Butterfly and Floral Fat Quarter Quilt

Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. And let’s take twelve fat quarters and let’s make a quilt. The bundle of fat quarters I’m going to use today is from Timeless Treasures. It has these beautiful flowers on it, and what I really like is the little accent of butterflies. So I’m going to take all these colors and I’m going to make a quilt and I’m going to use this basic white. It matches perfect with all the colors. I’m going to take these colors and I’m going to mix and match them, making the same block but in different color combinations. I can get many different color combinations just mixing and matching all of those fat quarters. This block is very easy to make and it’s fun when you mix it all up; however, you could make all the blocks identical if you just want to use yardage. Let me go through the fabrics that you’re going to need for one block. Depending on how many blocks you want to make what determine how much fabric you’re going to need. The one center is a 2½” square which means all of the other components are all going to go around that measurement, one 2½” square. For the green you need four 2½” squares, and for the print you’re going to need eight 2½” squares. Those eight are going to give you your points plus the four in the center. The soft white: Four 2½” squares for each corner and four strips of fabric 2½” by 6½”. That’s going to give you one complete block. The center of this block is a nine-patch so you’re going to need nine patches: The light in the center, your four floral, and your solid colors. Just put them together. When the three patches are together you can sew those together in rows. I would take that center block and press it so the seam goes out; then those two seams will be able to go in. That’s going to nestle those corners and keep it nice and straight. When those rows are sewn together I would press the seams going out. The next is going to make this outside border and it’s going to be this piece here we need to work on next. Those are going to be made with the 2½” by 6½” and they are going to match up to this side. So the first thing we need to do is draw lines on the back of our little 2½” squares. You’ll need two squares to go with that rectangle. You’ll need to place those right on the corner so that the line is coming from the corner towards the center on both areas. So you’re going to have a small piece and a large piece. Match up those seams and sew directly on that line. After you’ve stitched those down, if you take that and push it right into the corner, you should not see any extra fabric hanging on the outside, because this is only covering those corners; it’s not making the block bigger or smaller. Once you know those match perfect, you’re going to be able to cut off this corner. Now I still have a piece 2½” by 6½”. I need to do that to all four of those pieces. Once you’ve sewn the one corner on, make sure that you do sew the next corner going in the opposite direction. So you’re going to be sewing this way. When it opens up you’ll have one side small, one side big. If you sew the other way and go on the other angle you’re going to end up with a long thin piece, so just make sure you’re going in the right angle. You now have four of these units made and on two of them you’re going to add the little white corners. So you’ll have two without corners and two with corners. Now we can finish constructing the block. Start with the two pieces that do not have the corners, and with that small part on the white It’s going to face inside the block. You’ll be able to put it on the two opposing ends. If you have it turned around the other way, you’re going to end up with a different shape and you won’t have those little points going in the right direction. Match up those seams and stitch down. When those two are stitched on you can already see the start of that block. You will now be able to put those two pieces on that have those ends attached. Again, make sure that that smallest part of the white is going towards the block. You will be able to match up those seams and stitch a quarter inch down on both sides. When the last two borders are done you’re going to be able to press them. The block is done and it equals 10½”, which means when it’s sewn together it will be a finished 10″ block. What we’re going to do is we are going to sew these blocks together with big rows of sashing and we’re going to duplicate the center of this block and have nine‑patches in the corner. I’m going to make those nine-patches the same. All six of them are going to be the same so I’m going to be able to strip-piece them together. I’m going to have one unit with the dark in the center and the light on the outside, and a second unit which is opposite: Light in the center and dark on the outside. If you take the seams and you press them towards the dark, you’ll be able to nestle these together and cut them all at the same time. Because the seams are opposite and yet the fabric strips are the same size, you’re going to be able to put them together, and you’re going to be able to feel right along this edge If they’re matched up or not. If one piece is overlapping, you’re going to be able to feel that It’s not flat, and you’ll be able to feel if there’s actually a space there. So you’re going to be able to line that together on your cutting mat. You’ll straighten up the one edge and then cut 2½” segments, and you’re going to be cutting both strips at the same time. This saves time because your strips are together so you only have to cut once, and the strips are going to be together so you’re going to be able to just pick them up and sew them together. You will need to start with six of these little sets together, and sew ¼”. I now will have six pieces that look like this. I still will need to add one more strip set on. And from here you can decide on how you want this block. Do you want it so that the light one is in the center, or do you want it so that the dark is in the center? In this case, because I’ve had the light in the center, I’m going to continue that theme and keep the light in the center. So I will need to make another strip set to go on the other side that will look like this. But if you want the dark in the center, you’ll need to do it that way. I now have six nine-patch blocks and this block is 6½”. We need to now cut the sashing that’s going to go between the blocks. You are going to need seventeen big sashings, 10½” by 6½”. These blocks are 6½”; those are 10½”. This is all we’re going to need for the body of the quilt. The first row is going to have three large blocks with the sashing in-between. The next row: Take your little nine‑patches and just line them right there at the end of that sashing. So you will have two, then fill in those spots with sashing again. And this is pretty big sashing. It’s going to make this quilt go together very very fast. And this is how the entire quilt is going to be laid out. You’re going to have three of your blocks, two of the sashing, three of the large blocks, those big sashing pieces in-between, then the next row is going to look like this. So just take all the blocks and lay them out so you like the arrangement of your large blocks. You’re going to have four of these rows; you’re going to have three of these. If you don’t want to add that big sashing you can make a quilt just with the blocks that you have by sewing them together, and it still will make a really nice quilt. I would recommend that when you sew these rows and the sashing together that the seams for the star block go out in both directions, and by doing that you’re going to be able to maintain those nice little points. And when it’s all sewn together we’re going to put on a border on both sides and the top and the bottom. I’m going to put a 4½” border and I’m going to put it on the top first, and that way I won’t have to piece one of the borders. My top piece is 42½”. When the top and bottom border has been added on, the side borders should equal 66½”. And again, cut them at 4½”. Now if you’re happy with it, the quilt could be done at this point, but I’m looking at all of this extra beautiful fabric and I’m thinking a nice checkered border all the way around would look really cute. So I’m going to cut this all into 2½” pieces and sew all the 2½” pieces together and put it all the way around so that all of the colors are random. Just sew those 2½” squares together into long strips and then sew those strips around the border. I was able to do it twice, so I’ve got a double-checkered border for this quilt. Additionally I added a big 4½” white border. Now it’s ready to be quilted, and if you’re going to follow along and make this quilt, you’re going to need to start with five yards of fabric. That will accommodate that nice big border plus some binding. This is a pretty quilt with those lovely and many many different fabrics. I do hope to give it a try. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
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