Monday, June 18, 2018

And the Winner Is....

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  2. Sounds like a fun trip! I could always use scraps to add to my stash, and those little Ecco pouches are adorable for take-along hand work!! Thanks for the chance at some fun 😍

The random number generator (my daughter) chose the winner of the scrap box and the eco pouches! 

But after reading all of your super kind and supportive comments, I wanted to choose all of you. Since that would require more postage than I can afford, I decided to let Kelly choose two additional winners...

Thanks for the giveaway. I would choose the 5 inch tumbler template. I shared on our guild facebook page.

Linda will be receiving a tumbler template!

O! Scrap Quilt Secrets would Have to be one of my favorites in the Shop!

Anita will be receiving a copy of Scrap Quilt Secrets!

Thanks again to each of you who played along and shared the post. I really do read every comment and appreciate your kind words so much!

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Gone Again Give Away

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I'm gone again! I'm off to Colorado Springs to present a trunk show and teach a workshop, so while I'm away I thought I would offer a give away! I'm going to pack a flat rate box with as many scraps (some fat quarters and some fat eighths as well) along with a product or two from my shop. Please be aware that there will be a LOT of scraps!

Here's how the give away works:


  1. Go to  my shop here and choose your favorite product (book, pattern, template, etc.)
  2. Comment below telling me what you chose and I'll pop it in the box of scraps if you win!
  3. If you share this give away on Instagram, Facebook or your blog, comment 'shared' and you will get a second chance to win. 
  4. I'll choose one winner for every 50 entries on Sunday night when I get home. I'll post the winner(s) here on the blog.

Have fun and good luck!
Diane

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Kelly's Grand Adventure





My daughter Kelly is having the time of her life on a cruise that travels to ports in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Her cousin Sarah was allowed to take one friend on her graduation trip and she chose her cousin Kelly! These girls have always had a special bond and it's an amazing adventure they are on together, thanks to my sister and her husband.



This is Sarah on the cruise ship. They flew to Copenhagen and had a couple of fun days there before boarding the ship. 


These two clearly  know how to have fun! I'm so happy that they are making these memories together. I am slightly jealous as well, but I'm happy that they are doing this while they are young and carefree.


We've been getting photos and videos and snapchats from every port. This one was a bus trip up to the top of the mountain for the view. They've also visited waterfalls, local points of interest and seen some really amazing wildlife.


And when they are on the ship, they relax seriously! LOL I love that they never run out of ideas. Here they are bundled up on their balcony playing cards. 



The latest update was from their ATVing excursion to an outpost that was constructed in the form of an indigenous tent, with fire place in the center and lined with fur skins, where they had hot drinks before heading back. Kelly said these suits kept them so warm. 

And the adventure continues...I can't wait to hear about the rest of it! It will be so fun to hear all the stories in person when she gets home next week!

Until then, I'll just be here turning a bit green with envy...LOL
Diane


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Our Arizona Vacation


I've shared quite a few photos of our Arizona vacation on Instagram and Facebook but I haven't told the story here.

My sweet neice, Sarah, was graduating from high school last month. She lives in Tucson, and we have visited there many times. However, we had never actually done much traveling around the state and we had never been to the Grand Canyon. So we decided to do a quick whirlwind tour!


We flew to Phoenix and spend the night in Scottsdale. Then we drove to the Grand Canyon, which was very grand indeed.



The scenery along the drive was so amazing. We enjoyed some time walking along the South Rim Trail and taking lots of photos. The weather was perfect and we had a wonderful time there.


We then drove to Sedona for a couple of nights. The drive down into the canyon was breath taking! Once we got settled into our resort, we explored a bit and had a wonderful dinner at a local brewery.


The next morning we got up early and did the Pink Jeep Tour of the red rocks and wilderness. It was so much fun and we all were impressed with the way the jeep could manage almost any angle. There were more photo ops and we enjoyed learning about the local flora and fauna.


Later that day there was time for a visit to the quilt store of course! I was so happy when they offered shipping services for my purchases. I didn't show much self control because they had a selection of fabrics that I don't see in my area.


The kids and their dad went on a short hike while I shopped. So they had fun stories to tell when they picked me up.


We had dinner at the small airport on top of the hill, so the sunset view was amazing.


The next morning we headed off to Tucson for the festivities. We had a fun meal all together at a local pizza place, and spent time with the family. The graduation was so lovely outside with the gorgeous sunset.


