This quilt was a wonderful collaboration with my daughter Kate. It was made for her previous boss as a surprise retirement gift. 60 of his friends and previous coworkers contributed fabrics. There were many design challenges and our creative minds got an exhilarating workout!
We started with a foundation pieced butterfly pattern (see link). We then changed the piecing to crazy patch to show off some of the larger print fabrics. The four large butterflies were foundation pieced. The smaller butterflies are three dimensional — two are hand embroidered and the smallest ones were fused, raw edge. If I’d gone fabric shopping, I likely would not have chosen all of these fabrics, but it all worked!
Kate is a professional artist, so her layout ideas were not traditional. We did originally plan to have the butterfly blocks set horizontally, but when we tilted one on the design wall, the quilt came alive. There was no turning back.
I did most of the piecing and all of the quilting. When it was finished, Kate applied (a million?) crystals.
We found this lovely pattern on Etsy, designed by Nicole Young.
Kate and Terry finished the quilt!
Sixty of Jay’s friends contributed fabrics for the quilt.
Quilt Back. Many of the fabric contributors are artists who designed their own fabrics and had them printed on Spoonflower.com. The large butterfly on the back was a photograph, printed by Spoonflower, and Kate turned it into the quilt label, but writing all the important info, plus names of all those involved.
Some of the fabrics we received were not what I would think to use in a quilt. There were some pieces of clothing, and the British flag that became the hanging sleeve.
Gift bag made from quilt blocks made in 1915. It holds all the gift cards.