Monday, January 2, 2017

Kaleidoscope of Butterflies #12, Liberated Butterfly Blocks

My new 2017 calendar, Butterflies of North America.
I'm still sewing together four patches and 'liberated' butterflies.

Hello from New Hampshire, where it's cold. Have I already said that?

My new butterfly calendar for 2017 came in the mail. January's butterfly is a Malachite butterfly 
so named because it's green like the mineral malachite. It's one of the most common butterflies in Central and northern South America. It's neotropical and has a wingspan of 3.3-3.9 in. 
 Its picture looks good next to my liberated butterfly blocks, my four patches and squares ready to be pieced together to make up my 'liberated' butterfly four patch quilt that I'm working on slow but sure.

If you're not familiar with what 'liberated' has to do with quilts, it's a word that Gwen Marston uses to describe her wonderful way of piecing. It's intuitive and 'make do' much the same way quilters from years ago designed and pieced their quilts.  She has a class at iquilt, Liberated Quiltmaking, excellent. I bought that class and still go back to it over and over.

I'm linking up with Ann and Cathy 
 for Kaleidoscope of Butterflies #12. Stop by and visit them and check out the quilt butterfly news.

Stay warm and remember there are places in the world where it is warm right now! Like where the Malachite butterflies live.
 I'll stop by and visit soon.