Monday, July 24, 2017

Blue Butterfly blocks

Yes, blocks, plural.  I have more blue scraps than any other colour so they're getting two whole blocks for the July installment of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.


I'm challenging myself to make each butterfly different and to use only my smaller scraps.  Every month is getting a bit more difficult.  I almost gave up on the bright blue one after putting the 60 degree triangles together.  I couldn't figure out how I wanted the set of triangles to sit in the wing. Just as I started packing up the blue scraps, inspiration struck.


 This doesn't look like much but it did the trick.  I outlined the wing shape on my ruler with tape so I could see what the wing would look like once the corner triangles were added.  I added fabric to my triangle unit until it was more than large enough to make a wing base, then used this outline to audition the angle.  This loaded sideways, but you get the idea.


Voilà! One fussy cut wing base!


 And a complete butterfly.  I think it's my favourite so far.


What do you call a group of butterflies? I found references to kaleidoscope, flight, flutter and swarm...  I rather like flutter, so here's my flutter so far.


I'm linking up with ScrapHappy Saturday at SoScrappy and checking out dozens of other quilters' RSC sewing!

19 comments:

  1. loving your butterflies and how good to be doing them all different, will make a beautiful rainbow quilt

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  2. Flutter reads well to me. You know, I call those blues Canuck Quilter blues every time I see them at the fabric shops. Your marked ruler is a neat trick - so clever! Those flutterbies are looking really good.

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  3. Very cool! I like how your triangle set came out. You're getting quite a flock now. (I just looked it up - actually, a group is called a kaleidoscope or possibly a swarm.)

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  4. Heh. And obviously I didn't read your 2nd to last paragraph!

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  5. I love love that fussy cut wing. These blocks are looking so great.

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  6. You have some beautiful butterflies. I am looking forward to seeing how you set them. Thanks for showing all of the steps too.

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  7. they are looking lovely and I can't wait to get and make more of them too.

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  8. Hi Joanne, your butterflies are gorgeous. I think that the blue one is my favourite also. Thanks for sharing your process. Great inspiration!

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  9. WHOA! Those are the RARE, extra-fancy variety butterflies! Beautiful!!

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  10. I seriously can't pick a favorite, they are all so cute!! I have not had time to try even a single one yet. And with craft shows only 2 months away, I won't be doing it anytime soon either.

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  11. Your butterflies are all so pretty! Blue is one of my favorite colors, but I like them all. You are very talented to come up with each design!

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  12. these are lovely. are you just putting scraps together or are you using a pattern? I can see a quilt of butterflies

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  13. Aren't those pretty?! I enjoyed seeing the blue ones together, but the rainbow of butterflies is really gorgeous!

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  14. Excellent solution to your placement problem! Your BLUE butterflies turned out quite well.

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  15. What a great solution and I love how that darker blue one came out. What a lovely flutter of butterfly's you have there. Must go look up the pattern for the spring blossom so I can get my blue ones stitched up today.

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  16. I love your flutter of butterflies. They look amazing all together.

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