I decided to make this quilt when I came across a block that looked very much like a pair of butterflies in flight. Actually it could also be a pair of bats in flight, but I’m choosing to think of them as butterflies. I’ve teamed the butterfly block with another block that also represents butterflies. Both of these quilt blocks are made entirely from half square triangles.
The finished quilt is 362 by 54″ and to make it you will need about 1.1/4 yards of the plum coloured butterfly fabric, 1/2 yard of yellow and 1 yard of green fabric.
The half square triangles for this butterfly dance quilt are all made from 3.7/8″ squares. I cut eleven 2.7/8″ strips across the width of fabric in the butterfly fabric, seven strips of green and four strips of yellow.
Making the quilt blocks
All the half square triangles are made by using the butterfly fabric with either green or yellow. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangles.
The first butterfly quilt block is made using sixteen butterfly/green half squae triangles arranged in four rows of four blocks. When I’m arranging these squares I find it easiest to look at where two squares form a larger triangle in either red or green. That makes it more easy to be sure that you have the square correctly positioned. Sew the squares together in pairs across the rows and then sew the rows together. You will need nine of these.
The second butterfly quilt block is made using butterfly/yellow half square triangles arranged in four rows of two squares. The yellow triangles form diamonds and the butterfly triangles form a sort of butterfly shape. Sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs together. Make nine of these blocks as well.
I decided to lay these quilt blocks out in three rows with three of each block in each row. I tried both the layouts shown here: the one on the right lost some of the butterfly effect so I went with the left hand layout. I have started the first and third rows with a green butterfly block and then alternated with the yellow blocks. The second row begins with a yellow butterfly block and then they alternate across the row.
Sew the blocks together across the rows and then sew the rows together. that’s the butterfly dance quilt top complete and ready for layering, quilting and binding. These steps are covered in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video: