The original paper patterns were in there, too, but I made new templates out of cardboard.
There were plenty of petals for the flowers and border but not enough butterfly wings or bodies. That meant I needed to cut more butterflies but I didn't have any 1930s fabrics. Can you identify the ones I added? There's one in this block.
Two in this one . . .
One here . . .
And one more here. How did you do? The answers are below.
In 1992 I entered the quilt in our local guild show in the Wall Hanging division / Hand Applique category / Hand Quilted class. The blocks are 18" and the finished quilt measures 54" x 65." Here are the judges comments:
Colorful array of traditional patterned fabrics for design
Successful combination of antique fabrics
Border very effective to frame center design
Strive for applique stitches that are less visible
Quilting stitch excellent
Interesting border and binding treatment
Quilting design beautifully fills space
The one that stands out is "strive for applique stitches that are less visible." Once I see something like that in print my initial reaction is to be on the defensive. But I really am open to constructive criticism. It just takes a while to sink in :)
The lighting just happened to be right in my sewing room when I took these photos of the back :) The quilting really pops.
Through the years I've signed my quilts in various ways. Embroidery was the first style.
So do you want to know which fabrics are non-1930s?
Block 1: It's the butterfly in the lower right
Block 2: The pink and blue butterflies in the upper and lower left
Block 3: The pink one in the upper right
Block 4: The blue one in the upper right
The fabrics I used were all from the 60s.
Have a great week!
Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer