Monday, March 23, 2015

Stars and Butterflies Baby Quilt

This little baby quilt and I have made it to the finish line. Perhaps not quite in time for my little grand daughter's arrival (she is now 3 months old), but just in the nick of time for her move from bassinet to the big girl crib. I have named the quilt "A Pocketful of Starlight", just as Perry Como likes to croon. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t_PDU5RmBw), "Catch a falling star and put it in you pocket, save it for a rainy day".

Three different shaped stars, which have been either machine appliqued or pieced, form the focal motif for the quilt. Three free motion quilted (FMQ) butterflies intertwine and emerge from the midst of these falling stars and join this little quilted galaxy.

To keep the butterflies fluid and moving and separated from the curvy, swirly background filler, I added a small scale cross hatch border around them.

A larger quilted star shape surrounds each of the yellow appliqued stars to highlight them and to keep them separate from the background.




As you can see in the next 2 photos, the quilt is more like a whole cloth quilt then a pieced quilt, with a great deal more FMQ then applique or piecing. Variations of the quilted stars mimic the shapes of the appliqued stars and form the basis of the quilting design.



On the back of the quilt, a row of falling stars drop into a pocket, which doubles as the quilt label.


Close-up of the back of the quilt.

The front of the completed quilt.


So now that our little grand baby is happily dreaming under the stars, it's on to the next project (or 10!) for this gram.