pencil, scissors, straight pins, iron and pressing surface
1. For each butterfly, cut four 4"x4-1/2" wing pieces, four 1"x4-1/2" body pieces, and twelve 1-7/8" background squares. Machine-sew each body piece to wing piece with long sides together to form 4-1/2" square. Press seams toward wing. Separate squares into two piles labeled "A" and "B."
2. Using pencil, draw diagonal line across back of each white square from corner to corner. Machine-sew one white square to three corners of each pieced square. (Note: Stacks "A" and "B" are sewn to different corners.) Press seams toward corner. Trim excess fabric from back of corner triangles, leaving 1/4" seam allowance.
3. Arrange four squares as shown. Machine-sew units together in pairs creating two rows; press seams open. Machine-sew rows together to make block. Repeat Steps 1-3 to make 12 blocks. Arrange blocks in four rows of three blocks each.
4. Cut four 2-1/2"x34" strips of white fabric. Cut each strip into four 8-1/2" lengths. Machine-sew each strip to right and left sides of butterfly blocks. Press fabric away from blocks.
5. Cut five 2-1/2"x32-1/2" strips of white fabric. Machine-sew strips to tops and bottoms of rows made in Step 4. Press seams away from blocks.
6. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing. Pin or hand-sew to secure layers. Quilt as desired. Trim backing even with quilt top.
7. Cut five 2-1/2"x40" strips of border fabric for binding. Machine-sew strips together on short edges to make one long strip; press seams to one side. Fold strip in half lengthwise, enclosing wrong side, to make 1-1/4"-wide strip. Machine-sew binding strip to front of quilt top, then turn to back and secure by hand- or machine-sewing to enclose raw edges of quilt. Discard excess binding.