Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt-Along 2022

The Quilt-Along Has Ended

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt-Along. It  started in January 2022 and wrapped up in the Fall . We have seen a number of beautiful finished quilts in our online community and we expect to see more. 

We are currently making plans for our next activities. RCQG members should watch their email for announcements. 

We are archiving the FAQs below.

Frequently Asked Questions

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When does the Tula Pink Butterfly Quiltalong start and what is the schedule?

Retailers expect the pattern to be released at the end of December. Quilting by Design, in New Hamburg, ON, anticipates having patterns and kits ready in mid-January. We are planning a kick-off meeting at 10 am on Saturday, January 8 with monthly meetings in the following months. All meetings are optional. We will publish a more detailed schedule once the pattern is released. 

At our first meeting, even if the pattern and fabric kits aren't yet in hand, we'll discuss any questions you have about the quiltalong or quilting generally, including tips on getting organized for a sew-along. Anyone who is not already familiar with groups.io can take a tour of the service and we can give you suggestions about how to use it. This will set us up so we are ready to sew in February!

How would you describe this project?

The Butterfly quilt pattern is back by popular demand! The pattern is essentially a sampler quilt made of many different traditional quilt blocks arranged into a giant butterfly centered on a graphic chevron body. The new, revised pattern has been updated and expanded to include a complete fabric guide to replicate the cover quilt. Some of the pattern improvements include larger layout and sewing diagrams, quilting diagrams, updated sewing techniques, colouring page and two different center body options while still being the same great pattern that people love. The 8.5 in x 11 in, 32-page booklet is beautifully printed in full colour with gold foil butterflies on the cover. The pattern is designed for an intermediate level quilter, but we think beginners with a little experience will be successful with the support of the online community. This is a great patchwork technique builder incorporating strips, triangles and curves to create a dynamic and surprising quilt top. 

This printed paper pattern is for a quilt that finishes 88 in x 94 in. 

I have a copy of the original Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt pattern. Can I use it?

Yes. You will miss out on the new revisions but the original pattern is still an excellent project. 

What is the Butterfly Quiltalong online community and how do I sign up?
    • The Quiltalong organizers will use the online community to send Zoom invitations, tips, tricks, and other useful information to participants throughout the quiltalong. Participants can ask questions and share progress photos through the online community, too.  Membership in the Butterfly Quiltalong online community is free. 
    • You will receive a confirmation request message from Groups.io. (If you do not receive it, please be sure to check your junk mail folder)
    • You must respond to that confirmation request to complete your subscription and join the group. You can unsubscribe at any time. 
What are the requirements to participate?

To participate, you must purchase your own Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt pattern and be a member of one of the participating quilt guilds. You are not required to purchase a kit from our vendor partner. Feel free to pull from your own stash or source your fabric from a favourite local shop. 

How do I order my pattern and fabric?
  • Order a kit from our vendor partner, Quilting By Design in New Hamburg, ON: https://www.quiltingbydesign.ca/ They are offering two kit options. The complete kit costs $250 CAD (plus taxes) and includes pattern, butterfly fabrics, background, top/bottom borders and binding.  The butterfly only kit costs $175 CAD (plus taxes) and includes pattern and butterfly fabrics. You will choose your own background, top/bottom borders and binding to make the quilt your own.  Shipping is free or you can choose one of the pick up options. 
    • You can pull fabric from your stash.  
Is it too late to participate in the Butterfly Quiltalong?

No, it's not too late. You are more than welcome to join us when you are ready. Order your pattern; arrange for your fabric; and sign up to join our Butterfly Quiltalong online community. 

What skill level is recommended for this quilt?

With the support of our online community and virtual tutorials, this quilt is suitable for novice quilters who have completed one or two quilts. More experienced quilters may want to customize their quilt by substituting some of their favourite blocks or techniques. 

Where can I find tips and tutorials to help me make this project?

Our monthly sew day sessions will be an excellent source for tips and tutorials. We've also collected advice from across the world wide web which we're making available in our online community. And, of course, the Internet is a wealth of useful information. 

How/Where can I share my progress?

Anywhere and any way you'd like! Our online community lets you send messages to others who are working on the Butterfly Quilt. You can upload photos to your own album and view photos others have submitted. You can also share progress on your social media accounts. 

How do I get help?

The monthly Saturday Sew Day sessions will be an excellent source of help and advice. The online community also includes an email distribution list that lets you reach out to others working on the project. Please exercise your best judgement about when you should reach out for emergency help and when you can wait for the next Saturday Sew Day to ask for help.