I have been working on this block for 3 days. The name of it is "Butterfly at the Crossroads" and I wanted to complete it on July 22 as a tribute to my father's birthday. That did not happen, so here it is...a little late. This block is the most challenging one that I have done so far. Because of the triangles, it took quite a bit of focus -- even so -- it was relaxing to work on and also the most fun.
I really didn't go flipping through "the book" looking for a butterfly block. It is the first block I found while I was looking for a block that has 5 rows. Why did I need a block with 5 rows? I received an email from someone who had a question about a comment on had left on someone else's blog. After I replied, she sent me another email asking how would I use Lori Holt's no template tutorial with a block that has 5 rows. Since I am new to many of the traditional quilt blocks shown in "the book", I wanted to see if the no template tutorial would work for this block.
I looked at the block and decided the two center rectangles and square would be my starting point. Since my finished block size is 6 inches, the width across the 2 rectangles + 1 square should equal 6 inches. The finished width across each rectangle equals 2 1/2 inches. The finished width across the center square equals 1 inch.
The other rectangles, squares and HSTs fit in around this. Since the finished width of the center square equals 1 inch, then the finished width for each of the 2 connected vertical rectangles equals 1 inch. The width of the remaining area on each side of a vertical rectangle equals 2 1/2 inches, so the finished width of each square piece or HST piece equals 1 1/4".
I am very happy with the way this block turned out! I think my father would have liked it. Am I learnin'? :-)