Months ago when we were paper piecing, someone sent me a link to this block and asked if it was possible to paper piece it. No such luck. We emailed back and forth a bit and the more I looked at the block the more I thought, "There is no way I would ever make this!" Which of course put it on the list for the "There's No Way I Can Make That!" Month of the Skill Builder Sampler. Ironic, eh?
I had started to hand draft the block, when Marlene emailed and told me she had paper piecing templates for the Feathered Star block. Yea! After we got that taken care of, I asked if the Alice Brooks Butterfly happened to be in the EQ7 block database - I figured computer generated templates would be much better than Leila-generated templates. It wasn't, but Marlene was a total hero again and drafted it up for us. Thank you!!!
The Alice Brooks Butterfly Block incorporates the skills of using templates and sewing curves and inset seams. It will certainly put all of the skills we have learned to the test.
Do you have what it takes to make this last block in the
We Can Do It! Skill Builder Sampler? :)
Read more for the directions to make the Alice Brooks Butterfly Block.
the templates. Save to your computer and print from the saved file. Make sure the 1 inch line is really one inch. Cut out the templates and gather your fabric.
The two pieces of fabric need to be mirror images of each other (one for each side of the butterfly). The easiest way to do this is to simply fold the fabric in half (right or wrong sides together), pin and cut out the piece.
Then flip the template over onto the backside and cut out the second piece.
Either method works equally well.
Sew together the three wing wedges (template V).
Pin as shown.
this post for a refresher on inset or y-seams.
Sew the halves together and trim to 12.5 inches square if necessary.
I machine stitched mine with the zigzag width at 2 and stitch length at .5. I back stitched at the beginning and end of the antennae.
And that is it! The last block in the We Can Do It! Skill Builder Sampler. I can't believe it! Not that it is over - we still have to get these blocks turned into a quilt. We will work at a reasonable pace at that over the next few weeks to put the top put together. Tune in next Friday for a giveaway and the first step for getting your blocks turned into a quilt.