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. sharmond Says:

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

  2. Kyra Says:

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

  3. 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!!!

  4. Judy Says:

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

  5. 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!!

  6. 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.

  7. barbara Says:

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

  8. Kathy S Says:

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

  9. Billie K Says:

    Gorgeous fabric giveaway.

    Thanks again,


  10. Billie K Says:

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

    Billie…………..great fabric

  11. Bec Clarke Says:

    Wow so much fabric I would be in heaven

  12. Kathy S Says:

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

  13. Peach Rainbow Says:

    Lovely Quilt & Lovely Giveaway!
    Thanks for the chance 🙂

  14. Shady Says:

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

  15. Carol C Says:

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

  16. Debbie S. Says:

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

  17. Connie Says:

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

  18. 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!

  19. Mary Says:

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

  20. 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!

  21. Patty Says:

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

  22. 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! 😀

  23. Barb in MI Says:

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

  24. Joy P Says:

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

  25. Dana Says:

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

  26. 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.

  27. Emma Says:

    What an absolutely STUNNING quilt! I’m inspired!

  28. Kim Says:

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

    Happy sewing

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  30. Deb Says:

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

  31. Colleen Says:

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