Thursday, April 2, 2020

Another free quilt pattern for you...

Retro Triangles
54'' x 64''

8" block

Materials Needed:

Solid Fabric  3 3/4 yards
Light Prints   1 1/4 yards or (5 FQ)
Dark Prints    1 3/4 yards or (7 FQ)
Backing         3 1/2 yards
Binding         1/2 yard
Batting           62'' x 72''

Make 2 1/2" half square triangles using your favorite method.
(Details in my book Strip Quilt Secrets page 26 or Scrap Quilt Secrets page 95)

To make the blocks:

Make 6 half square triangles from light fabric and solid for each block.
Make 10 half square triangles from dark fabric and solid for each block.
Arrange the half square triangles in 4 rows of 4 as shown.
Sew the blocks into rows, sew the rows together.
Press toward the darker fabric.
Make a total of 50 blocks.

To make the setting triangles:

Cut 5 squares 10 1/2'' then cut them on the diagonal from corner to corner. Repeat cutting the opposite corner to corner. This will make 20 setting triangles. This quilt will only use 18 of them.
Fold the triangles in half to find the center line.
Fuse 1 heart and 2 leaves to the center of each triangle.
Be sure to leave at least 1" from the outside edge of the triangle for the quilting and binding.
Machine stitch around the applique if preferred.

To make the corner triangles:

My quilt did not include corner triangles, but you can to add them if you like.
Cut 2 squares of background fabric 10" and cut once on the diagonal.

Assemble the quilt:

Arrange the blocks and the setting triangles as shown in the diagram.
Sew the blocks and triangles in diagonal rows.
Sew the rows together. Trim the edges as needed.
Layer, baste, quilt and bind!

Click here for a printable version of the pattern.

Enjoy every stitch,

PS: for those of you who checked in to see the final step of the Seeing Stars Sew Along, it was revealed early for those who were ready to keep going, given the current situation. Go HERE to see the final step!

Monday, March 30, 2020

March 2020 Reading List

Get the book HERE.

I purchased this book on Audible after I checked it out from the library and realized immediately that the print was too tiny and the grey font was never going to work with my 53 year old eyes. I sadly returned it but snapped it up quickly once I opened an Audible account. Listening to it may not have been the best idea at this time, because it's not an upbeat or 'happy' book at all. But it kept my mind occupied while I longarmed several quilts.

I still have about half of the book to listen to and I'm not sure I'll finish. I'm just not connecting with the characters (except one) and I honestly don't find the parents to be believable at all. Even though I heard rave reviews about this book, not sure I recommend it.

Get the book HERE.

This was my March pick from Book of the Month Club. It was also my last (for a while at least). I canceled my subscription because I have so many books staring at me from the shelf that I really want to read and I can't keep up! 

I enjoyed it very much, even though it was a sad book and some of the characters were a bit stereotypical. I liked the characters, especially the younger ones, and I was rooting for them. It kept my attention and I find myself thinking about the story from time to time. So that is a good book in my opinion.

With the events of COVID-19 and the social distancing, quarantine, whatever we are calling it today, I find myself jumping from one thing to another. I am having a bit of difficulty concentrating. I think that is why I have not been able to finish more reading. I pick up a book, read a few pages, then get up and walk away. That is VERY unlike me. 

Perhaps I'm distracted by having a house full of people, when I usually spend most of my time at home alone. Perhaps it's that I no longer have deadlines or places to go, so I just feel no pressure to follow through with anything. I'm really not sure. I'm okay. My family is healthy. We are getting things done around the house, and we are spending time just being together. That is clearly more important than how many books I'm reading a week. 

I hope you are safe and healthy!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Binge worthy TV series...

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I've watched all of these series and would watch any of them again. Click on the title for a link to the series description. If you have any recommendations, I would love to hear them in the comments. Thanks so much!

Be safe and stay healthy!


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Home Alone

80" x 78"

I made this quilt from a photo of a vintage quilt that I have. I didn't have any instructions, so I decided to make it simple. I chose 3 sizes of blocks that would all be divisible by the same number so I could line up the rows of blocks and have all the rows the same length.

The first row has 8 blocks that are 10'' square.
The second row has 4 blocks that are 20" square.
The next 3 rows have 5 blocks each that are 16" square.

Each of the log cabin blocks is the exact same construction. The math for cutting varies to make the sizes different. But once you've sewn one block, all the others go together the exact same way!

