|February butterfly block and bonus HST
Since I'm only planning on making one butterfly block each month, I decided to play a little bit more with each block. The basic shape is the same, but I'm going to try to come up with different designs inside the wings.
Last month I had a lot of squares, so I made the base rectangles for the large wings from a grid of squares. This month I started with more strips and strings.
The strings were great for the smaller wings again, though I sewed them diagonally across the base rectangle this time.
|String block base for small wings
I pondered the strips for a little bit, then decided to make strip sets and cut them diagonally into strips to get parallelograms. I shifted the strips a bit, sewed them back together, and cut my rectangles for the large wing bases out of the wonky pieces that resulted. I don't have a picture of this because I meant to take pictures as I made the second wing, after I figured out what I was doing with the first one. However, it then occurred to me to make the wings mirror images of each other, and I had some difficulty wrapping my mind around how to make the mirror image happen. It involved a lot of seam ripping (but no grumbling, because this was playtime). My mind was busy enough sorting this out that there wasn't any room for the thought "Take some pictures", so I don't have any.
I really do like how it turned out. Here are January and February's block together, waiting for next month's color to join them.
Though I missed pictures of the wing base construction, I have pictures of the basic butterfly construction, so I will have a tutorial for you by next Saturday's RSC linky party. I hope you'll come back for it!
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