First, let me show you her inspiration print.
One day we were wandering a local quilt shop and she spotted this butterfly print and fell in love with it, but she'd already spent her fabric budget so it stayed in the store. Her birthday was coming up so Hubby and I went back to the shop later and picked up the print and a bunch of 1/2 yard pieces that worked well with it as her birthday present. Looks like I never photographed the entire stack, but here are several of the prints.
Daughter chose to use the Hip to Be Square pattern from Busy Bee Quilt Designs.
We spent a day cutting this one out. Although this is a very fast, easy and beautiful pattern, the cutting directions were somewhat exasperating. In the directions the pattern designer comments that you should view the cutting process "as a fun puzzle". Daughter and I were not feeling the fun at all! But at last it was all cut out and we breathed a sigh of relief and there might have been comments that sounded like "let's not EVER do that again!"
One day before Christmas Daughter came over and we started getting the quilt blocks assembled. We have so much fun working together. Daughter will do the sewing and I'll help with the pinning and do the pressing for her. In just one day she had all the blocks made and they looked fantastic! The blocks are 12 x 12 inches square. The four simple blocks will be combined with squares of the feature butterfly fabric.
By the end of the day she had this up on the wall:
Yesterday Daughter came over and added the simple pieced border, made up of a ton of little patchwork squares. Since long narrow borders can be stretchy we decided to add the border squares directly to each block. This pattern lends itself to this construction method because the border pieces are evenly matched to each block. It wouldn't work with an irregularly pieced border. This is a close up so you can see the three squares of the border attached to the block.
We were so busy sewing, pressing and pinning I forgot to take any pictures at this point, but here are the finished rows up on the design wall.
Gotta say it, There was some happy dancing going on at this point! Daughter plans to come over later this week and sew those rows together.
And I might have been searching through my stash to see if I have any fabric that works for this pattern.....Yep, the finished product is so wonderful that I'm willing to endure the cutting process again.
Hope your Monday is filled with bright colors and happiness!