I purchased two jelly rolls on clearance at a very nice little shop in Gainesville last year while on a quilting retreat. Made some very quick strip blocks from them and zapped them together into a top. I had to look around for a while, but I was CERTAIN there was a Kaffe Fassett fabric that would be perfect for the border. :D found it.
Boy did I ever have fun doing a little bit of every kind of fill work I've ever seen, tried, heard of or thought up. It's a little zany to look at the front, but it grows on ya'.
The back (I encourage you to click through for the enlargements) restores a little method to the madness.
Butterflies are amazingly strong and sturdy for as delicate as they appear, and I had hoped to capture some of that strength along with the delicacy in this representation. It feels both over- and under-worked to me however. I suspect this is due in large part to my lack of artistic ability - that is, my lack of ability to draw. I'll probably try this again after i've had time to think about how better to approach it.
Whimsy. I love getting to do whatever the heck I want on my own quilts. That's a cameo of a butterfly above.
Can't have butterflies without flowers of course!
This is a closeup of one of the butterfly wings' eyespots. You should have seen me fiddling with my circles to get them lined up right. Had my tongue sticking out the entire time.
Got my "Better Homes and Gardens" shot taken (always the last one I take of a quilt) about ten seconds after the rain started this afternoon. Fortunately it was a very slow start and was just sprinkling.
First time I tried the flange binding. I think it worked wonders on this quilt and I'll try it again sometime as it was pretty easy. This one is too thick for my tastes though and it will get cut slimmer (the binding part) for the next run.