I've been making wings and bodies for butterflies.
I don't do much applique. I prefer piecing. But sometimes a quilt just needs some applique. I kept telling myself throughout the whole process ... "It's only four", "It's only four" ...
The butterflies are to go with the Dresden Plates which are now Dresden Fans. I didn't want to cut them, but now they lay flat.
I arranged the fans every which way and I liked this configuration the best. I had four empty squares to fill. I looked through quilt pattern books and books of 30's quilts to find something suitable. Nothing pieced looked right. When I saw a quilt with appliqued butterflies I knew I had the solution.
I created the appliques using the starch and press method and machine sewed them down with a straight stitch. I'm going to hand buttonhole over the top of that in black. That's why I bought a whole spool of perle cotton a few weekends ago.
I have a feeling this part of the project will take months. But, it's going to look so good when it's done. I hate it when the project tells me what to do. Especially when it's something I don't really want to do. But, when it's right, I can't argue.