11 cosmos butterflies.


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.
It would've been nice if there were any signs of spring around for these photos, but we still have a ton of snow and 30 degrees is considered warm lately.  So just pretend there are pretty tulips and green grass around, okay? :)

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!


  1. I think your quilting looks great. I'm too scared to try still. Good job!

  2. Great quilt! I love the value play in the borders. Your FMQ looks great! I'm just learning FMQ too. I also loved your xplusalong! I had fun in that IG group looking at everyone's quilts and yours was always one of my favorites. Mine isn't done yet but I'm working on it! Just blogged about it today. I'm sure your Grandma will LOVE this! :-)

  3. So beautiful - love how you have done the quilting too!

  4. Your grandma's quilt is lovely, just like your blog is called. Sometimes just winging it as you go along comes out best, and this one surely did!

  5. I love this! The pops of colour against the grey is perfect.

  6. The quilt is beautiful, I love the fabrics and also the quilting! I'm sure your grandmother will love it!

  7. It looks fantastic! Thanks for linking to my tutorial too.

  8. I love the quilting!! I'm just learning FMQ as well and recently used the dogwood pattern on a project too :)

  9. Beautiful! I love the border prints.


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