It is actually quite funny how I settled on this design. I was playing around with designs and knowing I wasn't anywhere close. It is always harder to design with a deadline and the ideas weren't flowing. So I was getting a little frustrated and my pen was dying, which turned out to be a great combination. In my frustration I started drawing large swirly motions to try and get the pen to work and viola!!. Butterfly whirl.
And of course, when it came to quilt it, a giant spiral was the only option. It so adds to the design!!! I did change it up just a bit though ;) I started with my regular tiny swirl at the very center of the first butterfly in the Whirl.
But about every 10ish circles, I increased the width of my spiral 1/8". I used the guide bar on my walking foot to do this. Just a small change to start, but as you move out . . .
It really adds just one more layer to the quilting. Just as the butterflies are getting bigger as you spiral out, so does the quilting!!! So fun!!! If you have wanted to try this type of quilting but don't know how, check out this Giant Spiral Video Tutorial I made a while back. It might help get you started ;)
This quilt really incorporates a lot of white space, and I love the way it makes each of those butterflies pop!! The butterflies are made of Riley Blake basics in a rainbow of colors ;) I had so much fun piecing these little guys, something about working in rainbows that just makes you smile ;)
And yesterday, the gals at Riley Blake sent me this picture of it hanging in their booth ;) So fun!!! The entire theme of the booth is Flying Away and they have made a dress of those butterflies draped on the quilt. Thanks again Riley Blake for asking me to be a small part of your booth. It was such a fun project to make and so fun to see it all come together!!
Linking up this finish to Sarah's and Amanda's ;)
Wow, wow, wow!! Love this!ReplyDelete
it really looks amazing. It is so beautifull.
Wish I could do things like this too
This is gorgeous!! I love the simplicity of the design and the quilting is beautiful:)ReplyDelete
So THIS is the quilt I've been spying in the corners of photos on Instagram!! Beautiful!ReplyDelete
P.s. It's voilà, rather than wha-la. Those darn French ;)
Such a pretty design! That quilting completely makes the piece!ReplyDelete
This is a perfect design! the space and the butterflies and the swirl quilt all compliment each other so well :-)ReplyDelete
That's a fantastic and beautiful quilt! So clear and simple - really beautiful!
Greetings from Germany, Rike
Are you going to do a pattern or tutorial, please?ReplyDelete
Stunning! I just love it!ReplyDelete
Sometimes inspiration come from the most unlikely of places. Very nice.ReplyDelete
I love this quilt! Riley Blake would have had a better display without those butterflies covering up the quilt. They could have put them along the top so the butterflies in motion on your quilt would show up. I would be interested in a pattern. Will there be one? Thanks!ReplyDelete
Melissa, this is beautiful! I think you did Riley Blake proud. I'd love a pattern or tutorial for this. :o)ReplyDelete
Love the swirling of the butterflies and the quiltingReplyDelete
Great idea for the quilt, and it is a fantastic quilt!! Congrats for being asked to do it for RB!! Hugs, HReplyDelete
Hi!!!! Yes!!!! Very beautiful!!!!! Love the way it all gets larger going out!!!!!! Wonderful!!!!ReplyDelete
What an honor, you passed with flying colors. Congrats it looks wonderful.ReplyDelete
What a fabulous quilt! And congratulations for receiving and then completing such a fun commission.ReplyDelete
Love this! Please make a pattern so I can make one for me 😃ReplyDelete
Your quilt is so beautiful! I hope you consider making a pattern or posting a tutorial :-)ReplyDelete
This is a lovely quilt! Your quilting technique is very effective in creating a sense of depth.ReplyDelete
Oh WOW! That is just so beautiful - I love all the white space and the quilting is so much fun and really adds another dimension.ReplyDelete
Oh Melissa, that is so cool! I don't like a lot of negative space in my quilts, but this is just lovely. Great job!!ReplyDelete
That is just such a fun idea and I like the way it turned out.ReplyDelete
Oh I love this ~ it is so so wonderful! Love the swirl of the butterflies and the quilting! Will it be available to make? I hope so!ReplyDelete
It is just so beautiful! This is such a fun pattern and perfect for the theme!ReplyDelete
Please make a pattern for this quilt! I will buy it in a heartbeat!ReplyDelete
Amazing where inspiration comes from - well done in every respect!ReplyDelete
I love this! Don't you just love when serendipity works? Beautiful!ReplyDelete
So pretty! The simplicity of the design and spiral quilting work well together.ReplyDelete
No wonder they asked you to create something! This is simple and yet stunning! I would love to see this with all different types of solids used... so stunning!ReplyDelete
Absolutely love it!!!ReplyDelete