A few weeks ago I designed a butterfly design for this blog as shown below. It was a lot of fun and I was excited to applique it.
I started with a gorgeous solid blue background fabric. Here's the process I went through in choosing the colors for the butterfly wings.
I started by picking out a bunch of fabrics I liked with my blue background fabric.
Now that I had a lot to choose from, I laid them underneath the blue fabric with just a 1/2 inch showing because all the pieces for this butterfly are very narrow.
Next, I took my favorites and cut a thin piece of each. Looking at these thin strips on the blue helped confirm my choice of the stripe in the center right for my butterfly.
My son and I have been reading The BFG by Roald Dahl. It's one of my favorite children's books of all time. In it, the BFG calls butterflies, "butteryflies," and so I think I will call this quilt the Butteryfly Quilt in honor of that memory.