Several years ago, I watched Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson on HGTV and fell in love with a butterfly quilt designed by Beverly Dunivent. As I am a huge fan of 30′s prints, I had a great selection in my stash (still do), and all I needed to get started was some background fabric. I traced, cut, and hand-appliqued each butterfly (42 times). I completed the blocks, sewed them together, and machine stitched the wing detail (42 times). I began to machine stitch the antenna detail (3 times) when, without warning, fatigue and boredom struck. I not-so-gently folded the quilt top (1 time) and shoved it into a Macy’s bag.
Well, I was looking through my craft closet recently and guess what I found? I opened the Macy’s bag and (oooooooh, how pretty!) discovered this lively, colorful and beautifully stitched quilt top. (it’s true. absence makes the heart grow fonder.) I very carefully unfolded it and wondered why in the world it wasn’t finished! I was now eager to get it done and I became determined to give the remaining butterflies their crowning glory. (Until I sat down at the sewing machine.) Three of the lucky butterflies still have embroidered antenna; the other thirty-nine had to settle for ones drawn free-hand with a fabric marker. (better than back-to-the- Macy’s bag, right??)
Next steps: 1) Add batting and backing. 2) Machine quilt. 3) Bind.