Modern Butterflies

Just a quick word today, as I’ve had a few questions about the Modern Butterflies blocks I’ve been making. When they’re alone they look more like quarter square triangles, but together they look like–get this–a kaleidoscope! Yes, that is what a group of butterflies is called, a kaleidoscope. Can you even believe it? How wonderfully beautiful is that! Save that little tidbit because I promise it will be your winning answer at trivia night sometime in the future. Just promise to scream my name when you win! Yes, Molli, YASSSS!


If you want to make your own kaleidoscope, check out the pattern by Adrianne of Little Bluebell Quilts in her Etsy shop. You can also see pictures of her finished quilt, which has such beautiful structure, while also being colourfully warm. As you can see from my Modern Butterflies, this is a great pattern for your scrap bins. If you want to minimise fabric wastage, I cut my scraps into four sizes which gave me plenty of wiggle room. (A = 2″ x 8″; B = 1.25″ x 5″; C = 2.5″ x 4″; D = 6″ x 6″) For me, that’s the key to paper piecing: figure out the size you need for each section and pre-cut, so that you’re not cutting a small triangle out of a yard of fabric. Anyway, I hope that’s a wee bit helpful, and you get going on your own Modern Butterfly Quilt! Now fly away like a kaleidoscope!

4 Responses

  1. Carol says:

    you are such a wonderfully neat precise stitcher Molli. this is going to look gorjuss!

  2. And a group of mice is called a mischief.

  3. Jackie P says:

    Molli Sparkles “THANK YOU”!! I love your quilts, I love your fabric choices, I love your sassy writing, and I especially love your T-shirt quilt you made for your brother! (It is probably my favorite quilt of 2015!) But tonight I want to thank you for making me aware of Little Bluebell Quilts. I checked out her site and I am in love with every pattern she has! I’m going to have to get busy! Enjoy Japan and try to come to Atlanta soon. Drinks and dinner will be on me!

  4. Marta S. says:

    DUDE, where have you been all these months? I was just thinking about how I hadn’t seen you post in a while when I realized I never followed you on Bloglovin–so many wonderful posts I’ve missed! Glad to have “found” you again and looking forward to keeping up with your makes.

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