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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Road Rally

Hi friends…it’s day 4 of the Quiltmaker’s 100 Block Blog Tour Road Rally

Just imagine- 

You are driving down a country road. The road winds around through fields of green grass, rows of freshly planted crops and dots, that as you get closer, turn out to be sheep grazing in the fields.

You see a sign that says Quilts and Yarn with an arrow pointing west down a rutted, gravel path. It does not seem wide enough to count as a road. But you turn the car anyway because, wait, it said Quilts! and Yarn! And there are sheep. It has always been a dream to live in the country on a farm with sheep. To raise sheep. Spin yarn. Make sweaters and blankets from yarn. Buy fabric. Make quilts. A crazy, outrageous dream.


You pull up to the white farmhouse, with it’s blue shutters and wooden screen door and there, on the porch, is a pitcher of ice tea, with tall glasses and a plate of cookies sitting on a table next to a rocking chair. You sit, drinking in the relaxed atmosphere. You gaze out at the fields and the sheep, sip your ice tea and nibble on a cookie. A butterfly lands on your knee. You hardly dare to breath as it gazes back at you. It lifts, fluttering nearby and as it starts to fly away, you feel it graze your cheek. A butterfly kiss. 

The screen door bangs and you wake up, the dream still lingering in your consciousness. You run to your sewing room to make a quilt block. A block inspired by the butterfly. And the butterfly kiss.


Butterfly Wings block


So what can you do with this block? You can add sashing.

Butterfly block quilt with sashing


Or just use a few blocks and turn them to create this fun secondary design. 

Square quilt using butterfly block


Now, I could show the block in other color ways but another way to change up a block is to use the same fabrics, but in different places.

Block with white and purple reversed


And here is that quilt.

Quilt with 2nd block


So, how would you color the block?

Would you like to win a copy of the magazine? I have a few to give away. One will come directly from Quiltmaker and 2 will come from me. So leave me a comment and you will be entered for a chance to win one of the copies of the magazine! I will draw the magazine winners Sunday night Nov. 19th after 9pm my time.

OH- and, if you can, would you please do me a favor and go to my Facebook page and like the the page? Just click on the Like button. I am 1 click away from 1000 likes and it would be so fun to reach 1000!

Thanks for visiting my blog! Good luck!

Happy quilting,


To go to the 100 Blocks Day 4 page so you can check out the other stops on the tour, click here.





107 thoughts on “Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Road Rally”

  1. Thank you for sharing your block. I like both type of your block. Which one to choose? It depence on fabric used for bigest pieces. With light fabric is final quilt ligter.

  2. I love the various layouts you’ve shown. I love blocks that utilize half square triangles. I have a bunch of them made up. I think I’ll try this as a scrap quilt and see what happens.

  3. Very bright and cheerful block. I really like the secondary design. I am a more muted, autumn colors person so I’d like to try it in that colorway. By the way, I’ve been on a sheep farm when our collie and I were learning to herd (he was amazing!). I enjoyed the experience but there was no iced tea and cookies 🙂

  4. I really love how you came up with your block. I like the second quilt and I would use pinks and greens. Congratulations and thank you for the giveaway.

  5. Love this block. Thanks for showing the options. The second block version makes me think of summer flowers so those would be the colours I would use.

  6. Love your block, especially in the second configuration (square quilt). I don’t think your dream is so outrageous.

  7. your colors pulled me in. I love it. I could probably make this, so i’ll circle it in my issue that you will send me when I win!!!!

  8. What a lovely story at the beginning of this post! And your block is so colorful and fun — I especially like the second layout. Thank you for this offer!

  9. You have a wonderful story behind your block. Such an amazing block to be able to change it with different fabrics or layouts to be as creative as you want. Thanks so much.

  10. I really like your block. I like your purples, greens and blues, but I might change the oranges to see what that would look like.

  11. I love your colors. It might be fun to see how a quilt of your blocks would look in blank and white with all the butterflies different colors.

