Thank you all for your very kind comments...I do love hearing from each and every one of you!
Lori asked if the butterflies are cut out from fabric.
Indeed they are. They are machine zigzag stitched with clear thread first, then gone over with a machine buttonhole stitch in Exceedingly Well Behaved Fashion Twist Kreinik Metallic Thread. I have never before had the pleasure of working with a machine metallic that did not shred on me. It is great stuff.
My seam treatment style on this piece is simple and hopefully graphic enough to enhance the whole but not "take over".
So I matched the colors and values of the ribbon and threads to their respective backgrounds. I wanted this to read "crazy quilt" but not get too busy.
Still, that center of appliqued flowers is no longer "holding its own". I've been waiting for last to develop and build up the center with ribbon flowers and stitching.
After all, aren't we supposed to eat our desert last?
Even though the weather has been really cold and wet (good for stitching), we still get some spectacular lighting around here in early spring...
...and it changes from minute to minute.
Hope your weather is better than ours!