As usual, I should have posted this sooner but I am trying to get better about this – honest!
A couple of weeks ago, I taught several classes at the NW Quilting Expo (it’s over for this year but be sure to check back with them next year). Among the classes I taught was one of creating fantasy butterflies by collaging them from fussy-cut prints. I have seen this method carried out to incredible detail by a number of high profile quilters and fiber artists but this project was fairly simple and a nice introduction to working with fabric prints in an easy improvisational way.
My initial sample is shown below at the right followed by examples of the butterflies created by my students. Their butterflies are not complete but have been fused to Teflon pressing sheets for later use in a project. In some cases, the butterflies themselves are not quite finished, some are missing their eyelashes but you can see the clever variations they came up with.