Say Hello to Cleo, Ginger & Peggy!

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Say hello to the newest additions in the family of Butterfly Charm Blocks — Cleo, Ginger and Peggy! These appliqué versions of Nikki’s original paper piecing patterns were designed with Sari’s doodles and are created with a foundation paper pieced body/background and appliqué wings.

They measure 5.5” after piecing and can be used as a 5” finished block or trimmed to 5” for a 4.5” finished square, making them perfect for mixing with 5” charms.

Click here to download the free PDF pattern!

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We created our butterflies using Tula Pink True Colors and our SARIELLA Aurifil thread collection. Though we used a zig zag satin stitch, you can create these blocks with a raw edge appliqué method or any other method you prefer.

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And while we’re on the topic of our Aurifil Thread Collectionwould you like a chance to win a box set for yourself? Aurifil is giving one away to one lucky winner! All you have to do is create a butterfly charm block and share it on Instagtam or through Linky Post for a chance to win!

You can find all the nitty gritty on how to enter on the Auribuzz Blog post here!

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And here’s an example of the ladies in action! This is a Sewing Date Traveler (free pattern from Robert Kaufman) that Nikki stitched up. She used the new appliqué butterflies on one pocket and her original patterns on the other side. Isn’t it the cutest?!

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We hope you love this fun little, free pattern and we can’t wait to see what you make! Please be sure to use the hashtag #butterflycharmblocks on social media and tag us @sariellastudios so we can see all your creations!

happy stitching!
~ nikki & sari

 

Fabric.com Summer Block Party!

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Summer is in full swing and we’re rounding out the Fabric.com Summer Block Party today with our contribution, Half Square Gingham (ya, we’re all about the half squares lately)!

You can download the free pattern from the Fabric.com blog by clicking here.

Have you been sewing along with the other blocks on the tour? If you’re just learning about it, you can download all the blocks shown above for free on the fabric.com blog and through the participants’ websites, which are linked at the end of this post.

There are a few things that really scream summer to us. Amongst them are watermelon, flamingos, and… gingham!

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We love all the possibilities for this easy-to-sew block. It finishes at 12″ (along with all the other blocks on the tour), so you can sew up a mini, pillow, or quilt in no time.

Sure, you can buy some gingham fabric, but making it yourself with little patchwork squares means not only can you use any color combinations you want, but you can also use prints, which makes it that much better!

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We couldn’t resist the adorable Flamingos from the line, Flamingos, by Melissa Ybarra for our block. The Flamingo Floral Multi was just what we were looking for for the focal half of the block, while the Mini Flamingos were just perfect for the medium value in our gingham. We used Kona cotton solids in Punch and Snow for the dark and light blocks in the gingham.

Make a single block into an adorable potholder, or combine four for a pillow, mini quilt, table runner or table topper. We have plans for a full quilt using the upcoming line Charley Harper Western Birds for Birch Fabrics and think it will be totally adorable! We also think this block would be darling for Christmas projects.

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The pattern includes some multiple block layout ideas along with notes about altering the gingham placement to achieve different looks.

We also have some fun variations we’re working on that we’ll be sharing here soon, so stay tuned!

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Please share your project pics with the hashtags #halfsquaregingham, #fabricdotcomblockparty and #sariella on social media so we can see what you make!

We hope you enjoy this block and all the others on the Fabric.com Summer Block Party Tour!

June 5 – “Candied Pineapple”
Eye Candy Quilts

June 8 – “Nautical Stripes”
Initial K Studio

June 12 – “Camp Out”
Love You Sew

June 19 – “Argyle”
Sassafras Lane Designs

June 22 – “Popsicle Party”
Elise & Emelie

June 26 – “Sunshine Days”
@happinessinthemaking

June 29 – “Fishy Fish”
the tattooed quilter

July 5 – “Half Square Gingham”
SARIELLA

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