Now Touring: The Quiltmakers Butterfly Forest by Felicia Brenoe

teri • February 12, 2017 • 24 Comments

The Quiltmakers Butterfly Forest Applique 12 Beautiful Butterflies & 6 Wreaths – 8 Fusible Projects
by Felicia Brenoe
C&T Publishing Hardcopy – $22.95; e-book – $15.99

There is a bit of a Jane Sassaman feel to the colors and textures of the butterflies gracing the pages of Felicia Brenoe’s newest book The Quiltmakers Buttefly Forest. The cover quilt has a bit of a Baltimore Album kind of feel with a dynamic color story breathing new life as the butterflies dance across the quilt. As often happens the story behind the book, or pattern is intriguing with a trip to the Amazon Rain Forest with a friend, Felicia left inspired and ready to make new quilts.

Butterflies Rising made by Felicia Brenoe; quilted by Gina Perkes

Looking at the quilts the imagination is stirred to listen for the gentle flap of butterfly wings, hoping to sit or stand still long enough for a butterfly to land on me. Felicia’s use of color, in these stylized butterflies sets the imagination free to explore color, and wing shape. Rather than copying mother natures homework, Felicia took the basic shapes of the wings to create each butterfly, allowing them personalities all their own.

Funky Butterfly Placemat

Eight projects give us enough room to explore, play, create, and decide how our butterflies can look. And then Felicia said something in her applique directions that made total sense, “Use a small stitch. It may seem counter-intuitive but it is much easier to get a smaller stitch to look neat, than a big one.” Well hey now, that is different. Felicia goes on to speak about our own “Quilting Personality”, and it’s importance. If something goes a little off this is a decision making moment for us: do we need to take the time in that moment to fix whatever isn’t just so, or can we let it go. Essentially this is up to the quilter and ya know what? She’s totally on it here. These are our quilts, to do with as we wish, things happen and it’s all good.

Twilight Butterfly Pillow made by Felicia

Oh and and the imagination can see these butterflies being made individually to create a mobile for a kids room, or hung up a wall like Butterflies Rising (see first quilt above). Every quilter needs a Butterfly Forest. Are you inspired to create yours?

2/10 – C&T Publishing
2/13 – Generation Q Magazine
2/14 – Michael Miller
2/15 – Butterfly Threads Quilting
2/16 – Janome
2/17 – Live Originally
2/19 – Island Batik
2/20 – Pat A Sloan
2/21 – Felicia’s World

We do have an opportunity to you to win a copy of The Quiltmaker’s Butterfly Forest. Share with us your favorite batting: cotton, poly or wool by Monday February 20, 2017, we’ll announce the winner on the 21st. US winner will receive a hardcopy; outside the US an e-book.

Quilt. Sew. Live. Breathe.

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  • Jackie Stevens • 1 week ago
    COMMENT #1

    I like cotton batting.

  • Chris • 1 week ago
    COMMENT #2

    It depends on what I am going to do with the project. I like cotton for most projects or 80-20 if it has Minkee on the back. However if I’m going to hang it on a wall I use wool.

  • Shirley • 1 week ago
    COMMENT #3

    Love to use wool for special quilts. Cotton is my go-to.

  • Allison in Alabama • 1 week ago
    COMMENT #4

    Love cotton batting – so lovely to machine quilt with! churcae(at)auburn(dot)edu

  • Linda Webster • 1 week ago
    COMMENT #5

    I love using a poly batting or a cotton depending on the project.

  • chanzy01 • 7 days ago
    COMMENT #6

    What a beautiful book. Cotton is my go to but wool is my favorite.

  • Kathy E. • 6 days ago
    COMMENT #7

    My favorite batting is 100% cotton, but I’m interested in trying wool batting because of its warmth and loft.

  • LINDA • 6 days ago
    COMMENT #8

    Like Cotton Batting best! Thank You for sharing!

  • Mary Ann • 6 days ago
    COMMENT #9

    I always use cotton or a poly blend……both by Warm and Natural Company.

  • Gloria Cotten • 6 days ago
    COMMENT #10

    I am a fan usually of all cotton batting. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Ginger • 6 days ago
    COMMENT #11

    I like cotton batting.

  • Sherry Jurykovsky • 6 days ago
    COMMENT #12

    I recently used a bamboo batting and loved it. It wasn’t too thick so it made a nice drapey baby quilt.

  • martina • 5 days ago
    COMMENT #13

    Cotton is my favourite, but I also use poly quite a lot!

  • Danette • 5 days ago
    COMMENT #14

    Cotton batting is my favorite. I use it quite often. Thank you,

  • Camille • 5 days ago
    COMMENT #15

    I generally use cotton batting but so many people favor cotton/poly blends that I want to try that option soon..

  • Bonnie Larson • 5 days ago
    COMMENT #16

    I tend to use cotton batting as a goto, but have started experimenting some with wool for a higher loft with some custom quilting designs. Thanks for sharing. I would love to win a copy of this gorgeous book

  • Joan Garland • 5 days ago
    COMMENT #17

    My favorite batting is Cotton. I like Warm N Natural the best.

  • spierssusan • 5 days ago
    COMMENT #18

    Amazing butterfly patterns! Love wool batting! Thank you, Susan

  • carolyn montgomery • 5 days ago
    COMMENT #19

    my favorite batting is cottn.

  • terryhonsteadTerry Honstead • 4 days ago
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  • Laura • 3 days ago
    COMMENT #21

    I use both cotton and poly batting.

  • Angela Short • 3 days ago
    COMMENT #22

    I like cotton batting the best. Good luck everyone! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  • Diane Laughridge • 3 days ago
    COMMENT #23

    Cotton batting is my usual choice, but I have seen some great results with wool and would like to try it!

  • Kath H (kbo) • 2 days ago
    COMMENT #24

    When creating Art quilts, I like wool batting. Philanthropic or gift quilts, I use cotton batting.

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