Jardín de Mariposas de Mi
(My Mother's Butterfly Garden)
35" x 35"
Silk Dupioni and cotton fabric, 80/20 batting, rayon embroidery thread,
shell buttons, freestanding embroidered butterflies.
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
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
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
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.
Detailed views of the freestanding