Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Butterfly Glory

I can hardly believe that we are half way through our 6 quilts for Scrap Squad.  I can honestly say that I have learned "sew" much from not only the 6 other quilters, but I've learned a lot from the patterns we have done so far and a lot about my own quilting abilities.  It's been a great experience.  The greatest thing that I have gotten from doing these is learning to think outside the box.  Take a look at a pattern and decide how you can change it and make it YOU!

Scrap Squad quilt #3 is one that you can real go wild and make it your own.  The original pattern was called Old Glory and would be awesome for a Quilts of Valor donation.  But one of our tasks is to take a pattern and "mix it up" a bit.  Here's the original Old Glory.

The very first thing that I noticed about the original pattern was the great diagonal line that the stars make.  The stars really gave some movement to the design.  So I really wanted to even accentuate that line even more. 

My next step was what to use for more colors and my applique motif.  I really wanted to do something girly and bright. 

I decided on hot pink, lime green, bright yellow and turquoise.  Girly AND bright would certainly describe these colors.  In order to make those colors pop even more, make it even more scrappy AND accentuate the diagonal line through the center of the quilt, I added     
3 1/2 inch black spacers.

See how I can add even more fabrics to the background?  Should be colorful!  Now to decide on my applique motifs.  I LOVE Laurel Burch fabrics.  Her colors are so saturated and bright.  How perfect would one of her fabrics be with these colors.  Searching the trusty internet, I came across some of her fabric with butterflies.  Honestly, the could not have been more perfect if I had planned it that way!! 

A great time to fussy cut butterflies, I watching TV.  Bonnie Stapleton, one of the other Scrap Squad quilters suggested that I do some of my large butterflies 3D.  If you check out our Scrap Squad blog, I have it all explained in there.  Try it!  It's really fun!! 

So here's my Old Glory rendition.....Butterfly Glory.  

The possibilities are endless with this pattern.  So whether it red, white and blue Old Glory or girly bright Butterfly Glory, have fun with this one and think outside the box!!