Friday, April 1, 2016

April Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

The machine is in the shop but I have another one for workshops. While making these blocks for class last week, I noticed the butterflies and dragonflies.


The Audubon Society had birdwatching walk nearby and we saw several monarchs in addition to the mourning doves, coots, mallards, finches, sparrows, and gulls. Funny how much better they look with binoculars.  Zooming my camera rarely provides better photos. Ah, well. I hope you're seeing bunches of pollinators this month.

Monarch Butterfly
Enjoy the day, Ann


18 comments:

  1. It looks like another wonderful quilt is in the making Ann! I'm very envious of your sunshine and warmth on such a cold and miserable day here.

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    1. Spring is here. We've been traveling. Snowing in one city while it hits 90 at home. I dread the long, hot summer.

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  2. We don't have any butterflies yet. Then again, there were virtually none last year. The idiots in my 'hood spray for mosquitos every three weeks, and I have no fireflies, no bees, no butterflies. I can't stop them from spraying!
    LeeAnna

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    1. I'm sorry you can't get them to stop spraying. OTOH, mosquitos can carry many bad bugs.

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  3. Love the circles design! That's going to look superb and bring on the butterflies yes! Havent seen any here yet, though there was one alone last month that made me hopeful. We have had a mild winter so it seems as if many of the bugs and flies have survived, mind you theres been greenfly on my hellebore plants and I would wish them far, far away lol

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    1. It is fun to see the plants blooming. I saw grape hyacinth and daffodils while traveling last week.

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  4. That quilt is going to be another beauty Ann! Two curvy layers in two quarter circles per block is quite the challenge!
    Spring hasn't sprung here yet, but do a lot here with our garden to attract butterflies and bees. My favorite pollinators are the sphinx moths which look like hummingbirds until you look closer.
    I did not know about your new linky. Do you have a button for it? I will put it on my blog sidebar if you do.

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    1. Thanks for the reminder, Lara. I still need to make one. Enjoy your garden; Sphinx moths sound very interesting.

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  5. Yes I agree this quilt is going to be another beauty. I'm glad you saw some Monarchs hopefully we'll see a few more this year as well.

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    1. They were hanging out in the native plants. Such a reward and encouragement for planting them.

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  6. Your Freddy.com blocks look fantastic!! As to be expected--what a fun variety of prints!! Can't wait to see the finished quilt!!

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  7. Don't know what class that might be but those blocks look yummy. I like how you've used backgrounds with curves and circles in them and I love the colors in the circles.

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    1. Thanks, Cathy. They sure are fun to sew. Much easier than New York Beauties.

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    2. They look like the snake quilt I'm making and looks similar to a drunkard's path too (also a UFO of mine in stripes and dots). I'd like to make a NYB but I don't like paper piecing. Hey, maybe an improv NYB would be in order with no pp!

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    3. I know this pattern as Snake in the Grass, too. And improv NYB would be a good plan.

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  8. Love your blocks, looks very interesting! I've just been playing with a 'butterfly' block, and see I've missed the link up, maybe next time.

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  9. I'd like to see your butterflies. There are many more ways than I first thought.
    And I need to make a button to help us remember. Who k we there was so much to do.

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