Created by: RosyBijou
Project

Butterfly Delight!

This kit was an impulse purchase for me. I loved the cheerful aesthetic of the fabrics and wanted a complete kit to reintroduce me back to quilting. I would define myself as an ambitious beginner, not intermediate - I enjoyed the challenge of this kit, but did not find it difficult. This kit is great practice for careful cutting and sewing, but has enough going on that minor mistakes get lost in the finished product. About the fabric: --the colors and patterns are delightful. They compliment each other perfectly & are bright and cheerful. --the fabric itself is thin, has a low thread count and frays easily. Some of the fraying can be mitigated with use of starch during the pressing stages. --While I wish that the fabric was of a higher quality, I was not troubled by this and my seams feel secure with the recommended 1/4" allowance. --All colors of the grid-patterned fabric in my kit veered off-grain/were crooked as they neared the selvage edges. This is definitely a quality-control issue, but the impact of this can be minimized with careful cutting, (or by purchasing additional fabric.) --I did not pre-wash the fabric. I ran the completed quilt through a regular machine wash & dry. It looks terrific! (No bleeding, fraying or tearing - see very first picture.) About the pattern: --it's clearly presented, well organized and very easy to follow. --there is one typo, (step 6, green configuration, #2 and #5 should indicate fabric J). This becomes obvious when sorting the cut pieces--there aren't enough K's and just the right number of J's are left over. --aside from that single typo, the instructions are spot on. This will make it easy to re-use the pattern with other fabrics. My variation - not part of the pattern: --I choose a "quilt-as-you-go" method, machine quilting each square "sandwich" - (top, batting, back together)... --Then attaching the finished squares to each other using 1" strips. --(I chose contrasting purple strips for the back and pieced/coordinating strips for the front.) --I purchased extra fabric, (a 1/2 yard mixed bundle & extra yardage of the purple flutter as well as extra batting), in order to accommodate this different technique. --I learned about this technique in the book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage by Jera Brandvig. Project photos show the different construction stages, since I used a non-traditional method. (The first pic is after being run through the wash.) Overall impression is that this is a really fun kit, (thoughtfully organized), adaptable to alternate construction methods and totally worth doing.

Project Description

This kit was an impulse purchase for me. I loved the cheerful aesthetic of the fabrics and wanted a complete kit to reintroduce me back to quilting. I would define myself as an ambitious beginner, not intermediate - I enjoyed the challenge of this kit, but did not find it difficult. This kit is great practice for careful cutting and sewing, but has enough going on that minor mistakes get lost in the finished product. About the fabric: --the colors and patterns are delightful. They compliment each other perfectly & are bright and cheerful. --the fabric itself is thin, has a low thread count and frays easily. Some of the fraying can be mitigated with use of starch during the pressing stages. --While I wish that the fabric was of a higher quality, I was not troubled by this and my seams feel secure with the recommended 1/4" allowance. --All colors of the grid-patterned fabric in my kit veered off-grain/were crooked as they neared the selvage edges. This is definitely a quality-control issue, but the impact of this can be minimized with careful cutting, (or by purchasing additional fabric.) --I did not pre-wash the fabric. I ran the completed quilt through a regular machine wash & dry. It looks terrific! (No bleeding, fraying or tearing - see very first picture.) About the pattern: --it's clearly presented, well organized and very easy to follow. --there is one typo, (step 6, green configuration, #2 and #5 should indicate fabric J). This becomes obvious when sorting the cut pieces--there aren't enough K's and just the right number of J's are left over. --aside from that single typo, the instructions are spot on. This will make it easy to re-use the pattern with other fabrics. My variation - not part of the pattern: --I choose a "quilt-as-you-go" method, machine quilting each square "sandwich" - (top, batting, back together)... --Then attaching the finished squares to each other using 1" strips. --(I chose contrasting purple strips for the back and pieced/coordinating strips for the front.) --I purchased extra fabric, (a 1/2 yard mixed bundle & extra yardage of the purple flutter as well as extra batting), in order to accommodate this different technique. --I learned about this technique in the book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage by Jera Brandvig. Project photos show the different construction stages, since I used a non-traditional method. (The first pic is after being run through the wash.) Overall impression is that this is a really fun kit, (thoughtfully organized), adaptable to alternate construction methods and totally worth doing.

Q&A with RosyBijou

dbstravel6448852 asked:
Does the material come pre-cut or does it require precise cutting?
RosyBijou answered:
The fabric in the kit does require precise cutting. A rotary cutting tool, mat and ruler make this step much easier.

Skill Level

Intermediate