We left our girl in Tucson with her cousin so they could go on another grand adventure. It was sad flying home without her, but we are getting great updates from her on a daily basis. I'll share her trip in another post.


It's always good to be home, but I'm so thankful we were able to see such amazing nature and spend so much fun time together as a family.

Diane

Friday, June 8, 2018

Social Media Malfunction



Social Media (or in my case...Socially Awkward Media!) is such a great way for quilters to connect. It only requires a few simple skills (some of which I apparently lack) and a willingness to share (which I have!)

Those of you that are on Facebook most likely got a notification from the Butterfly Threads Quilting group. I set it up a couple of year ago and I've been sharing my blog posts there on a regular basis, as well as on my personal Facebook page.

My friend Lori over at Humble Quilts (hi Lori!) mentioned the number of folks that had joined her Humble Quilts group. That got me curious. So I checked to see how many folks were in the Butterfly Threads Quilting Group. Imagine my surprise when I saw that 2131 friends were patiently waiting for me to click on the "add" button. I can only guess that some of you had been waiting for years.

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I am officially begging your forgiveness at my unbelievably poor social media skills. I have since clicked the "add" button for each of you that were on the list. Which is why some of you may be wondering why this random timing? Because I am just now figuring it out. I'm so sorry! I feel like such a ding a ling.

So thank you for your patience, thank you for hanging around and being my friend even when I don't deserve it. I am so glad you are all still here, and I am going to be sharing questions and info as well as photos on the Butterfly Threads Quilting facebook page. Feel free to check it out, and know that I will gladly add you if you want me to (now that I know how!) I would love for you to share your quilting adventures, questions and accomplishments with us as well.

I'm also still sharing lots of fun photos over on Instagram. So please feel free to follow me there as well. If you want to get my attention, tag me in either Instagram or Facebook so I can be sure to see it.

Diane


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

25 Years Ago...


June 5, 1993 we were married on a hot humid day in Madisonville, LA, in a little old wooden church with our best friends and family. I wore my mother's wedding dress and you wore a rented tux. The next day we left for two weeks in Greece and the beautiful islands of Mykonos and Santorini.

We moved to Georgia where we have lived in 3 homes, had 3 beautiful babies and made countless memories. We have faced illness, injuries, surgeries and hospital stays. We've traveled across the country and around the world and always come home to Georgia.

We've kissed atop the Eiffel tower, we've swam in waterfalls, we've snow skied in Dubai, we've flown in a helicopter over Kauai. We've walked beaches in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and the Pacific. We've explored caves and rain forests and now we can even say we've been to the grand canyon!

May the next 25 years be filled with many more adventures, laughter and love!

xoxoxoxoxo

Diane





Saturday, June 2, 2018

Hello June, Hello Summer


I love summer! It's my favorite season by far! And while I'm aware that the calendar doesn't say it's summer yet, it's summer in my mind and that's what matters to me!

I love long sunny days and being outside and the feeling of freedom summer somehow always imparts. I love having my kids home and having the house full of friends coming and going. I love fresh garden produce and salads and dinner on the grill. I love not having springtime allergies anymore. I love waking up to the sun shining in the window and sewing by the late afternoon light that streams into my sewing room. I love summer, did I mention that? LOL



I've got big plans for this summer. And because I love lists almost as much as I love summer... Here's just a few things that I plan to work on:

BUTTERFLY THREADS QUILTING

1. Create three new patterns (quilts are made!)
2. Release another new template, plus a template set!
3. Make progress on book #3.
4. Restock and expand online shop (fun stuff!)
5. Plan a booth for 2 shows in the fall.
6. Launch my longarm quilting services for hire.
7. Create a custom commission quilt.

PERSONALLY

1. Create a fitness routine with variety of yoga, walking, hiking and biking.
2. Visit farmer's market and try some new healthy recipes.
3. Proactive steps to combat pain (joint and arthritis issues).
4. Alter new clothes, clean out closet, wardrobe editing.
4. Transition from desktop to laptop for portability.

There's more but I'm trying to keep it realistic. And to make sure I make progress, each one of these items actually has a list of steps! I do love my lists.



So what do you plan to do this summer? I would love to hear what you will be doing in the comments. Speaking of comments...I'm no longer getting emails informing me of your comments so I'm replying to them in the comment section, but I realized, you may not be getting notification of my replies. Ugh. I hope blogger works this issue out soon. Please know that I read and appreciate every comment, and I reply to every comment!

Our online friendships are important to me, thank you for you unending kindness and support. I'm glad we have this place to connect.

Happy summer!
Diane


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