Dancing Butterfly Pattern, by Leah Day

Free Motion Quilting Project

Leah Day has released a new pattern that I’m excited to share insights about, with you today.  The “Dancing Butterfly” pattern combines machine applique techniques with free-motion quilting, to make a finished quilt that measures 64″ x 72″.


The downloadable pattern with easy to follow instructions,  great visuals, fabric requirements, cutting instructions, finishing instructions,  free-motion quilting design worksheets for each design in this pattern, as well as full size templates for the applique’ butterfly.  The finished quilt will have 12 applique’ butterfly blocks and 24 free-motion quilting sampler blocks, with supporting videos for each block and FMQ design.

But even better yet, the purchase of this comprehensive 60 page pattern gives you access to over 40 videos that you can use to follow along at your own pace.   Highlights of these videos:

Video #1 – Dancing Butterfly Pattern Introduction
Video #2 – How to Fuse and Cut the Butterfly Shapes
Video #6 – Preparing and basting blocks
Video #9 – Troubleshooting FMQ Issues
Video #11-#46 – FMQ Designs (each come with a FMQ worksheet in the downloadable Dancing Butterfly Pattern)
Video #47 – How to connect the blocks with binding
Video #48 – Attaching the binding
Video #49 – The End

The pattern includes instructions to assemble the blocks, using a suggested layout, but you can also modify the layout as you wish.


There is also an optional Facebook group for this quilt along, with links to this group included with the pattern.   

Click Here to learn more.   A printed version of this pattern will be released on December 10th. 


QuiltShopGal highly recommends the Dancing Butterfly  pattern and quilt-along, with Leah Day, for anyone interested in free-motion quilting and wanting to build on their skills.  At $29.95, this pattern, including videos, is an exceptional value and will certainly be fun to make.

This pattern would also make an excellent gift.  If you are interested in purchasing it as a gift, simply submit such a request through Leah’s contact form at: LeahDay.com/contact  and let them know that you want to purchase one, or more copies, as a gift.  They will provide an email with the steps to support this type of purchase.

QuiltShopGal also wants to share that for those that one of the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenges will also have an option to make a pillow, based on the Dancing Butterfly Pattern, but this option will only apply to those that purchase this pattern from Leah and join her QAL.  More details for the 2015 FMQ Challenge will be released on SewCalGal the end of December.

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