It’s already Wednesday! Have no fears – I put together a really fun twist on a block just yesterday! This is a really easy block but it’s going to give you endless ideas – perhaps spice up a sashing, hide a butterfly or three in a quilt… The possibilities of the ‘Flutterby Butterfly’ Block are endless!
Flutterby Butterfly Block Tutorial for
52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along
Finished Block Size – 4.25” x 7”
For this block tutorial I twisted an already pretty untraditional block – a butterfly block. It also demonstrates a fun block that can be made just by tweaking a commonly made half square triangle block. My twist makes it look a little bit more like a butterfly and this block can create a whimsical element to any quilt.
Fabric 1 (red/orange):
1 – 5” square
1 – 1.25” x 2.75”
1 – 2.5” square
Fabric 2 (blue trees):
1 – 5” squares
1 – 1.25” x 2”
1 – 1.25” x 3.75”
2.5” square piece of fusible (I prefer Heat N Bond but use whichever one you like best)
We’re going to start by making our 5” squares into two half square triangles (HST).
On the lighter square draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner.
Lay your two squares right sides together. The fabric with the line on it should be on top so you can use it as your guide. Sew a quarter inch seam on both sides of the line you drew.
Cut along the line so you have two pieces. Iron towards the darker of the two fabrics.
Square your blocks up to 4.5” squares.
Now for the trick. You’re going to take your ruler and cut the block in half the long way (2.25”).
Next – cut the two strips in half the other way (2.25”). You have four pieces – two HSTs and two 2.25” squares.
Repeat with the other 4.5” HST you made.
Now – if you wanted to make the traditional Butterfly block you would stop here and sew the squares in the format I show above. What a fun block you can make out of just two charm squares!
BUT of course I’m going to add just one more little twist.
We’re going to add a body to our butterfly. Arrange your 1.25” strips as shown in the picture above.
Sew the squares and rectangles into three long strips.
Now – sew the three long strips together to make the base of your butterfly.
Let’s add a head to our butterfly.
Take your piece of fusible and find a circular object to trace around for your head. I used a spool of Aurifil thread – it was the perfect size.
I placed it on the paper side of the fusible and traced around to make a circle.
Next, I ironed the fusible to the WRONG side of my butterfly fabric.
Once it was fused I cut around the circle I had drawn.
Now you have to decide which way you would like to orientate your butterfly. It can either have more ‘sky’ on the top (right) or more ‘sky’ on the bottom (left).
Once you decide just iron on your ‘head’ and you have a Flutterby Butterfly Block!
Thanks for following along and I hope you enjoyed this block tutorial!
Put three Flutterby Butterfly blocks together and make a top for a pillow or small wall hanging!
OR…stay tuned to see how I add a round of these to my ‘Road Trip to California’ Medallion Quilt.
Get a FREE printable PDF by heading to my Craftsy page and getting the Free Flutteryby Butterfly Block Pattern. Don’t wait too long though! Starting in February there will be a small fee for the Printable PDF pattern…you’ll still be able to view it on my blog for free though.
I can’t wait to see what all your blocks look like! Be sure to share you blocks and any projects you make using your blocks onto our flickr group: 52 Blocks Quilt Along
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