Thursday, 29 May 2014


When I lived in the country, there was a paddock by the river near our home that I would walk around for quiet and exercise. Each morning, I would walk off the road and through the gate and a hundred grasshoppers would bound up in welcome and hop out of the way. It was my morning fanfare. Is it silly? It made me feel celebrated.

When I saw the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge, the colours of the Floating World pack reminded me of those mornings. I'm sure you can imagine, seven years later, I don't quite get welcomed to the new day like that any more. I thought I would make myself a quilt to try and imbue that feeling. And butterflies were a far simpler and fun insect to stitch than grasshoppers!

I cut the the larger squares into rectangles, and then cut each print into half-rectangle triangles. which I sewed into the corners of 5" squares. I made each pair of triangles into a butterfly in a 9.5" block.

Then I laid them out randomly and filled the spaces between with a couple of low volume prints. I quilted it with wavy vertical lines reminiscent of the long grass in the paddock, and then bound it in Denyse Schmidt's Jagged Stripe. White was tempting, but I do love a strong border, don't you?

Then we took it to the beach for an afternoon walk and photos. The light on the water was amazing. Even the kids were transfixed (and transfixing). The clouds, the light on the yellow grass. And butterflies (!) fluttering over the shrubs in the sand dunes. It was that exact same feeling. A deep breath. A welcome. A fanfare. And this time I had these little people (and my faithful quilt holder) to share it with. These little darlings who greet me in the morning with dirty nappies and and hungry tummies.

And then that warm familiar voice reminded me. Even though I gave up those mornings for them. It's not their job to replace them. It's mine to introduce them to the same welcome.
We walked towards the sunset back to the car, and Evie said, "Do you know why God make the sunset pretty?"
"No, why?"
"Because he knows I like purple."

Yes he does, my sweet girl.

I'm entering my quilt in the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge. All entrants will be pinned to the Challenge Pin Board where you can vote by pinning the photos from tomorrow afternoon (Friday, Aussie time). Judging by my blog feed, the collection will be amazing!


  1. You will be delighted to know that while I don't have instagram I do have a small Pinterest account so I will follow the link tomorrow. This is a really beautiful reflection on the way life changes and the blessings in that change. While we say goodbye to precious moments we are also given new moments to enjoy - Evie and the beautiful purple sunset made beautiful just for her. The sound of their laughter as they played happily together while we chatted today. Cuddles from your beautiful baby that remind me that the waiting and hoping may seem long but the end result if given will be worth it. There are so many blessings in our days if we are just open to seeing them. Thank you for being a blessing in mine <3

  2. A beautiful quilt and beautiful words Jodi. The pictures are stunning too!

  3. Lovely Jodi!! Thanks for the inspiration to enter too :)
    Love the pic of you and Fin!

  4. Love your quilt, and what an adorable baby! :)

  5. Beautiful photos. Love the quilt :)

  6. lovely photos! and a fun, pretty quilt

  7. Lovely, lovely, LOVELY photos! You make such amazing quilts which are also...lovely.

  8. Oh my, I JUST discovered your blog today - your photos are absolutely amazing!!!!! They make my heart ache for heaven! Thank you....


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