I place the ruler as showed in photo above to cut the diamond.

diamond tutorial

To make the big diamond I need one diamond for the centre. From the ‘outside’ fabric I cut two diamonds (same size as the centre) and two pieces with the same 45 degree angle where the long edge is 9″ (width is 2,5″).

2,5" strip diamond

When you make test blocks, take care of the angles and measurements. At least for me it’s easy to get mixed so I check few times until I get used to the new block.

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As you see in my test blocks I used matching prints for the centres. But I think the centre should pop out more and that’s why I go for Kona solids.

I’m planning to use low volumes around the Grand Canal strips. Beyond that I haven’t decide yet. I may add something ‘darker’ but I have to see first how the diamonds look.

At the moment this is my side project because these days I’m playing with bracelets, adding them to my second etsy shop: ‘TRIKIMIA’. 

beaded leather bracelets

gemstone bracelets

sea glass bracelets

And before starting some custom orders, finished one more pouch with elephants …

elephant pouch

How are your days now? Do you have time for quilting or perhaps you are decorating your home with Christmas lights etc. Do you have new decoration ideas? I hope to clean tomorrow and then start to put something seasonal … ‘North Star’ quilt and ‘Reindeer pillow’ (tutorial) from last winter … or perhaps I find myself making diamonds …

I wish you happy weekend! Thank you for reading my blog and for your sweet comments! Hope to see you soon!

TEJE

My etsy shops: Nero’s Post, Trikimia