These winged flights of fancy will capture your imagination and unlock a creative streak that you might not even know you have . One approach is more exact where you can cut fabrics using templates and in some cases create rather realistic Butterflies (below left). A more improvisational style which I enjoy more, involves simply finding interesting forms in fabric prints, simply fussy-cutting them out and then composing Butterflies springing from imagination (below right). This method is liberating and very satisfying.
I will be offering this class at NW Quilting Expo on Friday, September 25, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. In the class, students will create the fused butterflies on a Teflon pressing sheet which can later be transferred and fused into a panel composition of their choice or used to embellish a garment or accessory. A pattern for the Japanese style scroll shown in the class catalog is included in the class handout. The kit includes a variety of interesting fabrics to make the butterflies and the fusible web.
And speaking of things with wings, I have a Thread Painting class coming up on September 11 at Pioneer Quilts (whose website is finally up and running – Hooray!). There is a choice between two patterns for that class. One is a Butterfly (below left) and is eminently suitable for a novice quilter who would like to try their hand at Thread Painting while the other – a songbird (below right) – requires a more ‘painterly’ approach and is better suited for those who have some level of confidence with free motion stitching. Contact Pioneer Quilts to register.