Brand Quilts by Catherine
This listing is for a PDF file of the Butterfly Square Paper Pieced pattern. Two documents are included in your download: The first document, Butterfly Square Pattern - Instructions, gives information on the three different butterfly options (one flying to the left, one flying to the right, and one flying straight) as well as the size options (each butterfly can be sewn in 3 different sizes: 10" finished, 8" finished, or 6" finished). The instruction document also includes charts that show which pages to print from the second document, Butterfly Square Pattern - Printing, based on which butterfly and size you intend to make. The printing document contains all the paper pieced block patterns that you will need to print. It also includes optional templates that you can print and use to pre-cut your fabric pieces to minimize the fabric waste that is often associated with paper piecing.
Please note that since this is a paper pieced block, you will need a way to print the paper piecing patterns on 8.5" x 11" paper. Each 10" butterfly will require 4 pages of printing, each 8" butterfly will require 2 pages of printing, and each 6" butterfly will require 1 page of printing. Additional pages will need to be printed if you choose to print the optional templates. The patterns and templates should be printed "actual size" with no scaling. A 1" test square is included in the pattern to test your printer settings.
The instruction document contains general information about piecing the blocks, but it does NOT include a step by step tutorial for paper piecing. It is assumed that the sewer will already have experience paper piecing. If you have paper pieced before, this block will be very simple. Please see the second image for an example of the paper piecing patterns. If you can piece this block without directions, then this pattern is for you! If you are unsure of how to piece the block, then you may want to wait until you have more experience, or find some good tutorials to follow- there are plenty out there!
This pattern is for the blocks only. The blocks can be incorporated into may other sewing projects, and can take the place of other 10", 8", or 6" blocks in other quilt patterns. If you would like a quilt pattern that incorporates these blocks, see the Butterfly Trail Quilt listing.