Oh My, Shabby Butterflies! Quilt


Oh My, Shabby Butterflies was designed with the young girl {who is not the princess type} going into her first twin bed. The rough edge applique gives these whimsical butterflies their shabby chicness. This project gives the beginner quilter a way to dip her toes into applique.

1 Twirl Layer Cake
1 White Bella Solid Layer Cake
5 yards 22176-19 (green) for inner rectangles and boarders
3 1/2 yards of 108 in wide muslin for backing
1 yard 22175-19 (rainbow strips) for binding
4 1/2 yards of one-sided fusible interfacing (light weight)
Cut out butterfly wings and bodies templates (added in the PDF of this pattern.) Must print out pattern to get them. You will have a choice of different sizes and varieties to work with.

All seams are 1/4″ unless indicated otherwise.
Please read all directions and instructions prior to constructing this quilt!
wof – Width of Fabric
lof- Length of Fabric


Cutting Directions:

  • From the 5 yards of 22176-19 (green) cut into strips of 4 1/2 in x wof (19 total strips)
  • Cut the 4 1/2″ x wof strips into 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangles. You will get 2 cuts per strip with a total of 4 rectangles. You will need a total of 74 rectangles.
  • From the remaining 5 yards of  22176-19 (green) cut 2- 10″ x lof. You should have 4- 10″ x lof strips for your boarders.   
  • From the White Bella Solid Layer Cake cut 2- 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangles. You will need a total of 70 rectangles.
  • Set aside leftover material for the scrap bin or the trash bin.

White Bella Solid Layer Cake Cutting Sample

Cut block directions

Quilt Assembly

  • Take the green and white rectangles and alternate them 7 rectangles wide. Start by placing a green rectangle with right sides together with a white rectangle.
  • Stitch on the 4 1/2″ edge.
  • Make sure to press seams as you go.
  • Keep alternating colors until the end of the row.
  • The next row start with a white rectangle, stitch with right sides together with a green rectangle in the 4 1/2″ edge and alternate until the end of the row.  
  • Keep alternating rows until you reach a total of 20 rows. 
  • Once all 20 rows are completed, start stitching alternating rows together. Make sure right sides are together while stitching.
  • When center of quilt is finished add the 10″ x lof strips to all four sides. Be sure to start stitching on with the length of the quilt first. Trim off any excess material then add the width to the quilt. Trim off any access material and set quilt top aside.  

Finished Quilt Top Before Butterflies
Oh My,...Shabby Butterflies!
  • Choose 32 Twirl Layer Cake Squares of your liking.
  • Line up 2 squares side-by-side on ironing board, rights side facing down.
  • Take the 4 1/2 yards of single-sided interfacing and place over the squares (fused side to the fabric).
  • Press until fabric and interfacing are fused.
  • Continue adding squares until finished.

  • Cut out the butterfly wings and bodies template from the PDF print outs of this pattern.
  • Arrange desired templates on the interfacing side of each block.
  • Trace each desired template.
  • Be sure to flip templates over if you want to alternate colors to match the butterfly’s body and wings.
  • Cut out traced wings and bodies.
Tracing wings

  • Once butterflies are arranged, start placing then on the quilt top.
  • It is optional to have butterflies placed where ever you want them.
  • Templates can be used as a guide to place butterflies anatomically correct if desired.
  • Once in place, pin each wing and body to the quilt top with safety pins.
  • If placing wings on the outside be sure to cut a curve at the end of each wing. This will give the effect that butterfly is working hard to flutter those wings!

  • With a darning foot, stitch each butterfly wing and body with a free motion technique. 
  • Be sure to start with the bottom layers first.
  • Best to stitch around the body/wing first then go for the decorative stitching.
  • Once all butterflies are stitched on, prep for quilting. Quilt and bind the quilt.

One Twin size quilt 78 in x 102 in
Thank you!
Jennifer Overstreet

Plus Kisses Boo Boo Pack

1 Twirl charm pack
A few cups of uncooked medium grain rice
Hi there! I’m Jennifer Rodriguez from All Things Belle.  I post about quilting, crochet, and life with our crazy daughters. Even though it’s snowing outside here in Utah, I’m dreaming of hot summer afternoons playing in the yard. I don’t know about you but when my girls play in the summer, we tend to need boo boo packs for skinned knees and more.
I absolutely adore the Twirl charm pack: it’s full of assorted fun colors and is perfect for a summer project. With just one charm pack, I’ll show you how you can create a rainbow assortment of Plus Kisses Boo Boo Packs.  The design is paper pieced which is my favorite way to quilt. This tutorial will include a brief segment on paper piecing and I have a more in depth instructions here.
Step One: Print out the paper piece design {included in the Printer Friendly Version}. I suggest lightly coloring in the pattern as a reminder for the fabric you want use.

Step Two: You will then need to cut the lettered sections from each other: A, B, and C.

For paper piece foundation quilting, I recommend the following tools:

*old credit card or something of that shape and weight

*rotary cutter
*cutting mat
*extra fine seam ripper
*add a 1/4″ ruler
*glue stick

Step Three: Pick out fabrics from the charm pack that you would like to use in the design. You will need 2 charms of the same design for the background and 1 for the plus sign. Place a small dab of glue on the wrong side of the fabric for A1 and adhere to the back of the paper. The fabric will always be worked on the back of the paper and sewn from the top. 

Then using your 1/4″ ruler, trim down the piece following the pattern grid.

Step Four: Reduce your stitch length to 1.5 – this will make it much easier to tear off the paper later.
Step Five: Line up the fabric for A2, seams matching A1 and right sides together. Then sew exactly down the line that borders A1 and A2. Press seam and trim A2 with the 1/4″ ruler.

