Friday, December 15, 2017

Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt Top Finished

Just before all my craft fair craziness started, I decided to participate in the Tula Pink Butterfly QAL, hosted by GnomeAngel.  I got a late start because I wasn't sure what color scheme to use, but finally decided on a stash pile of warm colors: pink, orange, and yellow.  I soon got derailed on the timing of the QAL because my sewing machine ended up in the shop for 3 weeks (turned out nothing was even wrong with it!).... but I eventually caught up.  

Just before the QAL ended, I was able to finish the quilt top.  I can easily say that this was the most challenging quilt I've ever pieced.  Here's why:

  • The curved blocks!  I've heard from other people that they are the. worst.  I really struggled with the smallest ones- the larger the curve, the easier it was to construct.  
  • Those curved blocks?  Make sure you make them mirror image.  I didn't.  I had to remake some of the hardest ones!
  • Fabric selection: Doing a color gradation approach was no picnic.  It definitely doesn't come natural to me, I really like high contrast in my piecing and doing that within the same color is not easy.
  • Piecing all the pieces together was not easy either.  Many readers may recall that I love my Triangulations "software" that helped me complete the 154 HST's in an afternoon.... but I found that they were a bit on the small side when I had to piece them with my other blocks.  My best guess for why this happened?  Maybe the way I cut and measure is a tad bigger than Triangulations standards.  
  • Making everything twice got old for me.  Especially if it was something challenging to piece- you "get through it," and then you have to do it again.

I really did have fun choosing fun fabrics to include in the quilt top, lots of little creature motifs and I love the use of the Brambleberry Ridge bird background fabric. 

I was one of the three winners of the QAL, so that was exciting. 

I have to admit that I am a quite scared to put this on my longarm and finish her up....  it's very intimidating to try to think of how I could custom quilt this with my limited free motion quilting skills.  It will be a while before I have the courage to put this on my machine.

Linking up to Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.


Havplenty said...

Good, you persevered through all of the challenges and now you have a beautiful quilt. And along the way you learned some new skills. Perhaps taking a small break to give yourself time to think about your quilt design may help. You will certainly push through this challenge as well.

Kay said...

Absolutely stunning, this is a work of art. x

Peggyinno said...

You did a GREAT job on this! Absolutely love your colors. You should be very proud! I have this pattern and have been putting it off for so long because I can’t decide on a color scheme!! Maybe 2018 will be the year I make my decision!!

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karenbbsnow said...

Beautiful job. I totally understand the fear of beginning to quilt a top that turned out great and took a lot of effort. Take your time, it will come to you eventually.