Tuesday, 11 September 2012

shoofly quilt reveal

Amidst the chaos of the dust and the workmen
I have managed somehow to finish my shoofly...
..on time as well.
This quilt was always destined for my friend Karen.
Whose 40th birthday was on Sunday.
Anyone who knows her will know that she is crazy about butterflies,
hence forth I give you
'Madame Butterfly'


The fabrics are a mix of old and new,
with a splash of butterfly.
My first choice of backing and quilting did not go so well.
The decision to unpick was made
and a manic dash into town thankfully produced the new backing
 and some matching bonus binding
all in one package.
(regards TKMaxx and Kirstie Allsopp bedding)
I fell back on some fmq 
as my straight lines were causing me a headache.
Loopy quilting is so much fun..and I only caught the backing in once!
So there we are one very special kingsize quilt,
with an added subliminal message quilted in.

All wrapped up and ready to go!
ps. she loved it.
pps. the workmen have finished, just the decorating to do now!

30 comments:

  1. Oh, I love this quilt! The colors are so soft and inviting, and your quilting looks adorable on the blocks. Great job. (is the remodel done yet?)

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  2. Your friend in one extremely lucky lady, that quilt is just breathtaking. I love the mix of colours, they work so well together, as do the vintage and more current fabrics. You are one talented quilter, well done on completing it in amongst the chaos (I am dreading having the bathroom fitters in in a couple of week's time!) of the extension. BTW, any more photos of the extension per chance? xx

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  3. I love your quilt, the colors are just perfect together!! Have fun decorating!!

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  4. wow Clare! This is a fantastic quilt and what a lucky friend! I love the design and the quilting! It is like a butterfly path...all swirly - turly! Shoo fly is one of my all time favorites. You found the perfect backing and I am drooling over the binding....PERFECT!!!! Great job!

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  5. Beautiful quilt. Anything with Joel Dewberry herringbone is perfect for me ;)

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  6. What an awesome birthday present. and King size!! Props to you.

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  7. What glorious colours you have chosen for your friend's quilt Clare! I love the twirly quilting too! And look at your fabulous tanned and toned legs...I'd love legs like that!!!!

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  8. The quilt is beautiful! I love the butterfly addition.

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  9. You pick the best patterns! I have seen Ms Shoofly done on a large scale in an American patchwork magazine. It is every bit as stunning as yours. Your friend, I hope she appreciates your divine gift,( I am sure she does ). Your quilts are incredibly inspiring to me, don't stop creating you have a real talent there!

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  10. It is absolutely stunning! I love the purples and the pattern. What a nice gift for a friend!

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  11. Another beautiful quilt! I'm loving those huge blocks(king size! wowee!), and the green/lavender color combo.

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  12. What a lovely friend you are for making such an amazing gift! I bet she loved it, who wouldn't?!
    Good luck with the decorating!
    Lisa x

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  13. Love it. Simply beautiful!
    Must be the best way to celebrate a good friendship

    ; ))

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  14. It is beautiful. Soft and comfortable colours that you just want to wrap yourself in.

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  15. It is the most amazingly, beautiful, gorgeous present....from one amazingly, beautiful, gorgeouse and talented lovely person! It will live with me forever! Thanks for such a wonderful present :0)

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  16. It has a fresh inviting color scheme that all fits together to make it one marvelously and is a LARGE gift. Your friend will be so proud of her new quilt!

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  17. Fabulous - I am sure Ms Butterfly couldn't help but love it! Love the quilting - just like a butterfly - so apt!

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  18. Oh Well done - the colours of this are really beautiful. I love the loopy loo quilting too - it adds a different dimension, which I love! J9 x

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  19. Beautiful quilt !!!! Fantastic blog !!!

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  20. Absolutely beautiful quilt! How did you find the process of quilting such a large quilt? Was is physically hard to move it through the machine being so bulky? Hope your shoulder held out.

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  21. No wonder she loves it - its gorgeous. You are very very clever Claire xxxxx

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  22. Absolutely beautiful. What a special gift for a special friend. She is lucky to have you.

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  23. wow! it looks fabulous, you rock. glad the workers have gotten the heck out, will you be revealing to us the new space?

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  24. Yay! Yay! Yay! What a beautiful quilt :-) I just love how it turned out. What an amazing accomplishment; I know your friend was thrilled!

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  25. Is the label hand stiched or printed (if so how did you make it?)

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  26. Gorgeous quilt, no wonder she loved it, love the backing and binding too :)

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  27. Hi, I've been sent your way for help and advise over my hexie blanket! I'm a quilting virgin! I've already got lots of inspiration from your fantastic blog! Thanks! Ada :)

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  28. Purple and green it is. You are amazing. King size??? Wow, that is brave... And your friend is a very lucky Madame Butterfly! Thanks for popping in ton invite me over. I tend to be a little bit unsocial (or do yous ay asocial???) at times... Hmmm. Busy creating. Have a lovely Sunday. Maybe you will save some more bees. Who knows???
    Annette

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