Thursday, June 22, 2017

More Quilt Show and Tell



Seeing the joy on quilters' faces as the work on and finish my designs is the most rewarding part of my quilting experience by far! When a quilter takes a pattern or a design from my book, changes the colors or re-creates it in some way to make it her own unique quilt, I get giddy. I can't even put into words how much joy it brings me to know that I contributed to a fun and positive quilting experience for someone else. The quilt above is a bright cheerful version of Paper Chain found in Scrap Quilt Secrets. 


Recently, my friend Linda made this gorgeous version of my pattern Dreaming In Black and White. Obviously she changed the colors and turned it into a gorgeous beach colored quilt. I love how she alternated the fabrics and colors to create a diagonal effect. She took a totally scrappy design and really added some wonderful structure with her use of fabrics. And the best part? She says she loved the pattern so much that she plans to make it again in another color version. My heart is so happy!


A blog reader recently sent a photo of this gorgeous quilt made from plaid shirts as a memory quilt. She used my pattern Plaid Paws. I love that so many memory quilts have been made from this pattern over the years. It pleases me to know that these will be keepsakes for years to come. That is one of the best benefits of quilting in my opinion.


 I recently taught a workshop on Spring Cleaning. Which is always fun for me to re-visit because it was the very first pattern that I ever wrote! The bright intense colors that Debbie used make it sparkle! I can't wait to see this one finished.


 Wende, a regular at the shop where I work, brought in this ahhhmaaazzzzzing version of Detour from Scrap Quilt Secrets. She swapped the scrappy version for this cool and gorgeous blue and white version. Her workmanship and color choices really impressed me. Thanks Wende for bringing it in to share with me!


Pam is another regular at the shop who I enjoy seeing every week. Her version of Fusion from Scrap Quilt Secrets is a lovely patriotic quilt that will look great year round. I just love quilts that can do double duty for holidays and every day. I just noticed that Windblown Wishes in hanging in the background of the photo. Ha.

I hope you enjoy this little show and share!
Enjoy every stitch,
Diane




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Karen Miller Machine Quilting Class



I was lucky enough to take a wonderful day of two quilting classes with Karen Miller. She taught us about machine quilting using doodling and using her version of "McTavishing" and both were amazing experiences.

As you can see her work is stunning. She's had a LOT of practice, but I am pretty sure there is some natural talent there as well. We enjoyed her explanation of how she came to be slightly obsessed with machine quilting and why she prefers it to patchwork.


I enjoyed doodling for sure! It is just a tiny step away from the free motion machine quilting that is my favorite method of quilting.


The "McTavishing" didn't come as naturally to me, but I really enjoyed exploring the technique. I don't think this will become my 'go to' method of quilting, but I do think the things I learned in class will help me to be a better quilter using other designs.


To learn more about the "McTavishing" visit this website to discover this amazing artist and her work. She's truly awe inspiring.


As for me, I will probably do more of these types of designs, only better, because of the skills I learned.



I also discovered this amazing little tool that really does make a difference! You can get one at your local quilt shop or HERE.


Karen is an amazing teacher and if you ever get a chance to take a class from her PLEASE DO! I promise you won't regret it! You can contact her HERE to inquire about her schedule or hire her to visit your shop or guild.

Thanks Karen!
Diane

Sunday, June 18, 2017

News Flash!!


(FYI: This quilt makes a fun workshop! See below...)

There is so much happening around here that I wanted to make sure you don't miss any of the fun. Here's a quick list of things to check out from Butterfly Threads Quilting...


Instagram with C&T
I'll be posting some of me recent travel experiences on the C&T Instagram account this week. Be sure to follow so you don't miss the fun beginning on Monday 6/19/17. And if you aren't following me on Instagram, you can do so here or by clicking on the star icon on the left with the little camera logo.


You can post on Butterfly Threads Quilting Facebook 
Did you know that you can post your show and tell photos, messages, questions, suggestions, quilting advice or kind thoughts to the Butterfly Threads Quilting page on Facebook, It's an open group, so anyone on Facebook can share their quilting goodness or just visit to see what's happening with BTQ and friends.


Teaching Schedule update
My next two months are dedicated to being home with my family and hopefully making some new quilts! However, I have a few (1 or 2) openings for teaching in September, October and November of this year. My teaching schedule of 2018 is filling up, so please contact me soon to schedule a visit to your group or guild. I've also just opened my calendar for 2019. Move quickly and be the first on my schedule! My workshops and trunk show options are listed here.