Cutting Instructions

Cutting for the 10" blocks (make 8)

Center square-
cut 8 squares 2 1/2'' x 2 1/2''

Light strips-
cut 8 strips 1 1/2" x 2 1/2"
cut 8 strips 1 1/2'' x  3 1/2"
cut 8 strips 1 1/2'' x  4 1/2"
cut 8 strips 1 1/2'' x  5 1/2"
cut 8 strips 1 1/2'' x  6 1/2"
cut 8 strips 1 1/2'' x  7 1/2"

Dark strips-
cut 8 strips 1 1/2" x 3 1/2"
cut 8 strips 1 1/2'' x  4 1/2"
cut 8 strips 1 1/2'' x  5 1/2"
cut 8 strips 1 1/2'' x  6 1/2"
cut 8 strips 1 1/2'' x  7 1/2"
cut 8 strips 1 1/2'' x  8 1/2"

Cutting for the 20" blocks (make 4)

Center square-
cut 4 squares 5 1/2'' x 5 1/2''

Light strips-
cut 4 strips 3" x 5 1/2"
cut 4 strips 3'' x  8"
cut 4 strips 3" x  10 1/2"
cut 4 strips 3" x  13"
cut 4 strips 3" x  15 1/2"
cut 4 strips 3" x  18"

Dark strips-
cut 4 strips 3'' x  8"
cut 4 strips 3" x  10 1/2"
cut 4 strips 3" x  13"
cut 4 strips 3" x  15 1/2"
cut 4 strips 3" x  18"
cut 4 strips 3" x  20 1/2"

Cutting for the 16" blocks (make 15) 

Center square-
cut 15 squares 4 1/2'' x 4 1/2''

Light strips-
cut 15 strips 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
cut 15 strips 2 1/2'' x  6 1/2"
cut 15 strips 2 1/2'' x  8 1/2"
cut 15 strips 2 1/2'' x  10 1/2"
cut 15 strips 2 1/2'' x  12 1/2"
cut 15 strips 2 1/2'' x  14 1/2"

Dark strips-
cut 15 strips 2 1/2'' x  6 1/2"
cut 15 strips 2 1/2'' x  8 1/2"
cut 15 strips 2 1/2'' x  10 1/2"
cut 15 strips 2 1/2'' x  12 1/2"
cut 15 strips 2 1/2'' x  14 1/2"
cut 15 strips 2 1/2" x 16 1/2"

Sewing Instructions

Sewing the Blocks

Sew the shortest light strip to the center square. Press toward the strip.
Rotate the unit to the right 90 degrees.
Sew the next light strip to the unit. Press toward the strip.
Rotate the unit to the right 90 degrees.
Sew the shortest dark strip to the center square. Press toward the strip.
Rotate the unit to the right 90 degrees.
Sew the next dark. strip to the unit. Press toward the strip.
Continue until all strips are added.
Take care to keep all of the strips on one side of the blocks and all the darks on the other.
The strip you are adding should be the exact length needed.
If not, check your seam allowances and adjust accordingly.
Always press toward the most recently added strip.
Trip blocks to the correct size if needed.

Assemble the Quilt

Arrange the blocks as shown in the diagram.
Sew the 10" blocks into a row.
Sew the 20" blocks into a row.
Sew the 16" blocks into 3 rows of 5 blocks each.
Sew the rows together.
Use your preferred method for pressing.
Layer, Baste, Quilt and Bind!

For a download version of the pattern, click HERE.

Edited 3/26 to include missing info and typo

I hope this helps you use up some scraps and strips! Please make one for yourself, or even better, make one to give away, like I plan to. Either way...

Enjoy every stitch!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Quarantine Quilts

Like many of you, I've found myself at home with extra time to sew. I may have a few extra college kids to feed and to love on, but I also have several teaching trips that have been postponed. While I really miss my job that I love so much, it has given me time to do some creative problem solving and to quilt some tops that have been waiting patiently (some for years!)

Would you like to see a little show and tell of the quilts I've finished? Buckle up for a little time travel here folks...

Retro Triangles

I made this top at least 2 (maybe more) years ago. It is entirely half square triangles of feedsack reproduction prints and solid grey. I never could figure out what to do on the corner squares, and then I lost them apparently, so viola! The answer was to skip them all together. I think I cut out the hearts and leaves using my Accuquilt Go, but I only think that because they are all so perfectly the same, not because I actually remember. The fusible was wearing off, after years of storage, so I machine stitched them just inside the edges after the quilt was quilted. Problem solved. I have had a few requests for the pattern, so I will try to write up a tutorial for this soon. I do know the half square triangles finish at 2'' if you want to get started making your own version.

