Butterfly Parade

quilts, Wagon’s West (dresden plates)

I got done with the binding on Butterfly Parade and washed and dried yesterday.  I love the way it turned out.  There was a little more shrinkage then I expected – but I did use wool batting and I didn’t want to have to be careful about washing and drying as who knows who will get this quilt eventually and I want that person to feel comfortable about laundering it.  So let the shrinkage happen now!  The finish size is 41 x 45 inches (before wash/dry it was 45×51).  This little quilt only took about 3 or 4 hours to machine quilt and it took way more than that to piece – always does doesn’t it.  I think I worked on it for about a month several times a week – I didn’t keep track of time. It is nice and soft and cuddly and has a zillion little pieces of fabric in it!



Plain cream color for the back – I think it was either a bella snow or kona cotton – they look pretty much identical.


Wagon’s West was rolled down and work on the final row of blocks begins.  I am linking to Em’s Scrapbag: Moving it Forward today and Patchwork Times and Cooking Up Quilts, MCM#30.


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17 comments… add one
  • Deb Jul 18, 2016

    It’s a beautiful finish! 🙂
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  • Liz Jul 18, 2016

    Love the way the butterfly quilt finished. Soothing colors.
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  • Sandra B Jul 18, 2016

    Love the finished quilt!! Really looks soft and cuddly!!
    Wagons West is nearly done….what will go on the frame next? I cannot remember what you have in your “waiting to be quilted” inventory!

  • Wanda Jul 18, 2016

    Butterfly Parade turned out so pretty. I haven’t used wool batting yet. I have a wool batt but haven’t decided which quilt to use it in.

  • Thimbleanna Jul 18, 2016

    YAY! Congratulations on a beautiful finish! Quilting and all the crinkly goodness really brings that little beauty to life!
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  • Bonnie in Va Jul 18, 2016

    Your butterfly quilt is beautiful. But 4 to 6″ of shrinkage is wild. Do you think the majority of it is because of the wool batting? It’s great if you want a lot of shrinkage but not so great if you don’t!
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  • Rebecca Grace Jul 18, 2016

    Both quilts look wonderful. It’s interesting to me that you do hand and machine quilting simultaneously on different projects. I would like to have a hand quilting project in my hoop again, but deadlines and end uses of quilts keep dictating machine quilting instead for most of what I have going on right now. I’m looking forward to seeing your wagon wheel quilt when it’s finished!
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  • Helen Anne Jul 18, 2016

    That is beautiful. Congratulations on finishing
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  • Heather Jul 18, 2016

    It does look wonderful
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  • Mary Jul 18, 2016

    What a lovely finish!
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  • Kaholly Jul 18, 2016

    It looks great! Well done! Boy, I’ll tell you now, Wagons West is going to be a real stunner when it’s finished. What are your plans for it? XO
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  • JanineMarie Jul 18, 2016

    The Butterfly quilt looks so plush and cozy. Thanks for sharing the shrinkage info. That is so helpful for quilt planning!

  • Mary Ann Jul 19, 2016

    The Butterfly quilt is beautiful. Thank you for the shrinkage information. I have never used wool batting so it is something to take into consideration if I do.

  • Kathi Jul 19, 2016

    What a cozy and fantabulous finish for you on this quilt Karen!!! I just love it 🙂
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  • Glenda Australia Jul 20, 2016

    Ohhhh Karen how did you finish that so fast, one moment it was all the wall and now it is out of the drier?????? How beautiful it looks and it does look so so cuddly. I love it. Your wagons west is such a stunning quilt, how many quilts does this make that you have completed this year??????? You are incredible. Hugs Glenda
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  • Vicki W Jul 20, 2016

    Oh, it turned out really cute!

  • Emily Jul 22, 2016

    I love it’s crinkly quilty goodness! Great job!
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