Apr 15 18

Ruler Work Quilt


If you follow my blog, then you know that quilts like the one above are not my style.  I find it very difficult to work with pastel colors and avoid using them for that reason.  This was a very difficult quilt to work on because the colors are so far removed from anything that brings me joy.  I can’t even recall why I pieced it in these colors, but I’d put enough time into all the embroidery/applique that I felt like I should complete it. I’m glad I did because it ended up being a fun substrate for ruler work!  This is another machine embroidery applique quilt (meaning the applique and embroidery are done on an embroidery machine, then the quilt is pieced together.)  It is made from my pattern called “Kissed by a Butterfly,” which you can find by clicking here.


My favorite part is the curved cross hatching that falls outside the arched swag border design in the outermost border:



My next favorite part is the center circle of featherettes at the bases of the butterflies.  The only part of that design that bothers me is that there is no channel for the circle itself, but there literally was no space for even a 1/8 inch wide channel:



The border section on the turquoise background is a bit ho-hum but I do like the texture it created:



The part I regret was the ruler work on the outside of the yellow border.  In retrospect, the border is narrow enough that it just creates confusion about what the design is, but this was a good lesson for me to learn, so it served a purpose:


A few more pics:






It’s a good feeling to have finished something!



  1. QuiltShopGal Says:

    Wow. What a beautiful quilt, so elegant and yet so flirty. I love your Butterfly MEA designs and your gorgeous ruler work. This quilt looks like an award winning quilt. And, I think the possibilities are endless for what can be done with your MEA Butterfly collection. Total #CreativeGoodness.

  2. Nancy Says:

    I like the contrast that you get from the blue pastel!. Really helps the details of the butterflies to stand out more. Another beauty. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. LuAnn Kessi Says:

    Absolutely stunning Patsy! Nobody does color and thread work like you do…nobody. Thanks for all you share and for all of the inspiration.
    LuAnn in Oregon

  4. Linda E in AZ Says:

    It’s too bad that you are having a problem with the colors because this is a gorgeous quilt!