Sunday, 1 August 2021

Opposites Attract

I really struggled to come up with anything to make this quarter and also with finding time to make anything at all so this is definitely a better-finished-than-perfect offering, which I eventually managed to make yesterday. 

Amazingly, I started by bagging a layer cake square with some wadding and backing (having absolutely no idea what to do with it) and then had to go out. By some kind of miracle, by the time I got back and re-staked some rows of runner beans that had been razed to the ground by high winds, the butterfly/flower idea had popped into my head and I sewed it up very quickly in the evening.

It reminded me of a Ted Talk, I think by Elizabeth Gilbert (I will look it up and edit) where she speaks about her daemon (but I think it could be our subconscious or something) and says she if she sits ready to work, she's done her part of the job and making that commitment allows the universe, or whatever to come with the inspiration. Sorry this is vague and may be quite wrong but I have two minutes to the deadline!

Anyway, the rational behind this quilt is that the shapes are opposite each other in space and the colours are complementary opposites...

And the 'attract' part is indicated by the flower and butterfly because butterflies are attracted to flowers.

I stitched mainly in white and painted (in colours) the shapes comprising the 'opposite' elements. Then I used black stitching to illustrated the flower and butterfly details - so black and white for the non-opposite elements.

Apologies for such a rushed and garbled post this quarter! I can't wait to see what everyone else had made :)



  1. That's really sweet and very clever in the opposites attract theme. And that you did it in a rush too - amazing.

  2. This is such a pretty and striking image and I really just like that the idea for it popped into your head (or was supplied by the universe) while rescuing your runner beans.

  3. How fun is that!?! Love the color. And I love your black stitching. Perfect.

  4. There is beauty and creativity all around us, and I enjoy it when I get stuck on a project, leave it and go do something else, and find inspiration there. All that we do feeds our creativity in some way or another, whether we realize it or not, I think. What a clever way to show opposites with the butterfly and the flower. I hope your runner beans come back with gusto!

  5. Really cute. I love the different colors for the flower and the butterfly.

  6. Had you not told me I wouldn't have known you dashed this little quilt off! Sometimes those turn out the best because there is a freshness and spontaneity about them like this one has. And, like Debbi's, it has quite the little graphic punch to it. Delightful.