Monday, February 14, 2011

Free-motion Quilted Butterflies- including a video!

With 8 tops that needed quilting for Project Linus, I decided that I should try and be more inventive with the quilting.  Normally I stick to a straight meandering stitch, but after the first two quilts that was getting boring! :o)  So I decided to get a little creative and started to add butterflies. 



I know you will all want to have a go at this, so I thought I'd attempt to video the stitching of this butterfly so you could see the path I took...apologies now for the blurry quality of the video...but it
should give you a good idea of the direction one needs to quilt to
achieve this cute design.  Stay tune to the end of the video where I share my first blooper.  All you quilters out there will completely identify with this common sewing mishap!


Here's another picture..aren't they cute!


Here's a little diagram to help you remember the path...



I'm happy to say of 8 I have passed 4 quilts to Lynda and all that remain on the last 4 is to hand stitch the binding.  Woohoo!


Until next time...

41 comments:

Amanda said...

What a good idea, I'll certainly have a go at making those sometime soon. And I love your quilting gloves, very natty. Where did they come from?

loulee said...

Great idea. Thanks for sharing and adding the video.

jovaliquilts said...

What a wonderful quilting design! And easy enough that even I could do it (I think!!). They are adorable.

Loved the video. :)

~Marica~ said...

Wonderful quilting and thanks for the video tip..

Contented Caroline said...

Oh wonderful Jane - must try some of those cute butterlies. Well done on your youtube vid - great minds really do think alike - i am just editing my first one at the mo. Good luck.

Betty Lou said...

The Butterly is beautiful, at least when you do it. I will give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

Thimbleanna said...

That's ADORABLE Jane -- you're SO SO clever! Thanks for the cute video. It was fun to hear your voice too. (I run out of thread ALL the time!)

autumnesf said...

I'm going to use this! Thanks for sharing!

Tammy said...

Hi Jane,
Great free motion butterfly video. They look so adorable and easy to sew. Well done, I'm going to use it for my next baby quilt.

Susan said...

Thank you for the wonderful video lesson, Jane, it is very helpful to me, I'm just learning. Adding these little butterflies will make it fun!

Trudi said...

Great little video Jane! If you want more idea's that are simple to do, let me know, daisy's would be another simple thing to do or even little hearts like you would loop the loops :) Love the pile of quilts too - yummy!

Nancy Sue said...

Thank you for the video Jane. I have a quilt that I've been (dare I say it) procrasinating quilting it because of the decision process of how to quilt it. It has a butterfly print on the backing and this pattern will be perfect. Thank you for including the outtake!!!! It's comforting to know those things happen to other people....and on camera! Kudos!
nsue21702 at gmail dot com

sewkalico said...

Great video. I was waiting for you to do something like sew a piece of fabric to the back :-)
Loved your voice! And your quilts are great and wonderfully generous.

Katherine said...

What a great idea and seems very easy for a novice like myself. Thanks and great job!

Mad about Craft said...

What a great job!

anne bebbington said...

Lovely little butterflies - I have used flowers and stars many times but butterflies never occurred to me - funny that when I applique them onto so many things - storing away for future reference :) thanks for sharing

Terry said...

What cute little butterflies! And how lovely to hear your voice! :0)

Evelyn said...

Oh, I love it! I'm definitely doing butterflies on my next PL quilt. Your video cracked me up - yes, we can probably all relate to that moment!

Katie said...

So cute! Thanks for the demo. :-)

Kim said...

I sure did enjoy your tutorial on butterfly quilting. That was fun, can you do another one?!

Liz said...

Great video Jane and lovely butterflies. I do mine slightly differently with only 2 bumps one bigger than the other. Nick made a video of me last night on the long arm but goodness knows how it will come out unlikely I will be tech enough to upload it.

SewCalGal said...

Very cute video Jane.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Lynda said...

What a great video! And it's always reassuring when I find out it's not just me who makes bloopers!

Sarah Jayne said...

Love the machine quilting - great results.

Grazia said...

wonderful butterflies...you had a great idea!
Ciao! ;)

Leanne said...

LOVE the butterflies and I am impressed with the video. Your fingers are now movie stars.

bellsjo said...

Those butterflies are very cute! I am impressed with your lovely pile of quilts as well - nice one!

rubyslipperz said...

o...oh....sigh.....SOMEday, i might be able to do a free motion butterfly as cute as yours! but, for now, i'm just into loop-tee-loos

hugz,
annie
rubyslipperz106.blogspot.com

Toni said...

Thanks for sharing, I love those little butterflies, they look fabulous! toni xxx

Anxiety Cures said...

Such a wonderful quilt! Thanks for the video and for tutoring.

Sheila said...

Thanks for the video on free motion butterflies. I'm going to try some when I free motion my next quilt.

Tanya said...

Oh your butterflies are so cute! And you make it look simple! I'm going to try that! And thanks for the smile at the end with the lack of bobbin thread. That's an everyday experience with me too!

Katherine said...

Oh, Jane you are so lovely to share this with us. I love the quilted butterflies. You did a beautiful job.
Big hugs for your generous work for Project Linus.

Quilter Kathy said...

That was so fun to see your video! How hilarious that the bobbin ran out :) Love the butterfly pattern :)

Karen said...

Oooh, love the butterfly.

alda said...

thanks for your comment ;-)))
love your quilted butterflies -amazing ;-))) I must try them next time. I also like your fotos on your blog, they are so clear :)

Becky said...

I am always looking for new free-motion quilting ideas. Thanks for this one! Your quilts are wonderful!

Luv2sew4fun said...

Very nice. I will use them in my next baby quilt!

Luv2sew4fun said...

So cute! I will use them in my next baby quilt!

Sandy said...

These are so cute! I'm new to machine embroidery having just bought my new Janome Memory Craft 12000 embroidery/sewing machine. I've practiced doing free motion embroidery and I would love to try this butterfly. I've made two red work embroidery pieces, framed them and hung them up. They look great. You can see them on my blog. Loved your video and thanks for sharing.

Tina Wemyss said...

That is a really sweet bit of free motion quilting and most useful! Thank you for sharing!