Craftsy Summer Fun
I've been posting regularly to the Craftsy blog and there are so many great patterns and tutorials available. If you are looking for some quick summer projects check out this little mug rug, this fun block tutorial, and this sampler. Thank you so much for loving these little projects as much as I do!


Coming Soon: Summer Sale 
Be on the lookout for a summer sale coming soon to the Butterfly Threads Online Shop. I'll be discounting download patterns and having a book sale! The sale will start as soon as I figure out how to create and install a discount code. (Computer skills don't come naturally to me!)

Looking forward to connecting with you in all these places!
Diane

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Crazy for Crazy Daisy


How cute is my friend Carol Lewis with her version of Crazy Daisy? When I visit guilds I'm always thrilled to see quilts made from Scrap Quilt Secrets and this design was the cover quilt. I just adore her bright colors and energetic version of the quilt, it's like her personality! 


This is my friend Millie's version. She added some really pretty hues of jewel tones and mixed them up with graphic prints as well as brights. Her fun version reversed the flower placement. I like that because it is unique just like Millie. She is wonderful to work with and I'm so glad I get to!



This pretty pastel version was made by Sue, a regular at the shop. She can produce quilts like a one woman factory. Why do I say that???


Because she made this one too! Seriously, I'm pretty sure she's the only person who has completed two Crazy Daisy quilts, so I am impressed. What impresses me even more, is that she thought of a color combination for this quilt that I never would have. I love her use of a constant alternating color with scraps in pretty soft autumn colors. Great job Sue!

I'll be sharing more show and tell quilts from my book soon. If you have completed quilts or just quilt tops, I would love to see them. Share them on Instagram with a #scrapquiltsecrets and #crazydaisyquilt or tag me @dianedknott. Or share on facebook on my quilting page or just tag me in the photo. Don't do social media? Email the photo to butterflythreadsquilting@gmail.com

Thanks for sharing the photos and the fun!
Diane


Monday, June 12, 2017

So Charming!



Do you have 5'' charm squares that you need an idea for? Go find my post over on Craftsy today about using charm squares for making these cute blocks with no waste!


Or you could always make a tumbler quilt using this template, found in my shop HERE. The template includes the pattern 5 sizes of tumbler quilts. The template also includes a marking for making half tumblers for the ends of the rows, which means no trimming up when you're done!


Hope your day is charming!
Diane

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Georgia Celebrates Quilts!

(My sweet friend Anne who was showing off the fun backing to her quilt!)

I had the pleasure of visiting the quilt show with friends on Thursday, and then I was in the Tiny Stitches booth briefly Friday morning. It was so wonderful to see so many friendly faces and quilters from every direction! I truly enjoyed everything about the show, but I must share some of my favorite quilts here with you. The information card for each quilt is shown below the quilt photo.



The name of this quilt made me smile as well as the bright colors and creative design. The story melted me because it's probably obvious how I feel about dogs...



This quilt was so well executed! The creative style of construction and the color choices/placement were amazing. The statement card really is a truth we need to work together on I believe. Thank you Margaret!



I must say that as a fan of all things orange, this may be the best orange quilt I've ever laid eyes on. The design, contrast, and workmanship were all superb. I loved this quilt the moment I saw it, and then reading the card solidified my connection!



And for those of you that loved (because to know her was to love her!) Patsy Eckman, you know that she shared her passion for frogs through her quilts, jewelry, clothing, etc. So this quilt brought sweet memories and fresh tears to my eyes. I'll never see a frog without thinking of my dear sweet Patsy.

The show is open through today (6/10/17) please go visit if you get a chance!
Enjoy,
Diane

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Sneak Peek at the ECQG Show


Today I had the pleasure of visiting the East Cobb Quilt Guild Show with a few of my quilting friends. We drove together to the show and as always, we had to pass the BIG CHICKEN and those rolling googly eyes crack me up every time!


The Cobb County Civic Center has been completely redone and updated and it's wonderful! The lighting is amazing and the air conditioning definitely works! The vendors located on the second level around the arena as always and the quilts are displayed on the first level. The new hanging racks are wonderful and made photography much easier than the previous set up.


And the quilt that made me laugh out loud was this one made by a sweet friend who also works at the quilt shop where I do. I've so enjoyed getting to know her better, and she clearly has a great sense of humor.  The quilt information card is here...


And the backing fabric for the quilt is classic!


I'll be back at the show Friday morning signing my book from 10-11 am at the Tiny Stitches booth. If you are there please stop by and say hi! If you miss me I'll be at the shop for the rest of the day, and I'm always happy to see friendly faces and will gladly sign your copy of my book any time!

Enjoy every quilt!
Diane
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