February Block Challenge & Lottery – Super Wonky Butterfly Blocks

The block challenge is back after a holiday hiatus and free fabric frenzies.

Wonky Butterflies - Feb 2014 Block Challenge

Wonky Butterflies – Feb 2014 Block Challenge


With spring around the corner, we thought a little butterfly action was in order. When I was a child there was a saying that if the first butterfly of the year you saw was white, then you would have a good year. Let’s not take any chances! 

This month’s challenge is to make our own butterfly blocks with low-volume* wings, colourful patterned backgrounds, and a dark solid for the bodies. I recommend following the second tutorial (scroll down) at https://mrsschmenkmanquilts.wordpress.com/butterfly-block-tutorial/ where the author takes the fussiness out of this pattern. This is a great way to use up some charm pack fabric. 

You will need:
Wings = two 2.5″ x 5″
Background = two 3.5″ x 3.5″
Body = one 1.5″ x 5.5″

Since they work out to be cute 5″ blocks we will do a two for one ticket lottery. They are a breeze to chain-piece, so go ahead and make 2, 4, 6 or more!

*Low-volume: Our friends at Craftsy define low-volume as  a fabric which shows up as a light solid (or nearly solid) in a black and white photograph. These fabrics can vary from the lightest tone on tone fabrics, to text fabrics printed on a light background, to light floral fabrics. Fabrics classified as low-volume come in a variety of colors from white to cream to beige to grey.

Here are a couple links with examples and further explanation of low volume:
Soft Backgrounds with Style
Talk of the Town – Low Volume Quilts
Text Prints and Low Volume

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