Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Chinese Butterfly Quilt Block Tutorial

Chinese Butterfly Quilt Block Tutorial

I was playing with half square triangles earlier this past year and started sketching.

 I have looked in my quilt block encyclopedia and done some online searches but haven't found this one.  So maybe I came up with something new. To be quite frank I do not admit to any skill involving writing tutorials or taking photos so please be kind.

 Cut List:

     (6) - 3.5" sq.
     (2) - 6" sq.

Fabric A
     (1) - 6" sq.
     (1) - 4" sq.

Fabric B
     (1) - 6" sq.
     (1) - 4" sq.


Match one white 6" sq. with a 6" fabric A and fabric B right sides together.  Sew a quarter inch seam all around the edge of one 6" pair. 

Cut diagonally both directions to yield 4 half square triangles

Press seams and trim each of the 4 half square triangles to 3.5".

Match one 4" fabric square A to one 4" fabric square B right sides together.  Draw a line down the center diagonally with a fabric marking pen.

Sew down the diagonal 1/4 inch on either side of the line drawn.

Cut down center drawn line to yield two half square triangles.

Press and trim these also to 3.5 inches. Layout your butterfly as shown:

Sew rows together.  Press one row to one direction and the next row in the opposite direction for the ease of matching seams. Enjoy!