Aug 3, 2020

Butterfly Quilts and Out of this World Constellations

Thousands of light years away, there's a "space butterfly" colored with brilliant blues and clouds of purple and red. It's an image we've never seen in this much detail before.

So named for its resemblance to the winged insect, the "butterfly" is actually a planetary nebula -- a giant cloud of gas that forms around an ancient star that hasn't yet exploded. 

The European Space Observatory's (ESO) aptly named Very Large Telescope, stationed in host country Chile, recently captured a vibrant image of the interstellar object.

And check out the very "other worldy"Chilean observatory with its rather lunar living look about it!
Very Large Telescope | ESO United States:

Ah yes, the very of this world textile artsy of many quilt makers "Butterfly Quilts Ideas and Inspiration".

Now wouldn't it be great fun to make a very artsy quilt based on NGC899?
We just might need to create a more inventive name for it than NGC889!

This is my only Butterfly art quilt made many moons (or perhaps even light years away) for donation to Alzheimer's research funding through the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.

"Butterfly Quilts Ideas and Inspiration"

Butterfly quilts are still much sought after and beautifully popular. As symbols of re-birth and metamorphosis, we are drawn to their symbolic imagery of awakening to a new life, new opportunities and the chance to be 'born again' into all that we wish and dream we might become.

I have been collecting free butterfly quilt patterns for some time, and was motivated by the beautiful butterfly quilts at the 2008 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon to combine those quilt photographs with my free butterfly quilt patterns .

Butterfly Quilt:

filled with colorful butterflies & easy to follow pattern by Janel Lyles.
Download Instructions

Click here to download a .pdf.

B is for Butterfly:

Colorful Butterfly:

easy butterfly block

Batik Butterflies with a hint of an Amish look.

Fluttering Butterfly:
quilt block that is great for the beginner.

Applique Butterfly

Butterflies, Wonky Free Piecing Tutorial by Lynne of the Patcherie Menagerie

by Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts

Charming Butterfly Blocks

Zen Garden Butterfly: free butterfly quilt pattern courtesy of Jane Sassaman

 Sometimes "patterns" ate simply drawings like the one above. Enlarge, print.

Butterfly Pattern
Butterfly Pattern

Quilt Blocks 

See more pictures of quilt blocks.
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Butterfly Quilt by Alex Anderson for the Always & Forever collection at P&B Textiles.  Alex Anderson link no longer comnects but you can still be inspired or create something similar!

Hope you enjoyed these! Now to create and share of your own.

(Send photos of your creations and I'll add them in if you provide info.)

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.

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