Winged Blog Tour: Winged Specimen Tapestry


Welcome to my stop on the Winged Blog Tour! I was so excited for the chance to work with this beautiful line from Bonnie Christine and have been blown away by all of the lovely projects featured so far. Today I get to share with you what I have been busy making.


When I first saw the Winged line months ago, two prints from the Southern Migration colorway in particular really jumped out at me–Wingspan in Fig, and Mimicry in Hazel. Maybe it’s because fall has me craving moodier tones or because I have been working with a lot of brights and pastels lately, but I loved the rich tones in these prints, and they instantly brought to mind the gorgeous framed specimen collections of butterflies that naturalists collect.

swatch imageI thought that the tones in the Plumage and Frilly Flutters prints complimented and balanced the heavier feel of the other two prints nicely, but the beauty of this line is that all of the prints really play off each other so well.

My wall hanging started with the fabric and I pulled complimenting solids together to make a paper pieced center butterfly using THIS pattern from Tartan Kiwi. Using a quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) method, I matchstick quilted a white border around the butterfly.


I added a “frame” border in a tan solid, flanked by flying geese and half square triangle units. The Mimicry print features nicely as a low volume with lots of movement without being too overwhelming, and I mixed the Plumage and Frilly Flutters print with solids for these borders. A little free motion quilting for some organic pod-style quilting and a tassel fringe (heavily inspired by the lovely Karen Lewis and her project featured in issue 14 of Love Patchwork and Quilting) and the whole quilted tapestry/wall-hanging really came together.


Fringe tassels created with coordinating embroidery thread add movement and texture!

The final touch, and my favorite feature, was the 3D effect created by the butterflies from the Wingspan print! I picked up a half yard of thick iron-on interfacing and after ironing on the butterfly fat quarter, I cut out butterflies, bent and curled the wings to give them some shape, and machine stitched them onto the “shadow box” portion of the tapestry with a simple straight stitch down the center of each body in coordinating thread.


Oh, and then I fell totally in love with it. Bam!


For some reason all of my photos of this project had a strange green cast to them…maybe it is time for a good camera cleaning?

My little girl keeps telling me that she thinks it is beautiful, and I’m excited that I’ve found a new way to incorporate my love of fabric and quilting into decor–it’s entirely possible that there will be more wall hangings in my near future!

To see more projects featuring this beautiful line, see Bonnie’s blog  post at Going Home To Roost

Have you had a chance to stop by at Sew Caroline to see her darling cowl-neck dress made with Winged knit? And don’t forget to check out Celebrate Life With Us tomorrow to see what she whipped up for the blog tour!

Til next time!


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7 Responses to Winged Blog Tour: Winged Specimen Tapestry

  1. bonnie says:

    stunning! i love it!

  2. Wow! What a stunning wall hanging! I love the way that you combined the paper pieced butterfly with the 3-d ones. Such a great effect!

  3. Jo Avery says:

    This is really stunning and original! I have made a wall hanging for my stop on the tour too but it couldn’t be more different from yours! I totally love your 3D butterflies!!

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