Butterfly Mini Mini Quilt – Made with Crafted Appliqué

Butterfly mini mini quilt - made with crafted appliqué - francenadeau.com

During the weeks of the Make Modern Magazine mini mini quilt challenge (#miniminiquilt on Instagram), I made this little round quilt. I used the same butterfly pattern I created for the Butterflies in the Garden quilt I made for my niece. On a side note, my post about the Butterflies in the Garden quilt is the first I published, on October 23, 2013. 🙂


While perusing my old patterns to decide which ones I would use to test the Crafted Appliqué – New Possibilities method, I found these butterfly wings ready to be used: prepared with fusible interfacing and edges turned (ironed). I had prepared these wings when I wrote my tutorial on Preparing Appliqués with Fusible Interfacing (free pdf in French and in English here). I wondered how interfacing would fare with Lara’s method. In truth? Wonderfully.

Tutorial for preparing appliqués with fusible interfacing - francenadeau.com

Being small, this project was done quite rapidly.

Butterfly mini mini quilt - made with crafted appliqué - francenadeau.comButterfly mini mini quilt - made with crafted appliqué - francenadeau.com
Butterfly mini mini quilt - made with crafted appliqué - francenadeau.com
Butterfly mini mini quilt - made with crafted appliqué - francenadeau.com
Butterfly mini mini quilt - made with crafted appliqué - francenadeau.com

The body of the butterfly also received the Crafted Appliqué treatment. Everything was stitched with my sewing machine, except the binding that was stitched by hand on the back.

I find that this round mini mini quilt would make a gorgeous cover for a round pouch. What do you think?


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Butterfly Garden – my first fabric collection

Butterfly Garden fabric collection - francenadeau.com

I would like to present my first fabric collection that I have named Butterfly Garden. The various designs can be bought in my Spoonflower Shop. I must say that creating with butterflies and flowers have been quite exciting.

I discovered Spoonflower.com when I won a gorgeous piece of fabric that was designed by Lara of BuzzinBumble. A new world of possibilities was born. I cannot thank you enough, Lara!

Butterfly Garden fabric collection - francenadeau.com

Butterfly Garden france_nadeau

I have entered this fabric collection in this week’s contest by Spoonflower: butterfly coordinates. If you like my first attempt at design, I would much appreciate that you take the time to vote for me. You can support my design by clicking right here. Just click on “Votes for your favorites” and scroll down until you see the small image above, featuring the four main fabrics of my collection. I would grandly appreciate the gesture. And you can discover more butterfly designs created by many talented designers.

Thank you!   Merci!


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Before I Started Cross Stitching


This is my first piece of embroidery. I made it in March 92 as a birthday gift for my mother (we can read mars 92, in yellow on top). I remember stitching while I was supposed to be studying. After one hour of study, I would reward myself with a few minutes with the needle. It was my first time but I was already hooked to hand stitching. I can tell you that going back to my books for one more hour of study took great discipline.

My mother is still displaying this abecedary on a wall and with the passing years the color have faded. The threads were more vividly colored twenty-two years ago, but now everything is pale: pale blue, pale orange, pale green, pale everything and even more pale pink and yellow. The red still offers flashes of vividness, though.

This is not cross stitching. This is petit point. Half a cross stitch, really. Half the time to make too. I prefer the appearance of cross stitching (which looks thicker), though amazing pieces have been done with the petit point. A quick search on the net will reveal many examples. For me it was a good learning experience to holding the needle and acquiring ease with the movements of passing needle and thread through a canvas.


Letters are fast to stitch. Those blue ones are square without any flourishes. They remind me of centuries-old abecedaries. Notice the top diagonal of the letter K. I cannot tell why it is different from the lower diagonal!


I find it interesting to look back at how I made the small flowers. Four stitches and you have a petal. The hearts seem to be made of tiny dots (from afar) because the direction of the stitches vary randomly.


Flowers a third of the size of a tree and a chandelier as big… what a naive composition! You can read “à maman” in yellow (“to mom”).


A tree, flowers, a chandelier, a bottle and a butterfly in the same row. Is there a reason? I think filling the space was my priority…

This is the only petit point I have done. After that abecedary, I happily jumped into cross stitching.

Have you ever done petit point yourself? Do you prefer the look of petit point or cross stitching? I am interested in having your opinion about it.


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Posts about cross stitching:


Strawberry Bookmark


Mid-Summer Abecedary


Blue Bird Abecedary


Cross-Stitched Carrots