Dec 13 10

Quilt Finished, Wait Til You see What Kelly Just Got, and Day #3 of the 8 Days of Patsy’s Birthday Give-Away Marathon!

“Sprouts of Sunshine,” (name courtesy of my friend Nancy Bruce), measuring 52 inches H x 47 inches W is done!  This quilt was pure joy to create, from the beginning to the very end.  Here’s a close up of the center section:

I used the “Loaves of French Bread” background fill design for the main center section (sorry, I accidentally referred to it as the “Igloos” design about a month ago):

Here’s a shot of butterfly #1. His feathered flight path was trapuntoed, so it’s more prominent than the other butterfly flightpaths:

…and here’s butterfly #2 and his flight path:

and not to be forgotten, butterfly #3:

I worried long and hard about how I would quilt those daisies…In this next photo, you’ll see that I outlined them with invisible thread (Monopoly by Superior Threads) and only tried to catch the very tip of each petal with my thread line. I figured that way, I could make sure the petal couldn’t come off down the road but I didn’t “clutter up” the daisy with thread work that might be noticed. That’s the one downside of invisible thread…it has a sheen that draws attention to it. Maybe someday Superior Threads will invent a matte finish Monopoly…a girl can dream!)

The only thing left is to sew on the label, but as you can see here, even the label has been made:

(That’s Wright’s prepackaged piping that you see me sewing onto the outer edge of the label.) In case you forgot, almost all the applique on this quilt was cut using my Sizzix machine. I used many, many different Sizzix dies and had a total blast doing it. (If you want to see specific dies that were used, keep scrolling backward and there’s a really long post showing pics of the dies used.) But, now we need to switch gears because I want to direct you back to Kelly Jackson’s blog here. We talked on the phone this afternoon just after she’d opened up her new Sizzix Vagabond machine and she is on cloud nine with excitement about it! Be sure to read her post and she’s working on making a video right now to show how easy it is to use! You should all know that neither Kelly or I work for Sizzix; we’re just 2 very happy customers who’ve fallen in love with this product! If you have trouble with arthritis and turning the handle on a fabric cutting machine, then the Vagabond is for you and Kelly is taking pre-orders on it in her IHAN store!

And before we adjourn for the night, I want to introduce today’s give-away item. This time, it will be 5 yards of the fabrics of your choice from Nancy’s Halvorsen’s Tidings Collection, with the smallest cut being 1/2 yard. There are MANY fabrics in this collection, so you’ll have a lot to choose from and you can check them all out here. Remember, comments are open until 12:01 am on Monday, 12/20/10!


  1. leeanne Says:

    Nancy’s fabrics are delicious!
    I love the feather from the butterfly’s flight path, I remember you posted this a few weeks ago…it is stunning.

  2. Scott Says:

    Five yards of fabric…Yea! The quilt is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Marti M Says:

    Your quilt is beautiful! I love the feathers. I have been told that the clear thread from Sew-Art has a matte finish.

  4. Amy Says:

    Oooh! So lovely! I am learning so much.

  5. Jocelyn Says:

    Nancy Halvorsen always has such a lovely selection of fabrics. I love all of her reds. They are rich and stunning. Your feathers are beautiful. I read Kelly’s very exciting post today. What a fabulous tool. Thanks for such a fun birthday giveaway :-)

  6. Micki T Says:

    I love the feathers trailing from the butterflies looks like a flight path. The 5 yards of fabric would be a great addition to my stash.

  7. Lori S Says:

    Beautiful quilting as always. That is a lovely fabric collection. My holiday table is in need of some new decor, and that collection with the fabulous stripe would be perfect. It would be “great joy”.Thanks for the chance to win.

  8. Beth-Pretoria, RSA Says:

    I’m so happy to have caught up with your blog! Love the quilt and I am seriously looking into a ‘die cutting machine’ and was waiting to see the Sizzix machine!!! Happy Birthday!

  9. Alice Says:

    OOOOOOH! Patsy! I’m just a buzz over your quilt. The daisies really pop, but they don’t overtake the quilt at all. You’ve done a marvelouse job!

    I’m adding the Sizzix to my Christmas Wish List. Thank you for the info on it.

    The Nancy Halverson collection looks divine! Those colours I could use for my Christmas projects.


  10. Kelly Jackson Says:

    Patsy I don’t know how you shoot those videos and speak so clearly. It took us all night to get 4 minutes of usable video. I could see it taking weeks, if not years if I were kissing some Hollywood Hunk though…oops I didn’t just say that did I?

    Your quilt is absolutely beautiful!

    Just a few more days until the 18th :)


  11. Jennifer Says:

    I love fabric! You can never have too much, especially of Nancy Halvorsen fabric!

