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 ;)