Monday, February 24, 2014

Hope Takes Flight ~ Double the pleasure. :)

I've finished Hope Takes Flight 4 and 5.

I've made this quilt five times now! Yes, four of them look very similar, whatever.

One ~ butterflies made by {Faith Circle} members
Hope Takes Flight ~ Above the Stage at church

Two - at QuiltCon 2013 ~ butterflies made by {Faith Circle} members
Hope Takes Flight ~ 2

Three ~ made with Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille
Hope Takes Flight ~ at the Zoo

Four ~ made from one Kona Classics charm pack
Hope Takes Flight ~ Kona Charm Pack

and Five ~ made from Artisan Batiks: Geoscapes 4 by Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman
HopeTakesFlight ~ Geoscapes Batik

I kept the making of these last two under wraps since December because Robert Kaufman asked me to write the pattern for this quilt using the Classics charm pack and Artisan Batiks. I said "Are you sure you want me to do this twice?" They said "Yep. We're sure! Get busy, Melissa!"  (I was honestly confused about it for a long time!)

But twice I did! One in solids (= my comfort zone) and one in batiks (=not far from my comfort zone). This collection of batiks from Lunn Studios is really pretty. I love how each butterfly moves more than in the solids quilt. Plus, Nichole at Robert Kaufman told me that there has been a lot of research done lately that shows that batiks are selling really well with more modern quilt patterns. Who knew, right? :)

And NOW, I am pleased to tell you that the patterns are available for free on the Robert Kaufman website! Yeppers, F. R. double E. Free!!  Here is the link for the solids pattern, and here is the link for the batik pattern.

I want to make this one more time, using only two colors (well, three, if you include the black for the bodies!) like my friend Aunt Spicy did. I'll be sure to post it if I ever get around to it! :)

Also...and I would be remiss if I didn't say this...I want to thank YOU for being so encouraging and excited about this pattern from the very beginning! The first and second quilts were made in late 2012 by the members of the {Faith Circle} of the Do.Good Stitches bee, and donated to Restore Innocence for a girl rescued from human trafficking. The response that I got from finishing those two quilts was just overwhelming! Without that, I never in a million years would have considered writing up the pattern (and making it three more times, hah!). And the continued nagging follow-up from a couple of lovely friends really spurred me on to finish the pattern. And then, when I was asked by Robert Kaufman to make these last two for them, to post free on their website, I thought that was the perfect ending to the story.

And while that story is wrapping up, I've got lots more "stories" in my head that will become patterns one day. :)  I just need to find the time!

I hope you have a wonderful week, and thanks again for being so supportive. I most certainly couldn't do this alone. :)


  1. Never change a winning team! All five of them are so pretty! You did such a fantastic job with this pattern. Way to go, my friend!

  2. Glad to see them come to life so many times :o)

  3. Congrats on the patterns, just beautiful.

  4. Melissa, thanks so much for all the helpful info on the no-reply stuff and replying to comments! I think I am getting it sorted out!

  5. Melissa I never did get here to your blog to tell you Congratulations!! This is so exciting...and a testament to a well developed, beautiful pattern :)

  6. amazing quilt. absolutely love the simplicity of it.


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