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How a Butterfly Inspired Me to Make Time for Me

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One of the blogs that I follow pretty regularly is, a sewing tips and tutorials website written and edited by Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield and her sister Beka. There are links to hundreds of free tutorials for making everything that you can imagine. 

Caroline also has several regular series that she posts. One my favorites is the Classic Blocks: Fresh Fabrics sewalong.  Each month, Caroline chooses a classic quilting block, uses a current fabric line to update the look and posts a tutorial.  

Each month, I see the block she posts and think, “Wow, I could totally do that!!” Then I look at the mountain of stuff I need to do and realize I will never have time to sit down and do it.

This month, her choice of blocks stopped me in my tracks. It is a butterfly – my very favorite of all creatures.

Sew Can She Butterfly Quilt Block Tutorial

I took a look and it was so simple. Not all kinds of crazy pieces like some that I've seen. Just a few simple squares and rectangles.  I decided that it was time to make time.

For my first pass, I chose some scraps from my stash for the butterfly and a light blue blender for the background just in case I screwed it up. (The swirls came from Timeless Treasures Tiffany collection by Chong-a-Hwang. I just love her stuff!)

Tiffany Swirl Timeless Treasures Chong-a-Hwang

It couldn't have been easier. I just followed Caroline's instructions and, voila, I had a butterfly.

Tiffany Swirl Butterfly Quilt Block

I put on the borders, and I had a block.

Tiffany Swirl Quilt Block complete

As much as I loved it, I knew the fabric that I really wanted to use - Dancing Waves from Benartex Dance of the Dragonfly Collection.  And I would not be denied.

Dance of the Dragonfly Dancing Waves fabric plum

So, out came my rotary cutter.  I added a set of wings in Quilting Treasures Quilting Temptation Blender in Wisteria and a background of the Quilting Treasures Bunny Love Cloud Blender in blue.

Dancing Waves Plum Quilting Temptations Wisteria Bunny Love Cloud Blender Blue Quilt Block

I wish that the photos could do the block justice.  I am so very pleased with how it turned out.  

Butterfly Quilt Block


Sew up your own Butterfly Quilt Block and upload a picture to Caroline's site before September 30th and you will be entered to win a bundle of 9 fat quarters from Season of Love by Ana Davis for Blend Fabrics.  

So, go already, check out here tutorial and giveaway, but don't forget to come back to find the perfect fabric for your block.

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