Lovely Liberty Lepidoptera

Sorry, sorry, couldn’t resist…

This awesome, beautiful, creative and generally splendiferous piece of work is not the work of my hands. These delicate paper-pieced butterflies and their companion squares are the work of Cath Hall of Wombat Quilts. And this quilt is now mine!

Cath and I share a love of and obsession with Liberty Tana Lawn. She’s an Aussie now married and living in Portland, Oregon, but she’s a Queensland girl originally, and she buys her Liberty stash from Ava & Neve in Brisbane. She asked if I’d mind her lending this quilt to Ava & Neve for their stand at the Brisbane Quilt & Craft Fair back in October, since they supplied her with the fabrics. Well, I said yes, of course. And now this gorgeous snuggly, soft and beautifully colourful quilt has found its way home to me.

It’s currently sitting under our very tropical Christmas tree, on proud display (but I’m willing to bet it’ll be around my shoulders later tonight when the aircon gets a bit too draughty on my bare shoulders).

I was about to take it outside to hang on the clothesline to be photographed and then it started to rain. Well, this is the Wet season in the tropics… And I didn’t want to create the false impression that it was my work, so a nice bit of informal draping indoors will do just fine. Do go over to Cath’s blog and admire her gorgeous quilts – be sure to take a look at her library of free paper piecing patterns, too. Many of them are her original work and quite beautiful. She also does heaps of work for Project Linus, too, and gives away almost everything she makes.

You’ll have to excuse me. I have to go and pet my quilt a bit more…

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34 thoughts on “Lovely Liberty Lepidoptera

  1. That is a BEAUTIFUL quilt!!! See, I’m not partial to who makes them beautifully. πŸ™‚ Your friend lives in my neck of the woods, I’m in a suburb of Portland, OR. I would love to feel that fabric. I’ll have to look for it. I like to be cool too but can’t stand AC blowing on me either so I get it. You couldn’t be wrapped up in anything prettier other than one of your own quilts.

  2. kathyreeves says:

    Yes, pet it for me too!

  3. Lynda says:

    Aren’t you the well loved friend! I love your new quilt. BTW, I followed the link to the patterns and fell in love with her paper pieced houses – she even added trees and shrubs! What a fun way to make a village… πŸ˜‰

    • katechiconi says:

      She is above all a genius at paper piecing, and has made some truly sensational quilts featuring her own star patterns. What I love about this quilt is the attention to detail on the butterflies, the tiny pieces carefully selected to imitate nature and give them life…

  4. So so lovely, I can see why just looking at it would make a person’s heart glow ❀

    • katechiconi says:

      What the photos don’t show is how deliciously soft it is. Think old fashioned cotton lawn baby clothes, washed a thousand times till they’re velvet soft but also satiny smooth, and you get an inkling of how lovely this thing is under your hand.

  5. How wonderful that you… lovely, talented generous maker & giver of quilts should end up with this gorgeous specimen β™‘

  6. How lovely that you have been a recipient rather than a giver for a change. And what a fabulous work of art to be the recipient of. Give it a cuddle from me.

    • katechiconi says:

      I must say, it’s an unusual sensation, but I’m so very delighted with the quilt πŸ™‚ And the amazing thing, I didn’t know I was going to get it until a little while ago! It’s been on display a while for other people to enjoy, and now I get to give it lots of cuddles – yours included!

  7. Jule says:

    What a wonderful gift! πŸ™‚

  8. dayphoto says:

    Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!!!!

  9. It’s a thing of talent and beauty, and of love and friendship.

  10. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    What a beautiful thing !!

  11. rutigt says:

    Absolutely a beautiful quilt! Lucky you!!!

  12. magpiesue says:

    Oh, isn’t that WONDERFUL?!! What a gift! I bet it has quickly become your favorite quilt. πŸ™‚

  13. I watched these beautiful butterflies form on Instagram, and now you are the lucky duck who gets to keep them? How fabulous!

    • katechiconi says:

      I know, and it was totally unexpected. I watched too, and commented in the usual way that I wished…. well, you get the idea. Imagine my amazement when she told me back at the end of June that I was going to be its lucky owner. Jaw on floor, followed by huge grin!

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