Flutter By Block {Tutorial}

As promised the other day, here is a quick tutorial on how to make the super easy and super fun, Flutter By block - using pre-cuts.

I used a layer cake for my tutorial but a jelly roll would probably work better.

Flutter By Block

Begin with a layer cake square. A layer cake square which measures 10” x 10”.

Cut as per the diagram below. A picture is worth a thousand words, right?

Flutter By Block 2

From that second strip from the left, cut 3.5” from the bottom which will leave a 2.5” x 6.5” strip. That 3.5” piece can go into your scrap basket along with the 1” strip.

Now rotate the 6.5” x 10” piece (to make it easier to cut) and cross-cut 4 strips which will measure 2.5” x 6.5”.

Did that make sense? The diagram below shows the cutting measurements.

Flutter By Measurements

Now go ahead and cut up a few different layer cake squares. Have a few different colours and prints ready for the construction.

You will also need some background fabric which will form little pinwheels when the quilt is all put together. I was going to use a solid white, but there is a lot of white in the layer cake which I’m using, so I decided to use a print fabric – white with black squiggly lines through it.

For a single Flutter By block, you will need 4 x 2.5” squares. Or you can go ahead and cut a whole bunch of 2.5” strips from the WOF and then cross cut them into 2.5”squares. It will save time in the long run.

Next step is to draw a diagonal pencil line on the back of the 2.5” square fabric. This step isn’t absolutely necessary if you’re a confident sewer, but I’ve drawn a line to show in the example.

Okay, now you’re ready to assemble.

Decide on your fabrics. In my example, the purple print will be the wings and the white flower print is the body.

Lay the background squares facing down as shown in the second image. Be sure to lay them as shown in the diagram otherwise your wings won’t be correct.

Flutter By Block Collage

Sew on the drawn lines and then cut a 1/4” past the line. Do this for all 4 background squares.

Press them open and stitch to the body.

Press the block and there you have cute little Flutter By block. Arrange them in an alternating layout for a fun quilt design.

Flutter By Block 1

I’m making a Fluttery By quilt for my daughter, who absolutely loves butterflies.

If you make a Flutter By block or quilt, I’d love to see some photos. Feel free to post them on the Samelia’s Mum Facebook page.

Happy Sewing!!

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  1. Thanks so much for this tutorial. Such a cute block.

  2. The tute makes it look so simple. Thank you.

  3. Thank you for the tute. I'll have to try these.

  4. Your Flutter By Blocks are so much fun!! I love the colours you're using.

  5. I love your blocks, I've made butterfly blocks but they were wonky ones and so much fun.

  6. Those blocks are gorgeous! I'll have to give it a try :)


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