Kim Diehl pattern

I saw this quilt in a magazine and just HAD to make it. I love all of Kim Diehl's quilts, and this one really spoke to me. I'm sorry I don't remember the magazine but it's safe to say it's been out of print for years! I couldn't remember why I never quilted this, then I heard some crinkling when I was adding the binding. Yep, I had forgotten to take the freezer paper out from behind at least one of the flowers. Too late now. LOL

Raw edge circles

Remember when these were all the rage? I made this way back then and obviously I was in a pink mood. Now I'm sorry that I wasted so much great pink fabric on this quilt. But hey, maybe someone who loves pink will end up loving this quilt. I've got my fingers crossed! I got to use one of my new edge 2 edge designs on my longarm and think the quilting really helped the quilt. I also got to use up a purple backing that I bought for another quilt only to find out it was not right for that one. Bonus!

Log Cabins

This quilt is a real scrap disaster, but you probably already noticed that! Ha. I made this quilt from a photo of a vintage quilt that had 3 different size log cabin blocks. I couldn't remember exactly how it was set, so I just made some rows. I used red in almost all of the centers of the blocks, but they are really too scrappy to notice that. This quilt is HUGE. I do hope that whoever ends up with it smiles and appreciates the effort. I have visions of someone looking at this one day and thinking ...Bless her heart...about the quilter. HAHAHA

I've also had requests for the pattern for this one, so I will work on a tutorial for it as well.

I hope these bright quilts brought a little smile to your face. We are all in need of something to smile about these days. Please let me know if you have any questions or requests, I'm happy to share anything at all that might make your day a little brighter!

Stay home, wash your hands, and stay well my friends!


Sunday, March 22, 2020

Quilt Along Requests

My heartfelt thanks to so many of you who have participated in the Seeing Stars Sew Along and especially to those of you who have shared your photos and commented here and on Facebook and Instagram. It has been such a delight to see so many beautiful blocks and quilts appearing. I love how each one is unique and different, just like all of us! The world needs some beauty and kindness right now, thank you so much for sharing yours with me.

I have gotten quite a few requests for another sew along. Do NOT worry! I am planning another one and it may be sooner rather than later! I usually do one every year, you can see previous years HERE and for a reminder...  And if those don't appeal to you




View or download
Mystery Show and Tell!

The other mystery has been taken down as it was included in my second book. Do you remember this one?

And if those don't appeal to you, the other free patterns include...

And don't forget!! I'm still giving away a free Heartsy Pattern with each purchase in my shop through the end of March.  See the details here. My way of sending a little love right back to you! 

Please take good care of yourself and be safe and stay healthy!


Friday, March 20, 2020

Seeing Stars Sew Along Step 9

Step 9

The quilt size options are as follows:

Mini- 18’’ x 27’’ (1 panel)
Table runner- 18’’ x 54’’ (2 panels)
Wall- 54’’ x 54’’ (6 panels, set 2 x 3)
Throw- 54’’ x 72’’ (8 panels, set 2 x 4)
Twin- 72’’ x 81’’ (9 panels, set 3 x 3 vertically)
Queen- 81’’ x 90’’ (15 panels, set 3 x 5)


Arrange the panels according to the number and size you have completed.
The panels can be turned and rearranged in any arrangement you prefer.

Sew the panels into rows. 
Sew the rows together. 
Press the seams.
Do a happy dance!

Now you are Seeing Stars! and I do hope you love them!

Please post a photo of your blocks to the group Facebook page (link) and tag it with #seeingstarssewalong and #butterflythreadsquilting

or send a photo to me at
Butterflythreadsquilting (at) and I will post it for you!

Go here for a printable version of Sew Along Intro Information
Go here for a printable version of Step 1 
Go here for a printable version of Step 2 
Go here for a printable version of Step 3
Go here for a printable version of Step 4
Go here for a printable version of Step 5
Go here for a printable version of Step 6
Go here for a printable version of Step 7
Go here for a printable version of Step 8
Go here for a printable version of Step 9

A HUGE thank you to each and every one of you who has been sewing along and sharing photos via Instagram and FB and email. I have gotten so much joy seeing all of the lovely combinations and colors and variations you have chosen. I do hope we will continue to see more of these photos as the quilts are finished. 

It is a joy for me to share my love of quilting with you. I am thankful that you are here and sharing this journey with us. With all that is going on right now with the pandemic, please take extra good care of yourself and those you love. And please let me know if there is anything I can do to help any of you.

For those who are scheduled for a visit from me, please know that I am rescheduling any group visit or workshop that you request. I want us all to be healthy so we can quilt for a long time to come. Be safe and stay well! 

Enjoy every stitch!


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