  12. Deanna Says:

    That is one AMAZING quilt. The applique is impressive, but the quilting brings it to the level of art. The butterfly flight path is inspired.

  13. michele hester Says:

    5 yards – what would I do with that……….I would love to be in the dilemma.

    Love your new quilt1

  14. Shelley Says:

    Nancy’s fabrics are fabulous, and as you know…sew many fabrics, sew little time.

  15. Ann Petersen Says:

    Love the Nancy Halvorson fabrics, they are so versatile. Certainly not for Christmas only. Your quilt, as always, is stunning. You are actually making me want a Sizzix!

  16. Carol Sc Says:

    I am only familiar with the name “Sizzix” — looks like I will have to investigate it further. Love the quilt — especially the feathers trailing after the butterflies!

  17. Cornwoman Says:

    Your quilt is stunning! I love the daisies and the trapunto butterfly trail. The colors are so vibrant and cheerful too.

    I think Nancy Halvorson’s fabrics and patterns are great, and I would love to win 5 yards of it!

    lol The Sizzix machine that I have is obsolete now. It’s the red one with the big handle on top, from many years ago. I am looking forward to Kelly’s video of her new “baby”. I poured over her blog yesterday, showing it…or should I say, drooled.

  18. Nancy Rehak Says:

    What a beautiful and inspiring quilt! I love the bright colors that you use and your quilting is so beautiful that it takes my breath away. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Carol Cann Says:

    Love the colours. Good luck to all the draw participants.

  20. Margaret Says:

    simple beautiful, love your work.

  21. Claire Pereira Says:

    Your Quilt is lovely. I’m awaiting delivery of my big shot! Five yards of those delicous fabrics would be a godsend to my collection!!!


  22. Sandy N. Says:

    Love the Red and Moss colored Tiddlywinks fabrics.

  23. Linda Erickson Says:

    Your new quilt is wonderful – love the butterflies. I’m very taken with the “Atoms” fabrics so hope I win!

  24. Pam Butler Says:

    Great piece! I love all the close ups you show us.
    Good luck to all on today’s drawing!

  25. Marilyn W Says:

    YOU ROCK! What an awesome quilt you’ve made. I love, love, love looking at your website! and I think I’ve watched each of the videos a couple times.
    marilynjw1971 at gmail dot com

  26. Kathy Schmidt Says:

    You and Kelly are having just too much fun with your new machines……..and turning out beautiful work. How much praise can you stand…oh, never mind, there can never be too much! Awesome and beautiful!

  27. Rebecca Says:

    I’m so glad I finally get to see this quilt. It’s gorgeous

  28. Donna Cooper Says:

    That is the most gorgeous quilt I have ever seen!!! LOVE your web-site!!

  29. Jean Says:

    Another beautiful quilt, Patsy! Most of us our fabric addicts,and Nancy Halvorsen’s are beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win and I hope your birthday is fantastic!

  30. Cherrie Says:

    Beautiful and inspirational quilt!

  31. Jeanne Says:

    This fabric would be beautiful in any quilt. I would love to include it in one of mine.

  32. Gayle Says:

    Very diverse fabric line! I have seen a couple of these but haven’t purchased them yet.

  33. MoeWest Says:

    Your quilt is gorgeous! I love the butterfly trails. Thanks for the fabric giveaway. Tidings has lovely colours.

  34. Marcia W. Says:

    Absolutely gorgeous quilt – so striking with the colors and texture. Love the butterfly flight path idea.

  35. Gillian Says:

    stunning quilting, would love to win a choice from the cute collection

  36. Robbi Says:

    Hi Patsy–

    WOW!! I have been watching the progress of this quilt on your blog. It is absolutely beautiful. I love how you quilted it.

    Happy Birthday to you. What a great way to celebrate this week.

  37. Gill Says:

    I love this quilt!
    Absolutely fantastic!
    Count me in please

  38. Pat Bandura Says:

    what beautiful christmas fabrics. I love your quilt you have such attention to details

  39. Lorrie Case Says:


    I have all your DVD’s and books which inspires me to practice and dream of being as good as you with the free-motion quilting. You are one talented lady. I hope you never stop sharing your projects and thoughts on your blog.

    Happy Quilting,


  40. Teresa Harich Says:

    OOOOOHHH! This quilt is awesome! I love the butterflies and the feathered paths are stunning!

  41. OHSue Says:

    You are going to make me get a cutting machine yet!

  42. Stephanie Says:

    Your quilt is spectacular. Love Nancy Halverson’s fabrics.

