Quilt Market is this week and this is the final quilt pattern created for my Improv fabric collection. This quilt is called Flitter since my inspiration was a butterfly, of course. It was designed using my improv paper piecing methods (see my book Improv Paper Piecing: A Modern Approach to Quilt Design for more on this technique!). My paper pieced block was improvisationally designed to suggest the wings of a butterfly. I incorporated the mirror image of the block since butterflies are symmetrical, after all. I had fun pairing and rotating the blocks and settling them into this layout.
As you will see, even with the simple, minimalist prints in this collection, it is possible to fussy cut to add that little extra to the design. All the peach colored molehill fabric pieces were arranged so that the bumps pointed away from the center of each wing. And the citron twisted screen print was set at the same angle in the center of each wing. It’s these little details and care in fabric placement that really add to your finished product.
I quilted using Aurifil 2021 in a one inch evenly spaced grid. I feel like you can’t go wrong with a good grid!
I really like the way the “screen in white and citron” print works for the background fabric here. It picks up on the greys and citron colors in the butterflies without overpowering them. I am looking forward to using it as a background again, maybe in one of the other two colorways.
Flitter has winged its way to the distributors and is also available now as a pdf download.
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I will be back after market to share a remake of my Paper Trail Quilt in Improv, a free pattern to accompany the collection, and some paper pieced pillows that I made for the booth! I am really excited to see what you all do with these patterns and fabrics so I can’t wait until they make it into your hands!
I am notoriously bad at remembering to take photos when I am at events but if you follow me on Instagram @duringquiettime, I will promise to do my best and share some pictures of the booth.