Monday, June 27, 2022

Teaching Schedule 2023

I'm so excited to be booking Quilt Programs and Quilt Workshops for my travel schedule in 2023. Please let me know if your group would like to add on to one of these dates to save travel expenses or if your quilt guild needs to book an event. I would love to come share all my new quilts and designs, new workshops or cater an event to your needs.

Find my programs here.

Find my workshops here. (scroll down just a bit)

Find my contract information here. (click the word CONTRACT to open)

2023 Calendar of Events:

Jan 19- Common Threads QG, Newnan GA (program)
Feb 8- Prickly Fingers Quilt Guild, Anderson, SC (1/2 day workshop and program)
Feb 22-25 QuiltCon Atlanta
Mar 21- Gwinnett QG, Snellville, GA (program)
April 26-29 Paducah, KY
June 26 Calico Cut Ups, Bella Vista AR (1/2 day workshop and program)
June 26-27 Belle Pointe Quilters, Ft. Smith AR (program and workshop)
Oct 17-18 Scrapbasket QG, Borwnsburg IN (program and workshop)

I also have some dates available for the remainder of this year and can book 2024 if needed.
If you know of a group or guild that is looking for awesome, entertaining education and inspiration, please send them this post! Or feel free to share this to your group's social media as well.

My heartfelt appreciation for all of your support! I'm looking forward to seeing you soon!

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane

Friday, June 17, 2022

Instagram Review May 2022


This month's instagram features lots of blocks from the sew along 
that was such a fun experience. Click HERE to see more.


Finished the Mosaic Story Sew Along!, binding, sew along block
the bathroom flooded and fell into the kitchen, sew along block, family fun!
sew along block, memories of sweet Buddy, sew along block
Rumi is growing so fast, sew along block, basement reno underway


sew along block, brunch at Revielle, sew along block
back porch sitting, sew along block, a quick climb up Sawnee with the kids
sew along block, Daisy Talk version of UTM, sew along block
crazy dogs, sew along block, Kelly and baby Koda


Sew along block, walking the lake trail, sew along block
flowers from my love, sew along block, Rumi and Barb bonding
sew along block, Barb's visit was amazing, sew along block
porch season is in full swing, sew along block, happy 6 months to us!

Sorry this post was a little late, but as you can see, it's been busy around here.

XOXO
Diane

 

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

10 Years Ago...

 


It's been 10 years since I started this blog! Oh my what an adventure it's been! I have gotten an updated logo to better reflect my current mood and style and as soon as I figure out how, I'll be updating the blog as well. In other words, I will be hiring someone since Blogger has changed so much that I no longer can figure it out on my own. And now they CHARGE me monthly to be confused!!!! 

I would so much rather be quilting! Speaking of quilting, thank you so much for your amazing support of my longarm business. It truly pays the bills around here and keeps this venture afloat for the meantime. My fingers are crossed that guilds will start hiring teachers again and I'll be on the road once more. I have three teaching trips planned for the next year but before Covid, I was teaching that many times a month! 

If you follow me on social media (I'm most frequently on Instagram) you've seen some sneak peeks but I'll be sharing some of the following here soon:

  • New sewing room
  • New longarm space
  • Projects and kits from my fabric line Daisy Talk
  • New teaching and workshop options
  • Travel adventures
  • Book reviews
  • Rebranding and updates
  • And always more giveaways
Thanks for being here! I truly love this little space we share here. 

Love and stitches,
Diane

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Travel Teaching



Are you anywhere between Georgia and New York? 

If so, would your quilt guild like a visit from me in October just prior to or following October 11-12, 2022? I'm planning a road trip to teach in Buffalo on those dates and would be happy to add your group with deeply discounted travel costs. We will be stopping along the way to visit family and friends, so we would love to add another teaching stop or two!

If you are looking for a great program for your guild I have several to choose from and a whole lot of workshops that guarantee a fun day with lots of tips and tricks and information to make your quilting experience more accurate and exciting!

Click HERE for all the details!

Please comment or contact me if you have any questions,

Diane

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Fun with Barb!

If you don't follow Fun with Barb you need to! I was lucky enough to invite her to teach at my guild here in Georgia and I had the honor of hosting her in my home. Barb really is fun! 

She shared her wonderful trunk show and gorgeous quilts. I am so inspired by her workmanship and skill and her can-do attitude. She very openly admits that she learns by trying and doing things wrong the first time. What a great attitude!



She taught her workshop on 'liberated houses' that was inspired by Gwen Marston. It was lovely to spend time listening to her thoughts on the process, so many tips and tricks, and then watch her choose fabrics and build a house.We had a wonderful time building our own houses and I know I will be building many more in the future!

Thanks for being such a delightful house guest, and don't feel bad, but Rumi continues to check the guest room every day to see if you are there! He misses you!

