Apr 19, 2011

Quilts and Butterflies

I'm a reformed quilter.  I had quilted a lot about 30 years ago, then I got busy with other parts of life and put it aside for a long time.  When we moved from California to Tennessee, 6 years ago, we didn't know anyone, so I joined a small quilting group, hoping  to meet folks with similar interests. It turned out to be a wonderful group, and I was so lucky to be able to become a part of it.  If you'd like to see more about the activities of this group of 22 quilters, please click here.  I was still a bit stalled with my own quilting, but with their encouragement, I'm back to making quilts, and here's the one I've just finished.


 We had a time trying to find a place to photograph it, it's so big. After my husband finally got it all hung up, I realized it's sideways, but didn't have the heart to ask him to change it. So please just tilt your head to the right when you look at it, LOL.  The center basket pattern came from a Blackbird Designs pattern, and I added my own twists. I'm tickled to have a quilt that I made to sleep under. Of course, now it'll soon be to warm to use it, so I'm starting on a light weight, Summer spread next. 

It's also the time of the month when I offer new Folk Art on TDIPT Mercantile.

Here's one of my new pieces, which was inspired by the butterfly collections so treasured in Victorian times. Little known fact -  I worked in a Natural History Museum during my college years, behind the scenes, writing thousands of tiny labels for bird and mammal specimens, by hand, with a Rapidograph pen.  These butterflies are paper, not real specimens, with tiny wire antennae.  Soft Spring neutrals, and great for display on wall or shelf.

Happy Tuesday, from the Dog and me.


  1. That is a beautiful quilt! Great work! Yea, I don't think I would've had the heart to tell mine to turn it either!

  2. What a gorgeous quilt and it looks so perfect hung there. The picture could be in a magazine.
    Your butterfly piece is wonderful as well.

  3. Thanks you two! I do think a magazine would want it right side up, though.

  4. Jan, it's HUGE!!! Gorgeous! And I love the butterflies.
    Hugs, Diane

  5. Oh my! Your quilt is absolute perfection. You did a fabublous job and your husband gave his artistic touch too. :-)

    I am so impressed with your work.