Spring Has Returned Quilt
A fresh new approach to quilting takes flight! From beautiful butterflies to fresh flowers, this pattern offers an eyeful of artistry with an assist from Sizzix quilting dies.
|2 1/2 yd||S12 Black||Cut (4) 8 1/2" Squares|
Cut (4) 1 1/2" wide Strips x WOF
Cut (5) 4 1/2" wide Strips x WOF
Cut (40) 4 1/2" Squares
Cut (40) Drunkard's Path Background Arches
|1 1/4 yd||Red, orange and yellow prints||Cut (120) 30 Fan Blades|
Cut (6) Large Dogwood/Rose Petals* from yellow
Cut (8) Large Dogwood/Rose Petals* from red
Cut (4) 2nd Largest Dogwood/Rose Petals* from yellow
Cut (4) 2nd Largest Dogwood/Rose Petals* from red
Cut (2) 2 1/2" Circles* from yellow
Cut (1) 2 1/2" Circle* from red
Cut (1) 2 1/4" Circle* from yellow
Cut (1) 2 1/4" Circle* from red
|1/8 yd||S49 Salmon||Cut (20) 1" Circles*|
Cut (20) 2nd Largest Plain Leaf*
|1/8 yd||Green||Cut (7) Largest Plain leaf*|
Cut (3) 2nd Largest Plain Leaf*
|3/4 yd||EM25 Red||Cut (4) 1 1/2" wide Strips x WOF|
Cut (5) 2 1/2" wide Strips x WOF for binding
|2 1/2 yd||Backing fabric||Cut (2) 1 1/4 yd pieces|
|48" x 60"||Batting|
|1 yd||Lightweight fusible adhesive|
- Finished Size: 42 1/2" x 58 1/2"
- All seam allowances are 1/4" unless noted.
- WOF = width of fabric
- * = Adhere fusible adhesive to back of fabric before die-cutting the shapes.
Piecing the Butterfly Block:
- Sew three Fan Blades together. Sew a second set of three together, reversing the order. This will give you one set of butterfly wings. Press seams to one side. Repeat until you have 20 sets of wings.
- Take one Background Arch and one of the two matching butterfly wings. Fold both pieces in half along the curved edge to find the center. Finger press. Match the curves at the center and the ends. Sew the curved seam and press toward the arch. This will make a 4 1/2" square. Repeat with the other butterfly wing of the set.
- Continue with step 2 until you have 20 sets of butterfly wings.
- Sew a square with the wing to a plain black 4 1/2" Square. Press seams to the plain square to make row one. Repeat with the second wing and another 4 1/2" Square. Sew the two rows together to make an 8 1/2" unfinished block. Press the seams toward the plain square. There will be a small hole in the center, but that will be covered by the body. See Diagram 1.
- Repeat step 4 until you have 20 butterfly blocks.
- Use the quilt photo as a guide and place one of the medium Leaves and a 1" Circle over the center hole to make the butterfly body. Fuse in place then stitch around the body with your choice of stitch.
- Using a small zigzag stitch, embroider antennae on each butterfly.
Assembling the Quilt:
- Arrange the blocks into six rows of four blocks. Sew the rows together and press the seams to one side. The top row and next row down will have plain 8 1/2" black squares in the upper left corner.
- Sew the rows together to make the center of the quilt. Press.
- Use the photo as a guide to place the flowers and leaves on the quilt. Fuse in place and then stitch around the flowers and leaves with your choice of stitch.
- Sew the four, 1 1/2" x WOF strips of leaf green into one long strip. From this strip cut two 48 1/2" x 1 1/2" and two 34 1/2" x 1 1/2".
- Sew the two 48 1/2" x 1 1/2" strips to the long sides of the quilt center. Press.
- Sew the two 34 1/2" x 1 1/2" strips to the top and bottom of the quilt center. Press.
- Sew the five 4 1/2" x WOF together into one long strip. Cut into two 4 1/2" x 50 1/2" and two 42 1/2".
- Sew the two 50 1/2" x 4 1/2" strips to the long sides of the quilt center. Press.
- Sew the two 42 1/2" x 4 1/2" strips to the top and bottom of the quilt center. Press.
- Sew two 1 1/4 yd pieces together along the selvedge edge to make the backing.
- Layer the backing, batting and quilt top. Quilt by hand or machine as desired.
- Sew the binding strips together to form one long strip. Fold the binding in half, lengthwise, with wrong sides together and press.
- Sew the raw edges of the binding to the edges of the right side of the quilt. Turn the folded edge of the binding to the back side of the quilt and stitch in place by hand, mitering the corners.
- Figure 1