I am almost caught up with my due Ringo Pie blocks. Marit asked for 'butterflies' to go with her summer blocks from the first round. I found a beautiful adaptation of a vintage quilt block on Martha's Q is for Quilting blog which I have been following for a while. You can read her post on it here and the pattern is in her sidebar downloads. It is a challenging pattern and relatively small so it can be printed out on standard paper.I combined foundation piecing for the fan/wings with hand piecing for curves and short Y seams and the rest was machined. I used a mix of thin paper for foundation and freezer paper for the other pieces. I draw round the hand and machine pieced sections with a Sewline pencil which has a ceramic lead and is much smoother than a standard pencil so doesn't pull or tug the fabric. This is my go to mark maker for quilting and clothes.
The background fabric is Sevenberry. I have used their dotty fabric before and they are a lovely fine cotton and cut and handle very nicely. The butterfly fabrics are a mix of vintage (many from Chase) and a little modern- Kei and Lakehouse flower text.
I have sent off for Amities newest Block of the Month club, 'Bring Me Flowers'- you can see inspiration on these blocks here, here and here. I plan to use a mix of hand and machine piecing and am really looking forward to a year long project. Only one more block to go in Ringo Pie...I am drawing it out right now.