4/11/12

Butterfly Doll Quilt Finished

After returning to my sewing room this afternoon, I settled on the colors for the butterflies in this fifth of five doll quilts for my friend Lisa's granddaughter, Allison.  Little Allison is barely beyond toddlerhood, and so she didn't make any special requests for her quilt.  Her mother, on the other hand, asked for butterflies in reds and purples, and that is what she shall have.  Here is the completed quilt top:


This still needs to have the appliqued butterflies stitched down.  I'm trying to decide whether to use a blanket stitch as I usually do or whether to do a more raw-edged look by just straight-stitching around the edges, and then doing some machine embroidery on the wings.  Or I could do blanket stitch and embroidery.  Or forget about the embroidery and do it all with quilting.  I'm not usually this indecisive.  It always works best for me if I stare at a quilt for a while before moving forward with the decorative stitching in whatever form it ends up taking.  

One thing I am sure about is that I'm going to machine embroider some antennae on the butterflies using black thread.  Also, I'm planning to use that same black polka dot for the binding.  It's hard to see in this image, but the polka dots are multi-colored.  Also, I'm using the same floral border fabric for the back.  I'll probably end up quilting it with black thread for the back and a green multi-colored thread on the front.

For now I'm going to set this aside and let its future gel in my brain.  This works well when your brain is made of jello, as mine is.  Sitting around sewing all the time is turning the rest of my body into jello as well.  And this bothers me not at all.  I suppose it should.  And there's that word:  "should".  I try to avoid giving into "shoulds" as much as possible.  Twenty years ago my life was busy as all get out.  Somehow I managed to juggle a gillion responsibilities and not break a sweat. . . unless I was exercising, that is.  And I was exercising back then.  In addition to my gillion responsibilities, I worked out regularly.

There are some things I ponder . . . for instance, why things like exercise are not important to me at this point in time.  There was a time when it was of utmost importance.  Now fabric has taken first priority over form--my form.  I remember reading once that someone . . . someone who was an astronaut, I think . . . said that we only have a finite number of heartbeats in our lifetime and that he wasn't going to waste any of his on exercise.  While I know there is something wrong with that logic, for now I'm adopting it as my personal philosophy.  There are a lot of  positions that I adopt just "for now".  I like to keep my options open, you know.  I'm glad we've settled this, aren't you?

George and Gracie have decided to forego exercise for the time being too.  Snuggling on the couch is a lot more gratifying.


My agenda for the rest of the week includes finishing the back for the Home is Where the Heart Is quilt, making the next set of blocks for the Amish sampler, starting my April NewFO project, and if there are still days left in the week, starting on another NewFO.  That last one is a mystery because it's a gift for someone who reads my blog.  My lips are sealed.

7 comments from clever and witty friends:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

My furries are into a bit of a curl up stage right now, too - I think it is because we got colder/windy. Exercise isn't my top priority either, but Since I do sit a lot, I do try to get up and move = put the ironing across the room so I have to walk back and forth. Take a stroll outside or even thru the house. That 5-10 minute clean routine in each room breaks things up.

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Love what you decided on the fabric for the butterflies! I have a sign in my room that says, "Does Running Late Count as Exercise?" I do a lot of walking at work so when I'm off I sit and sew.......well, not exactly....my sewing room is upstairs so make several trips up and down during the day so...there I'm satisfied....lol...

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Sew cute! I like the blanket stitch idea. The polka dots will look nice, too.

Teresa in Music City said...

Oh fun! Loved this post!!! I am absolutely in love with Allison's quilt - what colors and movement! The pieced green background blocks work perfectly!

And I loved your thoughts on "shoulds" too! I'm struggling with my shape and my time in life. I don't want to have to worry about my waistline all the time anymore - I just want to quilt!!! But quilting has definitely taken its toll on my form. I'm heavier than I've ever been and I don't like it, but I refuse to be miserable starving myself and working out instead of doing the things I love. I have started walking again, but that's really something I enjoy so it's not a problem. And I'm paying more attention to what I eat and how much of it I eat. Moderation is as far as I want to go. For me, life is just too short to be spent doing things I hate to do or depriving myself of the things I love.

Gracie and George definitely look as though they agree :*)

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

My brain tells me I should exercise but I just can't seem to get away from the sewing machine long enough - lol! Your doll quilt is beautiful. I look forward to seeing how you decided to stitch the butterflies.

Diane Wild said...

Walking is my thinking time so it's something I do every day unless someone comes along and sabotages my morning. My best time is the morning and Minnie's time is after lunch. That's hardly a walk..I call it a "Snoop & Poop". Your butterflies are so colorful. I really like them and look forward to seeing some in my yard this summer.

Pattilou said...

Oh, your post about exercising could have been written by me. Exercise used to be a way to release the stress of my teaching job. When I go to the gym now--I wonder why I don't go everyday! Summer is around the corner and my bike awaits--still time for a new pattern other than the fabric kind! :)

Love you little quilt. The colors of the butterflies is perfect!