Monday, August 18, 2008

In Search of Butterflies

Butterflies have captured my interest. So, I went through my quilting books and magazines in search of butterflies and what I found was very pleasing.

Hmmmm......I think I'm seeing a series of butterfly quilts.

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
~Hans Christian Anderson

Free butterfly patterns on the Internet:

The Butterfly Garden pattern shown above can be found in the July/August 2008 issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine. Carol made a wall size version of the Butterfly Garden quilt. You must take a peek.

As you can see from the photos above, I selected two different groups of fabric to make the Butterfly Garden quilt. Originally I was thinking of making two wall hangings, but because I have such a wonderful collection of butterflies, I think I should use the second group of fabrics for different butterflies.

Saturday was spent preparing my project box for the Butterfly Garden quilt. Mine will just be a small wall hanging, with six (12 inch) butterfly blocks. In The Applique Sampler book, by Piece O' Cake, they suggest using clear upholstery vinyl, in medium weight to make a positioning overlay. So, I am going to give that a try.

My sister asked me why I was starting another project when I still had projects to finish. Boy, does she have lots to learn about quilters! Anyway, before I begin the butterflies, I will complete the binding around my Japanese Lanterns and finish decorating my Homespun Cupcakes, which came to a stop to get Noah's Ark caught up, then get that pieced. Maybe even get Waste Not Want Not finished. Looks like I'm in for a busy week.

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.
~Irish Blessing

I finished block 6 of the Noah's Ark BOM and also did the log cabin around each block. So tiny! I think I'm going to need glasses.

The first free Stitchers' Angel project is ready for downloading. Helen made a really nice Armchair Caddy. I better not start that anytime soon. My sister may be watching.

Until next week.....happy quilting!



Storybook Woods said...

Thank you for helping to spread the word about Tasha Tudor day. Clarice

Christine said...

Love your Noah's Ark blocks. Very sweet. I must start mine.