Saturday, November 9, 2013

Pieced Butterfly quilt block

Pieced Butterfly
June 11, 1933-Design Answers Quilt Fancier's Request for Pieced Butterfly is the title of Nancy Cabot's column in the Chicago Tribune eighty years ago.  Nancy was introducing the Pieced Butterfly block.  "If pieced from gay, dainty prints this design will make a quilt quite as lively and colorful as the frivolous butterflies themselves" she wrote.  She also says this pattern was developed specifically because of requests from quilters for a new pieced butterfly pattern.  I wonder if this means Nancy Cabot designed this one herself?

I love this block!  I think it's a great one to make from all those scraps we quilters seem to have.

You can download a paper pieced pattern for the 6" Pieced Butterfly block here.

Here are the parts of the pattern-2 paper pieced sections and one template-

This block goes together very quickly. I'm sure I'll use it in other projects, maybe a whole quilt of butterflies?

I used more fabrics from my little bag of vintage scraps that I bought on my way home from Texas.

The Pieced Butterfly block can be found in Electric Quilt's Blockbase program as #922.

I found this antique quilt at Cindy's Antique Quilts-

There is another wonderful example at the Quilt Index.  It has sashing and cornerstones for a very different look.  See it here.

Tomorrow-Fish Block

1 comment :

  1. Love it. I see another butterfly quilt in my future. Will use stash scraps. Thanks.