Monarch Butterfly – Animal Quilts Blog Hop



To say the patterns in Juliet van der Heijden’s new Animal Quilts book are spectacular is the understatement of 2017. I was blown away by the artistry and clear thoughtfulness of each of the patterns, but knew right away that I had to make the Monarch Butterfly. My best friend Jennifer and I have a thing with butterflies and each time we see one its like she’s seeing her father and I’m seeing my sister, both of whom have passed away. And I haven’t show this to her either, so Jen if you’re reading this Helena has already claimed it and she’s a feisty one.


When making animal projects, I’m a big fan of pulling inspiration from nature for the colors, but finding a non-traditional color story. For this one, I went the Blue Morpho route, but went with the teal-turquoise gradient instead of cobalt in Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements because it’s my favorite. These are the specific colors that I used in the quilt: Tile Blue, Cozumel Blue, Mirage Blue, Fresh Water, Icy Mint, Lavander Water (Background), Caviar & Snow.

Not that I really had any doubt with this pattern and color combination, but once I had finished the first half of a wing I knew that this quilt was going to be beyond.

And here she is all stitched up with nowhere to go because I’m totally waiting for more of the more background fabric to make a full quilt for Helena before quilting.


And since it’s Friday in New Zealand, which is where Juliet resides, I’ve decided to post right now because I couldn’t wait any longer. To get your copy of the book, head here. And make sure to check out all of the amazing quilts from the talented makers below.


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  1. Mathew Boudreaux
    Valerie C

    Wow! Perfect as we need our butterflies and bees.

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    Ann Dibble

    Love your choice of colours

    1. Mathew Boudreaux

      Your bluey version is beautiful! happy creating from m (aka quiltmekiwi) in New Zealand

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    Sandy Allen

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  4. Mathew Boudreaux

    You done good ????

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    Diane M

    This is beautiful!!

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  8. Mathew Boudreaux

    Wow! This is so so beautiful!!!!

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    Elizabeth Bolton

    What a stunner! Love your version of the monarch. I am thrilled with this new book!!

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    Rochelle Summers

    It is hard to believe this paper pieced. It is beautiful and I’m sure the finished quilt will be wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

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    Linda Fleming

    What a work of art. It’s just wonderful

  12. […] Quilt began when I was asked to be a part of Juliet van der Heijden’s Animal Quilts Blog Tour. At that point, I had only gotten as far as piecing the butterfly, but I knew that I wanted to turn […]

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