May 2001

May 2001 Block

Batik Butterflies

Tips & Hints

For May we're doing butterflies. Since Patty liked the batik blocks in January so much, she chose this batik butterfly on black for her "thank you" block. Kind of a batik amish look. We will be doing THREE blocks for May.

For the block you will need solid black fabric and two coordinating batik fabrics. Choose batiks that have some contrast, so you can see the two parts of the butterfly.

For EACH blocks: from black solid cut 1 square 6 1/2"x6 1/2", 4 squares 3 1/2"x3 1/2" and 2 squares 4"x4". From batik one cut 1 square 1 1/2"x1 1/2", 2 squares 3"x3", 2 squares 3 1/2"x3 1/2" and 1 square 4"x4". From batik two cut 2 squares 6 1/2"x6 1/2" and 1 squares 4"x4".

This block looks complicated but it's easy to piece using "snowball" and half-square triangle techniques. Place the 1 1/2"x1 1/2" square on a corner of the 6 1/2"x6 1/2" square. Sew diagonally from corner to corner on the wrong side of the small batik square. Trim the excess from the batik square and press the resulting triangle toward the corner of the block to form a small "snowball" corner. Do not trim the black square. This will be the butterfly's head. See graphics below.

Place a 3 1/2"x3 1/2" black square on a 6 1/2"x6 1/2" square of batik two, lining up one corner. Sew diagonally from corner to corner across the black square and trim the excess black square. Press the resulting triangle toward the corner. Repeat once more for the other side of the butterfly. See graphics below.

Place a 4"x4" black square and a 4"x4" batik one square right sides together. Draw a line on the batik from corner to corner. Sew 1/4" on each side of the line. Cut on the line and press the seams toward the black. Trim these to 3 1/2"x3 1/2" for two half-square triangle units. Place one half-square triangle unit on a corner the batik square right sides together (consulting block graphic for correct placement). Sew diagonally from corner to corner across the half-square triangle unit and trim the excess. Press toward the corner. Repeat on the other large batik square. Be aware that this unit is a mirror image of the first one. These are the upper wing units. See graphics below. (Graphics are for placement only and do not include the 1/4" seam allowance around the outside of the unit.)


Sew the head unit to one upper wing unit, pressing toward the head unit. See graphic below.

Place a 3"x3" batik one square on a 3 1/2"x3 1/2" black square matching corners. Sew from corner to corner on the batik square. Trim the excess and press toward the corner. Repeat for the opposite corner. This makes the butterfly's body.

Place a 4"x4" black square and a 4"x4" batik two square right sides together. Draw a line on the batik from corner to corner. Sew 1/4" on each side of the line. Cut on the line and press the seams toward the black. Trim these to 3 1/2"x3 1/2" for two half-square triangle units. Place a half-square triangle unit on a 3 1/2"x3 1/2" batik one square, right sides together. Sew from corner to corner. Trim the excess and press toward the corner. Repeat once more, making sure this unit is a mirror image of the other one. These are the lower wing units.


Sew the body unit to one lower wing unit. Press away from the body unit. Sew the other lower wing unit to a black 3 1/2"x3 1/2" square. Press toward the black square. Sew these two units together, matching seams. Press seams so that all are going counter clockwise and there is a small 4-patch in the middle seam allowance. Click here to see picture of the back of the block I took with my digital camera.


Sew the previous unit to the other upper wing unit. Press away from the upper wing unit. See graphic below.

Sew the two units together, matching seams and consulting block graphic for correct placement. Press all seams clockwise. You should have a tiny 4-patch in the seam allowance in the middle. Embroider antennae for the butterfly.

Click here to see picture of the May block I took with my digital camera.

I hope you enjoyed this block. I tried to make construction easy with half-square triangles and snowball units. The blocks should measure 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" unfinished.

Remember to label your blocks with at least your name (city, state, and email address are optional) on the BACK of your block. This may be a piece of paper tacked or pinned on, a sticky label or pigma pen in the seams. Just be sure to label them in some way. This ensures that you get credit for your blocks and lets the winner know who made each block.

If you have questions or comments, post a note on the MSN club or email Squirrel (Patty) or AzPatch (Margo). You will be making THREE blocks for May. Blocks will be due to Patty by the end of May. Patty and I will be getting together to open "squishies" June 9th.

If you have Electric Quilt 4, the zipped file is available for download here. The file size is 161 KB.

May 2001 Quilt

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