Thursday, February 21, 2019

Ladybug Dance

Welcome to my day of the Show Your Wings Blog Hop, hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. I have to admit, the theme of this hop puzzled me for a few weeks - birds? airplanes? butterflies? ladybugs? bees? What would I create with any of those 'winged' subjects?

And the answer is, a very sweet, adorable applique ladybug quilt called Ladybug Dance.

Ladybugs and flowers quilt by QuiltFabrication

The red from Valentine's Day had a heavy influence in my subject choice - who can resist ladybugs dancing among the flowers???


Ladybug Dance quilt by QuiltFabrication

This quilt is also bursting with playful quilting:
curlicues in the background,


Ladybug Dance quilting by QuiltFabrication

and a bit of petal shape repetition, done with rulers, in the border,


Ladybug Dance border

and the black binding to tie it all together.


In case you missed it, here's a video of the curlicue quilting:




Besides the backtracking, the secret to this design is to change the direction of the curl from the previous one, and to also change the size of the curls for added variety.

Along with the video, there's also a pattern for this cute quilt!
Made with very easy applique and piecing, the quilt measures approximately 39" x 39" - perfect as a baby quilt for that special girl, or as a wall hanging for the spring and summer.

Have fun hopping and be sure to grab your Ladybug Dance pattern!



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27 comments:

  1. Beautiful quilt. A big fan of the ladybugs.

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  2. This quilt has so much personality. Love both the ladybugs and the flowers and how the wonderful quilting makes them both pop.

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  3. Wow, ladybugs! These are so bold and beautiful. And I am going to try the curlicue quilting too.

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  4. I knew this quilt would be fantastic. Congratulation on your finish.

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  5. Beautiful quilt! Love those ladybugs.

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  6. Lovely quilt. Love those ladybugs and the pretty flowers. I like the quilting too. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. What a happy quilt! Just beautiful!

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  8. What a cute quilt. My daughter loves ladybugs.

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  9. it turned out great - love the colors and the quilting

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  10. Hi Susan! I knew this was going to be spectacular and you didn't disappoint. I just love the whole thing - especially the fabrics you chose to bring these ladybugs to life. And I enjoy seeing the video again. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  11. Pretty, pretty ladybugs and flowers! This is so sweet and your quilting is amazing. I love watching you quilt it and wish I had your gift for picking the perfect design for your quilts. Thanks for sharing and hopping with us!

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  12. Oh...that is just so sweet and screams summer time is just around the corner to me. I need that scream right now. I'm kind of over the crummy winter weather we have been experiencing across the country. LOL!! Great quilting too. I really need to break out of my box and play with quilting more. Your my inspiration today!

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  13. oh this is wonderful. sweet lady bugs and flowers. what many of us are dreaming of right now in all this cold and snow. thanks for sharing and for inspiring. I am just starting to learn applique, so i think these would be perfect for learning on. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  14. Such cute ladybugs! I like ladybugs and didn't even think about them as a possibility for this wings hop.

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  15. Definitely a good choice for the wing hop. Ladybugs are so cheerful.

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  16. LOVE that your Ladybug Dance design created a bright secondary design!! Great planning on your part. Thanks for sharing with the Show Your Wings Blog Hop!

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  17. This is sew vibrant and pretty. I love ladybugs. Thank you for sharing in the hop ... <3 Pat

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  18. OH you do that backtracking so gooooood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love this quilt!

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  19. Very cute, Susan. Your quilting is awesome.

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  20. Your quilt is so beautiful Susan. I love the ladybugs and the quilting is awesome. Thank you for sharing.

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  21. You're going to think I'm weird, but the thing that really caught my attention on this quilt (other than all the beautiful red and cute ladybugs) was that blanket stitch on the flowers. Great touch!

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    1. Thanks Janice! I normally use invisible thread and a zigzag stitch, but felt this really needed that black outline with the blanket stitch. It really adds the pop!

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  22. So cute. Ladybugs were a great choice, and the quilting suits it.

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  23. Oh, Ladybug Dance is just so cute!

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