Thursday, September 8, 2011

IQA Silent Auction piece: Green Butterfly

“Green Butterfly” by Susan Brubaker Knapp
I have been working on a piece I will be donating to the International Quilt Association’s 2011 Silent Auction. I was invited to participate in this event because I am teaching at International Quilt Festival (two of my classes have filled up, but there are still a few spots open in “Start With a Photo” on Friday, Nov. 4). It is a nice way to give back to an organization that has done so much for the quilting world. This is a pretty small piece (about 8" x 6"); I don't have the exact dimensions because I have not finished the edges yet. It is going to get a facing. 

If this looks familiar, that’s because it is based on the same photo I used on the piece called Papillon that graces the cover of my book, Point, Click, Quilt! It is  made with fused fabric, heavily thread sketched, then quilted:

In Green Butterfly, I painted the image on white fabric, then thread sketched it and quilted it. It is interesting to look at the similarities and differences in these two pieces.


  1. I really like the softer shades in the new butterfly, really beautiful piece. It is amazing, how much difference the shade of your background makes when painting on fabric.


  2. I absolutely LOVE butterflies, and these are both gorgeous - hard to pick a fave between the two, as the colours and difference in quilting styles create completely different tones. And how good of you, to be donating a piece!

  3. I just bought my own copy and love it! I've studied many quilt design books and yours is so thorough. I'm sick of doing others' patterns: I want something that is uniquely mine. That's what you offer in Point, Click, Quilt!


  4. Thanks so much, Kristi! When I wrote the book, it was with the idea of explaining my process, and trying to inspire people to work from their own photographs. I included the projects for those fighting their fears who needed a little help getting started. I hope you will enjoy the book. :-)


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