My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Butterfly Challenge

I changed my mind this morning...... I woke up and decided that maybe I would take part in the Butterfly challenge by Juliet over at Tartankiwi after all.
Juliet is a talented designer of many unique foundation paper piece patterns; I have pattern tested some for her, and am in awe of her latest designs, among them the Big Bear, a 30" handsome fellow.
Anyway, she sent out a challenge for us to show her our interpretation of her butterfly pattern and the deadline for entering the challenge is tonight.
I'm always one for a challenge but had decided not to take part as I really had too many other things I should be doing. However, it was a wet day and I thought maybe a sew day was in order.

First of all though, there was this to do —
And a bit of this —
Later on there was more of this —
But amongst it there was some of this —
And finally, there was this —
As with all Juliet's patterns this was a great pattern to sew- her designs are always straight forward, and while they seem a little complex, the detail really makes them shine. I'm not overly convinced that I have chosen the right fabrics however it's done now and I'm fairly happy with it :-)

There is a Mr Linky on Juliet's blog *here* if you want  to go and see what others have sewn up. Thank you Juliet :-), I had a lovely day!
Now it's back to doing what I should have been doing!
Happy creating, :-)

40 comments:

sigisart said...

Dear Raewyn,
what an awesome butterfly you have done, the fabrics are great and it looks w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l!!!!
Beside all your farm work...
Many hugs from far away...
sigisart

Lesley said...

Your butterfly is beautiful! Quite a day you had!

Sue said...

I think the colours look great. What a neat idea, you obviously have plenty of patience. The calves are still looking cute by the way.

Indianna said...

I think your fabrics go well together and I loved the insight into your day at work!

marina said...

love seeing those calves having breakfast.
Your butterfly looks amazing.

Julierose said...

Your butterfly is lovely--very "Old World" looking. I like those muted colors...hugs, Julierose

Terry said...

Your butterfly is beautiful...I love it! :0)

Karen H said...

I think your butterfly is lovely! So pretty and delicate!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Your butterfly is gorgeous. It took me over a week to make mine, and you just whipped yours right out. WOW!

No wonder I never get anything finished.

Mara said...

Wow, you did it in one day, you are amazing, it took me almost 2 weeks and I didn't have any baby calfs to feed. Love your fabric choices so pretty.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Oh My.....your butterfly is stunning......

Charlie and Wendy said...

Your butterfly is beautiful, you could do lots of things with that design. Yay for rainy days :)

Leonie said...

Such a pretty butterfly and whipped up in no time! Gosh you're fast! Or I'm even slower than I thought :) I love your attention to detail with the fabric patterns all facing the "same" directions.

Chookyblue...... said...

hungry little bubbas.........the butterfly is beautiful......

June said...

You are an inspiration Raewyn! and a beautiful block as well!

Barbara said...

You sure love challenges Raewyn. Your butterfly is wonderful. I love your choice of colours.

Ali Honey said...

That's very well done Raewyn...the first of many perhaps?
The calves are looking bonny.I hope you didn't get washed away over the weekend.

Julie said...

I actually love your fabrics & colour choice Raewyn, it looks great. Its a rainy day here today so am off to sewing room myself.

Leeanne said...

Love your fabric choices! Looks awesome, pretty and feminine.

Sheila said...

Your butterfly is awesome , great job !

Karen said...

Wow, you really like to throw yourself in the deep end at the last minute! It looks wonderful.

Raewyn Howan said...

Love your babies and your butterfly. Can't believe that you managed to do all that in one day! Guess it sure helps that your real babies have flown from the nest and no one's calling out M U M!

Vivian said...

WOW!! Your in-one-day butterfly is gorgeous! When you set your mind to it, you're a quilting phenom in speed and fabric choices.
How old are the calves? They certainly aren't shy about shoving in beside others to get their milk. I can remember the feeling when rubbing the curly hair on top of their heads (I'm a farmer's daughter).
A brother and his 2 sons have a Holstein milking operation on our family farm. It's a bit bigger than when I was a child there, but cows and calves and barns are still home to me.

Janet O. said...

Simply gorgeous! I think you definitely had great fabrics. And I can't believe you whipped this out in one day, with everything else you had to do! You are a marvel! : )

shez said...

OMG that butterfly is so gorgeous Raewyn,i love it ,well done and i can see life is busy down at the farm.xx

Jan said...

Wow! Your butterfly is so beautiful, Raewyn.

Cat said...

I just love Juliets work she is truly talented!
But I think I love milking time down on the farm just as much too . . . pretty exciting for a city girl

Suz J said...

Very pretty butterfly Raewyn, although I know what you mean about being unsure of colour choices. Sometimes with all those tiny pieces the end result is not always what you expect.

Fiona said...

A busy day... and what a lovely butterfuly you came up with... so many little pieces...
Hugz

Michelle Ridgway said...

Gorgeous butterfly! You are such a busy girl!

kiwikid said...

Beautiful butterfly Raewyn!! I love the colours. Like too those curly headed calves!! Seems like another busy day for you.

margaret said...

the fabrics are spot on for this lovely butterfly. Glad you were able to take part after seeing to all your livestock

Sue W @ Living the Good Life said...

That is a very cool butterfly! Clever stuff. Looks a bit wet up your way, are you still getting the rain? We had a day of rain yesterday, first day of spring will do that! Nice here today though, slight breeze and I can see my daffs dancing in it xx

Anthea said...

Um, do you get more hours in your day than me, Raewyn?! Wow, what a busy life - the farm work, and then your beautiful sewing of the pretty butterfly - it looks great, well done, you succeeded in the challenge, methinks x

Sisbabestitches said...

Ha Ha there is certainly some speediness envy in your readers :) It is a lovely butterfly :)

Quilting Nests said...

Beautiful butterfly, I love the colours, a very clever pattern.

Juliet @ Tartankiwi said...

So impressed that you managed to fit a butterfly into your busy schedule!... and what a beauty it is! Thank you for taking part in the challenge. J x

antique quilter said...

wow that is beautiful , so worth the effort! glad you shared it with us
Kathie

KaHolly said...

Life on a farm is so different!! Your butterfly is gorgeous. Sure are a lot of little pieces!

Carrie P. said...

gorgeous butterfly!