If you are in a guild, please send this post to the program chair and make sure Barb gets an invitation to your guild, you will have so much FUN WITH BARB!

Diane

Monday, May 2, 2022

April 2022 Instagram Review

 April was all about the MosaicStorySAL with @duringquiettime on Instagram and my friends and I are having so much fun collecting and swapping sewing themed fabrics! There was also the usual dog antics and food photos along with some pretty spring blooms!


And there was the Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild challenge and fun sew day with Marcy who made a cute hat out of Daisy Talk!


There was a fun visit to the flea market and DaVinci donuts are always a treat!


Softball season and visit to see Mimi as well as a trip to TN and the Lost Sea! It was a great month filled with adventures and lots of time with family and friends. Perfect in my opinion!

XOXO

Diane

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Longarm Quilting Update...


As most of you are aware, the prices of thread and batting have recently risen. The good news is that I was able to stock up on my inventory of both before prices increased. I will continue to offer the same pricing as long as my supplies last. (Probably through the summer.) But once I must purchase batting and thread at the new higher prices, I will calculate what I need to cover those costs and will adjust my pricing accordingly. I promise to keep prices minimal so that my increases cover cost of supplies only.

Postage for those of you who ship to me already reflects the increased costs of USPS priority mail.

I am so thankful to each of you who trust me to quilt for you and I truly enjoy spending time with your beautiful quilts. I want you to be happy with the results and feel as though you are getting a good value for the service provided. Please know that I am more than happy to collect quilts at my home, meet you locally (Thread Bear Fabrics) or ship quilts. 

Click HERE for the information and quilting form. I continue to offer 2 week or less turn around on all orders. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please comment below or email me. I look forward to quilting for you very soon!

Diane

Friday, April 8, 2022

Savannah 2022

 

Chris and I have been making travel plans almost since the day we met back in November 2021. We both love to go on adventures and we discovered that we really enjoy long road trips during our first two trips together for my teaching. He insists on driving and his truck is great for hauling fabric and books and quilts! He also makes quite the wonderful salesman and has picked up on the quilting 'lingo' really well. He has even offered to write some guest posts here on the blog if anyone would like to hear his perspective on this crazy quilting life! He really is an amazing support and willing to help with almost anything. And me makes me laugh every single day, gosh knows that's important!

We stayed at the Olde Harbour Inn on River Street in Savannah. We had perfect weather and wonderful meals along with lots of sightseeing and history exploring. Our favorite restaurants included: The Shrimp Factory, Vic's on the River, The Pirate House and Pier 16 on Tybee Island


Wormsloe Plantation was an amazing place to walk the trails and see the ruins of the original home. The location is stunning and history is fascinating. I would highly recommend a visit to this gorgeous place. It was here that Chris got the brilliant idea to buy a t-shirt at our favorite places to make a memory quilt from our travels! I had never thought of buying t-shirts for the purpose of cutting them up just for a quilt (with no intention of ever wearing them) but it's brilliant! I don't really wear t-shirts but I love making quilts from them. We came home with 5 shirts to start and I'm so excited.


We did the walking tour of Bonaventure Cemetery and loved the 2.5 hours of history that we learned along the way. If you are a history nut (like us) contact Bonaventure Don. If you just want the fun stories or ghost tales, there are plenty of golf cart tours available as well.


Ft. Pulaski is a wonderfully preserved original fort built to protect the river from the Spanish in Florida and as a buffer for Charleston. The engineering and architecture is fascinating and the stories of life there were truly inspiring. We had a wonderful time not only exploring the fort but the walking trails around it along the river.


We also drove out to Tybee Island and visited the lighthouse. We climbed all 178 steps and enjoyed the view from the top. It was super windy and I loved walking the outside walkway at the top but Chris chose to stay inside. The lightkeepers home was also open to explore and we picked up a t-shirt here for our quilt as well.

We then drove around the island and walked out on the pier but it was super windy with misting rain at some points so no great photos.


The haunted walking tour was a beautiful way to enjoy the city at night. It was not very scary but it was super interesting and fun to learn where the stories originated how much truth there may or may not be in them. I especially liked seeing the squares lit at night. On another night we did a haunted pub crawl that was also fun. Since Savannah is the most haunted city in the world supposedly, there was no shortage of stories and no lack of imagination!


We also enjoyed a beautiful sunset river cruise one night and sipped drinks and even did a little dancing on the top deck. I'm pretty sure I could not have had a better time or a better travel companion for the week of exploring and experiencing such an amazing place. 

And yes, we are already planning our next two trips. Stay tuned...

