This quilt was inspired by my daughter’s high school prom theme of enchanted forest. The beautiful Banyan Batiks set the stage to create a magical evening forest canopy for the butterflies to shine in – much like I hoped the prom did for my graduate!
The pattern is for 3 butterflies of each set on the same background fabric. I made more butterflies than I needed and you can too – there’s enough fabric to make more butterflies. For the quilt pictured, Blissful Butter flies Quilt I varied the backgrounds with the butterflies and even made more butterflies for the back! To help me decide on butterfly placement, I put the pink hued fabrics on grey backgrounds and orange on green backgrounds; the red I mixed on all three background colours. The simplest way to explain the color selection in the quilt is that it’s designed as a nine patch with blue and grey batiks forming the corner and middle backgrounds with green batik backgrounds between them. The butterfly panels are a modified nine patch and the butterfly background batik coordinates with one of the butterfly fabrics in the panel.
There are many different methods of making HSTs. There are also many different tools and rulers available to make them. We encourage you to use the method you prefer and feel the most comfortable with. The following HST method is the one that we believe is tried and tested, and seems to be the favorite method of quilters, when not using a tool or ruler.
Designed by Sarah Vanderburgh