October 31, 2018

All-A-Flutter ~ Butterfly Mini Swap Quilt

Back in May the idea was tossed around about a mini quilt swap between the members of the three Modern Quilt Guilds in South Carolina, Greenville MQG (my guild), Palmetto MQG (Columbia) and Charleston MQG.

We will not be officially swapping our mini quilts until Saturday, so I will not reveal the details of my swap partner's likes and dislikes just yet.  But, I just finished All-A-Flutter since it was my One Monthly Goal for October.

The intersections were a little bulky and a doozie to match up so I resewed several.

I alternated the butterflies just like Rita at Red Pepper Quilts did in her quilt, but added in some negative space.  To be honest, I didn't want to make any more butterflies than I did.

For the quilting, I added some ruler work quilting to the wings using Patsy Thompson's 6.5 inch arc ruler and Aurifil 30wt in grey.

I drifted off the ruler a few times, so every curve is not perfect, but I remembered Angela Walter's mantra, 'A finished quilt is better than perfect quilt top'!

I used the 12 inch arc ruler for the background quilting.  The design reminds me of crossed canoes.

Knowing I needed to add a label, I decided frame an extra butterfly and piece it into the backing.  And, to be quite honest, I miscut the backing (Elizabeth Hartman's Firefly in Pickle) and matching fireflies was not going to be fun so I changed the direction of the fireflies.

I'm looking forward to meeting other SC MQG guild members when we swap quilt.  You can check out swap progress at #SCMQGswap.

Quilt Stats
  • Finished size: 20" x 20" 
  • Pattern: a modified version of Rita's (Red Pepper Quilts) Butterfly Blocks
  • Fabrics: Sun Prints by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics
  • Thread: Aurifil 50wt in Natural White 2021 for quilting background and Aurifil 30wt in Grey 2605 for quilting the butterflies   
  • Quilting design: ruler work
  • Batting: 100% Cotton Warm & White by the Warm Company
  • Completed: October 29, 2018
Linking to the October Finish Link-up at Elm Street Quilts and Finish up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts


  1. Great quilt and I love the quilting. It was a great idea to use the ruler! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your project!

  2. This is a wonderful mini! Congratulations on the finish!

  3. Lucky swap partner! Love the quilting in the background.

  4. I love that you haven't gone with standard butterfly colours and the setting is great! It always makes me nervous making something for another quilter but I can't tell where you slipped up on your ruler work. A beautiful quilt that I wish was mine!

  5. I love it! The quilting is the perfect compliment to the design!

  6. Cute butterflies! And I agree with Cheryl that the quilting is perfect for this pattern! Lucky swap partner!

  7. I really like the quilting, Paige, and I Hope you have a really fun time at the swap!

  8. I especially like the backing....fireflies flitting in all directions!

  9. What a lucky swap partner to get this mini!