Buttercup {a finished quilt!!}

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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.

Buttercup quilt top by Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts

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!

Buttercup quilt by Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts

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.

Buttercup quilt by Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts

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!

Buttercup quilt by Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts

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).

Buttercup quilt by Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts

How do you think she looks in her new home?

Amanda