  12. So pretty. I think the bright colors make this block a must on my list. By the time I’ve read this, I’m sure you’ve gotten to 1000 on Facebook, but I’ll check anyway.

  13. Love the colors of your block! I would have to use aquas, browns, creams , blues & bright yellows & gold. Don’t you feel lucky having had a butterfly kiss! Thank you, Susan

  14. I checked and have already liked your FB. I think everyone should dream. And life makes one dream impossible, dream another! Thanks for showing all the different options for your block.

  15. Great looking block. I love butterflies! And I I like the last version with the purple and white switched. looks good!

  16. Love your block. Your quilt colors are perfect. Love your road trip too. To someday receive a butterfly kiss is on my bucket list!

  17. Wow, just gorgeous! I love the way you colored the last block. To make it my own I might swap out the purple for a deep royal blue and the white for a pale grey. Really though, this block has lots of possibilities.

  18. Hi. What a pretty block and such happy fabrics! So sorry to read about your cat. They are such nice companions no matter what their age and disposition. Take care and thanks for sharing your block.

  19. Love your block and wonderful layout options. It is always amazing how much can change with color placement or sashing, etc. Sorry to read about Lily!!

  20. I love your block and you’re right…butterfly kisses are so very special. My daughter and I raised and released over 700 monarchs this summer.

  21. I did not see butterfly until I read the blog. It would be fun to make the body part of the butterfly in deeper dark shades and even use butterfly fabric in the wings or have stain glass look. this block looks like fun to play with fabric effects. The lay out makes it even more interesting.

  22. Congratulations on having your block included in Quiltmaker’s 100, Vol. 16! What a bright and fun block! Love the secondary design it makes. I’d enjoy seeing how civil war fabrics would look using this pattern.

    I see you have more than 1000 followers now on FB, Woot! Woot!

    usairdoll (at) gmail (dot) com

  23. I like the second version of your block because the colors pool differently. I do like the greens & purples together and any block I make would have those two colors and perhaps some aqua.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  24. I love following you! Certainly love the rainbow colors. I would choose the secondary pattern–square–, or the reversed colors with the secondary pattern. I love the chains that show up. I might switch out the oranges for greens or aqua and teal. I love purple and aqua together right now…my two favorite colors.

  25. I like brights and bold enough for my “butterfly” to be showy while sipping on my flowers. Kathy in colo

  26. One block is pretty. But when you put them together into the various layouts, they are over the moon awesome!! Thanks so much

  27. Such a great block with so many design possibilities. It’s hard to pick just one! Thank you for the giveaways.

  28. Hi Kate, Butterfly Kisses is a beauty! I’m hooked on turquoise and coral so that’s how I would color your block. Congratulations on the publication in this round of 100. I know that’s quite an honor.

  29. What a beautiful block! I love the secondary patterns! I am in one of Alyce’s BeeHive groups and love seeing the affect on secondary patterns when you change the fabric color placement. So much fun! I love the butterfly block on its own and switched up. Oh no, another quilt(s) for the to-do list! ???

  30. Great block! Thank you for the design and showing all the different options and layouts! I will defintely be putting it on my to do list!
    My deepest sympathy on losing your precious furbaby Lily. Our pets are part of our family and our very dear to us.

  31. I love the completely different looks of all the different layouts! Fab-u-LOUS!! I may do your block in oranges purples, and white. Hubby is a Clemson fan!!! Congrats on your block and being in the publication!!! woohoo!!

  32. Wow! Love that block and it’s versatility. I can’t think of any color that would be as beautiful as your choices. ?

  33. Great block. Thanks for showing the variations and quilt top ideas. I like both versions, but probably the second version the best.

  34. I would try your original colors just to get a feel for how the block looks. Then I would think about changing it up.

  35. Wow I just love your inspiration dream. Be my friend so we can share over the glass of tea on that proch.?
    Also love your block.

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