The word "quilt" is derived from the Latin word culcita, which means a stuffed sack, mattress, or cushion. A quilt is a bedspread or blanket made of two layers that is filled with a material, such as cotton, wool, feathers, or down, and is stitched together, usually in a decorative design. Butterfly quilts are quilts which utilize a butterfly block pattern. A block pattern is a sort of template which guides the quilter in making quilt blocks, or smaller units that make up a quilt top.
Butterfly Block Patterns
Butterfly block patterns are the templates that made up the basic units of a butterfly quilt. Butterfly block patterns feature butterflies in any variety of styles and sizes. A butterfly block pattern could feature one central butterfly or many smaller butterflies. A butterfly quilt can then utilize a variety of different butterfly blocks or a single block repeated throughout. When selecting fabric for a butterfly quilt, one can choose colors that will contrast each other to give a butterfly quilt with a single repeated block an interesting and pleasant appearance, or similar toned fabrics to give a butterfly quilt that has a variety of butterfly blocks a more unified look.
Some butterfly quilt pattens are more difficult than others, requiring more steps and materials. One can either buy butterfly block patterns through mail-in orders or can search on the internet for free butterfly quilt patterns.
Butterfly Quilt History
Butterfly quilts are made from butterfly blocks, the smaller units of a quilt that are later sewn together to form the quilt top. The butterfly block pattern was a popular design in the 1930s. The butterfly symbolized hope and new life during the Great Depression that rocked the United States during that time. Since that time, the butterfly pattern has experienced renewed popularity. Butterfly quilts can be found in department stores and patterns can easily be found online.
There are many different uses for butterfly quilts. While early quilts were used primarily as protection from hash winters and cold nights, quilt making soon became an art form, so much so that some quilts are intended for wall coverings or display, not as bed coverings at all. It is not uncommon to find butterfly quilts hung up in a children's room to brighten up the décor or hung up in a living room to give the room a homey country feel.
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| September 24, 2017
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