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.
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.
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.
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.