Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Butterflies - Quilt Along Progress

Good Saturday Morning to you all!

This is me working outside this lovely morning.  The morning temperature was so unseasonably cool and we had our morning coffee and oatmeal on the deck while I tuned in to the "quilt show" on public television.  It is my Saturday ritual while my DH moves out back to his tractors.

Earlier this week I previewed some of the pattern possibilities I was considering for the Jen Kingwell Quilt Along I am participating in.  I supposed I have settled on Spring Fever as the "one" because I have done a considerable amount of prep work on that quilt at this point for me to set it aside.  I have become totally involved with the box of scraps and making vases and butterflies from the old fabrics. I have had to add a few fabrics from my stash for stems and butterfly bodies.  If I follow Ms. JenK's philosophy of using 110 different fabrics, I will have to go outside of the box of scraps but so far I have been true to the box.

The box of scraps story is this. I was gifted two boxes of scraps from a dear elderly quilter at my church way back in the late 1980's/early 1990's.  The boxes have been on a shelf for all this time.  Waiting for "someday." Since I am tired of making scrap quilts from my own scraps, I pulled out the box of scraps and have found lovely treasures that I have been using in this quilt.   

This is a polyester green and white polka dot that has blossomed into a lovely butterfly.

A cotton/poly floral background with a mix of blue taffeta and woven check.

I am using the woven check as background and feature some black florals and woven lavender stripe.

The box of scraps has lots of brown fabrics.  I haven't worked with many browns.  So this is fun to be using the brown tiny floral prints and plaid taffetas.

Loving every minute of this quilt so far.  I  have set aside GTSBs for the moment.  I have Spring Fever as the season is moving into autumn here in Texas.   This quilt is quickly becoming Zella's Flower Garden honoring the memory of my sweet quilter friend.

Have a great weekend.  Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I love your butterflies! What a lovely memory quilt. Some day I want to do the Green Tea quilt too.

  2. Nice progress! This looks so retro! I love that look!

  3. Love your butterflies and the story behind your scraps! This is going to be a very special quilt!

  4. What a treasure hidden in that box for so many years! Those butterflies are turning out really sweet!