Hungarian Butterfly Quilt Project

Following on from my post on Tuesday featuring colour usage, today I am bringing you a brilliant  Hungarian Butterfly Quilt Project.

finished quilt

Mixing traditional and modern, this gorgeous butterfly wallhanging or lap quilt is sure to be a winner.


  • Approximately 1.5m black homespun. Cut into 9 blocks 17×12”
  • Embroiders felt 1.5m cut into 9 blocks 17×12”.
  • TearClean© tear away stabiliser
  • Bobbin thread
  • Embroidery threads in bright colours, I have used Red, Light Green, Dark Green, Hot Pink, Orange and Blue
  • Hungarian Butterfly Designs by Julie Hall Designs
  • Black Sewing thread
  • Bobbin with Black sewing thread
  • ¼” foot for your sewing machine
  • 1.75m bright fabric for the border and binding
  • Fat quarter of green fabric for small blocks
  • Fat quarter of orange fabric for 1st border
  • 1.5m fabric for the backing
  • 1.5m pellon/wadding
  • Safety pins for pinning quilt together
  • Template vellum
  • Chalk marker


    1. Load the Hungarian Butterflys collection onto your embroidery machine, and select the first design.
    2. Print out the template for the first design – included with the collection.
    3. Mark up the first hooping, by piercing holes in the template, and marking with chalk. Join the marks together to form a cross hatch.
    4. Use the cross hatch to centre, with the cross hatch marking the centre of the hoop, and hoop the fabric in the hoop, with fabric, embroiders felt, and TearClean© stabiliser.
    5. Ensuring that the design on your machine is facing in the correct direction (if not, flip in the machine), stitch out the first design.
    6. Repeat steps 3-5 for the remainder of the design.
    7. Once the embroidery is complete, remove the design from the hoop and press. Remove any excess stabiliser.
    8. Repeat steps 1-7 for the other 8 blocks. (I recommend using blocks 1-9 as block 10 is longer, and more suitable for a cushion or statement block).
    9. Trim all blocks to 15½ x 10”
      stitched files
    10. From the green fat quarter, cut 16 blocks 3½”
    11. From the main bright fabric, cut 12 strips 15½“ x 3½“, and 12 strips 10” x 3½”
    12. Begin constructing the main quilt by taking your 10” strips and joining them with the butterfly blocks to form strips. Each strip should have 3 butterfly blocks, and a bright fabric on each edge.
      quilting clips help
      stitch seams together
    13. Using the 15½” strips, join strips together with a green block between each, and one green block on each end.
      alternate strips
    14. Join your strips to the butterfly lengths, ensuring that the seams match up. The easiest way to ensure you have lovely matched seams is to “lock” the seams, having one seam sitting to the left, and one to the right.
      lock seams together
    15. Press your quilt.
      completed quilt centre
    16. From the orange fat quarter, cut 2” strips, enough to go around your quilt. WARNING: Using a fat quarter, there is just enough fabric to go around the quilt. If you make a wrong cut, or the fat quarter is not cut evenly, there will not be enough fabric.
    17. Stitch the strips together to form one long strip.
    18. Working first with the sides, and then top and bottom, join the strips to the quilt edges.
    19. Press.
      first border
    20. From the remainder of the bright patterned fabric, cut two 4” strips to go on the sides of the quilt.
    21. Stitch to the quilt sides.
      side border
    22. Press
    23. From the remainder of the bright patterned fabric, cut 3 6” strips to go on the top and bottom of the quilt.
    24. Stitch to the quilt top and bottom.
    25. Press.
      finished quilt
    26. Make a quilt sandwich using the backing, pellon/wadding, and quilt top.
    27. Use safety pins to hold all 3 layers together.
    28. Quilt as per your preference. I have used a stipping technique and black thread to blend in.
    29. Cut your binding strips into 2.5” strips, and bind your quilt using your favourite method. I like to fold the strips in half, stitch to the front of the quilt, and then hand stitch around the back of the quilt.


Your beautiful Hungarian butterfly quilt is now ready to gift or enjoy.

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