I started working at a local quilt shop about 10 years ago and my wonderful boss encouraged me to start writing patterns. I love it! I am a bit on the shy side, so this really works well for me.
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I've been thinking of adding a step by step tutorial for this butterfly pattern I have on Craftsy for a while, and since they promoted it on the Free Friday feature this week, I think the time is right!
The first thing I did was to choose my fabrics.
I picked a soft blue for the background, a dark purple for the body and a gorgeous purple with a fun design for the wings. I thought about choosing a third purple for the accent, but ended up going with a bright orange! I think it will really pop those purples and make them glow.
Next I cut out my printed pattern pieces. Sorry, but templates is the only way to get this block made. I like to add an arrow to indicate the grain line so my block will be nice and straight without bias edges.
There are a few ways you can cut out the pattern pieces.
You will definitely want to use scissors for the curved pieces, but for the straight edge pieces you can use a rotary cutter. You will need a small ruler, and pins generally don't help because they get in the way of letting your ruler sit flat on the fabric. The biggest problem with this method is that your pattern piece will try to slide around. A little piece of double stick tape will solve this issue. Just line your quarter inch mark on the seam line and cut all around each piece.
You can also just pin your pieces on and use scissors to cut around the templates. You do have to be careful, but the pieces are small so it isn't too hard to get nice straight lines.
If you plan to use this method, print your templates on card stock to make nice sturdy pieces that are easier to draw around. If you want to make enough blocks for a whole quilt, you will want to trace your pieces onto template plastic for the most durable pieces.
Now we are ready for sewing the block! When I'm piecing I like to use Aurifil thread and a number 12 needle. Time to tackle the trickiest part - that curved seam.We will get that out of the way first.
I like to start with a pin in both corners 1/4 inch from the edge.
Next, add piece B to the top of the wings. Press this seam away from the wing.
Next add peice C to the top and D to the bottom of the wing. Press both seams away from the wing.
Add one of the E pieces to the top of one wing section (make sure you have it the right way, the three sides are not perfectly equal!)
|Right way to sew the lower wing unit!
|Wrong way to sew lower wing unit! The top should be a straight line!
Sew an I piece to the top of each G piece, making sure you sew the correct ones together!
Then add an E piece to the bottom outside edge of each one. Press seams away from G. Sew one of these to each side of piece H, stopping 1/4 from the bottom end and backstitching (this is a variation of a Y seam with 4 seams intersecting).
|See the gap? This needs to be restitched!
Your two seams should meet (or pretty close to!)
Here is how it should look on the outside.
Now add piece F to fill in that empty spot. Stitch from the outside edge right to the end of the seam - it's easier to do if you keep the wing section on the top.
Make sure the other layers are lining up like they should so you don't catch a pleat of fabric in the seam.
Stitch from the outside edge and stop at the end of the stitched seam at the corner.
It lines up nicely on the back...
And look at that nice point on the front!
Press seams toward background and wings.
Now to sew the three pieces together! Just add the wing section without the extra E piece first, there are two seams to match.
Peek at your seams to see if they match!
Repeat if desired or save it for a butterfly sampler - I'll be adding some new patterns soon. I hope this helps you sew your Joan's Vintage Butterfly Block. If you sew one up, add it to your projects on Craftsy and link it to my pattern - I'd love to see how yours comes out!
Here are some instructions for those that are having difficulty with downloading the templates from Craftsy - From the pattern page, click the link to add to your cart. (Don't worry - this is a free pattern and you won't have to pay anything, but you do have to add it to your cart to go through the process of getting it into your library!) Once it is in your cart you have to click the link to add it to your library - you'll see this button under your total, which should be 0.00. Once you have done that you click the link to go to your pattern library -it is a small link in a sentence that says: You can download all of your purchased Patterns immediately from your My Patterns page. Click on the red words (on your craftsy page, not here!) When you get there you will see the pictures of the patterns you have and if you hover over the picture of the pattern you will see that you can click to download the pattern. I think a lot of people are getting confused with the process because you don't see the download button until your cursor hovers over the picture! Hope this helps! Also, some people seem to get a message that it is a malicious website. This may be a browser or virus protection issue. I know that I spend a lot of time all over craftsy and have never encountered any problems.
If you make a block using this pattern, please send me a picture of your project! I would love to share some of these on my blog. You can e-mail them to me at: email@example.com.