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How are you doing with your butterflies?
Last week we foundation paper pieced our individual parts. This week we’re going to join all of those paper pieces to make beautiful butterfly blocks!
Check out my tips for aligning and piecing those sections together using positioning pins in the video below:
Having the right tools for the job is half the battle! I love having thin sharp pins that don’t bend. A couple of years ago, my good friends at Ryco’s introduced me to these fabulous Iris Swiss Super Fine Pins (affiliate link). I LOVE them and I think you will too! I’m also pretty fond of my Magnetic Pin Holder available at Brooklyn Haberdashery.
First step: get your paper pieces organized!
Refer to Diagram 2 in the Butterfly Bunch to layout your butterfly pieces. They will look like they do in the photo below.
Here’s a tip:
I like to match my thread to my fabrics (sometimes I even switch thread colors when I’m sewing along a line). Specifically, I do this for seams that I will press open. The thread blends into the fabric making the stitches invisible.
Once you have your pieces organized, your butterfly will come together quickly. I find this one of the most rewarding parts of the process. Be sure to use those positioning pins I described in the video above to get accurate alignments. Don’t forget to remove the positioning pins before sewing! Take your time pinning and you’ll get beautiful results. It’s a metamorphosis right before your very eyes.
Have fun getting your butterflies together. Next week we’ll put those butterflies together, add our border and prep for quilting.
How are things going with butterfly making? Do you have questions? Leave them in the comments sections below.
Remember to share photos of your progress and be entered for a GIVEAWAY!
At the end of the Butterfly Bunch Quilt Along, I’ll be giving away some of my patterns and another new goodie I’ll be sharing with you soon. Enter for a chance to win! This week, share photos of how your butterflies are coming together on Instagram. Be sure to include the hashtag #butterflybunchquilt in your comment. Each photo will be considered one entry — submit a photo every week to increase your chances to win! At the end of the Quilt Along a few winners will be selected by random.
I can’t wait to see your butterflies come together!
Let’s make something awesome together,
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