Monday, August 22, 2005

The butterfly has landed!

Here's the butterfly, done! (Well, mostly...the sleeve isn't fully sewn.) I had a big quilting day yesterday and got way more done on it than I thought I would.

This is actually straight and square, not that you can tell this from this photo.

Here's a detail shows the quilting a bit more:

Some of you might remember how stuck I was once I got the butterfly wing itself done. I fiddled and fiddled with the background fabric, trying to find the right one. I finally settled on this green, but then it just sat while I tried to figure out what to do about a border.

I'm learning that the "letting it sit" process can be an important one. I didn't know what to do about it, so instead of rushing to just finish it any old way, I waited. And one day, after I bought some black organza "just because," it dawned on me that it would make a good shadow for the wing.

Then, fortuitously, I happened to see a Simply Quilts episode where the featured artist showed an easy way to do this off-kilter setting. And it just seemed right for this.

So, here it is. I'm happy with it.


  1. That's so cool the way you wonkified it against the black and added the shadow! It turned out great!!

  2. Diane, this is wonderful. I was trying to make out the quilting design in the looks like it mimics the veins of a leaf.

  3. Looks super fantastic. Can't wait to see it in person tomorrow!

  4. Anonymous11:57 PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the wonky setting - it looks like a giant has thrown down a polaroid of a butterfly wing! Now, where are you submitting this? At the VERY least, you gotta send it to Quilting Arts... WOW WOW WOW!! (I know, I'm pushy, but I want to see more of this in better detail!)

  5. This is so beautiful! Love the setting, it worked out very well. Jen

  6. wow this is beautiful,

    love all of it,

  7. Yay! That green was definitely the right choice. I like the shadow.

  8. Anonymous3:07 PM

    WOnderful. Simply wonderful.