34 x 39
raw edge fabric overlapped with embroquilting attaching it to surface; embellished with embroidered butterflies and hummingbird
decorator and cotton prints
I thought this month's picture might make a nice companion piece to my May piece, Spring Returns so I set about making Butterfly Garden with that idea in mind.
I decided this was as good as any opportunity to use some decorator samples I had been saving--they represent the garden (bush) in a broad sense. I didn't have as many dark greens as I had hoped and then in the end I was glad. The dark greens were not very appealing to me; but overall, the mix of light and dark backgrounds formed a nice colorwash(ish) background that appealed very much. The only real drawback is that the prints were very busy but I decided that worked to my advantage portraying a garden anyway.
I experimented with the embroidery machine doing the quilting and again, I liked how that turned out. My only problem with this piece is that instead of fusing or gluing the fabric pieces to the background first, I pinned them and didn't overlap them significantly. Some of the fabrics moved apart when they were hooped for embroidery and in a few places there are gaps. Since the background is also green & the whole technique for the composition is a bit informal, it is OK.
Comments are welcome!