Since that event was far in the past and my home is undergoing massive reorganization the first challenge was finding the photo and then getting it to digital form. Since I only have a sheet scanner available, I found my photo and took a picture of it with my phone and emailed it to myself. There I played with the color balance since the picture's age shows in its red tones.
My original plan was to thread paint the baby in the image but I decided I would never get it done so I traced the outlines. My husband refined my tracing and I copied it to a water soluble film stabilizer (I think I ended up using Superior Dissolve 4x). I made a quilt sandwich with the water soluble, pink fabric on top of butterflies on top of batting and backing (more butterflies). I used Mistyfuse to fuse the pink fabric to the background and bits and pieces of it to baste the quilt sandwich together. I used purple DMC cotton thread to stitch my outline and quilted around some of the butterflies. I chose to finish the edges of the pink fabric by couching fuzzy yarn over the edges using the purple cotton and a freemotion zig zag. I tied the yarn into bows at the corners. The quilt was trimmed to 11 1/2 by 14 1/2 and faced (the proportions don't look like that in my image here for some reason)
My choice of the butterflies is several fold. The soft colors all remind me of a sweet infant. My daughter went through a short stage of only liking purple and black so purple seemed appropriate. The butterflies remind me of hope and spring and sadly, they are ephemeral and we can only enjoy their beauty for a short period. My daughter's spiritual beauty will be with me and many she touched for the rest of our lives though hers was short.
This moment of our first meeting was indeed a monumental beyond description supercalifragilisticexpialidocious