I just completed my 15th paper pieced garden block. That means that I have just one more to go in order to reach the goal I set for myself of 16 original designs. Then I can start sewing the quilt top!!! Exciting!
This block is a butterfly resting on a coneflower. For me, this image sums up the summer garden in a quick snap shot.
I made the butterfly wings very simple so that they wouldn’t overwhelm people with intricate piecing. As a result, I think fabric choice is critical. You need to chose something that has a butterfly wing like pattern. In my case, I was trying to coordinate with my other blocks and that contributed to my decision too. I chose the Kissing Booth print by Hello Luscious on the far right in the image above. I cut areas that were heavily yellow.
Other fabrics that I thought would make great choices are, on the far left, Anna Maria Horner’s butterfly print (which I did use for the center of the coneflower in my block) and, in the center, Bijoux by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics. I really wanted to use the Bijioux print because the scale and pattern is so perfect but it really leans toward the lavender and I don’t have any lavender in my quilt. Maybe you can try it for me!