Butterfly Bunch Quilt Along Week 4

completed foundation paper pieced Butterfly Bunch quilt block

New to the Butterfly Bunch Quilt Along? Start here or get the pattern here.

We’re in the home stretch…

Last week our beautiful butterflies started to come together. This week, we’re going to assemble them into bunches and remove the foundation paper.

Check out my tips for removing the paper and joining the butterfly blocks in the video below:

Joining blocks:

For many paper piecing patterns, you’ll need to join all of your blocks before you take the paper off of your block. Since this pattern produces a square block (your completed butterfly), you don’t necessarily need the lines on the paper to join blocks. That said, if you are challenged with sewing a 1/4″ seam allowance you may choose to join your blocks with the paper on. Just pin your blocks together according to the diagrams in the pattern and sew. If aligning seams is important to you, be sure to use the positioning pin technique described in Week 3.

It is a bit more challenging and cumbersome (but not impossible) to remove the paper after all of the blocks are assembled. Since the blocks are squared up in this pattern, I typically choose to take the paper off before joining my butterflies (see my tips for removing paper in the video and in the next section below). I use my 1/4″ seam guide to get a perfect seam allowance. I like this adjustable seam gauge that works on my Juki 2010q.

Sewing quilt blocks together using my seam gauge set to a 1/4". This moveable seam gauge makes for the perfect seam allowance!
Sewing my Butterfly Bunch quilt blocks together after removing the foundation paper. Notice my seam gauge set to 1/4″.
Sewing quilt blocks together using the lines on my foundation paper piecing pattern. If you leave the paper on, you don't have to worry about the seam allowance. Simply sew along the line!
Sewing my Butterfly Bunch quilt blocks together using the lines on my foundation paper piecing pattern. If you leave the paper on, you don’t have to worry about the seam allowance. Simply sew along the line!

Removing paper:

Removing the foundation paper from my paper pieced quilt block. Use tweezers to get those tiny paper sections off.
Making progress removing my foundation paper of my paper pieced Butterfly Bunch quilt blocks.
I find this part oddly satisfying! It’s a great task to do while watching television. For those tiny pieces, use a pair of regular tweezers. Start with the larger paper sections at the perimeter and work your way around and to the center. Since we sewed with a very short stitch length (1.5), the paper will be perforated and easy to remove. I find that I can pick the paper out fairly aggressively if I use the tight stitch and a good quality thread. If you find that your stitches are coming out:
• confirm that you backstitched at the beginning and end of every seam
• change the thread that you use. Again, you’ll want to make sure you use a good quality thread. The weight may also make a difference. I wouldn’t go much thinner or thicker than 50 weight. I prefer Aurifil 50wt cotton thread.
• try being a bit more gentle removing the paper
Butterfly Bunch mini quilt top foundation paper pieced and ready for quilting. Made withi Alison Glass Chroma by Andover Fabrics. Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt. cotton thread. Pattern by wholecirclestudio.com

Enjoy the process of connecting your butterflies.

If you choose to put a border around the butterflies once they’re connected (suggestions given in the pattern), go ahead and do so. Next week we’ll wrap things up and I’ll show you some of my quilting design strategies.

Remember to share photos of your progress!

Join in the fun with my Butterfly Bunch Quilt Along! I'll be giving foundation paper piecing tips and tricks, sharing my favorite quilting tools. Let's select fabric and make some butterfly blocks! Make a wall hanging, throw, twin or queen size quilt. Use your fabric stash, fat eights, fat quarters or special fabric!

I can’t wait to see your Butterfly Bunch quilt tops come together!

Let’s make something awesome together,

p.s. If you missed it, be sure to check out behind the scenes: designing Butterfly Bunch and the introduction of the Butterfly Bunch Quilt Along and check out Butterfly Bunch Week 4 here.

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