Monday 18 March 2013

Doll Quilt - Butterflies and Buddleia

This is the quilt I made for Liz.  These butterflies have had a long flight and have now arrived safely in Oregon.

The theme for the February on the Doll Quilters' Swap was "Something I Love".   There are few things I love more than watching butterflies on a buddleia bush - the colours, the movement, the scent of the flowers - so I did my best to turn it into appliqué.

The butterflies are decorated with beads to give them a bit of a sparkle.  

This big yellow one is based on the shape of a brimstone.

The butterfly on the flower has machine stitched legs.  I decided that doing his tongue sticking down into a flower would be just a touch too much, but I can't help imagining it.  The little purple pearl buttons were ordered specially for this project and came in the post from Hong Kong.

The free motion quilting was done on the 15K treadle, and all the rest of the machine stitching was done with the 1927 Singer 99K hand machine.  All the coloured fabrics are shot cotton from Oakshott - as always, the perfect colours for what I had in mind.

Now I have to get on with the little quilt I am making for my partner in Tennessee...


  1. I love the butterflies - so pretty.

  2. Beautifully done! The Buddleia bush is one of my favorites since the flowers are so pretty and so many butterflies love to frequent the bushes. You butterflies are stunning with the bead work and stitching.

  3. Those are so nice! I wish I had more patience to make pretties like these.

  4. Beautiful little quilt! Love the colours!

  5. Your embellished work is just lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Nice job with just the right amount of embellishment.

  7. Your butterflies are gorgeous. I love the embelishments. Visiting from "Lets get acquainted".

  8. Visiting from Let's Get Acquainted - I love the detail on the butterflies. This is my ultimate goal for my own applique. Not just to applique a cut piece of fabric but to embellish it and give it character. What a lovely doll quilt and very inspiring!



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