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The Quiltmaker's Butterfly Forest: Appliqué 12 Beautiful Butterflies & Wreaths - 8 Fusible Projects

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The Quiltmaker's Butterfly Forest: Appliqué 12 Beautiful Butterflies & Wreaths - 8 Fusible Projects

154 pagine
36 minuti
Dec 1, 2016


Sew 8 whimsical projects inspired by Amazon rainforest butterflies, including a 12-block wreath and butterfly sampler quilt - an ideal block-of-the-month quilt. Full-size applique patterns are included, plus a raw-edge fusible applique guide.
Dec 1, 2016

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Felicia T. Brenoe is a quilt designer inspired by the traditions, moods, and natural beauty of her international travels. Her work has appeared in several magazines, and she lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband, kids, and three spoiled cats.

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The Quiltmaker's Butterfly Forest - Felicia T. Brenoe



There is only a mosquito screen and some moldy curtains between me and the jet-black darkness of the rainforest. I can already tell I am not going to sleep well. It isn’t the rain outside or the chorus of cicadas, frogs, and whatever else creating the steady drone of background noise that will keep me up. I just know that the moment I am in bed in the pitch darkness, I will start to wonder what the chances are that one of the neighborhood jaguars (Tiputini has the world’s highest concentration of them) will crash through the mosquito mesh and eat me.

The immediate problem, however, is the missing spider. There was a little spider sitting on the curtains, but it fell on the floor. Gerd and I are now scanning carefully with our headlamps, trying to locate the little bugger and take it outside. No luck.

Well, I say bravely, at least it wasn’t a giant tarantula.

I turn around to face the wall, and there, two feet from my face, sits the biggest, creepiest-looking spider I have ever seen. Later I will learn that this is a Brazilian wandering spider, one of the world’s most venomous and aggressive spiders. However, I don’t know this yet. I am trying to impress myself—and Gerd—with my nature-girl coolness. I stay calm.

This book really started out with two best friends taking a trip together. Gerd and I have been friends for 18 years. We were pregnant together in our late 30s, we had our babies a few months apart, and we both struggled with the new mother role. As much as I was convinced my baby daughter was the cutest toddler to ever walk the earth, and as much as I couldn’t stop cuddling her and worrying about her and celebrating every little thing she learned to say and do, I was also rather desperate to be allowed to be a person with my own thoughts and interests again. Gerd struggled with the same issues.

We decided to remedy the problem by taking a baby break. For ten days we left our toddlers with our husbands. We packed our bags with photo equipment and wilderness gear, received yellow-fever shots and malaria medication, and flew off to explore some of the amazing bio-diversity of the Amazon rainforest.

The Amazon is truly overwhelming in so many respects. As a biologist I was absolutely amazed at all the interesting animals and plants I was able to study. But my quilt artist side was also on the alert, soaking in the colors, the moods of the dark forest, and the incredible beauty of its inhabitants.

Half a year later, when I was asked to make a quilt with Island Batik fabrics, I kept coming back to the diversity of butterflies from the rainforest. Some were enormous. Many were that deep, iridescent blue that you see pinned in museum collections. But many were small with staggeringly complex patterns, wing shapes, and color combinations. I spent hours flipping through the hundreds of photos that Gerd and I took at Tiputini and then several more days drafting and looking at photographs of butterflies in books and on the Internet.

The twelve butterflies that I finally included in the quilt Tiputini are a result of this process. None of these butterflies represent real species, but I think that the variety of wing shapes

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