Saturday, 9 April 2016


Ever spotted something and- despite current WiP's- you just had to have a little play?

I saw a lovely pieced butterfly quilt recently over on one of Anna Maria Horner's sites, 16 beautiful butterfly blocks! The block pattern I immediately recognised as an antique one, but it was made up in Anna's fabrics, a lovely fresh take on an old pattern.

I had made a butterfly block very similar years ago, {see pic#2}. I remember, I was making a lacy, peaches & cream 'wedding' quilt, and this hand stitched block didn't make it in for some reason. 

I had long since lost my original pattern, so I had a little look around and found one similar here, but had a few problems getting it up to size. So I decided to unpick my original lacy block and, between both patterns, I worked it out. Love anything that helps with my machine piecing practice, but - I suspect hand piecing may have been the better way to go here actually.

No plans for this scrappy butterfly block, just a little bit of playful sewing on a Saturday! Will pop it in with my other orphan blocks for now - maybe for an 'everythingbutthekitchensink' quilt one day?

Linking up with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here
and with 'scraptastic Tuesday' here
What blocks have you been working on? Check out more over here @ 'building blocks Tuesday' 

a bit more #48
Pop on over here to Ann's from fretnotyourself 
- where real butterflies are a hot topic! 


  1. Gorgeous. Love it with the LV background too.

  2. I love making old patterns new again with modern fabric. Your butterfly block is wonderful.

  3. That's just beautiful, and it's perfectly understandable as a tangent! I'd certainly go haring off after it, too, with that kind of result waiting for me!

  4. This is one gorgeous butterfly block!! I think I saw a pattern like this one in a very, very old book by Ruby McKim.

  5. Oh, Linda. What a beauty this updated butterfly is. You are so clever to update the fabrics and give it new life. I do recall an old pattern that appliqued the butterfly to the background but like your method so much more. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  6. I haven't seen that butterfly design in a really long time. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  7. soooooooo lovely. I have seen this antique pattern for years, and always loved the grace of it, but yours are especially pretty. Will you share your way of piecing it or have you and I missed it? Leeanna at not afraid of color

  8. I just love your butterfly play! Love, I say!

  9. I pinned this block ages ago ... now I need to go trawling through my pins now to see if there was a pattern attached. Love your version of it so much ... I hope it doesn't stay an orphan for too long.

  10. I love your beautiful butterfly block!! A whole quilt would be so pretty especially with your fun fabric choices.

  11. I have made this block too for a bee - part machine part hand pieced! It is lovely and a great block to add to an 'everythingbutthekitchensink' quilt. I'm using my orphans to make charity quilts - it feels great to use them up. Thank you for linking up to #scraptastictuesday


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