April BOM - Lepidoptera hexata lifecycle

Project Description

What are you most proud of? Finishing without going more than 52.3% more insane than I already was. (55% is my cut-off for too much extra insanity at once.) I really love the way the knotty-wood-grain quilting adds to the look of it. If I were a little braver, I might have added some bugs or leaves in, too. What advice would you give someone starting this project? I couldn't find any good instructions on how to sew binding on the inward corners, and so each one is done a different way, some of which are truly horrible to look at - work on mastering that part before you begin, and if you can't face the idea of doing 8 inward corners and 12 outward ones, then go for a nice rectangular playmat. Or hexagonal! Darn it, I should have made it hexagonal. Although, Octagonal would fit in the box better. *sigh* Don't you love retrospective?

What you will need

  • Quilting cottons
  • sewing thread
  • patience

Q&A with A.A.

HeatherIsaacson asked:
I needed a project to practice my machine quilting on. A baby Play mat. How cool. I think I will try this next for a Christmas present. There has been a baby boom in my neighborhood. Thankyou for sharing your idea. I have a garden here in Canada and watch butterflies every year. I'm very curious about them. Is the Lepidoptera hexata living in Australia? Is there a way of seeing a picture of one?What does a green box tree look like?
A.A. answered:
Lepidoptera hexata is a very rare breed, as is the green box tree. As far as I know, the photos here are the only time either species has been recorded. I expect to hear from Kew Gardens very soon with a research grant. :-)

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