Mary Fabris Sun Peaks“Butterflakes” was started in a Sewflakes: Papercut Appliqué workshop in Sun Peaks, BC last July. Mary Fabris of Kelowna, BC, along with her long-time friend Lynn Craton from Winnipeg, MB, attended the Quilting in the Mountains Festival and enrolled in the class. The students sketched and cut out their own unique snowflake designs and learned the cutwork appliqué method for satin-stitching their creations.

Mary created a six-sided snowflake featuring the image of a butterfly. Batik fabric is beautifully showcased in the butterfly wings and Shiva Paint Sticks enhance their bodies. The antennae were hand embroidered with the same polyester embroidery thread used for the satin stitching and glass beads were used for the eyes.

Mary shared an amusing story about those glass beads:

Mary Fabris detailLynn and I always do a thrift store excursion looking for embellishments, etc. Just after we got back from Sun Peaks, Lynn found a heavily beaded rayon jacket in the free box at one store — somebody had obviously tried to machine wash and dry it and the jacket was badly distorted. We took it home and spent a couple of evenings (much to my husband’s dismay/disgust) at the dining room table cutting off all the beads. We both have hundreds (if not thousands) of very pretty tan glass beads. They are on everything I have made lately!

The border of Mary’s quilt is also a sewflake design. She opted to fuse this component to help stabilize and smooth the outer edges. The final touch is a stylized dandelion from Kumiko Sudo’s book of folded flowers. The finished quilt measures 19″ x 19″. Mary finds this little quilt bright and happy and plans to include it in her “spring collection” which comes out as soon as the snow melts.

Happy Spring, and many thanks to Mary for sharing her creation with us!


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  1. Juanita Moore says:

    Glad to find I’m not the only one spending time cutting little baubles off old items. I even do sequins. Cheap! I have a Mennonite thrift store where they cut buttons off and sew them on cards for 1/3 normal price. I hear that in old days, spare buttons were sometimes added in church offerings, but not sure if that was a joke. They are valuable, lol! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder : )

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