Can this *Quilt* be saved?

"Sunny Butterflies" 26 by 45 inches
Well, this is the finished quilt and I have to say I am quite happy with the results.

But this is how I found it while reorganizing my studio:


 I started this quilt 6 years ago. Examining the composition, I realized why I didn’t finish it—I used only dark colors and no contrast to harmonize! What was I thinking.

I asked myself: How can I bring this quilt to life? I challenged myself to make this quilt sing with *texture*. For that I used leftover batting, thick 12 and 28 weight threads for hand and machine embroidery and seed beads.

First, I needed to rip the bottom part of the quilt, where I used thin threads....sigh, this is such a tedious work.

Then I loaded my sewing machine with 12 weight aurifil thread and started sewing with extra batting underneath. After that I hand embroidered with the same thread and applied seed beads.

When I was happy with each butterfly, I loaded my sewing machine with 28 weight aurifil thread and started sewing freely.

I am happy with the end result and I feel I made my quilt sing!


28 comments:

  1. Very beautiful, and when it's butterflies it's even more so ;) as I don't understand much in the process, but the explanations are clear ans easy. Soestion "how can you make such beauty out of nothing" ?;) Have a good weekend.

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    1. Thank you for your nice comment Gutukas.

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  2. It's really lovely now! I'm not adept at using different thread weights and have to order them on line. I've been venturing out a bit. It's amazing what a difference it makes!

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    1. I agreed with you Holly, different thread weights in the same piece gives so much texture but it requires practice, some machines likes to work at a slower pace.

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  3. The colors in your quilt really do sing now. I'd love to see the quilt in person. I'm sure the stitching and beading add a beautiful texture that can only be truly appreciated by an in-person view.

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    1. Beth, that's true....sometime the pictures don't do justice. Unless they are professionally taken :)

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  4. i like this gourgeous quilt very much. how the colors come out after your 'redisigning'.thanks for sharing. claudia

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  5. Great changes! I love the close up photos. I have a feeling this would be a lot of fun to see in person!

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  6. Amazing! Beautiful colors and quilting. It really came alive!

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    1. Thank you Maartje. It is amazing how the thickness of thread can change a quilt!

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  7. Beautiful and inspiring... I usually use Aurifil 50/2 thread. After seeing this, I am thinking I need to give different thread weights a try...you really made that quilt "pop".

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    1. Thank you Karin, I really hope you will try different thread weights, I'm in love with Aurifil, I'm just a *happy* customer.

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  8. Hello Margarita, It's certainly been a while since we have had a little chat! I do like your current project and boy you have indeed developed some wonderful new skills. I think you actually did improve the contrast mixture quite nicely. Great Job! Nice butterflies.

    For me at the moment I am making some mug rugs for my best friend as a birthday present. Lately it seems it's been all about small projects for me. I am still trying to get other projects out of the way so I can finally start a quilt for her also. I'm just unsure exactly when I will be able to do that????? So I'm taking each day as it comes at the moment so that I stay on track because it is so easy to get distracted. I'm sure you've experienced that too! I can't remember if I told you I now go to two new classes. One is a quilting class do your own project but fun to join other people and the other is an embroidery class and I'm enjoying that class greatly. I am currently working on a traced linen project. A small table centre piece it has violets on it. Having a teacher has already improved the look of the project. Once finished I want to learn how to do stumpwork it is a 3D embroidery.

    Well I just wanted to say hi from very cold Adelaide hoping you and the family are all well Margarita. Hope to hear from you soon. Until then happy quilting Julie Beard.

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    1. Hello dear Julie, I always *love* to hear from you. Thank you for your nice comments.

      Usually I work small, easy to finish and feel accomplished :). This project was a challenge for me because of the size and the lack of contrast.

      I'm glad you go to two new classes, the energy you feel while sewing in a group could be amazing. I would love to see the embroidery you are learning.

      Thanks for your warm wishes.

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  9. What a great save! So many people forget that line and texture are just as important as the other design elements and you used them wonderfully. I have a stash of aurfil 12 too - I really should get it out!

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    1. Thanks Nina Marie. I would love to see what you can do with 12 weight thread, I fall in love with this thread....I'm just a happy customer :)

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  10. A really beautiful finish! You've got very good ideas.

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  11. You sure have inspired me to look at UFO's in a new light. The fact that you were willing to rip out all that stitching and start over is giving all of us permission to rework some of our older projects. Although I love the butterflies, it is your use of thread to lighten the dark background that impresses me. Thank you for sharing your story.

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    1. Thank you Boo Chura for your nice comments.

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