Last Updated on August 30, 2019 by wendigratz
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When I was designing the Wild Flowers quilt pattern, I thought about adding a few bugs to the garden.
Nothing creepy. A ladybug, a bee and a butterfly. Maybe a grasshopper and a worm.
In the end I decided to just make it a wild riot of colorful flowers – bug free.
But I kept thinking about the bugs. The zinnias in my garden and the butterfly bushes in my yard are in full bloom right now and they are covered with swarms of beautiful butterflies.
I realized that I could release a free butterfly pattern, scaled to match the blocks in the Wild Flowers quilt. That way you can substitute one (or more) butterfly blocks for any of the square blocks in the quilt.
Of course, you don’t have to make a quilt. You could use this solo block pattern in a pillow, a tote bag, a tablet cover, a wall hanging or more. You could applique it on a finished T-shirt or on a tea towel.
You could also go totally quilt crazy and make a bunch of butterfly blocks in different colors and join them into one joyous, colorful quilt!
Have fun with it!
Want to see a mock up of the butterfly mixed in with the flowers?
See it? I tweaked the color a bit in photo editing to make it stand out more, but you’d let it blend in real life. 🙂
This is easy peasy applique. All of the instructions use my favorite applique with fusible adhesive technique (with links to video tutorials, of course) but you could also use needle turn or freezer paper applique. The pattern has links to videos teaching them all.
So that’s your pattern. What about the materials?
Here’s what you need. . .
- 1 10 1/2 inch square of background fabric
- scraps of fabric for the butterfly
- fusible adhesive (optional – I use this printable product – no tracing!)
So there you are! Grab your pattern and some pretty fabric and build some butterflies!
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