This quilt was done before Christmas, but I’m just now getting photos of it shared. This charming thing was appliqued by the maker when she was 8 years old. She is now in her 80s. She was going to throw it out, but her daughter rescued it, and it will be given to a great-granddaughter. The maker is just horrified by it — it is not well pieced, and much of the applique stitching needed to be repaired. There are even places were holes were darned and patches added on top.

Doesn’t matter, though, because it is very sweet.

butterfly quilt full view

I quilted it “as is” — warts and all.

butterfly quilt detail

The butterflies and border have a wiggly stitch in the ditch treatment.


The sashing and border is a freehand design, I drew in the main spine, and then freehanded the feathery flowers, leaves and curls.

butterfly quilt detail

Thanks for looking!


p.s.  if you click on a photo, it should take you to the Flickr photo page, and you can view it in a slightly larger format.  in theory.

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  1. DebJanuary 9th, 2009
  2. Carla RiggsJanuary 18th, 2009