Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Surrounded by Colour










As beautiful as they are, Blue Triangle Butterflies rarely sit still long enough to allow close observation - being able to capture one in photos (after many attempts) was a pleasant bonus! I love the touch of bright blue which is eye catching as they flutter around the garden.

Our bromeliads, sheltered under the shade of our huge frangipani, are in flower. Their bright shades of coral pink open to reveal wonderful purple and yellow.

The spotted Oleander Butterfly is less flighty than the Blue Triangle, yet always a delight to see. This one is resting on our avocado tree.

It is an honour to have my Aussie Landscape quilt featured in Down Under Quilts magazine annual Australian issue, arriving in newsagents and libraries now (Issue 174). Aussie Landscape highlights the beautiful and ethical fabrics printed by several Australian small textile houses/cottage businesses.

Making Miss C's pretty checkerboard quilt was very rewarding. This week I have been steadily working on another very similar one, most likely to be added to my Etsy shop. Today I finished sewing the the quilt top, now to choose backing and binding fabrics - again, all from my stash. Pink binding or green binding??? Maybe I should choose the backing fabric first.   :)


22 comments:

Erin said...

Not sure what you have done Karen but your photography has gone to new heights!
Well done re the magazines :-)

s.c said...

It seems that the inspiration for your quilts are just flying by in your garden. Beautiful.

✿ chica said...

Aplaudindo daqui! Lindas fotos! bjs, chica

Giga said...

The beautiful butterfly is the first, but the second I also really like. Flowers wonderful and a joy to look at, not with us when it is winter. I would chose the green color of the quilt. Regards.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Congrats on your spread in the magazine. That's wonderful!

That photo of the first butterfly is beautiful!

I have that brom too and always enjoy seeing the blooms.

Happy Quilting ~ FlowerLady

Sarmatix said...

Beautiful little creatures and beautiful pictures. These colors! And very nice quilt.

Dirk Rosin said...

fantastisk innlegg !

Kim said...

Oh my, to have the magic to capture the Blue Triangle Butterfly in that millisecond moment of time is astonishing. Sublime photos....how do you do it?? Congratulations on having your Aussie Landscape featured in the magazine; that is very exciting. Another chequerboard quilt; how lovely. Your other one was gorgeous and I remember loving the backing fabric for that one. Happy stitching, Karen.

Susan said...

Wow, your photos are amazing. You obviously have a lot of patience! Congratulations on having your quilt featured, very exciting.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Thank you Kim! As you can imagine it’s no great hardship for me to spend some time in the garden mingling with the dancing butterflies and snapping dozens of photos - to be rewarded with three of four good shots. :)

Barb said...

The colors of Nature are in your quilts. Congratulations on your featured quilt!

Lisa Gordon said...

A very big congratulations on having your quilt featured, Karen.
This is so truly well-deserved.
You work is amazing!

Pip said...

Having tried to take photos of Monarch butterflies I can appreciate your photo of the Blue Triangle butterfly. I haven't been buying quilting magazines lately but this issue may be an exception.

Anne Hagman-Niilola said...

Oh, how beautiful! Butterflies are just wonderful.

Filip and Kristel said...

Beautiful such bright colors.

Greetings,
Filip

diane b said...

Fabulous captures of the butterflies. Congrats on the Australian Landscape quilt being featured in the mag. Well done.

Cathy said...

Karen,
Quilts certainly can be art in themselves as you have remarkably shown, but I must say simple checkerboard quilts hold great store for me too. I offer sincere congratulations to you for having your beautiful quilt featured in a magazine!
Blessings.

Connie Smiley said...

Oh, those butterflies and flowers are gorgeous! So nice to see some color in our wintertime.
Congratulations on having your quilts in the magazine; well deserved.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

That's a beautiful layout in the magazine featuring your quilt. Beautiful photos too. I always enjoy seeing your photography.

Liz said...

Your images are so beautiful, Karen! The butterfly is captured perfectly. And you know how much I love and admire your quilts!

Mary Col said...

Congratulations!

Jeanne said...

What great shots of that lovely blue triangle butterfly. Have never seen one of these in any of the butterfly houses. Lovely and your patience was well worth it

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