Feathers, Feathers and the Butterfly Quilt

This is a UFO that’s over 2 years old and I decided to pull it out and work on the darn thing so I could get a better feel for Anne. I’ve had The Butterfly Quilt hanging in my closet for a while after I worked on the center panel.  (See my photos from 2011 on this project when I first started quilting it).  I got nervous overthinking the quilt after I quilted the center section and was seriously worried if I got back to it I’d screw it up. After practicing some feathers on Anne and a scrap sandwich I pulled it out and stuck it under the needle. This quilt has some interesting areas that needed filling in so I practiced putting my feathers in oddly shaped places.  The pattern for this quilt is out of one of my favorite applique books Quick and Colorful Applique: 14 Lively New Designs (you can get this book used for less than $5 and I highly recommend it).

Feather quilting and the butterfly quilt


Microstippling is a little bit of a challenge but I did manage to get some done. I have a few areas I’ll need to go back into and add some stippling into once I get the inside of the butterfly wings done.

Feather quilting and the butterfly quilt


I had to hang it up and take a good look at it at a distance to see how the texture was showing up. It’s not perfect but I kind of like the movement and how it’s not totally symmetrical with the feathers being all different shapes and sizes.

Feather quilting and the butterfly quilt

Feather quilting and the butterfly quilt

Feather quilting and the butterfly quilt


Now I’m working on adding metallic threads to the insides of the wings and I will probably also add some hotfix crystals too. The Antenna will be quilted in last and I still need to fashion a label for it.  It feels good to make progress on this UFO! It’s so old.


  1. It looks like you and Anne are having a great time together!

  2. Your feathers are awesome. Pflo (my Powerquilter 16) arrived Sunday. I have been making sample sandwiches to practice on using different types of batting. So far she stitches great. I hope my feathers get as good as yours.

  3. Marye Albritton says:

    Looks great!! So happy for you and Anne.

  4. Unbelievably beautiful.

  5. It’s beautiful!! I agree that the feathers are giving movement to the quilt, which is so appropriate. I think we can all sympathize with the “if I work on it any more, I’ll ruin it” feeling. Good for you on getting back to it.

  6. nicely done and I l think it is great how you got didn’t hesitate to get right at the quilting!

  7. Vickie Adkins says:

    So pretty. So talented.

  8. WOW, you’re really rocking it with Anne, Katie! Your feathers are beautiful and with the micro stippling it looks like it’s trapunto! I can’t wait to see it all finished with the metallic threads and all.

  9. Z Any Mouse says:

    Wow, your feathers look really great! I’ve become obsessed with quilting feathers, because they fill up a large space quite nicely and are fun to make once you get into the rhythm. Your video on McTavishing was very good, and I just might try that next. Thanks, Katie!