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Lepidoptera by Elizabeth Hartman
ABOUT THE QUILT
Like the biological order for which it’s named, my Lepidoptera sampler quilt includes a variety of beautiful butterflies and moths. Alice, Beatrix, Carmen, Della, Eugenia, and Fern combine to make an 84” x 84” sampler quilt perfect for using your favorite colorful fat quarters! The 45” x 45” Small Quilt includes a single large-scale Alice block and makes a perfect baby quilt or wall hanging.
All blocks are sewn with simple straight and diagonal seams. No templates or paper piecing!
ABOUT THE FABRIC
My quilt is made using 30 fat quarters from my Pacific and Rhoda Ruth collections for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, which are being sold together as Paintbox Basics. The pattern includes a fabric chart with easy-to-follow codes to ensure that you can duplicate my fabric placement exactly or, if you’re using different fabric, distribute it evenly throughout the quilt.
When selecting colorful fat quarters for the Lepidoptera quilt, choose colorful fabrics in sets of 6 monochromatic fat quarters each. The quilt will be most successful if the fabrics in each set include a value scale from lightest (Fabric 1) to darkest (Fabric 6).
A complete list of the colorful fabrics I used is included in the pattern. My background fabric is Robert Kaufman’s Essex metallic yarn-dyed linen blend in Oyster. (A good non-metallic option is Essex yarn-dyed Flax.) My white and dark block detail fabrics are Kona Snow and Espresso.
If you prefer, you can easily substitute scraps or odd-sized fabric from your stash for the colorful fat quarters. The instructions for each of the block designs include a complete list of cut pieces for each block, so it’s easy to use scraps or make blocks for other projects.