October 9, 2012

Traditional Tuesday - Block 53

Butterfly
Block 53 - Butterfly
For this version of the butterfly, I didn't make two separate wings - I made the wings shape one piece (see below). This is easier to made sure each side is symmetrical. If you want, you can embroider small antennae to either side of its head. 

I chose a nice busy print for the background. I knew I wanted to pair the aqua with a red print, but I didn't have a bright red print that I could locate easily, so I went with the solid. Dark gray for the body of the butterfly.
Prepare your shapes any way you like and sew them down. Click here for the templates.
 I used a narrow zigzag in dark gray to sew the shape down. My machine doesn't do a buttonhole stitch well or I would have considered that stitch. I like the zigzag, though. It's easy and fast and still gives that old-timey feel of the buttonhole stitch. If you don't like that look, you can use a color to match so the stitches don't show as much. Trim to 6 1/2" square when done with the applique.

4 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 2 post on Oct. 09, 2012. Thanks again.

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  2. I have great news (for me). I can do these blocks now! I just returned from 3 months in Colorado, and need to start getting caught up on my MM/TT blocks. I'd been avoiding anything like this one since my only machines WERE a Featherweight and a hand crank - straight stitch. But today I became the proud owner of a new Babylock, which has 40 stitches. I can do machine appliqué now! Next week sometime I'll start posting my catch-up blocks.

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  3. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 2 post on Oct. 10, 2012. Thanks again.

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  4. I really love your butterfly block! I like that the wings are attached, makes sense & seems it would be easier handling the one shape.

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