Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Raspberries and Mint Butterflies

Recent work? I am working on several quilts.

The latest quilt top completion is for a little girl who was born this afternoon. Welcome to the world precious little gift. The pattern is called Butterfliers by Mary Cain and was found in the recent magazine Small Quilts Summer 2010 pgs. 10-13.

It is a super easy quilt to make, and I had a lot of fun making it. If you know how to make a 4-patch than this is a snap. You sew it just like a 4-patch with an added piece of fabric inbetween.

For some reason this quilt reminds me of raspberries and mint!

I will only show you how to make one block. I like scrap quilts and try to make quilts as scrappy as possible. You can make this quilt as big as you want with however many blocks as you wish.

You will need 4 squares the same size and same print and 2 squares 1/2 inch smaller than the other 4 in a coordinating color. (4 same size color 2 same size color 1/2 inch smaller)

Iron the smaller squares diagonally and place raw edges to the outside of one larger square and then place the second square on top, all right sides touching.

Sew together using 1/4 of an inch seam allowance.

Press open and place the units together with the triangles to the insides, matching seams. Sew along the edges of triangles.

Press open (I like to take the two or three stiches out and press the center in a fan to distribute the bulk). Turn over and you have a quilt block. Repeat as many times as you like until you have a quilt top. Sew those blocks together, add borders, and quilt.

Congratulations. You now have a 3D quilt! You can put your fingers under the butterflies!

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