Happy travels,
Diane

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

March 2022 Instagram Review

 


Celebrating Chris's Birthday, his daughter's wedding, and wedding joy!
Noah's baseball game, a finished customer quilt, and a family dinner
goofy Rumi, walking in DeSoto Nat. Monument, Sarasota
Dinner on the gulf, another teaching trip to FL, lunch with friends


Savannah breakfast in bed, Riverboat cruise, our hotel
Tybee Island lighthouse, Ft. Pulaski, cocktails at Vic's
walking Savannah with Chris, Wormsloe, haunted tour
so much Spanish moss, new fabric closet set up!

March was a busy month filled with lots of good things! We started the month with another teaching trip to Florida and Chris perfected his charming quilt sherpa skills. He's quite the salesman and an excellent travel companion. 
At home again we enjoyed some family dinners with the kids (and cried a little bit when Danny and Grey moved back to Virginia...but knowing they are happy and doing well is all that matters!) 
Noah started men's softball season and we love watching the games! 
And there were quite a few customer quilts to finish and the final touches have been put on the new quilt room. More info on that to come soon! Anyone interested in a new sewing room video tour?
Rumi has grown by leaps and bounds and still loves to amuse us with his crazy puppy antics.
Chris's beautiful daughter Stephanie got married in a beautiful spot in Tennessee. We enjoyed meeting lots of new family and dinner and dancing and loving on baby Ivy (Chris's granddaughter.)

Then we took a vacation just for fun! No work or weddings, just Chris and I. I'll be sharing a whole post with tons of photos on that soon. 

I hope your month was filled with special moments as well.

XOXO
Diane





Monday, March 21, 2022

Sunflowers for Ukraine

Free pattern HERE

Eight years ago I shared an online sew along that was a mystery quilt. It turned out to be sunflowers or a flower block that could be changed to any color. Recently, as many folks are looking for blocks to make  related to the crisis in the Ukraine, I've been getting dozens of requests each day. So here is a link to the instructions. It is written in 2 size options and is presented as a mystery, so it's not your 'typical' pattern. 

I do hope you enjoy it and as always, I love to see photos of blocks and quilts in progress or finished. Tag me on social media #butterflythreadsquilting so I can be sure to find it!

Diane

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

February 2022 Instagram Review


Crochet heart found on a hike, king cake!, Rumi
King Cake, quilting assistant, the dog walker
fat quarter bundles, David & Haley, first blooms
flowers from my sweetie, my sweetie, heart found on the trail


family hike, puppy prison, fun day with friends
the Fab 4, napping by the fire, workshop block
St. Augustine, 2nd teaching trip of 2022, Rumi
YUM, customers quilts, words of wisdom

February was a busy month full of family and quilting and coping with cold weather and a broken furnace! It was also good times with friends, and road trips with my sweetie. Life is good!

Diane

 

Friday, March 4, 2022

February 2022 Book List

Wish You Were Here

One of my favorite authors for many years has written another wonderful book about current events and compelling characters. The story takes place in the beginning days of the pandemic in NYC and is the story of one doctor and his fiance and how they are both affected and changed by the devastation of Covid. I did find certain events a bit (being vague so as not to reveal anything) unsettling and not sure how I feel about the twist of the timeline. But I very much enjoyed the details of the visit to the Galapagos and all the amazing nature and creatures described. Not my favorite book of hers but still glad I read it.

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe

One of my newest favorite authors has charmed me again with a tale of a small town in Alabama and the relationships and complicated families that live there. The mystical addition of blackbirds and their role in the town and one family is both interesting and very intriguing. I love this author and her southern characters! I can't wait to read every book by her!

Throne of Glass

I bit of departure from my usual reading but so well written! This fantasy is told in land that is described so well I feel as though I'm walking alongside the main character. The customs and clothing and food are so real that the characters and their experiences can be felt as well as understood. I'm going to enjoy this entire series I have no doubt. 

Enjoy every chapter,

 Diane

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

January 2022 Book List

 


Bewilderment

This book was beautifully written and wonderfully told but still a quick read. It focuses on the relationship of a father and son navigating the world of the son's special needs and the challenges of single parenting. Their relationship is tender and loving and complicated. There is so much imagery of the natural world described as well as quite a bit of science included. I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

The Book of Two Ways

One of my favorite authors has written one of her very best books in my opinion. The story is about a woman who has a near death experience and then begins to search for the life she would have had if she had made different decisions. Throw in a whole lot of Egytology and some fringe physics theories and the whole story is both fascinating and intriguing from the character perspective as well as the science. I was not a huge Egypt 'fan' but now I really need to visit the Valley of the Kings and sail down the Nile. Adding that to the bucket list! I completely enjoyed this book and if you like this author, you will be surprised by this one. I'm so glad I read it!

What You Wish For

I loved this book and the characters with all their complicated flaws. I enjoyed the inclusion of the children and their perspective. One of my new favorite authors who delights while she moves the story forward often at rapid speed. I really enjoyed this one even if it was a bit predictable at points.

Enjoy every chapter!


Diane

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