Did you know that a group of butterflies is called a kaleidoscope?
(If not...well, now you do).
Time to link up kaleidoscope or butterfly designs, butterfly fabrics, photos of real butterflies in any stage, events for habitat restoration or pollinator release. Let's see what we can do to emphasize the importance and beauty of these insects.
This month I'm going to show some new butterflies (above) I started to use up some 4.5 and 3.5 scraps plus some white on white bits and pieces.
I'm using a free "Wing It" pattern; however, I modified the instructions so I could use 4.5 and 3.5 scraps.
As for kaleidoscopes- I've been working on a more subdued version from my previous kaleidoscope quilts. As you can see it is made from men's shirts and a variety of gray solids I had on hand.
These are 10 inch blocks and I use a kaleidoscope ruler to cut the pieces.
I'm aiming for a twin sized quilt (70 x 90) so I guess I had better start counting up blocks because I have a pile of them now.
And because I'm terrible at putting things away (like shirt bits and pieces) I decided I would cut any shirt pieces too small for a kaleidoscope into pieces for the above blocks to make...
...For the Boys by Jen Kingwell (found in her book Quilt Lovely).
I'll be making my version in brown and blue instead of brown and tan. And I'll be making my version a little larger - closer to twin sized.
Any shirt pieces after that get cut into 2.5 or 1.5 strips and get thrown into those respective scrap boxes. Plus I cut a few postage stamps and some 3.5 squares. I guess I'd rather cut than put away.
As for attracting butterflies...it will soon be time to start some flower seeds here in the Midwest. Here's a plant list in case you are interested in attracting a few butterflies yourself. I'm retired now so I might actually keep my flowers weeded so I can show some decent (weedless) pictures of my flowers and butterflies later on this year. Actually...truth be knowns...several "weeds" attract butterflies. It's true! Read the plant list!