Yesterday was a public holiday here in the US and I fully embraced the good weather and took the day off…. so no paper piecing Monday this week. Instead I wanted to share one of the paper piecing projects I have been working on for the last week or so…
I have been making butterfly blocks using Lizzy House fabric and tone-on-tone white scraps. My obsession with making these blocks took seed when Lizzy’s new fabric line, Natural Histories came out and included this wonderful print…I had purchased a fabulous butterfly pattern a year or so ago from Juliet at Tartan Kiwi so I went to work making blocks. The pattern, if you are interested, is only $2.50 and can be bought HERE.
The pattern is for a 5 inch butterfly and it takes four parts to make one block….
The more of these I have made the quicker the process has become. There are some small bits to the pattern but nothing to complex… and I love the end result.
For my butterfly collection I also enlarged the pattern a little. The yellow butterfly above is the 5 inch block and the green butterfly is what I got when I enlarged the pattern to take up the whole of a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.
My finished butterfly collection will have both block sizes and a fun array of colours. I am using just Lizzy House fabric and trying not to repeat any fabric…and I love how they all look.
22 thoughts on “A flurry of butterflies….”
How can I learn to paper piece? I just don’t understand it at all. I love these and I want to make butterflies!!
If you are near Portland Oregon I could teach you…but if not there are some great classes and You Tube videos. Craftsy has the queen of paper piecing, Carol Doak, teaching a class which is so cool.
Hi! I thought the same but then once I took one tutorial and with stubborn mind made it and from then I love Paper piecing! Don’t give up even in the beginning it feels that everything goes ‘upside down’. When you find the ‘trick’ it’s easy. x Teje
Thanks, Teje! Some day when I have an empty brain I’ll sit down and try to figure it out! .. Might have to wait till I’ve lost it completely 🙂
Don’t wait, it’s so fun and there are so fantastic patterns! My First Project was Forest Qal and the bird there and finally I made the whole quilt ‘Fantasy Forest’. Please try! x Teje
These are so lovely! Great choice of colors and fabrics for each butterfly.
oh man I love that C+S one! Awesome colors together, and those itty bitty blocks! The Lizzy House hexies are fantastic, I’m sure any fan of hers, or of rainbows, would adore it.
Just fabulous! I love the idea of varying the size, too. It makes me smile to see that even the butterflies are wearing Pearl Bracelets!
Kate I think everyone should be wearing Pearl Bracelets!
🙂 Will a pearl necklace do instead? I rarely go anywhere without mine!
Kate a pearl necklace will suffice in a pinch ;). Actually a pearl necklace suits you perfectly.
I love these, thanks for the link, I’m off to get the pattern!
These are gorgeous, but look fiendishly difficult!
These are so pretty!
Very cute! I love the design and the rainbow of colors.
Hi! These are Super cute! Great pattern and I’m sure you enjoy making them in different colours! x Teje
These look wonderful- and seeing all that great Lizzy house in one place is fun! Love that little kitty face peeking out of the first block!
Your butterflies look really “sunny” – Maybe strange adj. but they remind me of a nice summer day/ summer quilt. Have fun playing around some more!
These are so gorgeous. I’ve always loved your stars but these butterflies are just delicious. I tried a little bit of paper piecing and hated every moment of it but, wow, I love these guys.
Love these butterflies!
One block is lovely, but a whole swarm of them is really beautiful. I look forward to seeing how you put them together. Random swooping and flying, perhaps?
Your butterflies are wonderful. I’ll have to make new placemats for my mom using that pattern.