I kind of panicked when I realized the theme for this month was “International.” I couldn’t think of anything to do for the theme. i was designing a butterfly block for a totally different purpose, but all of a sudden I realized it was perfect for Quilt Block Mania. I resized it to 12″ and BAM it was done!
I think most people enjoy seeing a butterfly (or even a pretty moth) fluttering around as the weather warms and the flowers begin to bloom. This is a pretty easy block if you are a beginner to Foundation Paper Piecing. If you are more advanced, you may want to break up the wings into some more pieces or use some embroidery to embellish the wings and to add some antennae.
If you want a smaller or larger block, you can always print the pattern at a different size. I love using the Golden Threads Quilter’s Assistant Proportional Scale which can be purchased from any Handi Quilter retailer to figure out what percentage I need to preint to get the size I want. The original block was designed to be 7.5″ and that is what is shown in this photo of a simple stitch-in-the-ditch sample that I have made for my classes.
The block is free. . . and I have quite a few free blocks available for download. If you subscribe to my once-a-month newsletter you will receive direct links to the downloads and never have to go looking for the freebies.
Below are the links to ALL the free Quilt Block Mania blocks for this month. I hope you have fun and if you make this block, be sure to tag me @ohkayequilting so I can see your work!
This quilt was born of necessity. I wanted a quilt that had space for free motion quilting, but I wanted those spaces to be reasonable to fill- and not overwhelming. I am really pleased with the result and it looks great custom quilted or with an Edge 2 Edge design on it.
The version to the right is the Scrappy Background. It can just be totally scrappy or arranged in an ombre layout. I love this quilt because it reminds me of all the different shades of lilacs. They are my absolute favorite flower!
This quilt was the most difficult of the three I made only because the layout of the squares had to be maintained throughout the process.
On the left is the Two Color version of Tri Again. This could look great with any color combination or even with novelty fabrics.
I really like the contrast of this Two Color version- and I enjoyed quilting it with a high contrast thread. In the pattern there are some ideas for how to make a quilting plan.
Last is the Scrappy Accent version of the Tri Again. I really like this one and it went together really quickly because I didn’t have to worry about the placement of the background pieces.
You will need to learn how to make quarter square triangles (hourglass blocks) to complete this version, but there is a tutorial in the pattern.
I hope that you will enjoy this pattern. It is the first in a series of quilt patterns I am making to allow for negative space quilts that are pretty easy to piece, come together quickly, and fun to quilt. The pattern includes instructions for five sizes: baby, throw, twin, queen, and king.
This month’s Quilt Block Mania theme is Graduation. If you are making graduation quilts or wall hangings this may come in handy. I decided to go with the traditional mortarboard cap.
I know the colors are weird. . . but we are given a palette to work with and I am a rule follower when it comes to things like this!
My recommendation would be to use two similar colors for the cap- like dark gray and black or white and light gray. The tassel can represent that all important school color and you may even use a print for the background.
This is a paper pieced pattern. Here are some links if you need some help with this process.
A lot of people don’t realize that your quilt binding can be added to the quilt top while it is still on the frame. This is a game changer for me because it eliminates a lot of wrangling the quilt on my domestic machine which is great for my neck and shoulder muscles.
Less Pain = Happy Quilter!
Another bonus of using the longarm to sew your binding on is that I think it takes about half the time. The quilt on the video is 64″ x 64″ and I had the binding put on in about 14 minutes. And that was dealing with video concerns. So. . .
Less Time= Happy Quilter!
If you don’t have a longarm, I’ll bet that you could ask your longarmer to attach the binding for you. I know it is a service that is offered by many longarm professionals.
Tips for the best finish:
Make sure that your quilt edges are nice and flat and square. No wavy borders!
Use a square foot that allows you to line up the binding and edge of quilt with the clear foot. I use the Handi Quilter Square Foot in the 1/4″ size. It comes in a set with a 1/2″ size foot as well. These are available from your local Handi Quilter retailer.
When you trim your quilt be careful to not cut into the folded edge of the attached binding. I fold it back to get it out of the way.
Here’s the quilt that was in the video. It’s a new pattern that I will be releasing toward the end of the month and it is called Tri Again.