The Grand Nieces’ Quilts

Pinterest is where I find a lot of my ideas. Butterflies-A-Flutter baby quilt by Jenifer Cowles was the inspiration for my first grand niece’s quilt. I made it in the summer of 2015.

The butterflies are appliqués. The quilting is an all over meandering leaves pattern. Once you cut out all the butterflies and appliqué them, the project comes together quickly.

Fast forward to Spring of 2019 and I made the quilt above for my second grandniece. I love the colors of this quilt. And learned, after I made it, that florals were the baby’s room theme. I couldn’t have been happier.

Since I made it, I have learned about shadowing. It was in an article by Karen Kay Buckley in the September 2020 edition of American Quilter magazine. Reading, YouTube videos, and classes are where I continue to learn and grow as a quilter. Of course, the best way to learn is doing.

Anyway shadowing is a term where the underneath layer shows through the appliqué. The solution is simple. Put a piece of interfacing beneath the appliqué. I will never again have shadowing in one of my projects.

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