You did it! You made it to Week 5 of the Butterfly Garden sew along! This is our final week, which means we gather up our sweet butterflies and sew them together to make a multi-colored quilt garden! This week is very simple. The main takeaway I have for you is to keep your blocks in order. But more on that later...
For our final grand prize I am sweetening the prize pot and expanding the pool of those who can win! (See the bottom of this post for more ways to enter.) For this final week I will pick TWO winners — one will get the prize box from Aurifil as mentions in the schedule below and a second winner will get a fat quarter bundle of my soon-to-be-released debut collection, Duval!! Eeeeek!!! Here are some pics...
These are the Spiced fabrics...
And now the fabrics in Haze...
Lastly, because I forgot the Nova Basket Weave print in the group shot, here is the Glacier colorway...
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Butterfly Garden Quilt Sew Along Schedule
- Week 1, June 16: Gather fabric
Sponsor: Crimson Tate - Butterfly Garden Quilt Kit featuring Tilda Chambray
IG LIVE - @suzyquilts: Join me on Instagram to chat about fabric and color Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at 2PM CT
- Week 2, June 23: Cut Fabric
Sponsor: Jenn B Quilts - throw size quilting
- Week 3, June 30: Sew HSTs and Four Patches
Sponsor: DuckaDilly - $100 gift card AND Sarah Hearts - Four sets of labels
- Week 4, July 7: Assemble Blocks
Sponsor: Trace Creek Quilting - throw size quilting
IG LIVE - @suzyquilts: Join me on Instagram for a sewing demo and to chat about different ways to quilt your finished quilt top, July 11, 2023 at 2PM CT
- Week 5, July 14: Assemble the quilt top
Sponsor: Aurifil - Best Selection Box including 45 small spools of 50 wt. thread!
Week 5 Assignment: Assemble the Quilt Top
Tip #1: Lay out your blocks.
I bet if you went back through all of our past sew alongs this would be the #1 tip in every final week. It's just a good tip, what can I say?
Tip #2: Do what you gotta do to stay organized.
I don't know what it is about this quilt, but I have a hard time remember the order of my blocks once I pick them up to take them to my sewing machine. Since there aren't that many blocks, I mostly just sewed two at a time and then sewed the whole row together.
At this stage don't worry too much about efficient chain piecing, just stay organized. If you need a quick pic on your phone to reference while sewing, that can be a helpful reminder too. Labels pinned to your blocks are also a good way to remember what goes where.
Tip #3: Wait until all of your rows are sewn to press the seams.
This will save you time and keep your iron from making your sewing room too hot. Don't you hate when that happens? I get so sweaty! If you look closely at the picture below the rows on the right are sewn together but not pressed and the blocks on the left still need to be sewn into rows.
Tip #4: Pressing seams open.
To be honest, it doesn't really matter how you press your seams as long as they lay flat. I am pressing these final rows open. Once I have all of my rows sewn, I take all of them to my ironing board and flip them right sides down, so the seams are facing up. I then press all of the seams open. (You can do this one row at a time if you prefer.)
I then flip the rows so they are right sides up and steam/tailor's clapper the seams flat. Doing it this way saves a little time and still ensures that your seams are chef's kiss perfect.
And that's basically it, folks! You already did the heavy lifting, so now it's time to cruise!
Week 5 Sponsors & Prizes
The grand prize for this sew along just got bigger and even more exciting with the addition of a Duval FQ bundle. Yeehaw! But y'all, it was already AMAZING before because have you seen the Best Selection Box from Aurfil?
Aurifil is my go-to thread for quilting and this Best Selection Box included 45 spools of thread so you pretty much have every color you'll ever need. Hallelujah!
How to Win - THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN BEFORE
- Post a pic to Instagram OR the Suzy Quilts Patterns Facebook group. The photo prompt for Instagram this week is to post a pic of your finished Butterfly Garden quilt top. In both Instagram and in the Facebook group you much use #ButterflyGardenQuiltSA in the caption for me to find it.
- You must have a public Instagram profile or be a member of the Facebook group to participate. If you have any trouble joining the Facebook group, please email us for help at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Each photo posted is an entry and you can enter as many times as you want in a single week.
- Your photo must be posted between Friday, July 14 and Friday, July 21. The winner will be picked randomly from all qualifying posts and announced at approximately 4:00 p.m. on the 21st. Good luck!