Thursday, May 28, 2020

May 2020 Book List


Get the book HERE.

I love everything by this author. She does so much research and has a way of writing fiction into context that is so believable and realistic. She's also just a really cool person too! Here is an amazing interview about this book. 

This book is the life of the 'would be' wife of Jesus if he had one. It takes place during the years of the Jesus' life that are not recorded in the Bible. This book is NOT about Jesus. It's about a woman, and how women's lives were shaped during that time. There is a cast of family and friends that are so relatable and heartfelt that span centuries with ease. I was captivated by the story, the setting, the relationships, and the lives of these characters. PLEASE read this book!



Get the book HERE.

Another favorite author who writes books that defy one style or type. I fell in love with his writing in The Midwives, and then lost my heart to Skeletons at the Feast, and enjoyed the suspense of the The Flight Attendant. This book is mystery, adventure, suspense, and I'm only half way through it. I can already tell I'm going to love it though. Read more about the author HERE.


I'm listening to a couple of books on Audible as well. I will share them once I've decided what I think about them. I'm not getting a lot of reading done with the crazy new routine of having 3 college kids at home and a husband who rarely leaves the house. We are putting the last touches on the kitchen remodel (I hear a drill as I type this!) I'm not complaining at all, just saying that reading has not been a priority this month.

Also, a HUGE THANK YOU to all of the amazing response to the quilt sale and my longarm customers who have kept me very busy of late. I appreciate the kind support more than you know!

As always, feel free to share what you're reading in the comments.
Take care,
Diane



Sunday, May 24, 2020

Instagram Review


For those of you who don't follow me on Instagram, this is a review of the past few weeks. I have been sharing lots of fun photos over there and it's just a much easier way for me to share and lots less work than blogging. Don't worry, I'll still blog (because you're worth it!) but I don't want you to miss the fun that's happening over there.

I've been sharing what I'm reading, what I'm making, sweet fur babies, and a quarantine quilt show everyday. I have added links to sources where I can. I have also blogged about some of these over time. Thanks for sharing this fun journey with me.


Buddy, a great book and new paint for the dining room.
A new pendant, shelves for my quilts, and a quote.
New paint in the kitchen, kitty, a free pattern.
A fun read, tutorial and the view from my front porch.


Stash purging, a fun read, bird nest over my bedroom window.
Azaleas in bloom, old kitchen with new color, muffins!
Stash organizing, refolding quilts, Twirla.
A favorite magazine, a quilt finish, and inspiration.


WIP, selvage quilt, selvage baskets from book 1.
Recovering an old chair, selvage quilt, selvage quilt.
Boomer, best batting ever, backyard afternoon.
Instagram fun, new office reveal, blooming dogwood.


A new book, Quilt from book 2, and a WIP.
New kitchen counters, sew along share, reno/demo.
Quilt from book 1, WIP, kitchen demo.
A great book, cookies, selvage & strip quilts!


New kitchen bling, charity quilt, porch time.
Great book, before and after, Boomer.
quilt, reno, quilt from book 2.


Sneak peek, favorite gadget, a finish!
Quilting video, quilt from book 1, quote.
Time with friends, quilt from book 2, kitchen reno.
Quilt from book 1, roses, Candy Crossing.


Cookies, quilt from book 2, facemasks
Tech issues, roses, another good book.
Quilt from book 2, Boomer, quilt from book 1.
Mother's day, reno complete!


Quilt from book 1, office time, quilt from book 2.
Gardenia, quilt from book 2, quilt sale!
home, cover quilt, my first quilt 1997
Stash enhancement, new kitchen, Origami Galaxy.

Thank you so much for all of the sweet comments and love you leave for me on Instagram and here. I really appreciate your enthusiastic support of my quilt sale and your continued support of this little business of mine. My longarm quilting has quite a few quilts waiting in line, but I am working hard to get your gorgeous quilts back to you ASAP.

