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Jardín de Mariposas de Mi Madre
(My Mother's Butterfly Garden)

Jardin di Mariposas di Mi Madre / My Mother's Butterfly Garden2009
35" x 35"
Silk Dupioni and cotton fabric, 80/20 batting, rayon embroidery thread, shell buttons, freestanding embroidered butterflies.

Awards:
Best in Show/1st Place - 2010 State Fair of Oklahoma


For several years, my mother has pointed out that she has a bit of wall space in her living room that is just crying out for "a peach & teal quilt". So for several years, I've puzzled over what type of quilt to make.

When Sue Hausmann showed us these embroidery designs and her sample quilt at the OKC Winter Quilt Show in January 2009, I instantly fell in love with the embroidery. Finally, in August 2009, the Elegant Quilting with Sue Hausmann design set was released. I purchased the set, but wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to do with it.

A couple of months later, I realized that Sue's sample quilt was made from peach and blue-grey silk (very similar to "peach & teal"). Suddenly, I knew it would be the perfect design for my mother's quilt.

I embroidered the blocks on my PFAFF Creative Vision, sashed them, then added piping and shell buttons along the intersections.

After the quilt was completed, I decided it needed a little extra embellishment so it wasn't exactly like Sue's. My mother has always adored butterflies, and PFAFF's Butterflies embroidery collection includes some great freestanding butterflies. I re-colored the butterfly designs to match the threads used in the quilt blocks, then sewed them onto a layer of No-Show Mesh stabilizer. I then used a soldering iron to melt away the stabilizer and make flexible freestanding butterfly embellishments that I sprinkled around on the blocks.

The title of the quilt is in Spanish simply because I love the word "butterfly" in Spanish.

 

       

Left: I used the scraps to create coordinating pillows for the living room chairs.
Right: The embroidered label on the back.

Butterfly Garden - detail     Butterfly Garden detail
Detailed views of the freestanding butterflies.

 


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