79 x 90
My inspiration was the above quilt I found when researching "vintage butterfly quilts" a few years ago. This block is actually called Beggars Block. The individual blocks within each block is actually a 3 inch spool block.
I started making the individual 3 inch butterfly (or spool) blocks from 1.5 inch scraps as a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project in late 2013 (I think). When I accumulated 8 butterflies I made a block. When I had enough blocks I made a quilt. When you use scraps some quilts are not a quick make.
I used Kona Candy Blue (blue candy?) as the background/sky.
I normally don't lay out my blocks before I sew them together. I really don't like to spend time moving blocks around endlessly because no layout seems pleasing. I don't have a big space to easily lay blocks out nor do I have a design wall (except for that old cutting mat with the piece of batting on it propped up on the wall next to the sewing machine). So I usually sew blocks together randomly. I'm rarely disappointed.
I should never add sashing without cornerstones because sometimes things just get a little wonky. The good thing is that it all works out in the end somehow. This quilt will give warmth same as a perfect one.
I hand quilted in a variety of colors of regular quilting thread. I didn't mark anything but the center butterflies. I just stitched. And stitched some more. I have a callous on my "underneath finger" to prove it. The stitching served as a kind of quilty yoga to soothe the soul, clear the mind and calm the nerves.
After a good wash and some time in the dryer the quilt came out more crinkly than usual. I think that's because the backing fabric, a sheet from the thrift store, was pre-washed and the fabrics on front were not. Thank goodness I like crinkly.
Now, about that backing. I found a sheet at the thrift store in a pale blue, in perfect condition and silky soft. Must be a far higher thread count than what is on my bed. I was a little leery about using a sheet on a quilt I was going to hand quilt because I wasn't sure how easy it would be to hand quilt. Not to worry...the needle went through it like a knife through butter. And as a side benefit the back looks like a whole cloth quilt. It's difficult to get a good picture but all of the different colored threads on the pale blue are joyous.
Lots of scraps in this one so linking up to:
And since it took a month of Sundays to hand quilt linking up with: