Modern Butterfly quilt – Blogger’s Quilt Festival

For the fall 2017 edition of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side I want to share my absolute favourite quilt–at least to date. I started this quilt in 2013 as part of the Simply Solids bee on Flickr (aside, do you remember when Flickr was the place to be for quilting loveliness? these days it’s all about instagram). I decided I really wanted to make a modern butterfly quilt, and designed my own 10″ block using free software from Quilt Assistant. Well, I didn’t realize that paper piecing was so mind-blowing for some quilters, but I received 13 lovely blocks (including one which went astray and took 6 months to arrive).

I sashed each block to make them 14.5″ unfinished and decided to hand quilt on a block by block basis. I made three blocks as well, resulting in a 56″ square finished quilt finally assembled in 2017. Finished size 56″ square. Batting is Warm and Natural, prewashed.

final shot modern butterfly

From top left, the makers are:
1. Janet, Caribou Crossing Chronicles (flickr) 2. Patti, Retired to Quilt (flickr, instagram) 3. Me 4. Oops, I can’t figure this one out. Maybe another one I made since I’m pretty sure all my bee mates are accounted for.

5. Carla, Grace and Favour (flickr) 6. Chelsea (also #11) 7. Sheila Bonnett (flickr, instagram) 8. ApplePiePatchwork (flickr, instagram) (second block after Canada Post lost the first one–which arrived 6 months later)

9. Pam, Mad About Patchwork (flickr, instagram) 10. M-R Charbonneau, Quilt Matters (flickr, instagram) 11. Chelsea (flickr), 12. Tabatha, Bending Pins, (flickr)

13. ApplePiePatchwork (the first block) 14. Me 15. Anne-Marie, LovingPeace (flickr) 16. Jaclyn Bartlett (flickr)

I might like the back just as much. To counteract the crispness of the solids on the front, I selected gorgeous large scale prints (with Anna Maria Horner very well represented) which we all buy but are so difficult to use in small pieces.

back of modern butterfly

Some of my previous posts about this quilt: Hand Quilting, Modern Butterfly–My first pattern, A Rainbow of Butterflies, Slow stitching


  1. Your butterfly quilt is beautiful!! Great pattern! I checked out your tutorial and downloaded your pattern. Thanks. I’ve been looking for a simple butterfly pattern.

    1. I’m so glad you like it! Please send me a picture of you make this block with prints, I would love to see!


  2. Great blocks. This came together so well. And love all the backing fabrics, too.

    1. I initially wanted to arrange the blocks by the backing fabrics, but I soon gave up on that and arranged by the top, yet the backside worked really well!

      On Sat, Sep 23, 2017 at 7:49 AM, Lisa in Port Hope wrote:


  3. Just so pretty! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you for your sweet comment!

      On Sat, Sep 23, 2017 at 12:52 PM, Lisa in Port Hope wrote:


  4. It’s a very beautiful quilt. I didn’t realize you designed the block yourself. It’s a really nice block.

    1. I really wanted something very modern and I couldn’t find a pattern, so designing this one was a great personal challenge.


      On Sat, Sep 23, 2017 at 5:09 PM, Lisa in Port Hope wrote:


  5. janicekholton · ·

    Oh, this came out so great! Congrats on a beautiful design and a great finish. No wonder it is your favorite! 🙂

    1. Thank you! It took a long time to finish but I am really looking forward to snuggling under it as soon as it cools down!


      On Sat, Sep 23, 2017 at 7:47 PM, Lisa in Port Hope wrote:


  6. What a treasure. I just LOVE quilts made along with my quilting friends!!

  7. What a stunning quilt. Don’t know why but I’ve yet to do an all solid quilt. Yours has inspired me!

  8. Beautiful quilt and WHAT a lovely suck-in-my-breath surprise on the back! Terrific idea, one I will have to remember!

  9. Your butterfly quilt turned out fabulous. The colours are wonderful.

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