First Finish of 2019……

I have had a bit of time to spend in my studio over the last couple of weeks and am desperately trying to get several quilts finished for our upcoming guild show.    I have already registered them and hope to get them finished by the receiving days in February.

The first finish of the year is a baby quilt that I LOVED making.  I found the pattern on the first night that we were at the Houston show and KNEW that it was exactly what I wanted.  The pattern was “My Favorite Earrings” by Sandy Fitzpatrick. IMG_7546

Isn’t it the cutest thing!!!!

I had help from my friend, Katie, to make the butterflies.   She and her husband came to our house on Christmas Day to share some Chinese Food and chatting time and she and I magically ended upstairs in my studio.   I showed her the pattern and gave some basic instruction about how to use Wonder under and she was off!!  

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When I originally cut the fabrics out, there wasn’t enough contrast between the head and the background and it didn’t look great…..IMG_7441

….so I pulled out my trusty sea sponge and light brown paint and added some “shading” on the heads……

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It really made a LOT of difference!!

As I got ready to quilt, I kept seeing “flower power” designs so added those first with some variegated threads….

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….and then echoed the flowers throughout the rest of the piece…..

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Finally, I used one of my ruler’s to quilt the border, but I talked about that HERE.

All in all, I am thrilled with this first finish of the year….here’s to more to come!!

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