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.
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!