Debra Spincic, as most of you know, is opening her new Etsy store on June 7th, selling her hand-crafted machine-embroidered motifs and designs (she'll take custom orders, too.)
Well, I couldn't wait for her store to open, so ordered four butterflies to go onto my Spring CQ.
I am ecstatic with them!
(Please pardon the quality of my photos. I'm using an old digital camera until my Nikon gets back from the shop next week.)
This is how they arrived, on organza with stabilizer on the back, which was a breeze to tear off.
At Summerset's suggestion, I ran a thin line of fabric glue around the edges and let that dry before cutting out my butterflies. It was a wise move; I had almost no fraying or stitch loss whatsoever after I cut them out. It was easy to applique them into place.
I don't have their little antennae sewn on yet!
I chose to place some of them on a background of similar value and color. This was to add interest but not busyness. (Crazy quilts can get way too busy.)
This one found its perfect spot on the checkerboard tie fabric.
This yellow guy's distinct shape stands out, but color wise he still doesn't glaringly jump out at you.
This one begs to be noticed, however.
But the black in him is balanced out by the black in the hummingbirds that are on the quilt, so visually this butterfly completes a kind of circle around the quilt's center with the hummers.
I'll show you the overall effect after one more beaded butterfly finds a home up at the top....