Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Butterfly Block

Hello friends

So the new hobby is underway, once I got my dining table back
after the decorating!

This is Butterfly Block one of Hayley West's quilting panels -
Handmade by Hayley and available from Hochanda.

These blocks come in three colour palettes, I've chosen Birds
which is this cream/beige design with feathers and appropriately...birds!
When they arrive they are in a panel as above and you just cut around
each section. Pop aside the instructions (which are super easy to follow).
 I've chosen to keep those to use with my own fabric later.

First the triangles are stitched into 4 squares.

These are then joined to make two rectangles.

Then another line of stitching to make one large square.
You can now see the butterfly in the lighter colour.

The cream side panels get added to the block.

The finished block.  I am improving with each one as seams
begin to line up! 

Going back to my very first block, the Windmill, you can see this one 
isn't as good and I also discovered I did not use the correct seam allowance 
so it turned out to be smaller than the other blocks.
I then remembered that with each block you get a spare piece of fabric
to use as you like so I decided to sew on a further border
to make it correct size!

I'm thinking it will still look fine when made into a quilt
as the colours all tone.

I've mentioned a few times my old sewing machine and here it is.
I have turned my house upside down to find the original receipt 
but it is still hiding from me.
My parents bought this for me when I was about 12 or 13 when I 
started secondary school and was studying needlework.
It was secondhand then and came from a sewing shop in Welling, Kent.
It has no fancy buttons for clever stitching, just straight or zig zag
and works brilliantly.  Also speedy to thread up.

And here's another sewing accessory, not quite as useful though!

If you fancy giving this block a go click here for more details.
I've got a couple more blocks to share with you soon.

Take care friends, let me know if you are also quilting.


hazel young said...

It's coming along nicely Christine. Glad you are enjoying your new hobby. You have definitely had your monies worth from your sewing machine. Looking forward to the completed project xx Hazel said...

Morning Christine.
Wow, this looks a lovely project, have fun.
What a bargain your machine is.
Take care and have fun Kitty.

nattyboots said...

Hi Christine
My you are doing great , love the colours and designs .

Your Machine would do for me too , no fancy stitches just thread and go .

Love n hugs to your Mum .
Take care
Elaine H X

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Where do you find the time, I ask. You are such a busy lady.

Anonymous said...

Like you, I have a machine which was gifted to me when I was in my teens and it still works. Indeed if I need to sew something which is of a heavier material then this is the machine which comes out (I hasten to add it's not very often this happens these days)! When my mum passed away she had 3 machines which no-one in the family wanted so they became mind - I then had 5!!!! I did make sure they worked and gifted them to people, but it's amazing how hard it was to find someone who wanted one. Even our local Girl Guides were not interested. I am guilty of having a stitching project (a beautiful advent calendar) which I purchased back in the summer of 2018 which is still waiting to started and as there is no rush it's going down the list of 'things to make' as I have started knitting again both machine and hand as we have a 'little person due later this year. I now need the day to be extended to double time to enable me to get through all my 'to do' projects. it's a good job I had a number of cards made for the forthcoming birthdays. I am looking forward to seeing your project completed which I hope will inspire me to start my project.
Sorry for babbling .... WakeyL

Lynda's craft's said...

Good morning Christine sadly I haven't got a sewing machine as I don't do sewing but I just love whacking everyone that dose on Hochanda.
So clever.look forward to seeing your project finished
Hug's Lynda xx

Jackie Durrant said...

Looking good Christine and I like your idea to get the block to the same size as the others xx

Littlelamb said...

Like what you have done Christine and after seeing what you have done I am tempted to have a go.

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Christine, Wow, you are steaming ahead with your quilting, well done you, they look fabulous. A lovely piccie of your kitty too.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

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