Step Six: Sew the sections together in alphabetical order (A to B, AB to C). Press and you can now remove the paper pattern from the back.

Choose another charm to use as the back of the boo boo pack.

Step Seven: Pin the front and back together with right sides together.

Step Eight: With a 1/4″, stitch around the perimeter and leaving a 2″ space open. Clip the corners close to the stitches.

Step Nine: Pull the right side of fabric out through the 2″ opening and press. 
Step Ten: Place a funnel into the opening and fill with rice.
Don’t stuff it too full. Leave about 1/2″ of space at the top of the pack.

Step Eleven: Close the opening by hand with a ladder stitch or you should be able to top stitch it closed on your machine since the pack is not completely full.

One Twirl pack will be enough to create several boo boo packs. The exact number will depend on your fabric selection for the top. 

I hope that you have fun making these boo boo packs. You can use them for so many things! You can pop them in the microwave for about 1 minute for some warm soothing or place them in freezer to cool down skinned knees. In addition to using them as pain relief, they are a fabulous way to warm or cool down your bed before bedtime. We love to use ours when we camp to heat our toes in the sleeping bag.
Thank you again and I would love for you to stop by my blog, All Things Belle, for more quilting fun!
Jennifer Rodriguez
{All Things Belle}

Little Have Grown

Hi my name is Heike Pier and this was my first time to make something from a layer cake! I thought it would be challenging to make a large project and I didn’t know how I could make something so large with 10” squares.

I named my quilt Little Have Grown as the little squares grew into a large quilt with the help of some black solid fabric.

1 layer cake – Twirl by Me and My Sisters Designs
4 1/2 yards of black solid
4 yards of backing fabric
70” x 76” of batting

Cutting Instructions:

Sort your layer cake into squares you will use for the centre of the blocks and squares you will cut into strips for the borders of the blocks.

You will need 9 squares for the centre of the blocks and the rest of the squares for the borders and binding. I selected all the squares with large motifs for the centre squares and small prints for the borders.

Cut the squares for the centre of the blocks into 4 squares 4 ½”.

Cut the remaining layer cake squares as follows:
Cut 27 of the squares into:

1 strip 2 ½” x 10”
2 strips 1” x 4 ½”
4 strips 1” x 5 ½”
2 strips 1” x 6 ½”

Cut 3 of the squares into:

1 strip 2 ½” x 10”
4 strips 1” x 4 ½”
6 strips 1” x 5 ½”
2 strips 1” x 6 ½”

Cut 3 of the squares into:

1 strip 2 ½” x 10”
2 strips 1” x 4 ½”
6 strips 1” x 5 ½”
4 strips 1” x 6 ½”

From the black solid cut:

20 squares 6 ½”
55 strips 2 ½” x 6 ½”
2 strips 4 ½” x 62 1/2” (*approx for top and bottom – measure your quilt)
2 strips 4 ½” x 60” (*approx for sides – measure your quilt)
strips 2 ½” x width of fabric for sashing (cut as needed)

Make the Blocks
Each block has 2 colour borders.

For the first border you will need 2 strips 1” x 4 1/2” and 2 strips 1” x 5 ½” from the same fabric.

For the second border you will need 2 strips 1” x 5 1/2” and 2 strips 1” x 6 ½” from the same fabric.

Distribute your centre squares and border strips until you are happy with the combinations. I tried to make sure at least one of the borders was the same colour as part of the centre square.

Sew the first border by sewing the 1” x 4 ½” strips to the top and bottom of one of the 4 ½” square and the 1” x 5 ½” strips to the sides of the square.

Sew the second border by sewing the 1” x 5 ½” strips to the top and bottom of one of the square and the 1” x 6 ½” strips to the sides of the square.

Repeat to make 36 blocks.

Add the Sashing
The blocks in the quilt are on point but are pieced in strips. To make the layout more interesting, and to make a larger quilt, intersperse the pieced blocks with black solid squares. You will need 9 black 6 ½” squares in addition to the 36 pieced blocks, to make the quilt.

Arrange your blocks and black squares into strips of 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 7, 5, 3, and 1 as shown.

Sew blocks into rows by sewing the black 2 ½” x 6 ½” strips between the blocks and at both ends of the row.

Cut the remaining black 6 ½” squares in half diagonally and sew to the end of each row.

Sew 2 black half square triangles to either side of a black 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ strip for the top left hand corner of the quilt.

Use the black 2 ½” x width of fabric strips to sash the rows. Let the end of the sashing hang over each row and be sure to line up the squares in the rows as shown.

Square up the quilt top by trimming the edges of the sashing so the squares are on point.

Measure your quilt top along the top and sides. Add ½” to the measurement for the sides of the quilt for seam allowances and cut 2 black strips 4 ½” x this measurement.

Sew the side strips to the sides of the quilt top.

Add 8 ½” to the measurement for the top and bottom of the quilt to allow for seam allowances and the side borders and cut 2 black strips 4 ½” x this measurement.

Sew the top and bottom strips to the top and bottom of the quilt top.

Layer the quilt top, batting and backing fabric and baste in place. Quilt as desired. I like to hand quilt.
I quilted inside the centre of each square about ½” from the edge. I also quilted through the centre of each sashing strip and added decorative quilting in the black solid squares. I used a variegated thread that matched the colours in the layer cake.

Sew the 2 ½” x 10” strips into one continuous strip to use for binding the quilt.

I hope you have fun making this quilt!

One quilt 62″ x 68″

Heike Pier