Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Two butterfly pieces are done!

This morning, I finished stitching the facing on two butterfly quilts, and then photographed them. Up and Away! (above) is a piece for an exhibition by Fiber Art Options that opens at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden on October 1. You can read about how I made it in previous posts. Here are some detail shots:

I used heavy carpet thread for the antennae. Even though I waxed it the thread, they are still flopping around a bit. I may need to replace them with wire. Ideas, anyone?

I love how the stitching accentuates the grass. 

I had a lot of fun quilting the sky. I wanted it to look like air currents. 

This piece is Little Green Butterfly. I made this piece for a Silent Auction this fall to benefit the International Quilt Association. It is a tiny thing, 7.75" x 6"; I hope it doesn’t look too pitiful when displayed with the other small quilts. I think they were all supposed to be little, less than 24" or so. But I think it would be beautiful stitched to a mat and framed. Here is a detail:

Sometimes when I take photographs, or when I am stitching the little details in my work, I am filled with amazement at the intricacies of nature, the miracles of the little things. I am reminded of this quote:

“God is in the details.” – Mies van der Rohe