Butterfly Quilt Progress

I have been steadily working away on my Butterfly Quilt (mentioned here and here) using lots of different colourful scraps. My vision for the quilt has shrunk from a single bed size down to a lap quilt (after 144 butterflies I would like to finish up) This is the first real scrap quilt I have made and I am finding it rather busy, albeit colourful. My scrap container is certainly lighter!

I could really use some input on how to finish it off. I am deliberating whether a solid border would work best (perhaps white or black) to help tone it down a bit. Alternatively, perhaps a black and grey polka dot, black and whiteย rings, ย or black heath print would work well (see images below).

Or maybe I need something more colourful?ย All suggestions and ideas are welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

For the backing, I am planning using a text print to co-ordinate with the centre of all the butterflies. Hometown is one of my current favourites.

I have one more day of work left before a two week break over the school holidays. Hope to get this quilt nearly completed – I am already dreaming of the next quilt:)

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  1. says

    Wow – that looks completely AMAZING! I can only imagine the amount of work you’ve put into it. My vote is the black and white rings or the polka dot…it would be great to see some pics with both these lying alongside the butterflies, just to get a better visual idea of how they look. I’m sure whatever you pick will be stunning!

  2. says

    Wonderful quilt, dear Lisa! I would border it in white, solid black for the front. I am sure you will decide on the best!!
    Spring arrived a little hot around here. Rainy and hot!
    Have a great day, dear Lisa!

  3. says

    *sigh* I love Hometown. So excellent choice there! Scrappy quilts are just so lovely. I would go for the rings (I’m a dramatic type obviously), but either of the other two would be ok. I would prefer the prints to plains.

    Love it so far.

  4. says

    it’s so awesome! the contrast of the black fabric backgrounds and the white typed fabric…perfect! my choice is a dot for the binding. with all of the straight angles in the quilt, the dots would give some “roundness” to the edge.

  5. says

    I love the circles but I think they are too vibrant for this quilt. I would use the polka dot if I was making it for me.
    The butterflies are lovely – great idea to use the words for the bodies.

  6. says

    I am thinking the Heath…love Heath:)

    It is really pretty though!!

    Isn’t that funny that we start thinking about our next quilt way before we finish the current one?!

  7. says

    What a fun project to be working on. Looks like a great way to use scraps, something I find quite challenging. I vote for the black and grey polka dot too.

  8. says

    i just love the butterfly quilt! so beautiful and colorful!! my vote is for the polka dots… looking forward to seeing the finished quilt ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. says

    Wow this is spectacular – I’d go for the darkest border too – any other color or patter would draw that particular color from the center. Very well done!
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  10. says

    Wow – looks amazing! I would do a thin (1″ finished or less) white border, with a thicker black border. I think that would frame it out and help contain all the gorgeous color you have going on.

  11. says

    It’s beautiful! You’ve taken those scraps and transformed them into gorgeous butterflies. I LOVE it!

    Hmmm…What about a double border? I thinking the black & white rings look fab with the black heath print. I know that whatever you decide, it will be perfect.

  12. says

    Since you asked… Personally, I think the black with white rings is too busy for the quilt (I love that fabric, but not for this application). My preference would be the one that looks like linen. Or maybe even a solid black with no print or texture – to match what you used on the blocks. LOVE your blog. I’m sure whatever you choose will be super-cute!

  13. says

    Hi! I’m fascinated by this. Did you use the same text print for each center or did you naturally have many? If you used the same text print, may I ask which one? Love it!

  14. says

    This looks great! I keep changing my mind about which of these 3 I’d use but I think all of them would look great but so would bringing one color out….. Can’t wait to see what you decide.

  15. says

    I think with all the bright colors and business of the butterflies etc and the backing you plan to use that I would use a solid black binding. That will finish off the edges like a frame and not detract from the beautiful colors and will also look awesome with the backing.

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