This was a paper piecing summer for me.  I had a blast making my first moth in Cotton + Steel basics for the #cottonandsteelminiswap over on Instagram.  And too much of a good thing is a good thing, right?


For the #amhminiswap, I revisited my moth pattern and eagerly sought out a print for the background instead of something that read like a solid. Coloring Garden in Dusk is one of my favorites from her Folk Song line, and it had just enough movement and action to work well despite being cut and sewed again so many times.


Anna Maria has a whole host of crazy wild prints that were perfect for the background – it was much harder to find something that read like a solid for the moth. And having some contrast between the busy background and the moth body was crucial to keep the whole thing from looking like a muddled mess.

Thanks to a helpful suggestion from my friend Jen of the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild, the warmth of Crosshatch in Straw from AMH’s Loominous line perfectly contrasted the cool feel of the Coloring Garden background. I thought it was a crazy combination when I showed her, but Jen is pretty much an expert on anything Anna Maria related.  I’m glad I listened!

I know no one will see the back, but I love those bright orange corners.  I folded two squares in half and sewed them on between the binding and the sandwich on the back.  Then I wrapped the binding around to the front and zig zagged it down a la Rachel at Stitched in Color’s Zig Zag Binding tutorial. binding


I need to update the pattern with what I learned from this last mini, and I’d like to see how what some other people can do with the pattern.  Any interest in some pattern testing? It’s probably not a beginner project; there are a few long skinny pieces with angles that require some patience, but if you think you’re up for it and can sew it in the next three weeks, please let me know in the comments!


Have an AMAZING and wonderful weekend, everyone!  Cheers!


  1. Malinda

    I’m not sure I would have thought to use the floral print for the background. It is perfect and camouflages all the piecing making it look like a beautiful garden. Well done!

  2. Erica

    This is lovely! I would never think of using a print background and now I can’t imagine doing any differently – it brings so much dimension to the quilt. I would happily test your pattern for you if you are still looking for help.

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