I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of Laura Heine of Fiberworks Quilt Shop, but she has created some AMAZING collage quilts and patterns. When her pattern Abilene came out a year or so ago, I fell instantly in love! I’ve always loved cows and her quilt was just too cool! So, I finally decided to step out of my comfort zone and make one for myself.
Meet Buttercup 🙂 This is her before quilting.
I pulled all of the fabrics to make Buttercup from my scrap bins. I have never done a quilt like this before, but it is basically fused applique. A lot of Laura’s other patterns are floral collages that create awesome creatures. I have little to no florals in my stash and this painterly collage worked perfectly with my style. I did adjust her pattern a bit by making it about 20″ shorter to fit the location I was wanting to hang it. It’s more like a Buttercup “headshot”…HA!
Laura recommends quilting closely to help catch all of the small pieces of applique. I chose to do some super tiny crosshatch quilting with Aurifil 50 wt. tread in my favorite light gray 2600. Below is a shot that that really shows the quilting texture.
For the backing, I found this cute aqua colored chicken wire fabric in my stash that is from the an old Moda line called “Oink a Doodle Moo”. Perfect!
Originally I had planned to hang Buttercup on a large blank wall in our laundry room. I’m so much in love with her that I had to hang her above the fireplace (at least for now).
How do you think she looks in her new home?