So last night was Guild night, we displayed our challenges. The theme this year was Butterfly Fantasy. The interpretation could be anything, as long as the piece was: a quilt, finished, measured 36" square or less and contained at least one butterfly. The quilts were beautiful and each had a story, often as unique and/or as colorful as the artist.
Rays of Hope is the life cycle.
I took creative license to omit the egg and chrysalis....
....so the life cycle begins with the caterpillar inside the window, climbing on the thin, delicate, flowering plant.
Outside the window are thicker, stronger, multi-colored plants. Not really growing in any one specific direction.
... the butterfly emerges, he is half in the window and half out, but fully embedded into the rays of hope. Purposely quilted really puffy and fat, with all the hope and promise of the future.
and going from left to right as we do, (image at the top) is the fully mature, flower.