Butterflies Soar

This past year our quilt guild did what has become known as the Denyse Schmidt paper bag challenge. For this challenge, you draw a solid and a print fabric from a bag (no peeking) and the challenge is to make something using those two fabrics.  You can add any other solids in the same color line as the solid you drew, and a neutral (white, cream, grey, black).  But no other colors and no other prints.  These are the two fabrics that I picked.


Our reveal was last fall sometime, but I finished mine just this week.  Hey, better late than never!  I had also been working on designing a pattern, so I decided to use it for this challenge.  I think it turned out really good, but I think the butterflies would have looked much more dramatic on a plain white background.  It’s hard to tell from the picture, but all the butterflies are a form of purple.  It finishes at 45″ x 45″.


This is also the first quilt I quilted on my home machine since I used the long arm that I talked about here.  And, honestly, I hated every minute of it.  Just once on the long arm, and I am so spoiled now!


I also finished my name tag for wearing to guild meetings.  My son drew it for me, and I digitized and embroidered it.  It was my honeyman’s idea to put the bamboo frame around it.  So I sent him and his friend on a scavenger hunt to the country club neighborhood down the road to find me a few branches.  I thought I had seen some when I was out walking one day. It wasn’t the easiest thing to make, but it certainly gives it some personality.  I guess you could say that making this name tag was a family affair.


Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.