Mary's Veggie Garden

May 29, 2010

Butterfly Flower Quilt

Filed under: Flowers,Quilts — marysveggiegarden @ 1:49 pm

My quilt club, First Dutchess Quilters, held a contest called the “Seed Packet Challenge”.  We  each drew a plain white envelope containing a seed packet and the contest instructions. We were to make a 12″x18″ quilt which either copied or interpreted the seed packet.

Butterfly Flower Quilt

I drew Butterfly Flower, aka Butterfly Weed, or Asclepias tuberosa. I was pleased because I actually grow butterfly weed, but also a bit dismayed: its flowers are dense clusters of tiny florets. How could I get that look with fabric? In the end, I decided to concentrate on the butterflies, and hint at the flowers.

Techniques used:

* stitched raw edge applique: butterflies, flowers, some leaves

* Hand embroidery: butterfly spots, flower buds.

* Machine embroidery: wing veins, flowers, and lettering.  I used a zigzag stitch for the machine embroidery.

Butterfly weed is a perennial plant in the milkweed family. It is unusual among perennials in emerging very late, usually in early June. Thus it is easy to destroy the root crown when planting other flowers.

Butterfly weed has a major advantage: deer do not eat it. I’ve seen hoof prints in the garden, but the butterfly weed is untouched.

My quilt did not win any prizes, but I learned a lot about the design process and the techniques.

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