My Cosmos Butterflies quilt is finally finished! Honestly it's been done for a couple months now and I just kept forgetting to photograph it.
The butterflies in this quilt were made out of charms of Cosmos Collection that Laura Gunn sent me last August. I used this tutorial to make the blocks, and paired them with some low volume squares to spread them out a bit. The inner border was made with Laura's Painter's Canvas along with some Kona Ash. The Coastal Flowers print from Lotta Jansdotter's Bella seemed like a perfect match, so I added another border of that, and then Laura kindly sent me some of the Blue Skinny Plaid print to finish it off! I truly went into this quilt with no real plan and just made it up as I went along.
This was my first time really free motion quilting a large quilt. I used Elizabeth Hartman's dogwood pattern for the low volume blocks, and alternated with loops down the center of each butterfly.
The Bella print got some FMQ squiggles and outlines around each flower. I straight line quilted the inner and outer borders.
I used up some additional Cosmos yardage that Laura sent for the back, along with some more Painter's Canvas I had in my stash.
The quilt is bound in more Painter's Canvas in Lime, which ties in with the bodies of the butterflies and the cornerstones of the inner border. The quilt finishes at about 61" square.
This quilt was a lot of fun to make and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out! Being my first attempt at FMQ on a large scale it's definitely not perfect, but that's how we improve our skills, right? I will be giving it to my grandmother this weekend and I really hope she loves it!