Butterfly Parade

quilts, Wagon’s West (dresden plates)

Thanks for so many of you stopping by to visit the last couple of days.  A few questions asked on Wagon’s West – yes I am marking the cross hatching as I go and no they aren’t all straight LOL – I’m fudging it a bit here and there.  Overall most are straight – but I wash and dry my quilts so there will be shrink up and that usually hides mistakes pretty well.  I find the chalk rubs out so much that if I mark in advance lines rub out and the blue wash out pen doesn’t show up on the gray.  Overall it is going pretty well though.  If you want perfection do not do as I do LOL – we all know I do not enter contest and shows – I make for my enjoyment.


Butterfly Parade – I was asked for a close up of how I put the blocks together – I know the photo from across the room doesn’t always show a close up of that – here is how I line a block up at the machine to make sure all is facing right.  I put the first two blocks together, then the second pair and continue a chain of about 10 blocks then cut apart and press, and then put the final pairs together.  There is no rhyme or reason to color – this is scrappy and I grab half square triangles and 4 patches and see if I like them together – if I do I sew if I don’t I grab a couple others.  (I press the seams open as these are small blocks and a lot of seams – it will help to cut down the bulk on the back when it comes time to quilt)  I am linking to Quilt Story today – My Handful of Scraps hexie quilt is one featured today.  I am also linking to Esther’s Quilt Blog.


Right now I have 8 rows by 8 rows when sewing the blocks together it should be about 32 inches square – I will be doubling this at least I hope.


I have all these blocks cut as if you remember I had planned on doing a different pattern – cut all my pieces out then changed my mind.  So I really do want to use up all these blocks so I will just keep on sewing and try to use them all up.


I have not found a pattern for a sleeveless blouse but I haven’t looked too hard still.  I did briefly look at Wal-Mart when I was grocery shopping today but they sure don’t have much.  I will look at Hobby Lobby today – that is it for sewing selections in this town.  I might not ever find what I really want and there you go – I’m not much at sewing clothes.  I will keep looking this week though to see if I find something I like.  I mainly just have knit t-shirts and tanks though so nothing in the  closet that I could use for a pattern.  I did look on pinterest and found a couple that I kind of liked so might go back to them if I can not find one tomorrow in the patterns selection.

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5 comments… add one
  • Deb Jun 28, 2016

    It’s fun to watch the butterfly top grow as well as the lovely stitching on Wagon’s West 🙂
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  • Sandra B Jun 28, 2016

    So many little blocks!! They are really growing in number!! Butterfly Parade is looking good….love all the cheerful fabrics….
    And your Wagons West quilting is looking good as well….
    Much progress is being made!!

  • Kathy Jun 28, 2016

    I mark as I go, too. I had one quilt where I had to do a whole lot of fudging, but by the time I finished it and washed and dried the quilt, you really couldn’t notice. And no one (not even me!) is going to sit down with the quilt and measure all my quilting lines for uniformity.
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  • Rebecca Grace Jun 28, 2016

    Your butterfly parade quilt is darling and I love the name — that’s EXACTLY what they look like, fluttering across your fabric!

    Have you seen Charise’s Anna blouse pattern? I think it would be perfect for you. You can purchase it as a download online, and it is a pullover style with NO BUTTONHOLES! 🙂 I like the short sleeved version for summer: http://charisecreates.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-anna-blouse-pattern.html
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  • Esther Aliu Jun 29, 2016

    It’s all looking fabulous, well done on your progress!

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