I feel so blessed to have so much kindness and encouragement from each and every one of you!
Stay safe,

Diane

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Desperate Times call for Drastic Measures...can you help?

My family and I are healthy and home and staying safe, so please don't worry about us! I have not been able to travel and teach the last 3 months due to obvious reasons, and an unexpected college bill came in this week. I could  have easily paid it had my business been running as scheduled. But that's not the case and I would love to raise some cash quickly.

How can you help? I'm offering some of my quilts for sale! If you know someone that is in the market for a quilt, please share this post with them. All prices include US shipping only. International shipping will be extra. Please comment or email me at Butterflythreadsquilting (at) gmail.com to arrange payment and shipping. I accept paypal, venmo, check or cc. I've priced these to sell, so you'll get a bargain!

Windblown Wishes 
published in Scrap Quilt Secrets
61" x 85" (long twin)
$200 includes US shipping
SOLD

Sawnee Shadows
published in Scrap Quilt Secrets
55" x 72 (large throw)
$175 includes US shipping 
SOLD


Oh My Stars
published in Scrap Quilt Secrets
90" x 90" (queen size)
$375 includes US shipping
SOLD


Machine Applique and Machine Quilted
designed by Kim Diehl
60'' x 60''
$150 includes US shipping
SOLD

Machine Applique and Machine Quilted Hearts All Around
original design not published
54'' x 64''
$150 includes US shipping
SOLD

These are the large quilts I am selling right now. I will have more small quilts for sale soon. I really appreciate your support!


And don't forget all download patterns are still on sale through the end of the month. Just use the code: 

MAY25

will get you 25 % off all digital download patterns. 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Congratulations Kelly!


Today Kelly, this amazing daughter of mine, graduates from Berry College with a degree in Animal Sciences and a minor in dance. She has worked so hard to maintain an almost perfect 4.0 GPA throughout her four years of college. She also worked at the equestrian center all four years, was on the equestrian team and managed to embrace the full campus life experience. She has always been a hard worker and it really paid off.

Berry will not be having a graduation ceremony today, and she missed her last 3 months on campus due to COVID 19. She was unable to celebrate her final performances in dance, her final banquet with her barn family and her many accomplishments. No date has been determined for graduation at this point. She has been so sad to be robbed of these experiences she was so looking forward to, but she has handled it with grace and determination and strength, plus a few tears.


Next, she will be attending University of Georgia Veterinary School to finish her education and become a DVM. I have no doubt she will be successful because of the hard work and determination that she continues to exhibit. As her mother, I simple could not be more proud of the woman she is becoming. I feel so lucky to be the person she calls mom, and to have a front row seat in her amazing journey.

We have plans to celebrate her graduation, her birthday and her 'white coat' ceremony in August. But feel free to leave your good wishes with her here or on her social media. We are so very proud of her!

Congratulations Kelly!

Love,
Mom

Monday, May 4, 2020

Cinco de Mayo 2020 (and a pattern sale)


Free Cinco De Mayo Clip Art Pictures - Clipartix
Feliz Cinco de Mayo Amigas! 

Who doesn't love a reason to party with nachos and margaritas! And because I am a huge fan of both, here's a coupon code for you to use for the rest of the month of May.

MAY25

will get you 25 % off all digital download patterns. 

I will return to blogging as soon as my kitchen is reassembled and I can share all the home updates we are in the process of!

Stay safe and keep stitching,
Diane

Thursday, April 30, 2020

April 2020 Book List


Get the book HERE.

Oh how I loved this book! It is the wonderful tale of a girl and her family and love and loss and learning to carry on. She is full of personality and spunk and courage. I laughed out loud and I sighed and I cheered her on. This book is beautifully told and filled with wonderful characters. If you aren't in the habit of reading young adult or youth fiction, this book would be a great place to start. I love this author and will definitely read more of his books. 


Get the book HERE.

