Deer Butterfly Mini Quilt

I love quilting and embroidery, so when I saw this gorgeous deer butterfly print by Michael Miller, I knew i had to make quilts and embroidery on it.deerbutterfly10

You don’t have to start with a blank canvas or even use iron on embroidery patterns to practice stitching. Pull interesting fabric from you stash and practice your embroidery.

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I wanted to make a min wall quilt with scraps from the quilt so I just cut out some squares and framed the deer. Added cotton batting to the back and started my random design.

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I started with simple lazy daisies, added straight stitch and french knots, then I went back and filled with lighter and darker colors in a straight stitch and outlines. I try to use 1, 2 and 3 strands of floss for texture while I stitch. It’s all unplanned. Just an exercise in stitching free style with no design.

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Soon this handsome deer had a floral wreath around his neck and a crown of flowers. It’s very spring and very me!  Finished size is approximately 12.5 x 9 inches

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Woodland Baby Quilts

I managed to get 3 of the 4 quilted and pressed and ready for the shop. They turned out really well and the finished sizes are 35 x 40. I hand sewed the binding which I really don’t mind doing, its relaxing and I can sit quietly in the evenings stitching. But I’m pleased with the colors and they are so soft and squishy which makes these a super nice gift. Beautiful prints from Hawthorne Threads and Art Gallery and a great designers which include Sarah Watts, Bonnie Christine, Violet Craft and more.

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