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Sunday, November 19, 2006

More Butterflies


These butterflies are addictive. I keep wondering how different color combinations will look. I will probably end up with six. I was going to make a green one but then decided to stick with the colors I have been using so far. I need a bit more blue, though, to go with the blue on the first one I made on the right top row. The sashing is supposed to be cut on an angle to make the butterflies dance. I only have a 14 inch square and they are 12 1/2 inch squares. I might make a paper square so I can tell how they are going to look before I cut them. I'd hate to mess them up by trimming them wrong after all that work of piecing.
The one in the book has wide dark sashing with cornerstones but I am not sure I really like that look. The other sample in the book has no sashing at all and I'm not sure about that one either. Any suggestions?

15 comments:

Sandra said...

No idea on sashings, but the blocks look great!

Anonymous said...

I'm not usually a fan of sashing, so I'm no help. Ever think of doing asymmetrical color blocks instead of sashing?

Love the butterflies!

cher said...
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cher said...

I think these butterflies are great-how about a deeper blue for a sashing, though I think they look good the way they are.

Patti said...

No suggestions - I'm visual so I would have to see the pictures in the book before I make a determination. I'm posting to tell you how much I like these. They are some of the nicest pieced butterflies I've ever seen. I can tell why making them has been addicting. Sort of like cutting paper snowflakes - every one turns out a little differently.

Elaine Adair said...

Sashing? The first thing I thought of was using and row (double or single?) of squares between each block, the size of the squares you've used in the butterflies, of the color in the pallette .. colors that blend, not colors with high contrast .. like sunlight in the sky! (I wax poetic!)

anne bebbington said...

D'you know Joyce I think these look so nice on your 'sky background that I'd be very tempted to set them crooked as you said to make them feel like they're dancing but then to sash and border them with a very similar fabric so it looks like over all sky - then my gut reaction would be to border that with a dark green leafy fabric as though you were peaking at them through the trees out of a dark wood and into the sunlight and I'd applique leaf shapes just sneaking into the blue sky possibly only on one corner to break up the edges - now how complex could I make that for you??? :o) Whatever you decide they are beautiful and quite the nicest pieced butterflies I've ever seen

QuiltingFitzy said...

I love the butterflies! (And the background you have chosen is beautiful!)

Thanks for the comment on my blog, I've added you to my list!

Katie said...

I just must have a butterfly. Really great and they are addicting just to see. I have to audition to see what to do with borders or anything else but what I am able to follow with Anne's comment sounds wonderful. Remember the butterflies are somewhere all year around and always in our memories.

Laurie Ann said...

Those butterflies look fun to make and yours turned out great!

carol said...

Make them dance! I like Anne's idea of similar or the same background to appear as sky. This a great butterfly block! I prefer pieced to applique for butterflies; it kind of gives an origami/oriental feel to them.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Wow, you have been so busy since I last visited you. That double Wedding Ring is divine, a far off distant wish for this impatient sewer. Those boxes are really good as well, great presesnts-but who am I kidding-I wouldn't give them away!
I like your butterflies and loke the sky rather than sashed idea. but it's all up to you. T

Anonymous said...

I like the idea of making them 'dance' too. What gorgeous butterflies...or flutterbies, as they're known in my family!

For something completely different, I would go lighter for sashing and try a cool cream.

Love your work Joyce!

Cynthia said...

your blocks are looking fantastic Joyce. I like Anne's idea of setting them crooked so that the butterflies do look like they are dancing.

Delta said...

Oh yes! Setting them on point would be great! A nice mottled pale blue/white cloud-ish fabric maybe? Something narrow I'd think so the sashing doesn't overwhelm too. Thay are beautiful, and even though piecing isn't my "thing" I can certainly appreciate the talent involved when someone else does it. Beautiful work on all your stuff.
p.s. How did you run across mine?