Monday, August 8, 2016

Pretty Playtime QAL: Butterfly Block

Pretty Playtime Butterfly Block sewn by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

It's such a pleasure to be today's stop on the Pretty Playtime QAL. One of the things I love most about this sampler quilt is that so many of these blocks will stand alone beautifully on other projects like pillows and bags. I've been collecting Elea's fabric since her first release of Milk, Sugar & Flower, so I wanted to use a bit of all her collections for this block (except the Christmas one, of course). I was even able to sneak in a few Apple Farm prints since I'm on the collection blog tour this week (check back on Thursday to see my project for that -- I can't wait to share!). Since I only had charm squares of some prints, I decided to shrink the pattern down to half size and turn it into a sweet little pouch.

Pretty Playtime Butterfly Block sewn by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

I am SO in love with this project! The rainbow of colors, the black and white Swiss dots in the background by Riley Blake Designs (probably my all-time favorite neutral print), that tiny butterfly on the side loop -- it's all just patchwork happiness. The finished pouch is only 6" square, small enough to fit inside my purse if needed. It would make a darling little case for basting hexagons on the go. 

Pretty Playtime Butterfly Block sewn by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

The backing is a red floral print from Strawberry Biscuit. As always, I added a leather pull to the navy blue zipper. It's a great finishing touch, and it really does make it easier to use the zipper.

Pretty Playtime Butterfly Block sewn by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

I lined the pouch with Elea's floral stripe print from Milk, Sugar & Flower. I almost always like to use low volume prints for my linings since a light background makes it simple to find what you're looking for inside the bag -- definitely a helpful feature for me.

Be sure to visit all the stops on the Pretty Playtime QAL tour, sponsored by my lovely friends at Fat Quarter Shop. I can't wait to see everyone's finished quilts!

Week 2 - Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 - Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 - Anorian from Samelia's Mum
Week 5 - Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 - Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 - Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 - Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 - Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 - Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset
Week 11 - Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 - Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 - Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 - Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 - Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 - Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast

Happy sewing!


  1. Heidi! Oh my goodness, what a sweet little pouch! Love the mix of fabrics eeeps and the swiss dots are perfect! Adorable project and what an inspiration to see how you transformed the block into a darling pouch! So grateful to quilt along with you, Heidi! Thank you for the sweet words, too. xx Elea

  2. Okay, so this is the cutest thing I have seen! I love Elea's fabrics too (they are so 'you'!).

  3. Gorgeous, Heidi! So tiny and sweet!

  4. Darling block, and perfect Swiss dots for the background. That little duckie is so cute!

  5. hej heidi, what a cute little pouch! perfect sweet! greetings from denmark Ulrike :0)

  6. Hi Heidi, I really like the butterfly motif. Adorable! :-)


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