29 July, 2009

Butterflies


Welcome to my niece's room. B is a cute, cute, cute 5 year old. She is a girlie as they come, loving tea parties, dresses, and jewelry.  She has a wonderfully pink room, filled with animals, frills, shells, and a mural of country life surrounding her, complete with Charlotte's Web. 

When I walked into her room the other day this was the view that greeted me. Not perfection, not the sign of a mom-made bed. But the sign of a played in, jumped on, and snuggled in bed. And right there was the quilt I made when she was born.


That is a paper pieced quilt.  Yes, me, paper piecing.  This wasn't a one time experience, either. I actually really enjoy paper piecing. Have you lifted your jaw off the ground yet?  

The butterflies were a mish mash of pink scraps. And though you can't see it (I neglected to get a close-up) I embroidered the antennae in black, with a little eye too.  The butterflies also have some detailed quilting.  The rest of it is quilted in a grid pattern and free motion heart motif.

I love that the quilts I've given to my nieces and nephews are loved and used.  They aren't hiding away on a high shelf or in a box of baby stuff.  Okay, maybe two are, but those kids are older. I forgive them.  But it gave me great pleasure to see this quilt a little bit dirty and just piled on the bed.  That meant it was loved.  No matter the design, the technique, or the recipient that's all I can ask for.


12 comments:

Zonnah said...

How sweet :) The quilt is very cute.

Betty Crocker Ass said...

that's great...i hope one day i can do the same for my nieces and nephews! what a great aunt you are.

Andi said...

There is such joy in seeing your work being actually used!!
Lovely quilt.
Andi :-)

The Quilt Buddy said...

I also enjoy seeing my quilts beings used! That's why we make them right?

Thanks for sharing your niece's lovely quilt.

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

My nieces have loved my quilts to death. One had a lot of health problems and her quilt helped her through those nights at the hospital. She HAD to have it with her. Makes you feel good!

Exuberant Color said...

It's a very girly cute quilt. The border fabric is perfect with it. I think she loves it enough to want it near her.

brown robin said...

so sweet and beautiful at the same time... your variations never cease to amaze me.

jacquie said...

i feel the same way...seeing one of my quilts rumpled up on the bed or couch...does my heart good.

amandajean said...

what a beautiful quilt! how wonderful that it is well used, too. i wouldn't guess you would be a paper piecer. i recently became a fan of it myself. especially for triangles.

beth said...

The butterflies are beautiful! did you use a pattern? I LOVE them.

metrosupialdesigns said...

Your blog is so nice. i'll be back to check out what you're making. I love the header.

CONNY said...

hello,

the quilt is soooo sweet!
i love it.

greatings conny