Thursday, June 21, 2018

Colorado Springs Quilters


I flew to Colorado Springs Wednesday night because there were no flights on Thursday that arrived in time for me to present to the quilt guild. So Thursday morning (guild meeting wasn't until evening) I got a phone call from this sweet lady named Anne. She volunteered to be my hostess for the day and she was so delightful!

Our first stop was at Nana's Quilt Cottage in Old Colorado City. It is a tiny shop packed full of wonderful goodies. I found a few small treasures to bring home (but suitcase space is limited so I had to show some self control.)


We then went to the visitor center right in the middle of the Garden of the Gods. This place is breath taking! I was so amazed that there are so many homes that have views of this spectacular place. It is unlike anything I've ever seen (and I went to the Grand Canyon and Sedona last month!)


We drove through the Garden of the Gods and Anne kindly stopped lots of times for me to hop out and take photos. I might have squealed a few time between oohing and ahhing. Something spectacular was waiting for us around every turn!


We then went to Manitou Springs where there are bubbling springs all along the main street. We taste tested the water at this one and I loved it! The water is naturally carbonated (very slightly) and it was delicious. We did a little window shopping and then had lunch outside along the creek.


And guess what I had to drink? Lemonade made with the fresh spring water and it was SO yummy!! Anne and I did a bit more shopping and took a scenic drive back to town so we could be at the guild meeting on time.


I had the pleasure of presenting to a packed house and they were such a great audience. Lots of good questions and bright smiling faces. Such a warm and welcoming group of quilters.


Friday was another fun filled day of sight seeing because the workshop wasn't going to happen until Saturday. I was picked up at the hotel by Bonnie and Susan (a dynamic duo for sure) who kept me laughing all day! We started with an amazing lunch outside at a winery along a creek.


We then drove through the mountain pass with some outstanding views to Glen Eyrie Castle. While the castle was impressive, spying a momma turkey with her babies was truly magical. They were so wobbly and wandering around but she kept them close and watched them carefully. We then drove to the Mill Fabric Outlet where I found a few more goodies that needed to come home with me. And then to the Ladybug Quilt Shop for more treasures!


We then went to the home of a truly talented quilter for a tour of her quilt-filled home. Her talent was only exceeded by her hospitality. I felt like I had a private gallery viewing! And we squeezed in one more quilt shop, Ruth's, before heading to dinner at this fun Mexican restaurant.


I collapsed in bed after a full day of fun and laughter thanks to Bonnie and Susan!



Saturday was workshop day and we were sewing 'Tipsy Tac Toe' and 'Paper Chain' from my book Scrap Quilt Secrets. These quilts have some common elements so they pair nicely together for a workshop. One quilter even brought baskets of scraps to share!




I had so much fun getting to know each of the quilters and finding out that two of them had lived in Georgia for quite a while (different times and places).


I was truly fortunate to spend my last night in Colorado Springs with a darling quilter named Deb. She took me out to dinner and we had the best time visiting. After dinner out, we both went to bed early because we had to leave for the airport at 4 am! Only the kindest of people will get up and drive  you to the airport at that hour. She was so delightful, even before sunrise!

I am so thankful for each and every quilter I was able to spend time with. They were so delightful and I felt so well taken care of during my entire visit. We are already looking forward to another visit next year!

Thanks for a great time!
Diane

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





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