I am totally smitten over my newest quilt. Everything about it makes me smile. The fabrics I used in it are all designed by Christopher Thompson aka The Tattooed Quilter. This is his third line created for Riley Blake Designs called Mary Elizabeth. Its fresh spring feel has inspired some spring cleaning in my sewing room as well as this light and playful quilt. As soon as I saw the line at Market, I fell in love with the petals design because of its playfulness. When my package of fabric arrived, it was the main fabric that drew me in. However, right now, I am crushing on the bunny print. So basically I love them all. These soft pastel colors have me dreaming of other makes to be made with my scraps from this Butterfly Quilt.
I have been following Christopher’s career ever since I heard him on the Modern Sewciety Podcast with Stephanie. It has been so much fun to watch him grow into such a great designer and maker. I am so happy for him! That is why this project has been so much fun for me. I love all of his lines and will be using his first line Blue Carolina in the Mod City Center Quilt Sew Along starting — well as soon as I finish the top. I have the pattern all ready for you guys and I can’t wait to get started.
The Butterfly Quilt
My favorite thing about this butterfly quilt is how easy it is to make. I love sewing on lines. It is so helpful when you have a guide. The butterfly block has ten seams in it that have these guides. That is because you draw a diagonal line down the center of your 1 3/4 ” squares, 3″ squares, and 4 3/8″ squares. After you line the square up with the edges of correct colored fabric, you sew directly on your line. I use a mechanical pencil to make a light line. (FYI – If you sew a second seam 1/2″ away from your original seam but closer to the edge of your fabric, you can get a half square triangle as a scrap.) Then you trim off the fabric giving a 1/4″ seam.
My second favorite thing about the quilt is the quilting. Quilting lines is one of the easier things for me to quilt so I thought quilting lines in each block would be fun. I altered the direction of the lines to enhance the moment of the butterflies. I left the butterflies unquilted so they would pop out. Then to complement the lines, I used pebbles on the border. Lastly, I love how I turned the block into a 12 1/2″ block. It makes the block larger and more versatile. The block would be the perfect add on to a block of the month quilt.
The Butterfly Block
The pattern is a free Riley Blake Designs pattern called Hearts Aflutter. I am the worst when following patterns, I just can’t do it. Things that I change can be the process of creating the block or adding things to the quilt, taking things out of the quilt. With this quilt, I decided to change the layout of the quilt. The Butterfly Quilt Block is the same as the pattern. Actually, I have linked to it so you can follow the pattern when making the butterfly blocks. I just added more butterflies because I love them and I added two strips to each block making it into a 12.5″ unfinished block and offsetting the butterfly. This created movement in the quilt because they are no longer in straight rows. Let’s dive into making this quilt.
The Fabrics Used in the Butterfly Quilt
Cutting the fabrics for the Butterfly Quilt Tutorial
For the butterflies, I used 1/3 yard of the following eight fabrics: Petals Pink, Roses Pink, Petals Mint, Bunnies Mint, Leaves Green, Daisies Green, Leaves Gray, Main Gray
For four of these fabrics:
cut four – 5 1/4″ x 6 3/4″
cut four – 5 1/4″ x 4 1/4″
For four of these fabrics:
cut six – 5 1/4″ x 6 3/4″
cut six – 5 1/4″ x 4 1/4″
For the middle of the butterflies I used 1/4 yard of X’s Navy
20 – 4 1/8” x 1″
For the contrast fabric I used 3 yards of Blossom On White Gray
For the butterflies, cut the following:
80 – 3” x 3”
40 – 4 3/8” x 4 3/8″
80 – 1 3/4” x 1 3/4″
20 – 1” x 3”
20 – 1” x 4 3/8”
For the strips that offset the butterflies, cut the following
20 – 10.5″ x 2.5″
20 – 12.5″ x 2.5″
For the Inner Border cut
6 – 2″ strips
For the Outer Border I used 1 3/8 yards of Main Mint cut into
6 – 7.5″ strips
I used 4 yards of Shimmer Gray for backing
You will need download and print the free pattern to make the Butterfly Quilt Block. Click here to get your copy of the Hearts Aflutter pattern and follow those steps to make 10 Butterfly Blocks. The following are my progress pictures to help you visualize the steps.
- Lay your butterflies out. Decide on where you want your butterflies to be. Once you have decided on a layout, take a photo of it with your phone.
- In each row, you will need to alter the placement of the top and bottom strip.
- In each row you will have the strip on the same side, right or left. Refer to the line art below.
- Use painter’s tape to mark the sides you will add your 2.5″ strips to. Make sure you place the tape an inch away from the edges of the block so you don’t sew over the tape.
- Pin and sew a 2.5″ x 10.5″ strip to the top of the butterfly block. Iron flat. Repeat for a total of 10 blocks.
- Pin and sew a 2.5″x 10.5″ strip to the bottom of the butterfly block. Iron flat. Repeat for a total of 10 blocks.
- Pin and sew a 2.5″x 12.5″ strip to the right edge of the butterfly block. Iron flat. Repeat for a total of 12 blocks.
- Pin and sew a 2.5″x 12.5″ strip to the right edge of the butterfly block. Iron flat. Repeat for a total of 8 blocks.
- Lay out your block. Pin and sew four blocks together. Repeat for a total of five rows.
- Lay out your rows. Mark each row with painter’s tape showing what direction you will iron your seams. Alternating arrows. Making them nest.
- With your seams nested, pin and sew your rows together.
- Sew six 2″ strips strips together making one long inner border. Measure the quilt length. Cut two inner border strips to that size. Pin and sew one to the right edge of the quilt. Pin and sew the other one to the left edge of the quilt. Iron seams flat.
- Measure the width of the quilt. Cut two inner border strips to that size. Pin and sew one to the top edge of the quilt. Pin and sew the other one to the bottom edge of the quilt. Iron seams flat.
- Sew six 7.5″ strips strips together making one long outer border. Measure the quilt length. Cut two outer border strips to that size. Pin and sew one to the right edge of the quilt. Pin and sew the other one to the left edge of the quilt. Iron seams flat.
- Measure the width of quilt. Cut two outer border strips to that size. Pin and sew one to the top edge of the quilt. Pin and sew the other one to the bottom edge of the quilt. Iron seams flat.
The Finished Butterfly Quilt Size is 65″ x 77″
Mary Elizabeth is such a sweet line. I can’t wait to use my scraps for a heart block and maybe some earrings. EEEKK!! If you make your own butterfly quilt, I would love to see it, so send me pics or tag me in them on Instagram. If you create your own special something with Mary Elizabeth fabric use #MaryElizabethFabric on Instagram because it is so much fun to sew what others make with the same fabric.
I hope you have a wonderful week and check back soon for my announcement for the Mod City Center Pattern and Quilt Along. Happy Sewing!
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