May 25 16

“Kissed By Butterflies” Quilt is Done!

This quilt was luscious to quilt and I’m sad that I finished her up last week.  She really made me realize how much ruler work can add to a quilt.  All the ruler work was done using basic arc rulers (mainly our starter pack arc rulers, but any arc ruler can be used to create these types of quilting designs.)  99% of the quilting was done on my home sewing machine.  Here are some close-ups of parts of it:
Here’s a closeup of the center block:
I love how the framing around the wreath of butterflies came out:
The butterflies appear very 3-dimensional, almost as if they were trapuntoed.  They’re not; that’s machine embroidery applique and if you stitch just outside the edge of all the applique shapes with invisible thread, they kind of “pop out” like that. 
 The irony of this quilt is the only reason I made it was that I needed to test out a whole lot of MEA butterfly stitch-outs, so I made that large wreath.  Once I got started, it was hard to stop.  What began as a way to use up test stitch-outs has become one of my favorite quilt projects in a long time.  I’ve already started another one!


  1. QuiltShopGal Says:

    Time to celebrate. Wish I lived closer as I’d be thrilled to toast with a glass of champagne, wine, soda, what ever, with you. Gorgeous quilt. Stunning design. Spectacular free-motion quilting, as well as machine embroidery. Looks like an award winning quilt to me. Thus, I want to encourage you to enter it in various quilt shows. She deserves a ribbon, or two.


  2. Laura P in NH Says:

    I so agree: This quilt is a beauty:)

  3. Nancy Runnels Says:

    Just breath taking. It is as if these butterflies are going to take flight right away.

  4. Barb McKenzie Says:

    As always your quilting is so inspiring – I really have to get back to playing with rulers although mine pales compared to yours!

  5. Elizabeth Kuntz Says:

    Just beautiful!

  6. Diane Evans Says:

    Just gorgeous, Patsy! I’m headed off to your shop to buy my set of rulers.


  7. Lorie Bugaiski Says:

    Just beautiful,and the quilting all that I can say is WOW! Hope to do quilting like that one day.

  8. Gloria Says:

    Stunning quilt! Thanks for sharing the process with us. I learn so much from watching each step. What is the finished size?

  9. Terri Says:

    Wow, what a work of art!!! This is most gorgeous quilt I have ever seen period!

  10. ROBBI Says:

    This is an absolutely lovely quilt, Patsy. Your quilting is amazing. Thanks for sharing this with us.