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Thread: Help please

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    Connie Hadba's Avatar
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    Hi Kyiav,
    I've just gone to the Marcia Hohn site and found the butterfly you are trying to sew. Check out the template no. 1 that she provided. You will see that it is in 4 parts. The long narrow section on the right is the body of the butterfly, so you don't have to worry about measuring or cutting out extra pieces for the body.

    When I paper piece, I simply cut out a piece of fabric that I know will cover the section of the pattern that I am sewing. After the seam is sewn, then I can measure seam allowances and cut off the extra fabric. Make sense? Then you do not have to worry about templates or anything else. Neither do you have to worry about grain or anything else that can influence seams since you are sewing on a stabelizing paper pattern.

    After the whole piece is sewn, then simply tear the paper off the back and the section is ready to sew to other sections.

    Marcia is quite meticulous with her patterns and directions. Trust her. It will come out right in the end.

    Connie

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    Thank you everyone for your help. I am posting a pic of the butterfly that I just finished about 20 minutes ago. I did not do paper piecing, I figured out the measurements. It may not be perfect but I am happy with it. Let me know what you all think. Thanks again for ll the help.


    butterfly block, not paper pieced
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    Very, very nice! Glad you figured out how to make it even if you didn't try paper piecing. I think you need to try one with paper just to say you did it! :lol: Are you going to make a quilt with the butterflies? How many are you making? Have some fun now!

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    Wait!

    We want to see the first quilt. The one with the train cars.

    tim in san jose

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    The train car one is almost ready to be put together. I have just a few more blocks to go. I'll post a pic once the top is together.

    The butterfly one.. I am not sure how many I am going to do. I am going to use some light blue blocks also I think I am going to lay it out like this....


    LLLLLL
    LBBBL
    LBLBL
    LBLBL
    LBLBL and so on until it is a twin size
    LBBBL
    LLLLLL

    L = light blue block and B = butterfly block. Kyia

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    Your plans for the butterflies sounds great. It's going to be a beauty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyiav10
    The train car one is almost ready to be put together. I have just a few more blocks to go. I'll post a pic once the top is together.

    The butterfly one.. I am not sure how many I am going to do. I am going to use some light blue blocks also I think I am going to lay it out like this....


    LLLLLL
    LBBBL
    LBLBL
    LBLBL
    LBLBL and so on until it is a twin size
    LBBBL
    LLLLLL

    L = light blue block and B = butterfly block. Kyia
    My only advice is to use something truely spectacular instead of those three blue blocks in the middle. That's the focal point of the quilt.

    tim in san jose

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    Tim, thanks for the suggestion. I guess I can reverse it and put the three butterflies in the center and alternate outwards between butterflies and light blue. I just talked to my sister and she doesn't like the butterfly block. Are the colors ok?? Thanks, Kyia

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    Kyiav10,
    My first large project was a butterfly quilt for a 5 year old. Here is a suggestion for a layout that is easy and effective.

    Connie

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    The butterflies are made from a pattern similar to the one you chose. The blank spaces between them are quilted with a butterfly (a ghost butterfly) and the center is simply a flower that I liked.
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    Connie, that is beautiful!

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