I was invited to enter a quilt in the Orchid Society Art Show this past March. I picked the Showy Orchis since it is a wildflower here in Michigan. It grows in the woods. When I made this quilt I wanted the background to be heavily quilted to give the feel of a dense forest. The fabric for the orchids was hand-painted to get the color I wanted for the petals. The butterflies are three dimensional….and embellished with Swarovski crystals…..tiny dots on the wings were also hand painted. I am pleased that the quilt won a first place ribbon and also won the trophy award. Trophy award is the overall best piece of art in the entire show. The one critic the judges had for the quilt had to do with the butterflies……the judges said I should only have one butterfly on the quilt. Two split the field of vision…..I agree with them, but I like the 2 on the quilt….