Friday, May 3, 2013

Happy Birthday Butterfly Threads!



One year ago, in May 2012, Butterfly Threads was born! I can hardly believe it's been a year, and in some ways, it feels like forever. That's a good thing,  I promise!

The birth story:

I had been a home school mom for almost four years. I absolutely adored spending my days with my 3 kids! We explored so many places, shared so many laughs, and learned SO much (me especially!) But the plan was to home school the middle school years, and then go back to public high school to rejoin their friends from elementary school. The kids took to school like fish to water, but I stayed home secretly hoping they would drop out and come back to me!! After I realized that was most definitely not going to happen, I needed to create a new job for myself.

My husband is gone lots of the time (typical of airline pilots) and my kids were all now going to out of district schools thanks to some awful redistricting. So in order for them to stay in the school system they started in, I would have to be the bus driver. That's right, back and forth twice a day, is a real schedule killer. But my kids are so worth it. So what could I pursue between carpool, barn duty, and sports events? I must be my own boss, and be flexible.

My favorite thing to do (besides being mom) is quilting. So it seemed natural, to pursue something quilting related. My friends had often asked for patterns for my quilts, but I had them only in my brain. "Light bulb" moment. I could write my patterns, and offer them to folks.

The name:

I needed a company name, because my name "Diane Knott" was already taken. I know, crazy, but there is a super talented quilt fabric designer using my name! Technically, she is a few years older, so she had it first, but I wanted to create a "brand" that was unique to me. My daughter thought of the name and announced on the way home from the barn one day...Mom, I've got your new name...Butterfly Threads! And that was that.

The milestones:

In the first year, I've published more than a dozen patterns, created a template, been published in a BOOK and a MAGAZINE and have 6 more quilts in the process of being published in the next year in three different magazines. I've given trunk shows, and taught workshops, and vended at my first quilt show. Oh, and I started a blog.  :)

The future:

I have more trunk shows and workshops on the calendar. I hope to vend at another show or two. I am anxiously awaiting the publication of my next 6 quilts. I plan to create another template or two. I am going completely digital with the redesign of my patterns (so exciting) and I plan to keep blogging! I may or may not have a book proposal in the works.

The give away:

As with any decent birthday celebration, there will be gifts! I am still deciding what the give away will be (feel free to leave suggestions in the comments) and how many. But I think we should stretch out this party for the entire month, don't you? Why rush a good thing!

So now you know the whole story (or at least the highlights). I am so thrilled to be sharing this journey with so many amazing quilters. Thanks to each of you for your continued support and encouragement. This would not happen (or be any fun at all) without the amazing folks that keep me going!!

Enjoy Every Stitch!
Diane
 

41 comments:

  1. Oh wow! I love your story!! I am just a quilter (only for the last five years or so) and I really am focused on trying to put together quilts that are square, have the points match, choosing the "right" colors, etc., etc. The fact that you have done all that and so much MORE is amazing! I love your blog and all of your patterns. (What do you eat for all of that creative energy - LOL!) Congratulations on a wonderful year! Again...WOW!!!

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  2. Congratulations on a year of blogging. I don't know how you manage blogging, quilting, and a family of three children so well. Good luck and here's to another fantastic year.

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  3. Congratulations on your entrepreneurship!!! Yeah for you!!!
    I think it's a wonderful thing and am quite envious of you. Seeing what you achieved in such a short amount of time is very impressive!! I will be your first buyer when you publish your first book. Promisse! Furthermore; just keep up the good work! Finding a satisfying job for yourself in something that you love is the best thing. I applaud you....
    Sadly quilting isn't that common over here to be able to make a living out of it, next to the many little stores and designers. But nonetheless I love to quilt and everything that's linked to it. Being able to make beautiful things for the peoples in my life is a good thing too.
    Again, congrats!! You can be very proud of yourself!!!

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  4. Congratulations! Only 1 yr? You have accomplished so much! Good luck to another great year.:)

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  5. Congratulations, Diane. Your year of accomplishments leaves me breathless. Here's to many, many more!

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  6. Happy 1 year birthday anniversary.....Always great to hear the story behind the blog.

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  7. Happy Anniversary! Love the story of how Butterfly Threads came to be and how successful it is. Amazing what can happen in just a year.

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  8. Congratulations! We should go out for lunch to celebrate!

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  9. Happy first blogging anniversary. It seems that you are very successful in your quilting endeavors. Congratulations!

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  10. Congratulations on this milestone! I have loved watching your business unfold.You are an inspiration! Best wishes for the year ahead - sounds like it will be keeping you busy.

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  11. Congratulations! May Day was my first post last year. Sounds like you and I are experiencing similar adventures in our quilting careers. It sure is fun isn't it!

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  12. Thanks for sharing a great story. Congrats!!'

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  13. Happy Birthday to you! You have accomplished a huge amount in one year - Congrats!

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  14. Congratulations!You are one busy woman.

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  15. You have had a great year. Sometimes it's nice to look back and realize how much you ave accomplished.

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  16. It was fun reading your story. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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  17. Congrats!!!! Love your story:)

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  18. Congratulations on your One Year anniversary of Butterfly Threads. It is always interesting to hear how people get started. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

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  19. Congrats fabric is always a great giveaway thanks

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