by Sandra | January 31st, 2011
Do you remember the post about my seed-heads I came up with for Jason’s Pumpkin Quilt and then used again in the Naturalist’s Notebook Goldfinch block?
I thought the double bullion would work well again for the sprigs of lavender flowers in the Asilomar bouquet. I am very happy with how they turned out and for this scale, the stitch combo was perfecto.
I like the way small additions of fancy applique can add a lot of texture and it can also help lend some realism to the design as well. I always think of these as little “treasures” to be found by the viewer. I want you to discover these surprises as you take in the quilt so I keep them at a minimum.
I do not like appliqued butterflies. There, I have said it and no throwing your scissors and spools at me in protest either because I won’t change my mind. Butterflies are delicate and light and I just don’t feel that can be captured with heavy fabric applique. On a small scale like I prefer? A Horrendous effect visually.
I choose to embroider butterflies. I find it is much easier in the end and I can achieve much more detail than I ever could with fabric. Here is my “Painted Lady” that is hovering above the Asilomar bouquet. So much better than clunky fabric at a heavy and improper scale right? Painting or coloring the butterfly would make it flat and two dimensional so that is not something I would do.
The antennae is done using sewing weight thread (50wt. 2 ply cotton) and yes, even the bullions at the tips are sewing weight thread. The bottom portion of the wing is 3/4″ (1.9 cm) across so that should give you an idea of the scale.
The Asilomar block is almost finished and will be ready for the “completed” shot soon.