We are experiencing a true spring here in eastern Pennsylvania! All the gardeners have been happily chattering about how the weather hasn't been too cold or too hot (which usually happens and kills off our spring flowers).
Soon butterfly season will commence! Years ago, Beth and I offered a program called "Harvest of Quilts." It was a fun program but it wasn't until after we retired the program that Beth admitted to me one day, "You know I really don't like butterfly quilts." I howled with laughter at the time because I had unknowingly requested she store the butterfly quilts for the program at her house.
We all have likes or dislikes of certain patterns. Despite Beth's antipathy for butterfly patterns, I decided to share some images of butterfly quilts.
Butterfly quilts appear to have been very popular in the 20th century. With the exception of crazy quilts and the occasional embroidered butterfly on a patch, I couldn't find any 19th century examples. On the other hand the 20th century had a variety of designs that appeared in newspapers and magazines. Through the 19-teens until 1930s, there was mention of groups or women who made butterfly quilts but few photographs.
Butterfly fever really seems to have taken off during the depression.