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Thread: butterfly quilt

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    Senior Member Frankie's Avatar
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    I am wondering if anyone has tried the butterfly quilt made with cotton hankies? Do you cut them in half and sew them or do you fold them? Does anyone know of a pattern that would show how to make them? I am hopefull including a picture of one I saw on the net.
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    I don't know how it's done, but it looks like they are folded. I'd love to know myself as it's very pretty.

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    I don't know how it's done either!!
    But that's really pretty.
    Hope someone here can help!

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    not cut, they are folded and then sort of fold/tuck the center in a bit as shown in the photos to make the body area.

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    Some people fold them so that both edges are showing--the underneath one by only about 1/4-1/2". Some people fold them so that the underneath edge is covered. Some people cut them in half so that they can make two blocks from one hankie. Fold them in half so that they make a triangle. Then fold that triangle in half. Start about 3/4" from the top of the fold that will form the body and sew a basting stitch down to the corner but at a angle so that when you end you're now about 3" from the fold. Press that open and you've formed your butterfly. You can now applique it onto a block and embroider the antenna on. Some people also embroider on a "head".

    Since your first seam was a large basting stitch you can take it out and adjust the measurements to suit your own tastes.

    If you need hankies you can find them at auctions, estate sales, antique stores or new ones in Amish stores.

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    Looks like that picture is the one from the magazine referenced in this thread http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-60048-1.htm

    Here's an up close pic of one of the folded butterflies

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tops_to...es/3309562088/

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    not cut, they are folded and then sort of fold/tuck the center in a bit as shown in the photos to make the body area.
    That's what it looks like to me, too...

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    WOW! I'd love to make one of those --- I've got to start looking for some hankies!!!!

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    that is neat

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    I wish I still had all my Mom's hankies. They are gone.

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    I have this exact picture i downloaded it because I want to recreat it my way. but i recieved it in an e-mail back in september but i can't find it the pattern was for sale in hte email for just a few dollars. will keep looking for it, though.

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    I bought my pattern from epatterns I think for $3.98. It is a downloaded pattern.

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    Very nice.

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    Hello to all, thanks to tucsonquilter I found the pattern on the net and bought it, only 4.99. I've already downloaded and am going to check to see if the hankies I have are the acceptable size. Yahoooo!

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    I made these blocks several years ago at a quilt retreat in Houston. We had a mini-class to show us how to do it. Since you're using very delicate hankies, you have to be careful since they are cut diagonally on the bias. Each hankie will make 2 butterfly blocks.

    What I remember is that you first draw a diagonal line where you will cut the blocks in 1/2, but DON'T cut yet. Next, before cutting, press each side 1/4 inch away from the diagonal line you've drawn. NOW you can cut the block in half along the diagonal line, and you'll already have the cut edge pressed under. It's important to do it in this order, or it will be difficult to press the 1/4 inch seam allowance under after it's cut.

    Now, drape the hankies into a butterfly shape on your white background fabric (make sure the background fabric is big enough to allow for seam allowances). Pin the fabrics down, using clear thread in the top spool, and white thread in the bobbin, then do a zig-zag stitch around all the edges of the butterfly, including any folds.

    Next, embroider black antennas on the butterflies, and you're ready to sew the blocks together!

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    that is really pretty...

    hmmm...another one for the idea book...i know lots of little girls who would luv it...

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    How cute. I will have to try this one out myself. Just need to find some hankies...lol

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    That is so pretty though, sorry I'm no use ! :cry:

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    Awesome quilt!

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    Oh wow that´s beautiful. I have to make one of those ! Now I have to collect hankies LOL

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    This is such a beautiful quilt. Love the way you put the butterflies together.

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    Its a very beautiful quilt.
    God Bless you all.
    Heather.

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