Behold, my first entry into the Bloggers Quilt Festival, a wee online quilt show organized by Amy of Amy's Creative Side. Thank you for the opportunity, Amy.
Lumberjack Butterflies II
Approx. 30" x 30"
finished June 2001
The lighting isn't so great in the photo because I took the picture where the quilt hangs, in my entryway. I was on a kick awhile back of making miniatures of bed sized quilts I'd designed…but had not completed because they are, well, bed sized. I hand quilt, as you can see in the photo below. Hand quilting a miniature is much quicker than tackling its full-sized counterpart.
Each butterfly sports a plaid fabric from my stash…or, more likely, from my scrap pile. I think every doodle pad flower on the quilt has a plaid, as well. These are manly butterflies, you see. Don't mess with 'em cuz they can take you out.
What I Learned in This Quilt
- I think this is the first time I used a pieced background for applique.
- I designed the butterfly pattern based on an illustration in a butterfly book I happened to have. In the bed-sized version, the butterflies were taken from someone else's quilt pattern in a magazine. So, designing my own butterflies makes the quilt feel more like it is mine.
- I gave myself permission to use doodles in a quilt.
- I'm pretty sure I used my Electric Quilt software to draw the curves in the sashing quilting and the quilted bunting along the outside borders.
Thank you! Please enjoy perusing the other blogs on the Quilt Festival list. Just click on the logo at the beginning of the post to find them.