  43. Dianne Giles Says:

    I must admit a cutting machine is definately the way to go!! Nancy’s fabrics are awesome and would be a very welcome addition to my stash. Dianne

  44. robin Says:

    I love the colors in that quilt!

  45. Debbie Says:

    Great colors in that Nancy Halverson collection!

  46. Brita Says:

    What a great give away, Patsy! While I’ve been a fan of yours for a long time, I just discovered your blog today — I hope the timing was perfect to win! (And I’ve added you to my favorite blogs, the ones I read every day.)

  47. Jen Says:

    WOW, what a fantastic quilt. I absolutely love it!!!!!

  48. Vicki Says:

    Your Sprouts of Sunshine quilt is gorgeous, love the colours. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway of fabric.

  49. Norma Says:

    your quilt is so stunning/ I love the colors and the quilting (no need to enter me in the drawing)

  50. Anya Says:

    How generous! Thanks for the chance!

  51. sharmond Says:

    What gorgeous fabrics, so inspiring. Would love to make something with these.

  52. Kyra Says:

    FABULOUS! Thanks for hosting so many great giveaways and for the chance to win!

  53. Maeve Says:

    Winning some of Nancy’s fabrics would be fabulous. I love to sew for charity. But the big deal here is the QUILT – it is beyond gorgeous! Truly a work of art! Love the workmanship, the design, the colors, everything about it. Breathtaking!!!

  54. Judy Says:

    Your ideas, colors, skills continue to amaze me. Beautiful and thanks again.

  55. JoanDeArc Says:

    Patsy, glad to hear your daisy quilt was so fun to make, it really makes me smile when I look at it!! :)
    The quilting is perfect, but yours always is!!!! Thanks for sharing such information and fun!!

  56. Betsey Ryan Says:

    An other magnifigant project. It’s breath taking. I really liked the “Day2″ quilt that was sent in. Very inspiring. The Christmas fabric would certainly be treasured.

  57. barbara Says:

    I just love all fabric – i never met a piece I didn’t like at least a little. This collection is wonderful!

  58. Kathy S Says:

    This is a great quilt design. So Happy! The color palette is after my own heart.

  59. Billie K Says:

    Gorgeous fabric giveaway.

    Thanks again,


  60. Billie K Says:

    Look like my entry didn’t post. I’m trying again.

    Billie…………..great fabric

  61. Bec Clarke Says:

    Wow so much fabric I would be in heaven

  62. Kathy S Says:

    I love the colors and designs in this fabric collections. Thanks for the chance to win!

  63. Peach Rainbow Says:

    Lovely Quilt & Lovely Giveaway!
    Thanks for the chance :)

  64. Shady Says:

    Gorgeous quilt!! I love the flight paths for the butterflies!! Thank you for the giveaway!

  65. Carol C Says:

    What a wonderful quilt. I just love what you do.

  66. Debbie S. Says:

    Nancy’s fabric is wonderful…what a generous offer…thanks Patsy!

  67. Connie Says:

    Beautiful quilt! I really love the butterflies! I want a Sizzix machine!

  68. Sherry Says:

    Those daisies are incredible. I liked your quilting solution, just catching the tips of the petals. I learn so much from your blog!

  69. Mary Says:

    I’m such a fan of Nancy’s fabric. Thanks for the giveaway.

  70. Nina Clotfelter Says:

    Nancy’s fabrics are beautiful!! Thank you for sharing them with us. This is a happy quilt!! I’m thrilled to see close ups of the butterfyies!! Thank you!

  71. Patty Says:

    Thanks for such a generous giveaway. Hope you are enjoying your birthday(s)!

  72. Robyn Says:

    That quilt is absolutely gorgeous. The quilting alone is phenomenal, but then the color contrasts and the fabrics themselves take it up to eleven. Thanks for another great giveaway! :D

  73. Barb in MI Says:

    Ok, I will be lookign into Sizzix as well – you have convinced me ;-) Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  74. Joy P Says:

    Beautiful quilt, I love how the quilting brings out the movement of the butteryflies.

  75. Dana Says:

    The colors and quilting are perfect. I keep going back and seeing more details.

  76. Karen S. Says:

    What an amazing quilt the colors are so vibrant! It just jumps out at you – it is so alive! You are amazing! Thank you for sharing your talent, your birthday and giveaways with us.

  77. Emma Says:

    What an absolutely STUNNING quilt! I’m inspired!

  78. Kim Says:

    5 yards of fabric …oh my!
    Your quilting is amazing…… the butterflies.

    Happy sewing

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  80. Deb Says:

    Oh my! What a choice …..I hope I get to choose from those beautiful fabrics!

  81. Colleen Says:

    Your quilt is so so stunning. thanks for the generous giveaway.