Butterflies in the Garden

Butterflies in the Garden quilt

Butterflies in the Garden quilt

My niece’s birthday was soon approaching. A three-years-old girl who likes to run.

I had a pink dress that I made in 1994. You know, the long-skirt dresses made of some small floral polyester? It was one of those. And I kept it all those years in a box because I loved that fabric. I knew it would come handy for a special occasion. My niece’s birthday was that special occasion.

I also had a long piece of white polyester that had a greenish tint. I put it next to the dress — perfect for a quilt!

I set to work. I didn’t have much time so I went for something simple. Two rectangles, five stripes. While sewing – and, I admit, reveling in the pink roses – I was thinking about a summer garden in bloom, butterflies going from a flower to another and a little girl running in glee.

I went to my stash of fabric and found some textured dark pink/fushia cotton (from a old sweater)

Butterflies in the Garden quilt

Butterflies in the Garden quilt – Hand-stitched appliqué

some beige-brown-orange textured polyester

Butterflies in the Garden quilt

Butterflies in the Garden quilt – Hand-stitched appliqué

and DMC threads for the details.

I spent hours handstitching the flowers and butterflies, seated comfortably, dreaming about next July.

Butterflies in the Garden quilt

Butterflies in the Garden quilt

I’m currently working on a pattern for this quilt that will soon be available for free on my web site. For all the little girls who like to run freely in a hot summer garden.

France

Free pattern on my web site

18 thoughts on “Butterflies in the Garden

  1. Hi France I found your first post from Val’s blog. Isn’t it fun to revisit our 1st posts? I know I have come a long way since my first posting over 6 years ago. It won’t be long until your will be celebrating your 1st blog anniversary too.

    • I just went back to read more first posts because it is indeed fun. After clicking on your link, the first thing I noticed was the date of your first post: 2008. I was impressed by that date. 🙂

    • I’m always happy when people say that they also love those old-fashioned flowery fabric. (I bought that fabric as new some 25 years ago — I guess by now we can call it old-fashioned…) They are so soft to the eye and relaxing. Thank you for telling me!

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