I listened to this book while I was long arming some quilts and I loved it. I am not usually a 'romance' reader and this is not a typical 'romance' novel. I loved that it wasn't predictable and the main characters were all interesting and unique but still relatable. It was quick and easy and a good distraction when my brain seems unable to really get absorbed my much of anything. I highly recommend this for a quick and easy read that will leave you feeling hopeful.


Get the book HERE.

Lisa See is one of my favorite authors, so when I saw this new book of hers was available on Audible, I purchased it immediately. It did not disappoint! I love historical fiction, strong female characters, intertwined relationships, and learning new things that I didn't know before. I got all of those in this book. The cultural roles and relationships were so fascinating to me as were the characters and their strategies for survival. While heartbreaking, this book was also inspiring and amazing. I highly recommend it!


Get the book HERE.

This was a previous purchase from Book of the Month Club. I had heard mixed reviews about it but enough to make me curious. I'm not usually drawn to court room drama, but I like to venture out of my historical fiction rut from time to time. This story is told by multiple characters and it unfolds in a way that keeps you guessing until the end. I liked the book and enjoyed the pace of the story. I would recommend it.

While I mostly listened to books this month (while longarm quilting or sewing) it was just somehow easier than trying to focus on the print version. I'm not one to prefer listening over reading, but I am getting more fond of it and am glad it's an option. I still love turning the pages of an old fashioned print book though!

Happy reading!
Diane










Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Quarantine Quilt Show



Like many other quilters, I am giving my neighbors a daily quilt show. If you follow me on social media you have seen these photos. I'm sharing a quilt a day on my porch railing. I started with my first published quilt (found in the American Patchwork and Quilting Calendar 2013?) I want to make another spiderweb quilt using strips. 

I quilted this on my domestic machine (before I got a longarm) and did a free motion ribbon candy in the background. I also quilted the selvages using rulers to stay parallel to the prints.


Gift Baskets is a quilt that appeared in my first book with C&T, SCRAP QUILT SECRETS, and it was also featured in the British Quilting Magazine, Today's Quilter. I have seen lots of amazing versions of this one and each of them are special to me.

This quilt was custom quilted by my friend Betty A. before I got my own longarm.


The selvage spools quilt appears in my second book with C&T, STRIP QUILT SECRETS. I made a second version of it using strips. The color blocking in each spool is fun. 

I machine quilted each of these using rulers and free motion. The strip version has diagonal quilting on the strips to mimic the way threads are wound onto actual spools.


This is an off center log cabin made from selvages. I finished this quilt a few years ago for what would have been my 3rd book with C&T but they chose not to publish it. So the quilts have just been in a cupboard in my sewing room.

I quilted this on my Handi Quilter Amara using free motion with rulers in the selvage areas. It was fun and gave me lots of practice using rulers!


This Kansas troubles quilt is another quilt that has been completed and sitting on a shelf for a few years. It was also going to be in the now non-existent 3rd book. LOL I love making traditional quilts using selvages. This is another quilt that would be fun to make using strips instead of selvages. 

I also played with my new Handi Quilter Amara and custom quilted this using the pro-stitcher. I flipped and rotated and stretched the design to fit the diamond background spaces. I used a free motion with rulers for the selvage areas.



I continue to share a quilt a day on my porch railing, rain or shine, for my neighbors to enjoy. I've run out of selvage quilts, so this one if from my first book SCRAP QUILT SECRETS. I like how the four patches make nine patches but not in the traditional arrangement. I also like how the orange sashing is complimentary (on the color wheel) to all of the blues in the quilt. I call it 4 Patch Plaid even though my friend Mary Ruth suggested I call it Screaming Orange. HAHAHA I love her!

I'm not getting much else done at the moment because my kitchen in torn apart. Remodeling is not for the faint of heart. I will be so glad when I have a functioning home again.


Let's hope the results will be worth the chaos.

Stay safe friends!
Diane
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