Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Working on my butterfly....

Joy had a give-away and I won this fun quilt book....


...there are some clever ideas in there to work with blocks to make them a bit different.... I love learning new techniques and ideas.... our craft is such fun isn't it???
.. thanks Joy... and thanks to Alice for helping with mailing it ....

... and Illene had a birthday... so she gave away presents.... and I was lucky enough to win ....


there is a cute little fabric box, a kit to make a brooch, two lovely lengths of fabric and matching threads, a pink (breast cancer) pencil and a sewing machine charm... what a lovely selection of goodies to play with... thanks Illene for sharing your birthday...

... and I have joined in with Chookyblue and chief elf Googy Girl for .......


this is a world wide interblog gift swap and it is so fun... I couldn't do it last year due to lots of other committments but I'm looking forward to doing a bit of stalking and then sewing... We all know our partners now so time for thinking caps on......

I have neglected my butterfly quilt but now I have quilted down on each side of the black binding....


.. and then worked some leaves into the background .....


I am not usually brave enough to quilt with a contrast thread but I wanted more than the small background design so I have done a dark green leafy design....


I always enjoying seeing what it looks like from the back....


... next years Vanilla essence has been started... a bottle of vodka and 5 vanilla beans....


Righto, Gotto Go....


28 comments:

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Those butterflies are stunning Bubz...LOL to your spoonful!!!

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

Wow just look at your Butterfly. I love it. hugs

WoolenSails said...

That came out beautifully, love the colors you used.

Debbie

Farm Gate Creations said...

Some lovely wins you have there and your butterfly looks spectacular.

Susan said...

fabulous butterfly, love the spoonful message...you are always good for a laugh.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

I'm laughing over here Fiona...LOL....love it!!!
What, 1 bottle of vodka (any sort?) and 5 vanilla beans....how long do you leave it for....that has to be soooo economical!
Congrats on your win...the quilting looks great!

Jane Galley said...

Congratulations on your wins, they will inspire you for a little while! I do love your butterfly, and I always find the back interesting, you can really see the quilting

Maria said...

Your butterfly is amazing and what fabulous quilting....

Wendy B said...

just beautiful Fiona.....butterflies always have that 'ethereal' quality! You're a star on the FSM quilting too by the way!!!! Congrats on your wins and have fun with Chooky's swap....I couldn't do it this year for much the same reason as you couldn't last year....I need to learn to say NO sometimes!!!
xox sugary sweet hugs

Christine M said...

Lovely wins there Fiona. Your butterfly quilt is just beautiful. You must be so pleased with it.

Jennifer said...

Well done on your quilting! One of these days I will find the photo of the stained glass hanging I once made......don;t overdo it with the vanilla, although it could make for some interesting sewing if you did......

Chrissie said...

Enjoy your lovely goodies, your butterfly quilt is so beautiful, such good quilting

marina said...

what great mail delivered.
Your butterfly looks magnificent!!
I love the darker quilting of the background. Gives a great effect.
such a beautiful finish.

Sheila said...

Congrats on a great win and your butterfly looks amazing ! I always enjoy visiting your blog as I know I will come away smiling :-) hugs Sheila

Michelle Ridgway said...

Well done on your Butterfly...lovely.
Obviously you didn't' take your spoonful until after sewing it.

Bev C said...

Hello Fiona,

Oh that is one pretty Butterfly. Lots of work has gone into that. Such lovely mail at your place, enjoy the gifts and book.

Happy days.
Bev.

Karen said...

Enjoy your swaps and winnings. I am loving the wonderful work you are doing on this gorgeous butterfly. Great designs.

Lin said...

Beautiful butterfly and I can think of better things to do with a bottle of vodka! I have a friend who makes ginger vodka and it is superb!!

Anthea said...

Fiona the butterfly quilting looks just amazing, you are again showing me how clever you are! I assume you worked on that before quality-testing the vodka?!

Jindi's Cottage said...

Butterfly is stunning, the fabrics you chose are so perfectly representative of leadlight glass and I love the quilting...
Lucky duckie with your wins...enjoy...
ROFLOL watching Mary Poppins and hearing Julie Andrews sing that song will never the same again!

Deb R said...

Your butterfly is gorgeous Fiona!!!

Cheryl said...

Lovely wins Fio0na - and your butterfly is magnificent

Jeneta said...

Oh Fiona - your butterfly is just darling! I'm working on a butterfly at the moment but as soon as I saw yours I almost tossed mine away! Actually, I think it will turn out okay, it has just been very slow in coming together.

Jeneta said...

Oh Fiona - your butterfly is just darling! I'm working on a butterfly at the moment but as soon as I saw yours I almost tossed mine away! Actually, I think it will turn out okay, it has just been very slow in coming together.

Joy McD said...

Love the butterfly and quilting! Homemade vanilla essence... hmmm... I think I may have to try that when I get "home" xxx

Sue SA said...

The butterfly is gorgeous, love the quilting on the background. Really is that is all that is in vanilla essence? Mind you, vanilla pods is so expensive when you compare it to other grocery staples. Can we have the recipe/method please? Do you need to wait a year?

Mistea said...

Pretty butterfly came out to play in spring. Perfect really. Love the foliage you created for it to flutter about in.
Vanilla and vodka a perfect combination.
Enjoy your pressies.

Wendy said...

your butterfly is incredible, as is your quilting - as always!

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