Retro Butterfly PDF Quilt Pattern

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  • US Imperial Measurements
  • Suitable for Intermediate Quilters
  • Requires Knowledge of Paper-Piecing

Pattern paper format: only US letter


Butterfly quilts represent a simpler time and are often done in 30s fabrics. However, you can bring these happy fluttery creatures up-to date, by using more contemporary fabrics. If you love the 30s fabrics, as I do, you can stick with the tried and true, as show here or give an updated version a try, as shown on the back of this pattern. Either version is sure to elicit happy feelings from anyone who sees or receives your quilt.

Perfect for a baby quilt or a lap quilt. You could also add more blocks and make it bed-size.

Quilt measures 42 1/2" x 42 1/2".

Remember, when printing out a PDF pattern, be sure the option "fit to page" is not selected, or your pattern may not print to the exact size it was intended.

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Materials you need at home:

  • 16 or 32 different scraps (depending on the version of butterflies you choose) for the butterfly wings
    • ½ yard white for butterfly blocks
  • Small amount of black, for the bodies
  • 1/4 yard for cornerstones
  • 2/3 yard for sashing
  • 3 Yards for Backing fabric
  • Batting 48” x 48”
  • 1/4 yard for binding
  • Paper for paper-piecing. (I use the cheap copy paper and a tight stitch.)
  • Black embroidery floss